If you’re thinking of having orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, chances are you’ve got a few questions you wouldn’t mind answers to.
Here at Lavrin & Lawrence Orthodontics, we’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We want you to feel comfortable about the decision you’re making to have orthodontic treatment.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has undertaken three years of full time specialist training in the field of orthodontics. This is in addition to the five years spent training as a general dentist. Orthodontists are specialists in diagnosing, preventing and treating problems relating to the alignment of your teeth and jaws.
At what age should treatment start?
The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) recommends your child undergoes an orthodontic consultation by the time they are seven or eight years of age. This is to assess the development of their teeth and jaws. Most often, no orthodontic treatment is required at this age, but your orthodontist will continue to review and monitor your child’s dental development. Early assessment with an orthodontist can help prevent more serious problems and complications down the road and let you know when the optimal time for orthodontic treatment is for your child.
Do I need to be referred for treatment?
No, you do not need a referral to see an orthodontist. You should, however, have a general dental check-up before you start any treatment. This is because there may be some dental problems that need to be corrected before orthodontic treatment can begin.
Will extractions be necessary?
Only a small percentage of patients benefit from the extraction of adult teeth prior to orthodontic treatment. This usually only occurs in cases where there are severely crowded dentitions or when aligning the teeth without extraction would result in the appearance of “buck” teeth. As orthodontists, we look at faces first and foremost, and our aim is to protect lip curves and maintain pleasing profiles.
How much will orthodontic treatment cost?
There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question. The cost of orthodontic treatment can vary from one patient to the next. This is because individual needs can vary greatly. The only way to be sure of the specific costs of your treatment is to have a consultation. Fortunately, we can offer payment plans that make treatment more affordable.
If you are a member of a Health Fund, you will need to discuss your rebates with them directly. Higher levels of coverage will often return $2,500 over a normal course of treatment. They usually require you to be a member for at least one year before you are eligible to file a claim.
I still have a question
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. If your question is not answered here, then please contact our friendly team. They will assist you in any way they can, ensuring all your questions are addressed properly.
See the kinds of issues we have helped resolve for some of our patients in our smile gallery.
We’ll work with your family budget to find the best payment plan for your orthodontic treatment.