Orthodontics provide treatment if you suffer from a misaligned bite or crooked teeth but dental braces cost gives a lot of patients out there sleepless nights. What you can expect to pay for teeth straightening depends on the complexity of the case and the amount of correction required.
Why Do We Need Orthodontic Braces Anyway?
We are all blessed with two sets of teeth but as we get older our teeth do not all erupt at the right angle or leave equally spaced gaps between them. To complicate matters, sometimes the top and bottom jaw end up being different sizes. Sometimes baby teeth are lost early, causing changes in the way the permanent teeth emerge.
Fortunately orthodontic treatment allows us to address these issues and correct problems with the bite or position of the teeth.
How Much Do Dental Braces Cost?
There are many different types of orthodontic braces on the market.
The most recognisable and most affordable type of orthodontic braces are the traditional metal braces. While they are not as bulky and noticeable as they used to be, they are the most visible of all the options available.
Ceramic braces are less visible as they are tooth coloured and make use of clear brackets. This makes them more expensive.
Lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth and, as such are virtually invisible to other people. They do take some adjustment, particularly when it comes to speaking, as your tongue cannot be put in the same position when you wear lingual braces.
Once of the most modern options on the market, invisible braces give you a high degree of discretion while providing teeth straightening treatment that works effectively. This is the most expensive orthodontic option.
So How Much Do These Teeth Straightening Options Cost?
Every case is different but Orthodontics Australia has published some useful averages to give you an idea of what different appliances can cost for the same period of treatment.
If you opt for metal braces you can expect to pay anywhere from $2000 to $9000 for a standard 18 month treatment plan.
Ceramic braces are priced a little higher averaging between $5000 and $8500 for the same standard 18–month treatment.
Lingual braces also charge a premium for discretion and usually cost in the region of $9000 for 18 months of treatment. They do need to be custom made in order to fit your mouth properly and this reflects in the cost of the orthodontic appliances.
Invisible braces are typically the most expensive and you can expect to budget in the region of $6000 and $9000 for treatment. The Invisalign system is a system of clear aligners that need to be replaced every two weeks.
What Is Included In The Cost Of Your Dental Braces?
The cost of the dental appliances only makes up a percentage of your total cost. Your dentist will estimate the number of follow up consultations and adjustments you are likely to need over the course of 18 months. You will need a number of reviews and adjustments as your teeth shift and it is better to be prepared and to know all of these fees upfront.
Will Medicare Cover The Cost Of My Orthodontic Treatment?
Medicare does not cover orthodontic treatment, however your private health insurer may offer you cover for a portion of the treatment. You should check on this with your health insurance before you start any treatment. It’s quite likely that there will be a waiting period on your benefit.
Are Orthodontic Braces Worth The Investment?
Having straight teeth is not only a matter of aesthetics. Straight teeth are essential for good dental hygiene. Crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean and are more susceptible to tooth decay. By having your teeth straightened you really are investing in your future dental health.
While it makes financial sense to opt for the most cost effective orthodontic appliances you should not take any shortcuts. Working with an experienced professional and following all instructions is essential to finish your orthodontic treatment in the prescribed timeframe.
Still have questions about dental braces cost and what you should be budgeting? Contact our practice to speak to a professional: (02) 8188 4625