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Orthodontic faqs

What’s an orthodontist? 

An orthodontist specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. 

Orthodontists study for an extra 2 or 3 years in additional to their dental degree to ensure they have the adequate training and qualifications to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaws and ultimately improve your smile. 

What’s the best age for a child to visit an orthodontist for the first time? 

The Australian Association of Orthodontics recommends that a child first see an orthodontist at 7 years of age. This gives the orthodontist a chance to assess and monitor the child’s dental development and begin phase-one if necessary. 

What’s the best way to take care of my teeth if I’m wearing a retainer after treatment?

  • Brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day
  • Ensure your toothpaste contains fluoride
  • Keep the retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Do not put your retainer in the dishwasher
  • Try and avoid foods with too much sugar
  • Try and avoid sticky and chewy foods
  • Ensure you schedule routine check-ups with your dentist 

What are braces? 

Braces are orthodontic appliances that are used to straighten your teeth and correct misaligned jaws. Today, there are so many types of braces.

Do braces hurt? 

When undergoing orthodontic treatment you may experience a small level of discomfort due to the appliance rubbing against your gums, checks and mouth. 

Do I have to brush my teeth more often if I have braces? 

When being treated with braces you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to ensure that food doesn’t get caught between your teeth and the brackets. 

Do I still need check-ups at my dentist if I’m undergoing orthodontic treatment? 

Yes! Visiting your dentist actually becomes more crucial when undergoing orthodontic treatment. If your oral hygiene is not properly maintained during treatment then bacteria can build up and cause cavities, gingivitis or infection. 

Can braces interfere with playing sport, an instrument or singing? 

All of these activities just take a little getting used to but shouldn’t be affected at all. It’s often recommended that during contact sport you wear a mouth guard.

What’s the best way to schedule my next appointment? 

Feel free to contact us on 1800 0 678 46 or make an appointment online.

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Dr Debora HarrisB.D.S M.D.Sc. (Syd) MOrtho R.C.D.S. (Edin)
Honorary Associate Discpline of Orthodontics The University of Sydney

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