• 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.

  • Our Easy Guide to Cleaning Your Teeth with Braces

    Braces can achieve amazing results in straightening and realigning your teeth, but it’s important to look after both your teeth and your braces throughout the entire treatment. When you’re going through the discomfort and expense of wearing braces for a length of time, the last thing you want is to cause tooth decay, gum disease or tooth staining from improper oral care. Below, we list some top tips on how to look after your teeth with braces.

    a woman smiles wearing braces while she holds up dental cleaning tools

    Get the Right Brush

    When you’re wearing a brace with brackets, wires and sometimes elastics, there are a lot of additional places for food particles to become trapped in your mouth and risk causing a build-up of bacteria. In order to clean these small surfaces and harder to reach areas, you should choose a brush with a smaller head. Try the Oral B ‘Ortho’ manual toothbrush or ‘Ortho’ head for electric toothbrushes which are specially designed to clean around braces.

    Be Gentle

    It can be tempting to be more enthusiastic with your tooth brushing when cleaning around a brace as you’re worried about getting rid of any debris, but be careful not to aggravate gums that could be sore from recent orthodontic treatment or brace adjustment. Choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles and brush thoroughly but gently, covering all four quadrants of your mouth in turn.

    Use a Floss Threader

    Trying to floss teeth under braces isn’t easy, but you can simplify the process by using an orthodontic floss threader. This is a thin piece of flexible plastic that you can thread like a needle to get floss onto the other side of teeth. Floss picks are another tool that can make flossing easier with braces – these have a short section of floss held between two prongs that you can use with one hand to get between the brace brackets.

    Kill Bacteria with Mouthwash

    If you’re worried that you can no longer reach every part of your mouth with a toothbrush or floss now that you have a brace , then make sure to use mouthwash as part of your oral care routine. Mouthwashes such as Colgate Advanced Pro-Shield have antibacterial properties to kill 99% of germs on contact, reduce the build-up of plaque and help to prevent gingivitis. On top of this the mouthwash will leave you with fresh breath and 12 hours of protection against germs – what more could you want!

    For more advice on cleaning your teeth with braces from the team of ortho-experts at Tony Weir Orthodontics, call us now on 07 3054 6767 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.

  • Advantages of Having Straight Teeth

    Thinking about getting braces? The team at Tony Weir has collated a list of very valid reasons why straight teeth matter and the benefits that come with a beautiful smile.

    happy smiling girl with braces

    Health Benefits Associated With Straight Teeth

    When your teeth are misaligned, food particles can lodge between your teeth resulting in an increased chance of plaque build-up. This translates into a snowball effect because the more food build-up, the more plaque; therefore, the more concern for periodontal disease and gum disease.

    An improper bite also means you can’t chew food properly, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems. Since your oral and body health is connected, it is imperative to correct any oral conditions or irregularities to avoid serious health problems from occurring. If your teeth remain misaligned, this can pose a risk to your overall health.

    Again, a trickle-down effect takes place. Gum disease is a common issue faced by those with misaligned teeth as a result of plaque build-up which leads to tooth decay and erosion. Gum disease causes inflammation of the gums which, in severe cases, can lead to serious systemic health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.

    Remember, inflammation is not your friend and should be avoided at all costs. Deciding to correct your misaligned teeth can most certainly keep your teeth looking aesthetically pleasing as well as keeping your overall health in check.

    Straight Teeth To Enhance Your Appearance

    Thanks to advances in dental technology, braces have evolved considerably over the past 15 years. The days of referring to people wearing braces as “metal mouth” are done and dusted. More lightweight and cosmetically friendly options are now available and widely used as the preferred choice for orthodontic treatment. These include:

    Invisible braces: At Tony Weir Orthodontics, we make sure that the shape will be ideal to your case in order to get the results you want. As an option, instead of the metal brackets used on conventional braces, we use tooth coloured brackets which are virtually invisible and very difficult to detect.

