Here at Smileworx Orthodontics in Perth, we believe that patients should fully understand every aspect of their orthodontic treatment. That’s why we have created an FAQs page to answer all your common questions and to help you to learn about our passion; orthodontics!

If you cant find your question here or would like to know more information about any of the questions, contact our friendly staff today.

Orthodontics is a specialised form of dentistry, focusing on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. Orthodontists most commonly help to straighten teeth and to correct a bad bite, to create a beautiful and healthy smile.

An orthodontist is a dental specialist that must first complete a degree in general dentistry, before moving on to further studies in orthodontics. This can take many additional years and ensure that they are accurately able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaws and improve the function of your smile.

The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends children between the ages of 8-10 years visit a registered specialist orthodontist for an assessment. This allows the orthodontist to evaluate your child’s existing and incoming teeth and determine whether or not early treatment might be necessary.

It is also important to remember that orthodontics is possible at any age! Whether our patients are 9, or 99, the staff at Smileworx are passionate about creating happy, healthy smiles.

Having braces can be exciting and your child might be excellent at looking after their appliance…at first. However, it is crucial that extra special oral hygiene practices are maintained throughout the treatment. The friendly dental hygienists at Smileworx will show your child exactly how to look after their particular appliance, including any sneaky hard-to-reach-places proper brushing technique.

However, some of our common recommendations include:

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure that you remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost, dirty or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, as sugar increases the number of bacteria that grow in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods like caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears, hard candy, nuts, ice cubes etc.

Just because your child is now visiting the orthodontist regularly, doesn’t meant that their dentist should be forgotten! It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

Braces are an appliance used by orthodontists to help to improve the look and feel of a smile, using gentle pressure to guide the teeth into an optimal position. There are several different types of braces including:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Gold braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces


The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.

Braces don’t have to be the scary thing they might seem! They are actually a relatively pain free appliance, although a small amount of discomfort may be felt for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces and prevent any damage to the teeth.

We cannot stress the importance of flossing enough. Flossing daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach can significantly improve the health of your mouth. If you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our dental staff to show you how it’s done. They’re pros!

Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance. Some dentists offer customised mouthguards for total protection.

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience.  At Smileworx, we pride ourselves on making our practice available around your busy schedule and will always find the right time to suit your lifestyle.

If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.