What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has undertaken three years of full-time specialist training in orthodontics. This is in addition to the five 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.
At what age should you see an Orthodontist?
The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends your child books in for an orthodontic assessment at the age of seven or eight, to assess the development of their teeth and jaws. Often, no orthodontic treatment is required at this age, but we will continue to review and monitor your child’s dental development. An early assessment can help prevent more severe problems and complications in the future and let you know when the ideal time for orthodontic treatment is for your child.
Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?
No, you can make an appointment anytime with an Orthodontist without getting a referral from your dentist.
Will I need to have any teeth removed?
We typically do not recommend extractions unless it is the only option. There are other techniques available that can help make room without needing to remove teeth.
How much will orthodontic treatment cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and the complexity of treatment.