All your conventional braces questions answered

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Smile Solutions

Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Has your orthodontist suggested conventional braces to straighten your teeth? Here are all your questions about this treatment answered. What are braces made up of? Braces consist of two main parts: a series of brackets (either metal or clear) attached to the surface of each tooth, and an arch wire running through slots in the Read more...

How do I get rid of my bad breath?!

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Smile Solutions

Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Halitosis, or as it’s more commonly known, simply bad breath, is caused predominantly by sulphur-producing bacteria that normally live on the surface of the tongue and in the throat. Sometimes, these bacteria start to break down proteins at a very high rate and odorous volatile sulphur compounds are released. Common causes of halitosis Apart from Read more...

What are the causes of toothache and what are their symptoms?

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Isabelle Sayers

BOH (Melb)
Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy

Toothache is one of the worst pains any patient can experience. Toothache treatment usually involves a thorough clinical examination and diagnostic tests. When it comes to causes of toothache, there are multiple possibilities, so the most important part of toothache treatment is to get the diagnosis right – that is, to discover the source of Read more...

Are women especially prone to oral health problems?

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Dr Maliha Siddiqui

BDSc (Hons) (Melb)
General Dental Care

There are many areas where women’s oral health factors may differ from those of men, the obvious ones being related to reproduction. Puberty, pregnancy and the oral contraceptive pill Puberty, pregnancy and use of “the pill” all give rise to hormonal fluctuations in women. Gingival (or gum) tissues in the human mouth have receptors for Read more...

What is malocclusion of the teeth?

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Smile Solutions

Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

In dentistry, the word occlusion refers to the position of the teeth when the jaws are closed. In the case of a healthy occlusion, the top and bottom teeth line up with one another. When the teeth don’t line up very well as they bite together, we call this a malocclusion, or “bad bite”. Typical Read more...

Have you taken advantage of free dental for your child?

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Smile Solutions

Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Alarming results from a new national oral health study reveal the presence of untreated tooth decay in a quarter of all Australian children aged 10 and under. The University of Adelaide National Child Oral Health Survey 2012–2014, the first population-based study of its kind in Australia for 25 years, incorporates data gathered from 24,000 children Read more...

What are the risks associated with orthodontic treatment?

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Smile Solutions

Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

As with almost all medical and dental treatment, orthodontic treatment carries inherent risks, as described below. These can be minimised with cooperation, planning and careful management. Gum disease and tooth decay All Smile Solutions, patients undergoing orthodontic treatment must first have a full dental and periodontal assessment carried out by a dentist. Any necessary dental Read more...

10 ways to avoid ruining your teeth

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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...

What different teeth whitening options are available at Smile Solutions?

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Smile Solutions

Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

At Smile Solutions, we have more than 15 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...

All your sleep dentistry questions answered

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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...