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Common questions about orthodontics

Do you have a question about orthodontics? You may even be wondering just what the practice of orthodontics is? Below are some of the most common questions our patients ask us here at Modern Orthodontics. We’re always happy to talk about orthodontic treatment so if you have a question, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist field within the dental industry. It focuses on the correct alignment of a patient’s teeth and jaws, so looks at more than just the health of your teeth. Orthodontists are dentists who have chosen to embark on further study in orthodontics itself and can help correct this alignment through the use of orthodontic appliances, such as braces and Invisalign aligners. 

Do braces hurt?

Most people will experience some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when adjusted during treatment. The teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for a few days. Don’t worry, that means your teeth are moving! Over-the-counter painkillers such as Panadol will relieve the discomfort if required. Your lips,cheeksand tongue may also become irritated for a few weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces.Orthodonticwax may be used to cover the braces to reduce the irritation. Overall, orthodontic discomfort is brief and easily managed. 

Can I have braces without taking out any teeth?

Removal of teeth might be required sometimes in order to gain enough space to straighten the teeth. Fortunately, with modern orthodontic technology, the need for removal of teeth has been greatly reduced. We believe every tooth is precious and will do our best to retain your complete and natural smile for life. 

Do I have to wear the metaltrain-tracks?

Although metal braces are still the most efficient appliances for moving teeth, there are other alternatives. Clear braces made of ceramic have been gaining popularity. Clear braces are more aesthetically pleasing as they are less visible at a distance. With recent advances in technology, teeth can now also be straightened with a series of clear, plastic, removable aligners (Invisalign®) without metal wires or brackets at all. We will recommend the most suitable appliances for you. 

Do you have Invisalign treatment?

Yeswe do. Our specialist orthodontists are extremely experienced in the use of Invisalign as they believe it gets our patientsgreat results. You can come in for a free consultation and speak with our treatment coordinators about Invisalign to see if it’s right for you. 

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 bookfora FREE consultation appointment. With your permission, we can inform your dentist about your orthodontic treatment plan. We’ll also closely with your dentist throughout your time with us.

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

The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist for an initial orthodontic assessment around the age of eight. This examination allows us to determine the optimum time to commence treatment.

In some growing children, orthodontic problems will benefit from a course of earlier treatment to improve the bite so the later course of orthodontic treatment can beminimised or completely avoided. In other children, where no immediate treatment is indicated, your orthodontist may monitor the child’s growth and dental development. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult.

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

It is never too old to have orthodontic treatment. Provided your teeth and their supporting structures are healthy, our specialist orthodontists can move your teeth at any time. However, because an adult’s facial bones are no longer growing, some severe malocclusions cannot be corrected with braces alone and may require a combination therapy of jaw surgery and braces. Also, teeth move slightly slower in adults compared to children and take longer to adapt to the new position.

Do I pay more for seeing a specialist orthodontist?

Considering the long-term benefits it brings, having orthodontic treatment can be a life-changing experience, and most of the time you will only need it once. You deserve to receive care from the most qualified clinician. Bear in mind that an orthodontist has three full years’ additional training and education beyond their general dentist qualification, and practices orthodontics exclusively on a daily basis. In fact, the difference in cost is not as big as you may think. Call us for a free consultation and obligation-free quotation. 

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

Your teeth will not be stable at the completion of orthodontic treatment as they have been moved to their new position within a relatively short period of time. Teeth always have a tendency to move back to their original position after the braces are removed. Therefore, it is very important for you to wear your retainers so your gums and the supporting bone can adapt to the new position of the teeth and keep them straight.     

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