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How to Get Free Braces in Australia?

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

Braces can help correct smile imperfections to pave the way for a healthier, more successful future. They shouldn’t break the bank. While getting braces for free is certainly rare, there are a few ways you can get them at low or reduced cost to make the financial investment less of a burden on you and your family.

Will Medicare Cover Braces for Free?

Unfortunately Medicare generally doesn’t cover braces – or any orthodontic treatment for that matter. There is one exception however. If you have an existing underlying diagnosed medical condition (such as a cleft palate) you may be entitled to some rebate.

Dental Insurance Policies

You may get help via your private health insurance. Check your inclusions on an existing policy if you have one. There are a number of different plans to choose from depending on your needs, and you will need to verify coverage details with your provider, but many companies offer rebates on orthodontic work such as braces.

Other Ways to Make Braces More Affordable

If you don’t have health insurance coverage then there are still ways you can make your braces more affordable. Talk to your orthodontist about the financial obligation up front to see what payment options they may offer in their office. Many orthodontists are willing to establish payment plans or flexible options for you to pay for the treatment over time.

At Fine Orthodontics, we offer flexible payment plans and financing to suit your budget. If getting braces is on your to do list, but the financial burden is holding you back, don’t be afraid to seek out what’s available to you. Even if getting braces for free isn’t an option, a flexible payment plan could be the help you need to get the healthy, functional smile you deserve. Book a free* consultation with Fine Orthodontics to discuss your treatment and payment options.


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Specialist Orthodontist Input by Dr Martin Fine BDS, MSc, MSc

Dr Martin Fine

Dr Martin Fine

Specialist Orthodontist Dr Martin Fine, BDS, MSc (Orthodontics), is based in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. With over 30 years' experience in private practice, Dr Fine has expertise working with a wide variety of orthodontic appliances, including braces and Invisalign. He has presented at orthodontic conferences globally, and has taught postgraduate orthodontic students at the University of Sydney. Dr Fine is a member of both the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) and the ASO (Australian Society of Orthodontists), and is a former president of the Alpha-Omega Dental Society's Sydney Chapter.  In the past, Dr Fine's research has been featured in the Angle Orthodontist journal. Dr Fine is committed to providing outstanding patient care using the latest and most effective techniques. Most recently, Dr Fine has developed and introduced the innovative FineLine clear aligner system, which has been specifically developed to meet the needs of patients at Fine Orthodontics.

Written by Danielle Long

Danielle Long

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Danielle Long has been assisting in the creation of beautiful smiles at Fine Orthodontics for over 15 years. Holding graduate qualifications in English and Education (BA/BEd UNSW), Dani brings a unique blend of knowledge to her role. She has worked in many different areas of the practice, having served as both Clinical Assistant and Treatment Coordinator over the years. Continually fascinated by the art and science behind orthodontics, Dani is always keen to share her knowledge in order to enhance patient understanding and experience. Dani focuses on facilitating exceptional patient communication and delivering in-depth orthodontic treatment information. She strives to ensure that every individual embarking on their orthodontic journey with Fine Orthodontics feels informed and supported.

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