General FAQ

Your mouth and jaw will be sore for a few days when you get your braces on, and then for a day after each visit. It will feel a bit like a “headache in your mouth”. You can take paracetamol to ease this, and eat braces friendly food. See our braces friendly recipes.

Please talk to our staff if pain is concerning you.

The cost will depend on the diagnosis and therefore the treatment plan but for a general guide see our costs info

The timeframe will depend on the diagnosis and therefore the treatment plan but for a general guide see our process page. Read more…

No you won’t have to stop playing sport. Ask our staff whether you will need a mouth guard.

See our series of fact sheets on how to trouble shoot and care for your braces. Read more…

There are a number of different type of braces depending on your diagnosis.

We offer the full range of clear, metal, and coloured braces and will discuss the right option for you.

Metal braces are the standard brace made of stainless steel, and are the strongest type of braces.

Coloured braces re popular with kids.  Kids can choose a new and different colour at each visit when we replace the rings. They are simply a small coloured ring used to hold the wire in place, and placed over standard braces.

Clear braces are made of a ceramic material and are either clear or a colour we choose to closely match your teeth. They can be more fragile than a metal brace but are aesthetically superior.

Lingual techniques, such as Incognito, can be a more aesthetic option which place the braces on the inside of the teeth, so they can’t be seen.

There are other names that manufacturers have given to their proprietary braces systems and all rely on force to move teeth.

There is still much research to be done to confirm various claims about faster treatment times.  The science remains firm however, that the key determining factor of length of treatment is the rate of turnover of bone surrounding the tooth and the limit this puts on how fast teeth can move.

The tooth doesn’t know that it is attached to a bracket or has a particular type of archwire … it can only react to the force delivered by the appliance.

The ages varies depending on the nature of your diagnosis but ranges usually between 12 and 16.

Braces will affect your speech slightly, but you will find you once you get used to having them on, you can work around it. Please ask our staff if you have any concerns about your speech.

No. Lots of children have braces and people are quite used to seeing braces.

No. Lots of children have braces and people are quite used to seeing braces. If your child is being bullied because they have braces please ask our friendly staff for advice about this.

No you don’t have to pay upfront. We have a number of payment options available including credit card, monthly direct debit. Please ask our staff about payment plans and other options to suit your needs. Read more…

For routine dental work see a dentist. For orthodontic work see a licensed orthodontic specialist.  It is possible for dentists to receive basic training in orthodontics, but they are not orthodontists. Trained orthodontists spend two to three years longer in university than dentists plus residency to become specialized and accredited. Read more on why only an orthodontist is an orthodontist

The difference lies in the amount of training and therefore the level of expertise.  You should see a specialist orthodontist for all your orthodontic needs, and a dentist for all your general dental needs.  Here’s why…

No you don’t need a referral, but often your family Dentist will provide a recommendation to an Orthodontist.

Yes you still need to visit your Dentist for your regular check-ups.

All private insurance funds are different, but our staff have a good general knowledge about various funds. Please ask your fund to confirm the details of the available rebates including the relevant time limits that apply. Ask them to confirm the best mix of upfront or monthly payments that will best suit your treatment plan. Read more on costs and what to ask your health plan here

DST has seen literally thousands of patients over 20 years of specialist orthodontic work, giving us a thorough understanding of the many different solutions required.

Dr David Tait holds a Masters of Science from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honors from the University of Queensland. Dr Tait also lectures at the University of Queensland in Orthodontics. Read more…