Are you keen to have your teeth straightened but worried about how much braces cost in Burwood? Orthodontic treatment, yep that braces to you and me, is available for any age; and dentists are reporting a large increase in people choosing to have orthodontic treatment, particularly if they ‘missed’ out as a teenager. If the cost was out of reach for your family when you were a teen, then perhaps you’re better placed to pay for treatment now. In fact, most dentists including us, offer payment options so that you can spread the cost over several months. All while benefiting from the beautiful straight smile that you’ve always wanted.
When are braces really necessary?
Children may need braces if their teeth are overcrowded, crooked, or if they have a malocclusion causing an over or underbite. Your dentist will tell you that the best time to place braces is when a child is between 10-14 as access to straightening teeth is far easier at this age, since the head and mouth are still growing. However, as we mentioned earlier there is no upper age limit for braces and provided the gums are healthy and strong, then orthodontics treatment is widely available to adults too. Besides, accidents can and do happen at any time in your life and you may need braces to fix your teeth if trauma to your face or mouth has damaged them in any way.
Straight teeth benefits – Not just a great smile!
For sure, teeth that are straight create a beautiful smile and improve confidence, but more importantly they help to improve a person’s oral hygiene since they are easier to clean. Food can get trapped between gaps in the teeth and if you have an overbite or an underbite, this can cause problems with chewing your food and the likelihood of more cavities because of uneven wear and tear.
If you think that you’re going to be stuck with metal style braces you may remember from your childhood you needn’t worry. Options for teeth straightening have advanced hugely in recent years and your dentist will be able to recommend braces which fit your individual dental needs and lifestyle. Different choices mean a difference in braces cost so this may be a factor in determining which option to take.
Some of the types of braces you can choose include:
- Conventional metal braces
- Ceramic braces with clear brackets and tooth coloured wire
- Lingual braces (which sit behind the teeth)
- Invisalign Aligners (a clear alternative to metal)
As well as a variety of braces to choose from, patients also benefit from shorter treatment times in many cases. In fact, there are some brace systems which come under the ‘umbrella’ of accelerated orthodontics since the treatment time is far shorter than with conventional braces and can take just a matter of a few months to complete. This type of orthodontic treatment is only suitable for mild corrections in the smile and concentrates purely on the front teeth which are visible when you smile. As a result, many people choose this treatment to improve the aesthetics of their smile if they have a special event such as a wedding, job interview, or date fast approaching.
Braces cost for adults – How much is it going to set me back?
Brace prices vary considerably but for conventional treatments in Australia as a general rule of thumb, prices are somewhere between $2000 and $9000. Some private health care provides cover for orthodontic care but this does depend upon the level of cover that you have.
If you can’t face the thought of wearing metal braces then you might want to consider lingual braces or Invisalign which are virtually invisible to anyone but you and your dentist. Be prepared for the Invisalign average cost to set you back between $6000 to $9000 with more minor corrections starting from around $4500.
So now you’ve got a better idea of whether you need orthodontic treatment, and a rough guide to the cost of braces for adults, all that’s left to do is book an appointment with an experienced dentist in Burwood. Remember we offer flexible payments on a wide range of dental treatments so call Dentist266 on 02 9051 0600 and take the first step towards your new smile.