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Common questions about orthodontics 

Common questions


What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty arm of dentistry which focuses on correcting the alignment of your teeth and jaws. 

What problems does orthodontic treatment fix?

The most common orthodontic problems we see are crowding and spacing issues or those relating to a patient’s bite, such as an overbite or underbite. 

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

At stages throughout your treatment you may experience times of discomfort. This can be relieved by over-the-counter pain relief. 

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

This depends on the type of treatment you receive. We have outlined some fees on our treatment costs page but we will provide you with a quote for your customised treatment at your consultation. 

Do I need braces?

If you're self-conscious about your smile, find it difficult to brush all of your teeth because of crowding or spacing issues, have protruding teeth or find it difficult to properly chew your food, then you could benefit from braces. We offer an initial, no-obligation treatment co-ordinator assessment so you can find out if you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment. 

Why can’t I just go to my dentist for braces?

Orthodontics is a very specialised field. Our orthodontists, Dr Ash Patel ​and Dr Lau, both trained first as a dentist and then spent many years doing further training to gain the knowledge and experience needed to work in orthodontics.

Wearing braces is not just about straightening your teeth. It is also about making sure your jaw aligns properly, your bite is correct and your teeth all line up. Teeth that are straightened without the specialist training, supervision and facilities available only at an orthodontist could be detrimental to your overall wellbeing.  

What does orthodontics do?

Orthodontics straightens teeth and corrects misaligned jaws, both of which can lead to other health problems later in life. Therefore, getting it right the first time is critical.  

Do you offer Invisalign?

Yes we do, and at Peel Orthodontics we offer four different versions of Invisalign for patients of all ages, children, teens and adults. Invisalign's clear aligners are a popular treatment method for many of our patients.

Am I too old to have braces?

No one is too old to have braces and at Peel Orthodontics we encourage everyone to have orthodontic treatment if they’re unhappy with their teeth or smile, no matter what their age. 

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

This depends on the type of treatment you have and the extent of your orthodontic treatment needs. On average, most orthodontic treatment takes between 12 and 24 months, but we do offer fast treatment options for minor problems affecting the front six teeth. 

If you have a question about orthodontics, contact our friendly team at Peel Orthodontics today.

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WA, 6210