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  • Consultation process

  • How much does a consultation with Clear Smiles Orthodontics cost?

    Our consultations are gap free*. As one of the first orthodontists on the Gold Coast to offer free consultations, Dr Semaan continues to offer you an opportunity to discover your treatment options at no cost. 

    *Medicare card required otherwise a $100 charge will apply

  • Orthodontic treatment options:

    Dr Semaan gives you the run down from the 100 year old history of metal braces to today’s preferred clear aligner therapy options.

  • How long are orthodontic consultations?

    Please allow for up to an hour for new patient teen and adult consultations. New patient child (under 12) typically run for 30 mins.

  • Where are the consultations at Clear Smiles?

    At our Clear Smiles Orthodontics clinic in Robina, Gold Coast. Click here for directions

  • What happens during a consultation?

    Here’s what to expect during a consultation with Clear Smiles Orthodontics:

    • Scan & Plan- With 6000 images a second we build and model your smile so you can see the plan for yourself
    • All clinical procedures- Photos, measurements, and X-rays taken as necessary to accurately diagnose your orthodontic needs
    • An hour with an expert- Our treatment coordinators play an important role in your orthodontic treatment experience, & you have an hour to ask them any questions you have about treatment 
    • Your all inclusive treatment plan- You’re presented with customised treatment options, your treatment cost & payment options, and an estimated treatment time all to allow you to make an informed decision about your teeth. You can even begin treatment on the same day. 

  • Why do I even need a consultation?

    Your smile is as unique as you are and that’s why at Clear Smiles Orthodontics Dr Semaan makes sure you’re given everything you need to make an informed decision about your teeth.

  • Are there any obligations to start treatment at this consultation?

    Obligations? No. Incentives? Yes. Ask about our same day start offer during your consultation

  • Why choose Clear Smiles Orthodontics over other providers?

    Because we go beyond simply offering you a healthy, beautiful smile. With Dr Semaan, you get the health benefits of straight teeth – plus healthier gums, less risk of tooth decay, and premature wear – so you can improve your life with your smile!

  • How will I know if I need orthodontic treatment or not?

    That is what our free consultations are for! But, if you have crowded or crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, an over or underbite, or your teeth don’t meet when you bite, you could benefit from orthodontic treatment.

  • Other frequently asked questions

  • How does Dr Semaan straighten teeth?

    Dr Semaan will determine the underlying cause of your orthodontic issues and create a customized treatment plan for the most effective and lasting results. Dr Semaan and his team are dedicated to creating the healthiest and most beautiful smiles in the most convenient, cost-effective, and cosmetic way possible.

  • Do I need a referral to see Dr Semaan?

    Nope. You don’t need a referral to visit Clear Smiles Orthodontics. Simply complete our smile assessment and schedule your free consultation online. Of course if you’ve been referred then that’s a bonus. We have a section just for you on the same smile assessment.

  • Why should I see Dr Semaan to straighten my teeth?

    Dr Semaan is a certified Specialist in Orthodontics and has the education and expertise to prevent, diagnose and treat malocclusion, or an improper bite. He can determine the underlying cause of your orthodontic issues and create a customised treatment plan for the most effective and lasting results. 

  • What's healthier about straight teeth?

    Straight teeth are easier to clean. Food is more likely to get stuck between crooked teeth. Proper alignment makes brushing and flossing more effective, leading to healthier gums. Misalignment can lead to uneven wear, gum disease, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems, and the buildup of bacteria associated with bigger problems, including heart disease. Don’t let misaligned teeth get in the way of a healthier you!

  • What are the benefits of orthodontics?

    -A great smile for life

    -Self–confidence can be boosted

    -Long -term dental health

    -Better function of the teeth and jaws

    -Easier cleaning

    -Can be of help to optimise other dental treatments 

  • What happens if I put off treatment?

    While you’re never too old for orthodontic treatment, the earlier we can get to work fixing certain problems, the simpler and speedier the process will be. In some cases, putting treatment off will mean you require jaw surgery or extractions as an adult.

  • How long is the typical treatment process?

  • At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

    The Australian Society of Orthodontics recommends your child sees an orthodontics from the age of 7.

  • What is crowding?

    Dr Semaan explains what wrinkles have to do with your teeth and in the process disposes a myth.

  • What makes Clear Smiles Orthodontics different?

