When your child needs braces, the options can be confusing. Will traditional metal braces suffice or does your child’s personality mean that Clear Braces would be a better option? What about Invisalign – is that suited to kids? Will your child need one or more teeth extracted? What kind of post-treatment maintenance will be required? And how much will it all cost?
At Clear Choice Orthodontists, we’ve heard every question and we have an answer for every nagging thought as you help your child get the dental treatment they need. Read the following list of the most common questions for a great overview of the situation.
What do braces cost for a child?
Every mouth is different and so is the cost. But taking a typical example of top and bottom teeth requiring metal braces worn on the front face of the teeth, you can anticipate a cost around $6,500 over 18-24 months.
We offer a range of affordable monthly payment plans to help you manage the cost.
An assessment in one of our practices will mean we can give you a firm cost estimate for your child’s treatment plan, allowing you to make a decision with all the facts at hand. Check out our FAQs for more answers to your questions.
When should your child get braces?
We recommend that your child come in to see us around the age of 7 or 8 for an assessment.
When we get the opportunity to see a patient early we can normally effectively anticipate what’s going to happen in the following years – making treatment more likely to be successful and permanent… and faster. Sometimes very simple treatment when young is all that is needed!
Do I need a referral?
No, you can see an orthodontist without a referral. The rebate from your health fund is the same whether you have a referral or not.
How long will your child need to wear his or her braces?
Braces may be needed for between 6 months to 2 years. This gives us time to move the teeth gently in the jaws and to lock in a permanent result at the end of the treatment.
If you had braces, it’s good to know times have changed
If you had braces, you might have had few alternatives to metal braces. These days, there are a wealth of alternative choices.
From metal braces with colours to light up your child’s smile, to lingual braces that sit on the inner surface of your child’s teeth and are almost invisible, to Invisalign – a near-invisible alignment system that can be removed for special occasions.
With all the choices available, which is best?
Each treatment method has some pros and cons that you will need to consider. That’s where your Clear Choice Orthodontist will be able to help. He or she will give you all the information you need, along with a recommendation based on years of experience treating all kinds of alignment problems and bite correction issues.
We deal with all the fear and uncertainty you and your child might have by taking the time to explain the issues at hand, the path your child’s teeth are taking, what the most likely outcome of various treatment options is and what’s involved in each. We won’t pressure you to make a decision.