Orthodontic Services for TeenagersCommon questions answered
My teenager wants invisible braces. What is involved?
It is very common for teenagers to be reluctant to have metal braces due to concerns about how they will look. At Sunshine Coast Orthodontics, we offer alternatives to braces known as serial aligners (or Invisalign®). These are also commonly known as ‘invisible braces’, although they aren’t actually braces. Serial aligners are clear plastic covers which are barely noticeable and you wear them most of the day. As your teeth straighten you change to a new aligner, encouraging the next phase of alignment. To find out if Invisalign would work for your teen come in and speak to Lesley, our specialist orthodontist. You can call 07 5447 5040 to book an appointment in Noosa or Rockhampton, or you can fill in the form below and we will contact you.
What are the other options for teenagers?
If braces are a better option for your teenager we have some popular customisations for them. There are options for tooth coloured braces, or we can supply coloured elastics. Braces, also known as ‘fixed appliances’ are generally used to correct dental alignment issues. When there is a jaw alignment problem braces can be combined with headgear, functional appliances or expanders to achieve maximum dental and facial improvement. Lesley prefers to carry out full fixed braces without any extractions of teeth if the case permits.
Are braces for teenagers painful?
Braces aren’t particularly painful, sometimes there is discomfort akin to having some food stuck between your teeth. Usually, discomfort rarely lasts longer than 1 or 2 days and can be managed with over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
How much does Invisalign Cost?
It depends on how long you would need to wear the serial aligners, and how many aligners you need. The cost usually ranges between $3,500 and $12,000, dependant on your individual requirements. It could be that other options would be more suitable and we would need to discuss if it is the best solution for you in person.
How long do braces take to work?
Again, this depends on individual circumstances, however the typical treatment time for a teenager is 2 years. Lesley has trained in specialist techniques known as ‘accelerated orthodontics’ which can reduce the treatment time needed in some cases by up to 66%. That means treatment could take as little as 8 -12 months.
What do teenagers braces cost?
The average cost of orthodontic braces in Australia is about $8,000. The cost can be as little as $3,000 for upper arch braces only and can rise up to $8,000 for full upper and lower braces, in some cases. The price is dependent on your individual needs, so we can’t tell you how much they would be for your individual circumstances without a consultation at the clinic. This is the price of a full set of braces, sometimes a partial brace could be equally as effective, and the costs can be lower. At Sunshine Coast Orthodontics we want to work with you to give you the best solution for your teenagers smile.
At Sunshine Coast Orthodontics you can spread the cost of treatment, by paying an initial deposit followed by monthly payments.
We also accept HICAPS if you have private dental cover for orthodontic treatment.
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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