Frequently Asked Questions
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of crooked teeth and jaws. The correction of bad bites can prevent the incidence of decay, gum disease, jaw problems and abnormal wear of teeth. The benefits are cleaner, healthier teeth, and improved self-esteem and confidence.
Orthodontic treatment involves the design and use of corrective appliances such as plates, braces and functional appliances to bring the teeth into proper alignment.
Where are you located?
Our Orthodontist practices are located in Bentleigh East and Wodonga.
How do I know if I need a treatment?
There are many causes of crooked teeth and bad bites. Abnormal growth of jaws, early loss of teeth, or habits such as thumb sucking are all factors which may contribute to many orthodontic problems. Here are some reasons for seeking treatment.
- Crowded teeth
- Protruded teeth
- Under bite
- Deep bite
- Missing teeth and gaps
- Cross bite
- Thumb sucking
- Rotated teeth
When do I see an Orthodontist?
Children: The Australian Society of Orthodontics suggests around the age of nine, however all cases are different and your dentist may detect problems earlier. Early examination may prevent serious problems from arising, and make treatment at a later stage less complicated.
Treatment can vary from 18-24 months. Orthodontic treatment can vary depending on individual cases and co-operation of patients. To avoid prolonged treatment time, patient co-operation, such as wearing elastics and looking after the braces, is very important. At the end of treatment, retainers need to be worn (often at night only) for a few years to maintain stability of teeth in the new positions.