What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has become a registered specialist in orthodontics. Orthodontics is that branch of dentistry which specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in the alignment of teeth and jaws. (in much the same way that a cardiologist is a doctor who has become a specialist in heart problems).

In Australia an orthodontist must:
Complete a Bachelor degree in Dentistry
(a 5-year full-time University course).
Complete a Masters degree in Orthodontics
(a 3-year full-time University course).
Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

An orthodontist is the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent and treat any problems you might have with the alignment of your teeth and jaws.

At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

Generally, the youngest age when orthodontic treatment is indicated is around 7 years of age, when the adult four front teeth have come through. In the majority of cases, treatment will commence when all the baby teeth are lost. Early intervention is sometimes recommended to prevent dental trauma or teeth wear, or when your child is experiencing teasing.

Do I need a referral?

No, a dentist referral is not required, but you should see a dentist for check up and clean before commencing orthodontic treatment to make sure your teeth are free of tooth decay or gum disease.

Do braces hurt?

It does not hurt putting braces on as they are only cemented onto your teeth. You may start to experience mild discomfort several hours after placement of braces. Mild analgesic like paracetamol or neurofen can generally relieve such discomfort.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

On average, full braces treatment takes around 18 months. Correction of less severe problem with braces on either top or bottom teeth, or early treatment with plates or partial braces, may only require six to nine months of treatment.

Do I have to pay the treatment fee up front?

No, we offer payment plans for your to pay the fee in installments.

Should I see a dentist for check up while I am having treatment?

Yes definitely! It is important to see your dentist regularly to maintain your oral health while you are in treatment.

Will I need to have teeth removed?

We try to avoid extraction in the majority of cases. But some cases do warrant teeth removal, such as, severe crowding, bite problem or if teeth are not removed, your lips will be sticking out too far.

Are there less noticeable types of orthodontic treatment for adults?

Yes, there are less visible options like ceramic braces and invisalign. Dr Pamela Wong will discuss the available treatment options at the consultation appointment.