These are some of the questions we often get asked at Gippsland Orthodontics. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We want to ensure that you feel comfortable about the decision you’re making to have orthodontic treatment.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialised dentist who has undertaken an additional three years of full-time specialist training in the field of orthodontics. This is in addition to the five to seven years spent training as a general dentist. Orthodontists are specialists in diagnosing, preventing and treating problems relating to the alignment of your teeth and jaws.

What is the best age to visit the orthodontist?

The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) recommends your child undergoes an orthodontic consultation by the time they are seven or eight years of age. This is to assess the development of their teeth and jaws. In many cases, no orthodontic treatment is required at this age, but your orthodontist will continue to review and monitor your child’s dental development. Early assessment with an orthodontist can help prevent more serious problems and complications. Saying that, orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teens! Whether you are considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is good time to visit the orthodontist.

Do I need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral to see an orthodontist. However, it is important to have a check up with a dentist prior to starting orthodontic treatment. This is to ensure a healthy mouth, teeth and gums prior to correcting the orthodontic concerns.

How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment varies from one patient to another depending upon the specific concerns of each individual and the customised treatment plan required to treat these concerns. The only way to be specific in the costs for treatment is to have a consultation. Gippsland Orthodontics does offer payment plans with no interest to make treatment more affordable. Further information can be found here on the payment options for orthodontic treatment.

Do braces hurt?

Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

How do I take care of my teeth during treatment?

Here are some simple tricks to take care of teeth and gums during treatment:

ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal (three times a day) and floss at least once a day

Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!

During your treatment, avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities)

Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewy lollies, liquorice), hard foods (hard lollies, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, popcorn).

Be sure to schedule your routine check-ups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

Do I have to dental check-ups with the dentist during treatment?

Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food and plaque may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This can lead to cavities and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Will my braces interfere with sports, playing an instrument or singing?

Singing, playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces. Wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities! If you do play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard.

I still have a question

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. If your question is not answered here, then please contact our friendly team. They will assist you in any way they can, ensuring all your questions are addressed.