General Orthodontics Questions

Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?

While your dentist may recommend you see an orthodontist, you do not need a formal referral to see one.

How much to braces cost?

Like all areas of orthodontics, the cost of braces depends on the severity of the condition and the type of treatment required. Some cases are relatively simple to correct and attract a relatively low fee. Others are more complicated to treat and therefore require greater financial commitment. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that treatment is not as much as they initially thought.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

General dental practitioners provide a range of dental services including preventative treatments, repairing teeth, treating diseases, designing dentures, and extracting teeth. An orthodontist, on the other hand, has been specifically trained and is the most qualified person, to diagnose, prevent and treat issues to do with the alignment of teeth and jaws.

What is interceptive orthodontic treatment?

Also known as preventative orthodontic treatment, this treatment in children is intended to prevent malocclusion (“bad bite” or crooked teeth) from developing in an otherwise healthy mouth. Treatment may require an orthodontic device like a space maintainer to hold room for a baby (primary) tooth lost too early or removal of primary teeth that do not come out on their own in order to create enough room for permanent teeth.

Does having Orthodontic treatment mean I must have teeth extracted?

No, not at all. Orthodontic treatment MAY include the need to extract teeth, but this decision is never taken lightly and all efforts are made for treatment to be carried out without any teeth being removed.