There is no charge for the first appointment and no referral is required.
Before this first visit, we will usually ask for two x-rays to be taken by a Radiology practice where you may be “bulk-billed”. These x-rays allow an assessment of your jaw relationships, facial profile and presence/absence of the teeth.
At the first visit, your teeth and jaws will be examined and we will listen to what your treatment objectives are. A treatment plan and treatment options can be developed and discussed with you along with the timing and nature of treatment, the costs, and duration. Photographs of your face and teeth will also be taken at this appointment and you will be asked to complete a medical history form. You need to allow about 45 minutes for this appointment. The appointment to start the process and your journey to a new smile can be scheduled following this visit.
This is a very important part of your orthodontic treatment. If your brushing is poor, you will have opaque, white marks on your teeth around the braces. These marks can appear as a row of “U” shapes or circles and can be very obvious. These marks are permanent. The enamel under the braces is sealed by the glue and is not damaged. You will be shown how to brush your teeth when the braces are placed and you should brush whenever you eat or drink. This includes after lunch at school and work. You will be shown how to brush with braces on and you will be told if your brushing requires improvement.
Foods to Avoid
You should avoid hard and/or sticky foods such as sticky lollies, ice blocks, ice cubes, nuts, popcorn, corn chips, block chocolate, apples, carrots, celery and chicken bones. Apples and carrots can be eaten only if thinly sliced, cooked or grated. Lollies should be soft such as jelly snakes and eaten only if you can clean your teeth very soon after. Soft drink should be avoided, but if you do have soft drinks you should clean your teeth as soon as possible afterwards. Generally, if you would normally eat something with a knife and fork you can probably eat it when you have braces.
Most emergencies can be avoided if you are careful with what you eat. You will be told what to do when the braces are placed, but if something breaks and especially if something is hurting, please call and we can assess whether it is urgent or not and schedule an appointment as required. Remember to use your wax first if you have anything rubbing or sticking in.
The overall fee and payment schedule will be discussed with you at the first visit, and you will be given a written quote before treatment begins. The fees vary depending on the treatment, with shorter and simpler treatments costing significantly less. The fee schedule is flexible and can be arranged to suit most budgets, with payments being spread out over the treatment time. The fee quoted at the consultation is a maximum and will not be exceeded. It does not cover any treatment performed by others such as your dentist or an oral surgeon. A separate fee will be charged for replacing retainers that are lost or eaten by your dog etc.
Your choice of treatment will also influence the fees. Generally, Invisalign will cost more than traditional braces or clear braces.
Retainers are an important part of treatment and must be worn as directed to preserve the result that we have all worked for. There are a number of different types of retainers and the ones chosen for you will depend on several factors:
Retainers are to be worn full time for three months followed by a long period of night time only wear. This will be explained in greater detail when your braces are removed.
- Take your retainers out when eating, brushing, swimming and playing sport.
- When out of your mouth, always put them in the case provided. Never wrap them in a tissue as you will throw them away.
- Dogs love to eat retainers. Don’t underestimate their determination or their sense of smell.
- Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
- Clean your retainers whenever you clean your teeth.
- Clean them with toothpaste and a toothbrush.
- ONLY use cold water.
Orthodontic Patient Information Brisbane QLD
Please find outlined above everything you may need to know about us, our practice and what to expect for your appointment. If you have any further enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at AAA Orthodontics or call 07 3325 0255.