• 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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!

    invisalign 3d scan in brisbane

  • How to Get a Killer Smile

    We would all love to have a smile that lights up the room and makes you feel like a Hollywood star, so aside from proper brushing and flossing, what else can you do to achieve your dream look? Read on to find out!

    Whitening

    Tooth whitening is one of the most affordable and fast ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. There is a huge range of options for whitening procedures including both at-home and in-chair treatments. The right choice for you will depend on your budget, time constraints and the overall effect you want to achieve. Whitening is a great first step in your smile makeover to give you an instant confidence boost.

    Braces

    Braces are the most popular way to correct tooth alignment for adults and children across Australia. A system of brackets and wires across your teeth helps to slowly guide them into the correct position to reveal a beautiful straight smile when treatment is complete. Braces are an affordable way to realign teeth. Here at Tony Weir Orthodontics, we offer tooth-coloured brackets to give a subtler look.

    Lingual Braces

    If you want to straighten your teeth without wearing visible braces, then lingual braces – also known as ‘incognito braces’ are a great option. For this treatment, the brackets and wires attach to the back of your teeth so they are much less noticeable and don’t distort the natural contour of your lips so they won’t affect your speech in the same way.

    Invisalign

    Invisalign is the future of tooth realignment. This system uses a series of clear, removable brace trays to straighten your teeth with guaranteed results. Your treatment will be mapped out using 3D imaging so your progress is highly predictable, and the aligners are virtually invisible. Our patients find that wearing their Invisalign trays is very comfortable and, as they can be removed for eating and cleaning, they affect your daily life much less than traditional braces.

    Reshaping

    If you only have one or two small imperfections in your teeth then reshaping or contouring could be the solution for you. This simple procedure can correct irregularities in the shape and texture of your teeth, such as small chips, pointy canines, overlong teeth or surface flaws. Contouring can also be carried out in conjunction with realignment treatment such as braces or Invisalign to complete your smile transformation.

    Removable Appliances

    Once you’ve completed treatment to achieve that killer smile, now you have to maintain it! Orthodontic procedures such as braces or Invisalign are highly successful in realigning your teeth and perfecting your smile; however, in order to keep your teeth from shifting back into incorrect position, you’ll need to use a removable appliance (or retainer ) after your treatment. This can be a clear retainer worn at night, a plate retainer for upper or lower arches or a discreet bonded retainer on your lower front teeth.

    To find out how the Tony Weir Orthodontics team can help you to get the killer smile you’ve always dreamed of, call us now on 07 3054 6767 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.

  • How to Choose an Orthodontist

    Choosing an orthodontist is an important decision as you will be spending significant time and money on your treatment. Below, we list some of the key factors to consider when making your decision.

    a young female orthodontist stands in her treatment room with a family of patients

    Convenient Location

    When searching for a new orthodontist, finding a practice in a convenient location is an important factor. Make sure the location fits into your daily routine and not simply near your home – if you are planning orthodontic treatment for yourself then a location near to your workplace will be most convenient. If you are arranging treatment for your child, a practice near their school will minimise time away from the classroom. The Tony Weir team works out of two offices in Corinda and Greenslopes so you can arrange appointments at whichever location is best for you.

    Practical Opening Times

    At Tony Weir, we understand it can be difficult to fit orthodontic appointments into your busy schedule, so we offer extended opening times for your convenience. Tuesday-Saturday, one of our offices is open from 7.45am so you have the freedom to make appointments before school or work begins for the day. In addition to this, our Corinda office is open on Saturdays for those times when a weekday appointment just isn’t possible.

    Advanced Technology

    We believe that in order to give the best possible care to our patients, it is vital to keep up with the latest advances in orthodontic technology, including the best in diagnostic imaging and treatment services. One example of the technology that we use is heat-activated brace wires which control the rate of your teeth movement and result in fewer adjustment visits.

    Client Focus

    Orthodontic treatment can take upwards of 12 months to complete, so you want to know that you’ll be spending time in a caring environment with dental and office staff who put patient needs first. At Tony Weir Orthodontics, we see your first consultation as the start of our relationship and pledge to always do the very best we can in looking after you, we listen to you when you talk and do our very best to minimise waiting times.

    Leaders in the Field

    Whether you’re looking for Invisalign, braces or combined treatments, you want to be safe in the hands of an experienced and knowledgeable team. Our practice was the first in Australia to achieve platinum-level certification from Invisalign and our founder, Dr Weir, has continued to drive the practice forward ever since. With over 30 years of experience, Dr Weir is not only a highly qualified orthodontic specialist but also a lecturer and clinical consultant for Invisalign internationally.

