Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist that has completed an additional 3 years full time postgraduate study.
A specialist orthodontist treats their patients' teeth and faces with the aim of obtaining the best possible smile, function and facial harmony.
The following training is required:
• Bachelor of Dental Surgery
• Masters Degree in Orthodontics (a further 3 years full time study incorporating research and extensive clinical experience.)
• Registration as a specialist orthodontist.
+ Is a referral required?
No referral is needed. Please call the practice and we will be happy to schedule you a consultation appointment.
+ Do you have interest-free payment plans?
Our interest free, monthly payment plan makes it easy to invest in your smile. You pay an initial fee at the beginning of your treatment, and pay the balance with monthly instalments spread over the course of your treatment. The cost depends on the complexity of your treatment which will be explained when you attend for consultation.
+ Why is it important for a child to see an orthodontist for orthodontic care?
Some problems should be treated when they first appear as they can become worse as a child grows. Orthodontic treatment aims to permanently change a child's teeth and possibly their face, so it is important that a well-qualified professional carry out this treatment.
Orthodontic specialists limit their practices to orthodontic treatment only. Further advanced specialisation has given Orthodontists the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.
+ What are impacted teeth?
Impacted teeth are teeth that have not erupted into the mouth. This is usually due to severe crowding or because they have 'got lost' on their eruption path.
Impacted teeth are detected on x-rays and more detailed scans may be required to ascertain to exact position. Sometimes it is necessary to surgically uncover impacted tooth and actively pull or guide the tooth into the correct position using braces.
+ Why is it important to keep ‘baby’ teeth in their normal position?
Baby teeth maintain the normal arch form and arch length. If the baby teeth are lost early due to decay or extractions, space can be lost and create a crowding problem when the permanent teeth come through.
+ What is a crossbite?
The upper teeth should fit outside the lower teeth like a lid on a box. If the upper jaw is too narrow, the lower jaw usually swings to one side to allow the back teeth to bite and a posterior cross-bite results. Front teeth can also erupt in anterior cross-bite.
+ Why should crooked teeth be straightened?
Straight teeth will certainly give you a great smile and improved self-esteem. Straight teeth are easier to clean properly and are less likely to wear over time.
+ Do braces hurt?
Many patients experience slight discomfort a few hours after braces are fitted. The discomfort is often described as a feeling of pressure on the teeth. This is due to the braces moving the teeth gently to the desired position. This discomfort usually only lasts for 2 to 4 days.
+ Is there a maximum age for orthodontics?
Orthodontic specialists can improve your smile and bite at any age! While most people tend to associate orthodontic treatment with children and adolescents, age is not a limiting factor for tooth movement. Today, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to correct crooked teeth, tooth crowding and more.
+ What are aligners such as Invisalign™ and how do they work?
These are a series of clear removable plastic aligners that can be used to straighten your teeth without metal wires or braces.
As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move little by little, week by week until they have straightened to the final position your orthodontist has prescribed. Unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth and are almost invisible.