Mouthguards and orthodontic treatment – your options explained

Mouthguards and orthodontic treatment – your options explained

Mouthguards are required for most contact sports, including but not limited to: water polo, soccer, rugby, cricket, AFL, rugby league, basketball, boxing, martial arts, and hockey to name a few. If the sport is school or club based, often a mouthguard will be compulsory. A mouthguard ensures that if there is a blow to the face, the impact on the

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Tooth whitening explained

Tooth whitening explained

In this age of social media and selfies it seems that there has been a huge increase in the amount of people who want whiter teeth. There are so many whitening options on offer that it’s not surprising to find many people are confused about what option would work best for their teeth and budget. Some of the options available

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Orthodontist or General Dentist – who should you see?

Orthodontist or General Dentist – who should you see?

With many general dentists now offering orthodontic treatment it is understandable that the public feel confused about whether they should see a General Dentist or Specialist Orthodontist for their orthodontic treatment. General Dentists look after your dental health ensuring that teeth are clean and cavity free, and gums are healthy. When undertaking orthodontic treatment it is always recommended that appointments

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Why oral hygiene is important

Why oral hygiene is important

Poor oral hygiene can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and premature loss of teeth. If you are not brushing effectively, plaque, the sticky film that forms on your teeth will build-up along your gumline. This creates an environment for bacteria to accumulate around the teeth. If left undisturbed this plaque layer will increase in thickness and your

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Made to move – Invisalign aligners

Made to move – Invisalign aligners

If you’re interested in having your teeth straightened, you’ve probably heard people talking about, or seen advertising for, Invisalign aligners. These aligners look like a clear, fine mouthguard that’s been trimmed to fit snuggly around the teeth. You’ve also probably wondered if they actually work, right? Seriously, how can a thin piece of plastic move teeth? Usually when people think

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Retention – for all orthodontic patients

Retention – for all orthodontic patients

When patients undertake orthodontic treatment they want their teeth to remain in their new straight position after the orthodontic appliances are removed. This is accomplished through the wear of retainers. It was once thought that patients need only wear their retainer for a few years until their teeth we considered to be largely stable in their new position. Now however

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Myofunctional appliances – what’s the evidence?

Myofunctional appliances – what’s the evidence?

Myofunctional therapy is treatment aimed at changing muscle (Myo = muscle) function and possibly influencing jaw growth and the position of the teeth. Myofunctional appliances have been around in various forms for many years. These can include lip shields and screens, eruption guidance appliances and the T4K™.  Although claims are made that they alter muscle function resulting in improved facial

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