Do I need braces?
Your first visit takes approximately 30 minutes. It is an opportunity for us to meet each other, and for us to understand your concerns and goals.
We’ll thoroughly examine your facial features, as well as your teeth, smile and bite. A digital radiograph (OPG) is also taken at this visit to check that you have all the right teeth in all the right places.
If treatment is indicated, we’ll advise when the best time to start would be (sometimes we prefer to monitor growth and development a little longer). We can usually give an indication of what treatment might be required, as well as approximate costs at this visit.
If we have advised the timing is appropriate, and you think orthodontic treatment might be for you, we’ll book you in for “records”.
These photographs and radiographs, together with a 3D scan of your teeth, will provide all the info we need to make a more precise diagnosis and create your individual treatment plan.
These records are given to you along with your written treatment plan. We support your right to obtain a second opinion, as we understand orthodontic treatment is a big investment and want you to be confident in your decision to proceed.
The records are carefully evaluated before a personalised treatment plan is prepared.
It’s often helpful to meet again to explain our findings, as well as the options available and the pros and cons of each. At this visit we’ll discuss the entire process in detail, including costs, payment options and potential risks.
All the information discussed will be provided additionally in writing, as we understand it can be a lot to take in at once. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have at this visit, however, we are of course happy to address queries and concerns at any stage .
Once you’re confident that you understand the process and you are ready to begin your orthodontic journey, we can book an appointment to get started.
It takes approximately an hour to place upper and lower braces, and depending on what appliance we use for your treatment, subsequent appointments will be every 4-10 weeks.
You will be given plenty of information about all the do’s and don’ts to ensure your treatment progresses smoothly.