In Australia, an orthodontist must:
- Complete a five-year, full-time Bachelor degree in Dentistry.
- Complete a three-year, full-time Masters degree in Orthodontics.
- Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by a State Dental Board.
In short, an orthodontist is the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent and treat any problems you might have in the alignment of your teeth and jaws.
However, not all treatment is best started early and a thorough assessment will help to determine if early treatment is appropriate for your child.
Correction of the bite can also improve chewing and speech and reduce the risk of trauma to the teeth and gums. This also plays an important role in minimising excessive and uneven wear of the teeth and problems with the jaw joint.
A large proportion of the cost is rebateable from private health funds. We accept cash cheque, credit card, eftpos and have direct debit facilities. For your convenience we also have electronic health fund rebates.
If treatment is required, the next step is to take records. This involves taking impressions of the teeth for study models, taking intra and extra oral photos and organising for X-rays to be taken. Dr Lipshatz is then able to comprehensively study the problem and determine the appropriate corrective measures.
The next appointment, if necessary, is what we call a Case Discussion. Dr Lipshatz will discuss the diagnosis with you in detail and explain the means to achieving the best possible functional and aesthetic results.
Any questions will be answered and we take the time to enable you to make an informed decision regarding treatment.