Pure Orthodontics

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At Pure Orthodontics, we want all our patients to feel entirely comfortable with their orthodontic treatment and care. This means we want to answer all our patients' questions thoroughly. For your convenience, we've listed a few of the most common questions we receive in our orthodontic clinic below. If you don't see your question listed, please reach out to us for assistance. 

Early Childhood Orthodontics

The recommended age for a child’s first orthodontic assessment is around seven to eight years of age. At this age, a large number of orthodontic problems can be diagnosed, and sometimes early intervention is recommended to prevent more complicated problems from developing. If your child does not require any early orthodontic treatment, they will be placed in our complimentary continuing care programme so we can monitor their growth and dental development. That way, if any problems arise, they can be managed at the appropriate time.


Some patients wonder why x-rays are needed before and during their orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic x-rays are essential for us to properly assess your orthodontic problem and provide the most appropriate treatment. They are used to assess the angulation of the teeth, to determine how much supporting bone you have and to assess root length and the health of your teeth.

They also enable our skilled team to check for any other dental anomalies, such as missing or supernumerary (extra) teeth. In more basic terms, x-rays give your dentist or orthodontist a view inside your mouth that they would never be able to see otherwise. This ‘inside look’ allows Dr Shell to provide patients with the best care and advice.

With modern technology, the amount of radiation a person receives from orthodontic x-rays is minimal.  

At Pure Orthodontics, we offer an in-house payment plan to help patients pay for their orthodontic treatments. The in-house payment plan is available for all braces and clear aligner treatments, in addition to some of our functional appliances, such as Twin block, RME and CBJ’s. A set deposit amount is required before or on the day treatment starts. After the deposit, you will have set, interest-free monthly payments.

If you have questions about paying for your orthodontic care or about our in-house payment plan, please reach out to our helpful team at Pure Orthodontics. We want as many people as possible to enjoy fantastic smiles and healthier, straighter teeth. We are always pleased to be able to help patients with our in-house payment plan.

Paying for Orthodontic Care in Moonee Ponds

To help make your orthodontic treatment more convenient, you can also pay for your orthodontic care at Pure Orthodontics with cash or credit cards.

To begin an orthodontic treatment plan, the first step is to contact our orthodontic clinic to book an appointment with our friendly and experienced specialist orthodontist, Dr Tracey Shell. 

During your first visit to our clinic, we will provide an estimated treatment timeline and cost. At that time, we will also discuss possible payment options with you, addressing any of your concerns. We want all our patients to leave our orthodontic clinic with total confidence in their orthodontic treatment plan, both time-wise and financially. 

Fixed Orthodontic Braces

Not at all!  Having braces put on is a very easy, quick and comfortable process.

We use Damon braces because we believe they are the best available and offer them in both metal and ceramic versions.

Metal braces: Metal braces are made of medical-grade stainless steel and are the most common option selected by our patients. They are particularly popular among children and young teen patients, who often enjoy personalising their braces with colours.  

Ceramic Braces: These brackets are made of a translucent material, making them less obvious than metal braces. These braces are placed on the six upper front teeth and are a popular choice for adults and older teens because of their improved aesthetics. 

The treatment time necessary for braces depends on the severity of your bite problem. Typically, full orthodontic treatment takes between 18-24 months for most patients, but this can vary depending on many factors. You can do many simple things to keep your treatment on time, such as making sure you come to all of your appointments, avoid breaking your braces, and wearing your elastics as directed.

There are also individual biological factors that influence treatment time, which means that some people’s teeth move faster than others.  


You may experience some discomfort for a few days after braces are placed and after they are adjusted. This is normal and occurs because your teeth are starting to move. To help reduce discomfort after orthodontic adjustments, we recommend using over-the-counter pain relief and eating soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing.

You may also find you get some ulceration inside your mouth in the first week or two after your braces are fitted. The ulcers will disappear as you get used to your braces. We’ll give you some orthodontic wax so that you can navigate this time as comfortably as possible.

Simply give us a call when you are ready to book your consultation with Dr Shell. Our experienced team looks forward to helping you with your orthodontic needs.

When you complete your orthodontic treatment, you’ll be fitted with a retainer to maintain your result. If you don’t wear a retainer, your teeth will want to return toward their original position.

Retainer wear is a life-long commitment. No matter how well your teeth are straightened, scientific research has clearly demonstrated that your teeth can shift throughout your life and is a normal age-related change.

For most patients, retainers need to be worn full time for the first six months after their treatment has been completed. After this, retainers will need to be worn at night time on an ongoing basis.


Excellent oral hygiene is important to maintain healthy teeth and gums so that your teeth last a lifetime! As far as choosing the right toothbrush, it really comes down to your personal preference, as you can do a good or bad job with either. Ensuring you brush your teeth with the correct technique at least twice a day, for 2-3 minutes each time, will keep your teeth in great shape!

Clear Aligners

Braces have been around for a long time and are the treatment method to which all others are compared. For many orthodontic problems, braces and aligners will give the same outcome. However, there are some bite problems where aligner treatment is better and others where braces are the best way to achieve the desired outcome. Dr Shell will let you know which option is best for you.

You may experience some discomfort for a few days after your clear aligners are fitted and whenever a new aligner is inserted. This will subside quickly, but over-the-counter pain relief and eating soft food will help you manage this discomfort.

The attachments on your teeth can sometimes rub the inside of your lips and cheeks, but any discomfort related to your attachments will quickly subside.

The treatment time necessary for clear aligners depends on the complexity of your case. Very simple cases can be managed in six months or less, but very complicated problems can take two years or more to correct. Patient cooperation is incredibly important to minimise your treatment time. Aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day for optimal, efficient tooth movement.

Appointment Information

If you have come to us via our traditional pathway, your first appointment at Pure Orthodontics will take approximately 60 minutes. When you come into our clinic for your first visit, Dr Shell will conduct a thorough clinical examination, trace and review your x-rays, and our friendly team will take close-up photos of your face and teeth.

Over the course of the appointment, we will present you with the possible treatment options, including the pros and cons of each, so that you can make an informed decision regarding treatment. We’ll also show you the appliances we use, go through the various risks and complications and provide you with a written quote before you go.  

If you’ve had a tele-health appointment before your first in-office visit, your appointment will be much shorter as we’ve explained many aspects of your care from the comfort of your home beforehand. At your appointment, Dr Shell will perform a thorough examination to confirm your plan, and our team will photograph your face and teeth.

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