Frequently asked questions
What is an appropriate age for my child to be seen?
Any age is suitable to seek orthodontic treatment; however, children are best seen at approximately age 8. If there are obvious signs of crowding or a crossbite, children should be seen earlier.
I’m an adult, is it too late for orthodontic treatment?
It is never too late to start orthodontic treatment. Braces and Invisalign are suitable treatment options for most adults. Please visit our treatment options page to find out more about these treatments.
Do I need a referral?
No, you do not require a referral to see us.
How long will braces treatment take?
Each person is different, so the length of treatment time will vary. Generally braces are worn for approximately 12 to 24 months. Good cleaning around braces and gums prevents cavities and keeps gums healthy, assisting tooth movement. Breakages can extend treatment time, so good cooperation and cleaning can reduce treatment time by 2-3 months.
How long will Invisalign treatment take?
Invisalign treatment time depends on the number of aligners required to complete treatment and how long each aligner is worn for. Aligners generally take two weeks to take effect and can then be changed. With the use of AcceleDent the time each aligner is worn can be halved to one week.
Will orthodontic treatment hurt?
- Braces: After your braces are fitted, you may experience some discomfort from your teeth and gums. Your mouth is not accustomed to the forces being applied and will feel ‘tight’. As your teeth are moving through treatment you may experience similar discomfort after adjustments. This discomfort will usually last no more than three days and is relieved with paracetamol or ibuprofen and by eating soft foods.
- Invisalign: Aligners only differ slightly from one to the next, so discomfort is minimal. Some discomfort will be felt when changing aligners, this can be relieved with paracetamol or ibuprofen and with the use of Acceledent.
- Functional Appliances (Plates): These appliances generally do not cause any discomfort. The turning of screws in the appliance is usually not felt by the patient, although some initial discomfort may be felt when placing the plate/s in the mouth. The use of medications is usually not needed.
How much does treatment cost?
Every patient’s needs are different and therefore prices differ. To obtain a quotation for orthodontic treatment, please phone our office to arrange a consultation. Most treatment options have interest free payment plans available.
Where do I start?
The first step is to phone our office and arrange a consultation appointment to discuss treatment options with you.
Do I still see my regular dentist during orthodontic treatment?
Yes, it is still important to have routine check-ups with your dentist to ensure no cavities are present, to have fluoride treatments and cleans and polishes. These should occur every six months or as advised by your dentist.
Should I see an orthodontist or a dentist?
Many people are a little confused about the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist and who does what. Here is an easy check list to make it all a lot simpler.