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How Much Does Orthodontics Cost?

girl with glasses putting in alignerWhether your child needs braces or you’d like to straighten your smile discreetly, we offer various orthodontic options at Wavescape Orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment can address crowded/crooked teeth and sometimes involves correcting complex malocclusions (bad bites).

These bad bites are not always obvious to patients, but if left untreated can cause significant dental, jaw, and pain problems later in life. Correcting bad bites usually involves the movement of many or all teeth, which takes time.

Factors That Influence Cost

Costs boil down to the type and choice of orthodontic appliance/s used. There are significant material costs involved in orthodontic appliances. Many of these are subject to patent rights, and the companies that own them are very much like pharmaceutical companies in the way that they price these appliances whilst they are on patent in order for them to recoup their cost in the research and development of these appliances.

Many orthodontic appliances are also custom-made for our patients in a dental laboratory and require many human hours and the use of bio-compatible or biologically inert materials.

Here are the different orthodontic options and the costs of each:


Generally, traditional metal braces in Australia typically range from $4,000 to $10,000. This cost usually includes orthodontic appointments, adjustments, and braces. Individuals with less complex cases, such as minor crowding or spacing issues, might find themselves at the lower end of the price range. For those requiring more extensive realignment, addressing bite issues, or addressing significant misalignment, the cost might lean towards the higher end of the spectrum.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces offer a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. These orthodontic appliances are attached to the back surfaces of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the front. The customisation and intricacy of lingual braces and the precious metals they are made from contribute to their higher cost than traditional braces.

The cost of lingual braces in Australia generally starts around $12,000 and can increase depending on the case’s complexity and the treatment duration. Due to the specialised nature of lingual braces and the extra time required for customisation, the overall cost may be higher than that of traditional orthodontic appliances or clear aligners.

Clear Aligners

Unlike traditional metal orthodontic appliances, which are conspicuous, clear aligners can straighten teeth discreetly. For the majority of cases, you can expect to pay between $5,000 and $11,000. However, this price can fluctuate depending on the complexity of the treatment needed.

Patients requiring minor adjustments, such as moving a few front teeth, could see costs as low as $4,000. On the other hand, those who need complex movements that change the bite or the way teeth meet together will require a customised plan, which may exceed $10,000.

Remember that these are approximate price ranges, and actual costs can vary. It’s essential to consult with us to get a more accurate estimate based on your specific needs, as it is impossible to gauge the treatment required without a comprehensive examination and consultation.

Schedule a Consultation

Take that first step towards a straight and stunning smile. Contact us today to book a consultation with Dr Riaan Foot (Orthodontist). We offer flexible payment plans for all treatments.


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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