Orthodontic FAQs

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that focuses on creating the proper alignment for your teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment is carried out using fixed or removable appliances such as braces, clear aligners or retainers.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that focuses on creating the proper alignment for your teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment is carried out using fixed or removable appliances such as braces, clear aligners or retainers.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

The main difference between these two dental professions is that orthodontists have spent two-to-three years of additional study to receive a specialist orthodontics qualification.

When should I see an orthodontist?

Orthodontics is great for all ages. If you are concerned about crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth or issues relating to your bite, these are all problems a Specialist Orthodontist can solve.

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

No. You should not feel pain during treatment, but you may experience some mild discomfort after fitting or adjustment appointments as your teeth adjust to the new appliance and positions. The soreness should only last a few days and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief.

Is orthodontic treatment expensive?

A trip to the orthodontist will cost more than a trip to the dentist, but this reflects the skill you are receiving from a Specialist Orthodontist. We won’t know the cost of your treatment until you visit us for a free consultation, but we offer flexible payment plans to keep treatment affordable.

Do you have finance options available?

Yes, at Mysmile Orthodontics we want to ensure orthodontic treatment is affordable to everyone. You can find information about our payment plans and options on our cost and finance page.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Most orthodontic treatment will take between one and two years; however, there are also fast options available which can achieve results in as little as three months for minor cases.

What is Invisalign® treatment?

Invisalign® treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move teeth into position, rather than the brackets and wires found in braces. These aligners are custom made, virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing.

*This product is not available for purchase by the general public. Always follow the directions for use.

Will clear aligner treatment impact my lifestyle?

No, the beauty of clear aligner treatment is that the aligners are removable so you can continue to play sports and musical instruments and do all your normal activities while receiving treatment.

If aligner treatment isn’t suitable for me, do I have to wear metal braces?

In the unlikely event that clear aligners won’t work for your smile, we have a range of other discreet treatment methods available. These include clear braces and LightForce™ braces – which are 3D printed to match the colour of your teeth.

Are braces expensive?

Orthodontic treatment is a significant investment but a worthwhile one because the results are for life. If you are concerned about the cost of treatment, you’ll be happy to know that braces are one of the more affordable treatment options. We also have flexible payment plans to help you.

Is it hard to clean my teeth while wearing braces?

No, it is not hard, but you just have to be a bit more careful. Although the brackets are secured to the front surface of your teeth, they can still move so you need to brush gently and thoroughly to ensure nothing gets stuck in them or under your archwires.

Do I have to visit my dentist while wearing braces?

Yes, this is very important. Although you will have regular check-ups with your orthodontist to ensure your treatment is progressing as it should, you need to see your dentist as part of your overall oral hygiene routine.

How often do I need to have my braces adjusted?

Once your braces are fitted, you will come visit us every 4 to 8 weeks.

What happens if a bracket comes off?

If a bracket or wire comes loose, please call as soon as you can to schedule an appointment to fix it. You can always attach some dental wax to the broken piece in the meantime if it is irritating your cheeks or gums.

Is there anything I can’t eat during treatment?

You should be able to eat most of the things you eat now - just adjust how you eat them. Hard, chewy foods and lollies should be avoided though as these can damage your braces. If you are undergoing treatment with clear aligners, simply remove them to eat as usual.

Is orthodontic treatment suitable for children?

Yes, and in fact the Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends children have an orthodontic consultation by the age of seven. At this age, Dr Lasni can catch potential orthodontic issues before they worsen, and save you time and money down the road.

Do you still have a question?

We would be happy to answer it! Please reach out to our friendly reception team, or ask us in person at your free consultation in Miranda or Engadine.

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