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Orthodontic FAQs

Do you have a question about orthodontic treatment? Then we have an answer for you. To get you started, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions our patients ask us here at Modern Orthodontics.



What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist field of dentistry. It focuses on the correct alignment of a patient’s teeth and jaws. Orthodontists can help correct this alignment through the use of orthodontic appliances such as braces and Invisalign® clear aligners.


Do braces hurt?

No, braces shouldn’t hurt you. Most people will experience some discomfort and tenderness for a few days after fitting and adjustments. Don’t worry, that means your teeth are moving! Over-the-counter painkillers such as Panadol will relieve the discomfort if required.


Will I need to have teeth removed to get braces?

Fortunately, with modern orthodontic technology, the need for tooth removal has been greatly reduced. We believe every tooth is precious and will do our best to retain your complete and natural smile for life. We will only recommend tooth removal if it is absolutely necessary.


Do I have to wear metal braces?

Although metal braces are extremely efficient for moving teeth, we offer many alternatives. We have discreet clear braces that are hidden when you smile and Invisalign® clear aligners made from virtually invisible plastic. Find out what’s best for you at your consultation.


Do you have Invisalign® treatment?

Yes, we do. Our Specialist Orthodontists are extremely experienced in the use of Invisalign® treatment and believe it gets our patients great results. You can come in for a consultation and speak with us about Invisalign® treatment to see if it’s right for you.

*Invisalign® aligners are a registered medical device, you should always read and follow the label as well as the instructions of your treating orthodontist.


Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?

No, you don’t need a referral from your dentist to see us at Modern Orthodontics. Just call or email to book a consultation with us. With your permission, we can inform your dentist about your orthodontic treatment plan and work closely with them throughout your treatment.


When should I first bring my child to see an orthodontist?

The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends children first see an orthodontist around the age of seven. Some children will benefit from early treatment to minimise (or completely avoid) a later course of orthodontic treatment - but treatment may not be necessary at this age.


I'm 55 years old. Am I too old for braces?

You’re never too old to have orthodontic treatment. Provided your teeth and gums are healthy, we can move your teeth at any time. However, because your jaw is no longer growing, some severe malocclusions cannot be corrected with braces alone and may require jaw surgery.


Do I pay more for seeing a Specialist Orthodontist?

A Specialist Orthodontist has three full years’ additional training beyond their general dentist qualification, but the difference in cost is not as big as you may think. We will give you a quote of your treatment costs with no hidden fees during your consultation with us.


Why do I need to wear retainers after my braces are removed?


Teeth always have a tendency to move back to their original positions after braces are removed. It is very important for you to wear your retainers to keep the beautiful smile results you worked so hard for. As your mouth adjusts, you will be able to wear your retainers less and less.

Still have a question?

We’re always happy to talk about orthodontic treatment, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can also ask us any questions you have during your consultation with us.

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