Good & Cheap Orthodontics

Dear Mustachians,

My teeth have always been a bit misaligned and it’s always bothered me. I am afraid to start this procedure due to financial and social pressure, which is why I put it off for so long. I really want to get this done now, but I don’t know what the best way would be and I hope the community can help me. My teeth are generally in good condition but are misaligned.

  1. What is the best way for me to proceed financially/from a health perspective on that matter?
  2. I live in Geneva, should I check out dentists in France? Anyone know if there is a sufficient price difference to make this worthwhile?
  3. How can I figure out which dentists are “good”?
  4. Is there any chance a supplementary insurance will cover the misalignment (after the end of a qualifying period) or shouldn’t I even bother getting this process started?
  5. Is it worth getting braces from a country such as Poland? I happen to go there mid june and could extend my stay. I am hoping to get something invisible such as Invisalign, but I am worried about the follow-up such operations take.

To be frank, I don’t even know how to start the process. Can anyone help me out?

PS: 5) How much does a dentist checkup cost in Switzerland?

Thanks so much all,

I can only help partially.

Basic check-up can be 100-200 CHF easily. Be ready to pay many thousands for a proper orthodontics treatment in CH. Definitely check the prices in France.

I don’t know about the rest.

Don’t choose a dentist in a place where you can’t go regularly and easily. If Poland is a place you would normally go, then maybe it’s not the best idea.

Unlikely, especially if the condition existed when you started coverage.

Disability insurance does cover some orthodontal treatments, but they have very specific conditions, and it might only be for children. Children with jutting lower jaws can get free operations if the problem is bad enough, but I don’t know about other conditions.

Checkup and cleaning should be less than 200. A few fillings can be 1000-2000.

Google “Invisalign” and check how it works. It might be cheaper to fly monthly to your dentist reather than doing it here. Let me know your results please. Portugal is covered by Easyjet, so you might look for a dentist there and get flights for 100chf return.

although the point is clear from the money -point of view, this is ecologically horrifying.


just take a nice vacation and go only once … I’m sure it will come out cheaper even when factoring in hotel cost :wink: