It’s normal to have questions at the beginning of your orthodontic journey, and we want you to feel confident in your decision to start treatment with us. To get you started, here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions we’ve encountered over the years.
frequently asked questions.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that deals with straightening teeth and ensuring proper jaw alignment. It’s important because it not only impacts your facial structure and aesthetics, it also can improve your chewing, speech, and oral hygiene.
How do dentists and orthodontists differ?
A dentist primarily checks your teeth for cavities and wear and tear and looks for any signs of damage along the way.
An orthodontist has all the same qualifications as a general dentist, but they have gone on to complete a further postgraduate programme in orthodontics. This gives them the unique expertise to straighten your smile.
How can I tell if I require orthodontic treatment?
The best way to find out is to come in for a consultation. That’s because many signs of orthodontic issues are not readily visible. However, some obvious signs include crowding, gaps between teeth, underbites, or difficulty chewing food.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
It depends. Each case is unique, so the length of treatment differs from patient to patient. Generally, more complex cases take between 12 and 24 months, whereas minor issues in the front teeth can often be resolved in six months or less.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
Every patient at Nice Bite Orthodontics gets a custom quote on their treatment plan. Because of this, there is no one answer to treatment costs. When you come in for your consultation, we can discuss how our flexible payment plans can make treatment affordable.
Do you offer Invisalign® treatment?
Yes, we do. In fact, Nice Bite Orthodontics has Platinum Elite Invisalign® Provider status. This makes us one of the leading providers of Invisalign® treatment in the area. We can treat even complex orthodontic issues at any age with Invisalign® clear aligners.
*Invisalign® aligners are a registered medical device, you should always read and follow the label and the instructions of your treating orthodontist..
Does orthodontic treatment work for adults?
Absolutely! We offer a wide variety of treatments for adults to make sure our adult patients get the smile of their dreams comfortably and conveniently.
When should I bring my child to your practice?
The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends you bring your child to their first orthodontic consultation around the age of 7. At this age, we can screen for orthodontic issues and intercept them before they begin or worsen.
Can I brush my teeth with braces on?
Yes! In fact, it’s even more important to practise proper oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Braces give plaque extra places to hide, so thorough brushing is necessary to protect yourself from cavities and infection.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Just visit our consultation page to secure an appointment with our team in Strathfield. This appointment is obligation-free, and will provide you with all the information you need to decide if orthodontic treatment is right for you.
Still have questions?
Contact us today to resolve any queries you might have, or book a consultation with our team in Strathfield so we can answer your questions in person!