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Braces F.A.Q.

When it’s time to have your braces fitted, this painless process will take around 30 to 45 minutes. Dr Nick will start by polishing and applying an adhesive to prime your teeth, then will apply bonding glue to stick on your brackets. The adhesive is only temporary throughout your braces treatment and won’t damage your teeth. He will then slide your archwire through and hold it in place with elastics. Dr Nick is able to complete placing your braces in just 15 minutes. Once finished, we’ll then explain how to look after your teeth and braces.

Your total time in braces will depend on the complexity of your orthodontic problem and which type of braces you opt for. However, as a general rule most patients will wear braces for between 12 and 24 months.

When you first get your braces fitted and after any adjustments, your teeth can feel a bit sensitive as your teeth begin their tooth movement journey. However, this is easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and should disappear within a few days. Keeping your teeth and gums clean during your braces treatment can also help reduce any discomfort.

At NK Orthodontist, appointments are held around eight weeks apart so that Dr Nick can adjust your braces and monitor your progress. Appointments can last between 10 – 30 minutes depending on the complexity of your treatment.

There’s no specific price tag when it comes to the cost of braces, as everyone’s case is different depending on the level of treatment required. However, as a general rule, pricing can usually range anywhere from $3000 to $4000 for one arch treatment to $6000 to $8500 for comprehensive treatment. When you book a free consultation with Dr Nick, he can review your teeth and suggest a treatment plan to suit you. We offer 0% interest free payment plans to make the cost more manageable.

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Invisalign F.A.Q.

Each Invisalign aligner has a pre-programmed amount of tooth movement built-in. So when you place the aligner onto your teeth it gently applies the pressure to move your teeth into the shape of the Invisalign aligner. Once your teeth fit snuggly into that aligner, it’s time to move to the next aligner. Each aligner is normally worn for around 1 to 2 weeks.

To keep your Invisalign tooth movement progressing as fast as possible we recommend wearing your aligners for 22 hours a day, only taking them out to eat and drink (though you can drink water with the aligner in). If you have a special event and have not worn your aligner as much as you should have then you may need to wear that set a little longer than a week so you can make up for the lost time.

Cleaning your Invisalign aligners with your toothbrush and toothpaste is normally all that’s required.

At NK Orthodontist our Invisalign patients change their aligners between 1 to 2 weeks. We also recommend changing your clear aligners in the morning. After you’ve inserted the new Invisalign trays, bite down on your Invisalign chewies/bite sticks for a couple of minutes to ensure a great fit. We also recommend massaging the trays over the top of your attachments daily to facilitate engagement.

Yes! Invisalign treatment gives excellent flexibility when it comes to having dental work during Invisalign treatment (such as fillings, crowns and implants). Preferably it is best to have such work completed before your Invisalign treatment starts, but life its not always predictable!

Our Brisbane orthodontic patients enjoy tailored smiles from as low as $55 per week

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Kids with baby teeth

$2000 – $3000

Commonly known as Phase 1 orthodontics, this treatment option focuses on your child’s jaw, setting up the best platform for their future adult teeth.

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Minor Orthodontics

$3000 – $6000

Minor orthodontics is a quick tidy up of what we call the social six (the front area of your smile). Often this can be suitable for adults who have had orthodontic treatment as a child but have found their teeth have moved slightly.

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Comprehensive Orthodontics

$7500 – $9000

This is our most comprehensive treatment option that focuses on straightening all of your teeth and aligning the ‘bite’ to help avoid future dental work such as crowns and implants.