What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is trained in the diagnosis, prevention and correction of jaw concerns and malocclusions. Initially trained as a dentist, an orthodontist will have then completed additional three years of study to attain a Masters degree in the Discipline of Orthodontics.
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What is the difference between my dentist and an orthodontist?

While dentists can often straighten teeth, it is important to entrust your orthodontic health with a trained orthodontist. An orthodontist undertakes an additional three years of study to educate them on the mechanics of preventing and correcting malocclusions, jaw concerns and crooked teeth. An orthodontist primarily corrects orthodontic concerns, thus they bring a wealth of experience to correcting you smile, where as a dentist addresses a number of different oral health concerns.

What age should I bring my child in to visit the orthodontist?

Although orthodontics can be delayed until adolescence, Dr Kerry Lester actively encourages parents to have their child assessed when they are around 7-8 years of age. This allows a window of opportunity, if required, for interceptive orthodontics. Early treatment may prevent the need for future treatment or reduce its complexity.

Early treatment during this stage can range from simple supervision and guidance of the maturing dentition to the use of fixed and removable appliances. The aim of this therapy is to intercept and prevent a malocclusion (bad bite) from fully developing and to correctly develop the maturing jaw structures into their proper proportions to establish the best facial balance and harmony.

Do I need a referral to visit the orthodontist?

No, you do not need a referral to visit us here at Ortho3. You can simply contact our team and request a consultation. You may be required to see a dentist if you haven’t been for a general check-up within the last 6-12 months.

How long will I need to wear braces?

Your treatment time will be entirely dependent on your specific orthodontic concerns. Often orthodontic treatment varies anywhere between 12 – 24 months. Dr Kerry Lester will discuss with you the amount of time it is likely to take in order to correct your oral condition.

Will my age impact my orthodontic treatment?

The results of orthodontic treatment are available to anyone of any age. Despite this, as we age often the required orthodontic treatment time grows.

We have a number of different orthodontic treatment options available to suit our patients of all ages. Due to advances in orthodontic technology we also have a range of discreet and subtle options for adults wishing to correct their smile.

How can I discreetly straighten my smile?

At Ortho3 we offer a range of discreet options for those who are self-conscious about straightening their smile. These options include:

These orthodontic treatments can help you to achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile without any indication you are receiving orthodontic treatment.

Do I need to wear a retainer?

Arguably the most important aspect of your orthodontic treatment is retaining the results. Teeth have a natural tendency to shift back into their original placement following orthodontic treatment. It is crucial that you safeguard your new found oral health and aesthetically pleasing smile with the use of a retaining deceive. To learn more about how you can prevent your teeth from shifting and overcrowding via the use of retainers please visit our retainers information page.

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Bondi Junction

145 Edgecliff Road
Bondi Junction, NSW, 2025


(02) 9389 0980


(02) 9387 4164

Opening Hours
Monday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Tuesday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Wednesday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
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Suite 5, Level 9, 229 Macquarie St
Sydney, NSW, 2000


(02) 9221 3744


(02) 9221 1207

Opening Hours
Thursday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
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