• Can Invisalign Fix Overbites?

    It might be hereditary or the result of childhood habits, whatever the reason, overbites make up to almost 70% of dental problems. Adults, teenagers and children alike can all face bite issues, but it’s better to solve the problem sooner rather than later. Invisalign could be the solution to this problem; a discreet, wire and bracket free option that can still treat problems such as jaw alignment.

    Types of Overbites

    There are a variety of teeth alignment issues, including overbites and underbites.

    An underbite is when there is a misalignment of the top and bottom rows of teeth. The top teeth sit behind the bottom row, this can be due to development issues of the jaw.

    An overbite is when the upper teeth sit in front of the bottom row of teeth. There are two types of overbites; horizontal and vertical. A horizontal overbite is when the top teeth jut out in front of the bottom teeth, whereas a vertical overbite sees the top teeth overlapping the bottom row of teeth.

     

    What causes Overbites

    There are several causes for jaw and teeth misalignment, however, genetics is the most common, especially in regards to underbites, which are often due to an under-developed, or over-developed jaw. However, an overbite can be the result of other behaviours; childhood habits can affect the structure of the jaw. Thumb sucking, nail-biting and teeth grinding can all contribute to the formation of the jaw, especially in early, developmental years. This may then lead to teeth not sitting correctly in the jaw; they are either over-crowded or too spaced out, causing an overbite.

     

    Problems

    If left untreated, overbites can cause changes in the facial structure; which may affect self-esteem, and there may be serious health complications, such as jaw pain and tooth decay. The formation of a jaw significantly affects everyday life; everything from speaking to eating can be impacted by an overbite. Even sleep patterns can be affected by an overbite, people may experience sleep apnea when it goes left untreated.

     

    How Invisalign can help

    Invisalign is a discreet alternative to braces and can help in fixing over or underbites. The clear aligners gradually shift your teeth, which then assists in shifting your jaw. We can map out your treatment, allowing you to see how your teeth will look throughout the process. We recommend that our patients visit every 6-8 weeks for a progress check and to receive a new set of aligners. The clear aligners are easily removed, making it easy to eat and clean your teeth. Each case is unique, so how long the process will take will depend on how severe your bite is, but a consultation will be able to determine if Invisalign is the most suitable treatment for you and your teeth.

     

  • Why Adults Are Taking Up Braces Later In Life?

    The years of orthodontic stigma have well and truly passed. “Tin Grin”, “Metal Mouth”, and “Tinsel Teeth” are not the insults they once were.

    In fact, braces have become a desirable right of passage for many young people. But what about their older siblings, or parents, or grandparents? Like their fresh-faced counterparts, the stigma of adult braces is also passing.

    30 years ago, approximately 1% of patients undergoing braces treatment were adults. Today, this figure is closer to 50% in some clinics! This stunning uptake begs the question, why are adults taking up braces later in life?

    Braces distinctly improve oral health

    Crooked teeth create pockets for food and bacteria which leads to a number of conditions; from bad breath and tooth decay to heart disease! Correctly aligned teeth are easier to keep clean preventing these issues. Taking care of your teeth in this way can help you keep your own teeth late into life, reducing the need for invasive dental work or dentures.

    Affordable and Unintrusive

    There are so many options when it comes to orthodontic intervention. For people who can’t have conventional braces, for whatever reason, there are alternatives such as Invisalign or Lingual Braces. The cost of these procedures is very affordable. For patients who may not have been able to afford these procedures years ago, there are now a wealth of  options available.

    Braces can make other procedures easier

    Using braces as part of a multi-step treatment plan has become much more common in recent years. For patients who require a bridge there may not be sufficient space. Using braces to subtly alter the alignment of teeth can reduce the need for surgery and other invasive measures. Furthermore, braces can correct bite patterns. Unnecessary pressure caused by incorrectly aligned teeth can lead to headaches, misaligned jaw, and needless wear on teeth.

    Adults want to look good too!

    Being self-conscious is not a feeling restricted to adolescents. Many adults dislike their crooked teeth and as adult braces become more socially accepted, patients feel more confident about undertaking measures to correct features they dislike. Procedures such as Invisalign and Lingual Braces offer correction that is almost undetectable to outside parties.

    If you would like to learn more about orthodontic correction in adults, such as adult braces, then contact the friendly team at Tony Weir Orthodontics today!

