How long do dental fillings last?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Factors contributing to the life of your dental fillings  Often, when a tooth is physically damaged from decay or trauma, dental fillings are used to replace lost structure. As dentists, we try maximise the lifespan of all dental fillings by using the best materials placed under ideal working conditions. However, everything in dentistry has a Read more...

Composite bonding: will it look natural and how long will it last?

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General Dental Care
BDS (Otago)

What is Composite Bonding? Composite bonding involves the use of tooth-coloured synthetic resin, which bonds to the tooth. This material is shaped to the desired form and hardened with a special light. Veneers using composite material can improve your smile by: Filling chipped teeth or cavities caused by decay Masking stained teeth Changing the shape or Read more...

What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of conventional braces, lingual braces and Invisalign.

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

Patients often ask me to outline for them the relative advantages and disadvantages of conventional braces, lingual braces and Invisalign and which are more cost-effective? Every appliance works slightly differently, and the best type of treatment must be individually prescribed. Firstly, it is important to understand the difference between the experience and expertise of a specialist Read more...

Can I put my Invisalign treatment on a payment plan?

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Orthodontic Dental Therapy
BOH (CSU)

Can you put your Invisalign treatment on a payment plan? The simple answer is: Yes!   You most certainly can put your Invisalign treatment on a payment plan. When thinking about embarking on the exciting journey to your dream smile a common question one asks is ‘How will I pay for my Invisalign treatment?’ Orthodontic treatment is an important Read more...

How to get straight teeth without braces? Or Invisalign

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

Straight teeth without braces Traditionally, orthodontic treatment was only for children and young adults. It typically involved unattractive silver metal brackets and wires. Today, more and more adults want straight teeth but don’t want the self-consciousness that often comes with traditional orthodontic treatment. What options exist today for adults who don’t want braces? Fortunately, orthodontic Read more...

Order and appearance of baby teeth

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

The order of baby teeth There are 20 baby teeth (deciduous teeth) that erupt in the first few years of a child’s life. The first teeth to erupt are those at the front of the mouth; then, as the child gets older, their posterior deciduous teeth begin to erupt. Included here is a baby teeth chart showing Read more...

Dental fillings: porcelain, amalgam or composite resin?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (WA)

Types of dental fillings  Dentistry has seen great changes in technology and materials used for dental fillings over the past few years. Let’s discuss the three main materials that have been used for fillings and how they differ from one another. Amalgam Amalgam silver-coloured dental fillings have been around since the 1800s. However, the type of material Read more...

Oral health care for children with special needs

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Specialist Paediatric Dentist
Paediatric Care
BDSc (Melb), DClinDent (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Paed)

Managing the dental care of children with special needs Managing the dental care of a child with special needs requires careful consideration. A child with special needs may have mobility issues, (for example, as seen in children with cerebral palsy), have a behavioural condition, such as autism spectrum or Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Read more...

What is the difference between a Dental Therapist and Dental Hygienist?

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

Dental Therapist Vs Dental Hygienist At Smile Solutions, our patients may receive part of their treatment from a Dental Therapist, a Dental Hygienist or a dual-qualified practitioner called an Oral Health Therapist who is qualified in both Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene.   The Dental Therapist A Dental Therapist is a practitioner who is responsible Read more...