Frequently asked orthodontic questions

Find out more about our treatments or our practice by perusing our FAQs below…

At AAA Orthodontics in Strathpine and Albany Creek, we believe in providing full information for all our patients. We have collated our most frequently asked questions to help you better understand our treatment options. If you are still unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (07) 3325 0255.

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses custom-made sequential aligner trays to treat irregular, crowded or spaced teeth. It can also assist with fixing alignment issues including overbites, underbites and cross bites.

Invisalign is popular due to its discreetness and removability.

  • Removable – Can continue to maintain your oral health.
  • No special diet required – Continue to eat all your favourite foods.
  • Unnoticeable appearance – No one knows you are undergoing the treatment.

To get the maximum benefits from the treatment, it is recommended to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day – this also includes when you are sleeping.

Braces are able to correct misaligned or crooked teeth by placing steady pressure on the teeth, causing them to eventually move into a straighter position. By tightening and adjusting the wire which is attached to the brackets, the teeth are slowly manipulated into the desired position.

The orthodontist will first clean the teeth to ensure they are properly prepared and then dry them. The brackets for the braces are applied onto the surface of the teeth using bonding glue. The bonding glue may taste unpleasant but it is harmless. The wire will then be placed in the brackets and secured with elastic bands.

Whitening your teeth whilst having braces on is possible; most people wait until after their braces have been removed to have their teeth whitened. There are certain limitations and contraindications when it comes to teeth whitening and so it is best to consult your orthodontist or general dentist about what route is best for you to take.

One of the fundamental differences between dentists and orthodontists is that even though an orthodontist can do the same things a dentist can, a dentist can’t do everything an orthodontist can. Orthodontists spend a few more years specialising in straightening teeth as effectively as possible. Dentists can advise if you need orthodontic treatment, but cannot administer it.

The answer is your own preference. Metal braces are very visible, so people who are conscious of their appearance tend to feel more comfortable with clear braces as they blend in with their natural teeth colouring.

However, metal braces are more durable and better for active lifestyles. Where as porcelain braces can break easier under impact and activity. Additionally, people with sensitive mouths might find the ceramic to be irritable on their inner lips. However, many don’t experience these problems.

The cost depends on your individual case, how much work is required and whether there are other treatments to be carried out in conjunction with the orthodontic treatment. For a well-informed idea of costs, you will require a comprehensive analysis of your oral health and positioning of your teeth by AAA Orthodontics.

Yes, they are larger than metal braces and tend to cover more of the tooth’s surface. However, most patients don’t mind because they are very close to their natural tooth colour, allowing them to blend in. Some patients have also noted that they find the clear braces less irritable on the gums.

Orthodontic treatment has never been limited to any age bracket and anyone who wants to improve the aesthetics and the function of their smile can do so safe in the knowledge that there is no best age for seeing an orthodontist.

The cost of orthodontic treatment solely depends on you, as every patient suffers from different issues and severity. It ultimately comes down to the price you put on a beautiful healthy smile and improved oral health care.

At AAA Orthodontics we have a team of highly qualified professionals who are here to listen to your questions and give you a medically correct reply and diagnosis. Should you feel you’re still a bit weary to see one of them, we have pamphlets in our centre that you can come and pick up. Reading through it in the comfort of your own home might put you at enough ease to make an appointment to see us.

Your orthodontic issue, severity and treatment choice will determine the length of your treatment with braces. Treatment generally lasts between one to two years for most issues.

Yes, there are certain soft foods that you can eat in the beginning, some while soft aren’t recommended. Your doctor will give you a thorough guideline to ensure you don’t eat something that might hurt.

No referral is required. While many patients are referred by their family dentist or school dentist, others contact us after a recommendation from friends, family, neighbours or people at work etc. Please note that we do not charge a fee for the initial consultation visit.

Orthodontic problems are also known as malocclusions and they are mostly inherited genetically but some of them are also acquired during our lives. Crowding, gaps, extra or missing teeth and many other irregularities in your teeth and jaws are genetic, whereas acquired malocclusions are caused by trauma, airway obstructions or dental diseases.

The most common orthodontic issues include crowding where your teeth are too large or arch too small, protruding upper teeth where the front teeth have a large horizontal gap between one another, and a deep overbite where the front teeth overlap the bottom front teeth and spacing which is caused by a large dental arch.

Orthodontics offer patients an effective way to treat crooked or crowded teeth and straighten their smile, but orthodontics are far more important than simply improving your teeth’s appearance. Orthodontics treatment also addresses inefficient chewing function, misalignment of the joints of your jaw and any excessive stresses placed on the gum tissue and supporting bone mass.

The orthodontist will undertake a thorough examination and will discuss the orthodontic problem, all treatment options, the benefits of these treatments, the costs, the timing and how long treatment will take.

Questions about treatment are always welcome, and you will be given every opportunity to ask questions. If you think of something after you have left, you are able to phone, email or even schedule another visit—especially useful if only one parent can attend a child’s consultation appointment and you have difficulty explaining the treatment plan at home.

Yes, there are flexible payment plans. Accounts can be paid by cash, cheque, direct debit or by credit or debit card without incurring an extra fee.

It is sometimes necessary to remove teeth as part of orthodontic treatment, but this happens to only a small percentage of patients. There are techniques which allow many patients to have straight teeth without extractions. Unfortunately for a very small number of patients, extractions are however required.

Fees vary depending on the treatment required. An exact costing will be given to you at the first consultation appointment. If you have private health insurance, some of the cost may be covered by your fund, and you can discuss this with the fund when you have the written quote.

The time between visits is determined by the treatment needs. Most visits are between four and eight weeks apart, but sometimes it is advisable to have some visits much closer together.

It is very difficult to schedule the longer appointments such as the initial consultation and fitting of braces for after school times. These times are booked in advance by existing patients who usually require shorter appointments. Many short appointments can be scheduled before or after school.

Please call, as we can assess whether it is urgent or not and schedule an appointment as needed. If something is hurting, please call the orthodontist ASAP.

Stage One treatment generally has a limited objective — to allow optimum growth and development. A second stage of treatment is usually required to achieve the best results.

No, you are never too old to have straighter teeth and a nicer smile. More and more adults are having orthodontic treatment.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed a specialist training course, usually a three-year full time Master’s degree and has had access to an experienced orthodontist to provide mentoring for two years following the Masters course. This requires a minimum of 12 years from leaving high school to full registration. An orthodontist is required to restrict his/her practice to the area of orthodontics.

Incognito or lingual braces are an excellent option for teens! In fact, they are growing in popularity amongst teens and adults because they are more comfortable and attached to the back of your teeth and not the front. This means that people are far less likely to see them and even if they do, won’t pay much attention to them.

Calculating the costs of incognito or lingual braces is a lot more difficult than those associated with traditional metal braces for a number of reasons. All the various parts that are used in traditional braces are created en masse and are stock items that are made to suit a number of smiles. But lingual braces are created especially for you and are totally unique to your ideal requirements.

Not only are lingual braces fully customised to fit each patient individually, in some patients lingual braces can even shave a significant amount of time off your treatment plan. They are almost completely invisible to the naked eye while still being one of the most effective methods of straightening teeth and are also perfect for teens or adults that play sports or musical instruments as they don’t interfere.

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