     

  • 10 Invisalign Myths

    Learn more about the 10 major myths that surround Invisalign

    Myth 1: You cannot treat complex cases with Invisalign. WRONG. Invisalign has been around for 20 years and there are hundreds of thousands of complex cases involving extractions, missing teeth, surgery, correction of bad bites and severe crowding that have been successfully treated with Invisalign

    Myth 2: You can treat every case with Invisalign: WRONG. Some cases are still not able to be effectively treated to a high standard with Invisalign. Cases with severely worn or short teeth, too many missing teeth, those problems requiring complex jaw surgery, movement of certain  extremely severely displaced teeth and where multiple teeth are buried under the gums still are not suitable for Invisalign treatment

    Myth 3: Invisalign treatment is shorter than braces. WRONG. The two appliances work at roughly the same speed – it is biology that determines how teeth move, not what you choose to move the teeth with. Some cases may be slightly faster with Invisalign, some may be slightly slower, but in general, the same case, treated with the same plan, to the same standard of outcome will take the same time

    Myth 4: Invisalign treatment means sandpapering your teeth. WRONG. Sandpapering teeth is not required any more or less than it is with braces (where it is used sometimes but fairly uncommonly for most doctors)

    Myth 5: Invisalign treatment means you do not have to have teeth taken out. WRONG. If your problem needs teeth to be removed then what appliance – braces or Invisalign – you choose to use does not change the need to remove teeth. Invisalign is less used to treat problems that need extractions because doctors do not always know how to use Invisalign properly and braces can often get a better result faster for extraction cases.

    Myth 6: You cannot use Invisalign for children. WRONG. Invisalign was initially used for adults, but there is no reason why is cannot be used for treating children. Indeed increasing numbers of teens have been effectively treated with Invisalign

    Myth 7: But children will lose their Invisalign. WRONG. The company making Invisalign, with more than 6 million patients treated, has found children are no more likely to lose their aligners than adults!

    Myth 8: Any doctor can do Invisalign well. WRONG. Any doctor can do Invisalign. However the skills to use it well and consistently are still uncommonly found – Invisalign is very different from braces, even for orthodontists very used to braces treatment, and requires a very steep learning curve. Unless or until a doctor has had significant experience with Invisalign the doctor is unlikely to be able to treat moderate or difficult cases well.

    Myth 9: With Invisalign the treatment plan and design of the Invisalign aligners is all done by the Invisalign company – the doctor just takes moulds of the teeth and gives you the aligners and Invisalign does the rest. WRONG. The doctor is solely responsible to the treatment plan and the design of the Invisalign. If doctors do not take the time and effort to plan and design the treatment themselves the outcomes will be very poor – like buying a piece of clothing without trying it on – if the clothing fits will you are lucky.

    Myth 10: All aligners are the same. WRONG. Doctors who do not use Invisalign will claim the aligners they use are just as good, work just as well. This is simply not true. All the scientific research there is shows that most aligners available are less effective than Invisalign, and most of them have not even made it to being researched. Would you buy a car from an unknown car maker that has never been adequately test-driven? Invisalign has been around for 20 years and is the subject of 3-400 scientific papers to date. No other aligner can claim more than about 5 reputable studies at best, and for most there is NO evidence at all.

    Find out more about Invisalign and our orthodontic services here: 

  • 8 Myths About Braces

    Find out more about the 8 biggest myths in relation to Braces.

    1: I am too old for braces. WRONG. People can have orthodontic treatment successfully at any age. Whether braces or Invisalign is used, teeth can move well for adults of any age.

    2: You always need braces on all your teeth – top and bottom. WRONG. If there is only a localized problem – such as one or two crooked teeth, or if there is a desire for a simple cosmetic change without changing everything to perfect it is possible to have braces on only upper teeth or only lower teeth or only on the front teeth.

    3: If braces are done “properly” you don’t need retainers. WRONG. Teeth move throughout life, sometimes to positions they never had before treatment. All orthodontic treatment needs retainers. Without retainers any treatment is likely to eventually relapse to some degree.

    4: Different types of braces work very differently from each other. WRONG. There are many different types of braces, and the manufacturers of these braces all like to claim special properties about their braces. However teeth are dumb. The do not know what sort of brace is putting pressure on them to move. Only minor differences result from different braces being used. Using Brand A does not mean that now you can avoid teeth being removed, if that is required.

    5: After having braces removed you will get marks on your teeth from where the braces were placed. WRONG. Any marks on teeth after orthodontic treatment come from poor brushing around the braces during orthodontic treatment. The braces protect that part of the tooth they are stuck to, but the surrounding tooth becomes damaged from the acid in plaque, making the tooth surface change colour.

    6: Braces can be used on everybody. WRONG. If you have bad gum disease, severely damaged teeth or the roots of teeth, severe jaw joint problems, difficulty in keeping teeth clean, or many severe medical conditions then braces are not a good idea. In most of these circumstances any orthodontic treatment is not a good idea.

    7: Any doctor who uses braces is an orthodontist. WRONG. Any doctor can place braces. Orthodontists are specialists who have years of additional training and a proper postgraduate qualification. Orthodontists limit their work to orthodontics only. It is all they do, so they are the most qualified to treat orthodontic problems properly.

