Dr James Bartalotta
“Straightening your teeth for aesthetic purposes is not the only beneficial outcome of orthodontics. Having straight teeth gives you healthier gums, makes teeth easier to clean and can improve self-esteem and happiness.”
Dr James Bartalotta
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a type of dental treatment that helps correct overcrowded teeth, diastema (gaps), alignment of teeth and jaws. Treatment can include braces, plates and retainers.
What are the different types of braces?
Metal braces – traditional metal braces are one of the most common types of treatment recommended by orthodontic specialists and the preferred solution when clear braces or aligners can’t achieve the significant movement required.
Ceramic braces – the difference between metal and ceramic braces is the clear or tooth coloured brackets instead of traditional metal brackets to give them a more subtle appearance.
Clear aligners – there are a number of different brands to choose from including Invisalign®, Clear Correct and OrthoCaps. A series of clear aligners apply a small amount of pressure to help move your teeth into the desired location over time.
Lingual braces – these braces are placed inside the teeth instead of on the outside. Because of where they are placed this makes them one of the most invisible types of braces. Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to tell you if lingual braces will work for you.
Do I need to see an orthodontic specialist?
Your regular dentist may provide orthodontic solutions that help correct minor orthodontic issues however for more complex cases you can see an orthodontic specialist with or without a referral from your regular dentist.
Will the Government Help Cover the Cost of Orthodontics?
Some people can save a small amount of the cost of orthodontics through the government.
Child Dental Benefits Scheme
The Child Dental Benefits Scheme covers dental expenses for children aged 2-17 years if their parent receives an eligible Centrelink payment. Orthodontic treatment isn’t covered by the scheme however you may claim for x-rays or extractions.
Can I Claim on Medicare?
Medicare will only cover the cost of braces under the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme.
Can I get a rebate for orthodontic treatment?
To claim for orthodontics you need to have an Extras policy with Major Dental.
Your dentist can provide you with itemised codes of your treatment. Your health fund can use these codes to let you know your level of cover and rebate that will apply.
The team at Care To Compare can help you compare your current health insurance policy against any health fund available in Australia. You can speak with a member of the Care To Compare team on 1300 76 76 00 to find out more.
Is there a waiting period?
A waiting period may apply if you have recently upgraded to a higher level of cover or if you are new to private health insurance. In this case a waiting period of 12 months is likely to apply.
Are there limits on rebates for orthodontic treatment?
Lifetime limits apply to orthodontics for each person. This means that each person covered by your policy can only claim for orthodontic treatment once in their lifetime.
Contact your health insurer or the Care To Compare team to learn more.
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