    The length of the treatment will depend on how far the teeth need to be moved. Some treatments can take a few months while there are other cases that may need longer treatment.

    Invisalign – the clear alternative to braces: Patients wear a series of clear, removable orthodontic aligners that are adjusted as the teeth shift into place without metal or wires.

    The best part, Invisalign is virtually invisible! However, unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.

    The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, progressively moving your teeth into straighter position until the desired result is achieved—a beautiful straight smile.

    Cosmetic Benefits for Teens and Professionals

    Invisalign and invisible braces have become very popular alternatives to metal braces among adults and also teens.

    For adults, they can make a great difference not only to their personal but also their professional lives, and with new technology such as Invisalign, young professionals now have the option to remove their ‘braces’ at any given time, should they need to for a special meeting, dinner date etc.

    Which Orthodontic Option is Best For You?

    Everyone is unique, and so are your teeth and although one option may be suited to one person it may not suit another. That is why it is imperative to have your mouth professionally examined.

    Here at Tony Weir Orthodontics in Greenslopes and Corinda we will conduct a full mouth examination, complete with x-rays to assess your mouth and determine the best orthodontic treatment plan for you.

    Our dentist will work closely with you to ensure you are comfortable and confident with the various options available so you can make the best decision for you.

    It’s Never Too Late To Get Braces

    Both children and adults alike can benefit from braces treatment. For children, it is recommended to start treatment when they have all their permanent teeth, usually by the age of 7 or 8.

    Although more time is needed for adults to get the final results, you will see that the final result of the treatment will be just as effective.

    Find out more about our treatments. Contact us via email or call 07 3278 1492 to schedule an appointment with Dr Tony Weir.

  • Why Teens May Need Adult Braces

    Did you have braces as a teenager but have found that your smile has lost some of its straightness over the years? Many adults don’t realise that neglecting to wear their removable retainers could be one of the most common reasons they require braces later in life.

    a teenager holding clear removable Invisalign aligners

    For some adults, a second round of braces will be required to address teeth that have shifted back and become misaligned. Braces may also be required later in life to address issues with your bite, which can have an effect on your whole body. Read on to find out more about the reasons why you many need adult braces.

    Wear Your Retainer after Braces for Best Results

    If you’ve been through the experience of braces, you’ll want to hold onto that new smile. After all, a lot of time, care, and money go into aligning your teeth.

    It’s vital that you continue to follow your orthodontist’s advice and plan, even after you’ve had your braces removed. To keep your teeth from shifting back and continue correcting your bite, you must keep wearing devices such as plates and retainers , as advised by your orthodontist.

    Correct Your Bite with Adult Braces

    Many people believe that braces and other orthodontic treatments are only about appearances and therefore opt to skip them.

    However, orthodontic treatment doesn’t just improve the aesthetics of your smile – it also works to improve your bite. Misaligned bites, either through overbite or underbite, can cause pain you might not even know is related to your teeth, through headaches and muscular pain as well as issues with digestion.

    In this way, braces can have a positive effect on your overall health that goes much deeper than improving your appearance.

    Improve Your Sleep with Orthodontics

    Braces can also help adults who have trouble sleeping or breathing because of the position of their teeth. If you have jaw pain, difficulty chewing, or you grind your teeth at night, it may be connected to bad teeth positioning. In this case, you might require orthodontic treatment such as adult braces.

    Book an appointment with Tony Weir for a

    If you have concerns, the best approach is to book in with an experienced and professional orthodontist for an individual consultation.

    If you can’t wait to get started on your dream smile, book a consultation with a professional orthodontist at Tony Weir Orthodontics . We will be able to examine your teeth and jaw, and then advise you of the best treatment plan for you.

    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 that lasts a lifetime. Call 07 3278 1492 or contact us online to make an appointment today.

  • Common Concerns Surrounding Adult Braces

    Getting braces as an adult can be almost as daunting as when you are a teenager. You might be worried about how orthodontics will affect your career or social life, as traditional braces will cause a temporary change in your appearance.

