How Much Do Braces Cost?

So you’re looking for the best teeth-straightening solution but you’re wondering how much it will all cost? Or perhaps you are confused with all the different price options that you have been given. Well, you’re in the right place.

There are a variety of teeth straightening options available to you these days, and each come with their own prices so it’s not only helpful to know what each option is, but also how they differ in cost.

That’s why in this article we’re exploring the various types of braces on offer, their costs, how to compare and whether health insurance can support you. 

Types of braces available

When it comes to choosing a teeth-straightening solution, it’s always a good idea to first do some research on all the options available. Here are the most common teeth straightening treatments today that can help you achieve your dream smile. 

Metal Braces

These are what most people think of when they think of braces. Traditional metal braces use a series of metal wires and brackets to adjust the position of your teeth. The brackets are fixed to the teeth, and the wires are used to apply appropriate pressure to achieve the desired movement.

Traditional metal braces are the oldest type of braces, and are very reliable. They’re still commonly used and are often the ‘go-to’ option for children.

Other than the cost, another disadvantage to metal braces, are their aesthetics. Metal braces are incredibly noticeable, which is why many prefer more discreet options.


Invisalign® is a revolutionary teeth straightening solution that is not only highly effective, but also a more aesthetically pleasing option compared to traditional metal braces. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign® uses a sequence of soft clear plastic aligners to gently straighten your teeth. This means you can achieve your ideal smile with a treatment solution that is practically invisible when talking or smiling! Further, Invisalign® aligners can be removed for up to 2 hours each day which is great for eating, drinking, brushing teeth and some very special occasions! It’s no wonder why Invisalign® is becoming so popular.

So, if you’re comparing Invisalign® vs braces and wondering whether traditional braces are the best option for you, or whether you might be suitable for Invisalign®, be sure to book in an Invisalign® consultation* at The Dental Room. We will be able to effectively assess your teeth, advise you on what treatment plan is most suitable, and explain what you can expect from Invisalign®.  

Factors that can affect the price

When it comes to price, there are many factors that can influence what you may end up paying. Whilst these will vary between individuals, some factors can include: 

  • The type of braces you select 
  • The provider and dental practice you choose
  • The simplicities and complexities of your treatment 
  • The additional services/inclusions within a price
  • Repairs and fixes for wear and tear such as broken brackets on metal braces 

These are just some factors which may influence costs. At The Dental Room, we have various Invisalign price packages with attractive inclusions such as teeth whitening and post treatment retainers to offer tremendous value to the treatment.


Disclaimer: Treatment results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits that should be considered carefully.

Is any of it covered by private health insurance?

Whilst it’s possible that your private health insurance may cover your costs associated with braces, each provider is different. The particular insurance cover that you have is a unique and individualised policy. That’s why it’s always best to speak to your insurance provider directly to understand what is covered and what is not. We will be more than happy to provide you with the item numbers to quote to your health insurance provider. 

By reviewing your policy early on, you can determine how much, if at all, your current insurance policy will cover your teeth straightening treatment. Then you can adjust your policy accordingly to ensure you can maximise your benefit. It’s important to note that some providers may have a ‘waiting period’ before you can make a claim. That’s why it’s always good to speak to your health insurance provider before commencing any treatment.

How much should you expect to pay for braces

As Orthodontics Australia explains, prices for braces can vary depending on your specific circumstances as well as the type of braces you choose. For example, lingual braces tend to be more expensive than traditional metal braces so it’s always best to understand what your options are before choosing your teeth-straightening solution. 

If you’re curious about prices, here’s a general guideline according to Orthodontics Australia which can help you in understanding what you can expect to pay to straighten your teeth: 

  • Metal braces (traditional braces): $5,500 – $8,000
  • Ceramic braces: $6,000 – $9,000
  • Lingual braces: $9,000 – $12,000
  • Invisalign Clear aligners: $4,500 – $9,500  

However the most important consideration is to ensure the treatment option you select is actually the best one to treat your specific needs, and do so in the most efficient and effective manner. You can only really determine that by seeing your dentist. 

Teeth straightening solution at The Dental Room

Founded by leading aesthetic dentist Dr Shawn Rama, The Dental Room is leading the way when it comes to Invisalign® treatment. As an accredited Invisalign Platinum Provider in Melbourne (2019), our clinic is equipped with the latest scanning technology and treatment protocols; all geared toward unlocking the full potential of your smile. 

A skill that sets Dr Shawn Rama from many is his craft in using facially-driven smile principles in Invisalign treatment. Having straight teeth is one thing; however having straight teeth to enhance facial balance is a whole different thing. There is a difference between a great smile and a ‘WOW’ smile. 

The initial consultation* is a great way to get to know your doctors and the team. During the appointment, we aim to understand your expectations and desired outcomes. Through an initial assessment, we will be able  to guide you on how your teeth would respond to Invisalign®. Your journey will be planned out, with the treatment time and costs evaluated before we begin to ensure there are no nasty surprises or unmet expectations. For a small fee, you can also choose to have a 3D scan of your teeth taken for a detailed treatment plan. 

After all, we want your journey in our Melbourne dental clinic to be seamless from the very moment you start your treatment. If teeth straightening has been on your mind, arrange a consultation at The Dental Room to find out if Invisalign is suitable for you.

Disclaimer: Invisalign® assessments are provided for clients who are interested in learning more about Invisalign® treatment options. Booking is essential.