If you’re reading this, you (or someone you know) are probably planning to buy your own braces from Malaysian dentists and now have reached the phase of comparing the prices. You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a Malaysian guide that offers more insights into comparing the prices of different braces – metal, ceramic, and the latest invisible braces.
Metal braces price
There are generally two types of metal braces you can get in Malaysia – the economical (traditional) type and the Damon type. The traditional version is cheaper with a price range of RM4,000 to RM8,000 while the Damon braces cost from RM5,000 to RM9,000 from your dentist. Damon braces have smaller footprints on your teeth hence looks better when you smile while the economical metal braces can be seen more obviously. Both are to be worn from three to five years.
Ceramic braces price
Ceramic braces are actually similar to metal braces, but instead of using metal brackets (the squarish metal piece that stays in front of each tooth), you use clear or tooth-colored brackets. Heck, you can even choose other funky colors if you want – pink, purple or green! The wires can be clear too.
The obvious reason to choose ceramic braces than metal is for its low-profile looks that are less noticeable on your teeth. Pricewise, they cost from RM8,000 to RM10,000 and they are required to be on your teeth for 3 to 5 years also, like the metal ones.
Invisible braces price
The latest trend in braces fashion is the invisible braces or technically known as clear aligners. Some people call it transparent braces. As all their names imply, this type of braces is almost invisible to the naked eyes which makes you look a lot better than having metal or ceramic pieces placed vividly on your teeth. However, as you might already know, beauty does come with a price. The price range for transparent braces in Malaysia typically starts from RM12,000 and all the way to RM29,000. This is based on the market rate for the most popular invisible braces brand in Malaysia called Invisalign.
However, dental consumers now have more affordable choices for these clear aligners. Whitesmile Clear is an alternative brand to Invisalign and their price ranges from RM6,000 for teeth that are less severe (less bad looking teeth) while severe cases can reach up to RM15,000. That’s like half the price compared to Invisalign in the minimum to maximum range.
Despite the higher cost, clear braces usually need a shorter time to straighten your teeth, typically one to two years and you will endure less pain during treatment. Also, Whitesmile Clear claims that you only need to visit your dentist once every two months instead of once per month for ceramic or metal options.
Choose the ones you can afford
Whichever type of braces that you plan to wear, do select the ones that you could afford and the ones you’d feel most comfortable with. If you’re very self-conscious about your looks, you might want want to invest more in your smile. Anyhow, smile and the world will still smile with you regardless of what type of braces you wear.