Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that choosing the right orthodontist for yourself and your family is a big decision. To help you, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions, to give you a little more information about us and how we work.

General Information

How qualified is Dr De Angelis?
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Dr De Angelis is highly qualified specialist orthodontist. After completing a general dental degree at the University of Adelaide, he undertook a further three more years of study at the University of Adelaide to become a specialist orthodontist. Dr De Angelis is a member of the Australian Dental Association, the Australian Society of Orthodontists and has treated close to 10,000 patients throughout his 20 year career.

Do I need a referral to see Dr De Angelis?
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No. You don’t need a referral from a dentist to see an orthodontist or to make an appointment with us.

When should my child see Dr De Angelis?
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Our view is that seeing us for an assessment at an early age is a good idea. It means we can either rule out the need for early treatment, or if there are any problems present, we can talk you through the best course of action to put you and your child’s minds at ease.

Early orthodontic intervention can also save money down the track, reducing the need for more expensive treatment in later life. An initial consultation with Dr De Angelis can cost as little as $44 and up to $164 if your child requires scans or X-rays.

Should I see the dentist before seeing Dr De Angelis?
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Whilst you don’t need a referral from your dentist, Dr De Angelis likes his patients to see their dentists regularly for a check-up and clean. We encourage our patients to maintain their general dental care. Our existing patients are rewarded with a movie voucher if they see their dentists every six months for a check up and clean.


What is the investment I will need to pay for treatment?
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Every patient is unique and Dr De Angelis, our specialist orthodontist, will prescribe treatment tailored to your individual needs. The cost of treatment is therefore dependant on the type and duration of treatment and will vary from patient to patient. To assist with the cost of treatment we can arrange 0% interest free payment plan solutions to suit your budget and offer discounts for those who opt to pay in full at the commencement of treatment. We also offer sibling discounts to families.

Is Invisalign more expensive than traditional metal braces?
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Invisalign is an alternative to braces and uses clear, almost invisible, aligners that are changed every two weeks for a new set of aligners over the course of treatment. Generally, a treatment plan will be prescribed with Invisalign Lite, Invisalign Moderate or a full Invisalign treatment and will depend on your individual requirements. If you are considering Invisalign we offer a free no-obligation consultation valued up to $164 along with a free take home teeth whitening kit at the end of your Invisalign treatment. To assist with the cost of treatment we can arrange 0% interest free payment plan solutions to suit your budget and offer discounts for those who opt to pay in full at the commencement of treatment. We also offer sibling discounts to families.

Is orthodontic treatment covered by my health insurance?
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A portion of you or your child’s orthodontic treatment may be covered as part of your ‘extras’ cover with your private health insurance company. Whilst our staff cannot directly liaise with your private health insurer on your behalf, our team will provide you with all the information you require at your initial consultation to discuss any rebate you may be entitled to and we encourage all our clients to discuss this prior to treatment commencing.

Appointments and Treatments

What can I expect at the first appointment?
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You will be looked after our specialist orthodontist Dr De Angelis and his team of clinicians, clinical assistants and reception staff. Find out what happens at the first appointment here and meet the team here.

Can I start treatment at the first appointment?
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Yes! We offer same day starts. We can start your orthodontic transformation at your initial consult, reducing two appointments in to one. Please let our staff know at the time of booking if you are interested in starting your treatment straight away.

Can I fast track treatment to straighten my teeth as quickly as possible?
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Yes! Depending on the treatment you require, you can accelerate your treatment if you’d like to straighten your teeth more quickly. We can provide more detail when you come in for your initial consultation.

After Hours and Emergencies

In orthodontics emergencies are rare, and often, most concerns can be addressed with one of the following solutions, however should you require further assistance please contact us.

What should I do in the case of an orthodontic related emergency?
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Call our office as soon as possible. We can be contacted during business hours on 1300 870 747.

I have a loose band or bracket
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Call us as soon as you notice a loose band or bracket so we can schedule an appointment to reattach the loose appliance. Until then, the loose band or bracket can be left in place.

A wire is irritating my mouth
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Cover it with wax, or tuck it under the arch wire with a blunt object, like a pencil eraser or the end of a match stick.

I have a broken arch wire
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A broken arch wire or one that is irritating the gum or cheek tissue needs to be seen as soon as possible for replacement or adjustment.

I have a broken removable appliance
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A broken removable appliance should still be worn if possible until an adjustment can be made. Please call us to arrange an appointment so we can do this for you as soon as possible.

My orthodontic appliance is dislodged or displaced
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We will need to replace or adjust the appliance as soon as possible. Please call us so we can do this for you.

You should see your dentist as soon as possible in the case of…

A direct injury to your mouth or teeth (whether underdoing orthodontic treatment or not) and as soon as possible. An X-ray of the traumatised tooth or teeth is needed to ascertain the extent of the injury. If a tooth has been knocked out, severely displaced or fractured, it is best to contact your family dentist first, since we may not have the necessary materials needed to treat such injuries.