Do I Need a Referral From a Dentist?
No. Simply book in and we can begin the process from there. If you have a referral that’s great too as sometimes it is your family dentist who will recommend that you see us for a consultation. Either way is fine.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Have Orthodontic Treatment?
All ages can be treated; babies with facial anomalies such as cleft palate to mature seniors can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Modern techniques and materials have allowed all age groups to successfully and happily undertake treatment. The best age for an opinion by us of any orthodontic requirements your child may have is between 8-10 years of age. Like most things, any problems are best caught early.
How Long Will I Need To Be In Braces?
The duration of your treatment will vary according to the complexity of the problem. The average time for comprehensive orthodontic treatment is around 18 months. It can be much less if your back teeth are well aligned and your bite is generally good and it is just your front teeth that need straightening. This is what OrthoLite is all about. On the other hand complex jaw and bite problems may take 2-3 years to complete, but this is fairly rare.
At the end of your first consultation with us you will leave knowing how long your proposed treatment will take to complete.
Will I Need Teeth Extracted As Part Of My Treatment?
Toowong Orthodontics is strongly orientated towards not extracting teeth. Occasionally it is necessary to have to ask you to see your dentist to have teeth removed so that we can provide you with the best and most stable long term result. We will explain all treatment options available to provide you with an excellent treatment result at your first consultation.
What Is The Process Of Getting Braces?
The first visit to us is for the initial consultation where we will put aside ample time for you to get to know us and assess if you would like us to be your orthodontist. You will have lots of time to discuss your treatment questions with your orthodontist including cost and payment plans. If you haven’t seen your dentist for six months, then your orthodontist will recommend that you have a check up with your dentist before treatment begins. Having healthy teeth and gums is essential before braces are placed on them.
Arriving at the best treatment plan for you generally involves you having some x-rays taken and some impressions and photos of your teeth and face. At Toowong orthodontics we place great emphasis on including the facial proportions and lip support in the overall treatment result.
Once the diagnosis and the treatment objectives are arrived at and fully explained to you, then appointments are made to place the braces or appliances. Treatment can generally commence within a few weeks of you letting us know that you wish to proceed.
What Are Separators?
Separators are a small donut shaped rubber bands that are placed between the back teeth to create a space. This is done so that bands, (metal rings) can be placed on the back teeth ready for your braces. They are generally only left in for about a week which is enough time to make a space between your teeth.
Sometimes these separators can make the teeth feel a bit sore for a few days and a paracetamol tablet may be required in a third of cases.
Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?
It doesn’t cause any pain to place braces. When you first get your braces you may feel a little discomfort as the wires start to put pressure onto your teeth, but as your mouth adjusts to the new appliance this will ease. Modern techniques and materials have made orthodontic treatment much less uncomfortable than in previous years. A soft diet for the initial few days may be necessary to overcome that feeling.
How Often Do I Get The Braces Adjusted?
Usually adjustments are scheduled for between 4-8 weeks depending on the wires being used and the stage you are up to in treatment. Some of our patients travel significant distances to see us, so we are used to adjusting the time between appointments to accommodate this.
Can I Still Chew Gum With Braces?
Gum is usually not recommended. The gum can get caught on the braces and pull the braces off. Also the sugar in some gum can get trapped behind the braces and cause cavities.
Can I Play Musical Instruments With My Braces?
Yes, you can play the instrument of your choice with braces on your teeth. It may take a few days getting used to playing with the braces on.
Cost And Finance
When orthodontic treatment is implemented at the proper time, orthodontic treatment is generally less costly than other forms of specialist dentistry required to treat the more serious problems associated with bad bites, malformed jaws and missing teeth.
We provide interest free monthly payment plans as well as Denticare which provides low cost direct debit financing. We also accept most major credit cards and provide HICAPS. Payment must be on the day of consultation for the initial visit. Call us to learn more.