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...

Home whitening/charcoal whitening – Does it work? Is it safe?

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Dr Madeleine Hoopmann

General Dental Care
BDSc (Adel)

Everyone wants to have a nice smile – and teeth whitening, in particular, is one fairly easy way to improve the look of your teeth. There are quite a few over-the-counter teeth whitening products on the market, with charcoal whitening being the new trend in the field. Charcoal whitening claims to be a natural form Read more...

What are the differences between porcelain fillings and composite fillings?

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Dr Jacques Theron

General Dental Care
BChD (Pret)

When it comes to dental fillings, patients’ expectations have increased in recent times. Nowadays, aesthetics rank highly among these expectations and are for some patients the main reason for visiting a dentist in the first place. In order to mask or hide fillings on teeth, it is imperative that our filling material should mimic the Read more...

The benefits of fluoride

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Krista Peek

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Qld)

The use of fluoride has become a debated health topic over the last decade.  I personally choose to use it and have recommended its use to my patients, friends and family. This recommendation comes from my understanding of the research and from clinical experience.  Dental professionals and the public have known for decades that using fluoride Read more...

How should I look after my braces?

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Sarah Lawrence

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
BHlthSc (Otago)

Braces are the most common form of appliance used in orthodontic treatment. As they are fixed or bonded to your teeth and are not removable, it can be a challenge to keep them clean and maintain optimal dental hygiene. While undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, you can use several recommended protocols in your daily routine, Read more...

Patient Payment Plans: the next big disruption on the dental horizon

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

This article written by Dr Kia Pajouhesh first appeared in Australasian Dental Practice Magazine, on the evolution of dental payment plans.  It is not uncommon for people to put off, or even forego, dental care for financial reasons. This is a problem for dental practice profitability and it’s a bigger problem for patients, who invariably Read more...

Smile Solutions wins on service excellence – yet again

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Since our beginnings as a one-room, one-dentist, eight-patient operation over fifteen years ago, we have always been dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible care. We have grown significantly in the interim, with 82 clinicians and a client base of over 85,000 to date, yet we continually strive to help our patients reach Read more...

Smile Solutions is a Community Contribution winner in this year’s Australian Business Awards

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

The Salvation Army in Melbourne has on its accommodation waiting list more than 300 homeless people who are sleeping rough on the streets or in unsafe rooming houses almost every night across the city. The Magpie Nest Housing Project was created through a joint partnership of The Salvation Army and the Collingwood Football Club Foundation Read more...

Choosing the right toothpaste for you

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Maddie Edwards

Oral Hygiene
ADOH (RMIT)

Most of us know by now that it is important to brush our teeth and floss twice daily in order to maintain good oral hygiene. But when it comes to choosing the right toothpaste, the decision can be daunting. With so many options available, it is sometimes hard to know which product is going to Read more...

How long do porcelain fillings last?

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Dr Jesse Becker

General Dental Care
BS (CSU), BDS, PgDipSci (Otago)

Most people are familiar with fillings and probably have at least one or two. Among the different materials used for fillings, each with their own advantages and disadvantages, porcelain fillings often receive the highest praise, simply because of their longevity. But what my patients really want to know is how long do they actually last?  Read more...