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What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist dentist who has completed a 3 year full time specialist training course at a university. This is completed after their 5 year dental training. They are registered as orthodontic specialists with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Orthodontists specialise in correcting problems relating to the arrangement of the teeth and jaws. You do not need a referral to see an orthodontist; however we will refer you back to your family dentist whenever necessary.

Why straighten teeth?

Crooked teeth are jaws can interfere with jaw function and speech. Sometimes this may cause other issues like cheek biting or spitting during talking. In the long term, this can lead to other dental problems such as tooth wear and gum damage. Orthodontic treatment can help fix teeth problems. A beautiful smile can also improve self-esteem.

When should I bring my child to the orthodontist for the first time?

We recommend you make an appointment soon after your child’s seventh birthday. While treatment rarely starts at this age, an early assessment allows for the diagnosis of any future problems and optimises the treatment schedule in the future.It also allows us to intercept any problems before they may happen. However, it’s never too late to have orthodontic treatment and most adults can also benefit from straighter teeth.

What sort of treatment is right for me?

Without meeting you, there’s no way to know because everyone is different.

We offer all treatment options including plates, braces and clear aligners. Depending on the severity of the problem and your individual needs, we can tailor a specific treatment plan for you.

For example; for those who play contact sports, we may suggest lingual braces(on the tongue side) or removable clear aligners. Adults may elect a more aesthetic clear option, such as Invisalign.

Our orthodontists will take your requirements and lifestyle into account when recommending treatment types.

Can I brush my teeth with braces?

Of course. It’s very important to brush your teeth thoroughly when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental issues which slow down treatment. Irregular brushing can also lead to the staining of enamel which is only apparent when the braces are removed. Your orthodontist will help you learn how to effectively brush your teeth once your new braces have been fitted. It is also important to keep up your regular check-ups with your dentist throughout treatment.

What can I eat with braces?

You can eat most things with your braces. You may find it easier if you cut your food up into smaller bites and use your back teeth to chew. After you’ve eaten, you should brush your teeth to dislodge any leftover food. If you don’t have a toothbrush, rinse your mouth out with water.

We recommend you don’t eat hard, chewy or sugary food and drinks, like;

  • Popcorn
  • Toffee
  • Ice
  • Soft Drinks

Do braces hurt?

Not really. While there may be a little discomfort in the days after your traditional braces are fitted or tightened, throughout most of the treatment process, you will forget you’re even wearing them

My braces are irritating my gums. What can I do?

Orthodontic wax can be placed over the ends of wires to soothe irritation. Before you leave your orthodontist appointment each time, run your tongue over your braces to identify any metal which is sticking out and we will make you more comfortable at once. Over time, however, your gums and cheeks will learn to accommodate your braces.

What do I do if my braces are broken?

In the case of a broken brace, make an appointment with us as soon as possible. Delaying the repair can set your treatment back as teeth can begin to shift into their old positions. We will try to fit you in at your earliest convenience in these situations.

What do I do if I have lost my retainer or plate?

In the case of a lost appliance, please make an appointment with us as soon as possible. Delaying the replacement can set your treatment back as teeth can begin to shift into their old positions. We will try to fit you in at your earliest convenience in these situations.

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Frankston, VIC 3199


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Dandenong, VIC 3175


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