FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

With many different treatments come many different questions, and to optimise your experience we provide our FAQ

Our FAQ Centre hosts a large range of different questions commonly asked by our patients, and in order to give the best service possible, we have provided answers to these questions for your benefit:

General Orthodontic FAQS

An Orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has undertaken additional university education to become accredited to perform orthodontic treatments…

This extra training can last up to three or more years, and allows an Orthodontist to diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists are also specialists who limit their practices to orthodontics and dento-facial orthopaedics.

Orthodontics is the treatment whereas an orthodontist is a dentist who specialises in orthodontics. In fact, orthodontists are more affordable than general dentists who provide orthodontics.

At Newwave Orthodontics on the Sunshine Coast we provide high quality orthodontic treatments combined with an unsurpassed level of care.

Newwave Orthodontics is located on the Sunshine Coast, and with a principal orthodontist who has many years’ experience and has co-authored a book on evidence-based clinical orthodontics, you can be sure you are in the best possible hands. With many treatments tailored to your budget and lifestyle, at Newwave Orthodontics we strive to provide the best in orthodontic care.

We are conveniently located at 10 Mayes Avenue, Caloundra, QLD 4551. Find us on Google maps!

Teeth are moved by gentle pressure exerted by our orthodontic treatments.

Whether you choose Invisalign, lingual braces or conventional braces, all our treatments effectively exert small amounts of pressure onto the teeth; gradually moving them to their desired positions. Our principal orthodontist, Dr Peter Miles will help you understand how our treatments work and recommend the best one for you.

Dr Peter Miles from Newwave Orthodontics recommends children should be screened for orthodontic care at age 10.

While sometimes for complex cases children as young as seven can be screened, the general age is around 10 years old. This will help reduce the risk of impacted teeth and other more complex issues down the track.

There are many warning signs that can help you tell if your child may benefit from an orthodontic examination…

Some typical tell-tale signs that your child may need an orthodontic assessment include:

  • The early or late loss of teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing
  • Sucking on the fingers
  • Crowded or misaligned teeth
  • Jaw dysfunction

A sunken or protruding jaw

Treatment length varies depending on the complexity of the issue.

Other factors that treatment time depends on are the growth and tissue response to treatment and the level of patient cooperation. Generally, the length of comprehensive orthodontic treatment ranges between 12 to 24 months.

Advanced technology allows us to be able to extend intervals between appointments

Active super elastic wires with shape memory allow the teeth to move even faster which means less appointments! The number of necessary appointments will vary from case to case but we will discuss this with you at your consultation.

Appointment times vary from procedure to procedure.

Typically, we allow 45 minutes for your initial examination, 40 minutes for the placement of braces and approximately 5-20 minutes for adjustment appointments.

At Newwave Orthodontics we offer a variety of treatments for adults who wish to enhance the function and aesthetics of their smiles

Many of our treatments are ideal for adults as they are designed to have minimal impact on lifestyle. For adults we offer treatments such as:

  • Invisalign
  • Clear Braces
  • Lingual Braces

Metal Braces

Our fees are related to the complexity and length of your orthodontic treatment…

As a general estimate, a complete treatment with braces can range from $4000 to $7000, and Invisalign can range from $4500 to $7500 (as of January 2013). Some patients do not require comprehensive treatment and a suitable alternative may be available that meets your requirements.

At your initial consultation we will give you a quote for the options discussed with you. There are no hidden costs and we are completely transparent about our processes. We also offer payment options should you need solutions that can fit to your budget.

General soreness is to be expected during your orthodontic treatment, however this can be easily overcome…

At Newwave Orthodontics on the Sunshine Coast we recommend Panadol or Paracetamol to relieve soreness whilst undergoing orthodontic treatment, as Advil or Ibuprofen can actually slow the rate of tooth movement.

Children’s Orthodontic FAQS

Dr Peter Miles from Newwave Orthodontics recommends children be screened for orthodontic care by age 10.

While sometimes for complex cases children as young as seven can be screened, the general age is around 10 years old. This will help reduce the risk of impacted teeth and other more complex issues down the track.

At Newwave Orthodontics on the Sunshine Coast we provide high quality orthodontic treatments for kids combined with an unsurpassed level of care.

Newwave Orthodontics is located on the Sunshine Coast, and with a principal orthodontist who has many years’ experience and has co-authored a book on evidence-based clinical orthodontics, you can be sure your child is in the best possible hands. With many treatments tailored to your budget and lifestyle, at Newwave Orthodontics we strive to provide the best in orthodontic care.

We are conveniently located at 10 Mayes Avenue, Caloundra, QLD 4551.

Our principal orthodontist, Dr Peter Miles, has carefully chosen the team at Newwave Orthodontics because they love working with kids.

Dr Miles feels it is very important for children to feel safe and secure while at our orthodontic practice on the Sunshine Coast, which is why he has carefully chosen a team who love to work with children. This has helped younger patients feel more at ease whilst undergoing treatment, as our team works hard to provide a fun and educational experience for all our patients.

At Newwave Orthodontics we typically address dental issues that occur in the jaw or teeth.

Our elite team is dedicated to helping your child benefit from a healthy, straight smile. We have a wide range of treatment options that can help address the following orthodontic concerns:

  • Jaw dysfunction
  • Overbites
  • Crowded or misaligned teeth
  • A sunken or protruding jaw
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

If you are unsure whether your child requires orthodontic care, bring them in to see Dr Miles at around age 10 for a full orthodontic assessment to help identify any issues early.

There are many warning signs that can help you tell if your child may benefit from an orthodontic examination…

Some typical tell-tale signs that your child may need an orthodontic assessment include:

  • The early or late loss of teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing
  • Sucking on the fingers
  • Crowded or misaligned teeth
  • Jaw dysfunction

A sunken or protruding jaw

Evidence Based Clinic Orthodontic FAQS

Evidence based clinical orthodontics is used to base clinical decisions on sound science instead of opinion or experience.

By providing clinicians and practicing orthodontists important and current scientific evidence, Evidence Based Clinical Orthodontics gives a wealth of information to enable these professionals to create sound decisions for safer and more effective treatment protocols.

Dr Peter Miles co-authored and edited the textbook alongside Daniel J Rinchuse and Donald J Rinchuse.

The collaboration of these three esteemed orthodontic professionals resulted in the contemporary, informative and current textbook known as Evidence Based Clinical Orthodontics. Through this effort many clinicians, orthodontists and other interested parties can understand the latest in scientific evidence and use this to make sound clinical decisions.

Teeth are moved by gentle pressure exerted by our orthodontic treatments.

Whether the chosen treatment is Invisalign, lingual braces or conventional braces, all our treatments effectively exert small amounts of pressure onto the teeth; gradually moving them to their desired positions. Our principal orthodontist, Dr Peter Miles will help you understand how our treatments work and recommend the best one for you.

The main issue with basing clinical decisions on experience or opinion is the risk of using out dated, ineffective and unsafe protocols.

Healthcare is an important profession, and a large part of being a healthcare professional (such as a dentist or orthodontist) is the need to remain up-to-date on all aspects of current research, protocols and treatments. This is why it is poignant to base clinical decisions on scientific evidence, as this allows medical practitioners to streamline processes, ensure total safety and create more effective treatments.

Dr Peter Miles constantly lectures on the latest clinical updates, and even emails local dentists so he can help them remain on the forefront of scientific advancements.

If you would like to remain up to date about new clinical studies and scientific evidence in the field of dentistry and orthodontics, feel free to check back to our lectures page for current information. If you are interested in joining Dr Miles’ academic mailing list, please feel free to contact us so we can add your details.