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Give it to me Straight! Treatment Options for Straight Teeth

Orthodontic treatments offer many different options to help patients develop the perfect smile. Common treatments include braces, veneers and bonding, and the cost of treatment varies widely. The length of treatment can range anywhere from a year to 3 years. Cost varies as well. According to an American Dental Association survey of total dental fees in 2011-whether out of pocket or covered by insurance- comprehensive adult orthodontic treatment ranges from $4,725 to $6,940; and $4,500 to $6,360 for adolescents. Insurance may cover some cost depending on the plan.

What are my options?

Metal Braces

Usually made of high-grade stainless steel, metal brackets and wires are used to straighten teeth. They're also highly visable and make cleaning difficult.

Treatment usually takes between 18 months to two years Expect to pay about $4500
Invisalign Braces Uses invisable aligners to straigten teeth. Treatment lasts for about 12 to 15 months Ranges from $3,500 to $8,000
Self- Ligating Braces Uses, metal, ceramic or clear brackets and don't require elastics Treatment usually take less than 23 months.     Costs between $4,500 and $5,000
Veneers Made of either porcelain or composite materials, are bonded to the front of teeth to improve appearance. Require two or three appointments over two-to-four weeks. Costs $925 to $2,500 per tooth.
Bonding Uses a plastic resin to repair chipped or cracked teeth, change the shape of teeth or close gaps between them. Can be done in one appointment. Procedure can cost between $750 to $1,200
Dental Implants Replaces lost tooth roots and provides a foundation for permanent or removable teeth, and requires surgery. A multi-step process, implants can take up to about eight months. Between surgery and tooth replacement, expect to pay between $3,000 and $4,500.