How long does orthodontic treatment take?
On average, orthodontic treatment usually takes 18 - 24 months and other more complex cases may take longer to complete. The total treatment time depends on a large number of factors which include the severity of the original bite problem, the type of treatment carried out, and the co-operation of the patient.

When will appointments be scheduled?
We share your concern about missing school or work, and we make every effort to ensure that all patients receive a fair share of convenient appointments. We schedule longer appointments during school hours and shorter appointments before and after school. By doing this, we do not reserve these popular appointment times for one or two patients but rather accommodate as many families as possible for out-of-school appointments.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
No two orthodontic problems are the same and the cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the treatment required. Many orthodontic problems require only simple treatment and you might find that the cost is lower than you thought.

What does my treatment fee cover?
The fee covers the entire treatment including fitting of braces, periodic adjustments, removal of the braces, one set of retainers (if needed) and the retention and observation periods thereafter. The fee does not cover such items as the consultation, records, or other preparatory steps prior to the fitting of braces. We will discuss the fee with you before treatment is commenced.

Do I have to pay for my orthodontic care all at once?
We are sensitive to the financial pressures on families today, so for your convenience, we provide a payment plan for your orthodontic care. An initial deposit is paid when the appliances are constructed or fitted, and the balance is paid in monthly installments for the duration of the treatment, which for braces is usually 18 to 24 months.

Do you accept my orthodontic insurance?
Whilst we do not have a direct relationship with any insurer, we feel a responsibility to be as helpful to you and, where necessary, to your insurer. We arrange our payment contracts to make your insurance claim as simple as possible.

Should I take out health insurance cover?
Health funds repay some of the cost of orthodontic treatment for fund members who have the appropriate level of dental insurance. Please carefully check the premiums, conditions and level or rebate to see whether you will be better off with insurance or not.

Do braces hurt?
Wearing braces is simple and generally quite easy with the modern devices available. However, braces do need to be regularly adjusted, and this will make the teeth feel tender for a few days. During this short period, soft foods and a mild analgesic may be needed.

Should I continue to see my family dentist while in braces?
Definitely! It is very important to continue your regular dental check-ups to prevent and detect dental decay and to monitor your overall dental health.

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