How do I floss when I have braces?

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Sarah Lawrence

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
BHlthSc (Otago)

Many patients having orthodontic treatment understand that extra care is needed when brushing and flossing with braces in place. Yet a commonly asked question is “How do I floss with the wire in the way?” Quite simply, you have to somehow get the floss under the wire. One of the ways of passing dental floss under Read more...

How do I know which orthodontic treatment is best for me?

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Dr David Austin

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

There are very few people who are lucky enough to avoid ever requiring orthodontic treatment. The difficult part is knowing or deciding which type of orthodontics is best for you and who to see to perform that treatment.  Nowadays, with changing technologies and new innovations, there are several types of orthodontic appliance on offer.  Traditional Read more...

AcceleDent and Braces

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Dr Martin Poon

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), Cert Orth MS (Uni of Penn)

A recent introduction in the field of orthodontics has been the use of vibratory forces to encourage quicker healing of bone, with the ultimate potential of speeding up the rate at which teeth can be moved into the desired position. This is not a new phenomenon; the same vibratory forces have been used previously in the field of Read more...

How can I keep my teeth clean when wearing braces?

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Alyssa O'Brien

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
BOH (CSU)

Getting braces can be a very exciting time for children and adults alike, and before you know it you’ll be flashing your new radiant smile. There are a few things to keep in mind along the way to ensure that you reach the end of your orthodontic treatment with beautiful healthy teeth. While you’re wearing Read more...

Options and trends in teeth straightening

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Dr Martin Poon

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), Cert Orth MS (Uni of Penn)

Most people would like to have a nicer smile, straighter teeth. Traditionally, the only way to reach this goal was using something that was fixed to the teeth – braces. Whether made of metal, clear material or something hidden behind the teeth, braces are a tried and tested approach to teeth straightening and they achieve 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...

How do I clean my teeth if I have braces?

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Natalie Parkes

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
Dip. OHT (Melb), Adv.Dip DentPros (Melb)

Getting braces is a milestone for many people in reaching their dream smile. In order to achieve the best outcome, it is very important to look after your teeth during any orthodontic treatment. Braces and orthodontic wires are prone to accumulating plaque and food debris, simply because they act as an area for plaque and Read more...

Why would my dentist refer me to an orthodontist?

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Dr Stephen Do

General Dental Care
BHSc (Dent), MDent (La Trobe)

An orthodontist is a specialist dentist who prevents the occurrence of, or treats, inappropriately positioned teeth and jaws. As part of any comprehensive oral examination of a child or an adult, dentists perform an orthodontic assessment and may make a referral to an orthodontist based on their findings. In children, orthodontic problems can usually be recognised Read more...

What are ceramic braces?

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Dr Hashmat Popat

Dr Hashmat Popat
Specialist Orthodontist
BDS (Brist), MFDS RCS (Eng), MScD, MOrth RCS (Ed), FDS (Orth), PhD (Card)

If you are thinking about having your teeth straightened with braces, as a specialist orthodontist I have good news for you! Braces don’t have to be associated with traditional metal smiles. Ceramic braces could be the ideal way for you to enhance your smile without anyone else noticing how. Ceramic braces are sometimes also called 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...