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Orthodontics

Specialists in aligning your smile

Orthodontic treatments like traditional braces and Invisalign®, correct crowded or crooked teeth. This is much more than just aesthetics – there are many other reasons why properly aligned teeth can improve your general wellbeing.

What is an Orthodontist?

Your orthodontic specialist will recommend the best option for you, after carefully assessing the condition of your teeth and mouth. Treatment options may vary for both adults and children and might include fixed braces, removeable appliances, clear aligners and more. Occasionally orthodontics is combined with oral surgery for optimal results.

Braces

  • Metal brackets and wires, there are a range of different braces options available

Ceramic Braces

  • Similar to the metal braces, except that tooth-coloured or clear brackets are used as their appearance is less obvious.

Lingual Braces

  • Similar to the traditional metal braces, except the brackets and wires are placed on the inside surface of the teeth where they are not visible

Invisalign®  

  • Invisalign® treatment uses a series of clear plastic removable orthodontic aligners to gradually move your teeth in small increments. A new aligner is provided approximately every 2 weeks.

Education

Over the years, modern and digital technology has revolutionised the way your specialist orthodontist can straighten your teeth.

Apart from making your teeth look great, there are also important functional reasons for straightening teeth:

  • Crowded and crooked teeth are hard to clean which can, in turn, cause a range of problems in the future
  • Teeth that are very prominent can be more at risk from trauma injuries. Orthodontics can move teeth into an ideal position in relation to the lips, to better protect them and improve the facial profile.
  • Jaws and teeth that are in correct alignment function better and individual teeth are not subject to excessive biting forces.

Consult an orthodontist, if you are concerned about your teeth or your child’s teeth.

Need to know

Appointments for Orthodontic Treatment

  • Regular appointments are needed every 6 to 8 weeks for braces adjustments
    • Consultation visit includes discussing treatment available to you, examination, x-rays, photographs possibly impressions to make moulds of your teeth
    • At a later visit, you will have the braces fitted to your teeth surfaces
    • After your braces are on, wires are adjusted every 6 to 8 weeks to make sure your teeth are moving into the correct position
    • Once your teeth are in position, your braces are removed
    • Additional appointments may be needed if you have problems with your braces or to monitor your progress after treatment.

You may be asked about

  • Your dental and medical history
  • Your oral health care routine. It is important that this is of a high standard before orthodontic treatment starts

How long it takes?

Total treatment time varies depending on your individual orthodontic case. On average braces will be on for up to 2 years.

  • Consultation takes around 60 minutes
  • Getting your braces fitted can take around 60 minutes
  • Regular check-ups every 6 to 8 weeks usually take around 15 to 30 minutes
  • Removal of your braces can take at least 60 minutes

Before your appointment

No special preparation is needed

After your appointment

  • You will need to follow the home care routine recommended by your orthodontist.
  • After your braces are removed, you will need to use a retainer, custom removable plate or have a fixed wire positioned behind the teeth.

Quick tip

Follow the care instructions provided by your orthodontist. Try to avoid overly hard and sticky foods so they don’t damage or get stuck in your braces.

FAQs

The cost of orthodontics depends on the type of treatment and how long it will take to treat your mouth. Your dentist or orthodontist will recommend a treatment option best suited to you and give you an estimate of the price and payment options during your consultation visit. We accept a wide range of payment methods and have plenty of flexible pay later financial options including Afterpay and 18 months Interest-Free*.

Your dentist or specialist orthodontist is highly trained and skilled at making the orthodontic treatment process as easy and painless as possible. We make sure you feel comfortable during any treatment. At the consultation with your orthodontist or dentist, we want to be sure that you understand the treatment plan and feel at ease about it. Following adjustment appointments, you may feel discomfort for a few days because your teeth are moving into new straighter positions.  If you have any concerns at all, please let us know.

The length of your treatment will depend on the movement required to straighten your teeth and can only be determined by your dentist or orthodontist.

An orthodontist has additional qualifications and has completed significant further study to become a specialist in their field. General dentists can have a special interest in orthodontics, often in specific treatment areas, such as Invisalign