• 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 .

  • Get a Beautiful, Straight Smile with Invisalign

    Close up of woman’s hand and mouth, putting Invisalign aligner onto teeth Want to straighten your smile without unsightly metal braces? Invisalign may be the perfect answer for you.

    Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners that behave like clear braces to straighten crooked teeth in no time at all. You’ll get the benefits of braces, without the pain, or metal mouth nicknames.

    This can be a particularly appealing option for adults, who have made the decision to straighten their teeth later in life, but are worried about the appearance of traditional braces. Read on to see how Invisalign works, and the advantages of this treatment option.

    What to Expect from Your Invisalign Treatment

    The course of treatment involves changing aligners every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile.

    The average course of an Invisalign treatment is about a year. We ask that our patients visit us every 6 to 8 weeks for regular adjustments and to check on their progress. We’ll also provide a new set of custom-moulded clear aligners, depending on however many you need.

    The Benefits of Choosing Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

    • A Virtually Invisible Alternative
      Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible so it’s difficult for others to notice the treatment. You’ll feel comfortable smiling and talking, even when you’re wearing your aligners.
    • Less Pain, More Gain
      Most patients may feel pressure in the early stage when starting with the first few Invisalign aligners. The metal on traditional braces has been known to cause more pain and irritation to the mouth than Invisalign, and can even lead to painful mouth ulcers.
    • Remove Them Whenever You Need To
      Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to remove them when eating certain types of food that can be more difficult to eat – for example, nuts and apples. You can also remove them to easily brush and floss to maintain good oral hygiene.
    • Less Trips to the Orthodontist
      Approximately 6-8 weeks between orthodontist visits, as opposed to the more frequent 3-4 weeks between visits for traditional braces.
    • See the Results Before You Even Start
      Invisalign treatment allows you to visualise each stage of the treatment process, from the beginning to the end, giving you a clearer picture of the treatment duration. Traditional braces can only give you an estimate of the treatment’s duration at the beginning of the process.

      Invisalign uses 3D imaging technology to map out your treatment. We can run a simulation to show you how your teeth will look after a few months of treatment.

    Book Your Consultation with an Invisalign Professional

    Schedule an appointment with an approved Invisalign partner to get started on your straighter smile today.

    Tony Weir Orthodontics is a platinum level Invisalign partner, providing expert orthodontic treatment in Brisbane. Make an appointment to learn more about Invisalign , and see if it’s the right solution for you. Call us on (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online .

  • How to Get Your Teeth Looking Their Best with Braces

    Do you find that your smile troubles you?

    It’s not an uncommon experience for anyone who has dental issues, especially if they’re embarrassed about crooked teeth or an overbite. However, a good smile is a key asset in your personal appearance and has been considered one of the most important tools in interactive communication. With even a 100-millisecond-long glance, you can tell a lot about someone by checking their smile.

    Why Your Teeth’s Appearance Matters

    While it may sound vain to say so, physical attractiveness is a key measurement for many areas of life, from choosing friends and soul mates to securing employment and a higher level of income. As mentioned before, a good smile is one of the best signs of physical attractiveness and clean, corrected teeth are the foundation of a good smile.

    According to an ACNielsen survey conducted in 1999, around 81 per cent of Australians think good-looking teeth make for a nice smile and thus a more attractive appearance. In addition, 82 per cent of those surveyed think good teeth, and a nice smile is important to building up a person’s self-esteem. With such numbers, it’s easy to see how a simple matter like improving the aesthetics of your teeth can have a huge impact on your overall appearance, on how you perceive yourself and on how others perceive you in turn.

    Many adults experience dental issues in the form of a malocclusion , or a problem with crowding and poor spacing in their teeth. Crowding affects around 24 per cent of all women and 14 per cent of all men, at a rate that far exceeds what children or adolescents experience even while their teeth are still growing. An adult with a malocclusion is thus more likely to experience issues with self-esteem and showing off their smile in public.

    Where to Go for the Best Aesthetic Dental Care

    Fortunately, there are several options for treating a malocclusion, such as dental braces. Better still, adults have the option of choosing an alternative to the unsightly metal wire-and-bracket braces that many children and adolescents wear. Invisible braces, available through top brands like Invisalign®, allow adults to correct their teeth on a daily basis without embarrassing themselves in front of others. These braces can even be removed for brushing your teeth and important social activities.

    When you’re faced with a malocclusion or other types of uncorrected teeth, you can turn to your local orthodontist for help. The team at our clinic is here for you. We look forward to helping you improve your smile and your overall confidence. We know a beautiful smile can make all the difference!

    Enquire Today

    To learn more about our orthodontic services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today or give us a call at 07 3054 6763.

  • Learn How 3D Digital Imaging Is Making Your New Smile Picture-Perfect In Rapid Time.

    Your teeth need straightening . You can’t stop thinking about it. It has bothered you for a while now and so you’ve started your online research, asking questions like:

    • How much does it cost to fix crooked teeth?
    • How long does it take to get your teeth straigthened?
    • How many visits do I have to go through with my Orthodontist?
    • How does Invisilign® work ?

    As technology enters every aspect of our lives, commonly called The Internet-Of-Things (IoT), it gets even better for both you and Orthodontists like me. Both of us can be awe-inspired!

    How We Use Computer Technology With Orthodontic Treatments

    What you also need to know is that State-of-the Art technology has simplified and virtually perfected the process of how leading Orthodontists approach correcting crooked teeth for children, teenagers and adults.

    Using Digital Scanners to Prepare Your Invisalign® Treatment Program

    Thanks to the advances in modern technology, we can now combine the iTero™ digital scanner system with Invislign® – an “invisible braces” treatment program – to produce a 3D model of your teeth and gums. The combination of these two great treatments means that you can get in and out of our office in record time. It means less time off work and less time in-between treatments, with greater comfort and precision.

    3 Easy Steps To Create Your 3D Impression Before Your Invisalign® Treatment

    Forward-thinking Orthodontists look for and are professionally trained in the latest advances in our field. Nothing could be more messy than taking impressions the old way with the “goo” on the tray!

    Today, we use digital imaging with the ITero™ system. This is how the system works.

    1. The Wand – We are fully trained to use the wand to traverse your tooth surface and gum tissue to carefully capture digital images.
    1. The Scan – You will be amazed to see on the TV monitor your 3D digital impression of your teeth evolve before you very eyes.
    1. The 3D Model is sent to the computer to build a model of your teeth and gums.

    Get Your New Smile Even Faster With Digital 3D Imaging

    It’s never been easier, more convenient or more comfortable to see your dental impression in 3D digital format and in real-time.

    Gone are the old ways of wiggling a goo-filled tray filled into your mouth that nearly makes you gag. No more dreading the second or third attempt to get your impression just right.

    Why Combine 3D Imaging With An Invisalign® Treatment Plan?

    • Comfortable – You can breathe naturally, with no gagging, no discomfort or unpleasant taste.
    • Safe – It does not expose you to radiation as it uses a laser to generate the images.
    • Accurate – Precise fit of Invisalign® braces, aligners and retainers. It eliminates the need to retake multiple impressions.
    • Fast – You can see your 3D model in real-time, reducing the wait time to get your new Invisilign® treatment plan.

    You already know how computer technology and mobile phones are changing the way you connect, communicate and socialise.

    Don’t wait to contact our office for a consultation and discussion how 3D digital imaging and your very own Invisalign® treatment plan can have you smiling! Contact us now