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orthodontic treatment - costs?

Hi. Can anybody give me some examples of costs of orthodontic treatment in Switzerland. I mean costs of braces (with brackets and rubber bands) and appointments (to make adjustments etc).
Could anybody give me an idea of what costs to expect?

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Old 04.04.2015, 20:18
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Re: orthodontic treatment - costs?

How long is a piece of string?
A fixed brace plus adjustments etc will cost anywhere between 5000 and 15000 chf here.
Visits for adjustments were about 40chf as far as I can remember.
Our son had a wire removable one and the total cost was just under 3000 chf of which 75% was reimbursed by insurance.
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Re: orthodontic treatment - costs?

My neighbor is an orthodontist and I asked him this very question a couple of weeks ago. For my son, who will probably need braces in a year or two for "average" alignment issues (~18 months of treatment he estimated), it will be on the order of 8,000 CHFs.
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Have experience of someone who needs a little more than just ordinary alignment. 2-3 yrs treatment, adjustments every 3 months. Will land at approx 11-12 kCHF.
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Old 04.04.2015, 22:11
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Have experience of someone who needs a little more than just ordinary alignment. 2-3 yrs treatment, adjustments every 3 months. Will land at approx 11-12 kCHF.
Geez….. long live the NHS!

I don't understand why dental issues are not part of your health insurance… are your teeth not part of your body/health? I just had a night split made as I was clenching my jaw at night and it was giving my neck pain. Insurance happy to pay out for Physio which didn't help, but not the splint which fixed the problem
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Re: orthodontic treatment - costs?

Not always easy these days to get NHS dentist or orthondondist in UK either though, and only some severe crookedness is covered, rated on 1 to 5 scale.

I agree that dental treatment should be covered- but perhaps not orthondontics if it is 'just' cosmetic- having perfectly aligned teeth is not essential- few of my generation have btw.

Surprised about the splint- I thought it would be covered if prescribed by doctor, no?
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Surprised about the splint- I thought it would be covered if prescribed by doctor, no?
Nope. They covered the dental investigations to see what was causing the problem….. but not the cure…. go figure!!
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Re: orthodontic treatment - costs?

[QUOTE=Odile;2369796]Not always easy these days to get NHS dentist or orthondondist in UK either though, and only some severe crookedness is covered, rated on 1 to 5 scale.

I agree that dental treatment should be covered- but perhaps not orthondontics if it is 'just' cosmetic- having perfectly aligned teeth is not essential- few of my generation have btw.

Surprised about the splint- I thought it would be covered if prescribed by doctor, no?[/QUOTE


Believe me, orthodontics is not just cosmetic. Having properly aligned teeth and a proper occlusion ( bite) combined with routine professional dental hygiene can protect your teeth better than any treatment you'll ever have! It is the future of preventive dentistry and the best investment you'll ever make, in regards to your dental health. Even at 8-10,000, it is far cheaper than extracting and replacing just two teeth.

I suggest you check with your health insurance about orthodontic coverage. I do know it can be added for children, but am not sure about adults in Switzerland.

The results from orthodontics can be truly life changing. Another EFer came in for dental hygiene last year, without knowing his/her ( discretion) teeth did not close together properly. It was a classic open bite, which was not treated in the UK. Today, halfway through the treatment he/she can finally chew food properly! Amazing results!


( I have worked in five countries and four languages as an American trained Dental Hygienist, for over 30 years.
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I agree that dental treatment should be covered- but perhaps not orthondontics if it is 'just' cosmetic- having perfectly aligned teeth is not essential- few of my generation have btw.
Actually it's exactly the other way round. 98% of dental decay is self-inflicted and could be prevented, whereas many orthodontic therapies are mainly done in order to prevent functional damage. On the other hand, I must admit that many orthodontist tend to correct just about every tiny flaw because they make oodles doing that.
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Re: orthodontic treatment - costs?

It is not very well known that Switzerland considers bent teeth to be a birth defect.

If your child was born here, he/she can get free orthodontic treatment up to their age of 21 years. If not born here, no claim is possible.

Before you start treatment, apply at the local AHV or AVS office, they will know exactly how to claim the benefit.
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It is not very well known that Switzerland considers bent teeth to be a birth defect.
Not quite correct. What may be considered a congenital defect is a group of certain deformations of the cranial skeleton including the jaws, which, of course may include crooked teeth too.

The rules are very strict. The orthodontist must make many measurements to assess the eligibility for disability insurance benefits, which, if eligible, are very generous but zilch if not.
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Re: orthodontic treatment - costs?

All, thank you for your answers!
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Re: orthodontic treatment - costs?

jorgeu, is it for a child (how old?) or for an adult? The prevalent treatment for an adult is either brackets on the front teeth (clear plastic or metal) or clear braces (think Invisalign, or similar). The cost can vary, depending on what needs to be done; tough to provide a ballpark without much information, think a range within CHF2k to 8k (at our tax point, prices in Zurich would likely be 30% higher). If you are enquiring for a solution for an adult (i.e. older than 14) you can give us a call (info at http://www.chamzahnarzt.ch/) and ask to speak with Deniza; she can answer your questions in more detail. We do not provide orthodontic services for children; we can recommend Dr. Pia Deplazes (http://zahnspange-cham.ch/kieferorth...zes-suter.html). You can call and enquire directly with her.
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