• The Most Common Orthodontic Procedures

    a woman holds up two different dental retainers next to her beautiful smile Orthodontists are dental specialists who work to correct tooth alignment and bite problems in order to give you a perfect smile. Here, we’re listing a few of the most common treatments that orthodontists carry out.

    Traditional Braces

    Traditional metal braces are still a hugely popular form of orthodontic treatment across Australia for adults, teenagers and children. Braces consist of a series of brackets attached directly to your teeth, linked by wires which work to pull the teeth into their correct position.

    Your orthodontist will tighten or loosen the wires over time as your teeth move over the course of a few months or years, depending on your situation. At Tony Weir Orthodontics, we can use subtle tooth-coloured brackets to minimise the aesthetic impact of your brace.

    Lingual Braces

    Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces in that they attach to your teeth and work to correct improper alignment. To affix a lingual brace, your orthodontist will attach brace brackets to the back of your teeth so that they are hidden from view.

    The advantage of this system is that you still achieve the same straight smile but without having to feel self-conscious about wearing a brace. In addition to this, lingual braces have much less impact on your speech as they don’t interfere with the movement of your lips.

    Invisalign

    Invisalign is a highly effective method of straightening your teeth and correcting your smile without using braces. Instead of metal brackets and wires, you wear a clear plastic aligner tray on your teeth like a retainer. These trays get changed every two weeks to adjust to the changing shape of your teeth and can be removed for eating and cleaning throughout the day.

    The biggest advantage of choosing Invisalign is that the aligners are virtually invisible so no one will know that you’re wearing them. This means that there’s no need to deal with confidence issues whilst you’re undergoing treatment as you will look exactly the same, only with your smile becoming straighter over time.

    Retainers

    A retainer or removable appliance is recommended for patients who have recently had tooth realignment treatment in order to maintain the new shape of their teeth. In order to keep your bite corrected and prevent teeth from shifting back into their original place, your orthodontist will prescribe you a retainer to wear at certain times.

    There are a number of different types of removable appliances and the right one for you will depend on the treatment you’ve had and the issues that remain. Banded or bonded retainers can be glued to the back of teeth to maintain correct placement of one or more teeth, or a clear retainer can be worn overnight.

    Orthodontic Elastics

    Orthodontic elastics are a special type of rubber bands which are used in conjunction with your braces to help correct jaw problems or tooth alignment. These bands can pull your jaw forwards or backwards in order to improve your bite and speed up the process of tooth alignments.

    To find out about how orthodontic treatment can help you get that killer smile, call Tony Weir Orthodontics now on 07 3054 6767 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.

  • Our Product Recommendations – Toothbrushes, Floss and Mouthwashes

    With hundreds of dental care products making claims to improve your oral health at home , it can be difficult to know what to choose. The most important thing is to make sure that you’re brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes; however, by using some of the great products listed below, you can achieve an even better clean without relying on your dentist.With hundreds of dental care products making claims to improve your oral health at home , it can be difficult to know what to choose. The most important thing is to make sure that you’re brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes; however, by using some of the great products listed below, you can achieve an even better clean without relying on your dentist.

    a woman stands in a supermarket aisle choosing between different toothbrushes

    Best for a Deep Clean

    Piksters Interdental Brushes

    These are small round brushes, designed to clean the most hard-to-reach places between your teeth and gums to give a deeper clean. Where dental floss cleans in a straight line between teeth, Piksters have lateral bristles that spring out to remove plaque in the small crevices where dental decay and gum disease begin. This easy-to-use design is overtaking flossing as the most popular supplement to oral care routines around the world.

    Best for Sensitive Teeth

    Sensodyne Repair and Protect Toothpaste

    This toothpaste can provide lasting relief from sensitivity as well as containing an ingredient called NovaMin, which builds a reparative layer over your teeth and protects them from pain. Sensodyne also contains fluoride to prevent cavities and has a great fresh taste. After a short time using Sensodyne Repair and Protect, users find that their sensitivity to hot and cold is significantly reduced so you can continue to enjoy your favourite food and drinks without worrying about sensitive teeth!

    Best Investment for At-Home Care

    Foreo Issa Electric Toothbrush

    This is not a cheap toothbrush, but if you have issues with gum disease or tooth decay then this futuristic product is well worth the investment. The high-tech pulsating silicone brush is 35 times more hygienic than standard brush heads, generating the perfect amount of friction to remove stains and plaque while being gentle on tooth enamel and sensitive gums. The flexible brush head can adapt to clean any tooth surface and navigate hard to reach places. Treat your teeth to this revolutionary tool and we guarantee you’ll notice the difference.

    Best Everyday Brush

    Colgate Extra Clean

    If you’re looking for a great toothbrush for all the family on a budget, look no further than the Colgate Extra Clean brush, available in soft or medium varieties. The bristles are different heights in order to give an all-over clean for your teeth and gums, with a special cleaning tip to access the very back of your mouth. On the back of the head, you’ll find a tongue cleaner to remove odour-causing bacteria, and the handle is ergonomically designed with rubber thumb grips for better control.

    Best All-Round Mouthwash

    Listerine Total Care Zero Alcohol

    Most mouthwashes simply cover bad breath with a fresh scent, so it’s best to choose a product that has genuine anti-bacterial properties in order to promote good oral health. Listerine contains active ingredients which are proven to kill germs, reduce plaque, protect gums and prevent tartar build up. The zero alcohol formula has a less intense taste so you feel minty fresh without an overwhelmingly strong scent.

    To find out more about dental care at home or to make an appointment for an orthodontic consultation call us now on 07 3054 6767 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.