An Orthodontist is a Dentist, but a Dentist is not an Orthodontist.
In Australia, the specialist training of an orthodontist involves an additional 3 years of university studies at a Clinical Doctorate level. Apart from clinical training, the specialist programme also involves extensive research in order to advance the field of orthodontics. By having your orthodontic treatment performed under the guidance of a specialist, you are ensuring that you receive the highest level of care possible with the most up-to-date methods available.
At Smile Hawthorn, you do not need a referral to see the Orthodontist.
Your consultation can be booked via our online booking portal or by telephoning our clinic for an appointment.
Prior to your appointment, we will send you some information on our practice and orthodontics, as well as a brief questionnaire and an x-ray referral form for an orthopantomogram of your teeth and jaws to bring to your first visit.
At this first appointment, we will listen to your concerns, address any questions you may have, and gather all the relevant information to advise you:
Like most things in dentistry, orthodontics is not painful. As with new shoes, orthodontic appliances can take a bit of getting used to in the beginning. Orthodontic appliances move teeth by applying gentle pressure to stimulate a localised inflammatory response that allows the teeth to move through the bone. This response may result in some tenderness after an interval of 6-8hours, which usually only lasts for 24-48 hours. Panadol may be helpful in reducing discomfort caused by the body's response to the appliances.
Orthodontics can be performed at any age. However, for some individuals, treatment may be more effective when performed during a particular stage of facial growth. At Smile Hawthorn, the orthodontist will determine which options are best suited to reach your goals and advise you on the best timing for your treatment.
Treatment time varies depending on your concerns and treatment goals. At Smile Hawthorn, the orthodontist will advise you of an approximate treatment duration that is based on your treatment needs. The orthodontist will also guide you in the maintenance and care of your appliances so that your treatment proceeds as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
All forms of treatment have some risks and limitations. Fortunately orthodontic complications are infrequent and when they do occur they are usually of minor consequence. Depending on the type of treatment required, there will be different risks and complications involved. At Smile Hawthorn, the orthodontist will discuss the risks and complications specific to your treatment prior commencement and will answer any questions you may have about your care.