How much it costs to get braces in Nigeria

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

and lastly,

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 color 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 100 – 150K 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 300K to 500K.

Again, the exact amount you pay depends on those 3 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.

d. Genetics

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.

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26 Replies to “How much it costs to get braces in Nigeria”

  1. I'm Nigerian 31 years old and have wanted braces, I don't have idea about the dental braces cost.

  2. Thank you for the idea about braces in Nigeria. I'm just getting regular metal braces and I'm 14 so I'm keeping them till about 16.

  3. Hello, has anyone gotten metal braces fixed at Federal Dental Clinic, Marina or LUTH? I'd like to know the exact amount paid

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  5. I did my braces two years ago at almost 500k at luth. 300k for the fee. Extra 150-200 k for other charges that is peculiar to ur case. Private hospitals are much more expensive though.

  6. Can anyone recommend a good dentist in Abuja for good ceramic braces? I want to get it and I'm an adult who has a serious job. So I want it be a bit discrete

  7. Unless a charity dental programme pays for one for you, there is really no clinic I can think of that'd let you get a dental treatment for free.

    That being said, there are some clinics that offer more flexible payment plans that can be extremely beneficial as this would would mean you get to pay for your treatment in small installments.

    Another good option is to leave your braces treatment till you can afford it. That's what most people do anyway.

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