Understandably, it’s the first thing parents want to know – how much does braces treatment actually cost?
Without an initial consultation, however, it’s near impossible to determine the cost of braces treatment as each case differs from one to the next and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ price. It would be a little like calling a builder and asking how much it’s going to cost to renovate your home – the cost is absolutely dependent on the individual situation and the type of work needed!
That said, when it comes to traditional metal braces (the most common course of treatment for adolescents), anywhere between $5,000 and $9,000 for a standard 18 month treatment plan can be expected.
The cost will of course vary depending on the treatment type, treatment duration and the individual orthodontist. Fees might also be higher if any other appliances are needed in conjunction with braces (such as expansion plates, anchorage implants or bite correcting springs).
So, you think your child might need orthodontic treatment? Here’s all you need to know to ensure their orthodontic journey is as smooth (and cost-effective) as possible.
First thing’s first – ask your orthodontist for a quote
Obtaining an all-inclusive financial quote in writing and a comprehensive diagnostic report from your orthodontist is best to avoid confusion and unexpected costs. You should ask whether the fee includes all of the following:
· Pre-treatment reviews and orthodontic record taking
· Orthodontic appliances
· Post-treatment reviews
Orthodontic treatment and health insurance
If you have health insurance you may be entitled to claim a portion of the treatment cost back from your health fund, but because every case is different, it’s important to check with your fund prior to starting treatment. At your consultation, the orthodontist will provide you with the specific item numbers related to the treatment that your health fund may pay a rebate for. If you don't currently have any cover, you’ll need to weigh up your options to determine whether it will be more cost effective to continue treatment with or without health insurance.
How do orthodontic limits and waiting periods apply to my policy?
It’s important to be aware that orthodontic benefits and limits do vary from fund to fund and there is commonly a 12 month waiting period before you will be eligible to claim a benefit. If your child has a consultation with an orthodontist around 8-10 years of age, this can help your family plan ahead for potential future treatment costs and investigate the suitability of taking out private health fun cover. The most common time to start comprehensive orthodontic treatment (full braces) is between 11 and 13 years of age.
Orthodontic treatment is an investment
Orthodontic treatment is an overwhelmingly positive investment in your child’s future health and happiness. A confident smile has the potential to be your child's best and most memorable asset – one they will surely thank you for down the track!
As discussed, treatment fees differ significantly depending on each individual and the only way for prospective patients to know how much orthodontic treatment is going to cost is to have a personal consultation with an orthodontist.
When it comes to treatment options and payment plans, your orthodontist will happily talk you through your options, answer any questions and do all they can to ensure that you’re comfortable moving forward. If you’re unsure of where to find a registered orthodontist near you, please use the Find An Orthodontist tool on the ASO website.