FAQs

  • What is an Orthodontist

    After graduating as a Dentist, a Specialist Orthodontist completes a Master’s Degree, involving an additional three years of University and research. Orthodontists are specialists who only practice orthodontics and. Dr Marshall has the unique privilege of holding two Specialty Orthodontic degrees. He has a Masters degree from Sydney University and a second Orthodontic degree specialising in Facial Growth (dento-facial orthopaedics) from Oregon Health Sciences University. This provides a tremendous advantage for you to receive the best care possible.

  • Can my family dentist also straighten my teeth?

    An orthodontist has 3 years of Specialised training after graduating as a dentist. Dr Marshall is a Specialist at straightening teeth and insuring proper form and function. A dentist may see a small number of orthodontic cases a year amongst his/her other patients. A Specialist orthodontist only practices orthodontics and treats hundreds of patients each year and is far more experienced.

  • Do I need a referral?

    You DO NOT need a referral to see a Specialist Orthodontist. All you need to do is phone to make an appointment.

  • How will I know if I need braces? - "Mirror Test Your Smile"

    Look at your smile in the mirror. If you see any of the warning signs or symptoms an orthodontic consultation is recommended.

    • Top front teeth protrude or are “bucked”
    • Top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom front teeth when the back teeth are biting together
    • Top front teeth grow in behind the bottom front teeth
    • A weak chin or a prominent chin
    • A space exists between the top and bottom front teeth with the back teeth biting together
    • Crowded, overlapped, misplaced teeth or extra teeth
    • Some teeth don’t meet at all
    • Baby teeth falling out too early or very late
    • The centres of the top and bottom front teeth don’t line up
    • Often back teeth biting the cheek or lower front teeth biting up into the roof of the mouth
    • Thumb or finger sucking habit continuing after 6 years of age
    • Difficulty chewing or biting with teeth that don’t meet evenly on both sides
    • Teeth wearing unevenly
    • Jaws that shift off centre when the teeth bite together
    • Excessive spaces between teeth that persist after the top permanent canine teeth appear (approx 13 years)
    • Breathing, sinus and ear problems

  • When is the ideal time to see an Orthodontist?

    Most orthodontic problems are best treated early. Dr Marshall recommends an initial assessment at 9 years of age. Early interception can take advantage of facial growth and tooth eruption and make later treatment less complex and less time consuming.

  • Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

    Creating a beautiful smile is not just for children and teenagers! Many adults are now seeking Orthodontic treatment as there are so many options available to help create that Beautiful Smile. Modern techniques (including Invisalign – ‘Invisible braces’ have allowed older patients to successfully and easily undertake orthodontic treatment.

  • Do braces hurt?

    Wearing braces is simple and easy with the modern brackets and wires available today. We use state-of-the-art micro brackets and super elastic arch wires to minimise any discomfort. It is normal to feel some slight discomfort after placing your braces and following your adjustment appointments however any discomfort is usually mild.

  • Do you remove teeth?

    Dr Marshall’s preference is definitely to not remove teeth if at all possible. In some instances however this is necessary to achieve the best outcome. This decision will only be made after careful analysis of all possible alternatives. We do not recommend the removal of teeth unless it is absolutely necessary.

  • How often do I get my braces adjusted?

    Most patients are seen approximately every 8 weeks. By using the latest high tech brackets and archwires we are often able to extend this to 10 weeks.

  • Are there foods that I cannot eat while wearing braces?

    When your braces are fitted, we will review the types of foods that need to be avoided. Hard and sticky foods are on the top of the list.  Maintaining a healthy diet is essential throughout your treatment and most foods are fine to eat if cut into smaller pieces. Most unscheduled visits to repair broken or loose braces can be avoided by taking care with what you eat. Damage to your braces may also increase treatment time as well as causing you inconvenience.

  • Can I schedule all of my appointments before and after school?

    Apart from your initial assessment and longer appointments, including fitting and removing braces which will require up to 1 hour, the majority of shorter adjustment visits (15 - 30 minutes) can usually be scheduled before or after school. Our staff will always endeavour to meet your needs where possible.

  • How long will I need to wear braces?

    The length of treatment depends on a number of issues including the severity of the problem, growth, age at commencement of treatment, patient cooperation, keeping all appointments as scheduled and a commitment to proper brushing and healthy gums.  The average “treatment” time in braces is 18 to 22 months. Orthodontic treatment is a team effort in which you and your orthodontist play important roles that affect the length of treatment and the quality of the final result.

  • What is retention? How long do I need to wear retainers?

    After braces are removed, a ‘Retainer’ is worn to prevent your teeth from moving back towards their original position. There are two types of ‘Retainers’ – fixed ( a small wire bonded behind the bottom teeth) and removable (a clear light aligner that you take out to eat) These retainers are custom made to a precise impressions of your teeth and jaws and need to be worn strictly as instructed to maintain your teeth in the best possible alignment.

  • Do I need to see my family dentist while I have braces?

    It is very important to continue to see your dentist for regular checkups throughout your orthodontic treatment. This ensures your teeth and gums continue to be healthy.

  • Can I still play sports?

    Yes. If you play contact sport we recommend you protect your mouth by wearing a mouthguard.  Please let us know and we will organise one for you.

  • How much will treatment cost? Are financing options available?

    An estimate of costs will be provided on your first visit. We will thoroughly discuss and explain your payment options to enable a tailored solution to suit your needs.

    Our fee structure allows payments to be spread out in installments over the period of active treatment. We offer a range of payment options by accepting Visa, Mastercard, Cheque, Cash, EFTPOS and via Electronic Funds Transfer.  Our payment plans include interest free terms over the course of treatment.

 

Invisalign FAQs

  • How do I know if I am a candidate for Invisalign?

    Invisalign is a great way of correcting orthodontic issues without the use of traditional braces, however it is not applicable to everyone. At Marshall Orthodontics we recommend that you come in for an initial examination so that our experienced team can determine not only if you are an eligible candidate for Invisalign, but they can advise you on what sort of results you can expect from Invisalign before you undergo the treatment.

  • How much does Invisalign cost?

    Invisalign Treatment varies between patients and the cost may alter significantly depending on severity. However an average Invisalign treatment plan costs around $7000. However, our team will advise you on costs at your initial assessment so you can make an informed decision before you commit to a treatment plan.

  • Can I get the same results as braces with Invisalign?

    Invisalign can often generate the same results as braces however this is dependant on the severity and nature of your orthodontic problems all of which we can determine during an initial assessment. Contact our friendly team at Marshall Orthodontics to arrange a consultation.

  • Does Invisalign effect what I eat or drink?

    As Invisalign works by gradually moving the position of your teeth through a series of clear, removable aligners which are changed a regular intervals you are able to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth as normal. Simply remove your aligner to do so, and put it back in afterwards.

  • Will other people notice I'm wearing Invisalign retainers?

    Probably not! One of the major benefits of Invisalign to many people is that it remains virtually ‘invisible’ to the naked eye.

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