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...

Dental Health Week 2017 Anywhere Anytime: Oral health for busy lives

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Each year The Australian Dental Association celebrates Dental Health Week, and this year the focus is on making time to look after your oral health no matter how busy you are. The overall aim of Dental Health Week, which runs from 7 to 13 August this year, is to promote oral health education and awareness Read more...

How long does it take to have orthodontic treatment?

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Dr David Austin

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MDS Orth (Hong Kong), MOrth RCSEdin

One of the first questions I get from many of my patients when they are considering having orthodontic treatment is “How long will it take?” The length of orthodontic treatment will vary from patient to patient. While some cases take less time to treat than others, the average treatment time is 18 to 24 months. Mild issues Read more...

What are the differences between dental bonding and veneers?

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Dr Jacques Theron

General Dental Care
BChD (Pret)

When wanting to change the shape, length, width, colour and overall appearance of your front teeth, your dentist will probably discuss two options with you: dental veneers and dental bonding. Both, when done well, can enhance the beauty of your smile.  Veneers are made by a ceramist in a dental laboratory after a dentist has Read more...

Treatment of malocclusion

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Dr Yasmin Coulthard

General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

Occlusion simply means the area of contact between teeth. More technically, it is the relationship or alignment between the maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) teeth when they come into proximity either during chewing or at rest. Ideally, your teeth should fit easily within your mouth without any crowding or spacing. Also, none of your teeth should be rotated or Read more...

How can I get whiter teeth?

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Dr Lan Ngo

General Dental Care
BBiomed (Melb), DDS (Melb)

First of all, it is important to understand what causes tooth discoloration in the first place. The outermost layer of your teeth is enamel. Most of us start out with thick, sparkling white porcelain-like enamel. With age, enamel usually becomes worn down and more transparent, allowing the yellow colour of the next layer, dentine, to Read more...