    At Clear Smiles Orthodontics you’re empowered to discover your treatment options, all of which are given with careful consideration to your smiles needs and your lifestyle choices. Dr Semaan and his team are dedicated to creating the healthiest and most beautiful smiles in the most convenient, cost-effective, and cosmetic way possible. 

  • What kind of training has Dr. Steven Semaan had?

    Dr Semaan obtained his Dental degree from Sydney University, Australia. He went on to obtain his Master of Dental Science in Orthodontics degree at the University of Western Australia. He then obtained a Postgraduate Diploma of Business at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia during which time he started him up his own business – Clear Smiles Orthodontics.​

  • What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

    Both a dentist and an orthodontist will have qualified with a dental degree, but only an orthodontist has gone on to pursue further postgraduate study, usually two to three years, to specialise in the field of orthodontics. 

  • Can you list what services you offer?

    Sure, at Clear Smiles Orthodontics we offer:

  • Why can’t I just go to my dentist to straighten my teeth?

    Because of the complex relationship between the teeth and jaws, and the fact that treatment can permanently change your smile and facial structure, seeing a trained specialist is your best bet.

  • What is rapid palatal expansion/RPE?

    Rapid Palatal Expansion is used to expand the width of the upper jaw. If the upper jaw is narrow it means that the upper and lower jaw do not “fit together” properly, affecting the bite of the teeth. This often results in what is called a crossbite, which can also mean crowding and misaligned teeth. An expansion appliance widens the upper jaw to provide a better fit between the upper and lower teeth, and creates additional space for crowded teeth

  • Will wearing aligners or braces affect my speech?

    Not in the long-term, although it may affect your speech slightly for the first few days while your mouth gets used to having an orthodontic appliance in it. You may also experience an increased amount of saliva – this is your body’s natural reaction to having a ‘foreign object’ in your mouth, but again, this should get back to normal after a day or two.

  • How is my treatment plan made?

    Dr Semaan will use the records taken during your consultation (X-ray, scan, clinical photos) to create a customised 3D treatment plan that will be used to develop and manufacture  custom made aligners or braces

  • When do I get my treatment plan?

    You get a treatment plan on the day of your consultation. This covers your treatment options, cost, and estimated duration of treatment. 

  • What is a malocclusion?

    Malocclusion is doctor speak for an improper bite that is misaligned thanks to irregularities in the teeth or jaws. Crossbites, overbites, underbites, openbites, crowding and spacing are types of malocclusions. Dr. Semaan is an expert in diagnosing your smile issues and coming up with the appropriate treatment plan.

  • Invisalign Clear Aligners

  • Do I have to wear Invisalign aligners all the time?

    Invisalign clear aligners are most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed approximately every 1-2 weeks.

  • Is Invisalign treatment as effective as traditional braces?

    Yes. When worn according to the prescription given by Dr Steven Semaan, one of Australia’s most experienced Invisalign-trained doctors, Invisalign treatment is just as effective.

  • Does Dr Semaan exclusively use Invisalign?

    The simple answer is no. Your smile deserves the very best and to ensure Dr Semaan has everything to create the healthiest and most beautiful smiles possible in the most comfortable, cost effective, and cosmetic way, Clear Smiles have access to a range of other great orthodontic appliances including Insignia and Damon braces

  • Why do I need attachments/buttons with my Invisalign aligners?

    The use of buttons/attachments is an important aspect of your treatment, with carefully considered placement allowing Dr Semaan to get the optimal turning force to straighten your teeth with greater control and accuracy.

    Some competitors might dismiss the need for attachments with clear aligner therapy and call them unsightly or uncomfortable. The truth is they don’t have an on-site doctor or the monitoring capacity to manage the attachments correctly. 

  • Why would I choose Invisalign over Braces?

    At Clear Smiles Orthodontics, Dr Semaan loves to share his many reasons for Invisalign Clear Aligners. Click here for 15 of them.

  • Will I need attachments?

    Attachments are small-tooth colored composites bonded to your teeth to help achieve certain required movements. Dr. Semaan will decide whether attachments are required for your treatment.

  • Do you offer Invisalign?

    Yes, we sure do and it’s one of our most popular treatment options.

  • Are the Invisalign aligners really invisible?

    Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible. Your friends likely won’t even notice you are wearing them. 

  • Is Invisalign treatment appropriate for me?

    No teeth are too crooked for clear treatment at Clear Smiles. Compliance is a key factor. You have to be responsible enough to wear your Invisalign for it to work!

  • How do Invisalign aligners straighten teeth?

