Got a problem with crooked teeth? Do you suffer from an overbite or an underbite? Teeth braces can fix your dental problems, but how much do braces cost? Find out what sort of teeth straightening choices are available to you, and whether braces are an option for your budget here.
Why would you need teeth braces?
As a child, you would have lost your milk teeth and no doubt lined your pockets with coins from the tooth fairy. When you lose your baby teeth, they are replaced one by one with bigger, permanent teeth, which should last all the way through your adult years. The only problem is, some of those pesky big teeth don’t grow through at the right angle, and some grow through with sizeable gaps.
Additionally, your upper or lower jaws may not be quite the same size. When that happens, your teeth cause an overbite (if your lower jaw is smaller) or underbite (if your upper jaw is smaller) which can cause chewing difficulties and additional cavities due to uneven wear and tear.
Tooth and jaw complications can also relate to tooth decay, losing your baby teeth too early, accidents, or early childhood habits such as thumb sucking.
Straightening your teeth with braces not only increases your confidence to smile, but also improves your dental hygiene. Say goodbye to food stuck in-between your gaps!
The good news is, teeth straightening and jaw re-alignment can be achieved with professional orthodontic care. Your orthodontist can establish what sort of teeth straightening you will need, and work out how much your braces or other treatments will cost.
What is an orthodontist?
Your first dental visit will be with your local or family dentist. Discuss your dental concerns at your routine visit with your dentist and they can then refer you to an orthodontist to discuss any teeth alignment concerns. An orthodontist is a dentist that specialises in dental correction. Your orthodontist will determine the appropriate teeth straightening options needed for your teeth.
What age should your teeth first be checked by an orthodontist?
There is no right or wrong answer as to when your child should first visit an orthodontist. Around the age of 7 is when permanent teeth start to work their way through, therefore orthodontist appointments can be arranged anywhere between 6 and 10 years. Dental issues start to become apparent when your adult teeth push through; problems such as teeth overcrowding or underbites, for example. Seeing an orthodontist pre-teen does not mean braces will be arranged straight away, it just means you can prepare for the appropriate treatment in the future.
Are teeth braces only for teens? No!
As a teen you are within the most common age group to sport teeth braces, because you are at a point where you have finally lost all of your baby teeth. Your adult teeth are permanently fixed in their desired spot by the time you reach your teenage years, which is why it’s so common for this to be the time to discuss braces.
But if you think teeth braces are only for teens and young adults, think again. Orthodontic help with your teeth alignment is possible at any age. In fact more and more people are choosing to straighten their teeth later in life if they ‘missed out’ on treatment as teens. If the cost of braces was not feasible for you and your family during your teen years for some reason, it may be far more possible for you as an adult with your own budget to plan.
What’s more, accidents can happen at any time in your life, and dental trauma might result in a need for braces to fix your teeth. How much do braces cost in such instances? It would be tricky to determine, as orthodontic treatment could be incorporated with visits to various health professionals, particularly when hospitalisation is involved.
Types of dental braces
Did you know that there are many ways you can re-align your teeth? Teeth straightening options have become quite advanced in recent years; you are no longer limited to the traditional metal ‘train-track’ teeth braces you may remember from school days. Different dental circumstances require different options. Different choices will mean different budgets. Some of the types of teeth braces you can choose include:
• Metal braces (conventional type)
• Ceramic braces (tooth coloured, clear brackets)
• Lingual braces (almost invisible)
• Invisalign (invisible, the clear alternative to metal braces)
How much can you expect to pay for braces?
Fees you might incur with your braces will vary considerably, but will be somewhere in the region of $2,000 to $9,000 in Australia for conventional treatments. Some private health insurance companies offer assistance with orthodontic care, depending on your level of cover.
If invisible teeth braces sounds more appealing to you, be aware that lingual and Invisalign options will cost more than traditional metal braces. In Australia, the average cost of Invisalign treatment will range from $6,000 to $9,000. Minor correction can start from $4,500.
Contact Australia Dental for all your questions about teeth straightening or Brisbane orthodontics care.
Now you have established that you need teeth straightening, and you know approximately how much braces cost, you ought to book an appointment with a dentistry expert. Australia Dental offers expert dentistry services in Clontarf and Burpengary, servicing the Moreton Bay Region. Call the Clontarf office on 07 3284 7112 or Burpengary on 07 3888 9125 to book in your dental appointment, or contact us online.
When you’re asking questions like ‘do I need braces?’ and ‘how much do braces cost?’ it’s time to see the experts at Australia Dental to get a straight answer!