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How to Get FREE Braces in Australia | The No Cost Option for Braces

How to Get FREE Braces in Australia

Did you know that some families can access FREE braces for their kids teeth? This little known, free option will mean that the question ‘how much do braces cost?’ will not be one your family may need to ask. We investigated and found out how to get free braces in Australia for kids and adults.

How much do braces normally cost in Australia?

The cost of braces can vary greatly in Australia and it depends on a variety of factors! You will need to think about which type of braces you want. You can choose from Metal, Ceramic, Lingual and Invisalign.

The cost range for braces can vary greatly

There are many different types of braces. Let’s look at what is would cost for braces if you were planning on paying for braces in Australia:

  • Metal braces (traditional braces – top and bottom teeth): $4 500 to $8 000
  • Ceramic braces (top and bottom teeth): $5,000 – $8,500
  • Lingual braces (top and bottom teeth): $7 500 – $12 500
  • Invisalign : $4 500 – $9 000

The sad fact is that prices can depend on where you live – orthodontists in more rural areas may be less expensive than ones in larger cities – and may be at the orthodontist’s discretion.

Give a Smile™ – how to get FREE braces in Australia

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In Australia there is an organisation called ‘Give a Smile’™ that offers free braces to lower income families across the country. Each Give a Smile™ orthodontist welcomes at least one patient per year into his/her practice to receive free braces. All work undertaken for every Give a Smile™ patient is done pro-bono (free) and with the highest level of care and professionalism.

To this day, the Give a Smile™ Committee runs the program with the invaluable help of a willing team of volunteers, generous supporters and, of course, the many Give a Smile™ orthodontists throughout Australia. Give a Smile™ celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015 as well as celebrated the milestone of treating its 1500th patient in the same year.

Eligibility for free braces:

1. You need to be a Health Care Card holder or Pension Card holder.

2. You or your child must already be on the waiting list for orthodontic treatment in the public dental service of the state or territory where you live. Contact details can be found below.

NOTE: Patients are allocated to Give a Smile™ from the top of the public orthodontic waiting list.

  • You have the choice of having the treatment done either through the Give a Smile™ program or in the public dental health system.
  • Should you accept the offer of treatment through Give a Smile it will be performed by a specialist orthodontist in his/her office.
  • If you live in SA, WA or Victoria, your state health department requires you to pay a fee (co-payment) for your orthodontic treatment.
  • If you live in SA, WA or Victoria – and if you accept treatment through Give a Smile™ – the relevant co-payment must still be paid. However the payment is made to the Give a Smile™ Trust (details will be supplied).

How to get on the public waiting list for orthodontic treatment

Remember to gain access to free braces, you must be Health Care Card holder or Pension Card holder AND you must be on the public waiting list for orthodontic treatment. To do this you need to contact your relevant state and territory dental health service for further information. These waiting lists can vary in length and can be 2 years or longer, so get started now!


Dental Health Program
GPO Box 825
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel 02 6205 1088


Department of Orthodontics
Sydney Dental Hospital
Tel 02 9293 3388/89


Oral Health Services NT
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Tel 08 8924 6470


Oral Health Unit
GPO Box 2368
Brisbane QLD 4001
Tel 07 3328 9873


SA Dental Services
Frome Rd
Adelaide SA 5000
Tel 08 8222 8276


Dental Health Services Victoria
720 Swanston St
Carlton VIC 3053
Tel 03 9341 1000


The Oral Health Centre WA
17 Monash Avenue
Tel 08 6457 4400

Benefits of Braces

Overall, the decision to get braces is your own. There are many benefits of getting braces. They can help prevent future gum disease and damage to teeth. They can straighten teeth, close gaps in teeth, and better space out teeth, all resulting in a more confident smile. Straight teeth help an individual more effectively bite, chew, and even speak. They can help prevent future discomfort and weakness due to misalignment of teeth or bite. They can also make you feel better about both your oral health and your appearance.

How to tell if your child needs braces?

Your child’s big front teeth have just come through and as they’ve been growing, you’re watching and wondering… will my child need braces? If this sounds like you, you probably have a million questions about when to start the process, how much it costs, how long the braces will be on for… just to name a few. We personally checked out the process of getting braces in Brisbane and worte a review (with video) here.

22 responses to “How to Get FREE Braces in Australia | The No Cost Option for Braces”

  1. Marie says:

    Hi my daughter is been to Westmead hospital several time for treatment but now they say she need braces but been to napean hospital also but they say she made be aligible for free braces but we hane been waiting for a phone call but no one have been in contact with us if possible pl tel me what to do noe she got no treatment at all

  2. K i e u - A n . L e ✨ ☾ says:

    Hey, just wondering… i got told by my dentist, that I have a serve 10mm over bite. My over bite affects the way I talk and chew. Do you think I’m able to qualify? My mum has my Medicare card and I’m too on the waiting list cause braces are very expensive!
    It would be great if you can reply thanks ☺️

  3. Beverly O'Sullivan says:

    is this facility available in Tasmania?

  4. Rowena says:

    My son has been on the wauting list since Dec of 2015 – I just called the dental hospital only to be told that there is still at least 1-2 year wait.
    This is what I was told in the beginning.
    My son was initially placed on the list when he was in yr 7, so 12 yrs of age – the local community dental health centre completed the paper work there , when i went back 12 momths later for his check up the dentist had told me whoopzie sorry I forgot.
    I then finally got an appt in the main dental hospital when I was told he is now on priority waiting list and it wil be 1-2 years. My boy was happy because in his little mind they would be on in his yr 10 formal pics but off by the time he finishes school…
    My son now has 1 term left of high school and here I am still wondering where I stand !
    Every time I talk to someone they tell me the same time amount of waiting and yet 2012 has jumped to 2015, to 2016 to now. Its crazy.
    I think gov employees should be honest when you’re honestly wanting to know so you can weigh up your options fairly.
    I was just told now by the dental hospital nsw that “Give us a smile ” takes in 1 child annually.
    There went my excitement out the door.
    If I had of know all of this back in 2012 I would of got private health with extras only and did it thst way. My son is 18 come August and my options have decreased . I’m kick g myself for believing anything nswgov employees say.
    It sucks being low income hard working mum in this country it really does.

  5. Rachael says:

    Hi my daughter is on the dental wait list ( we have been for over 6mths now) she has a health care card. She saw the school dental van last week and they said her over but it a Category 2. We live on the Sunshine Coast. Please tell me what I need to do to help her. Look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Thank you

  6. Sigrid Smith says:

    My son has a braces from overseas, we live in Browns Plains, Queensland, but it needs of adjustment monthly for the rubber and the wires, he is on a health care card, he is in need of help because he is unemployed and still a student.

    Looking forward to hear form you soon,

    Sigrid Smith

  7. Jill says:

    Can you please help

  8. Jill says:

    Hi my friend has 4 girls 2 need braces one has braces the one has autism and down syndrome he works 50 hrs a week to support his kids his wife died 3 yrs ago he can’t afford braces he doesn’t get a health care card can you help him

  9. Nour idress says:

    Hi I need braces for my teeth

  10. steve mcknight says:

    I cud not get into the public system for braces after visiting different orthodontist in Melbourne so i had to go private

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