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Traditional braces are an orthodontic treatment used to straighten and align teeth, improve the bite, and enhance the smile’s overall appearance. They consist of small brackets bonded to the teeth and connected by wires and tiny elastic bands. The wires and bands apply gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into their desired position over time.
Traditional braces can be made from different materials, such as metal, ceramic, or plastic, and are typically worn for 12-36 months, depending on the individual needs of the patient. During this time, the patient must see our local orthodontic dentist periodically to adjust the wires and brackets to maintain the proper pressure level on the teeth.
While traditional braces can be uncomfortable at first and may require some adjustment to speaking and eating, they are a highly effective treatment for correcting a wide range of dental problems, such as crowded or crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, overbite, underbite, and crossbite.
Our experienced cosmetic dentist typically provides orthodontic treatment with traditional braces. Amazing Smiles professional dentists will work with the patient to develop a treatment plan that addresses their individual needs and goals for the appearance and function of their teeth.
The average duration for dental braces 16-24 months
Procedure for getting traditional braces
If you are considering getting traditional braces, here is a general overview of what you can expect during the process:
Initial Orthodontic Consultation
Overall, the process of getting traditional braces can take several months to a few years, depending on the complexity of your case. Following your dentist’s instructions and attending all scheduled appointments is important to ensure the best possible outcome.
Braces from $3,750*
Benefits of traditional braces
- Effective: Traditional braces are highly effective at correcting many dental issues, including crowding, spacing, and misaligned teeth. They can also fix bite problems like overbite, underbite, and crossbite.
- Cost-effective: Traditional metal braces are often the most cost-effective option for orthodontic treatment.
- Durability: Metal braces are made of durable, durable materials that can withstand the pressure and force required to move teeth into their proper position.
- Predictable: Orthodontists have used traditional braces for years, so the treatment process is predictable and well-established. Patients and orthodontists can expect consistent results.
- Customizable: Traditional braces can be customized with different coloured bands, which can be a fun way for patients to express their personalities and style.
- Can treat complex cases: Traditional braces are often the best option for treating difficult cases, such as severe crowding or bite issues that may require headgear or other appliances.
- Shorter treatment times: Advances in technology and techniques have made treatment times with traditional braces faster than ever before, which can reduce the overall length of treatment and discomfort.
Why Choose us for dental braces?
- Braces from only $3,750* compared to Australian national average costs of $8,000-$9,000.
- Pay from as little as $35 per week after initial deposit requirements. Payments plans are flexible and provided by with Zip, Afterpay, or Humm after eligibility.
- We treat most mild, moderate to complex cases. Costs vary based on duration and complication of treatments.
- We treat mild, moderate, to complex orthodontic cases. Prices vary upon alignment complexity and duration of treatment.
- Our experiences dentists are with you the entire way. No treatment or adjustments are performed by inexperienced dental assistants.
- All orthodontics and additional dental treatments* can be performed within our clinic rather than referred to other clinics. Our cosmetic dentists can perform all pre and post dental treatments to achieve your desired outcomes. *Patients that require oral maxillofacial surgeon are referred to a specialist.
The length of treatment for traditional braces can also vary depending on the individual case, just like with clear aligners. Treatment time can range from a few months to a couple of years, depending on the complexity of the case and the amount of correction needed.
In general, the average length of treatment for traditional braces is around 16 to 24 months. However, some cases may be completed in as little as six months, while more complex cases may take up to three years.
Several factors, such as the severity of the malocclusion, the age of the patient, and the type of braces used, also determine the length of treatment with traditional braces.
Your orthodontist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals. They will provide an estimated treatment time and let you know what you can expect throughout the process. They may also recommend additional appliances, such as headgear or rubber bands, to help achieve the desired results.
It’s important to note that proper care and maintenance of your braces, including regular adjustments and dental visits, are critical to achieving the best possible outcome and minimizing the length of treatment.
Metal braces have been a popular orthodontic treatment for many years and are effective in treating a wide range of dental issues, such as crowded or crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and bite problems. They are typically made of high-grade stainless steel and use brackets and wires to move the teeth into the correct position over time gradually.
While metal braces have been a trusted orthodontic treatment for many years, a variety of options are available, such as clear aligners, ceramic braces, and lingual braces.
The choice of which type of orthodontic treatment is best for an individual patient depends on several factors, such as the severity of the dental issue, the patient’s age, lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences. Metal braces may be the best option for some patients, depending on their needs and preferences.
Metal braces are typically more durable and resistant to damage than other braces, such as clear aligners or ceramic braces. They can also more effectively treat specific dental issues, such as severe crowding or bite problems.
On the other hand, some patients may prefer more discreet orthodontic treatment options, such as clear aligners or ceramic braces, which are less noticeable than metal braces. Additionally, some patients may have sensitivities or allergies to the materials used in metal braces, which can make other treatment options a better choice.
Overall, the choice of orthodontic treatment is a decision that should be made in consultation with an experienced orthodontist, who can provide a personalized treatment plan based on the patient’s individual needs and preferences.
Metal braces can cause discomfort or soreness in the first few days after being placed or after an adjustment appointment. This discomfort is typically mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
The soreness is usually caused by the pressure of the brackets and wires on the teeth and the movement of the teeth into their new positions. This discomfort usually subsides within a few days as the teeth adjust to the pressure.
