Frequently Asked Questions

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has become a registered specialist in orthodontics through years of training. They are the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent and treat any problems you might have in the alignment of your teeth and jaws.

In his path to orthodontic specialisation, Dr Papas has :

  • Completed a 5-year full-time Bachelor of Dental Science at The University of Queensland
  • Practiced for 4 years as a general dentist
  • Completed Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • Completed a 3-year full-time Master of Dental Science at The University of Queensland
  • Restricted his practice solely to orthodontics and registered with the Dental Board of Queensland as a dental specialist in orthodontics

He is a member of The Australian Dental Association, The Australian Society of Orthodontists and has been a certified member of the Australian Orthodontic Board, a voluntary peer review organization existing to ensure orthodontic technical excellence and continuing education.

What age does treatment generally start?

The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic consultation by the age of seven, when most of the adult front teeth have erupted. Your dentist will recognise many orthodontic problems and may detect an orthodontic problem earlier.

In most cases, orthodontic treatment is commenced once the adult teeth are fully erupted, usually in the early teens. Occasionally there is a significant advantage in starting treatment sooner. This may prevent more serious problems from developing and/or make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Early treatment may also achieve results that are not possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing.

Teeth can be aligned at any age. With advances in cosmetic appliances there is an increasing trend for adults to seek treatment. As a result most of our patients are actually adults! We even treat patients in their sixties and seventies.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral to see an orthodontist but you should have a general dental check-up prior to starting orthodontic treatment. There are dental problems which may need to be corrected prior to starting orthodontic treatment.

Will I need extractions?

Dr Papas bases his treatment philosophies on the latest and best research available. Only a small portion of patients benefit from the extraction of adult teeth prior to orthodontics. This is usually only in the most severely crowded dentitions or for improved aesthetics where aligning the teeth without extractions would make someone look like they had “buck” teeth. Having teeth extracted is always your decision, and if you would benefit from this Dr Papas will make sure that you are fully informed.

How much will treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment varies considerably because individual needs vary enormously, and there is often more than one alternative. The only way to be sure of the specific costs of your treatment is to have a consultation, the standard cost of which is $115.00.

Imagine Orthodontics provides flexible payment options geared to your specific needs.

If you are a member of a Health Fund, you will need to discuss your rebates with them directly. Higher levels of cover will often return $2500 over a normal course of treatment however they usually require you to be a member for at least one year prior to claim eligibility.

What does “Give a Smile” mean?

Give a Smile™ is a public health goodwill concept initiated by the Australian Society of Orthodontists. Give a Smile™ Orthodontists are ASO members who volunteer to treat, for no fee, patients selected from public orthodontic waiting lists throughout Australia. Dr Papas has been a Give a Smile™ Orthodontist since its inception in 2005. Visit to learn more.

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