If you need orthodontic treatment the cost of braces is probably at the fore of your mind. And that’s no surprise, because orthodontic treatment is probably going to take 18 to 24 months of investment to complete.
Fortunately, today’s braces offer something for every market segment and you have more orthodontic choices today than ever before. At Southern Smiles our friendly and experienced team will be happy to explain your orthodontic options and help you with a comparative costing, to determine the best course of treatment for you.
Dissecting The Cost Of Orthodontics
So what makes up the total cost you are presented with and how does your dentist arrive at that figure?
Firstly it is worth knowing that the cost you are given is a total cost for the entire treatment. It typically includes all the professional fees of your treatment, the appliances that you have fitted and any post-treatment care you will need.
Some people may want to call this ‘expensive’ but it’s preferable to lots of small unexpected bills throughout. A total cost enables you to plan financially and budget appropriately.
What Is The Average Cost Of Braces?
On average you can expect to pay from $2000 for minor corrections, to upwards of $9000 for major corrections and / or invisible braces. It is virtually impossible to ascertain what your orthodontics will cost though, until you have had a professional assessment.
Let’s take a look at what different types of appliances might set you back.
Traditional metal braces
If you feel comfortable to wear traditional metal braces, this is generally the most cost-effective straightening option. Metal braces cost ranges between $5000 and $9000 for an 18-month treatment plan.
Traditional braces are still in use because they work if you follow your dentist’s instructions. You will need to practice meticulous hygiene and make regular visits to your dentist to have them adjusted and ensure that you are on track to achieve your treatment goals.
Known most commonly under the Invisalign brand, clear aligners have become increasingly popular with adult patients because of their invisibility. They are also suitable for minor corrections, or problems a patient may not have treated because they were considered not bad enough. You will need to have new aligners every two weeks.
If you opt for invisible aligners you will pay a higher price for the convenience and aesthetics. Orthodontics Australia says you can budget in the range of $3500 and $9000 for a treatment plan. Check out our review of the top invisible aligner brands if you’re planning to go for this option.
While wearing lingual braces may require some speech adjustments, they do present a very convenient way for adults to straighten their teeth. They offer the same straightening force as traditional braces but their placement on the back of the teeth means that other people won’t know that you’re wearing them. Once again, the added convenience will cost you extra, and you may pay upwards of $9000 for a full 18-month treatment plan.
The cost of your braces will be all inclusive and should include:
Your assessments, x rays, scans and check-ins
Regardless of what type of orthodontics you choose, you will need to see your dentist on a regular basis. Your orthodontic braces will need adjusting as your teeth shift and your dentist will inspect your teeth to ensure there are no signs of decay.
The cost of the orthodontic appliances
Your traditional braces, clear aligners, lingual braces or ceramic braces will be included too. Any extras, accessories, adhesives or wires should be added to the total cost.
After your braces have eventually been removed your dentist will monitor your teeth to make sure they do not fall back into their old positions.
It is quite likely that you will be given a retainer and it is really important that you wear it as advised, to maintain your new straight smile. Lot of patients mention their disappointment at how their teeth shifted after orthodontic treatment because they did not wear their retainers.
Orthodontic braces offer the wearer the benefit of straight teeth and an aligned jaw, which is essential for good oral health. Not only do braces improve your facial aesthetics, they contribute to the long-term health of your teeth, which deserve the very best available care.
To find out more about the cost of braces please contact our practice: (02) 8503 9902