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Lalala4
On 16/06/2020 at 9:14 PM, Kreme said:

$8000 for braces, retainer and all follow up treatment. We are in Sydney. 

Same. Not very wonky teeth, estimate about 18 months. This is an orthodontist, interestingly the dentist also offered to do it but the quote was about the same.

Invisalign quote was similar but sounded like a lot more work and fuss in terms of taking the plates out to eat etc, so we just went plain metal.

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22Fruitmincepies

A dentist friend recently told me to budget for $8000. 

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Mrs Twit

We paid $7500 in Melbourne. Deposit of $1980 last January and $920 every quarter with a final payment last month. He said the braces should be off by the end of the year. We were tracking for 18 months, but I think it has been drawn out a bit longer due to missing some appointments over the two lockdowns. Unlucky but what can you do.

We also had to get 4 teeth extracted which was extra but I don't remember how much.

 

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can'tstayaway
On 14/08/2020 at 10:06 PM, Lalala4 said:

Invisalign quote was similar but sounded like a lot more work and fuss in terms of taking the plates out to eat etc, so we just went plain metal.

DH has had both old school wire and Invisalign.

He prefers the Invisalign and doesn’t find it to be extra work. He had to brush his teeth after eating with both.  The Invisalign was less irritating to the mouth (gums and cheeks) and didn’t cause ulcers.  

It does really on the person wearing their Invisalign though. We have threatened DD with swapping to wire braces because she wasn’t wearing her Invisalign for enough hours a day and it was taking longer than scheduled. 

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Charli73

My DD is 8 and I was quoted $2000 for full braces but she only needs an expander type thing now for an impacted tooth for $750 all up.. the local dentist quoted me almost double that so it definitely pays to get another quote. She will need full braces when her baby teeth fall out. 

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BornToLove

Not to hijack the post but I’m just wondering at what age was it determined that your child needed braces? 

 

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nom_de_plume

We have been quoted $6k for DS 13yo in Vic. Braces top and bottom for approx. 2 years, and then retainer. We don't need an expander or any teeth removed, just straightening (some are not fully descended). No PHI, but the dentist (who did my braces 20 years ago!), is happy for us to pay $2k upfront and then the rest in monthly instalments at each appointment.

DS 12yo won't need braces.

It's too soon to say for DD as she has only started losing her baby teeth.

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Meepy

It differs according to growth.  My Ds started at 13 and should have them off now but can’t because lockdown.  Dd has started at 11, different issues and trying to avoid tooth removal for dd.

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barrington
2 hours ago, BornToLove said:

Not to hijack the post but I’m just wondering at what age was it determined that your child needed braces? 

 

I think we started seeing the orthodontist around 8 years old.  For some of the children, it was a yearly visit.  But we have taken them to a specialist paed dentist since birth, so we also 'knew' they would need orthodontic treatment from a very early age.

 

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Kreme
3 hours ago, BornToLove said:

Not to hijack the post but I’m just wondering at what age was it determined that your child needed braces? 

 

We’d always been told by our dentist that DD would need orthodontic work ever since her adult teeth started coming in. But they didn’t want to commence until all her baby teeth had fallen out and her 12yo molars had emerged. She had her first visit to the orthodontist at around age 12 and had her braces on at 12.5. She’s just had them removed recently at age 14. She ended up needing a lot less intervention than was initially expected so I’m glad our dentist and orthodontist were conservative and waited to start treatment until she was a bit older. 
 

My DS is 12.5 and we are 90% confident he doesn’t need braces. But as boys mature later there is a chance things will change once his jaw starts to grow. 

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literally nobody
15 hours ago, BornToLove said:

Not to hijack the post but I’m just wondering at what age was it determined that your child needed braces? 

 

for us probably 8ish. she had a lot of teeth and a narrow jaw. plus overbite but no actual crooked teeth. I can see my Ds has an overbite too. 

