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How to make orthodontic treatment fit your budget

January 31, 2023
How to make orthodontic treatment fit your budget

If you’re on a tight budget, orthodontic treatment may not be a high priority for you or your family. But aside from boosting self-confidence, straighter teeth, a correct bite and a properly aligned jaw can help promote better oral health in some cases. If you want to make yours or your child’s orthodontic treatment fit your budget, you first need to understand what you are paying for and how your orthodontist can make it work for you. 

What are the costs involved in orthodontic treatment?

There are many factors that can affect the cost of orthodontic treatment, including the type and the duration of the treatment. 

When providing you with a treatment plan and quote, your orthodontist will put their years of experience and knowledge to good use to help you understand what kind of results you can expect from different treatment options, as well as how this will affect the price. 

Your full quote may include all assessments, appointment fees, x-rays, the number of orthodontic devices required, and their materials to get your final figure – but it’s always best to confirm exactly what any additional costs may be. Additional appointments or broken appliances can add to your final total, but your orthodontist should be able to provide you with detailed options up front to help you make the best decision. 

Can I arrange a payment plan for orthodontic treatment?

Most orthodontists are more than happy to help you arrange an affordable payment plan for orthodontic treatment. And options like spreading your payments out over instalments can make it more manageable so you don’t get caught out short. After your initial assessment, speak to your orthodontist about the quote, ask questions and see if you can arrange your own payment plan. 

Is orthodontic treatment covered by Medicare?

Unfortunately, orthodontic treatment, including braces, isn’t currently covered by Medicare. If your family has private health insurance your coverage may be able to support portions of some of your appointments. Some flexible health funds may even allow you to pool your extras to help you get more out of your insurance throughout the year. Give your health fund a call to see what is covered, how much you can get back and whether there is a better option for you or your family. 

What if I don’t see an orthodontist?

We strongly recommend that you always see a specialist orthodontist for all your orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists must complete an additional three years of full-time university study on top of their general dental degree to , and specialisebecome a recognised specialist in the field of orthodontics. For this reason, specialist orthodontiststhey are best positionedhave the required expertise and experience to correctly assess and monitor your treatment. This will to ensure that you’re you will achieve getting the best – and safest –  orthodontic treatment results for yourself, and/or your family.. 

Treatment from an alternative provider without this knowledge and experience may leave your child with unsatisfactory results, results that do not last long-term, or even cause damage that will require costly intervention to correct down the line. You should always check that you’re seeing the best and most qualified person for the job to provide your orthodontic treatment. You can use our Finder Tool to search for specialist orthodontists in your area, or enter your current provider’s details to check if they’re an ASO-registered member orthodontist. 

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