• Dentist Or Orthodontist? Which Do I Choose?

    When exploring your dental options. how do you know if you need an Orthodontist or a Dentist? And what are the differences?

    Well, we explain all of that right here.

    Oral care specialists (such as orthodontists, periodontists), learn the essentials of their specialty and then typically only practice orthodontics – all day, every day.

    These specialists do not do fillings, make crowns or false teeth, or perform any other “general dental procedures”.

    Dentists who carry out orthodontics, therefore may struggle to recognise when a patient’s needs are beyond the skills they have learned in a weekend or series of part-time courses (which tend not to be recognised by universities as meriting an academic qualification).

    The truth is that orthodontics is much more difficult than just putting some braces on some teeth and following a prescribed cookbook approach taught without the necessary breadth of diagnostic and clinical tools.

    Dentists can practice orthodontics and many do so successfully, just as your general practitioner doctor can remove a mole or suture a cut. However when it comes to important areas of the face, difficult procedures, possible tumours, things likely to leave scars etc, your general practitioner is unlikely to choose to perform such procedures himself – you will be referred to a medical specialist for better quality of care.

    The exact same situation applies to orthodontists and dentists. If the problem is difficult, unusual, or requires the best possible outcome, an orthodontist is much more likely to be able to provide the better quality treatment for you or your children.

    Even the cost of treatment is often no different and specialist treatment may actually cost less than well-meaning but ineffective dentist treatment. Health fund rebates are higher for specialist treatments. The single largest area of complaint to Dental Boards in Australia is related to orthodontic treatment provided by general dentists.

    Therefore, it is wise to carefully weigh up who you choose to provide the care for your smile that you desire. Dr Tony Weir has been is full time specialist practice of orthodontics for 30 years, and is an Honorary Senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. He lectures nationally and internationally to orthodontists on a regular basis.

    As our name suggest. orthodontics is what we do day in and day out, all of the time.

    We care for your smiles, and can’t wait to help you achieve your dream result.

  • It’s Not Easy Being a Teenager with Braces

    It’s already complicated being a teenager and sometimes braces can only worsen the struggle faced by a young person while they navigate their way through adolescence. Braces can cause self-esteem issues and be nuisances in everyday activities such as eating, talking and playing sports. However, the work is always worth it in the end! In this article, we look at how we can help teenagers through their treatment and hopefully make it that little bit easier.

    Investigate Alternatives

    In many cases, there will be alternatives to a regular brace that can achieve the same result. If your teenager is particularly unhappy with the effect that braces have on their appearance, then you can look into lingual braces or Invisalign . These treatments can be more expensive than a traditional external brace, but if it makes the patient significantly happier then that means an easier life for them, their parents and their orthodontist!

    Find Someone Who Can Empathise

    Sometimes braces can be uncomfortable, painful and frustrating to wear. If you had braces yourself in the past, then talk about your experience with your teenager so that they know that you understand what they’re going through. If you’ve never had a brace, then ask a family member who has to have a chat with your child so that they feel they have someone to talk to about their issues.

    Perhaps an older sibling or cousin had braces previously and can show your teenager before and after photos of their treatment so that they know it’ll be worth it in the end – the important thing is that your teenager knows they aren’t alone.

    Turn Low Self Esteem into Brace Pride

    We live in a modern society and wearing braces doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Spend some time with your teenager looking at photos of celebrities who wear or have worn braces and you’ll be surprised at what you find. Try searching Instagram for #braces, #braceface or even #babeswithbraces and you’ll instantly find thousands of photos of people happily undergoing orthodontic treatment. A brace is an investment in a future perfect smile and with many options of colours and types of braces, your teenager has some control over customising their look.

    Focus on Results

    Your Brisbane orthodontist will be able to give you a rough estimation of how long the treatment will take, so keep your teenager upbeat by focusing on how soon the day will come when they are brace-free with a beautiful straight smile. To your teenager, it may seem like they’ll be wearing the brace forever but with a busy life of schooling, extra-curricular activities and socialising, the final day will arrive in no time. Take photos along the way when their brace is changed so they can visualise their progress for extra motivation.

    To find out about the range of braces 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.

  • What is the Difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

    Orthodontists and dentists both serve similar roles in looking after your oral health, but they do this in different ways. In this article, we look at the similarities and differences between these two disciplines.

