Many Australians want straighter teeth for themselves or their children but are concerned about the cost of braces.
To help explain the cost and the different types of braces available, we consulted with Dr Abraham Al-Qaysi from HBF Dental.
This should help you decide whether braces are right for you, and which type you might consider.
How to plan and prepare ahead?
12 to 14 is the most common age range for braces. Dr Abraham from HBF says if you think your child might be needing them, plan in advance.
“Ensure your private health insurance policy includes major dental and or orthodontics, and get covered at least a year before planning your first appointment with a specialist,” he said.
How much do braces cost?
Teeth need to be realigned slowly and that’s what makes treatment expensive.
Here is a breakdown of costs based on the type of braces you have, as requested on the date of this article:
- Metal braces, or traditional braces, can cost $6,000 - $9,000
- Ceramic braces can cost $6,500 - $9,500
Ceramic braces work just like traditional braces, but they’re made of a clear ceramic material that blends in to the colour of your teeth.
- Lingual braces can cost $9,500 - $15,000
Lingual braces are attached to the inside of your teeth, rather than the outside, making them invisible when you smile.
- Clear aligners can cost $6,500 - $9,500
Clear aligners are the popular transparent aligners custom-made to fit snugly on your teeth.
How can HBF help cover the cost of braces?
How much HBF will cover all depends on whether you have ‘Orthodontics’ on your HBF Dental Cover and what extras cover you have.
Log in to MyHBF to view your product sheet or call us on 133 423. You can also discover more about what extras product is right for you here.
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This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.