We recommend an initial consultation at around seven years of age, to determine if any problems are developing. If required, full treatment using braces would not start until later, but early corrections can be made to minimize problems and take advantage of facial growth. For more information, refer to our Grow with Us™ program. Much of the development of the face occurs during the growth spurt at puberty. Earlier treatment is often easier as the orthodontist can favourably influence growth to avoid more complex problems later. Once the facial bones have finished growing, surgery may sometimes be required to correct skeletal imbalances.
No, a referral is not required. To make an appointment, just phone us on 9300 9975.
We welcome adult patients – healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Studies show that the first thing a person notices about you is your smile, and a beautiful smile can help improve self-esteem and confidence. Our adult assessment consultation will provide you with more information about what to expect, determine if your overall dental health is suitable, and advise whether orthodontic treatment is right for you.
We will happily tell you if you don't need braces, but there are a range of reasons why many people do have orthodontic treatment of some kind. Some problems can be corrected in the early stage of development with removable plates. More complex problems usually require braces for correction. Clear Aligners or lingual braces hidden behind your teeth may also be an option. Many people decide to have orthodontic treatment because they want to straighten their crooked teeth, improve their smile and correct their bite. A beautiful smile can help improve self-esteem and confidence. Orthodontic treatment can help avoid more serious dental problems such as decay, gum disease, tooth loss and joint disorders, which may otherwise develop in later years. Left untreated, most orthodontic problems become worse.
At Profile Orthodontics we use Suresmile technology to provide outstanding results in less time than conventional treatment. Studies show that the average treatment time with SureSmile is up to 30% faster than conventional braces. Every orthodontic problem is different and the time taken depends on the individual case. Typically, treatment time in braces ranges from one to two years, depending on the patient's age and growth, the severity of the problem, and patient cooperation. An indication of the time frame for your orthodontic treatment will be given at your initial consultation. Wearing appliances as directed, maintaining good oral hygiene, avoiding breakages and keeping scheduled appointments will help you to complete treatment on time.
We avoid extracting teeth where possible, but for a small number of patients it is necessary in order to achieve the best result.
Our practice is open Monday to Friday, 8.10am to 5pm. As the majority of our patients are of school age, the before and after school appointments are naturally the most in-demand. We schedule these popular times with shorter, frequently occurring appointments to maximise the number of patients we can accommodate. Over your active treatment period the majority of appointments can be made before or after school, or alternatively during the school holidays. Longer, once-off appointments for putting braces on, fitting of appliances, repairs to appliances, removing braces, consultations and treatment planning will need to be made from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. We encourage our patient having these longer appointments to arrive 5-10 minutes earlier than their appointment time. This allows time to use the brushing station prior to your visit, complete any paperwork, and address any queries. Where possible, we like to assist year 11 and 12 patients with out of school appointment times so they do not miss out on important lesson time.
See Profile 3D for more information about our options for Suresmile, clear aligners, lingual braces and ceramic braces.
Some orthodontic correction in young children can be undertaken using a removable appliance, commonly called a plate. These are mostly used in the upper dental arch and may be used to alter the relationship between the upper and lower jaws. Expansion Appliances are used when the upper jaw is too narrow and prevents normal closing of the lower jaw. These appliances are attached to the upper first molar teeth and activated gradually to achieve the correct width of the upper dental arch.
If treatment is required, the cost will depend on the severity of the problem and the treatment method. Following your individual assessment, we will explain the possible treatment options for your particular situation, and discuss the pros and cons of each option. Costs & payment options will also be explained. We provide an all-inclusive fee, which means no hidden surprises. Our interest-free time payment plans allow you to spread your payments and make treatment more affordable.
It is rare to encounter an emergency during orthodontic treatment. If you experience trauma to the face and/or mouth caused by a sporting injury or other accident, please contact your General Dentist, see an afterhours Emergency General Dentist or go to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (or an adult Hospital Emergency). Once your overall dental situation has been assessed, we can repair your plate or braces.
Please refer to the You and Your Braces booklet you received at your banding appointment. Cover irritations with orthodontic wax or cotton wool. For breakages or long wires, make an appointment to come in and see us.