    Reputation

    A great way to choose your next orthodontist is by relying on recommendations, testimonials and past patient experiences. When you know patients before you have had successful treatment and a positive orthodontic experience, it gives you peace of mind that you’re making the right decision. Check out our smile gallery to see the stunning transformations we have worked to achieve for real patients.

    Understand the Costs

    Shopping around for treatment doesn’t just mean choosing the cheapest service but finding a solution that is right for your unique needs. At Tony Weir, we do not claim to be the cheapest practice in Brisbane, but we are committed to providing the best possible treatment using the most appropriate products. We will provide you with a detailed treatment quotation in advance so that there are no nasty surprises and no hidden costs. We can also offer payment plans to help ease the burden.

    To learn more about what we offer at Tony Weir Orthodontics, call us now on 07 3054 6767 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.

  • Invisalign for Teenagers – No Train Tracks

    If your teenager is worried about crooked teeth but is also reluctant to get braces, you might want to consider looking into the Invisalign orthodontic treatment. With teenagers often being self-conscious about their looks, they can put up quite a fight against wearing “train track” braces for a year or more.

    While on the one hand, they want a straight and perfect smile, they probably don’t want to go through the pain or experience of wearing braces.

    a female teenager holding removable Invisalign aligners

    This can make things tricky for parents who want their child’s teeth and jaws to be in the best position for good dental health for life. Invisalign can straighten your smile without unsightly metal braces, and can even be removed for special occasions like school formals or 18 th birthday parties.

    If you are the parent of a teenager who requires braces, this article will help you determine if Invisalign for your teen is a good option.

    How Does Invisalign Work?

    Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners that work like clear braces worn over the teeth. Your teenager will get all the benefits of braces without the pain or metal mouth nicknames.

    Throughout the Invisalign treatment, your child will change their plastic aligners every two weeks. Their teeth will continually move into a straighter position until they have a more beautiful smile.

    How Long Does Invisalign Take?

    The average duration of Invisalign treatment is about one year, but it can vary from patient to patient depending on their existing teeth and jaw positions and how far the teeth will need to move.

    Your child will need to visit their orthodontist every 6 to 8 weeks for regular adjustments and to check on their progress.

    Why Choose Invisalign over Traditional Braces?

    The benefits of choosing Invisalign to straighten your teenager’s teeth include:

    • An almost invisible treatment solution – teenagers will feel comfortable smiling and talking, even when wearing their aligners
    • Less pain than traditional braces, which have been known to cause more pain and irritation to the mouth than Invisalign
    • Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to remove them when eating certain types of food that can be more difficult to eat, as well as to brush, floss and for special occasions
    • Fewer orthodontist visits, as opposed to the more frequent 3-4 weeks between visits for traditional braces
    • Invisalign uses 3D imaging technology to map out your treatment. This allows parents and children to see a simulation showing how the teeth will look after a few months of treatment

    Does Invisalign sound like the perfect solution and compromise for your teenager? At Tony Weir Orthodontics , we are a platinum level Invisalign partner, allowing us to provide your teenage son or daughter with the highest quality orthodontic treatment in Brisbane.

    Make an appointment for your teenager to see if Invisalign is the right solution for their straighter smile. Call the dental clinic on 07 3278 1492 or contact us online .

  • Infographic: Invisalign vs Braces

    Find out at a glance the core differences between Invisalign and braces in our latest infographic, packed full of facts and figures.

    Invisalign is comfortable, see-through and removable — it might just be right for you or your child.

    Infographic - Invisalign vs Braces

  • How to Keep Invisalign Trays Clean

    A little more than 3 million people are using Invisalign to bring their teeth into perfect alignment. These braces are made out of clear plastic, making them invisible. People of all age groups can use Invisalign to correct uneven teeth. Since these retainers don’t draw attention, they’re ideal for those who are embarrassed by traditional metallic braces. Moreover, they’re entirely removable at home, so patients can carry on brushing and flossing as usual without having to worry about gathering particles in the space between the aligners and their teeth.

    toothbrush next to an Invisalign tray

    Cleaning Invisalign Trays

    While Invisalign can offer you great results, you must know how to care for your trays so that they last you for at least 2 weeks and they don’t end up smelling bad. Invisalign trays have to be cleaned at least once a day. You can use regular denture cleaning tablets for this purpose or special Invisalign crystals that are only available through certain orthodontists in Australia. The cost of the latter is quite high, which is why many patients opt for regular denture cleaning tablets instead. If you feel your tray has trapped food or small particles, you must remove it, brush it lightly with a regular toothbrush, rinse it and put it back on. That being said, you also need to brush your teeth before you put on clean Invisalign trays. There’s no point in wearing clean trays on teeth that are full of bacteria or plaque.

