• 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.

  • 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

  • Did You Know These Famous Faces Once Had Braces?

    Once purely the reserve of teenagers, orthodontic braces have recently become more popular with adults who are keen on achieving their dream smile!

    In fact, even A-list celebrities have been seen sporting train tracks and metal mouths, and many have admitted that their movie star smiles have had a little help from orthodontics.

    Celebrities Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning on the red carpet smiling with braces

    From singers and actors of all ages, check out this list of celebs who have embraced braces to achieve their smiles.

    • Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s leading actress – braces as a teenager
    • Beyonce Knowles, RnB superstar – adult braces at 29
    • Britney Spears, pop sensation – braces and retainer in her teenage years
    • Dakota Fanning, who won our hearts in I Am Sam – braces in early teens
    • Delta Goodrem, singer-songwriter – adult braces at 20
    • Faye Dunaway, celebrity actress – adult braces at 61!
    • Gwen Stefani, queen of punk rock – adult braces at 30
    • Khloe Kardashian, celebrity sister – adult Invisalign
    • Niall Horan, One Direction boy bander – teenage braces
    • Nicolas Cage, actor – underwent orthodontic treatment between films.
    • Prince Harry, English royalty – braces in his 20s
    • Tom Cruise, A-list actor – adult braces at 39

    Wear Your Braces with Pride!

    You may be even more surprised to hear that a lot of these celebrities have opted for traditional metal braces , instead of deciding on less visible options such as clear Invisalign braces, and lingual braces that are fitted to the inside of teeth. With this statement, celebs are showing that they’re not just embracing their braces; they’re showing them off loud and proud!

    When superstar Beyonce donned the full metal brackets there was nothing technically wrong with her teeth. The RnB star has said she wanted to send a message to millions of her teenage fans that ‘faces with braces’ can still have ‘grins that wins’.

    Another famous songstress, Gwen Stefani, said her braces were the first thing she bought once her punk rock band No Doubt made a bit of money. ‘I always told myself when I got rich, that’s the first thing I’d do,’ Gwen has claimed.

    Wearing braces shows you care about looking after your teeth, and your future smile. And there’s nothing cooler than being yourself, and showing that to the world – if you’re not bothered by your braces it’s likely no one else is either!

    Feel Better About Braces

    These days, traditional braces come in a range of different colours and styles and the latest versions are almost invisible, with clear or natural coloured brackets. If it’s still important to you or your child to have a less visible treatment option, you may like to consider the virtually invisible lingual braces or clear Invisalign aligners.

    Book an Appointment with a Professional Orthodontist

    Whichever treatment option you choose, we hope this has been a nice reminder that even the rich and the famous aren’t born with perfect teeth.

    If your child or teenager is feeling self-conscious about their braces, remind them of this fact, and show them some photos of Beyonce and Britney, Prince Harry and Niall. And if you’ve been unsure about getting adult braces yourself, remember – if Tom Cruise and Faye Dunaway can do it in their 40s and 60s, so can you!

    Call the team at Tony Weir Orthodontics on (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online to make an appointment and start working towards your dream smile.

  • What are Lingual Braces and Would They Be Suitable for Me?

    Do you want a straighter smile without the visible wires and brackets of traditional braces?

    Close up of open mouth with mirror reflecting the metal braces on the inside of the teeth

    Lingual braces are just like conventional braces, except the brackets and wires are attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front. This makes them invisible to see, so if you are looking to straighten your teeth, but are self-conscious about the look of visible braces, this could be the best orthodontic treatment for you.

    Who Are Lingual Braces Right for?

    An experienced orthodontist will be able to advise you if lingual braces are the best option for you. Most people are perfect candidates for this type of treatment.

    However, adults may find it a particularly attractive option as their appearance will not be altered in any way throughout the treatment – work colleagues, friends and strangers won’t even know your braces are there!

    What Are the Benefits of Choosing Lingual Braces?

    Like all orthodontic treatments, there are certain pros and cons to lingual braces.

    Here are both the advantages and disadvantages of lingual braces, to provide you with a bit more information about the treatment when you speak to an orthodontist further.

    The Pros

    The number one advantage of lingual braces is that you’ll feel less self-conscious about your braces when talking to other people.

    In addition, compared to the conventional kind, lingual braces don’t distort the natural contour of your lips. Your appearance will not be altered at all, overall.

    As well as these advantages, lingual braces are also guaranteed to have a treatment time that is the same or less compared to front-facing braces.

    The Cons

    The primary disadvantage of lingual braces is their cost – they are generally approximately twice as expensive as conventional braces. This is something you will need to weigh up when you discuss your options with your orthodontist. If invisibility of your braces is important to your career, social life or just your own self-esteem, you may consider it a solid and worthy investment in the long run.

    Another factor to consider when choosing lingual braces is that you may find it a little difficult to speak for a few days while you get used to them. A professional orthodontist will be able to help you adjust to your lingual braces, and provide you with information and assistance at each stage of your treatment.

    Tony Weir Orthodontics offers lingual braces as one of our wide range of professional orthodontic treatments.

    If you’d like to find out more about lingual braces , and if it’s the best orthodontic option for you, call (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online to book an appointment. An orthodontist will be able to provide an expert opinion and treatment plan for you, helping you achieve a more confident, beautiful smile.