1 How much will my orthodontic treatment cost and how do I pay?
Because every treatment is specific to that individual it is not possible to give you an estimate of the costs until a Treatment Plan has been developed.
When you are given a Treatment Plan and a Quote then treatment payment options will also be included. Payments can be made over the period of treatment and no interest is charged.
2 Should I continue to see my general dentist during orthodontic treatment?
We recommend that you continue to see your general dentist at the usual 6 monthly appointments. Dr Sanders will inform your dentist of the Treatment Plan.
Your dentist and Dr Sanders often work in partnership to affect the most optimal treatment outcome for you.
3 Do I need a referral?
Even though Dr Sanders is a specialist you do not need a referral. However, your dentist may provide you with one to better coordinate treatment.
4 Can I still play contact sports that require a mouthguard?
Yes, Dr Sanders or your general dentist can make you a mouthguard to fit over the braces for sports that require some form of protection.
5 Can I still play my musical instrument e.g. clarinet?
Yes, usually most patients find that they are still able to play musical instruments. However, instruments such as trumpets and trombone, where pressure is put onto the lips are more difficult to adapt to. Plastic lip guards which fit over the braces are available but these do not completely solve the problem.
6 What appointments do I need after I get my braces/appliances on?
Adjustment appointments are undertaken every 5-7 weeks.
See adjustments and Checks
7 Why do I need retainers?
Retainers are essential to maintain the desirable position and relationship of the teeth after active orthodontic treatment. Teeth whether they have been orthodontically treated or not have a tendency to move over time as we age. After orthodontic treatment the use of a retainer enables the bone and soft tissues to establish in the position desirable to maintain the treatment outcomes. There are various types of retainers and Dr Sanders and the staff will advise you on the period of time you will be required to wear this appliance.
8 When can I get my braces off?
Dr Sanders will complete your treatment in the shortest possible time with the best possible result as long as he has your cooperation. You won’t have them on any longer than necessary.
You can make the treatment as short as possible if you:
A Follow the instructions on the use and wear of your appliance(s).
B Maintain perfect oral hygiene during treatment.
C Remember missed appointments, broken appliances, brackets and poor oral hygiene will all contribute to an increased treatment time.
9 What happens when something breaks?
If part of your appliance breaks then it is not working properly. Please contact the centre to arrange for the breakage to be repaired. Do NOT rely on breakages being repaired at adjustment appointments as extra time is required to complete the repair. After school appointments may not be available to replace broken appliances if the repair is to be completed as soon as possible.
10 Does My Health Insurance Cover Pay on the Treatment Cost?
Many health insurance companies include orthodontic treatment.
We advise anyone with private health cover to contact their fund and discuss the level of coverage and conditions which apply to their particular level of cover as these vary with each fund.
11 How Do I Know If I need Orthodontic Treatment?
You may have some dissatisfaction with your teeth’s position, relationship or smile or your bite. Often your general dentist may suggest some form of treatment. See the section on Who Needs Orthodontic Treatment, Orthodontic Treatment, Treatment Outcomes and New Patient First Visit to see what is involved.
If you have any further questions contact the centre on 07 3878 1140.