Why choose Toowong Orthodontics

We offer the benefits of being at only the one practice location.

We have chosen to concentrate our efforts at the one practice location in the convenient Brisbane inner city suburb of Toowong.

This is important for patients as it means that we have all our latest high quality equipment available at all times at the location that you attend. It means that all your records and charts are available at the one location for when we need to access them for your treatment.

It also means that you can always see the Orthodontist of your choice in the one place. This is an important consideration when some treatments can take up to 18 months or more.

Most orthodontic practices have multiple suburbs that they visit, sometimes only once or twice a fortnight.

Therefore if you have a breakage or emergency they will generally ask you to travel to another suburb where the Orthodontist is working on that particular day.

Which TYPE of Retainer is best for me – REMOVABLE or FIXED?

Routinely we provide our patients with retainers at the end of treatment with braces. Retainers are essential to hold the teeth in their finished positions as all teeth want to move slightly over time.

There are TWO types of retainers:

• Ones that the patient can REMOVE
• and ones that the patient CANNOT REMOVE (as they are fixed to the teeth on the inside).

The ONLY advantage of a FIXED retainer is that the patient does not have to remember to wear it (as it is permanently glued to the teeth!)

The disadvantages of FIXED retainers are:

• They require maintenance work if they come unglued from the teeth incurring a repair fee.
• It is Impossible to clean around it and in between the teeth properly.
• At some stage in the future an appointment will needed to physically remove it and the glue off the teeth.
• It costs $100 more than the removable retainer.

The advantages of the REMOVABLE retainer are many and include:

• You can take it out of your mouth to eat, therefore you can eat whatever type of food you wish. You can’t do this with a fixed retainer, as you can crack it off your teeth.
• You can more easily brush and floss around you teeth than with a retainer that is fixed onto your teeth.
• When you want to stop with the retainer you just have to take it out of your mouth. With a fixed retainer you must go back to your orthodontist or family dentist and pay for an appointment to have it removed.

Removable Retainer

The ONLY disadvantage of the REMOVABLE retainer is that the patient needs to be reliable enough to wear it.

Retainers

About Us

A Specialist Orthodontist is a person who has first studied to become a dentist and then has completed at least a further three years of full-time study at a recognised University to obtain the Master of Dental Science Degree in Orthodontics.

Dr Goodyear is a specialist in her field and completes ongoing training to ensure her clients receive the most up to date treatment available. Please click on the options below to learn more about Dr Goodyear.

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