BRACES: It's not just about obtaining straight teeth for cosmetic reasons.
BRACES: It's not just about obtaining straight teeth for cosmetic reasons. Thinkstock Images

Why braces are worth your wallet

BRACES may be an expensive ordeal, but they're also a necessary health requirement for many people.

It's not just about obtaining straight teeth for cosmetic reasons.

According to Gentle Dental, braces and orthodontic treatment can help realign jaws that pop or shift, teeth that do not meet comfortably, crowded or misplaced teeth and can also help with difficulty biting or chewing, as well as prevent biting of the teeth.

To help overcome the costs, there are a few ways you can go about it.

Firstly, you can spot the early signs and plan ahead.

A major initial sign that children might need orthodontal treatment is the late, early or irregular loss of baby teeth.

Once spotting this, parents can bring in a budgeting plan for the future, but how much should you expect to save?

Well, according to Orthodontics Australia, traditional braces can range from anywhere between $5000 and $9000.

Because it's quite the amount, there are some financial assistance options that you might want to look into instead.

Depending on your health care, you may be entitled to claim back some money from the payment.

There is also the opportunity for government help through the public health system, so long as you fit into the eligible criteria.

For adults, according to the State Government, this includes being a resident of Queensland, being eligible for Medicare, and receiving concession benefits.

For children, this includes being a Queensland resident or enrolled in a Queensland school, being aged four years or older, being eligible for Medicare or holding a valid concession card.

To see what works best for you, contact your health provider for more options, or see a dentist or general practitioner for a referral.

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