Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry which improves the appearance, position and function of crooked or irregular teeth. Orthodontic treatment can straighten the teeth and move them to a better position, giving both improved aesthetics and an improved bite.
Why see a specialist orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone a further three years, full-time University based training which allows them to specialise in orthodontics. An orthodontist does not usually do fillings, extractions or other routine dental procedures.
Do I need a referral to see Hannah?
No. Some patients are referred to Hannah by their dentist or dental therapist, however, others self-refer on word of mouth recommendations.
How much does it cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the difficulty of treatment, the type of braces used, and the length of time the treatment will take. To assist with payment, we offer a number of flexible payment options, including a discount for upfront payment and payment plans which spread the cost out over the treatment time. We also offer a discount on full orthodontic treatment for siblings of our existing patients.
What will happen at my initial consultation?
Your first appointment is an opportunity for us to meet you and discuss your orthodontic treatment goals. Hannah will carry out a thorough orthodontic examination, and will then review her findings with you. She will discuss options for treatment, timing of any possible treatment and the costs involved.
What is the best age for orthodontic treatment?
We recommend a specialist orthodontic examination by age 9-10 years if a parent or the family dentist discovers a potential orthodontic problem. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. If treatment isn’t required at that stage, an appropriate review protocol can be created so dental and facial development is closely monitored during the growth years.
Should I still see my dentist while I have braces?
Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every 6-12 months for cleaning and dental check ups.