    Invisalign aligners are made of multi-layer SmartTrack® material to gently shift your teeth into place with a high level of precision. Engineered to use the right amount of force, in the right place, at the right time to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position.

  • What are Invisalign clear aligners made of?

    Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that is scalloped to not irritate your cheeks and gums like some other clear aligner products and traditional metal braces do.

  • Will my teeth hurt during Invisalign treatment?

    Much like the days after a good workout at the gym, most people experience some tooth soreness for a few days after wearing new aligners. This is perfectly normal. It is a sign that your aligners are working by moving your teeth into a straighter position. This soreness should gradually go away after the first few days of wearing new aligners.

  • How long does Invisalign treatment take?

    The average treatment time is about the same as with traditional braces, but the actual length of treatment depends on the severity of your condition and can only be determined by Dr Semaan in your initial consultation.

  • Braces

  • Am I too old for braces?

    Of course not! A good percentage of our patients are over the age of 21. Not only can braces align your bite and boost your confidence, straightening your teeth can greatly improve your oral health.

  • Why would I choose Braces over Invisalign?

    Unlike removable appliances, braces can be a great option if you don’t want to keep track of aligners, removing and reinserting trays etc. Since they are glued to your teeth, they are always in and always working. This takes the pressure off you to remember to wear your appliance.

  • How long does treatment take with braces?

    Treatment time with Insignia is typically much faster than traditional braces. Your overall treatment time will depend on your specific orthodontic problem, how severe it is and which type of braces you opt for. In general, patients are in braces for 12 to 18 months compared to traditional braces that take up to 30 months.

  • How often do I need to come in for appointments when I have braces?

    Appointments are held at regular intervals four to eight weeks apart so that Dr.Semaan can adjust your braces and check your progress. These appointments generally take between 20 and 40 minutes depending on your needs.

  • Aren't braces large and bulky?

    Not Insignia and Damon braces. Because Insignia and Damon braces advanced technology uses smaller, more comfortable braces.

  • What happens when braces are tightened?

    Dependant on your choice of braces, generally Dr Semaan will replace the current wires, and/or tighten bands on the braces to put additional pressure on the teeth to keep your treatment plan progressing 

  • How do braces straighten teeth?

    Braces work by gradually moving the teeth into a new and proper alignment with gentle activations being applied during your regular adjustment visits.

  • Do Braces hurt?

    Most patients experience some discomfort the first 4 days to a week after their braces, expanders, and/or wires are placed and after a wire adjustment appointment, but remember that this discomfort will quickly fade. Check out how dealing with braces discomfort answer below.

  • How would I deal with discomfort with Braces?

    Over-the-counter pain medication and orthodontic relief wax/silicone will help alleviate any soreness and discomfort following placement of braces and orthodontic adjustment visits. 

    Salt-water rinses are also an effective remedy and also chewing sugar-free gum, as this increases blood flow to the supportive structures surrounding the teeth which helps to reduce orthodontic soreness/discomfort and can also encourage the teeth to move/align quicker.

  • Pricing

  • How much does treatment cost?

    Comprehensive treatment with Clear Smiles Orthodontics typically ranges between $7000-$9000. We also offer flexible payment plans starting from as little as $52 a week

  • Can I use insurance to pay for treatment?

    If your private health fund provides orthodontic benefits you may be reimbursed directly from your health fund after beginning treatment. Bring your health fund card to your consultation and in most cases we can check for you. Otherwise here are the dental item numbers so you can check into it yourself: 825 – each aligner set. Enter this number twice: once for the upper and once for lower; 811 – retainers. Enter this number twice: once for the upper and once for lower.

  • Do you offer an affordable payment plan?

    Yes! We have flexible low deposit and 0% interest weekly/fortnightly/monthly payment options available over 24 months.

  • Can I pay off my payment plan early?

    Yes. Contact admin@clearsmilesorthodontics.com.au and we will help you process your payment early.

  • Do you offer pay in full discounts?

    Yes we offer a 5% discount if you choose to pay your treatment plan in full.

  • How do I manage my payments?

    Your payments will be managed through your Ezidebit account that is set up when you start your payment plan. We will authorise this for you and you will have access to all your scheduled payment dates. To update your payment schedule or payment details, you will need to contact admin@clearsmilesorthodontics.com.au

  • What forms of payment are accepted?

    Ezidebit offers the following payment methods: Direct Debit, Real Time Credit Card Payments, BPAY, and Integrated payments within a software.

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