Frequently Asked Questions
What is Orthodontics? Orthodontics is the controlled movement of the teeth and jaws to create a proportional, aesthetic and harmonious smile using appliances such as braces and plates.
Who is an Orthodontist? An Orthodontist is a Dental Specialist who has completed a 3-year full-time Master of Dental Science in Orthodontics at one of the five Dental Schools within Australia or affiliated universities internationally. To undertake the Masters programme you must have already completed a 5 year dental degree, worked for a minimum of 2 years as a general dentist and completed other post-graduate study.
Who is not an Orthodontist? There has been a trend in recent years for universities to provide 6 week to 12 month part-time training courses in orthodontics. Dentists who complete these courses are not accredited specialists as they do not hold the Masters Degree. They cannot register as Dental Specialists or claim they are Orthodontists, and are unable to be members of the Australian Society of Orthodontists or the peer-reviewed Australian Orthodontic Board.
Do Specialists do general dentistry? It is normal practice that specialists do not do general dentistry in the same way that general dentists refer patients requiring specialist treatment to a registered specialist in the relevant discipline. Recent court cases in Queensland reinforce this point.
Orthodontic treatment should only be done by qualified specialists. Orthodontists have undergone a three year full time training programme under supervision. If your dentist is a registered specialist Orthodontist they should provide you with a number of treatment options that may be appropriate for you. If you want to check if your dentist is a registered specialist check on www.ahrpra.gov.au
Do I need a referral? No, you can arrange a consultation directly with Dr Ward.
At what age should I bring my child? The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends you have your first consultation at the age of 7 years to detect any early problems.
Do I need to keep seeing my general dentist? Yes, regular check-ups with your general dentist are an important part of your care. Dr Ward works closely with your general dentist to ensure that your teeth are not only straight but also healthy.
Are braces just for kids? No, we have many adult patients undergoing treatment.
Do I have to have teeth extracted? While we prefer not to extract adult teeth, in some cases it will be necessary. Dr Ward uses sensible, research-based treatment planning based on your x-rays, the amount of crowding and your individual appearance to determine if you will benefit from extractions.
Do braces hurt? Dr Ward makes every effort to minimise the discomfort of braces, however, you will have a tight feeling in your teeth for 1-2 days after each adjustment.
What is the cost of braces?
Because there are many variables to consider such as treatment type, treatment length, a patient’s age, history and requirements, each patient’s treatment plan is different. To have our Orthodontist assemble a personalised treatment plan for you, call to make an appointment.
What is the cost of a consultation?
The journey to a great smile begins with a consultation to assess the treatment required. This appointment takes approximately half an hour and the cost is $75.
Do I need x-rays?
Yes, once you have called and booked your consultation appointment, we will send a welcome letter that includes information about your appointment and a referral for two x-rays. For the convenience of our patients, we include a list of x-ray clinics who bulk bill these two x-rays so there is no out-of-pocket charge as long as the patient holds a valid Medicare card. These two x-rays give us important information about your teeth, bones and individual pattern of growth.
Are there payment plans available?
Yes, Bite Right Orthodontics offers interest free payment plans. Quotes for your treatment will be provided when you come in for your consultation.
What methods of payment are there? We accept Cash, Cheque, Internet transfer, Eftpos (Cheque and Savings) and Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard and Bankcard).
How often do I need to come for appointments? Approximately every 4-6 weeks
Are there some foods I need to avoid? Yes, you should avoid the foods which cause tooth decay and any hard, chewy foods which may damage or break you braces.