If you are thinking about straightening your teeth, then you may need to find out prices and the fee for your treatment often depends on the complexity of the treatment, so what do dentists or orthodontists look for when judging the complexity of your treatment?
There is no way I could explain every aspect we look at, as most people (including some dentists) would not understand why it is important!
Start with the end in mind
The end is a good place to start, often people will say they only want one or two overlapping teeth treated, and the overlap is quite slight, then a beginners system like six month smiles, or Inman aligner may be a good treatment.
Often people will prefer a completely invisible treatment like a lingual brace, and for simple treatments, this may be far more affordable than you think.
Something like the treatment above just on a few teeth would probably cost around £2000. If the braces were on the outside, then the fee would be less.
Moderately difficult cases
Moderate cases can usually be treated in about 6 months, and often do not require extractions.
In the before and after above, there was enough room to straighten the upper and lower teeth, without any extractions, and because the top and bottom teeth correctly come together, then, no correction of the bite was needed.
Usually if its recommended that some teeth are removed in order to give you a better result, then the case becomes longer to treat, and also more complex.
Dental extractions are often recommended if straightening your teeth will result in the front teeth coming too far forward- Which isn’t really a great look! We do try and minimise the number of teeth that we take out, however in some cases, to get a nice result, extractions are often necessary.
If your teeth are very overlapped, or if your teeth need to move quite far forward or back, then chances are you need significant treatment, however we can only tell once we have a look.
Getting different opinions
It is a good idea to get different opinions, but expect them to vary quite a lot! There used to be a saying: if you ask two orthodontists, you will get three opinions!
I recently saw someone who had seen one orthodontist, who advised that he would need to have surgery to straighten his teeth, not something he wanted. Then he went to see someone else, who advised he would not need surgery, and treatment would be 24 months. He then saw me, and I cannot see any reason that the treatment should take longer than 9 months! (and I always like to over estimate the treatment times!)
With something like orthodontic treatment, you should get different opinions, and go with who you think is the best. The difficult thing is it is difficult to know who is good. Anyone can fit a brace, and make the teeth look good, however, few people will know what position the teeth so that they are stable in the long term. Closing spaces between teeth for example, can be very difficult to hold closed after treatment, and the last thing you want is for spaces to develop a few years after the treatment finished.