Are Ceramic Braces Stain-Proof?
The brackets of ceramic braces shouldn't stain, however, the ligature elastic (ligs or O-rings) around the brackets can be stained by certain food and drink, so it is wise to choose a darker color to prevent visible staining on those areas. Also, the wire fitted to the braces can stain depending on its coating. People who choose, for example, a white Teflon coating have reported some yellowing. In order to prevent staining it is wise to avoid foods with strong colors, such as mustard, tomatoes (and tomato sauces), red wine, curry etc. It is also advised to rinse with mouth wash after meals, or water if mouth wash is not available. The parts of the braces that stain are usually changed at each orthodontic visit. Another option for braces is Invisalign.
How much does Invisalign cost compared to braces? Well this depends on your specific needs, the work that is required and the Dentist you choose. The general cost of traditional braces is around $5,000 to $7,500, and the cost of ceramic braces can be from around $5,000 up to $8,000. Invisalign costs can vary from $3,500 to $8,000, with the average in the US being around $5,000. Therefore, the costs are very similar but can vary greatly, so it is best to discuss your options with your Dentist to determine the right option for you.
If you are unable to have or afford braces, another option is a snap on smile. This is not a permanent appliance and will not fix or cure any dental problems. However, it is an effective way to obtain a straight smile if you have unsightly gaps etc. The price of snap on smile can vary depending on the Dentist you go to, but the price can range from $1,000 to $1,800 per arch. The complexity of your case will also determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this treatment.