How Much Should You Budget For Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic care is an investment in the future, but it’s very difficult to cost and budget for because every case is different and requires an individualised approach to treatment. Today there are more teeth straightening options at your disposal than ever before, also making it difficult to streamline and generalise the costs.


How Does Your Dentist Calculate The Total Cost Of Your Orthodontics?

Your estimate for orthodontic treatment will include the cost of your initial consultation and x rays. If you have additional requirements, like extra appliances or tooth extractions to be performed, these will be added to the total cost.

Your dentist will also factor in the cost of the appliances, as well as the follow-up appointments and tweaks to your braces over the course of treatment. The fees charged by your dental practitioner are added to the cost of your appliances and generally presented to you as one amount.


How Much Do Traditional Metal Braces Cost?

For the traditional metal braces, you can expect to pay between $5000 and $9000 for the whole treatment. If you decide to go for the modern orthodontic appliances, you can expect to pay a little more. If you only need minor corrections, you will probably be charged an amount of $4500-$5000. The price is also dependent on whether you need appliances for one or both jaws.

How Much Do Invisible Braces Cost?

Not everyone wants it to be obvious that they are wearing braces. This has made brands like Invisalign increasingly popular, especially among more image-conscious adults and teens, because the appliances are practically invisible. Wearing clear aligners could cost you between $3500 and $9000 for the treatment plan over 18 months, depending on whether you need the aligners on your top and bottom jaws.

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Remember that if you do not wear your Invisalign as instructed, you may not achieve your goals in the allocated treatment period and this could impact on the cost.


What Is The Cost Of Lingual Braces?

If you want a more bespoke straightening solution like lingual braces that fit exactly inside your teeth, you will be paying more. Lingual braces can cost more than $9000 for the 18 month treatment plan and will depend on the shape and structure of your mouth.

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Will My Insurance Cover The Cost Of Braces?

If you are on Medicare the cost of orthodontic treatment is not included. Orthodontic cover is also excluded from the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Most private dental insurance plans will cover teeth straightening treatments, depending on the fine print of your particular plan, but there may be a waiting period of up to 12 months before you can claim the benefit.

It is important that cost is not a deterrent to you getting treatment. Straight teeth are not only important for aesthetic reasons and facial harmony, but they are also a prerequisite for good dental hygiene and to avoid the development of cavities.

Have questions or concerns about the cost of orthodontic treatment? Don’t delay, call our practice to find out more about teeth straightening today.


  1. Hamish Baxter

    I’ve had someone tell me I have teeth like a dog. It was so embarrassing because I’m 24 and a big part of my job is speaking/performing in public. Invisalign is an option for me but I’m hesitant because of the thousands of dollars I have to spend for the treatment. Not to mention the extra time and energy you’ll have to put in keeping it extra clean. But, I think this post is right. The cost should not be a deterrent to getting treatment. I’d rather just go through the trouble of getting them than live with this dog like teeth for the rest of my life.

  2. Poppy Tubb

    My upper front teeth are sticking out a bit and I’m hoping for orthodontics to fix it. I know someone who just had it and ouch! I didn’t know they cost a bit, but sheesh! I still wanna know how they arrived at that figure. I’m just done reading this post and it all make sense to me now. Needless to say, the most expensive necessarily means the best since I’m banking on Invisalign. I have orthodontic coverage so hopefully, Invisalign will be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

  3. Albert

    I am from India,
    I’ll be staying in sydney from the next month. I am wearing braces currently and my present doctor recommeds a review once in 2 months, how much will a visit cost?

  4. Levi Macvitie

    My teeth are grievously crooked but I can’t afford braces as my parents are average earners
    so obviously we don’t have enough dollars. Also, I’m still a student so I only work part time. Of course I want to get my teeth fixed but I think I can postpone it until I’m in a better financial place to afford it. The only people who absolutely need braces I think are those whose condition causes significant functional problems. Fortunately that’s not my case.

  5. Ebony Beggs

    I have a gap between my two front teeth that always makes me self-conscious that’s why, I’ve always wanted to get braces. But just like what this post cited, braces aren’t cheap. So I thought, “Is it worth it?”. Well, from reading answers from multiple different sites, nearly everyone said yes. I’m a tad bit tight on cash though so if I can find a dentist who can offer
    a discounted pricing, that’ll be great.

  6. Juanita

    Do you do payment plans?

  7. Reginald R. Kirts

    The price of braces is often negotiable I think. That’s why it’s really important that you shop around before making a dentistry choice. I paid $6500 for my treatment. Upper and lower teeth for about 2 years without extractions. Although most of the time the prices are based on the typical fee that providers in an area accept as payment in full from insurance companies, which is generally less than billed charges.

  8. Ben Finlay

    Wow, I didn’t know that the cost of braces would depend on a lot of things. And seeing the cost of each type, I can say the price varies on a large scale. Well I guess the better brace, the more expensive is the brace. After all, you must realise that if you get it cheap, there’s some problem in disguise there.

  9. Abigail Beal

    The fact that private practices in Australia charge a fortune for braces is not anymore surprising. But the cost would still vary after your treatment plan has been made. The type and material that you choose, the severity of the case and the tentative duration of treatment, all these factors increase the cost. Certainly, there will be a price difference as well in different regions so make sure to do your homework and get plenty of opinions.

  10. Matthew Leschen

    The efficacy and type of braces to be used depend on the condition of teeth. In other words, every patient has individual treatment needs, and that is one of the factors which likely to affect the price. Booking a consultation with your dentist should be your first step in determining the price so he or she can take a look at how this factor influences the final cost of you getting braces.


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