    While some people prefer using toothpaste to clean their aligners, you must exercise caution when you do this. Abrasive toothpaste could scratch the aligners leaving them looking a bit dull. So if you want to use toothpaste instead of denture cleaning products, look for a non-abrasive one.

    Easy Maintenance of Invisalign Trays

    Always remember to remove your trays before eating meals or even snacks. Don’t leave your trays lying around in the open and make sure you put them back in the case when they’re not being used. Make sure you avoid leaving them out of your mouth for extended periods of time; doing so will only delay tooth alignment and prolong treatment.

    Don’t throw away your trays before the set 2 week period or unless otherwise instructed. Your orders are custom-made so if you lose your trays or throw them away you might be left without a set. Also, refrain from putting your aligners into hot water. They are made out of acrylic and will get damaged beyond repair.

    Orthodontists will ask you to leave your trays on for at least 18-22 hours a day for speedy results, so make sure you keep your aligners on while you sleep at night.

    If you have any queries about Invisalign trays, get in touch with the professionals at Tony Weir Orthodontics in Brisbane. We are platinum-level certified by Invisalign for having successfully applied Invisalign trays on more than 100 patients. Our knowledge and expertise have transformed the smile of patients for more than 20 years.

    If you’re due for a check-up or want Invisalign braces, book an appointment online or call us on 07 3054 6761.

  • Braces: They’re not just for kids anymore (INFOGRAPHIC)

    When it comes to teeth straight is best, so let’s get straight to the point – everybody deserves a perfect smile, so why do we only put braces on children?

    The truth is, braces aren’t just for kids anymore. With continual advances in technology, adults around the country are taking up the call for greater oral health and an eye-catching smile.

    Take a look at our infographic below for facts and figures on braces for adults – if you have any queries or would like a consultation, please give us a call today.

    Braces aren't just for adults anymore - an Infographic

  • Why Braces Are Still the Most Popular Way to Straighten Your Teeth

    Do you want to straighten your teeth and feel more confident about your smile?

    A variety of orthodontic options exist today for people looking into getting braces . From traditional metal braces to clear Invisalign aligners, it can be a challenge to decide which choice is the best for your particular needs.

    Close up of woman’s smile with traditional metal braces on teeth

    An experienced orthodontist will be able to assess your individual needs and work with you to explain the benefits of each type. Let’s take a look at traditional braces – the best known practice in orthodontics, and still the most popular option to correct misaligned teeth in children, teenagers and adults around Australia.

    How the Treatment Works

    Braces are a combination of brackets and wires attached to the front of your teeth. The brackets grip onto your teeth while the wires are loosened or tightened to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

    Traditionally metal, some orthodontists also offer tooth-coloured brackets, making them far less visible than the conventional metal type.

    The length of your treatment will depend on how far your teeth need to be moved. Some cases will take only a few months; others, a few years. We take into account such factors as the patient’s age and health, as older patients will require longer treatments due to their denser jaw bones.

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Traditional Braces

    Traditional braces are more effective at treating extreme overcrowding than other options like clear braces or Invisalign aligners and are less expensive. They give your orthodontist the control he needs to move the teeth in small increments at a time.

    The main disadvantage of traditional braces is the metal mouth appearance. While less noticeable orthodontics like Invisalign may seem like a better choice for those who are conscious of their appearance, today’s braces are more visually appealing than in past years, with a range of colour options for both the brackets and the elastics. Wearing these types of braces also means that you don’t have to worry about ever misplacing your aligners.

    Who Are Braces Suitable for?

    Both children and adults can benefit from getting their teeth properly aligned. It’s recommended that children start their treatment once they’ve gotten all their permanent teeth (usually around age 7 or 8).

    Adult orthodontics are growing in popularity, and with an increasing range of options to fit in with your lifestyle, getting straight teeth can be easier than before. Adults can get their braces at any age, and while their treatment may take longer, they’re guaranteed to enjoy the final results just the same.

    Your best plan is to book in with an experienced and professional orthodontist for an individual consultation, to see what option is best for you.

    At Tony Weir Orthodontics we are specialists in a range of orthodontic treatments including traditional braces , lingual braces and invisible braces . If you’re interested in finding out more about braces, call us on (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online .