Orthodontics

Is it necessary for me to receive a referral for orthodontic treatment?

No, you do not, however we recommend you see your dentist for a check-up before your braces are fitted.

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

Modern techniques/materials now allow mature patients to successfully undertake orthodontic treatment.

Due to the fact that an adult’s facial bones cease growing, certain asymmetrical corrections cannot be accomplished through braces alone. These changes can be supported using a combined approach of orthognathic surgery and orthodontics.

Do braces hurt?

It is not uncommon to experience some slight discomfort after placement of orthodontic appliances and following adjustment appointments. Until your lips and cheeks get used to the braces on your teeth, you may find it helpful to use a small amount of orthodontic wax around the brace that causes irritation.

Is teeth removal necessary as part of procedures?

Where possible this requirement is avoided, however, extraction of teeth may be recommended in certain cases. The decision to do this will only be initiated once an analysis of all possible alternatives is exhausted.

Any treatment carries risks. A full medical history and an initial consultation is required with one of our qualified dental practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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