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Mum Julie gets her ceramic braces off, same week as daughter Chloe Part 3 of 3

Orthodontic care is an investment in you or your child’s smile, but as with all investments, one of the first things you may want to know is how much braces cost.

What is the cost of braces in Australia?

Without an initial consultation, it’s near impossible to determine the cost of braces treatment. Each case differs from one to the next and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ price. It would be a little like calling a builder and asking how much it’s going to cost to renovate your home – the cost is absolutely dependent on the individual situation and the type of work needed!

That said, when it comes to traditional metal braces (the most common course of orthodontic treatment for adolescents), anywhere between $5,000 and $9,000 for a standard 18 month plan can be expected.

Of course, the cost of braces in Australia will vary depending on the type and duration of the treatment, as well as the individual orthodontist. Fees might also be higher if any other appliances are needed in conjunction with braces (such as expansion plates, anchorage implants or bite correcting springs).

Lingual braces are custom-made to fit snugly along the inside of your teeth. As a result, they tend to be more expensive than other options and can cost upwards of $9,000 for a full 18-month plan.

In some cases, smile correction via a series of clear aligners such as Invisalign® may be a suitable option. While clear aligners can cost between $3,500 to $9,000 for a full course of treatment, their success is dependent on the particulars of your case and wearing the aligners consistently.