What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist area which enables diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in the alignment of jaws and teeth. It basically means ‘straight teeth’.

Orthodontic treatment involves the design and use of appliances. Eg: braces, plates or headgear to bring teeth and jaws into realignment. They apply a light pressure and helps move the teeth slowly through the jawbone.

As technology has developed over the years, the appliances used are more comfortable and effective than ever before.

Why Straighten Teeth?

The main reason people choose to have Orthodontic Treatment is to improve the appearance, health and function of their teeth. People are aware of how their teeth may look to others and can become self-conscious. Through Orthodontic treatment, your attractive smile can be re achieved and help enhance your self-confidence again.

When to start Orthodontic Treatment?

At about the age of 7 most of the adult front teeth have emerged. It is between this age and 9 that you may want to consider starting orthodontic treatment.

By choosing to have Orthodontic work earlier, it may prevent more serious problems from developing and make treatment times shorter and less complex.

It has become increasingly more common for adults to undertake Orthodontic treatment. Although the process involved is similar for both children and adults, the treatment time for adults is usually longer as their jaw bones are more dense than children’s.

Stages of Treatment

  • First Consultation:
    At the initial stage, the patient is examined clinically to enable the dentist to advise on treatment options, when to commence treatment, the duration and approximate costs associated with the treatment but this may change depending on your specific case as no two treatment plans are the same. Item numbers may also be provided for Health Fund Rebates.
  • Records:
    At this consultation, Records are taken to allow the accurate analysis of each patient. They include impressions from plaster moulds, Photos of teeth and gums and X Rays.
  • Treatment Planning Stage:
    At this stage, a treatment plan is discussed which have been formulated using the information from the first consult and the records.
    As part of the treatment plan, it may be necessary to extract teeth to gain adequate space to align remaining teeth and to fill any decayed teeth. If for any reason it is too early to commence treatment, the patient is reviewed at regular intervals until the correct time to begin treatment.
    The dentist at this point will discuss the actual costs involved and will go through what is covered in your quote. The main inclusions are All records, Treatment type (braces), Extractions & Fillings if required and 1 set of Retainers. They will also give you a clearer indication of treatment duration.


This is the final stage of your Orthodontic journey where we Congratulate you and see the result you have been aiming for. This is where your smile beams, your confidence soars. 

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Types of Braces

Braces are the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth. Braces are generally made of stainless steel although clear brackets are available at extra cost. To enable braces to be fitted, it would be done over 2 visits and they would remain on the teeth for the duration of the treatment. Patients would then visit every 4-8 weeks for adjustments.


The Invisalign system is the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth and improve your smile without braces.


1) What is a Invisalign?

Invisalign is the virtually invisible and hygienic altrenative to braces that lets patients keep smiling during treatment. Invisalign uses a series of custom made, clear, removable aligners that gradually move teeth towards the desired position.

2) Does Invisalign work as well as normal braces?

Invisalign has proven to be as effective at straightening teeth as traditional braces. The level of Invisalign experience will determine how an Orthodontist or Dentist decides how to treat a patient. Patients with severe crowding or bite problems may require interdisciplinary treatments in which Invisalign is used in combination with other teeth straightening techniques.

3) What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

  • Invisalign is nearly invisible - you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing
  • Invislaign is removable - you can eat and drink what you want in treatment; you can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene
  • Invisalign is comfortable - there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation: no metal or wires also mean you soend less time in the Dentists chair having adjustments
  • Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start - so you can see how your straight teeth will look like when your treatment is complete.

4) How much does Invisalign cost?

As with all medical procedures, only your Orthodontist or Dentist can determine cost based on your specific needs. Factors may include your Treatment goals, the difficulty of your case, the length of time for treatment and your health insurance coverage.

So if you're ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign may be the answer for you. Give us a call now to discuss options that are right for you.