At Origin Orthodontics we want to ensure all our patients understand what is involved in orthodontic treatment before beginning. That is why we have put together a list of the frequently asked questions we get in the hope that it will answer some of your questions.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialist field of dentistry which focuses on the correct alignment of a patient’s teeth and jaws. An orthodontist will use different orthodontic appliances, such as braces or Invisalign aligners, to move teeth and jaws into a better position – both for the patient’s overall appearance and their oral health.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist has extra qualifications and experience in the specialist field of orthodontics. Both an orthodontist and a dentist have studied dentistry, but an orthodontist has gone on to do further study. You can find out more about orthodontics and when you should see an orthodontist on our About Orthodontics page.
Is orthodontic treatment for me?
Orthodontic treatment is for everyone – children, teens and adults – if they have an orthodontic problem. This may include crowding or spacing issues, or bite issues which occur when there is a misalignment of the jaws.
What type of orthodontic treatment do you offer?
At Origin Orthodontics we offer the full spectrum of orthodontic treatment, from traditional fixed metal braces to ceramic braces which blend in with the colour of your teeth. We also have invisible treatment options available which include Incognito lingual braces and Invisalign aligners.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
No, orthodontic treatment won’t hurt. You may experience mild discomfort when your appliance is first fitted, and again when it is tightened or adjusted, but this can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief.
How long will I have to wear my appliance?
This depends on the treatment plan we provide you, which we’ll discuss at your free consultation. But, on average, orthodontic treatment takes between 12 and 24 months.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to move teeth into position. These aligners are designed specifically for your teeth and sit over them like a thin sports mouthguard. The clear, plastic material that Invisalign aligners are made from means they are virtually invisible.
Is Invisalign as effective as braces?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, the most experienced specialist orthodontists, like those on our team here at Origin Orthodontics, can use Invisalign to fix almost every orthodontic problem.
Once my teeth are straight will they stay that way?
Part of orthodontic treatment is retention. This phase occurs once your appliance has been removed. You will be fitted with a retainer – either fixed or removable – and will be advised on the length of time to wear this to ensure your teeth don’t move back into their original position.
Why is orthodontics so expensive?
Orthodontic treatment is undertaken by a specialist in their field, who has significant training and experience. Therefore, you are paying for expert treatment. However, at Origin Orthodontics we want to ensure all our patients can afford the orthodontic treatment they need to get the smile they want, which is why we offer flexible payment plans with 0% interest free financing.
Come and see us for a no-obligation initial meeting with our Treatment Co-ordinator to discuss your options.
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“I just wanted to let you know how much your hard work has been appreciated. My new smile has given me confidence and I don’t feel self conscious about my teeth when I talk to people. It’s amazing how much having straight teeth has affected and will affect my life. Whether it may be a holiday photo, a wedding picture, or even just a fun snap with friends; I know that I don’t regret smiling!”