Questions to Ask Your Orthodontic Provider about Cost
When considering orthodontic treatment, one of the first questions a patient will ask is how much does treatment cost?
We wish there was a simple answer but there is no fixed- industry-wide service fee. This is because there are a number of factors that will affect how much you pay for your orthodontic treatment, including the severity of your malocclusion and the type of treatment you choose. This is something you will discuss with your chosen orthodontist in your first consultation.
When Should I Discuss the Cost of Orthodontic Treatment?
The cost of orthodontic treatment is a key consideration that should be addressed as soon as possible. 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 number of different things including…
• 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
Afraid you might forget to ask about one of these treatment inclusions?
Print this downloadable checklist to take with you to your first consultation.
Other things you should check include…
Is Your 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.
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