Brace Yourself at Northside Orthodontics

Northside Orthodontist Dr Michael Bowes showing patient how braces treatment works

Braces are the most common appliance used for orthodontic treatment. Braces are made up of brackets, which are the attachments on each tooth, as well as a series of high-tech wires and o-rings to hold the wire into the brackets.

How do braces work?

Braces put gentle forces on the teeth, moving them into the desired position. Your braces will be adjusted periodically, working through a series of high-tech wires, ensuring your teeth move efficiently and correctly. Treatment time varies from person to person; however, an average treatment time is 18-24 months.

After your braces are removed, you will need to have retainers to ensure your teeth don’t move. Most patients will have a small custom-made wire bonded behind the front six teeth to keep the teeth aligned and a customised, removable clear retainer to keep the teeth in position.

When's the best time to start Orthodontic Treatment?


Braces are beneficial to both adults and children alike. The best age for children to begin orthodontic treatment varies depending on their individual needs.


Northside Orthodontics recommends seeing children from 8 years of age for an initial assessment so that treatment can be started at the ideal time.


Adult patients can start orthodontics at any age but may require a longer treatment time, as they have denser bone structure than children; however, the results are just as effective. You are never too old for braces.

Types of Braces

Young Boy smiling with braces

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are still one of the most effective orthodontic treatments available. 


Stainless steel braces are the metal type of braces most commonly used. The brackets are small and can have coloured o-rings on them.

Modern braces are much smaller and less noticeable than they used to be. With lots of different options for colour combinations, you can customise your braces to your liking!

Woman smiling with Ceramic Braces

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic or clear braces offer the same benefits as conventional braces, work in the same way and have the same components, however, the brackets are tooth-coloured in appearance and are therefore less noticeable.

Clear ceramic braces may appeal to patients who are concerned about the aesthetic aspect of orthodontic treatment. During your consultation, our doctors will provide you with visual models of our bracket systems in order to address any concerns you may have with the appearance of braces.

What to Expect


Regular appointments are needed every 6 to 8 weeks for braces adjustments

  • Consultation visit includes discussing treatment available to you, examination, x-rays, photographs, and scans to create a digital representation of your teeth. 

  • At a later visit, you will have the braces fitted to your teeth surfaces

  • After your braces are on, wires are adjusted every 6 to 8 weeks to make sure your teeth are moving into the correct position

  • Once your teeth are in position, your braces are removed

  • Additional appointments may be needed if you have problems with your braces or to monitor your progress after treatment.

What we'll ask about

  • Your dental and medical history

  • Your oral health care routine. It is important that this is of a high standard before orthodontic treatment starts

How long braces will take

Total treatment time varies depending on your individual orthodontic case. On average braces will be on for up to 2 years.

  • A consultation takes around 60 minutes

  • Getting your braces fitted can take around 60 minutes

  • Regular check-ups every 6 to 8 weeks usually take around 15 minutes

  • Removal of your braces can take at least 60 minute

Before you start

No special preparation is needed

Once you get your braces on

  • You will need to follow the home care routine recommended by your orthodontist.

  • After your braces are removed, you will need to use a retainer, custom removable plate and have a fixed wire positioned behind the teeth.

How much do Braces Cost?

The cost of orthodontics depends on the type of treatment and how long it will take to treat your mouth. Our team will recommend a treatment option best suited to you and give you an estimate of the price and payment options during your inital consultation. We accept a wide range of payment methods and have plenty of flexible pay later financial options including 18 months Interest-Free*.

How long will I wear braces?

The length of your treatment will depend on the movement required to straighten your teeth and can only be determined our orthodontists after we've examined your teeth. We'll discuss how long you'll need to wear braces during your initial consultation with our team.

Will braces hurt my teeth and mouth?

Our specialist orthodontists are highly trained and skilled at making the orthodontic treatment process as easy and painless as possible. We make sure you feel comfortable during any treatment. At your initial consultation with our team, we make sure that you understand the treatment plan and feel at ease about it. Following adjustment appointments, you may feel a little discomfort for a few days because your teeth are moving into new straighter positions. If you have any concerns at all, please get in touch with our team.

What makes up braces?

Braces can be broken down into three main components:

  • Brackets – The actual attachments glued on to your teeth have a slot that the wire sits in that is precisely milled to prescription for each individual tooth.
  • Archwires – Are high tech thin alloy wires that are attached the bracket to apply a gentle force to move the tooth into the desired position.
  • O-rings – Are the small rubber rings that hold the wire in place on the bracket.

Frequently Asked Questions