The braces journey…Your first visit is on us!
The initial 20 minute consultation is FREE. No strings – no obligations.
We will use this time to have a chat, decide if orthodontics is right for you and on a course of action. For a few patients, their bite is more complicated and may require a longer appointment. If we need to, we can get you back in for a further appointment.
After this initial appointment, we will give you an idea of how we can help, the estimated treatment time and financial commitment involved… Still, with no obligation.
There is no single set fee for orthodontic treatment as every persons face, jaws, bite, and teeth are unique. We customise our treatment to give our patients options and the very best results. But, If you would like a bit of an idea, please see our Cost of Braces section
The records appointment
At this appointment, we will proceed to take digital records; photos, impressions for your teeth and jaws, as well as x-rays. This appointment usually takes between 45 minutes to an hour, and we have all the digital facilities on site, so you don’t have to leave the comforts of our practice.
This also includes a detailed treatment plan presentation and a follow up appointment. Here every aspect of the proposed treatment will be discussed. Importantly, the problems will be highlighted, the risks and limitations of orthodontic treatment explained, any alternative options will also be discussed.
An estimate of the treatment time, cost and information provided about payment plans will be provided. The cost associated with this longer appointment is $420
The treatment – Brace Day!
This visit is where we fit your braces on. The appointment will take approximately 1 hour and you will walk out with some brand new Bling! Please read our braces section to get an idea of what it is like to have braces.
* For Invisalign and Incognito patients, this visit will be used to take scans or high accuracy models to send to the USA for the aligners or custom lingual braces to be made. This process takes between 4-8 weeks.
Your 8 weekly adjustment visits
Technology has allowed us to use super flexible wires that work for a long time in the mouth. Therefore, our typical adjustment visits are done every 6, 8 or 10 weeks during the course of the treatment. Don’t forget, if the wires are not tightened, they do not work… so make sure you always know when your next appointment is going to be.
So that we are efficient with your treatment and that we stick to our estimated treatment time, it is very important that you keep to your appointments and look after your braces. Breakages and missed appointments are the number one reason for orthodontic treatment taking longer than predicted.
So lets work together at getting you that smile! If you need to change an appointment, give us as much notice as possible and we can try and fit you into the soonest available appointment.
Braces are not attached to teeth using Superglue! We use a composite glue only strong enough to keep the brackets on the teeth, to allow us to move the teeth around with the wires. For anyone not looking after their braces, eating or biting the wrong things, then we will know that you have been up to mischief!
No real trouble though. Just give us a courtesy call and let us know that a bracket has come lose or a wire is sticking out. This way we can sort this out for you.
It’s time to get your braces off!
It takes under 1 minute to take your braces off! A bit more time needs to be spent to clean and polish your teeth, take photos and final impressions of your jaws and teeth. Finally, we need to get you a clear retaining aligner or plate to hold the teeth in that perfect position.
No retainer wear means the teeth are guaranteed to move! So please take this seriously and please follow our instructions with regards to your retainer wear. You are expected to wear a permanent wire that is glued to the back of your teeth (not visible), as well as a removable clear aligner.
Just like our skin wrinkles, our hair greying with age and that we are never as fit as we once use to be, the teeth are expected to move very subtly and slowly with time. The retainers help restrict this movement and we encourage all our young patients who want to minimise the natural drifting of teeth, to wear their retainers at night, long term. These retainers are provided to you at a follow up visit, a couple of days after we have removed the braces.
Lets catch up! Orthodontic retention… At 1, 6, 12 months, and 2 years after your braces have been removed; we will catch up and take a look at your teeth, making sure everything is going the way it is suppose to. The fact that you have had orthodontic treatment does not mean your teeth will never ever move again… This is where your retainers will come in handy.
Any minor changes after your braces are removed are due to the natural process of aging and maturing, both of which happen, regardless if you have had orthodontic treatment in the past or not.
A simple message here – WEAR YOUR RETAINERS and look after them – Night time for a lifetime!