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View MoreWhat is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent and treat any problems you might have with the alignment of your teeth and jaws.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has become a registered specialist in orthodontics (in much the same way that a cardiologist is a doctor who has become a specialist in heart problems).

In Australia an orthodontist must:

Complete a Bachelor degree in Dentistry
(a 5-year full-time University course).

Complete a Masters degree in Orthodontics
(a 3-year full-time University course).

Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

View MoreWhat is the difference between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

Your family dentist would not be a specialist orthodontist. Specialist orthodontists have completed a course of full time study over two or three years in a University and passed the prescribed university examinations. Some dentists have completed shorter and much less detailed courses in orthodontics and have an interest in the subject. They would have varying levels of expertise and ability in orthodontics.

View MoreWhat is the best age to see an Orthodontist?

Orthodontic problems are usually apparent by the age of seven, when most of the adult front teeth have erupted. However, your dentist may detect an orthodontic problem earlier.

Early examination

Allows the orthodontist to detect and evaluate problems and to plan an appropriate treatment schedule.

Early treatment

May prevent more serious problems from developing or make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Early treatment may also achieve results that are not possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing.

In most cases, orthodontic treatment is commenced as soon as the last baby tooth has been shed. This usually occurs in the early teens. In some cases, it is an advantage to start just before the last baby teeth are shed.

In the past, orthodontic treatment was generally restricted to children. However, the basic process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age and orthodontic treatment is also successful for adults.

Because an adult's facial bones are no longer growing, some severe malocclusions cannot be corrected with braces alone. In such cases, orthodontic treatment combined with jaw surgery can achieve dramatic improvements.

View MoreDo I need a referral to book an appointment?

You do not need a referral. Your dentist may provide a referral letter but this is as a courtesy and not a legal or ethical requirement.

View MoreWhat is the minimum age for a consultation?

Orthodontic problems are usually apparent by the age of seven, when most of the adult front teeth have erupted. However, your dentist may detect an orthodontic problem earlier.

View MoreCan adults have Braces or am I too old?

Age is not a factor in considering orthodontic treatment. Any adult in good general health with healthy gums and good bone support for the teeth is a good candidate for orthodontic treatment.

You are really never too old to enjoy the benefits of a great smile and healthy bite!

View MoreWhat happens at my first appointment?

At the first visit, you will meet the orthodontist Dr Lalli and staff.

During this visit the patient is examined clinically. The orthodontist will look in the mouth and gather some initial information. After this, we will get some initial records which include:

Photographs of the face and teeth.

X-rays of the teeth and jaws.

Records allow the orthodontist to analyse each case accurately. They are also used to record the existing malocclusion for future reference.

This enables the orthodontist to give advice on the treatment options available, when treatment should commence, the duration of treatment, and the approximate cost.

Then, arrangements are made to commence treatment or, if it is too early, to review the patient periodically until it is an appropriate time to commence treatment.

View MoreDo I need to bring any X-Rays?

We have an X ray machine on premises. If you have previously had any full mouth xrays in the last 12 months, you are welcome to bring them along with you.

View MoreHow much do plates and braces cost?

No two orthodontic problems are the same and the cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the orthodontist's fee scale

This fee usually covers the entire treatment including fitting of braces, periodic adjustments, removal of the braces, and the retention and observation periods thereafter. The fee will be discussed with you before treatment is commenced.

View MoreDo you have payment plans?

Yes we have payment plans. Accounts can be paid in cash, cheque, direct debit or credit card.

View MoreHow much do I get back from my health fund?

All health funds offer different rebates, depending on the level of cover you are in and the treatment that you are having. We will give you the item numbers for your health fund on the quote that is given to you. It is up to you to discuss this with your health fund.

View MoreCan I claim on Medicare?

Orthodontic treatment is not covered under medicare.

Medicare have certain schemes that your child may be covered under in certain circumstances such as cleft palate and missing teeth.

View MoreIf I start treatment how often are my appointments?

Depending on the type of treatment, most appointments will be evey 6-8 weeks.

View MoreIf I miss an Appointment, can it wait and will it affect my treatment time?

Its very important to attend all of your scheduled appointments. If appointments are constantly missed, your treatment time may be increased.

View MoreDo I need to have teeth removed?

Sometimes it is necessary to remove teeth to gain sufficient space to align the remaining teeth.

The general dentist to have these preliminary procedures carried out. The cost of these procedures is not included in the orthodontic fee.

View MoreHow often can I change the colour?

The colours on your braces are changed at every appointment which is normally every 6-8 weeks.

View MoreWill Braces hurt?

No, braces don't hurt. The technologies we currently use really make the process of orthodontics as comfortable as possible!

View MoreAre there any foods or drinks I should be avoiding?

When you have braces, its important to take care of them and to not break anything. There is a list of foods to avoid that is designed for your benefit, to prevent breakages and therefore increase treatment time.

View MoreWill my clear braces discolour or stain?

The clear braces or brackets are made of a ceramic material which is very strong and does not stain. The elastic modules that hold the wire into the brackets may stain. This may be from certain foods such as yellow curries and beetroot or tea and coffee. The elastic modules get changed at every appointment. If you are concerned about staining, we have a white Teflon coated tie that we can use that does not stain.

View MoreCan I wear a mouth guard for sport while I have braces?

Yes you can. This will prevent any damage to the lips or cheeks, but may not prevent any damage to the braces. We recommend the ‘Elastoplast’ brand that can be gently moulded over the braces. Be careful to not mould it too much as the teeth are constantly moving and it may need to be remoulded each week.

View MoreShould I still see my dentist throughout my treatment?

Yes. Your general dentist and orthodontist will work together with you to help you do the best job possible in caring for your teeth and gums.

View MoreWhat is a retainer and how long do I need to wear it for?

Retainers play an important role in orthodontic treatment. Once the braces are removed, a retainer is fitted to hold the teeth in their new position. They need to be worn as advised or the teeth may move back to the original position. There are many different types of retainers such as removable and fixed retainers and the orthodontist will recommend the best type for you.

View MoreWhat is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is that branch of dentistry which specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in the alignment of teeth and jaws.
The technical term for these problems is malocclusion, which literally means bad bite.
Orthodontic treatment involves the design and use of corrective appliances (such as braces, plates, headgears and functional appliances) to bring the teeth and jaws into proper alignment.

View MoreHow long do Braces stay on for?

Average treatment time has decreased over the past ten years in our office, with the typical teenage treatment lasting about twenty-two months. Our latest technology suresmile reduces treatment time in braces, be sure to have a look at the website and ask us how to have this technology with your braces!

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