Frequently asked questions
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Orthodontics is the specialised branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis & treatment of problems caused by poor alignment of the teeth & jaws and are carried out using different types of braces. An orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has completed a further 3 years full-time training in a specialist training programme that is recognised by the Australian Dental Council.
Specialist Orthodontic treatment is available from a dentist who is registered as a specialist orthodontist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) - www.ahpra.gov.au.
Overcrowded teeth are the most common reason that people seek orthodontic treatment, followed by prominent or “buck” teeth. Specialist Orthodontists are trained to address a broad spectrum of dental and facial concerns.
It is recommended that you bring your child for an orthodontic assessment at around 7 or 8 years of age. Occasionally some short intervention is beneficial at this age to minimise or even eliminate the need for later treatment. Even if early treatment is not needed, seeing at an early age allows your child's dental development to be monitored.
It is never too late to have treatment. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy there is no age limit to treatment. An increasing number of adults are availing of the benefits of orthodontic treatment.
Some minor treatment can be completed in six months but may not treat the more complicated yet important aspect, such as the bite. Usually, orthodontic treatment involves wearing braces for approximately 18 to 30 months. In more complex cases you may be required to wear more than one appliance.
Yes, and it’s also about how you eat! You should avoid foods that could damage your braces and teeth. Some of these include raw vegetables, toffee and ice cubes. Other foods, like steak and raw vegetables, can still be eaten if you are sensible about it – for example, cutting up an apple before to eating it.
Yes. But we recommend a mouthguard for participation in any sporting activity.
Musicians are generally able to play their instruments just as they did before, but they may need a short adjustment period after getting braces.
The process of fitting braces is not painful. Some discomfort is to be expected for a period after appliances are fitted for the first time or after they have been tightened. However, this usually settles after a few days.
Braces are what move the teeth and are usually 'fixed' to the front of the teeth. Retainers are used to keep the teeth straight after the braces have finished their work. Retainers need to be worn, usually only at night, if the teeth are to be kept straight.
Yes. You do. Keeping teeth free of plaque can be difficult when you're wearing braces. Your dentist can help you avoid problems with frequent cleanings and exams.