Getting To Grips With Braces | Orthodontics Costs, Lifestyle Changes & Straighter Teeth
Wearing braces is a dental investment in your oral health that will straighten your teeth and make you smile again. In addition to making you look more attractive and boosting your confidence, straighter teeth are also much easier to clean and care for. This means you will be less likely to develop complications such as decay and the resultant toothaches as you grow older.
We can assist you in budgeting the total cost of your orthodontics and making an affordable payment plan that will benefit your teeth and quality of life.
Let’s review what you can expect from your new orthodontic braces: how much they cost and what kind of lifestyle changes you will need to make plans for.
How Much Are Braces In Australia?
One of the first questions we are asked about Australian orthodontics relates to the cost. It is difficult to provide an average price because everybody’s case is different and will cost a different amount, but let’s take a closer look at prices and how they are calculated.
The cost of your braces will include your dentist’s fees and any adjustments you may need. The total cost will be dependent on factors such as the type of braces you have (ceramic, lingual and clear Invisalign braces are more expensive than traditional metal braces), and where in Australia you are situated. It’s quite common for orthodontics in Melbourne and Sydney to be significantly higher than on the Gold Coast.
Based on general reviews, you can expect to budget in the region of $4500 to $9000 for orthodontic treatment in Australia on average. If you opt for clear Invisalign braces, your orthodontic braces will be priced between $6000 and $9000 for an 18-month treatment plan. Discuss the options with your dentist and weigh up the costs against one another.
Some of the more expensive orthodontic options are much more comfortable and easier to adapt to than the traditional metal braces but you will pay the price.
Your dentist will calculate the cost of your braces based on your specific needs so these figures should be used as a guideline for prices. If you do need braces but the cost is a barrier and your health insurance won’t cover the treatment, speak to your dentist about making a payment plan. This is preferable to you not having the straightening treatment, and it’s an investment that you will benefit from over the long term.
Are Braces Painful?
We prefer to think of braces as uncomfortable, but the discomfort is quite easy to manage and when your treatment is complete you will definitely smile again. As a general guide you can expect the most discomfort just after your braces have been fitted and when you visit your dentist to have them tightened.
The sensation may feel achy or you might feel a lot of pressure in your mouth. Don’t worry though; the feeling is temporary and will subside over a few days. We recommend using over-the-counter painkillers and applying a packet of frozen peas to the outside of your face, if the pain is severe or if there is swelling.
Sometimes your wires or brackets can brush against the inside of your mouth and tongue, causing a stinging pain. The best way to manage this is to run some wax onto any braces that rub against the inside of your cheek.
If you do injure the inside of your mouth on your braces, you can dab some oral numbing gel onto the area before rinsing your mouth with water. Metal braces are most likely to irritate the inside of your mouth while clear Invisalign orthodontics provide the least discomfort, based on reviews from our patients.
Are There Any Foods I Can’t Eat With Braces?
It will take a while for you to adapt your dental hygiene to wearing braces. You can expect strange sensations on your teeth and might find the first few days particularly challenging when eating.
In the days following your orthodontics being fitted you should eat soft foods like cereals, yoghurt and soups, as you get used to this new experience.
If you have traditional braces or ceramic orthodontics fitted you should avoid foods that need to be bitten into, chewy and tough foods, crunchy foods, and sticky foods in order to care for your new orthodontics properly.
How Long Do I Need To Wear Braces For?
The length of time you wear your braces for is based on how misaligned your teeth are, and whether you are a child or adult. Over the course of treatment, this date could change but by following your dentist’s advice you may be able to reduce the wear time and get more value from your orthodontics.
In children and teenagers orthodontic braces are usually worn for a two-year period. Adults may only need six months to a year for the braces to do their corrective work effectively. Of course it all depends on the severity of your misalignment, and you should discuss your treatment plan with your dentist or orthodontist.
How Do I Look After My Braces?
Good oral hygiene is a crucial part of adapting to and benefitting from your new braces.
The first thing to remember is to avoid eating crunchy foods that could potentially snap the wires on your braces. We also recommend that you avoid high sugar foods, as these types of food can result in more plaque build-up being deposited around your braces, and this can lead to tooth decay.
You will still need to brush your teeth but it may take you a little longer with braces, and you brush after every meal. We recommend you shop for a toothbrush with a small head and give each tooth individual attention. Flossing is also important after every meal, as it will help you to get rid of any food caught in your braces.
If you play sports you should invest in a mouth guard to protect you against impact during the game. In the event that you do get a blow to the face, the mouth guard will protect the inside of your mouth and can prevent the brackets of your braces from loosening. You may also rub some wax over the sharp edges of the braces as an interim solution.
Remember to clean your removable Invisalign aligners carefully, following your dentist’s instructions.
Braces offer you the opportunity to straighten your teeth and ensure they last a lifetime. Contact us for a customised treatment plan and cost effective budget today and let’s see you smile again.