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When considering orthodontic treatment for your child, one of the common concerns is the financial investment involved. At Broadbeach Orthodontics, we understand the importance of making informed decisions about your child’s dental care. One question we often receive is, “Are braces covered by Medicare?” Let’s explore the options available, including public orthodontic treatment for eligible children, and how you can plan for this important investment.

Medicare and Orthodontic Treatment

Medicare Coverage

Yes, Medicare can cover braces, but this coverage is limited and dependent on specific health implications. Medicare provides coverage for orthodontic treatment under the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme. This scheme includes some orthodontic treatments like braces and widening plates through a registered specialist orthodontist, but has strict qualifying criteria. To determine if your child qualifies, it’s essential to consult with an orthodontic specialist who can assess your child’s needs and guide you through the process.

Public Orthodontic Treatment for Eligible Children

In addition to Medicare, public orthodontic treatment is available for eligible children with severe malocclusion up to Year 10, provided they have a concession card. This public service aims to support families by offering essential orthodontic care for children who meet the criteria, ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder necessary treatment. If you think your child might be eligible, it’s important to explore this option early to understand the benefits and limitations and contact the service directly.

Understanding Your Financial Investment

Factors Influencing Cost

The cost of braces can vary based on several factors, including the complexity and severity of the orthodontic issues. More severe or intricate cases may require additional treatment, both before and after the primary orthodontic work. Understanding these factors during your consultation at Broadbeach Orthodontics will help you anticipate the financial commitment and plan accordingly.

Private Health Insurance

For those not covered by Medicare or public orthodontic programs, private health insurance can be a valuable resource. Many insurance plans offer coverage for orthodontic treatments, including braces, for both cosmetic and medical reasons. By checking with your insurance provider, you can determine the extent of your coverage and potentially save a significant portion of the treatment cost.

Flexible Payment Plans

At Broadbeach Orthodontics, we strive to make orthodontic treatment accessible for all families. We offer flexible payment plans that allow you to spread the cost of treatment over time. After an initial payment, you can make manageable instalments throughout the course of your child’s treatment, easing the financial burden.

Taking the Next Steps

Consultation with a Specialist

The first step in your orthodontic journey is a consultation with a certified specialist orthodontist. At Broadbeach Orthodontics, our team will provide a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s smile, discuss their specific needs, and develop a tailored treatment plan. This includes a detailed cost estimate and an explanation of any available coverage options, including Medicare and public orthodontic services.

Exploring Financial Options

With the information from your consultation, you can explore various ways to finance your child’s orthodontic treatment. Whether through Medicare, public orthodontic programs, private health insurance, or our flexible payment plans, there are multiple avenues to make this essential investment manageable.


Orthodontic treatment is a significant investment in your child’s health, aesthetics, and confidence. At Broadbeach Orthodontics, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the financial aspects of this important decision. If you have any questions about whether braces are covered by Medicare or want to explore other financing options, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Together, we can ensure your child receives the high-quality care they deserve, within your budget. Contact our friendly team today.

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