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.
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.