Appearance: people are very aware of how their teeth look to others. An attractive smile can greatly boost self confidence and enhance self esteem.
Cleaning of Teeth: crooked teeth are difficult to clean and often lead to decay, gum disease and early loss of teeth. Straighter teeth are much easier to brush and floss.
Chewing: your ability to chew food is best with your bite or occlusion is correct. Thorough chewing of food aids proper digestion.
Speech Problems: some people have difficulty speaking properly because of alignment problems with their teeth and jaws.
Tooth Wear: crooked teeth often show abnormal and damaging patterns of wear.
While orthodontic treatment can greatly improve appearance and function of the teeth and jaws, complications are possible. All dental procedures are associated with some risks. Most people having orthodontic treatment will acknowledge and accept the risks because the benefits of having orthodontic work outweigh the potential risks. If you have any concerns, discuss them with your dentist before proceeding.
Common temporary risks:
Common permanent risks:
No two orthodontic problems are the same. The cost of treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the dentist’s fee scale.
In Australia, the fee for full orthodontic treatment ranges from about $5,000 to $10,000, sometimes more if other treatments such as surgeries are required.
The dentist’s fee usually covers the entire treatment including fitting of braces, adjustments, removal of the braces, fitting of retainers and review visits after braces.
Depending on your level of health cover and how long you have been in the health fund, you may be offered some rebate on orthodontic treatment. You should discuss the cost of your orthodontic treatment fully with your health fund and your dentist before proceeding.
At River Dental, we aim to deliver first class orthodontic care to you or your child. Our approach is holistic and we are transparent about the treatments, costs and any possible risks involved. Call now to book a complimentary consultation!