What are the different types of Invisalign, and what are the differences in cost?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

During consultations some adult patients tell me “I can’t have any kind of braces, not even clear braces.” In these cases I recommend Invisalign, which is a set of clear aligners that are removable. These clear aligners should be worn for 22 hours per day, including while sleeping, only being removed for eating and for Read more...

What options exist today for adults who want straight teeth without braces? And what can I expect to pay?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

My patients often say to me, “I would like to straighten my teeth, but I don’t want traditional braces.” Traditional braces are usually made from stainless steel and are therefore silver in colour. It’s understandable that the appearance of such braces is undesirable for many adults, so I usually offer them the alternative of clear Read more...

I hate my crooked teeth – what can I do?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

Patient concern about crooked teeth is one I deal with daily. If you have crooked teeth and would like them straightened and your smile improved, you may have already seen your general dentist about it. You may have been given the options of veneers or teeth whitening, after considering alignment of your teeth first. Then Read more...

Why would I need to see a dental specialist?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

A specialist dentist is a general dentist who, as a minimum, has also completed a full-time postgraduate degree in their chosen specialty. The average postgraduate degree takes a minimum of three years and also involves a research component. This means a specialist dentist is an expert in their field. There are many specialist fields in Read more...

What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of conventional braces, lingual braces and Invisalign and which are more cost-effective?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

Patients often ask me to outline for them the relative advantages and disadvantages of conventional braces, lingual braces and Invisalign and which are more cost-effective? Every appliance works slightly differently, and the best type of treatment must be individually prescribed. What are the advantages/disadvantages of conventional braces? Conventional braces, or “labial” braces (fixed to the “cheek” Read more...

What are the most common complaints associated with conventional braces?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

The six most commonly reported complaints from patients with conventional braces are described here, along with our suggested remedies. 1. Discomfort with initial wires Some discomfort is to be expected, as the initial wires are highly flexible and bring about the most alignment of the teeth. If a patient feels particularly uncomfortable, pain relief can be Read more...