Some frequently asked questions about what we do and offer at Toowong Orthodontics
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, a scan 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.
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.
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.
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 Orthofast 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.
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.
It doesn’t cause any pain to place braces or aligners. When you first start your orthodontic treatment you may feel a little discomfort as pressure is placed 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.
Separators are a small donut shaped rubber band that is placed between the back teeth to create a space. This is done so that bands (metal rings), can be placed on the back teeth. These metal bands are used for a small number of patients who require specific types of appliances. The separators 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.
Yes. Invisalign has been used to treat over 5.5 million patient worldwide. The Invisalign aligner treatment has evolved over the last 20 years as new technologies have emerged. Invisalign is a reliable, removable and almost invisible treatment option when used by an experienced orthodontist.
Usually braces adjustments are scheduled for between 4-8 weeks depending on the wires being used and the stage you are up to in treatment. Invisalign adjustments will usually occur every 6-8 weeks. Some of our patients travel significant distances to see us, so we are used to adjusting the time between appointments to accommodate this.
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 around the braces and cause cavities.
Yes, Braces usually don’t stop our patients from playing the instrument of their choice. For those exceptional musicians who are particularly concerned about having braces on their front teeth, Invisalign makes orthodontic treatment possible.
It is important to maintain excellent oral hygiene regardless of whether you have braces or aligners. Health teeth and gums allow for predictable and efficient movement of teeth. Brushing to remove all traces of food from around braces is essential to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. We recommend brushing at least twice a day and flossing or using an interdental brush (piksters) at least once a day. Many patients will give their teeth a quick brush over each time they eat to remove food particles that get caught around braces. Invisalign aligners are removed for eating and drinking (except when drinking water). This means brushing is much easier. It also means that aligner patients must brush their teeth before inserting the aligners after eating. Aligners must contact each tooth surface to be effective, if food sits under aligners it prevents the aligner from properly engaging the tooth and puts the patient at risk for decay.
If you are being treated using aligners you don’t need to change you eating habits as your aligners are removed prior to eating. If you have braces you will need to avoid any hard, sticky or sugary foods. Foods such as corn chips, lollies, hard chocolate, nuts, and ice can damage the braces. When pressure is applied to one or two brackets it can cause produce enough force to break the glue holding the bracket to the tooth. A broken bracket most of the time requires the patient to attend an additional appointment to have the bracket reattached to the tooth. If a patient continues to have breakages, then treatment time may extend past the original estimate.
Call the practice if you think something doesn’t feel right. Perhaps a wire is digging in, a bracket or attachment has come away from a tooth or a retainer has broken. It is important that the problem be seen to sooner rather than later so that treatment can progress or (if treatment is complete) so as to ensure teeth stay aligned.
It is important to continue to see your General Dentist for regular 6 monthly check-up appointments. As a Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Goodyear focuses on your orthodontic treatment. Your General Dentist will check your teeth for signs of decay and their hygienist will be able to give the teeth a thorough clean even with the braces in place.
Because only the front teeth need straightening or some gaps closed, you can now have beautiful, straight teeth in as little as 4 to 7 months. Only the front teeth will need to get braces, so there will be no braces placed on your back teeth.
To find out if our OrthoFast treatment is suitable for you it’s important that you see us for an accurate diagnosis visit where all treatment options, including OrthoFast will be fully explained and costed for you.
Because OrthoFast treats only the front teeth and the treatment time is short, the cost of the treatment is reduced as well. Cost also depends on the type of braces you choose. You may have stainless steel braces on the outside of your teeth. Or, if you choose to use our latest translucent CERAMIC BRACES, you will have chosen a cost effective and aesthetic method for OrthoFast with very little visual impact.
Yes. Being specialist orthodontists we don’t compromise quality. We only recommend the OrthoFast treatment option after our usual full diagnostic work up is complete and when the treatment case is suitable for fast treatment. For those who just need tooth re-alignment of the front teeth area, this highly targeted approach means not only a highly effective experience, but a faster and more cost-effective one as well.