    Varying Educational Backgrounds

    Both dentists and orthodontists have completed 5 years of dental training to obtain a bachelors degree in dentistry. At this stage, you become a qualified dentist but you must then undertake 3 further years of postgraduate study to become a specialist orthodontist . All orthodontists are therefore qualified and trained dentists, but dentists are not qualified in orthodontics which is why your general dentist will refer you to a specialist for orthodontic treatment.

    Different Focus of Treatment

    This is where the main differences between the two professions lie. Dentistry is a broad discipline which deals with many issues of teeth, gums, nerves and jaws whereas orthodontics focuses on tooth alignment , bite correction and occlusion. Your dentist is focused on improving and maintaining your overall oral health but more severe teeth and jaw problems are dealt with by an orthodontic specialist.

    Complementary Practices

    Dentists and orthodontists can work together to treat patients. If your regular dentist thinks you need orthodontic work, they will refer you to a specialist and vice versa. You don’t need a referral to go to an orthodontist or a dentist in Brisbane, but when you do get a referral from a professional, you trust you’re going to the right place.

    Who Do I Need to See?

    If you think of an orthodontist as a specialist for correcting the alignment of your teeth, and a dentist as a caretaker for your overall oral health then it’s simple to work out which professional you need to see. If you have a problem with infection, disease, tooth pain or are looking for cosmetic treatments such as whitening or veneers then your general dentist covers all of these. For braces, Invisalign and other tooth straightening treatments, you’ll need an appointment with an orthodontic specialist.

    To find out if orthodontic treatment is the right choice for you, call Tony Weir Orthodontics on 07 3054 6767 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.

  • 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.

  • Things to Consider before Your First Orthodontist Appointment

    Your first orthodontic consultation should be about discussing your treatment options and seeing if you feel comfortable with the solutions on offer. It is also a chance to get to know the dental team and their clinic environment.

    By doing your homework before your first orthodontist appointment, you can ensure that you’re getting the best results from your consultation. Here are some factors to consider before you sit down with your new orthodontist, so you can work together to achieve the best treatment possible.

    young woman with an orthodontist

    Choosing the Right Orthodontist

    Choosing the best orthodontist to straighten your teeth is the key to achieving a smile that you’ll be happy with for the rest of your life. There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of time and money on dental treatments that don’t work as expected or don’t last as long as they should.

    Many people who have worn braces in the past need to have a second round of braces or further orthodontic work to realign teeth all over again. Do your research. Read through Brisbane orthodontist websites and look at online reviews, as well as smile galleries to see results on real patients.

    Exploring Your Options for Orthodontic Treatment

    At your first appointment, your orthodontist should make sure you’re clear about your treatment needs. They should also ensure that you understand the different options you have for achieving a straight smile. Orthodontic solutions aren’t one fit for all patients.

    These days, there are many different types of braces to choose from. While traditional metal braces are still very popular, there are other less visible options that could be more suitable for your lifestyle, such as lingual braces or invisible braces . Talk to your orthodontist and learn more about the range of services they provide.

    Orthodontics for Children

    If you’re booking an orthodontics appointment for your teenager or child, make sure the orthodontist offers paediatric services. It is recommended that children see an orthodontist at around age 7 when all permanent teeth should have developed.

    Having an orthodontic consultation at this age allows problems to be resolved early, reducing the amount of time the child will need to wear braces in the future or eliminating the need for braces altogether. Make sure you talk to an orthodontist who specialises in children’s dental needs.

    Book an Appointment with a Brisbane Orthodontist

    At Tony Weir Orthodontics , you’ll be able to discuss orthodontic solutions and treatment options with an experienced and professional team that has an outstanding history of client satisfaction.

    Call 07 3278 1492 or contact us online to make an appointment today.

  • 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.

  • Why is it Important to Correct Your Bite?

    Many people think braces and other orthodontic treatment are only about appearances, and therefore opt to skip them. They might not consider their misaligned or crooked teeth to be that big of a deal, or enough of a deal to invest in fixing it.

    However, orthodontics doesn’t just improve the aesthetics of your smile – it works to also improve your overall bite. Braces , plates and retainers and other orthodontic treatments can have a positive effect on your overall health.

    Your teeth are part of a much larger system of muscles and joints that can affect your head, neck and other parts of your body. Because everything in your body is linked, a bad bite could be causing you other issues without you even realising it. For example, teeth that are too crowded or overlapping may be causing you to suffer from frequent headaches!

    Correcting your bite can be achieved through orthodontics, and can have long lasting effects; relieving pain you might not even have known was related to your teeth.

    Woman with straight white teeth biting into an apple

    Why Do Some People Have Poor Bites?

