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.
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.
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.