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We know choosing orthodontic treatment is a big decision. So, to help you make an informed choice, we’ve put together answers to the questions we frequently hear from new patients.
Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry that focuses on straightening teeth and aligning jaws. A Specialist Orthodontist is the only one who can make a professional diagnosis and treatment plan to correct the alignment of your teeth.
An orthodontist has all the same training as a dentist, but has chosen to further specialise in straightening teeth. To do so, they have embarked on three additional years of postgraduate training. An orthodontist focuses on correcting the position of your teeth, rather than day-to-day maintenance and hygiene such as cleanings
Braces shouldn’t hurt. You may feel some tenderness when you first get your braces, have an adjustment appointment or start wearing your clear aligner trays. However, this will only last for a day or two and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief.
If you are concerned about the alignment of your teeth, have discomfort chewing or would like to improve the aesthetics of your smile, you can book in a consultation with us. We can discuss your options and decide if orthodontics is right for you.
Yes, orthodontic treatment is for children ages 7 and up, teenagers and adults. As long as you have healthy teeth and gums, you may be able to benefit from braces or Invisalign® treatment.
The cost of braces depends on your specific treatment requirements. Each patient has a unique set of needs, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer to your specific costs. We can provide you with a guide to our normal treatment fees over the phone, and we offer interest-free payment plans designed to work with every budget.
Invisalign® treatment use smooth, clear plastic aligners to gently move your teeth. They are moulded to fit your smile, are simple to use and are virtually invisible. Learn more about Invisalign® clear aligners here.
There are some foods you’ll need to avoid when wearing braces, but on the whole, your diet isn’t unlikely to change very much. When we fit you with braces, we’ll let you know what is best to avoid, such as sticky chewy sweets, chewing gum and sugary drinks. If you opt for Invisalign® clear aligners, you won’t need to change your diet at all - simply remove the aligners before each meal.