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...

When should I take my child to see an orthodontist?

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Dr Martin Poon

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

When should we take our children to see an orthodontist? Why do some kids at school already have braces or appliances in their mouths? Surely they still have baby teeth. Is it not too early? Am I missing the boat? Perhaps you are asking yourself questions like these. As parents we try to do what Read more...

Is Invisalign suitable for everyone?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

Invisalign is not suitable for everyone – for example, this treatment cannot correct severely rotated teeth or deep bites. Invisalign is also not the best option for extraction cases, one exception being where a patient has an ideal bite on the back teeth but severe crowding on the lower front teeth; in such cases, removing 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...

Am I too old to have orthodontic treatment?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

“Am I too old to have orthodontic treatment?” is a question commonly asked by adults considering treatment. The answer is, of course, no. As long as you are determined (and still have teeth), it is never too late to have a great smile. Over recent years we have all become much more aware of our teeth Read more...

Should I receive my orthodontic treatment from a general dentist or from a specialist orthodontist?

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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)

As a patient, you want to receive the best treatment from the person most skilled to do it. Therefore, if you are thinking about straightening your teeth you should understand the differences between an orthodontist and a general dentist. General dentists can clean your teeth, carry out fillings and treat other issues related to your teeth 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 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...

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...

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...