If you’ve been told that one of your children will need braces or orthodontic work in the near future, you’ve most likely had these thoughts:
Exactly how much work? And what will it cost? Will the insurance cover it? And who will we see?
The last question is so important because every parent wants a service provider who is not only trained properly and a specialist in their field, but also, value for money – both of which will only come from finding an orthodontist you trust, and can work with.
So what should parents do?
Dr Theresia Sudjalim, a practising specialist orthodontist in Melbourne, and also an Orthodontics Australia spokesperson, is a mother to two young children, so understands perfectly the apprehension many parents feel about orthodontic work for their kids.
Speaking to Mamamia, she said that some of the confusion around orthodontic treatment and who you should see can be clarified by properly understanding the different roles of a dentist and an orthodontist.
“The first thing parents must understand is that there’s a huge difference between a general dentist and an orthodontist. An orthodontist specialises in the straightening of teeth and the alignment of jaws,” Dr Sudjalim told Mamamia.