What is orthodontics?
The aim of Orthodontics is to provide good alignment of teeth to avoid decay and gum disease and correct jaw position so muscle and joint function is optimal.
Orthodontic treatment is part of the preventative area of dentistry. It was the first specialist classification in our profession and encompasses both art and science, with a history which extends over 100 years.
Orthodontics is the science of moving teeth and correcting problems thereby laying the foundation for long-term dental health based on proven and established techniques.
An attractive smile is one of the wonderful benefits of orthodontic treatment!
When should treatment start?
Certainly, orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. The biological processes involved in tooth movement are the same in both adults and children. The health of the teeth, gums and supporting bone is very important to the success of orthodontic treatment. Contact us today to for an assessment.
What happens at my first visit?
When making the appointment for your initial consultation, we will refer you for some x-rays. These x-rays, and a complete physical examination of the mouth, enable the establishment of the correct individual treatment plan. Download medical history form.
Do I have to have teeth taken out?
The need for removal of teeth depends on the individual. Each case is studied and analysed carefully, taking various factors including the patient’s profile into consideration before a decision either way is made. Our goal is the creation of a beautiful smile while maximising facial aesthetics and providing the best possible function for each patient.
How much does treatment cost?
The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s problem. A clinical consultation appointment with Dr Hardman costs $110 (eligible for claiming from your health fund depending on your cover). Fees and payment options will be discussed with you following this appointment.
Can I pay the braces off?
Yes. If you would like to choose this option, a deposit is required at the commencement of treatment and then a payment plan will be arranged for you. All treatment costs vary depending on the type of treatment and length of time. If you are in a health fund, we can give you an itemised quote to check on your entitlements.
Is there a tax benefit?
Your orthodontist payments currently qualify to be counted towards your net medical expenses tax offset. Please talk to your tax advisor or visit the ATO web site for more information.
Do I need to see my dentist when I have braces on?
Yes, it is important for you to maintain your six monthly check-ups with your dentist throughout treatment.