Orthodontics Services for Children

Child friendly services and care from a mother of three

What do braces cost? Will they be painful? How long will it take? What are the other options available to my child?

Favicon 18 pxThese are all questions that are especially important for parents and children thinking about having braces or other orthodontic treatment.  Giving your child a great smile is an investment that can last for the rest of their life and you will want the best person for the job.  Lesley has helped hundreds of children over her career and as a mum is also able to understand the challenges that might arise when considering orthodontics for your child. You can visit Lesley in Noosa or Rockhampton, whichever is more convenient for you. Appointments for both locations can be made by contacting reception on 07 5447 5040, or fill in the form below and we will contact you to make arrangements.

07 5447 5040

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At what age does my child need to start orthodontic treatment?

Favicon 18 pxEvery child is an individual, some treatments can begin from as early as 7. Usually orthodontists want to see a child when their adult teeth start to come in, when they are about 6 or 7 years old. About 5% of children could benefit from early treatment at this age, but it is important to see them early so those that would benefit are identified.  Early orthodontic treatment can save money and time in the future, sometimes avoiding the need for braces altogether. Therefore it’s really important to speak to a specialist orthodontist as soon as you have any concerns about your child’s smile.

How long do children’s braces take to work?

Favicon 18 pxAgain, this depends on individual circumstances and whether braces are the only option for your child, however a child usually wears braces for approximately 2 years. Dr Lesley prefers to limit total overall orthodontic treatment to two years or less, after a consultation you will be given suggestions for the best options for your child.

What are the alternatives to children’s’ braces?

Favicon 18 px We offer several alternatives to braces including, partial braces, headgear and functional appliances. You can find out more about these on our ‘Specialist Orthodontic techniques’ page. To find out what is the best treatment option for your child, book an initial consultation with Lesley on 07 5447 5040. Dr Lesley will thoroughly review your child’s specific needs and answer your questions.

Are children’s braces painful?

Favicon 18 pxThe good news is that orthodontic treatment isn’t usually painful. There may be some mild discomfort for 1 or 2 days, similar to the sensation of having a piece of food stuck between your teeth. This can usually managed with children’s panadol, if they need it at all. At Sunshine Coast Orthodontics we believe its very important to manage any potential discomfort with the aim  that the child is happy to continue with treatment.

What do children’s braces cost?

Favicon 18 pxWith children, full braces may not be the only option.  Before considering the cost of braces it is important to find out whether jaw realignment with headgear or functional appliances may be more effective. It’s understandable that parents want to know the cost of orthodontic treatment for their children, but it is impossible to find out costs for individual circumstances without seeing a specialist orthodontist like Dr Lesley Short.  At Sunshine Coast Orthodontics your child will be given a friendly welcome and a thorough initial consultation where Lesley can explain the different options and what is involved.

To answer the question about the cost of braces we can tell you that the average cost of orthodontic braces in Australia is about $8,000. We can’t tell you how much they would be for your individual circumstances without assessing your child at the clinic.  This is the price of a full set of braces, sometimes a partial brace could be equally as effective, but the costs can be lower.  At Sunshine Coast Orthodontics we want to work with you to give you the best solution for your child and we take care to explain the options and costs right from the start.

Qualifying clients have the option to spread the cost of treatment over instalments, with an initial deposit followed by monthly payments. We also accept HICAPS if you have private dental cover.

Call 07 5447 5040 to book an appointment or find out more.

If you would like us to contact you, or you have a question, please fill in the form and we will get back to you as soon as we can. You can use these contact details for appointments in Noosa or Rockhampton. An initial consultation with Dr Short costs as little as $125. You can find more information on the costs of braces and other orthodontic treatment on our product and services pages.

Sunshine Coast Orthodontics offers payment plans and now accepts AMEX and Diners Club in addition to other major credit cards. We also accept HICAPS.

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Call 07 5447 5040 to find out how Dr Lesley Short can help your child achieve a beautiful smile.

An initial consultation with Dr Short costs as little as $125