We know how important it is for your orthodontic experience to be a smooth and comfortable one. Every patient is welcomed by our friendly receptionists.
Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children. What is the difference between early orthodontic treatment, and regular orthodontic treatment
Dr Duff pursues high ethical and professional values in his practice and with his experience and care, aims to bring to his patients the best possible orthodontic outcome.
Dr Playfair is very grateful to be able to serve in the Macarthur region. He enjoys working with families to ensure they receive the best possible treatment available.
Orthodontic treatment is not only about giving you or your child a great smile, it is also about creating a foundation for good dental health into the future. If you are advised that braces will be necessary to resolve you or your child’s orthodontic problems, you may have a few questions to ask. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers for your interest at this time.
A: There are many reasons why orthodontic treatment may be undertaken.
A: If as a parent/guardian, you have concerns regarding your child’s teeth alignment or jaw relationship, it is a good idea to have them examined by an Orthodontist by about the age of 6 or 7 years. At that time there may be a need to consider some early treatment to correct a developing problem. There is also a good chance that your child may not need treatment but only require regular observation during their growing years. In other words, there are some conditions which are best treated early but there are many which require no active treatment during these years.
A: Yes. Most adults are suitable for Orthodontic treatment. This needs to be assessed on an individual basis and may depend on the type of problem that you have and your general dental health.
A: Braces are placed onto your teeth and with the aid of wires, allows the Orthodontist to move your teeth. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
A: Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple of days as your teeth, gums cheeks and mouth get used to your new braces.
A: ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
A: With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
A: Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
A: Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance. We will fit a mouthguard for you as necessary.
A: When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and retainers are fitted. Usually these retainers are removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn continuously until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions. Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case. Your Orthodontist will monitor your retainer and tooth positions for at least two years after your braces are removed.
A: The cost of your orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. Our team will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment plan options.
A: Our treatment plans and interest free payment plans are presented to all our patients prior to any orthodontic treatment commencing. Dr Duff will explain the proposed treatment plan, then discuss the fees required to perform the treatment. Our patients are given the option to pay for their treatment on payment plans. We accept major credit cards, cash, personal cheques and offer a direct debit facility to our patients as well as a dental financing plan.
A: We do not process health fund claims at our surgery. However, you may be reimbursed by your private health fund and the amount will vary depending on your policy. Please enquire with your health fund directly about your rebate.
A: Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule an appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.
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