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Why does the cost of orthodontics vary so much between practices?

Posted by Metamorphosis on Aug 3, 2017 9:04:41 AM

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If you’ve decided to get your teeth straightened, the first (and probably most important) step in the process is choosing the right orthodontist. After all, your teeth, gums and jaw are incredibly valuable; you want to make sure that you entrust their care to the best hands possible.

If you’ve been shopping around, you’ll most likely already have noticed that the cost of orthodontic and teeth straightening treatments varies widely between practices. Why is this? Read on to find out.

Different teeth straightening treatments carry different costspecialist orthodontists provide a different service—at a different price—to dentists

First off, it’s worth understanding the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. In short, an orthodontist is a specialist who focuses on treating irregularities in the teeth and jaws. As such, they specialise in teeth straightening treatments. A dentist, on the other hand, provides a wider range of services, including general teeth and gum health, veneers, fillings, whitening treatments and so on. While some dentists do offer teeth straightening treatments, they haven’t undergone the extra years of specialist training that orthodontists have. So, regardless of what kind of teeth straightening treatment you’re after, an orthodontist will be able to provide a more comprehensive  service.

Different teeth straightening treatments carry different costs

Adults today are lucky to have a wide range of teeth straightening treatments and braces to choose from, and the cost of your orthodontic treatment will depend on what kind of treatment you opt for. Options include fixed braces, lingual braces and ‘invisible’ removable aligners. The best orthodontists offer a range of teeth straightening treatments, allowing you to find an appropriate treatment that suits your particular orthodontic need and budget.

Expertise comes with a pricetag

The best orthodontists are true specialists. That means that they only perform orthodontic treatments. Remember, a degree in general dentistry requires roughly five years of study to obtain. Going on to become a specialist orthodontist then requires an additional three years of study and considerable practical experience, before sitting the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) exam. Most orthodontists also obtain a Master's degree in Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics.

Expert orthodontists usually deliver full mouth alignment treatments, as opposed to cosmetic treatments that only address a patient’s visible front teeth. It’s important to keep in mind that teeth straightening treatments can actually change the shape of a patient’s face. For this reason, it’s important to look for an orthodontist who offers holistic ‘face-driven orthodontics’ that take into account a patient’s profile, tone tissue and muscular structure.

When it comes to orthodontics, it’s worth paying for quality

When you really get down to it, the most important factor influencing the cost of orthodontic treatments across practices is the quality of the treatments offered. To gauge the quality of a particular practice’s services, consider actual treatment outcomes. Ask around for feedback from previous patients. Are they happy with the end result? Did they enjoy the treatment? Did they find the team and staff to be professional, friendly and knowledgeable? If a practice boasts a long list of satisfied customers, it’s worth your investment.

The cost of orthodontic treatment at any practice is influenced by all of the factors covered above. When choosing an orthodontist, it’s important to consider the expertise and experience of the team, the quality of the treatments offered and, of course, the price.

Want to know more about your teeth straightening options? Download our free guide, Teeth Straightening for Adults, here. <link to LP> In it, we discuss common orthodontic problems, explore different teeth straightening treatments, talk about what to expect when wearing braces and answer some commonly asked questions.

Metamorphosis Orthodontics offers a range of teeth straightening treatments for both adults and children. We’re situated in Parsons Green near Fulham, South-West London. We’d love to chat with you about your orthodontic needs and answer any questions you might have. Call us on +44 20 3828 7116 to make an appointment.

Topics: Teeth Straightening for Adults