Ask Dr. Summer

It is not uncommon for patients and parents to have a questions about orthodontic treatment. Dr. Summer has compiled a list of the most popular questions and answers. If you have a question not on this list, please use the online chat feature below.

What is the typical cost of braces?

There is a wide range of pricing for braces based on treatment time and the type of braces used. Summer Orthodontics offers a lot of treatment and financing options to help meet almost every budget. The real cost of braces is the time invested to achieve an ideal smile.

What are the different types of braces?

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Invisalign
  • Self-ligating metal braces (Damon)
  • Clear/Ceramic braces (self-ligating and traditional)
  • Lingual braces (Incognito)

What types of braces are most popular?

For children, traditional metal braces are the most popular. However, there has been a steady growth in the use of Invisalign for teenage patients.

For adults, Invisalign is the most popular form of treatment.

Is the cost of orthodontic braces less if I don't need them very long?

In most cases shorter treatment times cost less than longer treatment times.

How much will invisible braces cost?

The following “invisible” braces are available in order of most expensive to least expensive:  Incognito (lingual braces which go behind the teeth), Invisalign (clear removable aligners) and ceramic/clear brackets.  The most aesthetic or invisible of the above choices is Incognito, but it is also more costly compared to Invisalign or clear brackets. Summer Orthodontics offers flexible payment options to meet the needs of every patient.

How much will Invisalign braces cost?

The cost of Invisalign varies depending on the complexity of the case and length of treatment.  It is comparable to the cost of orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. Summer Orthodontics offers flexible payments options to meet the needs of every patient.

What does insurance pay in typical orthodontic coverage?

Orthodontic coverage varies from insurance company to insurance company. Give our office a call at 310-545-0770 and we would be happy to determine exactly what your current plan covers.

Do clear braces cost more than other types?

Yes, clear braces cost more than metal braces.

Do braces cost more the longer you have them?

Yes, typically, this is the case.

Does Invisalign cost more than metal braces?

No, Invisalign does cost more than metal braces. At Summer Orthodontics, our fees are the same for traditional braces and Invisalign.

Does an orthodontist charge more for children or adults?

The price of orthodontics is usually the same for both children and adults.  However, adults often choose more aesthetic treatment which is more expensive.

What types of dental braces do adults prefer?

Invisible braces are preferred by adults. The best options are Invisalign (, or Lingual, which are behind the teeth, such as Incognito (

Do lingual braces cost more than standard braces?

Yes, lingual braces are the most expensive form of braces. This is because working behind the teeth throughout the treatment process is more difficult and complex than standard braces.

Do braces hurt?

A patient’s teeth are usually sore for about two days after first bonding and adjustments.  After the initial soreness subsides, patients rarely report discomfort.

The best news is that with modern orthodontics there is less discomfort!

Are invisible braces prices less for shorter treatment times?

Yes, this is typically the case.

What is your opinion of ceramic vs. metal braces?

From a results perspective, ceramic and metal braces are virtually the same.  The primary benefit of ceramic braces is they are less visible.  However, they take a bit more TLC.

What are ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces are similar in color to teeth to provide a more aesthetic option to metal braces.

What is the price of ceramic braces?

The price of ceramic braces is virtually the same as metal braces.

What are the most popular types of braces for adults?

Adults tend to prefer invisible or hidden braces such as Invisalign or Incognito.

Do you recommend different types of braces for teeth that are really crooked?

Depending on how complexity of a case, recommendations for types of braces are given during the initial consultation.

What are most popular of the different types of dental braces?

Metal braces are the most popular. However, Invisalign has been growing steadily in popularity over the last several years.

Do lingual braces work?

Yes, lingual braces are a very effective option for straightening teeth and aligning bites.

Are lingual braces more expensive than standard braces?

Yes, because of the complexity and skill required to work behind the teeth, lingual braces are more expensive.

How do I safely remove food stuck in my braces?

The most effective methods are to floss, use an interproximal brush and a toothbrush. The team at Summer Orthodontics will provide specific instructions when you get your braces on. We are always available throughout your treatment plan to answer any questions you may have.

What are the lingual braces pros and cons?

Pro: They are completely invisible and the treatment time is the same as traditional braces.
Cons:  It is common for speech to be affected for about two weeks after placement of lingual braces. Also, lingual braces can irritate the tongue and have longer appointment times.

Do lingual braces hurt?

Not any more than traditional braces.  However, it takes a little longer to get acquainted with lingual braces since they have direct contact with the tongue.

Is the price for lingual braces more than clear braces and Invisalign?

Yes, lingual braces are more expensive than clear braces and Invisalign.

How much do lingual braces cost?

Lingual braces require a completely different approach to treatment. The brackets are custom made to each tooth out of gold.  The wires are custom bent by computer automated production equipment.  This technology combined with the additional experience and education of the orthodontist results in a more expensive treatment option. The appointments are typically 20 minutes longer than traditional braces.

Is jaw surgery typical with orthodontics?

No, it is especially uncommon with early treatment, called Phase 1. Plus, there have been many technological advances in treatment which can accomplish what used to require surgery.

How much does it cost to get braces?

The cost of braces varies depending on treatment time and the type of braces used. Summer Orthodontics fees include everything required to get an ideal smile and keep it. Plus, Summer Orthodontics offers flexible payment options to meet the needs of every patient.

What are the most popular color combinations for braces?

I am going to have to say blue and gold because I am a Bruin.  🙂 However, we have a large variety to choose from, so if you get tired of the color you pick you can always try something new!