Frequently Ask Questions


These days most children start orthodontic treatment around age 11 to 12 when most of their deciduous (baby) teeth have been lost. However, some children would really benefit from early intervention, from as early as age 7, especially if there early signs of obvious conditions such as crossbite, underbite, bucked teeth, or jaw growth issues.

Dr Gullotta is happy to assess the development of your child’s teeth and jaws from age 7. This is when most of the permanent teeth have erupted at the front of the mouth. This early assessment can help him take steps to prevent more serious problems and complications down the road. He can also let you know when the optimal time for orthodontic treatment is for your child.

After early assessment, if no early orthodontic treatment is required, Dr Gullotta will be happy to continue to review and monitor your child’s dental development by scheduling recall appointments every 6 to 12 months until there is an indication to start orthodontic treatment. These recall appointments are important to keep a close eye on things and Dr Gullotta is happy to make these visits complimentary.

If early treatment is indicated, Dr Gullotta will start Phase 1 treatment sometime between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase 1 treatment last around 12-15 months in most cases – but sometimes less or sometimes more depending on the nature of the problem. This could involve treatment with clear aligners, braces, expanders or other corrective devices.

The primary objective for Phase 1 treatment is to address significant problems and prevent them from becoming more severe later. Phase 1 is also beneficial to improve self-esteem and self-image – especially in young children who are being teased or bullied at school about their appearance.

It is likely that follow-up treatment, so-called Phase 2 treatment, will be required when all the deciduous (baby) teeth have been lost – usually at around age 12.

It is never too late to start orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is not just for children or teenagers.

Modern techniques and materials have allowed adults to successfully and happily undertake orthodontic treatment. There is a range of discrete options for adults including clear brace and Invisalign.

Adults can start treatment at any age if their teeth, gums and supporting bone are healthy. For adults, when necessary, we regularly work with other dental specialists such as prosthodontists and periodontists to achieve the best cosmetic and functional results. It is never too late to start orthodontic treatment. Dr Gullotta has extensive experience in treating adults in their 50’s and 60’s.

Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosing, preventing and treating problems in the alignment of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment involves using braces, clear aligners plates and other corrective devices to move teeth and jaws into normal alignment. It may involve changing the position of the teeth or modifying the way the jaw grows.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has undertaken an additional two or three years of full-time study and clinical training at university (usually a Masters degree) so they can specialise in orthodontics. This extra study is on top of the five years spent training as a general dentist. Orthodontists are the most qualified to diagnose, prevent and treat problems you may have in the alignment of your teeth and jaws.

No, a referral is not necessary to see a specialist orthodontist like Dr Gullotta. You should, however, have a general dental check-up before you start any orthodontic treatment. This is because there may be some dental problems eg dental decay or gum disease that may need to be addressed before orthodontic treatment can begin.

Dr Nino Gullotta is a leading Gold Coast Orthodontist with over 30 years of specialist experience. Over this time has delighted thousands of patients with exceptional orthodontic care. Dr Gullotta is also rated as one of the top 3 orthodontists on the Gold Coast according to

Dr Gullotta has owned Gullotta Orthodontics for 30 years and has barely missed a day of work! So rest assured that your smile is in good hands. Dr G is also a Invisalign Diamond Provider, which means he’s an expert in Invisalign treatment.

There is an unmetered 2P section out the very front of the building, however there are limited spaces. All other parking is 2P metered. If you don’t want to pay for parking, we suggest leaving early, parking at Australia Fair and walking to the practice.

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