What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the specialised area in dentistry that principally works on providing straight teeth. It involves more than simply braces on teeth however, as total and ideal correction sometimes involves jaw surgery, jaw growth modification and habit deterrents. The overall aim of orthodontics is to provide straight teeth, a pleasing smile and a correct bite whereby the teeth meet together evenly and correctly. This is done in an aesthetically pleasing way with the overall facial appearance taken into consideration.
Who is an Orthodontist?
To be an Orthodontist, one has to have completed a General Dentistry Degree, and then spend a minimum of two years practising in a general dental context. This qualification for an orthodontic specialist requires post-graduate supervised study at a University of three years full time duration. The University must be appropriately accredited and acceptable to the overriding Dental Boards of Australia.
When should my child see an Orthodontist?
As a general rule, 7 – 8 years of age is a good time for an initial orthodontic examination. At this age problems can be identified early and the orthodontist can determine the optimum treatment time. It helps you plan for the future. If the patient is not ready, they will be put on recall and a reminder will be sent to review at a later stage.
How long does treatment take?
Depending on the complexity of the problem, will determine the treatment time. For most children it will be approximately two years. When the braces treatment is finished, retainers are then worn to hold the teeth in their new position.
How much will my treatment cost?
Each case is assessed on an individual basis and the cost varies according to the severity of the problem and treatment option chosen. A written quote is provided upon consultation and payment options prior to treatment commencing.