Parent's guide

Understanding your child’s orthodontic treatment

This parents guide to braces helps understand your child’s orthodontic treatment so you (and the other members of your family) will be able to help and encourage them and thereby make their treatment as comfortable and efficient as possible.

First Night of Treatment

Plan to have a soft meal and continue this for at least the first few days. The process of moving teeth can be uncomfortable for many patients. Your orthodontist may recommend mild pain relief (Panadol/Ibuprofen) and it may be worthwhile continuing this for the first few days.


Mouthguards can be worn to offer some protection to the teeth and cheeks during the course of your treatment. It may be necessary to re adapt the mouthguard or replace the mouthguard entirely periodically.

Cleaning Teeth

It is very important to keep the teeth very clean during orthodontic treatment. We will show you how to do this effectively.


If something has happened to your braces or aligners it’s a good idea to check with us so that we can get things back on track in a reasonable timeframe. Braces can and do come off and treatment can slow down when this happens.

Adjustment Appointments

Commonly we will need to see you every six weeks or so throughout the course of your treatment Factor this into your plans as regular appointments are a key factor in getting an efficient result for you.

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Teeth Straightening - Clear Metal Braces

Traditional braces

This is what most people have in mind when they think about braces. But there’s more than one style available. Clear or tooth-coloured brackets make the braces much less noticeable. Or you can opt for maximum visibility and choose from a wide colour palette to express your true personality.


The gold standard in invisible alignment treatment. The Invisalign system consists of a graduated series of clear plastic aligners that can be removed when you eat or for special occasions. You need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day to be effective, but if you want a beautiful smile without a hint of braces, Invisalign is for you.

Invisible Braces

Also called Lingual Braces. These work just like traditional braces worn on the front of the teeth, only they’re worn on the inside of your teeth , making them almost completely invisible. Only your close friends and family will know you’re having your smile adjusted.