Yes, you can play contact sports BUT you must ask us for a mouthguard.
Wearing braces is simple and generally quite easy with the modern devices available. However, braces do need to be regularly adjusted, and this will make the teeth feel tender for a few days. During this short period, soft foods and a mild analgesic may be needed. The fitting of braces is generally painless. Discomfort usually occurs several hours after placement of the appliances and similarly after adjustments.
We are sensitive to the financial pressures on families today, so for your convenience, we provide a payment plan for your orthodontic care. An initial deposit is paid when the appliances are constructed or fitted, and the balance is paid in monthly installments for the duration of the treatment.
No. You can arrange a consultation without your dentist's referral however we will ask you to see your dentist for a checkup prior to any treatment. If you do not have a dentist, we will happily provide you with some convenient options. We have a large number of well respected and caring colleagues who can look after your general dental needs.
The care of your braces will be fully explained when they are placed. You'll get a full run down on cleaning, things to avoid eating (to prevent damage to the teeth and appliances) and how to keep and get yourself out of trouble.
On average, orthodontic treatment usually takes 18 - 24 months and other more complex cases may take longer to complete, simple cases less time. The total treatment time depends on a large number of factors which include the severity of the original bite problem, the type of treatment carried out, and the co-operation of the patient. Treatment that extends longer than originally planned is usually the result of poor patient compliance with appointments, oral hygiene or treatment.
No two orthodontic problems are the same and the cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the treatment required. Many orthodontic problems require only simple treatment and you might find that the cost is lower than you thought. Costs will be discussed in full at your initial consultation. The fee that we quote covers all aspects of your orthodontic treatment and the majority of patients pay this fee in installments over the duration of the treatment thus making payment more manageable.
Definitely! It is very important to continue your regular dental check-ups to prevent and detect dental decay and to monitor your overall dental health.
Health funds repay some of the cost of orthodontic treatment for fund members who have the appropriate level of dental insurance. Please carefully check the premiums, conditions and level or rebate to see whether you will be better off with insurance or not.
The majority of orthodontic fees will be levied in installments so that you can comfortably spread your treatment fee over the duration of the treatment. This usually takes the form of an initial deposit when the appliances are placed followed by monthly installments until the fee is paid out. Payment can be made by Mastercard, Visa, cheque, cash, funds transfer and direct debit.
We do not have a direct relationship with any insurer and there are many insurers and schemes on the market so it is impossible to give you an accurate idea as to the level of orthodontic cover that you can expect. We will provide written quotes so that you can enquire directly with your insurance company. It is advisable that you do so before you commence treatment.
The fee covers the entire treatment including fitting of braces or other orthodontic appliance, periodic adjustments, removal of the braces or appliance, one set of retainers (if needed) and the retention and observation periods thereafter for a period of 1-2 years. The fee does not cover such items as ancillary treatment that may be required before, during or after treatment such as surgery and checkups with your dentist.
There are so many people out there with braces on that you'll just be one of the crowd. Brothers and sisters are the ones most likely to give you grief but they soon tire and get over it.
The Australian and American Orthodontic Societies recommend initial orthodontic assessment around the age of 7 years when the permanenent incisor teeth are erupting. The majority of children examined at this age will not require immediate treatment, perhaps never however early assessment helps detect problems that can benefit from early intervention.
We share your concern about missing work or school, and we make every effort to ensure that all patients receive a fair share of convenient appointments. We schedule longer appointments during school hours and shorter appointments before and after school. The majority of your appointments will fall in the short category.
There are plenty of reasons to get braces, the most important is that treatment is faster and better when completed on a young and growing patient. Other factors include everyone you know has braces at your age so it's easier to be one of the crowd rather than dealing with it when you are older; your teeth usually get more crowded with age so if you think it's minor now, things will probably worsen; when your young your folks pay for it-they may not be as generous when you are older!
Early treatment is only indicated where there is demonstrable benefit in intercepting a developing problem, that is the condition would worsen without intervention to the point where future treatment was compromised. An example of this would be an extreme bite problem which is amenable to corrective treatment at an early age but potentially difficult or impossible to treat when older.
No, Braces should not interfere with the way you speak or the sound of your voice. Certain appliances have a minor effect on your voice however the tongue gets conditioned to these appliances quickly and speech returns to normal after a few days.
Modern orthodontics in conjunction with treament at an appropriate age has reduced the need for extractions in the majority of cases - even with adults. There are cases where crowding, the position of the teeth in the face or the bite dictate the need to extract teeth however these are very much the minority.