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Dr Peter Scott Orthodontist - FAQ


Dr Peter Scott Orthodontist - FAQ

Q: What are the risks of orthodontic treatment?

A: Please refer to The Australian Society Of Orthodontists Risk Sheet

Q: Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?

A: No.

Q: Is an orthodontist a specialist?

A: Yes. A specialist orthodontist has a Masters degree in Orthodontics and years of experience in this one field of dentistry.

Q: What kind of Payment Options do you offer?

A: We can offer an interest free payment plan: an initial deposit is payable at the start of treatment with the balance of the contract divided into monthly instalments. There is no interest or administrative charge for this. For your convenience, we are also happy to set up an automatic monthly deduction from your credit card. Again we do not charge interest or an administrative fee for this service.

Q: What kind of Discounts do you offer?

A: We can provide a reduction for those who wish to pay-in-full at the start of treatment. We also offer a reduced fee to any additional family member (siblings or parents) who commences treatment with us.

Q: What type of credit cards do you accept?

A: For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express.

Q: At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

A: Age 7-8 is the best time for your child to have an initial assessment with Dr Scott. The reason for early assessment is that some conditions can be taken care of early far more simply than later. Other conditions are best left until all of the adult teeth have erupted.

Q: How old is too old for orthodontics?

A: There is no age limit. Our oldest patients have been in their late seventies. About one third of our patients are adults.

Q: How long does treatment take?

A: Treatment involving braces usually takes 18 to 24 months. Treatment time varies depending on the type and severity of the malocclusion and patient cooperation also plays a role.

Q: When will my appointment be?

A: We try and schedule as many appointments as we can to minimise inconvenience. Longer appointments may need to take place during the day but regular appointments which are scheduled 6-8 weeks apart can be scheduled first thing in the morning, at lunchtime or towards the end of the day.

Q: Do braces hurt?

A: Not really. There is some discomfort with each adjustment but this rarely requires even mild painkillers and only lasts 1-2 days at the most.

Q: What do the braces look like?

A: Current braces are quite slimline and can even be clear.

Q: How much do braces cost?

A: The cost varies depending on the complexity of the problem and the predicted length of treatment. You may find that orthodontic treatment is more affordable than you think. Dr Scott's fees are in the average range of fees but his results are well above average.

Q: What does the fee cover?

A: Apart from the consultation appointments, the fee covers all visits and retainers.

Q: Do I have to pay the whole fee at once?

A: No. The fee is generally spread over the time of treatment e.g. two years. Instalments can be paid monthly or quarterly.

Q: Are there any extra costs?

A: There are separate charges for the first couple of consult appointments which usually includes records i.e. plaster models, photos etc. if
extractions or other surgery is required, this will be done by your general dentist or surgeon who will charge you for this. Also excessive breakages or poor compliance may incur additional charges but this is quite rare.

Q: Do I still need regular check ups with my dentist?

A: Yes! It is very important that your teeth are regularly cleaned and checked for decay.

Q: Do I need health insurance?

A: Health funds pay some rebate on orthodontic treatment depending on your level of cover and the length of time you have been insured. You will need to decide for yourself if the rebates are worth the premiums.

Q: Will my teeth remain straight?

A: Retainers are crucial for keeping teeth straight. They are worn full time briefly after the braces are removed and then less and less often until they are worn only about 1 or 2 nights per week.

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