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Questions to ask your orthodontic provider about cost

January 31, 2023
Questions to ask your orthodontic provider about cost

It’s one of the first questions a patient or parent will ask: how much does orthodontic treatment cost? But the reality is, the cost of orthodontic treatment, such as braces, can vary. There are a number of factors that will affect how much you pay for orthodontic treatment, including your personal needs and the type of treatment you choose. This is something you will discuss with your chosen orthodontist in your first consultation. Read on for more about the cost of treatment. 

Which type of orthodontic treatment is the cheapest?

The most cost-effective orthodontic treatment option is generally traditional metal braces, which is also the most common treatment option for adolescents in Australia. For metal braces, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3500 to $9000 for a standard 18-month treatment plan, however, this may fluctuate, depending on your chosen orthodontists’ fees, expertise and inclusions. It’s important to note, that your treatment requirements will greatly affect the options available and the final cost. So, whether it is a minor correction that can be achieved in six months or if there is only one type of treatment that will work, there are lots of considerations that will come into your orthodontist’s final treatment plan. 

When should I discuss the cost of orthodontic treatment?

The cost of orthodontic treatment is a topic that should be discussed early in the consultation process, so you know what to expect and can decide whether or not to proceed. Some orthodontists may provide a complimentary or low-cost orthodontic consultation where they will assess the movements required to straighten your teeth and align your bite. This is the perfect opportunity to obtain an all-inclusive orthodontic quote so you know how much your treatment will cost. 

What does my orthodontic quote include?

When you receive a quote from your orthodontist, you should check if it includes a products and services such as: 

• Pre-treatment assessment
• X-rays and digital scans of your teeth
• A custom mould of your teeth and bite
• Orthodontic appliances
• Care items such as orthodontic wax, elastics and piksters
• Regular consultations
• Emergency appointments
• Post-treatment retainers
• Replacement retainers
• Follow up treatment reviews

If anything is not included in your quote, it is best to ask your orthodontist’s office what the one-off cost of these individual items would be in the event that you need them. This will help if you’re comparing quotes from multiple orthodontic providers to understand the best option for you. 

How do I know what to ask my orthodontic provider about treatment?

Print this downloadable checklist to take with you to your first consultation. 

Other things you should check include… 

Are payment plans available for orthodontic treatment?

For many people, it can be difficult to make an upfront payment of $5000 to $9000. That’s why most orthodontists have payment plans available to help spread the cost of your treatment over time. You can discuss these payment options with your chosen orthodontist who will ensure the total cost is more manageable for you and your family. 

Is orthodontic treatment covered by health insurance?

If you have health insurance, you may be entitled to claim a portion of the treatment cost back from your health fund. Because every case is different, it’s important to check with your fund prior to starting treatment. 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, as waiting periods (and differences in individual health fund rebates) may apply. 

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