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More than half of Australians aren’t happy with their smiles, which might be why so many are turning to orthodontic treatments. Orthodontic treatment such as braces can fix a bad bite or crooked teeth and give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Why do I need braces?

There are several reasons someone might need braces, including:

  • Genetics
  • Prolonged childhood habits, such as thumb-sucking or nail-biting, which can lead to misaligned teeth
  • Natural shifting, which can be caused by tooth loss or age

Good candidates for braces include children, teens and adults who have:

  • Crowded, crooked or misplaced teeth
  • Underbites and overbites
  • Protruding teeth
  • Overspaced or gapped teeth
  • Realigned teeth or shifting teeth due to veneers, crowns or implants
  • Facial or jaw asymmetry

I’m an adult. What kind of orthodontic treatments are available for me?

For adults, the idea of metal braces might be off-putting. We understand. Metal braces aren’t exactly subtle, and they can affect your social or professional life. At Oasis Orthodontics, we use the latest technology and treatments so that we can provide you with a wide range of discreet options. We’re sure that you can find one that fits your life and smile comfortably.

Some of our popular options include:

  • Clear aligners
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces

What about my lifestyle? Don’t braces mean a big adjustment?

Braces do require a bit of an adjustment. After all, you’ll have something that’s attached to your teeth all the time.

Some changes include:

  • Dental hygiene, which can involve a few extra steps to keep your teeth and braces clean and healthy
  • Diet because some foods just don’t mix with braces, including hard lollies, sticky caramels and crusty bread
  • Some athletic activities, which might require a special mouthguard to protect your teeth and your lips

Are braces only for cosmetic purposes?

This is a common belief, but in fact, braces can have benefits that go far beyond your self-confidence. Benefits of braces include:

  • Improved dental health
  • Properly distributed bite pressure
  • Easier-to-clean teeth
  • Reduced pressure on the jaw joint
  • Greater smile satisfaction

Dr. Hopkins can help you decide if orthodontics is the right choice for you.

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Orthodontic Appointment

A child preparing for their first visit to the Orthodontist

Taking your child to their first orthodontic appointment can be a significant step in ensuring their long-term dental health. However, it can also be a source of anxiety for both you and your child. With the right preparation, you can turn this experience into a positive one. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you and your child get ready for their first visit to the orthodontist.

1. Start with a Positive Attitude

Your attitude towards the appointment will significantly influence how your child feels. Approach the topic with positivity and reassurance. Explain that the orthodontist is there to help keep their teeth healthy and that many kids go through the same process.

2. Educate Them About What to Expect

Children often fear the unknown, so providing them with a clear idea of what will happen can help alleviate anxiety. Explain that the orthodontist will examine their teeth and possibly take X-rays or impressions of their mouth. There might be a discussion about braces or other treatments, but it’s just a conversation to see what’s best for their teeth.

3. Read Books and Watch Videos Together

There are numerous children’s books and videos about visiting the orthodontist. These resources can make the experience seem more familiar and less intimidating. Choose age-appropriate materials that present the information in a fun and engaging way.

4. Plan a Fun Activity Afterwards

Having something to look forward to after the appointment can help ease your child’s nerves. Plan a fun activity, like going to the park, getting ice cream, or watching a favourite movie. This gives them something positive to focus on.

5. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Before the appointment, ensure your child maintains good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly not only prepares their teeth for the orthodontist’s examination but also instils good habits that will be crucial during orthodontic treatment.

6. Gather Necessary Information

The orthodontist will need information about your child’s dental history. Make sure you have any previous dental records and be prepared to discuss your child’s oral habits, such as thumb-sucking or teeth grinding. This information will help the orthodontist tailor the best treatment plan for your child.

7. Discuss Any Concerns

Talk to your child about any concerns they might have. Address their questions honestly but gently, and reassure them that it’s okay to be a little nervous. Knowing that their feelings are valid can make a big difference.

8. Arrive Early and Be Prepared

Plan to arrive a bit early for the appointment. This allows your child to get accustomed to the new environment without feeling rushed. Bring along a favourite toy or book to keep them occupied while waiting.

9. Role Play the Appointment

Role-playing can be an effective way to prepare younger children. Take turns being the orthodontist and the patient, going through the steps of the appointment. This can help demystify the process and make it seem less daunting.

10. Reinforce the Importance of Orthodontic Care

Explain to your child why orthodontic care is essential. Talk about how straight teeth can improve their smile, make eating more comfortable, and contribute to overall dental health. Helping them understand the long-term benefits can make them more receptive to the treatment.

Conclusion

Preparing your child for their first orthodontic appointment involves a mix of education, reassurance, and a bit of fun. By taking these steps, you can help ensure the experience is positive and sets the stage for successful orthodontic care. Remember, your support and attitude will greatly influence how your child perceives and responds to this new experience. Book your child an appointment with Dr Anthony Hopkins and our friendly team at Oasis Orthodontics today!

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Top 10 Commonly Asked Questions About Orthodontic Treatment

Patient considering orthodontic treatment

Get all the key information you need for orthodontic treatment at Oasis Orthodontics in one comprehensive list of the top 10 commonly asked questions.

 

Does orthodontic treatment cause pain?

It’s common to experience some minor discomfort after braces initially go on, and also after adjustments, but this discomfort typically subsides after a day or two. Eating soft foods, hot and cold compresses and over the counter pain relief can help to alleviate any discomfort.

 

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The duration varies depending on the severity of the issue, cooperation of the patient and individual growth. Typically, people wear braces and other orthodontic appliances for 18 to 24 months.

 

How much does orthodontics cost?

Fees with orthodontic treatment are hugely variable depending on the treatment recommended. To make orthodontic treatment available to all, Oasis Orthodontics offers a variety of payment methods, including payment plans which can spread the cost over the duration of your treatment. For example, a standard course of fixed appliance treatment can be covered by paying just $75 a week. Private Health Insurance rebates are available depending on your private health cover.

 

What are some discreet orthodontic options?

Clear aligners such as Spark Aligners, and “invisible” braces, such as lingual braces offer a more discreet appearance compared to traditional braces.

 

Can adults have orthodontic treatment?

Yes, adults can definitely undergo orthodontic treatment. The duration depends on the complexity of the case, and is usually completed within 18-24 months. Purely cosmetic treatments may take even less time.

 

Will braces or clear aligners affect my speech?

Some patients might experience temporary changes in speech during the initial days or weeks, but these issues typically resolve as the mouth adjusts.

 

What does an orthodontist do?

An orthodontist is a highly qualified dental specialist who diagnoses, prevents, and treats teeth and jaw alignment issues, having undergone extensive training in orthodontics.

 

When should my child first see an orthodontist?

The first visit is recommended around ages 7-10. Treatment may not be necessary at this age, but early evaluations can prevent future problems, and the specialist team at Oasis Orthodontics will keep in touch throughout this process.

 

Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?

A referral is not necessary, but it can be helpful if your general dentist or another specialist has specific concerns. Oasis Orthodontics will also keep in touch with your general dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment. 

 

What functional benefits does orthodontic treatment have?

Orthodontic treatment helps maintain oral health, preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues. Early treatment can be cost-effective and prevent the need for more extensive procedures later on.

 

If you want to discuss your individual treatment goals with our dedicated specialist orthodontist, Dr Anthony Hopkins, book an appointment with our friendly team today! Dr Hopkins and the team at Oasis Orthodontics in Perth would be very happy to discuss your concerns and provide you with all the information you need to get started on your orthodontic journey today!

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