I need braces! What is the best option for me? Is it safe to get braces in Mexico? and other answers to your questions

Sometimes we do not realize how important is the role that a beautiful smile plays in people’s lives, and thinking about cosmetic procedures, comes at last. In the specific case of receiving orthodontic treatment, people often hesitate if it’s worthy because these procedures are in some cases very expensive. But let’s face it, getting braces not only helps self-esteem which is key in one’s confidence; getting braces has plenty of benefits for overall health.

Many people in the U.S. and Canada did not have the chance of taking care of their teeth at a young age, because of the extravagant costs of Dental Clinics in their local options. Fortunately, now hundreds of patients have found an affordable alternative. Getting braces in Tijuana represents savings of thousands of dollars.

If you are traveling abroad for dental work it is important for you to know that it is totally safe for you. Besides from the attractive cost of dental care in Mexico, Tijuana boasts highly reputable dentists, orthodontics, and medical staff who offer high-quality treatments. Dental Clinics in Mexico guarantee their work for years and you can compare it with the quality care that patients expect from Americans or Canadian dentists.

Types of braces pros and cons

Structural braces are for children and cosmetic braces are for adults and teenagers. At any stage, braces provide a lot of benefits; they can prevent some common diseases, tooth decay, cavities, or even injuries since braces strengthen, align and space out teeth. Misaligned teeth can also be problematic for digestion because the teeth are not strong enough to chew food properly.

The braces work by exerting pressure on teeth and moving them to the correct position. This is a periodical procedure, they would need to be adjusted by an orthodontist every 4 to 6 weeks; which means that as a patient you will have to schedule appointments month by month during the treatment to make the required consultations and adjustments, eventually the pressure corrects the alignment of the teeth.

Distance should not be an issue, Dental Clinics usually offer help and shuttle services from and to the border.  Anyhow, once discussed the treatment plan, the staff can advise you on the travel requirements and the options of dental treatment you can get depending on your specific situation.

The cost of braces depends on the kind of treatment you need and the length of this. On average, patients require the treatment for about 2 years, and then they need to wear a retainer to maintain the corrected position of teeth. 

These are some of your options:


Metal braces 

These are the traditional color braces that we usually remember from childhood, new technology and improvements in materials have made them much less noticeable than they used to be. Since they are the most common ones they are also the cheapest you can find. This kind is popular among young patients who choose colorful rubber brands.

The disadvantage is for people who do not feel comfortable showing them since they are very visible. Also, they are often difficult to clean.


Ceramic braces 

The design of these braces are similar to the traditional braces and are as effective as metal braces. However, the material used is transparent ceramic instead of metal which makes them more discreet to the sight. As well as with regular braces the patient can choose the wires to be white, colored, or transparent. 

These kinds of braces are a bit fragile and more expensive than traditional metal braces.


Lingual Braces

These work the same way as the others, they use wires to gradually move your teeth into the correct position, the difference is that unlike regular braces, lingual braces are placed on the inner surface of teeth, which makes them totally invisible. 

This at the same time being the best of its advantages can be a disadvantage because they might be hard to clean. Not many dentists are prepared to successfully apply this technique which makes it difficult to find a local dentist willing to continue the process in case you are not able to return to Mexico for the ongoing treatment.



Invisalign is a good alternative to braces. These procedures are invisible aligners made of thermoplastic material, custom-made, especially for each patient. The orthodontist should be very skilled to design a removable brace consisting of a plastic plate and wires called “SmartTrack” specially made for each individual patient. It applies gentle pressure on the teeth, moving the teeth the same way as traditional braces.

These aligners need to be changed every week or so, but the good thing is that after making the studies your doctor can mail you a set of numbered clear aligners, so this can be a one visit treatment, which makes it a great option for patients coming from Canada or further.

This option is usually the most expensive.

Now that you have all this information in hand, is your choice structural or cosmetic? fixed or removable?


Dental 6ta & E together with its experienced team of dentists are ready to be your best dentist in Tijuana Mexico.

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