FAQs

Orthodontic Frequently Asked Questions South Yarra

We understand that finding the right orthodontic treatment can be a complicated and daunting task, so we have tried to simplify your exploration with our frequently asked questions.

If you have any other questions that are not answered here, feel free to contact one of our team members who will be able to help you!

An orthodontist is the most qualified dental specialist that is able to diagnose, prevent and treat all concerns related to your teeth and jaws.  First, they must become a general dentist and complete at least two years of clinical experience. They must complete a further three-year full-time Masters or Doctorate degree in Orthodontics to specialise in their field.

This extensive training and experience makes them experts in the complex matters of teeth and bite alignment and health.

The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) recommends that the first visit to your Orthodontist occurs at around the ages of 7-10, or usually when the child has a combination of adult and child teeth.  Treatment is often not needed at such a young age, though it is important that this is determined professionally.

The initial examination will allow your Orthodontist to assess the growth and development of your child’s teeth and jaws and can prevent or minimise future problems from occurring and future orthodontic treatment.

No, a referral is not necessary to see an Orthodontist.  However, a referral from your General Dentist or other Medical Specialist is always welcome as they may have specific concerns, which need to be addressed.

The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the treatment, which will be undertaken.  At your initial consultation, your orthodontist will undertake a thorough assessment of your mouth and jaw to determine the extent of the treatment required. Cost and payment plans can then be discussed, as well as the expected treatment time and results.

Yes, here at South Yarra Orthodontics we offer our patients flexible payment plan solutions to suit most family monthly budgets.

To learn more about our payments, call our friendly team today. 

Orthodontic treatment is a specific dental specialty that involves correcting malocclusion, which is the misalignment of a bite or incorrect spacing between the teeth. Invisalign works to move your teeth into their correct positions with the help of almost invisible BPS-free plastic aligners.

Explore our Invisalign page to learn more.

No one is too old to benefit from orthodontics. Ideally, braces should be fitted between the ages of 7 and 14 years old. This is because the jawbones haven’t stopped growing yet and are much easier to manipulate. Adults can receive braces at a later age, however treatment may take a little longer.

Today, one in five orthodontic patients are adults.

After you have your braces placed, it may take a little while to get used to them. Sometimes the braces may irritate which can cause some discomfort on the inside of the mouth from the edges of the wires, brackets and bands. Orthodontic wax can act as a buffer to relive this discomfort. The wax is a clear, semi hard material usually made of paraffin, bees wax or carnauba and it’s also non-toxic, so there’s no need to worry if you swallow it accidentally.

Using the wax in combination with a salt-water rinse can help to prevent further irritation and manage this discomfort.

Surgical orthodontics is used to treat a number of orthodontic concerns which include:

  • A misaligned bite
  • Jaw malformations
  • Severe malocclusion
  • Other aesthetic concerns

The best way to know for sure if you need surgical intervention is to book in for a consultation with our experienced team today.

The device itself will not make you lose weight but your diet choices could. Once you get your braces fitted, there are certain foods you should stay away from – namely hard foods. You may also find it difficult to chew during the first few days after having your wires tightened in which you should follow a soft food diet. Generally, braces require that you do not eat hard foods and that certain foods, like fruit, be cut into smaller pieces. This does not mean that you will lose weight.

You will only have bad breath if you have a pre-existing condition or if you do not follow a good oral care routine. Braces make it easier for food particles to get stuck in your teeth, thus increasing your chances of bacterial build-up and bad breath. However, brushing after every meal, using a good mouthwash and flossing once a day, should ensure that your mouth is clean and fresh.

There is a chance that your teeth may be discoloured but this will not be as a result of the orthodontic treatment. Braces alone don’t actually cause stains, but it’s the plaque that forms in areas you can’t easily reach while wearing braces that can result in discolouration.