    Underbites, overbites and crooked teeth are physical traits, in the same way of that in blue eyes or red hair. Other factors that can affect a bite are losing teeth, periodontal disease, jaw injuries, or an uneven crown or filling. Bad habits can also result in a poor bite. Tongue thrusting and extended thumb-sucking, and pacifier or bottle use can be contributing factors.

    Another very important contributing factor is the way children posture their mouth during the growth period. If young children are mouth breathers and constantly have their mouth open, the consequences can be very significant in the development of jaws, face and airway.

    One of the most important things to remember is to fix the problem early to avoid problems later in life.

    Problems Caused by Bad Bites

    Common problems include:

    • Lower self-esteem due to crooked or crowded smiles
    • Improper chewing, that can result in uneven wear on the teeth and deterioration of the jaw
    • Speech impediments
    • Straining of the jaw
    • Difficulty keeping the teeth clean, leading to periodontal disease

    How do You Know if You Need to Correct Your Bite?

    In many cases, simply looking at the teeth may be enough. But in other cases, an experienced orthodontist will need to examine the patient. During your examination, the orthodontist will take photos and x-rays, and sometimes even moulds or impressions of your teeth.

    Once the orthodontist has determined the exact issue or issues, he or she can work with you to craft a treatment plan specifically designed for your needs. Your orthodontist will help you determine the proper course of action to not only give you a more beautiful smile, but a properly functioning one, as well.

    The orthodontic professionals at Tony Weir Orthodontics will be able to assess your bite, and see how it is linked to your overall health. Call (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online to make an appointment today.

  • How Does Orthodontics Compare to Cosmetic Dentistry?

    Both orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry work with your teeth to achieve a more aesthetic and pleasing smile. However, there can be some confusion over exactly what each branch of dentistry involves, and the difference between the two.

    Orthodontist examining a patient’s teeth with dental equipment

    Today we’ll take a look at what both orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry can achieve, and the benefits of each treatment style.

    Cosmetic Dentistry – Fast Results

    The major appeal of cosmetic dentistry is how quickly results can be achieved. Done properly, cosmetic changes can not only give you a youthful, beautiful smile but also repair issues on worn, cracked or unhealthy teeth.

    Cosmetic dentistry is often used to correct problems that require quick attention. For example, if you chipped or broke your tooth during an accident, a cosmetic dentist can repair the damage or use porcelain crowns to cover it. Cosmetic dentistry can also be the answer if you want to bleach or reshape your teeth so they all match – especially important after fillings or if you have rough spots on some of your teeth.

    Another time when cosmetic dentistry shines is when you’re trying to solve deep staining, such as the one caused by years of smoking or the use of tetracycline antibiotics. Teeth whitening, often a combination of laser whitening and at-home tray treatments is often recommended to people who have worn braces for a long time and might have uneven colouring when the braces finally come off.

    Cosmetic dentistry can do one other thing that orthodontics also does: it can close the gap between teeth – although not in the same way. If you have gaps between your teeth, a cosmetic dentist can use veneers to cover your teeth and help you achieve a perfect smile in just a few visits. However, the solution will just be cosmetic, as your original teeth will remain in their original position.

    Orthodontic Treatment – Long Lasting Results, Greater Health Benefits

    Orthodontic treatment , on the other hand, can provide greater health benefits than just improving the aesthetic appearance of your teeth.

    Orthodontic treatment typically makes use of braces , plates and retainers to rearrange the position of your teeth and move them into the right place, over time.

    The slower orthodontic treatment has a number of benefits. For starters, it preserves the integrity of your own teeth. In cosmetic dentistry, sometimes it’s necessary to extract teeth – even healthy ones – in order to achieve the proper result.

    If you have trouble sleeping or breathing because of the position of your teeth, or if you have jaw pain or difficulty chewing, it may be connected to bad teeth positioning. In this case you might require orthodontic treatment. The more pronounced the problem is, the higher the chances you will need braces rather than cosmetic treatment to truly correct the underlying problem.

    Cosmetic dentistry is rarely recommended for children and teens because the jaw is still growing and teeth (like wisdom teeth) are still coming out. In this case, braces can be a much better choice.

    So, Which Option to Choose?

    Still confused about what option is better for you? Talking to an experienced and professional dentist is always the best way to figure the right treatment option for your particular case.

    If you’d like to discuss your options with orthodontics as compared to cosmetic dentistry, book an appointment with the team at Tony Weir Orthodontics . Simply 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.