HollyHats - 4:20 pm on Oct 2, 2002 (gmt 0)
Invisible braces do cost extra, but when you go for the consultation (after they do molds, and are giving you a treatment plan), ask if you can get them for no extra cost. Usually, they will consider it just for the asking.
The brackets do cost the orthodontist a little extra, but it's not an extreme costs difference for them.
Just remember that clear brackets break much easier then metal. Sometimes, they will still have to use metal wires to get proper movement.
When getting those tiny rubber bands that go around your brackets, do not get clear ones. Get gray. Why you ask? Imagine MUSTARD! Any food that has coloring in it will stain the bands, and then your stuck with it for another month until they change them again.
You will notice that as your teeth shift, the wires will stick you behind your molars. Get lots of wax and keep it on hand. When it sticks you, roll up a ball of it and put it on until you can get to the ortho. They will usually get you right in and it only takes them a couple of minutes to fix. (this can happen a lot during initally)
There is a lot of talk about this new shield type thing that you can buy and straighten your teeth at home. I have seen it one tv. What happens is you go to the ortho for a consultation. They take molds of your teeth and send them away to a company that designs different "trays" that you will use in stages. This is done at home and there are less ortho appointments. This is VERY expensive. Double the cost of braces and will only fix very minor problems. Won't fix crossbites..etc.
If you have any more question, please feel free to ask me.