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Most Affordable Options For Braces


Dr. Mark Rykiss


May 30, 2024


The blog post "Most Affordable Options for Braces" presents an in-depth comparison of different types of braces, including metal, ceramic, and lingual braces. It discusses their pros and cons, costs, treatment duration, and suitability for different orthodontic problems. The article emphasizes the importance of consulting with an orthodontist to choose the right type of braces that meet one's needs and budget.

Are you looking for an orthodontic device to help straighten your teeth? There are plenty of different options that you have including options that are more affordable. At Rykiss Orthodontics, we offer braces in Winnipeg including metal braces, clear or ceramic braces (tooth colored), hidden or lingual braces (braces behind the teeth) and combinations of these options.

Read on to find out which ones are more affordable and for what reasons and which one you should choose.

Metal braces

Metal braces are the most common type of braces. They are made of metal and plastic. They are very strong and can correct a wide variety of orthodontic problems. Some of the issues they can correct include crooked, spaced out, crowded teeth or a misaligned jaw. The typical treatment time for metal braces is 14-20 months. 

They are very durable as well. It takes a lot of work to ruin these types of braces. Metal braces also offer speed. This works by allowing your orthodontist lots of control over the realignment process. 

Furthermore, because metal braces have been around for so long, you can typically get treatment at a very affordable rate. 

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are made of ceramic material. They are less visible than metal braces and are a good choice for people who want a more discreet treatment. This type of brace typically takes around 18-36 months to fully straighten your teeth. 

The main pro that is attributed to ceramic braces are the fact that they can be either clear or tooth-colored. You have the flexibility to choose any color as you wish. 

However, they are not as strong as metal braces and may not be suitable for every orthodontic problem. Because they’re not as strong as metal, they’re more than twice as likely to fracture. And the process of removing the glue has been known to cause damage to the enamel of your teeth. 

Furthermore, they are more pricey than traditional braces. They can be up to $1,000 to $2,000 more than metal braces. 

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are braces that are attached to the back of your teeth. They are very discreet and many people do not even know that you are wearing them. This makes them a great alternative for those that want braces without the aesthetics of metal braces. The length of treatment typically is around 14-20 months. 

The downside to lingual braces is that they can be more difficult to clean due to its position in the mouth. Furthermore, these types of braces are more costly than both ceramic braces and traditional metal braces. 

What Do Braces Cost

The cost of braces varies depending on the type of braces you choose. Metal braces are usually the most affordable, while ceramic and lingual braces tend to be more expensive. However, it is important to remember that the cost of braces is an investment in your oral health.

The conclusion here is that metal braces are the more affordable option but in terms of if it is the best option for you, that is a different story. If you are considering braces, be sure to consult with an orthodontist to find out which type of braces is best for you.

Dental Insurance

To aid with the financial aspect of getting braces, insurance can help to cover some of the cost. Dental insurance is widely available through one’s employer. It’s simple to find out whether or not your plan provides coverage for orthodontic services. You can check online with your insurance provider to check your eligibility for benefits.

Additional Info

It's worth mentioning that there are advancements in orthodontic treatments that continue to improve patient comfort and treatment outcomes. For instance, self-ligating braces, which use a clip instead of elastics to hold the wire, can reduce friction, make cleaning easier, and potentially shorten treatment time. Additionally, advancements in 3D imaging technology have enhanced the precision of treatment planning. Also, flexible payment plans and financing options have made orthodontic treatments more affordable for many people. It is also noteworthy that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7, as early intervention may lead to simpler, more cost-effective treatment.


When it comes to braces, you have the option of traditional braces, ceramic braces or lingual braces. They all have their individual pros and cons as well as their own price ranges. 

If you’re strictly looking for the most affordable braces, then it is typically recommended that you go with traditional braces. If you’re looking for more discreet and undetectable braces then ceramic or lingual braces could be your better bet. 

Now that you know more about the different types of braces, you can make a more informed decision about which type is right for you. But remember, it is always wise to consult with your orthodontist so you can be certain of the right choice for your situation. Contact our friendly team at our Rykiss Orthodontics office today.


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