Expensive yes, but ‘a pleasant smile is priceless’

Adults are sinking their teeth into something that once was mainly only for teenagers.

Increasing numbers of adults are getting braces on their teeth, and orthodontics has come along way, offering many more options that are pleasing to the eye. Braces can fix everything from bite issues to crooked teeth.

Miranda Keegan said that at 34 she never dreamed that she would be wearing them.

“I had braces when I was 12; my teeth were straight except in the back and I had a slight overbite,” she said. “As I got older though, my mouth changed and shifted everything around again.”

However, braces don’t come cheap. She spent $7000 for 18 months of orthodontic treatment, Keegan said.

“It’s a crazy amount of money to pay but people will because they have no other choice,” she said.

Typically, braces range from $5000 to $10,000 depending on the severity of the teeth problems, which model of braces are chosen and the length of time they must be worn.

Now, people have the option of choosing from traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign, which is a clear alternative to metal and is the most expensive option and can only be used on some peoples’ teeth.

“Most of the cost associated with braces is due to labour costs,” said  Dr. Michael Yun, who has been an orthodontist for five years. “We provide a few different payment options to make it as affordable for people as possible.

“It seems like a lot of money when you get them, but what you get out of wearing braces makes it all worth it in the end. A pleasant smile is priceless.”

Over 40 per cent of people who wear braces are over 18. That may be because their teeth shift over time or they or their parents do not have the money or the health coverage to pay for braces when they are younger.

Keegan said even though braces are expensive it is worth it in the end. “Having good oral health is so important. I would take braces over dentures any day.”

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Autumn-Rose Oberhammer worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2015-16 academic year.