• Teeth Grinding and Braces

    Patients suffering from teeth grinding or bruxism tend to grind their teeth while sleeping at night. There are many underlying causes of teeth grinding and it can be quite difficult to pinpoint the exact cause, especially if the patient does not present any mechanical tooth problem like misalignment or gaps in the teeth.

    Stress, teeth erupting, psychiatric problems, medications and temporomandibular (jaw joint) disorders are common culprits. If stress is the cause, the patient will have to further identify the stressors that trigger teeth grinding and avoid them when possible.

    How Teeth Grinding Affects You

    Teeth grinding can be troublesome for both patients and their partners. Since it is audible, it can greatly disturb the person sleeping in the same room as the patient. Patients who grind their teeth often suffer from jaw aches and headaches during the day. Their jaws may make clicking sounds when they open their mouths to eat, laugh or talk. One of the biggest concerns is the amount of tooth damage grinding can cause. Frequent teeth grinding destroys the enamel on the tooth’s surface and in extreme cases leads to root exposure and increased tooth sensitivity.

    Patients suffering from teeth grinding should visit their dentist to determine if the grinding is caused by mechanical tooth problems as these concerns can be fixed through braces, dental bridges or implants. Once the teeth are correctly aligned, patients might not feel the need to grind their teeth in their sleep any longer.

    How Braces Prevent Teeth Grinding

    Orthodontics like braces and retainers hold the teeth in place, offering a better bite and smile. They straighten the teeth and prevent grinding in some patients. There are several types of braces available today, from the most discreet, natural looking ones to the more durable metallic ones. Once your teeth are brought into correct alignment, you will have to use retainers, so that they don’t gradually return to their former position. Infrequent use of retainers will not keep the teeth straight, so the problem of teeth grinding will return if the teeth shift back to their uneven state.

    Oftentimes, the grinding becomes more severe in the first few weeks after braces have been fitted. This is because your mouth has to adjust to the new brace. As the teeth become aligned, the grinding will decrease and ultimately become a thing of the past.

    Treating the Causes of Bruxism

    It’s easier to tackle teeth grinding if the true cause is known. In certain cases, patients suffering from teeth grinding can’t identify the real cause and this greatly impacts their quality of life. Antidepressant medications, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease are also responsible for teeth grinding in a certain few people. Patients suffering from this condition are often prescribed muscle relaxants to ease jaw pain.

    stop sign with bruxism

    If stress is the cause, patients are asked to pursue stress relieving activities and avoid caffeinated products that disrupt normal sleep patterns. They also have to use mouthguards to protect their teeth and reduce the sound associated with teeth grinding. Mouth guards are custom-designed orthodontic appliances that protect the teeth in the upper and lower jaw from damage caused by unconscious teeth grinding. These guards are made of acrylic and they cushion the teeth, protecting them from enamel erosion.

    If you have trouble sleeping at night due to teeth grinding, speak to our friendly practitioners at Tony Weir Orthodontics to find a suitable treatment plan. We offer you high-quality orthodontics to improve your quality of life.

    Reach us online to book an appointment or give us a call on 07 3278 1492. We operate from two locations in Brisbane for your greater convenience.

  • What are the Benefits of Wearing a Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment?

    Have you recently been liberated from your metal braces , or finished up your Invisalign treatment? We bet you’re glad to have your braces removed, revealing your beautiful new straight teeth and smile!

    We’d also bet you’re keen to hold onto that new smile after all that time and care (and money!) so you’ll now want to make sure that it’s an investment that lasts.

    That’s why it’s very important that you continue to follow your orthodontist’s advice and plan, even after you’ve gotten your braces removed. To keep your teeth from shifting back, and continue correcting your bite and any minor teeth movements, we recommend using removable appliances – commonly known as retainers.

    Woman with straight teeth smiling, holding two removable retainer devices

    There are many different types of removable retainer devices that orthodontists recommend using to best preserve your smile. Let’s take a look at some of these options.

    Bonded Retainers

    This common retainer is used for the lower front teeth. Bonded retainers are glued to the back of the lower six front teeth, with an option to leave it permanently in place to keep those teeth in position. These bonded retainers are very discreet, as they are on the inside of your teeth only. Adults may particularly like this option, as it’s almost invisible to others.

    Clear Retainers

    This common retainer is used for the upper front teeth, available in a clear material . It’s recommended for wearing while sleeping, especially to prevent tooth movements during this time. Just pop your retainer in before bed after cleaning your teeth. Both teenagers and adults will feel comfortable with these retainers, as they have no impact on daily life.

    Plate Retainers

    Available for either the upper or lower arches, plate retainers will keep all your teeth secured and provide peace of mind after your orthodontic treatment. Be aware that you may need to remove your retainer for eating and drinking – your orthodontist will be able to provide you with specific instructions for your individual treatment.

    Banded Retainers

    Banded retainers are provided for patients with specific dental issues. These appliances are glued to the back of the teeth and can be left permanently in place to ensure proper teeth correction.

    Whichever retainer you have, make sure you wear it for as long as your orthodontist recommends, to help you keep that dream smile for life.

    At Tony Weir Orthodontics , our team of expert orthodontists will ensure your treatment lasts beyond your achieved smile – we want your smile to last a lifetime. If you need more information about retainers, or have any questions about your treatment plan, call (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online .

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • What is a retainer and when do I need one?

    Orthodontic retainers Orthodontic retainers have been used for many years as a follow on from orthodontic treatment. Retainers come in a variety of forms and are matched to both the needs of your teeth and your lifestyle requirements.

    Modern orthodontic retainers look like small clear plastic mouth guards

    Retainers are made by making a mould of the teeth; this mould is then used to create a plaster replica of the teeth. Using this replica the retainer can be made and then fitted once produced.

    Another form of retainer is a fixed or bonded retainer where a wire is glued to the inside of the top or bottom teeth.

    Important things to know about orthodontic retainers

    • Every orthodontic case needs retainers
    • Different types or retainers are available
    • Some types are more suited to certain problems than others
    • If correctly work retainers will prevent excessive relapse or undesirable change in the treated case
    • Retainers should be worn for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight
    • Failure to wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment will result in tooth movement.

    Find out more about retainers or contact us

  • The affordable way to correct a child’s bite without braces

    Functional appliances are plates used by orthodontists to correct bites in growing children. The most common bite problem is where the front teeth protrude further than the lower teeth causing a buck tooth effect. In a growing child this sort of problem can be corrected using functional appliances.

    A function appliance works by stimulating an exercise that promotes change in the way that the jaw and teeth are developing and results in a correcting of the teeth overlap as the teeth and jaw grow.

    Functional appliances are an excellent means of correcting bites in growing children and are cheaper and more economical than braces .

    Resolve your child’s orthodontic treatment early with functional appliances.

    Find out more about functional appliances and whether they are a good fit for your family Contact Dr Tony Weir

    Orthodontic Appliances for Children