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Got any questions?

No matter if you have just started thinking about straightening your teeth or are currently in treatment, questions will likely pop up. We have compiled a list of the most common questions our patients ask and have answered these for you below. If you can’t find the answer you need, feel free to ask us at your next visit or give our practice a call anytime so we can help.

Orthodontics is a form of dentistry that focuses specifically on correcting teeth and jaw irregularities and improving their function and appearance.  This usually involves fitting orthodontic appliances to enable the correct alignment of the teeth.
All Orthodontists attain their degree in dentistry first.  To qualify as a specialist Orthodontist they have all undertaken 2 to 3 years of postgraduate study to enable them to specialise in orthodontics. Your general dentist helps you to maintain good oral hygiene, and general dental work such as fillings, but will usually refer you to an Orthodontist for more specialised work, like the fitting of braces.
This is dependent on the type of treatment you have, and can vary from person to person. Different styles of braces cost different amounts and some people will need longer treatment times than others. You could expect to pay anywhere between $3,000 and $9,500 for a course of orthodontic treatment, however you can take advantage of free consultation so that you can get an idea of how much your treatment might cost.
This will be dependent on the type of treatment you require. Some people only need six months of treatment, but for most people it can usually take between one and three years.
Orthodontic treatment doesn’t hurt, although at some stages during your treatment you may experience some discomfort. This is usually around the time you have your braces tightened or you are given your next set of aligners. This discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief, such as paracetamol. Your Orthodontist will also give you tips about the right foods to eat and which to avoid which will also help manage any discomfort experienced.
Of course! In a lot of cases, the earlier the Orthodontist sees a child the better as that way an Orthodontist may be able to identify potential problems and plan for treatment. It is recommended by The Australian Society of Orthodontists that every child has an orthodontic assessment by the age of 7. This may result in them receiving preliminary treatment to avoid orthodontic problems later on in life, but it also allows for both the child and parents, as well as the Orthodontist, to prepare for treatment if treatment is needed.
Possibly not. Traditional metal braces, are certainly an effective treatment option, however the patient may be suited to having treatment with Invisalign – which has the advantage of being virtually unnoticeable to others, yet gives great results.
Yes, we recommend you continue to see your dentist for your regular check- up appointments while receiving orthodontic treatment. This will help to ensure your teeth remain clean and healthy during treatment.
Yes, and it is vital that you do so. If your teeth are not kept in tip top condition this can affect your treatment. Your dentist will be able to help keep you on track with your oral hygiene.
These days, many adults are seeking out and having orthodontic treatment. One of the most popular treatment options is Invisalign which uses virtually invisible plastic aligners to move your teeth into position. Your Orthodontist may recommend braces as the best treatment option for you, there are different types that are more discreet so won’t affect your appearance as much as traditional braces.