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What is the average cost of braces?

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As of 2015, the average cost of traditional metal braces is $3,000 to $7,000, according to Oral-B. Ceramic braces are about $1,000 more. Lingual braces run $8,000 to $10,000, while the Invisalign style ranges from $4,000 to $7,400.

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Metal braces consist of metal brackets and wires, explains Oral-B. As of 2015, metal braces are smaller and more fast-acting than when first developed. Ceramic braces are very similar in design, but the brackets are colorless or tooth-colored. Lingual braces are identical to metal braces but are not as visible because they are placed on the interior surface of the teeth.

Custom-made Invisalign braces resemble a sports mouth guard and are designed to be taken out of the mouth, Oral-B states. They are replaced after two weeks.

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