At AAA Orthodontics in Strathpine and Albany Creek we believe in providing full information for all our patients. We have collated our most frequently asked questions to help you better understand our treatment options. If you are still unsure please don’t hesitate to contact us on (07) 3325 0255.
Do I need a referral from my dentist?
No referral is required. While many patients are referred by their family dentist or school dentist, others contact us after a recommendation from friends, family, neighbours or people at work etc. Please note that we do not charge a fee for the initial consultation visit.
What happens at the first appointment?
The orthodontist will undertake a thorough examination and will discuss the orthodontic problem, all treatment options, the benefits of these treatments, the costs, the timing and how long treatment will take.
What if I have questions?
Questions about treatment are always welcomed and you will be given every opportunity to ask questions. If you think of something after you have left you are able to phone, email or even schedule another visit—especially useful if only one parent can attend a child’s consultation appointment and you have difficulty explaining the treatment plan at home.
Are payment plans available?
Yes. The payment plans are flexible. Accounts can be paid by cash, cheque, direct debit or by credit or debit card without incurring an extra fee.
How often do you extract teeth?
It is sometimes necessary to remove teeth as part of orthodontic treatment but this happens to only a small percentage of patients. There are techniques which allow many patients to have straight teeth without extractions. Unfortunately for a very small number of patients extractions are required. If you look at our photo gallery you can see what can be achieved without extractions. None of these patients have had permanent teeth removed.
How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?
Fees vary depending on the treatment required. An exact costing will be given to you at the first consultation appointment. If you have private health insurance some of the cost may be covered by your fund and you can discuss this with the fund when you have the written quote.
How often do I have to come back?
The time between visits is determined by the treatment needs. Most visits are between four and eight weeks apart but sometimes it is advisable to have some visits much closer together.
Do the appointments have to be during school hours?
It is very difficult to schedule the longer appointments such as the initial consultation and fitting of braces for the after school times. These times are booked in advance by existing patients who usually require shorter appointments. Many short appointments can be scheduled before or after school.
What hours are you open?
Our hours are 7:45 AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Friday
Will my braces be brand new?
What do I do if something breaks?
Please call. We can assess whether it is urgent or not and schedule an appointment as needed. If something is hurting please call ASAP.
If my child has a Stage One treatment, will they need a second stage?
Stage One treatment generally has a limited objective — to allow optimum growth and development to improve self-esteem. A second stage of treatment is usually required to achieve the best results.
Can you ever be too old for braces?
No. You are never too old to have straighter teeth and a nicer smile. More and more adults are having orthodontic treatment.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed a specialist training course, usually a three year full time Master’s degree and has had access to an experienced orthodontist to provide mentoring for two years following the Masters course. This requires a minimum of 12 years from leaving high school to full registration. An orthodontist is required to restrict his/her practice to the area of orthodontics.