    8: Braces treatment can be made a lot faster if I use accelerated orthodontics – such as fancy vibration devices. WRONG. All the reputable science available to orthodontists shows either zero or very minimal effect on treatment times and outcomes with use of any “accelerated orthodontics” techniques.

    If you would like to find out more information about our Braces and orthodontics services, please click this page  https://www.orthodontistbrisbane.net/treatments/braces/

  • 9 Reasons Why To Choose Invisalign for your child’s Orthodontic Treatment?

    We provide the top 9 Reasons why you should choose Invisalign for your child’s Orthodontic Treatment in Brisbane.

    1. There is no charge for replacement aligners if any are lost
    2. It is the same fee for Invisalign or braces
    3. Fewer office visits are needed – this is great for people with busy lives
    4. Invisalign aligners can treat a wide variety of orthodontic problems
    5. Aligners are great for teenage activities e.g sports, playing musical instruments, drama performances
    6. Oral hygiene is better than with braces
    7. There are no emergency visits for broken braces and poking wires
    8. It is much more comfortable than traditional braces
    9. Appointment times are shorter in duration

    If you have any questions at all regarding Invisalign for your teenager, make sure you call our friendly team today to talk you through the process and what’s involved.

  • Dentist Or Orthodontist? Which Do I Choose?

    When exploring your dental options. how do you know if you need an Orthodontist or a Dentist? And what are the differences?

    Well, we explain all of that right here.

    Oral care specialists (such as orthodontists, periodontists), learn the essentials of their specialty and then typically only practice orthodontics – all day, every day.

    These specialists do not do fillings, make crowns or false teeth, or perform any other “general dental procedures”.

    Dentists who carry out orthodontics, therefore may struggle to recognise when a patient’s needs are beyond the skills they have learned in a weekend or series of part-time courses (which tend not to be recognised by universities as meriting an academic qualification).

    The truth is that orthodontics is much more difficult than just putting some braces on some teeth and following a prescribed cookbook approach taught without the necessary breadth of diagnostic and clinical tools.

    Dentists can practice orthodontics and many do so successfully, just as your general practitioner doctor can remove a mole or suture a cut. However when it comes to important areas of the face, difficult procedures, possible tumours, things likely to leave scars etc, your general practitioner is unlikely to choose to perform such procedures himself – you will be referred to a medical specialist for better quality of care.

    The exact same situation applies to orthodontists and dentists. If the problem is difficult, unusual, or requires the best possible outcome, an orthodontist is much more likely to be able to provide the better quality treatment for you or your children.

    Even the cost of treatment is often no different and specialist treatment may actually cost less than well-meaning but ineffective dentist treatment. Health fund rebates are higher for specialist treatments. The single largest area of complaint to Dental Boards in Australia is related to orthodontic treatment provided by general dentists.

    Therefore, it is wise to carefully weigh up who you choose to provide the care for your smile that you desire. Dr Tony Weir has been is full time specialist practice of orthodontics for 30 years, and is an Honorary Senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. He lectures nationally and internationally to orthodontists on a regular basis.

    As our name suggest. orthodontics is what we do day in and day out, all of the time.

    We care for your smiles, and can’t wait to help you achieve your dream result.

  • How To Know If Your Child Or Teenager Needs Braces?

    Orthodontics is a sizeable investment in your child’s health.

    As many parents are aware, good dental health will carry a person in good stead throughout their entire life. However, many people often don’t know whether their child or teenager does need braces. The best answer to this question will come from an orthodontist, but here are some factors that may indicate you need to make an appointment for appraisal:

    Behavioural factors:

    • Mouth breathing
    • Thumb or finger sucking
    • Difficulty chewing or biting
    • Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth

    Excessive or long term thumb or finger sucking has long been known to cause dental differences. In some cases, excessive pacifier use will cause changes in the shape of the mouth and dental abnormalities. If you have an infant or toddler and you are worried about how thumb sucking or pacifier use may impact your child, talk to your dentist about implementing good habits for your child.

    If you find that your child has food or particles consistently caught between their teeth despite proper brushing techniques and flossing (or an inability to floss certain areas) it may be an indication that braces are required.

    You may also notice some other indicators such as crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth, as well as teeth that meet abnormally. If you can hear your child’s jaw making sounds you should seek a consultation with an orthodontist.

    Other examples are:

    • Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth. Your child’s dentist will be able to give an indication of whether your child is abnormal in this respect.
    • If your child or teenager has jaws or teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face, protrude or are recessed.

    If you think your child or teenager may need braces or you would like an orthodontic appraisal, then contact Tony Weir Orthodontics today.

     

  • Sleep-disordered Breathing & Airway Problems In Children

    Sleep-disordered breathing appears to be a significant problem for a proportion of children.

