Your Appointments

Initial Consultation

Your first appointment will be an initial consultation. This is free. It is basically a chat between you and our friendly orthodontist. Tell us what you want improved with your smile! Our orthodontist will then have a look at your teeth and bite and provide an opinion as to your suitability and need for treatment. We will present you with all the treatment options so you can choose the right plan for yourself! Ask us any questions you might have and then when you’re ready, we’ll then book you in for your next appointment -congratulations!

Records

At this appointment we will gather all the information needed to formulate your treatment plan. We will take photos, moulds (dental impressions -don’t worry, we have excellent staff who specialize in this and will put you at complete ease during the 30 second process!), and send you off for x-rays. Our 2-dimensional x-rays (OPG and Lateral Cephalogram) are taken at Toowoomba Diagnostic Imaging and our 3-dimensional x-rays (CBCT) are taken at Darling Downs Radiology. All x-rays are bulk billed with Dr. Devan’s referral and we will electronically access them once completed for your convenience. The entire records appointment usually takes 30 minutes.

Case Presentation

After Dr. Devan has studied your records carefully and formulated a plan (there is an immense amount of planning involved in orthodontics, and Dr. Devan usually spends a few hours for each of his patients devising the best plan), he will sit down with you and discuss your treatment plan. Your photos, moulds, and x-rays will be presented on a computer screen so you understand exactly what’s going on in your mouth. We will list all the problems and then reveal the plan to address these issues and get you a perfect smile! Please feel free to ask any questions as this appointment as it’s all about you! We will explain your braces options (metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign), the estimated treatment time, and costs.

Band Up

If you’re ready, the braces will then go on! This is usually a 1.15hr appointment. Have a look at our Facebook page to watch a video of how braces are put on! There are no needles, no pliers, and no drills! Lay back and Dr. Devan will simply stick the braces on one-by-one using tweezers and glue. In fact, most of our patients fall asleep during this appointment some mornings! After all the braces are attached, we will then thread the wire through them and place coloured (or clear!) modules over them. The most important part of the procedure is the ‘band up talk’ at the end. Here, one of our friendly orthodontic assistants will take you through brushing, eating, how to handle emergencies with your braces, managing discomfort after the appointment, and what the components of the braces are. We will also emphasize the importance of regular 6-month check-ups with your dentist to keep your teeth clean and healthy during treatment!

Adjustments

Adjustment appointments are usually booked every 6 weeks. At these visits we will tighten your braces and replace your modules –so be ready to choose your colours! Sometimes the intervals between adjustment visits vary from 10 weeks to 4 weeks depending on the stage of treatment you are at. New wires are sometimes placed at adjustment visits -an progressing up wires is a good sign your treatment is going well! Don’t worry about discomfort at these visits -as Dr. Devan says: “Getting braces on the first time is like new shoes, and adjustment visits thereafter are like tightening your laces!”.

Deband

Once we’ve achieved that perfect smile, you’re ready to have your braces off! At this appointment we simply click the brackets off one by one, and polish the glue off your teeth. This is done by our lovely Oral Therapist Miss Carmen Fishbourne who specializes in removing braces. Photos and moulds are then taken to record your beautiful result. During this appointment we will also glue in a custom made permanent hygienic metal retainer behind your lower front teeth to prevent them from ever moving.

Retention Visits

We like to keep seeing our patients! So please return for your regular retainer maintenance visits so we can keep an eye on things post-braces. These is usually scheduled the day after your braces are removed, 6 weeks after, 6 months later, and 12 months after. After 12 months you graduate from the clinic and are free to enjoy your new smile! For more information on retainers please visit our retainers page.