Frequently asked questions
To make an informed decision about embarking on orthodontic treatment, it is important to have all the information you need at hand. That is why, at Mysmile Orthodontics, we have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions we get from patients – and answers to each.
What is orthodontics?
Put simply, orthodontics is all about making sure your teeth are straight and your jaws are aligned. It is a specialist branch of dentistry and, as such, orthodontists themselves must be highly qualified to practice this profession.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
The main difference between these two dental professions is that orthodontists have spent two-to-three years of additional study focusing on the specialty that is orthodontics. Both orthodontists and dentists have a Bachelor of Dentistry, but an orthodontist will also have a Master in Orthodontics.
When should I see an orthodontist?
If you are concerned about crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth or issues relating to your bite, these are all problems for an orthodontist. If you are concerned about a cavity, that is a problem for your dentist. If you need the services of both, your dentist and your orthodontist will work together to ensure you get the best treatment possible.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
No. Pain is one thing you don’t have to worry about with orthodontic treatment. You are likely to experience some discomfort at different stages during your treatment, for example, after your braces have been tightened, but over-the-counter pain relief will resolve this, and it will only last a day or so.
Is orthodontic treatment expensive?
A trip to the orthodontist will cost more than a trip to the dentist, but this reflects the skill you are receiving from a specialist orthodontist. Also, it is important to remember most cases of orthodontic treatment take between 12 and 24 months. Orthodontic practices do offer flexible payment plans so be sure to ask about this before starting treatment.
Do you have finance options available?
Yes, at Mysmile Orthodontics we want to ensure orthodontic treatment is affordable to everyone. You can find information about our payment plans and options on our cost and finance page.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Most orthodontic treatment will take between one and two years; however, there are also fast options available, such as Invisalign i7, which can get results in as little as three months. This tends to be for minor cases affecting the front six teeth though.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a very popular method of orthodontic treatment which uses clear plastic aligners to move teeth into position, rather than the usual combination of brackets and wires found in braces. These aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing.
If Invisalign isn’t suitable for me, do I have to wear metal braces?
In the unlikely event that Invisalign isn’t a viable option for patients, we do have a range of other invisible treatment methods available. These include lingual braces, which are fitted to the back surface of your teeth, and clear braces, which use ceramic brackets that blend in with the colour of your teeth.
Is orthodontic treatment suitable for children?
Yes, and in fact the Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends children have an orthodontic consultation by the age of seven.
Got a question?
If you have a question about orthodontics, please contact us today. We are happy to help.