    However, temporary is the key here – and this change will lead to a significant improvement in your appearance as well as your own sense of self-confidence.

    Adult looking great with clear braces

    With so many advancements in orthodontics, braces are far less visible these days, with some braces being virtually invisible to others! In this article, we take a look at the common concerns adults have about getting braces to help you decide whether to go ahead with orthodontic work.

    Are You Worried about the Appearance of Braces?

    The most common concern adults have with braces is thinking that they will create the classic “metal mouth” appearance.

    This is more commonly found on children and teenagers but might be more surprising on an adult. Today’s braces are a lot more visually appealing than in past years, with a range of colour options for both the brackets and the elastics, including tooth-coloured options. You can also look into less noticeable orthodontic options such as Invisalign “invisible braces” or lingual braces .

    Lingual braces which are just like conventional braces except the brackets and wires are attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front. With these less visible orthodontic treatment options, your work colleagues and friends won’t even know your braces are there!

    Worried About the Cost of Adult Braces?

    Another concern that many adults have is the financial cost of braces. While orthodontic treatment can seem like a significant outlay, many dentists are affiliated with private health funds to assist you with the cost of adult braces. Investing money in treatment now can also save you money later.

    Adults who haven’t paid enough attention to their teeth often pay financially later in life, when they need expensive crowns or bridges to repair their smile.

    Discuss Adult Braces with an Experienced Orthodontist

    If you’re still unsure about getting adult braces, remember – if Tom Cruise and Faye Dunaway can do it in their 40s and 60s, so can you. Even Beyonce has worn braces and been proud to do so!

    At Tony Weir Orthodontics , a qualified orthodontist will be able to provide an expert opinion and treatment plan for you. We offer a wide range of professional orthodontic treatments for adults, helping you achieve a more confident, beautiful smile.

    If you’d like to find out more about options for adult braces, call 07 3278 1492 or contact us online to book an appointment.

  • 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.

  • The Science Behind Braces

    Dental braces are still the most popular choice for people bringing crooked teeth or misaligned bites into line and improving people’s appearance and self-confidence in the process.

    But have you ever wondered how braces work to straighten teeth? In this article, we look at how dental braces work and the ways in which each component of braces work together to straighten your teeth.

    How Do Braces Work?

    There are many different forms of braces these days, with traditional metal and wire braces still proving a very effective and popular option for straightening teeth. Traditional braces use 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. Together, each of these components works to move your teeth into the desired position and achieve a healthier, more attractive smile.

    What Are Braces Made from?

    Traditional braces are generally made from metal or stainless steel, with the brackets made from materials of different types, including plastic, metal, ceramic or a combination.

    Some orthodontists also offer tooth-coloured brackets, providing a far less visible and more discreet appearance than the conventional metal type. Clear braces are generally made of porcelain composite or plastic.

    How Long Do Braces Take to Work?

    Many people also wonder about the length of time that braces need to be worn for before they will see a result. Your treatment time will depend on your existing mouth structure and how far your teeth need to be moved. After all, each person’s teeth and jaw are different.

    Some cases will take only a few months while others can take years. Your orthodontist will also take into account such factors as your age and health, as adult patients may require longer treatments due to denser jaw bones.

    Generally speaking, traditional braces take between 6 and 24 months to straighten teeth while the Invisalign treatment may be faster. When you speak to your orthodontist, they will outline your treatment options and expected treatment times.

    Want More Information About How Braces Work?

    Take a look through our smile gallery to see the results that can be achieved through braces. Interested in getting started on straightening your teeth?

    Talking to an experienced and professional dentist is always the best way to determine the right treatment option for your smile.

    If you’d like to discuss your options for orthodontics, book an appointment with the team at Tony Weir Orthodontics . Simply call 07 3278 1492 or contact us online .

  • 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 .