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 aligners to treat irregular, crowded or spaced teeth. It can also assist with fixing alignment issues including overbites, underbites and cross bites.

Some of the benefits include:

  • They are 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 that an orthodontist can. Orthodontists spend a few more years specialising in straightening your teeth as effectively as possible and choosing the right treatment for you. You should always seek out a specialist to fit your braces and to give you ongoing care. Dentists may be able to advise you on whether not you need orthodontic treatment, but in terms of providing that treatment an orthodontist is recommended.

This question is a personal one, because it depends on you and your lifestyle. 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.

For example, if you have an active lifestyle, metal braces might be more viable because they are known for their durability, whereas the material used for clear braces can either chip or crack if you’re really active. Additionally, people with sensitive mouths might find the ceramic to be irritable on their inner lips. However, many don’t experience these problems.

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong to this question, it is a personal choice decided by your preferences and what your orthodontist deems appropriate for you.

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. Please contact our friendly team to book an appointment.

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. Ultimately, you have to decide what works best for you and your lifestyle.

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. There has been a tremendous upward curve in adults all over the world who seek to better their smile through orthodontic treatments and the solutions available to patients in the 21st century are as effective, discreet and efficient as never before. Maybe you felt you should have received treatment as a child and didn’t, or maybe you just want to make a few minor changes. Whatever the reason, it’s never too late.

Much the same as your genetic code and your fingerprints, your teeth are completely unique to you and so any orthodontic treatment that you receive will be completely unique to you as well. There are a number of things that need to be considered when trying to get a finger on what orthodontic treatment may cost. Of course, the severity of your concerns is a major factor and the amount of treatment and its duration will be reflected in the overall cost. But what price do you put on a beautifully healthy smile and improved oral health in the future?

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.

Depending on how much straightening is being done on your teeth, you’re looking at a year but a proper consultation with one of our doctors is recommended as everyone has different teeth.

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. Genetics are responsible for a whole host of malocclusions such as teeth being crowded, having too much space between them, extra or missing teeth and many other irregularities in your teeth and jaws.

Acquired malocclusions, on the other hand, are caused by trauma, airway obstructions or dental diseases. Our range of adult orthodontic treatments is able to correct your current orthodontic problems and even prevent any future problems you may encounter.

The crowding of teeth is caused by the misalignment of your teeth due to them being too large or because you arch is too small – or sometimes both of them simultaneously. Protruding upper teeth usually indicate a poor bite quality of the back molars which may point to a discrepancy in the development of the jaw. A deep overbite occurs when the lower front teeth make contact with the palate or gum tissue behind your top front teeth. The spacing of your teeth can be negatively affected by their size or the width of your dental arch and contributes to a less pleasing appearance.

Adult braces 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. If teeth are crooked or crowded or misaligned, they become more difficult to clean and maintain which leads to tooth decay, gum disease and eventually, tooth loss.

Adult orthodontics treatment can also address 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 welcomed, 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. The payment plans are flexible. 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 required. If you look at our photo gallery, you can see what can be achieved without extractions. None of these patients have had permanent teeth removed.

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. We can assess whether it is urgent or not and schedule an appointment as needed. If something is hurting, please call 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 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. They are also attached to your teeth so you won’t be able to forget to put your clear aligners in. Lingual braces are also super comfortable and don’t make contact with the soft tissues of your mouth.

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. We also use the latest in CAD/CAM technology to craft your lingual braces and to streamline your entire teeth straightening process and ensure that we are as well-informed as we can be about your situation.

There are so many advantages to be had when choosing to wear lingual braces as your preferred orthodontic treatment. Not only are they 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. Though, we do always recommend that you wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports.

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