by Staff writer
Braces are dental devices used to correct poorly aligned teeth. You’d probably need braces if you have teeth that are too crowded, gappy or protruding in a bad way.
Getting braces will help improve your smile and boost your confidence level. But they do not come cheap.
The exact amount you pay will probably depend on:
1. The facility handling the treatment
2. The severity of your condition
3. The type of braces you want.
Metallic braces are usually cheaper but they are more visible and could cause more discomfort.
Ceramic braces are less visible and sometimes are made to mimic the colour of teeth, thereby making them less noticeable.
Some also claim they (ceramic braces) produce faster results. However, they are more expensive and could easily become stained.
Lingual braces are completely invisible from the exterior because they are placed at the back of the teeth. This would make a lot of people want to go for them — only that they are expensive, difficult to clean and usually not recommended for severe cases.
Another group are the plastic braces, also known as clear aligners. Plastic braces like ClearCorrect and Invisalign are virtually invisible when fixed but they are quite expensive to get.
Where can one get braces in Nigeria at an affordable price?
It could cost between N150K – N200K to get full dental treatment (including teeth whitening and braces) in a public clinic in Nigeria.
Most teaching hospitals in Nigeria (including LUTH and UCH) offer this treatment.
Expect to pay higher in private establishments, usually between N300K to N600K. Some serious cases of treatment may be charged up to N1 million.
*** It is often advised to get your braces done in a private clinic as they may offer a better service. While on braces, you will need frequent dental appointments and most times, the orthodontists at the government hospitals are too busy and not always on seat.
Again, the exact amount you pay depends on those three points already above listed.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The exact amount of time you are going to have your braces on varies from person to person.
Usually, the following factors will determine how long you are going to leave your braces on for:
a. The severity of your condition
It will take lesser time to correct an overbite than to realign completely jagged teeth.
b. The health of your teeth, gums, and supporting bone
If you have other underlying dental issues, this may affect how long your braces are going to be on for. Some conditions may require taking off your braces from time to time and then putting them back. These interruptions will affect how fast your braces work.
c. How closely the patient follows instructions
Once the braces are put on, they usually remain in place for one to three years. There are certain foods to avoid while your braces are on or else you may damage the brackets. If this keeps happening, you will need to visit your orthodontist more often to get the brackets replaced. The constant to and fro will affect how fast your braces work.
Actually, it has been proven that some people’s teeth move faster than others. The only way to explain this is that some people’s genetics favour a faster regeneration of the bones supporting the teeth.