In some cases, metal braces may cause irritation or soreness inside the lips or cheeks, especially in the first few weeks of treatment. This can be managed with orthodontic wax, which can be applied to the brackets to reduce friction and irritation.
Metal braces are not typically considered a painful treatment, but they can cause discomfort or soreness, especially in the first few days or after an adjustment appointment. The discomfort is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and orthodontic wax. Your orthodontist can provide additional tips and advice on handling any discomfort during your treatment.
You may need to change your diet when you have metal braces. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
- Avoid hard and sticky foods: Hard and sticky foods, such as hard candy, popcorn, nuts, and chewing gum, can damage or dislodge brackets and wires. It is best to avoid these foods or to cut them into small pieces to make them easier to chew.
- Cut up crunchy foods: Crunchy foods, such as apples, carrots, and celery, can also be challenging to eat with braces. You can make them easier to eat by cutting them into small, bite-sized pieces.
- Choose soft and easy-to-chew foods: Soft foods, such as mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables, and soup, are easier to eat when you have braces. They are less likely to get stuck in your braces or damage the wires and brackets.
- Be careful with sugary and acidic foods: Sugary and acidic foods, such as soda, juice, and candy, can contribute to tooth decay and erosion. Limiting your consumption of these foods and brushing your teeth after eating them is important.
- Use caution with hard-to-chew meat: Meat that is tough to chew, such as steak or beef jerky, can also be challenging to eat with braces. You can make these foods easier to eat by cutting them into small pieces or cooking them until they are tender.
Remember to brush your teeth and braces thoroughly after every meal and snack to prevent food particles from getting stuck in your braces and to maintain good oral hygiene. Your dentist may provide additional dietary recommendations based on your specific treatment plan.
If your brackets or wires break while you have metal braces, it is important to contact your orthodontic dentist as soon as possible. Here are some steps you can take in the meantime:
- Check for any loose or broken pieces: Use a mirror to check your braces and wires for any loose or damaged parts. If you notice anything out of place, gently move it back into position with a clean finger or the eraser end of a pencil.
- Use orthodontic wax: If a bracket or wire is causing discomfort or irritation, you can apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the affected area. This will help to cushion the braces and relieve any pain.
- Avoid hard or sticky foods: As mentioned earlier, it is important to avoid them, as they can damage or dislodge braces and wires. Stick to soft foods that are easy to chew and won’t get stuck in your braces.
- Take pain relievers: If you experience discomfort or soreness, take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, as directed on the label.
- Contact your cosmetic dentist: As soon as possible, contact your dentist and explain the situation. They may ask you for an emergency appointment to repair or replace the broken braces or wires.
Remember, it is important to contact your nearest dentist as soon as possible if your braces or wires break, as leaving them untreated can cause further damage or delay your treatment progress.
Coverage for orthodontic treatment, including traditional braces or invisible clear aligner braces, varies among private health insurance providers and specific policies. Some private health insurance plans may offer benefits for orthodontic treatment, while others may not cover it at all.
Orthodontic treatment is generally considered under the “major dental” category, and it often has waiting periods, limits, and specific criteria for eligibility. It’s essential to review your private health insurance policy or contact your insurance provider directly to understand the specific coverage details, including waiting periods, annual limits, and any additional requirements.
It’s also worth noting that some private health insurance providers have specific agreements with orthodontic clinics or offer their own dental network, which may affect the coverage and benefits available to you. Therefore, it’s important to inquire with your insurance provider about any preferred providers or network restrictions that may apply.
Keep in mind that even if orthodontic treatment is covered, there may be out-of-pocket expenses associated with it. These costs can vary depending on the type of braces or aligners chosen, the duration of treatment, and any additional services required.
To make an informed decision about orthodontic treatment and private health insurance coverage, it’s advisable to consult with both your orthodontic dentist at Amazing Smiles and your insurance provider. They can provide specific information regarding coverage, costs, and payment options, helping you understand the financial implications and available options for your desired orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic Item Numbers (treatments may differ based on patients’ needs):
- 831 Full arch banding – per arch
- 881 Complete course of orthodontic treatment
There are several factors that can influence the cost of dental braces, including:
- Type of braces: There are several types of braces, such as traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. Each type has a different cost, with traditional metal braces generally being the least expensive and lingual braces and clear aligners being the most expensive.
- Severity of the case: The complexity of the dental issue being addressed can also impact the cost of braces. More severe cases may require longer treatment times and more frequent adjustments, which can drive up the cost.
- Length of treatment: The length of time a patient needs to wear braces can also affect the price. Longer treatment times generally require more frequent adjustments and can increase the overall cost.
- Additional procedures: Sometimes additional procedures, may be recommended to achieve optimum results for your smile, which can add to the overall cost. These procedures might be required before or after:
- Treatment for decay or damaged teeth
- Gum Treatment
- Tooth extractions
- Composite Bonding
- Jaw Surgery – required referral to an oral maxillofacial surgeon.
As a result of these differing factors, dental braces are quoted on a case by case basis. Therefore, we provide a FREE analysis* for a personalized quote for dental braces. Simply complete the form below to arrange an in-chair consult.
*No treatment is provided during free consultation.