What do braces cost? Will they be painful? How long will it take? What are the other options available to my child?
These are all questions that are especially important for parents and children thinking about having braces or other orthodontic treatment. Giving your child a great smile is an investment that can last for the rest of their life and you will want the best person for the job. Lesley has helped thousands of children over her career and, as a mum, is also able to understand the challenges that might arise when considering orthodontics for your child. You can visit Lesley in Tewantin. Appointments can be made by contacting reception or
submit a request and we will contact you to make arrangements.
At what age does my child need to start orthodontic treatment?
Every child is an individual, some treatments can begin from as early as 7. Usually orthodontists want to see a child when their adult teeth start to come in, when they are about 6 or 7 years old. About 5% of children could benefit from early treatment at this age, but it is important to see them early so those that would benefit are identified. Early orthodontic treatment can save money and time in the future, sometimes avoiding the need for braces altogether. Therefore it’s really important to speak to a specialist orthodontist as soon as you have any concerns about your child’s smile.
How long do children’s braces take to work?
Again, this depends on individual circumstances and whether braces are the only option for your child; however, a child usually wears braces for approximately 2 years. Dr. Lesley prefers to limit total overall orthodontic treatment to two years or less. After a consultation, you will be given suggestions for the best options for your child.
What are the alternatives to children’s braces?
We offer several alternatives to braces, including partial braces, headgear and functional appliances. You can find out more about these on our Services page. To find out what is the best treatment option for your child, book an initial consultation with Lesley. Dr Lesley will thoroughly review your child’s specific needs and answer your questions.
Are children’s braces painful?
The good news is that orthodontic treatment isn’t usually painful. There may be some mild discomfort for 1 or 2 days, similar to the sensation of having a piece of food stuck between your teeth. This can usually managed with children’s panadol, if they need it at all. At Sunshine Coast Orthodontics we believe it’s very important to manage any potential discomfort, with the aim that the child is happy to continue with treatment.
What do children’s braces cost?
With children, full braces may not be the only option. Before considering the cost of braces it is important to find out whether jaw realignment with headgear or functional appliances may be more effective. It’s understandable that parents want to know the cost of orthodontic treatment for their children, but it is impossible to find out costs for individual circumstances without seeing a specialist orthodontist like Dr. Lesley Short. At Sunshine Coast Orthodontics your child will be given a friendly welcome and a thorough initial consultation, where Lesley can explain the different options and what is involved.
To answer the question about the cost of braces we can tell you that the average cost of orthodontic braces in Australia is about $8,000. We can’t tell you how much they would be for your individual circumstances without assessing your child at the clinic. This is the price of a full set of braces. Sometimes a partial brace could be equally as effective, in which case the costs could be lower. At Sunshine Coast Orthodontics we want to work with you to give you the best solution for your child, and we take care to explain the options and costs right from the start.
Payment Plan Options
Qualifying clients have the option to spread the cost of treatment over instalments, with an initial deposit followed by monthly payments. We also accept HICAPS if you have private dental coverage.
Early intervention with children can help address jaw misalignment and avoid surgery in the future