You have probably heard that ceramic braces give you the best of both worlds, but you probably also have questions about ceramic braces cost too right? It is true that beauty carries a cost because even though ceramic appliances may straighten your smile as well as traditional braces, their price tag is a bit higher. Let’s take a closer look at why ceramic orthodontics cost what they do, and how this cost is calculated.
What Are Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic orthodontics is applied to the outside or exterior or either or both of your upper and lower jaws. Over time, they apply pressure to move your teeth into the correct position and correct your bite.
They are made from a porcelain material, so that they blend in with your natural teeth. They are also the same size and shape as traditional braces.
They are not invisible, it is important to note, but rather tooth-coloured. While many people may not notice them from a distance, they may still be visible up close.
What Is The Cost Of Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic orthodontics costs more than traditional braces because they are made from porcelain, which is more expensive than stainless steel.
While everybody’s situation is unique, we have done some research to find out what the average for ceramic orthodontics is.
According to smile.com.au, the cost of ceramic braces can range from $5000 to $8500 for a standard, straightforward 18-month treatment plan. If you compare this to traditional braces, you can expect a range of $4500 to $8000 for the same treatment.
How Does The Price Of Ceramics Compare To Other Types Of Braces?
Well, the good news is that ceramic orthodontics may cost more than metal but they are cheaper than lingual and invisible braces. Lingual braces are priced between $7500 and $12500, while invisible retainer will set you back between $4500 and $9000 for an 18-month treatment plan
While these figures give you an idea of the kind of cost you can expect to budget, they are not exhaustive and final figures are subject to an assessment with your dental practitioner.
How Is The Cost Of Ceramic Braces Calculated?
The cost of braces is typically presented to you as one amount, but the treatment plan could last as long as 18 to 24 months. Your dental practitioner’s fees should include:
- Professional fees that include your initial consultation, x-rays, scans, and the assessment.
- Your ceramic orthodontic fitting as well as the adjustments and tweaks that need to be made throughout the treatment.
- Reviews after your braces have been fitted.
- A retainer that you will probably wear for a few months after your braces have been removed.
Once your dental practitioner has performed the assessment, he or she will make recommendations in respect of your orthodontic appliances. Ceramic orthodontics is often recommended for older teenagers and adults who feel self-conscious about their smile. Because the porcelain material can stain easily, ceramic appliances are usually recommended for patients who have a good handle on their dental hygiene.
Will Medicare Cover The Cost Of My Braces?
Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover orthodontic treatments.
Can I Claim For My Ceramic Orthodontics From My Health Insurance?
It is quite possible that at least a portion of your orthodontic treatment would be covered by your private insurance but you should check the inclusions and exclusions of your policy before you move forward with any kind of treatment.
Make sure you are aware of any restrictions or waiting periods as they do often apply for orthodontic treatment. Also, be sure to check if your provider differentiates between different types of braces. Your provider may cover more of the cost of metal braces than ceramic.
Investing in braces is an investment in your long term dental health. Not only will ceramic appliances improve the aesthetics of your smile, having straight teeth makes dental hygiene so much easier, and makes your mouth less susceptible to tooth decay. Of course, using ceramic appliances means that you can experience the advantages of effective and efficient teeth straightening that metal braces offer, but disguised in porcelain and much less noticeable.
To find out more about ceramic braces cost and how orthodontics can benefit your smile please contact Randwick Smiles: (02) 8188 4625