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Dental Braces: Treatment & Costs

Dental braces can straighten teeth or correct a misaligned bite.

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What are Dental Braces?

Dental braces, or orthodontic cases, are devices used by dental professionals to straighten crooked teeth or correct a misaligned bite. Braces help to reposition the teeth with an aim to adjust the bite and result in a beautifully straight smile.

Braces work by placing constant pressure on each tooth to move them to the desired position. The braces are tightened at each returning visit to the dentist, applying slightly more pressure to the teeth to continue to move them into their proper position.

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Do I Need Braces?

People of all ages require dental braces for a variety of reasons. They may need braces to fix orthodontic problems or they may simply desire a perfectly straight smile if they were not blessed with naturally straight teeth. You might consider getting braces if you have:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • An overbite
  • An underbite
  • A crossbite
  • An incorrectly positioned jaw.

Whether you are looking to correct a structural issue or you are considering getting braces purely for cosmetic purposes, braces can not only correct the positioning of your teeth, but also improve your overall oral health.

What Are the Different Types of Braces?

There are four main types of dental braces – metal, ceramic, lingual and Invisalign or invisible braces.

Metal Braces

Metal braces consist of metal brackets and wires. While the thought of these braces may initially make you think of the words “metal mouth”, modern metal braces are much smaller and less noticeable than those of the past. These days, they even feature heat-activated archwires that use your body heat to assist in moving teeth faster and less painfully.

This style is the most affordable type of braces, and the option of fun coloured bands allows kids to express themselves by personalising their braces with their favourite colours. Metal braces are the most noticeable type of braces.

Ceramic Braces

While these are the same size and shape as metal braces, they feature tooth-coloured or clear brackets to blend in with the teeth for a less noticeable appearance. Some even have the option of tooth-coloured wires for further subtlety.

Ceramic braces are a great option for those who desire the fast results of metal braces without standing out so much on the teeth. This style can stain easily if not looked after correctly.

Lingual Braces

These braces are the same as metal braces but are placed on the inside of the teeth. This makes them invisible from the outside, but it can also make them more difficult to keep clean. They can be more uncomfortable at first and adjustments can be more time-consuming than regular braces.

Invisalign (Invisible Braces)

Invisalign are 18 to 30 customised clear plastic removable aligners that are replaced every two weeks. These allow you to eat and drink whatever you want, but they are also the most expensive option. They are only available for teenagers and adults, and they can have slower results than traditional braces.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The cost of dental braces is dependent on your individual circumstances. Factors that will have an influence on the price of your dental braces, including the fitting, adjustments, retention visits and removal are:

  • The type of braces required for your treatment
  • The complexity of your orthodontic problem
  • Where you are purchasing your dental braces
  • Whether you have heath care funding
  • The reputation and experience of the dental practice.

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Braces Costs & Savings

Dental serviceRegular patients pay
Members Savings
Traditional metal braces$4,500 - $8,00015% savings
Ceramic braces$4,500 - $8,00015% savings
Lingual braces (single arch)from $7,50015% savings
Lingual braces (full treatment)approximately $12,50015% savings
Invisalign minor treatmentsfrom $4,50015% savings
Invisalign full treatments$6,000 - $9,00015% savings

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What are the Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment gives you more than just an aesthetically pleasing smile. You can also enjoy other benefits such as:

  • Teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of plaque build-up, gum disease and tooth decay
  • Breath is improved
  • Reduced risk of teeth wear
  • Improved chewing functionality
  • Eliminated stress and pain of jaw joints.

Orthodontic problems can lead to more serious health issues, so if you are concerned about your oral health, it is always best to visit your smile.com.au approved dentist as soon as possible.

How Often Will I Need to Have My Braces Adjusted?

Your smile.com.au approved dentist will schedule adjustment revisits depending on your needs and the stage of your treatment. Generally, patients are seen every 4-8 weeks, but this can change for each individual. Regular monitoring is required by your dentist to review the treatment progress.

Does Health Insurance Cover the Cost of Braces?

Some health insurance plans provide benefits for orthodontic treatments. Ask your health insurance provider to confirm your entitlements.

Are There Any Alternatives to Braces?

Depending on your orthodontic issue, there are alternative treatments available. For example, if you are looking to correct a small gap in your front teeth, you might consider dental bonding instead of braces. Your Smile-approved dentist can discuss your options with you.

How Can I Find a smile.com.au Quality Approved General Dentist or Orthodontist?

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