Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
I had braces for 2 years (almost exactly, muahahaha). The cost for me was around $3,800 but the place I went to had a payment plan. My mom is currently going through the process, and her's were $4,800 (within two years, the price increased that much!).
That's the pricing for Munster, Indiana. I'm sure it varies by place. Hopefully you'll be able to set up a payment plan.
I think the "clear" braces are more expensive, but they look weird. I mean, you can definitely see them within conversation distance, so it's probably not worth it. Besides, braces make adults look younger (my mom looks early-mid 30s with her and she's almost 50!).
Oh, and eating soft foods the first day or two after you get the wires changed/tightened will be ingrained. And when you first get them on, don't eat steak. =oD