Is it more difficult to correct the teeth if more time passes? What are common problems that can result if a teenager decides to wait until becoming an adult to have braces?
How Much Do Braces Cost for Teenagers Compared to Adults?
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The Cost of Adult Orthodontic Braces
The braces we use for adults are exactly the same ones we use for our children and adults. The reason that adult treatment usually costs more is that it rountinely takes more time and requires more visits than adolescent treatment. This is not always true, but generally speaking the same crowding or overbite case in an adult usually takes 6 months to a year longer to fix than a teenager or child with the same condition. Another important thing to consider when comparing adult and teenage treatment is that some treatment techniques (expansion to reduce crowding or growth modification to eliminate overbites) are impossible or not as effective in adult patients after their growth has ceased. The absolute best time to start comprehensive orthodontic treatment (upper and lower full braces) is around 13 just after the 12-year-molars have come in.
Cost of Braces for teens same or similar to cost for adults
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