Treatment

Specialist Orthodontic Treatment for the Whole Family

Whether you are older or younger Tony will be able to advise if orthodontic treatment is appropriate for you. You can make an appointment directly with us or you might ask to be referred by your dentist or another dental professional. Tony will discuss with you what concerns you about the arrangement and/or function of your teeth and jaws.

No two people have exactly the same orthodontic problem and as a new patient a comprehensive examination of your teeth, sometimes with additional information from x-rays is used to gather information about your orthodontic problem. Tony will then be able to advise you what treatment options available to you.

Where do you go from there?

What happens next depends on what Tony found at your orthodontic consultation.

If the problem is a relatively simple and straight forward one, a short treatment of a few weeks or months with removeable orthodontic plate is all that might be needed. If the problem is more complex in can take longer and require braces fitted to the teeth. An average complex treatment is approximately two years.

Often in growing children and adolescents there is further facial growth and dental development required before treatment can commence. To determine the best time to begin treatment Tony may suggest a growth study.This study may require the collection of x-rays, photographs, models of your teeth or height records. At regular intervals you will be recalled to the practice and a review of your growth undertaken until you are ready to begin treatment.

If you are ready to proceed with treatment a full set of pretreatment orthodontic records will be collected. This may consist of x-rays, photographs, moulds and models of your teeth, records of how your teeth bite together and cone-beam CT scans depending on your orthodontic problem. With this additional information Tony will make a diagnosis of your orthodontic problem and create a set of treatment options specific to your needs. These options will be discussed with you, and any questions you may have answered. Tony encourages you to ask questions and understand your orthodontic treatment options before commencing treatment. Your informed consent is important to us.

How does orthodontics work?

Orthodontic treatment uses gentle consistent pressure on the teeth to move them into their correct positions. There are many different gadgets a specialist can use to move your teeth including things you can take in and out of your mouth and those that are fitted in your mouth for the length of your treatment. Whichever methods are chosen, all require a high degree of co-operation on the part of the patient. Keeping the teeth clean, following instructions and attending regular appointments are all very important to a successful outcome. Tony will caref ully monitor your progress and will adjust the direction, pressure and positioning of the teeth as treatment progresses.

At the end of the treatment, once the teeth are straight, we put a lot of emphasis on ensuring they stay that way. Retainers ensure the teeth stay in the their new positions.

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The Essentials

What is orthdontic treatment?

Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry concerned with the accessment and management of irregularities of the teeth, jaws and face. The technical term for these problems is "malocclusion," which means "bad bite." Treatment involves the correction of these tooth and jaw problems. Read more

An Brief Outline of Treatment

How long will it take?

Depending on the type of treatment, from a few months to several years. With the development of your treatment plan you will be given a straightforward estimate of treatment time.

How much will it cost?

The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the problem, complexity of treatment and length of treatment time. Our fees are all inclusive and Tony will discuss this with you after he has examined you. We understand that orthodontic fees are a signficant cost. We are happy to arrange for the fee to be paid over extended periods during the course of treatment, WITHOUT interest penalties. Read morehHere