Cost
The big question, how much will it cost?

For some people, the cost may be the deciding factor whether to go ahead with treatment, wait a while or not pursue it at all. Getting orthodontic treatment isn't particularly expensive considering the length of time you will be able to enjoy the results but it certainly isn't cheap either. Whilst very few orthodontists websites give much of an indication of costs, and this is understandable given the unique nature of each treatment option offered, those that do frequently quote figures between £2000 and £7000.

At, or shortly after your consultation, your orthodontist will be able to provide you with an accurate quote for the cost of treatment. This should include details of what is covered, and just as importantly, what is not covered. Take some time to check through what you have been quoted and make sure you understand what is being offered. You should find that the quote covers the fitting, adjustment and removal of your braces as well as retainers after your treatment has finished. Additional appointments for breakages may be extra so it is worth checking anything you are unsure about.

Many practices appear to offer payment plans to allow you to spread the cost over the time your treatment takes whilst some offer reductions for payment in full at the beginning of treatment. Your own circumstances will dictate what is best for you but don't be afraid to look at options. Will the use of traditional metal brackets reduce the cost of treatment and allow you to start sooner? Would it be worthwhile waiting a year to save some more money towards getting the invisible treatment that you would prefer? Your orthodontist will be able to help you look at the merits of each option but in the end, it will come down to your decision whether you feel the treatment cost is worth the result.