What is the cost of metal braces?
The cost of orthodontic treatment is a major consideration for many Australians who are thinking about getting their teeth straightened. This is no surprise, as braces can be a significant financial investment into the health of your smile. Like all investments, it’s important to understand all the costs involved before making a move.
When it comes to orthodontics, cost is largely dependent on the type of treatment you choose. As alternative treatment options grow in popularity, many people are hoping they can forego traditional metal braces in favour of clear aligners for a more discreet treatment option. But there is a lot to love about metal braces, including the cost.
What are metal braces?
Metal braces are an orthodontic device used to straighten crooked teeth or correct a misaligned jaw. The appliance works by placing constant pressure on each tooth, moving them into the desired position over time. They are tightened at each visit to your orthodontist to ensure your treatment stays on track and the movements occur properly, within the safe or pre-determined time frame.
The average cost of metal braces in Australia
There is not a fixed service fee for orthodontic treatment in Australia. This means that prices will vary from practice to practice, depending on a number of factors including the duration of your treatment, the severity of your malocclusion and your chosen orthodontist’s operating fees. But we know that an estimate price is better than nothing. And it’s good to have an idea of how much you should expect to pay before seeing an orthodontist. Average prices in Australia can vary by state, however, metal braces may cost anywhere from $6000 – $9000 for a full 18-24 month treatment period. Shorter, more limited treatments involving only some of the teeth may cost significantly less than this and complicated or lengthy treatments may exceed this range
How long will it take to straighten teeth?
Like the cost of treatment, the duration of treatment will vary from patient to patient. But generally, you can expect your treatment to take anywhere from one year to three years depending on the amount of bite correction required and the movements being undertakent.
Are payment plans available?
Of course. Most orthodontists understand that it can be difficult to make a full upfront payment for the cost of braces. That’s why there are several payment plans to choose from for all types of treatment. These will help make repayments more manageable and ensure you or your child have the smile of your dreams without significant financial burdens.
This is a question you should ask your chosen orthodontist during the initial consultation. You can download a checklist for other questions to ask your orthodontic provider about the cost of orthodontic treatment to ensure you have everything you need to make an informed decision.
IF you’re yet to commence treatment, you can search for an orthodontist near you using our Finder Tool.
All price ranges quoted are indicative only, and do not take into consideration other mitigating factors such as the type of malocclusion being treated, the duration of ‘full treatment’ for a particular case or limited treatment solutions. Orthodontics Australia recommends you consult a specialist orthodontist before commencing any form of orthodontic treatment. You can request a detailed quote from your orthodontist to understand the full cost of treatment, including regular monitoring appointments to ensure your treatment is progressing safely and as expected.