You start Googling, talk to friends who have been through braces and discuss your options with your local dentist or specialist orthodontist.
You may quickly find out that there are many different options and quotes. So how do you choose? Do you go with the cheapest? Or do you go with the most expensive thinking it has to be the best?
There are several factors that contribute to the cost of braces, these include:
- severity of the condition being addressed as to the length of treatment required;
- type of braces used; and
- the level of experience of your treatment provider.
Firstly, the more involved the treatment, the higher the cost of braces may be. A simple treatment that may take six months would be less than that of someone who requires two to three years of orthodontic treatment including the removal of teeth and oral surgery to correct their bite or position of their jaws.
Secondly, the type of braces used will impact upon the cost of your treatment.
Conventional braces are still the most commonly used orthodontic appliance and many still consider these the “gold standard”. It’s one of those rarities in life: effective, efficient and the least expensive.
However, if the appearance of metal is not to your liking, there are also ceramic or clear braces. These often achieve the same result but are more aesthetically pleasing. This will often cost you more due to the increase in value of the materials used.
Then we have the more exotic customised options including special wires and/or customised braces to sit in front or behind your teeth (lingual braces). These are best compared to a tailor-made dress or suit as opposed to something off the rack. It is made fit you and no one else and, hence, this is reflected in the cost.
A different customised option involves a series of clear removable plates or aligners, such as Invisalign. Although popular especially amongst adults, these are not suited to everyone.
Finally, the cost involved will also depend on who your clinician is. You choose between treatment with a specialist orthodontist – someone with three-plus years of full-time post-graduate specialist training and whose job is dedicated solely to the mechanics and biology of moving teeth. Or a general dentist – someone who dabbles in orthodontics beside their regular duties of fillings and cleanings and who may have undertaken a two-day Invisalign course, a series of weekend courses or worse still, doing it because “it looks easy”. At Smile Solutions, your orthodontic treatment will only ever be performed by a specialist orthodontist.
Furthermore, for those with health insurance, it will likely benefit you to seek out an orthodontist as rebates are often maximised if treatment is provided by a registered specialist.
Your treatment and smile is an important investment and the aforementioned factors should be carefully considered when seeking the best course for you. There are more ways than one to straighten teeth but your money should be spent with someone you’re comfortable with, who has the experience to give you a range of options to suit your particular needs.
What you can expect to pay for braces