How do I know when to see an Orthodontist?


Firstly, if you’re reading this, then you have decided that improving you or your child’s smile has become top priority. Secondly, you’re probably here because your dentist has given you an orthodontist referral.

If you answered yes to the above – then you can be sure that yours or your child’s teeth and smile will be in safe hands with a qualified, trusted and friendly Orthodontist. Visiting any specialist can be a daunting process, that’s why Orthodontist’s like Oasis Orthodontics, Dr Anthony Hopkins, focus on providing a friendly and inviting environment for you and your family. Our aim is to ensure you have the most comfortable assessment, and are comfortable with your treatment plan moving forward.

If you or your child have been referred to an Orthodontist, and you’re looking for guidance on what to do next, then here’s some important information to help you make your initial appointment and to ensure you’ll be getting the specialist treatment you need.

Orthodontic vs Dentist Treatments

When it comes to services, an Orthodontist and a Dentist can help you or your family out in a variety of ways.

So, first things first let’s make sure you’re looking for the right type of specialist for your oral health.


Typically, your primary dental care provider will perform routine dental work like check-ups, cleanings and X-rays but they can also perform the following treatments:

  • Gum care
  • Root canals
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Bridges
  • Extraction of teeth
  • Teeth Whitening


Are facial growth and dental development experts specialising in treatment options and technologies for children, teens and adults for the following:

  • Correcting overbites and underbites
  • Adjusting teeth to reduce the spaces between the teeth
  • Fixing overcrowding inside the mouth
  • Offering fixed and removable varieties so that you have the best option to suit your unique case.

If you were referred to the Orthodontist, your dentist may have mentioned some of these problems as their reason for your referral. If you’re not sure, your Orthodontist will be able to discuss these with you at your initial appointment.

How much does it cost to see an Orthodontist

This is a common question we receive, so much so that we wrote a whole article about it. You can view all the information on how much do braces cost plus Invisalign and Incognito treatment options.

You’ve been referred to see an Orthodontist, what’s next?

Once your dentist has made an orthodontist referral for you or your child, you can book online to make an appointment or phone 08 6169 1699 – either as a new patient or to seek a second opinion. This initial appointment with your Orthodontist will simply help you understand which specific treatment options will be best for you or your child.

Between fixed and removable plates, metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual (invisible) braces and clear aligners, there are treatments to suit every need and lifestyle. We recommend you make an appointment with our Orthodontist in Clarkson prior to deciding on your treatment option and you can do so right here by completing the online booking form and choosing a time that will best suit you. Oasis Orthodontics are open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and we’ll make it easy as possible to get to your initial appointment.

We’re here to help

You can self-refer yourself to an Orthodontist. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you have any questions about the services offered.


Book Your Assessment

Book online now to secure your initial teeth straightening assessment with our friendly Perth Orthodontist.