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.
Which Type of Orthodontic Treatment Is the Cheapest?
The most cost-effective orthodontic treatment option is traditional metal braces which is also the most common treatment option for adolescents in Australia.
For metal braces, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3500 to $9000 for a standard 18-month treatment plan, however, this may fluctuate, depending in your chosen orthodontists’ fees, expertise and inclusions.
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. Most orthodontists will provide a free orthodontic consultation where they will assess the movements required to straighten your teeth and align your bite. 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…
Are Payment Plans Available?
We understand that it may be difficult to make an upfront payment of $5000 to $9000. That’s why most orthodontists have payment plans to help you spread out the cost of your treatment over time. You can discuss these treatment options with your chosen orthodontist who will ensure the payments are more manageable for you and your family.
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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