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Jackrabbit

Did anyone have a child with missing adult teeth? My daughter was x-rayed and she has 5 adult teeth that just aren't there, so will never come up. So she will need braces to close all the gaps, and will probably need some baby teeth extracted. I feel so bad for her.

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CrankyM
20 hours ago, BornToLove said:

 

Not to hijack the post but I’m just wondering at what age was it determined that your child needed braces? 

 

Ours won’t see most kids until they have lost most of their baby teeth. My oldest needed to have lost his canines in particular. (He’s only got a few to go on the bottom now). I’ve been told the same for the younger kid, and though he is going to need more work then the older kid’s simple overbite. But they don’t want to see him until he’s lost the baby canines and most of his baby molars. I question if they will actually drop up the top as he has minimal space. His 2nd front teeth took forever to come down and then came down crooked because there wasn’t enough space. (My kid was the one who had wobbly teeth for a year). 

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literally nobody
14 minutes ago, Jackrabbit said:

Did anyone have a child with missing adult teeth? My daughter was x-rayed and she has 5 adult teeth that just aren't there, so will never come up. So she will need braces to close all the gaps, and will probably need some baby teeth extracted. I feel so bad for her.

yes Dd is missing one tooth on her upper right side. 

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can'tstayaway
20 hours ago, BornToLove said:

Not to hijack the post but I’m just wondering at what age was it determined that your child needed braces? 

My kids have been seeing a Peadiatric dentist since they were about 2yrs.  One child it was recommended that they see an Ortho around the age of 11yrs.  Another child there was no rush and they suggested we could wait if we needed to spread out costs.  It has been child and problem specific.
 

11 minutes ago, Jackrabbit said:

Did anyone have a child with missing adult teeth? My daughter was x-rayed and she has 5 adult teeth that just aren't there, so will never come up. So she will need braces to close all the gaps, and will probably need some baby teeth extracted. I feel so bad for her.

One child has 4 missing adult teeth (I think).  Not a big deal and our Ortho isn’t at all concerned.  I am missing 2 wisdom teeth so I’m wondering if it’s hereditary???

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CrankyM
8 minutes ago, can'tstayaway said:

One child has 4 missing adult teeth (I think).  Not a big deal and our Ortho isn’t at all concerned.  I am missing 2 wisdom teeth so I’m wondering if it’s hereditary???

It can be.  A number of people in my mum's side of the family don't have wisdom teeth (like me) and apparently it's a genetic quirk that causes it. My older kid has them though, I'm not sure about the younger one as he hasn't had a full x-ray.

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**Manning**

$6,500  

worth every cent IMO

DD12 will also get braces in the next couple of yrs.

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YodaTheWrinkledOne
On 06/09/2020 at 5:46 PM, BornToLove said:

Not to hijack the post but I’m just wondering at what age was it determined that your child needed braces? 

Both my girls have been seeing a dentist every 6 months since they were about 18 months old. For DD1, we were given the heads up when she was around 8-9 that it would be likely that she would need orthodontic treatment, but dentist said it could wait until she was 11/12, depending on how her adult teeth came down.  Earlier this year (in Feb), the dentist said start talking to orthodontists . DD1 is 13 now and is getting an expander put on next week, braces to follow after that. For DD2, we could see early on that she would require orthodontic intervention, and dentist recommended sooner rather than later. So at the age of 11, DD2 is also getting an expander but only light braces afterwards as only a four adult teeth have come through so far. The orthodontist is hoping that the expander will help her adult teeth come down in the correct position (currently that would not happen, she has a very high/narrow palate ) and is hopeful that she won't require full braces later.  We had similar treatment plans recommended from a second orthodontist for both girls (& similar costs).

So there is a difference of 2 years between our children in terms of when they started orthodontic treatments with their teeth. We were guided by their regular dentist and once the dentist said "okay, you should be talking to an orthodontist soon", that's when I started making a few phone calls. Both DH and I had braces, so it didn't come as a surprise.

It does depend on what the issue is with their teeth/mouth. It's not the same for everyone.

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