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 comes with their own price 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. Braces are just about suitable for most clients, especially in cases that involve extractions of teeth, cross-bites (tooth in the top jaw is tucked inside of the bottom jaw), moderate to severe crowding, or impacted teeth (high to low, right to left positioning discrepancy). 

Improving alignment of teeth goes beyond just making the teeth straighter, but also makes them healthier in the long term, reducing the chances of differential wear or grinding, improving oral hygiene and the function of the bite. 

Here are the most common teeth straightening treatments today that can help you achieve your dream smile.

Traditional Metal Braces

These are what most people think of when they think of braces. They are often the ‘go-to’ option for children and teenagers, however you’ll now find adults sporting them too – metal braces have come a long way! A very reliable, effective, and fuss-free teeth straightening method, traditional metal braces are strong in nature, using 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, resulting in an individual’s desired smile over time. 

Some patients are happy to do a very short course of braces just to improve the positions of teeth prior to a smile makeover and would be happier to do this over 6 months of braces as opposed to a longer treatment time with clear aligners. In some cases, braces can achieve the same great results as clear aligners and be much cheaper given Invisalign®’s cosmetic nature comes with a higher price tag when we are looking at anything other than an easy or express case.

Ceramic Braces

Over the years, braces have advanced significantly. In fact, for those looking for a more discreet solution than metal braces, ceramic braces are tooth coloured and a great alternative. However, it’s worth noting that depending on your preferences and needs, they can be more expensive than metal braces. 

They operate exactly like metal braces do, the brackets placed onto the teeth are instead more aesthetically pleasing. 

Book a consultation with Dr Emily Pow at The Dental Room, who can talk you through all braces options, and advise on which is the best solution for you.


Invisalign® is a revolutionary teeth straightening solution that is a highly effective and aesthetically-pleasing option: it 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 close to being invisible when talking or smiling! Further, Invisalign® aligners can be removed for up to two 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.

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 treatment option you select
  • The provider and dental practice you choose
  • The simplicities and complexities of your case
  • 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 orthodontic treatment solutions 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. 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): $6000 – $8,500
  • Ceramic braces: $7,000 – $9,500
  • 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. With over two decades of experience and an accredited Invisalign Platinum Provider in Melbourne, 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. 

We understand our clients lead busy lifestyles and want predictable, fuss-free treatments and have thus added braces to help cater to our clients needs. .

Come in for a consultation to learn the options and to understand the process and your treatment goals. A lot of clients get surprised at the alternative options we can give you as opposed to the typical 1.5-2 years of standard orthodontic treatment. 

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 braces or Invisalign® solutions are suitable for you.

Disclaimer: Initial assessments are provided for clients who are interested in learning more about their orthodontic treatment options. Booking is essential. Treatment results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits that should be considered carefully.