Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common, general questions we are asked.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed postgraduate qualifications in orthodontics and registered as an orthodontic specialist (Similar to the way a cardiologist is a doctor who has become a specialist in heart disease). An orthodontist is the most qualified person to diagnose and treat problems you may experience with the alignment of your jaws and teeth.
Do I require a referral from my dentist?
No. We do however recommend regular check-ups with your dentist, including while undergoing active orthodontic treatment. If you do not currently have a regular dentist, we can help recommend a general dentist in your local area.
When is the best time to start orthodontic treatment?
The timing of treatment varies. It is determined by the individual needs of a patient. Most orthodontic problems will become apparent by seven years, after the front adult teeth have erupted. Early orthodontic assessment allows Kate to detect and evaluate the problem, enabling treatment to be commenced at an optimal time. If you think you have an orthodontic problem, the best time to see an orthodontist is now.
Why should I straighten my teeth?
People choose to straighten their teeth for a range of reasons including:
- Optimizing the relationship of the teeth to reduce the risk of trauma and wear
- Improving the ease in which to maintain good hygiene of the teeth and gums
- Improving soft tissue patterns of the lips and tongue, to assist speech clarity and encourage nasal respiration
- Enhancing appearance and creating a beautiful smile which may impact on self esteem, confidence and presentation
How long will I have braces for?
Orthodontic treatment generally takes 18-24 months followed by long term retention. Each orthodontic case is different and treatment time will be dependent on the severity of the original malocclusion (bite), the type of treatment required and patient co-operation.
Should I still see my dentist during treatment?
Yes! It is very important to keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment. Orthodontic patients should continue to attend their family dentist for regular check-ups during the course of orthodontic treatment.
How much is covered by my health fund?
Health funds offer limited rebate on fees paid for orthodontic treatment. The rebate amount is dependent on your level of cover. We provide you with a written quotation (including the item numbers) before treatment is commenced. This allows you to liase with your health fund regarding your rebate. We will do our best to invoice you in a manner that allows you to receive the maximum benefit you are entitled to.
The best way to have your questions answered is to is schedule an appointment for a face-to-face consult. This will take into account your individual situation.
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330 Unley Road, Hyde Park 5061