Braces Cost in The Blue Mountains. How Much Do Braces Cost?
The cost of orthodontic braces varies depending on the individual case and your private health insurance provider.
In Australia, for a standard 18-month treatment plan, you can expect to pay:
|Ceramic braces||From $6,000|
|Traditional metal braces||From $5,500|
|Lingual braces (single arch)||From $7,500|
|Lingual braces (full treatment)||From $12,500|
|Clear braces (Invisalign)||From $4,000|
Traditional metal braces are the most cost-effective of the teeth straightening options. Due to everyone’s orthodontist treatment being individual and unique, trying to get an average cost for braces fitted to individual needs would not be very helpful. Seeing a qualified dental professional for a consultation is the only way to get the most accurate cost. For example, wisdom teeth may need to be removed in some cases, but that doesn’t apply to all patients.
As you’re doing your orthodontist and braces research, it’s important to understand what braces can do, and the options of braces available. The costs for braces vary between types of braces. At Grand Dental, we provide orthodontics services for our patients. We have outlined a summary below to help you understand more about braces.
What are orthodontic braces?
Dental professionals use braces to straighten teeth or correct any misalignment. The goal is to adjust the bite and create beautiful straight teeth. Braces can work as a solution for minor corrections or severe orthodontic problems. At each visit to your dentist or orthodontist, more pressure is applied to the braces to continue moving the teeth into the desired position.
What kinds of braces are there?
There are four main types of braces – ceramic, metal, lingual, and clear aligners (Invisalign or ClearCorrect) braces.
Ceramic braces are the same shape and size as traditional metal braces. They come in tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in with the teeth to make them less noticeable, including options for tooth-colored wires.
Ceramic braces are great for patients who want fast results with a more aesthetic look. The disadvantage is that they do stain easily if not looked after.
Metal braces are made up of metal brackets and wires, and they are the most affordable. The disadvantage is that they are also the most noticeable.
Lingual braces are similar to metal braces, but they are placed inside the teeth. They are also known as invisible braces because they cannot be seen from the outside. The disadvantages of lingual braces are: more difficult to clean, more uncomfortable than other kinds of braces, and adjustments take longer than other braces.
Clear Aligners (Invisalign or ClearCorrect)
Clear aligners are a series of custom, molded, plastic teeth aligners that slowly straighten teeth without wires. Invisalign or ClearCorrect are the brand names for these types of braces. They are practically invisible, removable, and don’t interfere with eating, brushing, or flossing. Clear aligners (Invisalign or Clear Correct) are suited best for adults and teenagers with crooked/crowded teeth or teeth with uneven spaces. They can also help fix over/underbites and crossbites.
Patients need to wear clear aligners for 20 – 22 hours per day, and new aligners are prescribed every 1-2 weeks.
Do I need braces?
People of all ages may require braces to take corrective action with teeth issues, and others may want a set of straight teeth for a beautiful smile.
Some patients need braces due to:
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- An over/underbite
- A crossbite
- An incorrectly positioned jaw
What are the benefits of having braces?
A successful braces treatment improves your self-esteem. Straighter teeth can improve your overall oral health since they are easier to clean. Besides achieving a beautiful smile, braces can also provide other benefits such as:
- Chewing function is improved
- Teeth are easier to clean and maintain – reducing the risk of other oral problems
- Breath is improved
- Risk of tooth wear is reduced
- Less stress on jaw joints
How often will I need to get my braces adjusted?
On average, braces are usually adjusted every 4-8 weeks, but it depends on your individual treatment plan.
Are there alternatives to braces?
Depending on your issue and goals, there are different options available. For example, for a small gap in your front teeth, dental bonding can be an option. Visit Grand Dental for a consultation for your orthodontic treatment to discuss braces costs.