Jennifer Slattery

10 ways to avoid ruining your teeth

Jennifer Slattery

BOH (Melb)
Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy

The following list outlines 10 factors that can contribute to teeth being ruined – factors that should therefore be avoided. Some of these may be surprising to you, others not so. 1. Sugar Fortunately it is by now common knowledge that sugar is one of the key factors contributing to tooth decay. However, what some Read more…

Smile Solutions

What different teeth whitening options are available at Smile Solutions?

Smile Solutions

Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

At Smile Solutions, we have more than 23 years’ experience in teeth whitening. We principally use three different whitening procedures to give you a whiter smile – the choice is yours based on your expectations and time constraints. 1. The Day White system is a self-application home whitening method utilising a safe, mild gel worn Read more…

Smile Solutions

All your sleep dentistry questions answered

Smile Solutions

Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

“Sleep dentistry”, more correctly called “sedation dentistry”, is a way for patients to receive painless, anxiety-free dental treatment under mild sedation. At Smile Solutions, a light anaesthetic is administered by a specialist anaesthetist. The preparation combines sedative and pain-relieving medicines, which together induce a drowsy and dream-like state. Here, we answer all the questions you Read more…

Smile Solutions

I’ve been told I need to wear an Essix retainer. What is this?

Smile Solutions

Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

So you’ve finally completed your orthodontic journey and your braces have been removed! Now that you have a beautiful smile, we want to help you keep it that way. This can be achieved with an Essix retainer – our removable custom-fitted clear acrylic retainer – or a wire bonded to the inner (lingual) side if Read more…

Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Fixed implant bridges: What can I expect from this treatment?

Dr Kia Pajouhesh

BSc, BDSc (Melb)
Cosmetic and Restorative Care

Individuals, who are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws, or whose remaining teeth have a poor prognosis, now have the option of having a functioning immediate acrylic bridge. This fixed implant bridge is supported across a whole arch in as soon as 3 days after implant placement. This procedure suits those individuals Read more…

Dr Kia Pajouhesh

What is orthognathic surgery?

Dr Kia Pajouhesh

BSc, BDSc (Melb)
Cosmetic and Restorative Care

Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is the repositioning of one or both jaws. Orthodontics is the treatment used to correct the alignment of the teeth. When combining orthognathic and orthodontic treatment you are improving the relationship between the upper lower teeth. Orthognathic surgery is usually recommended when there has been a significant Read more…

Smile Solutions

What happens to my teeth after veneers, and will I ever get cavities?

Smile Solutions

Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Dental veneers are thin, hollow shells of porcelain or composite (filling material) that are placed over your natural teeth for two reasons — to enhance the aesthetics of your smile, and to protect the underlying tooth. There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite. Porcelain veneers are made in a dental laboratory by a Read more…

Dr Fiona Kelly

Ten minutes with… Our general dentist Dr Fiona Kelly

Dr Fiona Kelly

BDSc (Western Australia)
General Dental Care

What is your role at Smile Solutions and how long have you worked at the practice? I’ve worked at Smile Solutions since 2013. I trained in Perth, Western Australia, and worked in the city and country for 20 years before moving to Melbourne. My role at Smile Solutions is as a general dentist. That means Read more…

Dr Philippa Robinson

What are the differences between pharmacy whitening kits and dentist-prescribed whitening?

Dr Philippa Robinson

BSc, DDS (Melb)
General Dental Care

There is a considerable range of teeth whitening options available on the market – both in pharmacies and from dentists. The key differences to consider when selecting a tooth whitening product are: 1. The safety of the process 2. How well the product works. Pharmacy whitening kits generally have a low percentage of active ingredient, Read more…