In Australia a referral is not needed to see an orthodontist. However, dentists offer good recommendations and usually refer patients.
You can simply call up the orthodontist regarding any concerns and book an appointment.
Why would you see an orthodontist?
If you have any issues regarding dental and facial irregularities, especially regarding teeth and jaw problems, it is best to visit an orthodontist.
Seeing an orthodontist is especially important if dental problems cause you anxiety and stop you from enjoying smiling.
An orthodontist is an expert at fixing issues with your teeth, allowing you to enjoy straight teeth and a healthier smile.
The most important factor of orthodontics is how the bite fits together at the end of treatment.
Bite issues are especially a hassle as they stop people from being able to chew and digest food properly.
We recommend getting orthodontic treatment during teenage years, when your body is still growing, and your jaw is still malleable (easy to be shaped without breaking or cracking).
Seeing an orthodontist during these years makes it easier to fix jaw and dental issues, as the issues only become more complex later on during adulthood.
What can an orthodontist fix:
Crowded teeth: we all wish teeth would grow perfectly straight in the first place, but unfortunately this is not always the case. Crowding occurs when there is not enough room in the mouth, causing teeth to overlap one another. Metal braces are the common fix for crowded teeth.
Spacing: another common issue for people is spacing between the teeth, which occurs when there is too much room inside the mouth. This is the direct opposite of crowded teeth. Spacing issues are usually fixed through veneers, bonding, implants or bridges.
Overbite: occurs when your upper jaw passes further out than your lower jaw. Causing your upper teeth to sit past your lower teeth, especially when you take a bite. Treatment encourages your lower jaw to grow out to align with your upper jaw. Common fixes include braces and retainers, however for children and teenagers, growth modification and removal of baby teeth are options too.
Underbite: the opposite of overbite issues. Meaning your lower jaw is positioned further out than your upper jaw, causing your lower teeth to sit out past your upper teeth. Treatment can include braces and movement of teeth in minor cases, however for more severe cases, surgery may be required.
Openbite: the issue where your teeth do not close properly. This can be fixed using orthodontic appliances but can sometimes require jaw surgery in extreme cases of openbite. Fixes can include braces, Invisalign, surgery or behaviour modification.
At Ocean Orthodontics we provide fixes for dental issues, so that you can enjoy a healthy smile. Our friendly staff will kindly answer any questions and concerns regarding orthodontics, so please contact us here for enquiries or to book an appointment.