Cost of orthodontic treatment

No two orthodontic problems are the same and the cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the orthodontist's fee scale.

Many orthodontic problems require only simple treatment and you might find that the cost is lower than you thought.

In Australia, the fee for orthodontic treatment involving upper and lower braces varies from $4500 to $8000 or more.

Should treatment involve braces in only one arch, the fee is considerably less.

This fee usually covers the entire treatment including fitting of braces, periodic adjustments, removal of the braces, and the retention and observation periods thereafter.

The fee usually does not cover such items as the consultation, records, or other preparatory steps prior to the fitting of braces.

Your orthodontist will discuss the fee with you before treatment is commenced.

Dental Health Funds

Certain Health Fund schemes offer a limited rebate on fees paid for orthodontic treatment. Conditions apply.

The rebate depends on your type of health cover and on how long you have been in the Health Fund.

You should discuss the rebate with your Health Fund before making a start with orthodontic treatment.

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