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

How to Get FREE Braces in Australia
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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 vfgg8 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 wrote a review (with video) here.

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

  1. Mai le says:

    I’m just a regular 13 year old girl and I have an over bites and I want braces but I would pay because I don’t have money so can u help me

  2. Kaitlyn says:

    Hello I’m looking to get braces and can’t afford them I need them really bad and my teeth are getting worse I am on the waiting list

  3. Keely Kickett says:

    I’m just enquiring about braces I’m a mother of 2 on centerlink and want braces but can’t afford them.

  4. Marina Saric says:

    My son has been on a waiting list for 2 years. His disability is Down Syndrome he has a very narrow mouth. We were told he would need work done. But my problem now is he has turn 18 has his own pension card. Is he still eligible for free dental as he is classified as an Adult

  5. Natasha says:

    As much as I’ll love for my daughter to have better teeth I a single mother meant to afford 5/8k
    I’ve taken her to a private dentist witch they have said she would need braces then took her to the government one where they said she has to go privately due to her teeth are OK but would benefit from them
    The government system is a joke.. and no help what so ever as a mother I feel hopeless

  6. Sarah says:

    How do you choice which patient is given free braces from the orthodontist waiting list ?

    My son is on the list with waiting times of 4-6 years and his the highest category

  7. Lisa Thomson says:

    My daughter has recently visited a private dentist as I could not get her in to see a government or public dentist as the waiting list was too long . I was told that she would need braces for her teeth and that the government subsity would not cover the costs . I am a low income earner and have a health care card and prices for braces are way out of my price range here in Queensland . A friend referred me to you in the hopes that you could help.

  8. Kim-maree Henshaw says:

    My daughter has a severe overbite and I am on the disability pension as such it is very hard to be able to afford braces .My daughter experiences bullying at school because of her overbite .We live in Canberra and our state does not offer public health orthodontist. Please consider her for a reduction in cost .

  9. Tingdhelich Aroab says:

    I just want to know if you still free

  10. Anon says:

    The contact details for ACT are incorrect, the government dental program does not offer this service at all.

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