    I see a lot of children whose parents ask questions about improving the breathing or airways of their children, often having already been informed such treatment is necessary and important by another dental professional. I would therefore like to briefly outline the scientific evidence currently available related to treatment of airway problems in children.

    The first line of treatment is commonly the removal of enlarged adenoids and tonsils. This is well supported in the scientific literature and needs to be performed with the appropriate guidance from ENT specialist doctors

    I would like to have something positive to say about the role of facial growth and orthodontics and treating childhood breathing problems. After all this is a problem and we would like to be able to help. However there is often a desire to “do something” without regard to the cost-benefit analysis – ie are we actually making a positive difference with our treatment for our patients?

    Unfortunately there is no or minimal research evidence that supports the use of orthodontic treatment as part of the treatment of sleep disordered breathing in children. Some dental professionals promote “airway friendly orthodontics” but there is no reputable scientific support for many/most of the claims made for such treatment. It may give the appearance of “doing something” but appears to fail in any cost-benefit analysis in the majority of cases

    There is very weak evidence that mode of breathing influences facial growth and skeletal pattern.

    There is very weak evidence that orthodontic treatment has a role in treating sleep disordered breathing.

    However, this is a growth area in orthodontics, with active promotion of orthodontic treatment in treating sleep disordered breathing.

    So what do I believe, based on the best scientific evidence available?

    My treatment will be directed at correcting problems of crowding and bite (occlusion) and if we get an improvement in breathing this will be a bonus. I certainly will not be informing my patients that I am carrying out treatment to improve their breathing. I can still sleep at night.

  • Mouth Ulcers – Causes & Treatments

    Mouth ulcers are very common, but can be very annoying. The shallow sore may clear up in a day or linger, causing pain for weeks, depends on the type of ulcer it is.

    Most mouth ulcers are caused by some kind of trauma in your mouth – biting your tongue or lip, the rubbing of braces or sharp food. These ulcers usually do not last long.

    When the hard surfaces of braces or wires rub against the inside of your mouth they can cause mouth ulcers. The frontline defense against this is to place orthodontic wax over the object that is causing the rubbing.

    Another type of mouth ulcer, known as recurrent or apthous mouth ulcers, can last a lot longer, and then, after healing, reappear in a different spot. Between 10 and 20% of people will experience them, usually between 10 and 30 years of age. These ulcers are often smaller (1-2mm) but may last two weeks. Stress, poor nutrition or ill-health are sometimes associated with these ulcers, but the actual cause is thought to be a local immune reaction, when the immune system responds to something in that small section of skin in your mouth.

    We do not really know why these form, but being sick, stressed or having poor nutrition will make them more likely to occur.

    Treatment of ulcers is usually limited to pain relief in the form of steroid cream, paracetamol or antiseptic gel.

    There is some inconclusive evidence of a link between recurrent ulcers and deficiencies in micronutrients, such as vitamin B12, folic acid and iron.

    To learn more mouth ulcers and how they can be treated, call our Brisbane clinics anytime for a more detailed discussion.

  • Orthodontics Is Better With 3D Precision

    Invisalign aligners are some of the least noticeable, most comfortable orthodontic appliances available.

    The process of getting your aligners has now been made even more comfortable, streamlined and accurate with the use of 3D scanners, which replace the old technique of taking impressions (moulds) of the teeth. The level of precision offered by this new technology means that patients now have access to an even higher quality of orthodontic care than ever before.

    Tony Weir Orthodontics uses the latest technological innovations to ensure that we have the most precise dental moulds and measurements available. This innovation also places us at the forefront for patient comfort. No more mess from dental moulds, no more having to sit still while the mould cures, and certainly no more gagging because your mouth is too full! Not to mention, quick and easy appointment times. The iTero 3D scanner that is used is a slim wand that takes up to 6,000 images per second. In the hands of our experienced professionals, you are sure to love our new 3D scanning technology.

    The benefits of such precise technology are numerous. Before orthodontic work has even begun, our team are able to create highly accurate depictions of the expected results. Tony Weir Orthodontics can create near-perfect digital replicas of the inside of your mouth. Using these 3 dimensional digital images, we are able to show you ‘Before’ and ‘After’ 3 dimensional recreations before we even begin treatment! You will even be able to see the path your teeth will follow. Besides being incredibly cool, this is also a great way for your orthodontist to check there won’t be any unexpected issues later down the track. This technology and simulation also assists your orthodontist in ascertaining whether Invisalign will be the best fit for you.

    Additionally, the 3D scanning process is much quicker than the traditional process; taking moulds and measurements, fitting and potentially having to refit later. These quick appointments means the Invisalign experience reaches an entirely new level of convenience and comfort.

    If you are interested in learning more about how 3D scanning will improve your orthodontic experience or you would like to book your first consultation, then contact our friendly team today!

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