Smile with confidence with the help of specialist orthodontists
At The Point Dental, our priority is to help you smile with confidence by maintaining good oral hygiene and helping you get perfect tooth alignment. After all, teeth and gum health are incredibly important to your overall well-being and can also affect your confidence.
To ensure you get the correct orthodontic treatment for your individual case, our team receive specialist training and we work closely with orthodontists, who will provide the optimal orthodontic treatment for your situation.
If you have any questions regarding orthodontic treatment or any treatments we offer in practice, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today.
Our main priority is the health and well-being of our patients. For this reason, we work closely with orthodontic specialists to ensure your optimal ongoing dental health. Should our patients require orthodontic treatment, we will ensure we prepare them for, and refer them to, an experienced and highly-regarded specialist orthodontist who can handle their requirements.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with treating and correcting teeth that are misaligned or crooked. Orthodontic treatment can improve the appearance of your smile and also help to ensure that your teeth are healthy and function properly.
Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for people of all ages with treatment options including wearing braces, clear aligners, or other appliances. When it comes to orthodontic treatments, you can choose between traditional braces or the revolutionary Invisalign treatment depending on your needs.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with us today.
Traditional metal braces
Using a combination of metal brackets and wires, conventional braces provide a solution to a range of different orthodontic issues, including overcrowding and alignment problems. These metal brackets and wires work to slowly shift teeth into the desired position, creating a better-shaped arch and correcting issues with a patient’s bite. In most cases, orthodontists will also use a range of elastics to aid correction.
Traditional braces can often be a cost-effective option when addressing the straightening of your smile. Beneficial for adults and children, this family-friendly tooth correction method offers a cost-effective, tried and tested solution for addressing significant orthodontic issues.
Metal braces can be customised with coloured brackets and elastics. Choosing your own colours allows you to express a little of your personality in the overall look and helps you feel more comfortable with your smile.
How much do orthodontics and braces cost?
If you’re wondering how much braces cost in Australia, you’re not alone. Cost is considered a high determining factor when it comes to orthodontic braces. But you might be surprised at just how affordable modern braces are, especially when you consider the range of payment plans available.
The total cost depends on a variety of factors. The type of braces you choose, the length of your treatment plan and other factors will all contribute to the overall cost of your orthodontic treatment.
To give you an idea of what to expect, below is a general guide to the average cost of dental braces in Melbourne.
Initial consultation and examination: $250
Treatment planning: $350
Orthodontic plates: $800 – $2500
Braces: $2500+ depending on your tooth alignment
Retainers (upper and lower): $500
Invisalign is a revolutionary, virtually invisible solution to improving your smile. Invisalign offers a fully removable, comfortable and hygienic system capable of treating many orthodontic problems.
Created with moulds that perfectly match the patient’s mouth, most people find Invisalign aligners comfortable to wear and they are the most popular orthodontics treatment available. Their custom design and transparent appearance make them virtually invisible, so they’re also the perfect solution for adults concerned about their aesthetic appearance.
What is Invisalign and how does it work?
Invisalign is a system of clear, virtually invisible plastic aligners. The aligners gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Invisalign is an excellent alternative to metal braces for adults and teens who want to improve their smile without conspicuous metal wires and brackets and can be used on the top and bottom teeth.
The Invisalign system consists of a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners designed to move your teeth gradually. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final desired position.
You’ll visit your treating orthodontist or dentist about every six weeks to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned.
Invisalign is removable, so you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. And since there are no wires or brackets, you’ll spend less time in the orthodontist’s chair getting adjustments. The average Invisalign treatment time is about a year, but both adult and teen patients have reported being happy with their results in as little as six months.
Whether you’re a busy professional who wants to avoid conspicuous metal braces or a teen who wants to wear aligners without anyone knowing, Invisalign is a great option. With Invisalign, you can achieve the smile of your dreams without anyone knowing you’re even straightening your teeth!
How much is Invisalign?
The cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to the cost of traditional metal braces. However, the exact cost will vary depending on your individual case. Factors that can affect the cost of Invisalign include the severity of your misalignment, the length of your treatment, and whether you need any additional treatments, such as tooth extractions or dental bonding.
In general, Invisalign treatment can range from $3,500 to $8,000. Most orthodontic private health insurance plans will cover a portion of Invisalign treatment, just like they would for traditional braces.
If you’re considering Invisalign treatment, the best way to get an accurate cost estimate is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist or dentist. During your consultation, your orthodontist will examine your teeth and bite and develop a personalised treatment plan. Once your treatment plan is complete, your orthodontist can give you a more accurate estimate of the cost of Invisalign treatment.
If you’re looking for a discreet way to straighten your teeth, then the Invisalign clear braces might be the right treatment. With Invisalign, you can achieve the smile of your dreams without anyone knowing you’re even straightening your teeth!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does Invisalign take?
The average treatment time for Invisalign is about 12 months. However, every patient is different, and the length of time will depend on the severity of your dental issues. In some cases, treatment may be as short as 6 months, while in others, it may take up to 18 months. Your orthodontist can give you a more accurate estimate of how long your individual treatment will take.
In general, the Invisalign invisible braces system works by gradually shifting your teeth into their desired position. You will need to wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks before moving on to the next set. As you progress through the treatment, your teeth gradually shift into place.
If you would like a more accurate estimate of how long your Invisalign treatment will take, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with our clinic in Melbourne’s west. The experienced orthodontists we work with will be able to assess your individual case and give you a more customised treatment plan.
Do braces fix an open bite?
An open bite is a type of malocclusion, or bad bite, in which the teeth do not come together properly when the mouth is closed. The front teeth may protrude, and the back teeth may be too far back in the mouth. An open bite can occur anywhere in the mouth but is most common in the front teeth.
Braces are often used to correct an open bite. By applying pressure to the teeth, braces can gradually move them into their proper positions. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct an open bite.
However, braces are usually very effective at correcting this type of malocclusion.
Does Medicare cover orthodontics?
Medicare Part A may cover some services related to braces and other orthodontic devices, but there are usually certain conditions that must be met. For example, Medicare will only cover braces if they are deemed medically necessary. Part B of Medicare generally does not cover orthodontic services.
If you’re considering getting braces or another orthodontic device, you must check your Medicare plan to see what coverage is available. You may also want to consider supplemental insurance plans that could help cover orthodontic treatment costs.
Is Invisalign covered under orthodontics?
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment, so Medicare plans may cover it if it’s medically necessary. However, coverage for Invisalign can vary depending on the plan.
Check with your Medicare plan to see what coverage is available. You may also want to consider private health insurance to help cover the costs of Invisalign treatment.