Orthodontics means “straight teeth”. It is a branch of dentistry that deals with alignments of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontics improves the appearance, health and functions of the teeth and jaws using either traditional wires or clear aligners.
Although the appearance and function of the teeth and jaws can be significantly enhanced by orthodontic care, complications are possible. Just like many things, all dental procedures carries some level of risks. Most people having orthodontic treatment will acknowledge and accept the risks because the benefits of having orthodontic work outweigh the potential risks. If you have any concerns, discuss them with your dentist before proceeding.
Common temporary risks:
Common permanent risks:
Orthodontic visits always start with through examination and orthodontic record taking. After proper diagnosis, our dentist is able to advise you on: treatment options, when to start treatment, how long it will take and how much it will cost.
Patients return about every 4 to 8 weeks for adjustments, wire changes and general inspections of their orthodontic progress.
No two orthodontic problems are the same. The cost of treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the dentist’s fee scale.
In Australia, the fee for full orthodontic treatment ranges from about $5000 to $10000, sometimes more if other treatments such as surgeries are required.
The dentist’s fee usually covers the entire treatment including fitting of braces, adjustments, removal of the braces, fitting of retainers and review visits after braces.
Depending on your level of health cover and how long you have been in the health fund, you may be offered some rebate on orthodontic treatment. You should discuss the cost of your orthodontic treatment fully with your health fund and your dentist before proceeding.