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.

The Transform Orthodontic Care team

General Information

Who is TOC?
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We are a family run orthodontic practice based in three Adelaide locations – Modbury, St Peters and West Lakes.

TOC is led by Dr Daniel De Angelis, an accredited South Australian Specialist Orthodontist with 20 years experience in dentistry and orthodontics. He has treated nearly 10,000 patients of all ages throughout his career.

Dr De Angelis is supported by a professional and caring team of qualified Clinicians, Clinical Assistants, Treatment Coordinators and Reception staff.

Learn more about us here in our blog post

How qualified is Dr De Angelis?
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Dr De Angelis is an accredited South Australian Specialist Orthodontist based in Adelaide. 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, achieving a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics).

Dr De Angelis is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only to a nominated dentist who must pass a rigorous, peer review process.

Dr De Angelis is also 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.

Dr De Angelis was one of the first providers of Invisalign in Australia. He began using Invisalign treatment with his patients in 2002 and is a Platinum Invisalign provider. That’s 18 years worth of experience using Invisalign clear aligner technology for simple and the most complex of orthodontic cases.

If you’d like to learn more about Dr De Angelis click here.

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.

Call us on 133 862 to make an appointment or book online now!

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 $75 and up to $175 if your child requires X-rays or scans.

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.

Where are you located?
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We have three Adelaide clinics located in Modbury, St Peters and West Lakes.

Modbury
31-33 Smart Road
Modbury SA 5092

St Peters
50 Stephen Terrace
St Peters SA 5069

West Lakes
151 Brebner Drive
West Lakes SA 5021

Fees

How much is an initial consultation?
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Our orthodontic consultations are $175 which include a personalised treatment plan by Dr Daniel De Angelis as well as X-rays, scans and photos.

If you decide to go ahead with treatment, the cost of the initial consult is taken off the cost of the retention phase of your treatment. If you have private health insurance, you may also be able to claim some of the cost of your initial consult, depending on your level of cover.

Making a booking is easy! You can book online anytime, at a time that suits you, or give us a call on 133 862 (Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm) to arrange an appointment.

What is the investment I will need to pay for treatment?
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Every patient is unique and Dr De Angelis 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. Our payment plans can be organised for 24 or 30 months to make it more affordable for all. We also offer sibling discounts to families.

Are clear aligners more expensive than traditional braces?
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We now offer Spark clear aligners at the same price as braces! If you would like to straighten your teeth but don’t want braces this gives our patients greater freedom to choose the treatment that’s right for them and their lifestyle.

Spark clear aligners work exactly like the leading clear aligner brand on the market. They are almost invisible and gently and precisely straighten teeth.

If you are considering Invisalign or Spark clear aligners we also offer 0% interest free payment plan solutions (over 24 or 30 months) 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.

On occasion we have promotions where you can receive a certain amount off the cost of clear aligner treatment. Ask our reception staff if we have any current promotions on offer when you call to book your appointment.

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.

Check out our blog post HERE for more information on how private health insurance and orthodontics.

Appointments and Treatments

We offer a number of different orthodontic interventions and treatments, and will work with you to choose which one is right for you and your family. We specialise in clear aligner (Invisalign® and Spark) and braces treatment. We consult from three clinics - Modbury, St Peters and West Lakes. Book an appointment online or call us on 133 862.

What is clear aligner treatment?
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We are specialists in Invisalign® and Spark clear aligners.

Clear aligners are a transparent, plastic form of dental braces used to gently adjust and straighten teeth. Unlike braces, clear aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed  for eating, drinking and brushing teeth.

Clear aligners look like a clear plastic thin mouthguard. Attachments are placed on the teeth to keep the clear aligners anchored. That way, your teeth can be guided into their correct positions. Clear aligners such as Invisalign® and Spark use attachments to achieve the best results.

For more information click HERE.

What are Invisalign® clear aligners?
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I’ve been using Invisalign® to straighten my patient’s teeth for 18 years, treating over 700 patients with clear aligners.

I was one of the first Invisalign® providers in Australia – and I’m also one of three Spark clear aligner providers in the country.

Invisalign® clear aligners are a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment that gently – yet effectively – straightens your teeth.

Once I put together the treatment plan for a patient, Invisalign® uses this information to create a series of custom-made, removable aligners using the SmartForce® technology. These aligners are then changed on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

I use Invisalign® for complex cases, often for patients who have been told they aren’t a suitable candidate for Invisalign®. It’s always worth getting advice from a specialist in this area, like myself.

If you live in Adelaide and would like a Invisalign® consultation from a Specialist Orthodontist (that’s me!), book your no obligation consult here.

What are Spark clear aligners?
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Spark clear aligners work exactly like the leading clear aligner brand on the market. They are an almost invisible clear aligner that straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

According to Spark:

  • Spark is the clearest aligner, allowing your smile to shine during treatment.
  • The Spark aligner material may result in faster treatment goals compared to the leading aligner brand.
  • Spark custom trays are trimmed and polished for enhanced comfort.
  • Spark is proven to provide a more comfortable, productive treatment.
  • Spark aligners are BPA free.
How do I make an appointment?
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It’s super easy!

You can book online anytime here, at a time that suits you, or give us a call on 133 862 (Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm) to arrange an appointment.

You can also book an appointment via our Facebook page, simply click on the ‘Book Now’ button at the top of our page.

We are located in Modbury, St Peters and West Lakes.

What can I expect at the first appointment?
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You will be looked after by our Specialist Orthodontist Dr De Angelis and our Treatment Coordinator at the first appointment.

If you choose to start treatment with us your treatment will be delivered by Dr De Angelis and his team of qualified clinicians, clinical assistants and admin/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.

Do you have any real photos of patients you have treated?
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We sure do! We have a whole bunch of before and after photos of our patients. They range from children to adults who have been treated with braces, Invisalign clear aligners and Spark clear aligners.

Check them out here – Before and Afters

I've been told I'll need 'retention' after I finish my orthodontic treatment. What does this mean?
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Finishing orthodontic treatment is a huge milestone! However, your orthodontic treatment isn’t complete just yet.

As the teeth are part of the body system, which is a biological system, there can be a natural tendency for teeth to move once braces are removed. This is termed “orthodontic relapse”. You might be aware of people who have had braces and later complain that, after removal of the braces, their teeth have “moved back”. This situation is avoidable if a proper retention phase is planned and maintained.

Retention is critical to ensure that your teeth will look as good in years to come, as they do on the day your braces (or clear aligners) are removed. This makes the retention phase of orthodontic treatment that immediately follows removal of braces or clear aligner treatment really important.

A retention program is individually tailored for each patient and involves a fixed bonded lingual wire and removable retainers. These retention appliances are designed simply to hold the teeth in place once braces are removed and are generally not visible, and very simple to wear and maintain. We talk to all new patients about retention at their first initial consultation.

What is retention?
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Retention is critical to ensure that your teeth look as good in years to come, as they do on the day your braces (or clear aligners) are removed. This makes the retention phase of orthodontic treatment that immediately follows removal of braces or clear aligner treatment really important.

A retention program is individually tailored for each patient and involves a fixed bonded lingual wire and removable retainers. These retention appliances are designed simply to hold the teeth in place once braces are removed and are generally not visible, and very simple to wear and maintain. We talk to all new patients about retention at their first 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 133 862.

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.