Who is an orthodontist ?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has become a registered specialist in orthodontics (in much the same way that a cardiologist is a doctor who has become a specialist in heart problems).
In Australia, an orthodontist must have the qualifications of an AHPRA-registered general dental degree, a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics or Masters degrees in Orthodontics, and be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Only a specialist orthodontist can be a member of professional specialist orthodontic organization, such as the Australian Society of Orthodontists.
At Specialists in Orthodontics, our registered specialists have over 25 years of combined orthodontic, dental and smile experience. We are members of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontics, European Orthodontic Society, and the World Federation of Orthodontists.
Orthodontics is the specialized field of dentistry dealing with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in the alignment of teeth and jaws.
Orthodontic treatment improves not only the aesthetics, but also the health and function of your teeth.
Some orthodontic problems can become apparent by the age of 7 to 8, when most adult front teeth are expected to have erupted. If your child sees the dentist regularly, orthodontic problems may be detected earlier.
Early examination enables the orthodontist to examine and detect problems and to plan an appropriate schedule for treatment.
Early treatment can help prevent or reduce the risks of serious problems from developing, or, possibly make treatment at a later stage easier and less complicated.
In most cases, orthodontic treatment commences when all the baby teeth are shed, and this is commonly seen in the early teens.
No, it is not too late because if the teeth and gums are healthy, orthodontic treatment can be performed even for much older patients.
Traditionally, parents would bring their children in for orthodontic treatment. But, it is important to understand that the basic biological process involved in moving and straightening teeth is the same at any age. So, orthodontic treatment is also successful for adults. In the modern era, adults are better informed and are considering orthodontic treatment not just to improve their appearance, but also oral health and emotional well-being.
A beautiful smile brings forth confidence, improved self-esteem and enhanced opportunities in social and career success. Creating beautiful smiles is essentially a combination of science and art – a very specialized skill that a specialist orthodontist has been trained in. Come in and see us at Specialists In Orthodontics for a consult on the smile you always wanted.
Cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the nature and severity of the treatment plan. Most patients are surprised to learn that orthodontics is less expensive than previously thought. At Specialists In Orthodontics, we are pleased of offer affordable financial plans to help meet your treatment needs.
On average, most children wear braces for approximately 18 months, but this can vary greatly for each person based on growth and the severity of the problem. It also depends on the cooperation of the patient, including maintaining good oral hygiene, wearing auxiliaries such as rubber bands as directed, avoiding damaging food, and keeping all of their follow-up appointments.
No, a referral is not required. However, your dentist may provide you with a letter outlining any concerns.