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Cost of orthodontic treatment

(4 Posts)
papalazaru Fri 28-Feb-14 15:19:30

We've seen two private orthodontists about my DS's teeth, which aren't too badly crooked so we have to pay for it ourselves. Ortho 1 quoted £5k so we got a second opinion from ortho 2 which is around £4k. I've spoken to a couple of friends who have both paid ~£2.5k for their kids' treatment.

Do I go for a third opinion now to see if the cost will come down or is it a bit like comparing apples and oranges? Obviously the orthodontists are experts and know their treatment plans. Maybe it's just what you pay in SW London.....?


isisisis Fri 28-Feb-14 15:59:43

It's apples & oranges. Even simple treatment varies immensely. Obviously, price is important but I'd also consider the person providing the treatment. You'll be seeing them very regularly for 18months+ so it's important you like/trust them. Treatment will be more expensive if being provided fully by the orthodontist rather than just overseen & provided by an assistant (who would still be a qualified dentist, but not an orthodontist).
I'd also consider location & availability of appointments, any saving can quickly be cancelled out if you're having to travel/take regular time off work.
Finally, more cosmetic style braces are more expensive eg ceramic brackets rather than the usual metal.
£4000-5000 doesn't sound to far of the mark to me, particularly in the south.

papalazaru Sun 02-Mar-14 16:50:24

Thx. I'm going for one more consultation to see how that comes in.......

Earlybird Sun 02-Mar-14 16:52:15

Sounds about right. That is approximately what dd's treatment cost.

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