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  • Do I need a referral?
    No, you do not need a referral to make an appointment to see us. However, It is common for your dentist to send a referral letter ahead so we can address any concerns they may have.
  • How long does orthodontic treatment take?
    The length of treatment time is influenced by a number of factors e.g complexity of the initial problem, appliance choice (aligners or braces), how well you care for your teeth etc, etc. Book in for Dr. Luke to give you an estimate.
  • Do you have payment plans available?
    Yes, we offer interest free payment plans.
  • How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
    Orthodontic treatment is a long-term investment that can help you or your child make a great first impression through a confident and inspiring smile. Whether you’re looking to get standard metal braces, ceramic braces, or have your heart set on a series of clear aligners. There will be variations in cost depending on which appliance you chose. We customize your treatment plan specifically for you to which include several options depending your budget and desires.
  • What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
    Orthodontists are experts in the movement of teeth, they specialise and practice only in this area. They first attend University to become a regular general dentist and then specialise for three years full time to obtain a post-graduate degree in orthodontics which makes them a specialist.
  • What is Invisalign?
    Invisalign is one brand of clear plastic aligners which sequentially move teeth. The main advantage of aligners is they are virtually invisible when compared to braces. At inspire orthodontics we offer several alternative brands of aligners.
  • What kind of braces should I have?
    It’s up to you, we offer conventional metal or clear (ceramic) brackets.
  • Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
    No, many adults are now choosing to undergo orthodontics especially with clear aligners or ceramic braces.
  • What age should my child first see an orthodontist?
    The Australian Society of Orthodontist recommend routine orthodontic screening assessment at the age of 7-9 years (primary school). This enables early detection of problems requiring simple treatment intervention. If your child does not require treatment we place them into our “young buds” growth review/recall programme.
  • When is the ideal time to receive orthodontics?
    Orthodontist ideally prefer to time treatment in teenagers during their adolescence growth spurt (high school). Some orthodontic problems it is best to wait until after growth is complete.
  • Why should I have orthodontic treatment?
    The reasons vary from person to person, but most orthodontic treatment is conducted for health and appearance reasons. By straightening teeth, you can also correct speech difficulties, assist with tooth cleaning, avoid injury if teeth are protruding, and improve your occlusion/bite.
  • Why are retainers so important after treatment?
    Your smile is always changing and a retainer will help you maintain a straighter smile throughout the natural shifts that occur as a result of growing, aging, experiencing stress, pregnancy, and other factors. Consistently wearing a retainer as advised by your Specialist Orthodontist will prevent any unwanted tooth movement, as well as prevent the need for additional orthodontic treatments in the future.
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