Blog

28 Jul

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the demand for orthodontic treatment amongst adults. In general adults who seek treatment make highly motivated patients as they have a genuine interest in improving the appearance and longevity of their dentition. Factors such as function, facial balance and appearance are as relevant to them as they …


25 Jul

Invisalign chewies are a soft chewing device the size of a cotton roll that can be used by patients treated with Invisalign. It is a small cylinder made of a soft spongy plastic like material called Styrene Copolymer. The function of the Invisalign chewie is to eliminate the air space between the Invisalign aligner and …


29 Nov

Invisalign Australia has conducted the Future Elite program this year. The program included a comprehensive circuit of educational events, clinical support offerings and general education about the Invisalign System and its associated processes. A select few Orthodontists around Queensland were invited to participate in this program. The education program involved attendance at a series of …


New Invisalign i7

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24 Oct

The new Invisalign i7 provides high quality orthodontic solutions to a range of patients, providing results in as little as three months. Invisalign i7 is a new Invisalign treatment option specifically designed for minor crowding, spacing, orthodontic relapse, aesthetic improvements and partial treatments in 7 or fewer stages. Invisalign i7 provides up to 7 stages …


Invisalign new features

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21 Sep

SmartTrack from Invisalign SmartTrack is a new aligner material that delivers gentle more constant force to improve control of tooth movements with Invisalign clear aligner treatment. Compared with the conventional aligner materials, SmartTrack maintains more constant force over the two weeks that a patient wears the aligners, resulting in better tracking. This means that the teeth …


10 Aug

Invisalign and orthodontic treatment is an excellent way to achieve a healthy, happy smile but there is concern at reports of patients dissatisfied with the results of treatments offering a fix quick. Many of these quick fix treatments claim to provide orthodontic treatment that will straighten teeth in six months or less – much faster …


New Invisalign i7

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4 Jul

The new Invisalign i7 provides high quality orthodontic solutions to a range of patients, providing results in as little as three months. Invisalign i7 is a new Invisalign treatment option specifically designed for minor crowding, spacing, orthodontic relapse, aesthetic improvements and partial treatments in 7 or fewer stages. Invisalign i7 provides up to 7 stages …


Braces, new developments

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15 Jun

Faster process A new generation of brackets for braces has been developed by 3M. The main advantage of this new brace is that it is ‘flash free’. This results in less bonding time and reduces the time that the patient spends having their braces fitted. This makes for a speedier process for patients to have …


Early treatment

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7 Apr

Some orthodontic problems are usually better treated early prior to the eruption of the permanent dentition. Space maintenance The premature loss of baby teeth due to decay or trauma can lead to undesirable tooth movements. This loss of arch length can result in crowding, excessive overbite or rotations. Space maintainers can sometimes help in these …


Invisalign cost

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25 Mar

Invisalign involves using a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth. The course of treatment involves changing the custom molded aligners approximately every two weeks, moving teeth into a straighter position step by step. These clear aligners can be removed while eating, and brushing teeth as usual. New Invisalign developments SmartTrack is a more …


Cost of braces

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21 Feb

No two orthodontic problems are the same and the cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the treatment required. Most orthodontists are sensitive to the financial pressures on families today so for convenience they provide a payment plan for orthodontic care. An initial deposit is paid when the appliances …


20 Feb

The Australian Society of Orthodontics Foundation Meeting is being held in Canberra from March 15-17, 2013. The conference is held every second year alternating yearly with the Australian Society of Orthodontics Congress. The conference is principally targeted to provide education for member orthodontists and also includes other special interest topics such as “Sleep, Behaviour and …


Braces and wisdom teeth

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8 Jan

Some people require their wisdom teeth to be removed following orthodontic treatment with braces. Often the timing of the eruption of wisdom teeth coincides with the removal of braces. It is often difficult to determine if someone will have the space in their mouth for their wisdom teeth to erupt or if the wisdom will …


6 Jan

The 35th Australian Dental Congress will take place in Melbourne from April 3-7, 2013. It will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre next to the Yarra River in South Wharf and inner-city suburb of Melbourne. The congress will feature a scientific program with lectures and workshops as well as a trade exhibition. …


5 Jan

The Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2012 submitted by the Federal Minister for Health was passed by the Australian Parliament on November 26, 2012. The Bill seeks to introduce the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, a means tested scheme from January 1, 2014 that will replace the Medicare Teen Dental Plan. Patient eligibility will be restricted to …


4 Jan

Vibrational appliances have been claimed to speed up orthodontic treatment with braces. A hand held device that produces vibrations to the teeth is used by a patient with braces for 20 minutes or more each day. The vibrations to the teeth are purported to lead to earlier resolution of crowding. In addition to faster orthodontic …


Malocclusions

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2 Jan

It has been proposed that all types of malocclusions are best treated early. Realisitically however, not all orthodontic problems benefit from early treatment. The types of problems that do benefit are those that are likely to lead to damage to teeth or to unfavourable growth of the jaws. Crossbites of the teeth usually benefit from …


Clear braces

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26 Nov

Recent innovations in the technology of clear braces, has led to the development of the Clarity advanced brace. The benefits are that the braces are all ceramic and there are no metal components. The translucent braces blend with the teeth making the braces virtually unnoticeable. They will also resist staining and discolouration over the course of orthodontic treatment. Importantly, they …


Mouthguards for braces

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9 Nov

Mouthguards can still be worn when braces have been fitted. Orthodontists can supply mouthguards for braces. Contact sports such as rugby, football, hockey, waterpolo and martial arts require the use of a mouthguard.  A mouthguard for braces should cover both the top teeth and lower teeth. This allows any sport to still be played after …


6 Nov

One of the most significant revolutionary techniques developed for braces in the last decade has been the use of mini-screws (temporary anchorage devices).  This involves placing a very small screw into the gum. The orthodontist can then use the screw which is connected to the braces with an elastic or small wire, to move the …