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Give Your Child the Gift of a Beautiful Smile: Expert Orthodontist Dr. Kamal Ahmed Shares Valuable Advice 

Parents Guide Illawarra recently had the opportunity to sit down with Wollongong Orthodontist, Dr. Kamal Ahmed from South Coast Orthodontics, to interview him and ask him some important questions about kids teeth. Parents often worry if and when their child needs braces, so we asked the expert. Dr. Kamal’s accomplishments are truly impressive. He completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours and a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics at the prestigious University of Sydney.

Amongst his other great achievements, he tells us that being a father of three children is his greatest source of pride and happiness. This makes him the best person to provide valuable information to help parents make informed decisions about their child’s braces and orthodontic care.

Expert Orthodontist Dr. Kamal Ahmed Shares Valuable Advice

1. What age is ideal for braces and orthodontic treatment?

Dr Kamal explains that the ideal age for orthodontic treatment varies depending on your child’s dental development. However, most children should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. This will allow him to assess your child’s dental growth and identify any potential issues that may require early intervention. Early treatment can help guide the growth of the jaw and create space for permanent teeth, reducing the need for more extensive treatment later on.

2. How long does braces and orthodontic treatment typically last?

The duration of braces and orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case. On average, treatment can last anywhere from 12 to 36 months. Factors that influence treatment duration include the severity of the orthodontic problem, the type of braces used, and your child’s compliance with wearing appliances and attending regular appointments.

3. What are the different types of braces available?

Dr Kamal highlights that there are various types of braces available, each with its own advantages and suitability. Traditional metal braces are the most common and cost-effective option. Ceramic braces are less noticeable as they blend with the natural tooth colour. clear aligners such as Invisalign, are removable and virtually invisible, making them popular among teenagers and adults.

Also, at South Coast Orthodontics, they have a wonderful range of colours for children who like to express their individuality.

Expert Orthodontist Dr. Kamal Ahmed Shares Valuable Advice

4. Will braces and orthodontic treatment be painful?

Dr Kamal reassures parents and teenagers that while there may be some discomfort initially, orthodontic treatment is generally not painful. When braces are first placed or adjusted, there may be some pressure or soreness as the teeth and jaws adjust. This discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and usually subsides within a few days.

5. How often will appointments be required during treatment?

Regular appointments are necessary to monitor progress and make adjustments. Typically, appointments are scheduled every 4-8 weeks, depending on the treatment plan. These visits allow Dr Kamal to assess the movement of teeth, make any necessary adjustments, and ensure the treatment is progressing as planned.

6. Can teenagers still participate in sports and other activities during treatment?

Dr Kamal emphasises that teenagers can continue participating in sports and other activities during orthodontic treatment. However, it’s important to wear a mouthguard to protect the braces and teeth from potential injuries. Custom-made mouthguards can be obtained from the orthodontist to ensure a proper fit and maximum protection.

7. How much do braces and orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case and the type of braces chosen. At South Coast Orthodontics, they charge approximately $7,900. The good news though is that they have a flexible payment plan which can be paid over 3 years. This plan is designed to ensure that orthodontic treatment is accessible to all children across Wollongong and the Illawarra, particularly in these tough economic times. Beyond their affordable price and flexible 3 year payment plan of approximately $50 per week. South Coast Orthodontics also offers a free initial consultation for every child and parent. This is part of their commitment to the community. Dr Kamal will also personally check every single child’s teeth and provide free advice, free guidance and free assessment on how orthodontic issues can be solved before your child moves into adulthood. 

8. Will braces and orthodontic treatment affect speech?

Dr Kamal explains that while there may be a slight adjustment period, orthodontic treatment should not significantly affect speech. Your child may experience temporary changes in speech patterns, such as a slight lisp, as they adapt to the presence of braces. However, these changes are usually minor and resolve as their mouth adjusts to the braces.

9. How can teenagers maintain good oral hygiene during treatment and braces?

Dr Kamal stresses the importance of maintaining excellent oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Regular brushing, flossing, and using interdental brushes are essential to prevent plaque buildup and maintain healthy teeth and gums. Your child should pay extra attention to cleaning around the brackets and wires, using special orthodontic brushes or floss threaders to reach these areas effectively.

10. What happens after braces are removed and orthodontic treatment is completed?

After completing orthodontic treatment, a retainer will be provided to maintain the achieved results. Dr. Kamal emphasises the importance of wearing the retainer every night to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions. The reason why South Coast Orthodontics patients only need to wear retainers nightly rather than all day is because Dr. Kamal uses high-quality glued-in retainers, which are wires bonded behind the teeth. These glued-in retainers aren’t visible to others, and crucial for maintaining the excellent results. Regular follow-up appointments will also be scheduled to monitor the stability of the results and make any necessary adjustments to the retainer.

Expert Orthodontist Dr. Kamal Ahmed Shares Valuable Advice

11. Any other healthy, straight teeth tips from Dr Kamal? 

There are no age limits to getting braces or Invisalign so if your child’s getting orthodontic treatment, then you can too. Dr Kamal has straightened teeth of 14 year olds as well as 74 year olds. What better way to flash your perfectly straight pearly whites for your future family photos!

If you’re ready to embark on your child’s orthodontic journey, and help them achieve the smile of their dreams, call 0242168600 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kamal at South Coast Orthodontics today. You can also explore and gain greater information at Experience first hand Dr Kamal’s expert leadership and relentless focus on your child’s comfort, safety. The exciting mission of transforming your child’s smile begins with calling South Coast Orthodontics today.

We thank Dr Kamal for his time and expertise. Through sponsoring this article, parents can be well informed about caring for their child’s teeth.

Expert Orthodontist Dr. Kamal Ahmed Shares Valuable Advice

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