At what age should I bring my child to see an orthodontist?
There's no magic age that signals when you should visit an orthodontist. Generally, it's best to schedule your child's first orthodontic consultation with us between the ages of 7 and 10. By this time the first permanent molars are typically present and we are able to check for any developing bite problems or crowding. Your regular dentist will monitor your child's teeth and bite and recommend orthodontic treatment if necessary.
Do I need a referral from my dentist to see an orthodontist?
No, there’s no need for a referral, simply give us a call to book a consultation. Of course, your dentist might be the one who may suggest you visit an orthodontist but it's not necessary to get a referral to visit us.
How long will my orthodontic treamtent take?
It all depends on your teeth and treatment plan. Our orthodontists will give you an estimate of treatment time & it may take a little longer in some cases.
Is orthodontic treatment painful?
Having braces or aligners fitted won’t hurt. Occasionally though, you may find that there will be some discomfort in the first few days after fitting and adjustment of your orthodontic appliance. You may take pain relief if you need to.
Are there any risks to orthodontic treatment?
Usually when undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is quite a straightforward process. In uncommon cases, things don’t quite go according to the treatment plan, or there may be complications. During your consultation your orthodontist will advise you of any risks and how best to avoid them.
What's the difference between an orthodontist & a dentist?
While dentists and orthodontists both work in the field of dentistry, orthodontists are qualified dentists who have completed additional study and training (an extra three full time years) in order to work as a specialist in this field. Orthodontists are experts in diagnosis and treatment planning of orthodontic problems, tooth alignment, bite correction and in utilising the most up-to-date orthodontic technologies available to achieve the highest standard results for your orthodontic needs.
How much does orthodontics cost?
There are a number of variables that will determine the price of your treatment. In order to give you an exact quote for your treatment, we need to carry out a detailed examination of your teeth and gather various diagnostic records. Treatment will vary in cost according to the individual patient & treatment type, from comprehensive options through to less expensive short-term treatments.
Do you have payment plan options?
We offer a convenient payment option, typically spread out over the anticipated duration of your treatment. If you pay for your treatment in full or if you have a family member that has had treatment, you may be eligible for a discount.
Do you have after school appointments?
Our after-school appointments are made available to patients who have their appliances fitted and require minor, short adjustments. This allows us to schedule the majority of your appointments during these popular times. For consultations, treatment commencement and any longer or major adjustments or procedures, we arrange during the hours of 8:30am and 2:00pm to ensure our Specialists and support team have the appropriate amount time to deliver the quality care you deserve.
I’m an adult, when can I start treatment?
Adult patients can start orthodontics at any age but may require a longer treatment time compared to teens or children. Adults tend to have a denser bone structure than children making the treatment time a little longer, however, the results are just as effective. See more information on Adult orthodontic treatment here.