No, you do not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, others schedule an appointment themselves.
We recommend an orthodontic screening at age 7 or 8, which is when the adut front teeth are erupting. By this age, we can assess whether any early treatment is required, either to address a specific problem, or to minimise problems later on.
In some people the front teeth do straighten as the jaws grow and more space becomes available. In other people, even with that growth, there still isn’t enough space.
If you think you or your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office, send us an e-mail, or fill out our appointment request form online. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our friendly reception staff will request some basic information from you.
Upon arriving, you will be greeted by our receptionists who will make you feel welcome. You will then be taken through to meet Andy, who will ask you some questions (not difficult ones!!). Then he will look at your teeth, and talk with you about what treatment options there are. You will probably need to have an x-ray too.
To read more about your first visit, see our First Visit page.
There are several essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:
- Are there any orthodontic issues, and if so, what are they?
- What are the options for correcting these issues?
- How long will the treatment take to complete?
- When should we start treatment?
- How much will the treatment cost?
Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. However, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The “average” time that a person has braces is approximately 18 months.
It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will quote you the exact cost and explain the financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you.
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients who have braces will be seen every 6 to 12 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students after school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 6 to 12 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments.
Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check before dropping off their child.
Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After certain visits, your teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Panadol will ease the discomfort. However, some people do not feel any soreness at all!
Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment – sorry!
No. Injections are not necessary for orthodontic treatment.
Absolutely not! Never, ever.
Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all contact sports. Ask us for more details.
Yes. Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while you have braces. Your family dentist will determine the best intervals between check up appointments.
Yes. Once treatment begins, we will give you guidance as to which foods to avoid. Some of those foods are ice, hard lollies, raw vegetables, and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and toffee). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.
You should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.
If your braces are causing pain or if something breaks, you should call our us as soon as possible. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will arrange an appointment as soon as possible for you. Please let us know if there is something broken so that we can make time to fix it for you.
Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if you are not yet ready for treatment, we will follow your growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.
Early, or interceptive treatment, is sometimes necessary for children between the ages of 7 & 10, and usually takes 6 to 12 months. The main objective for early treatment is to address specific problems, such as buck teeth and crossbites, to prevent them from becoming more severe, and to improve self-esteem and self-image.
Early treatment is usually provided to address a specific problem. Once completed, you will need to wait for all your permanent teeth to erupt before we can assess whether you need full braces or not.
At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine whether expansion is required.
A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are just as important to adults. No patient is “too old” for orthodontic treatment!
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.
In order to become a specialist orthodontist a dentist must spend an extra 3 years of full time postgraduate study learning how to assess and manage the growth and development of the teeth and jaws, and practising using the various orthodontic appliances and techniques.
The real question is: why would you choose NOT to see a specialist?