Top 10 Commonly Asked Questions About Orthodontic Treatment

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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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