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By Cumberland Dental
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Invisalign   orthodontics  

Find out if this clear alternative to braces is what you need for a straighter smile.invisalign

Getting braces as an adult doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. We know that no adult wants to wear metal on their teeth for all the world to see. Our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists Drs. Jack and Angela Gaffey believe that braces shouldn’t cramp your style, which is why we are pleased to offer Invisalign to our older teen and adult patients.

So, what are the benefits of getting these clear, customized removable aligners for straightening your smile?

A Clear Treatment

We know that you don’t want other people noticing that you have braces, particularly if you are getting braces as an adult. Instead of putting metal over your teeth our Cumberland Park, SA, general dentist will provide you with a series of clear trays that look similar to whitening trays.

Each aligner will fit snugly against your teeth to provide enough force to slowly move teeth into the proper position. Each aligner is made from flexible, completely clear plastic so people won’t be able to initially tell that you are even wearing braces. Isn’t this a much better option than metal brackets and wires?

A More Comfortable Option

Metal braces can certainly fix a variety of complex and complicated dental misalignments but it’s also true that the metal can be irritating for the tongue, cheeks and other soft tissue. Luckily, clear plastic aligners are more comfortable and won’t cause the same irritation to soft tissue that metal will. Sometimes you may even forget you are wearing them.

Eat What You Want

When you get traditional braces there are a lot of foods that are off limits until your braces come off. It can be sad to not be able to enjoy corn on the cob, a juicy steak or a baguette let alone just chew a piece of gum before a big interview. Luckily, Invisalign makes it possible to still enjoy all of your favorite foods while still getting the straighter smile you want. Sure, you’ll need to wear your aligners as much as possible but all you have to do is remove them prior to mealtimes. Just remember to rinse your aligners thoroughly and brush your teeth after meals before putting the aligners back on your teeth.

If you are ready to find out whether you should get Invisalign in Cumberland Park, SA, then it’s time you called Cumberland Dental today to schedule your consultation. Let’s get you the straighter smile you deserve.

By Cumberland Dental
August 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you feel poorly about the appearance of your smile, searching for the right procedure can seem overwhelming. Luckily, if gaps are your dental implantsmain concern, dental implants can replace your missing teeth and their roots to provide you with a renewed, rejuvenated smile. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Adelaide, SA and serving Cumberland Park.

Could dental implants help me? 
Dental implants replace a missing tooth and its root, meaning that, if you have a gap in your smile, dental implants can help restore function and appearances to your teeth. Filing in your gaps will prevent issues like drifting teeth and since the implant replaces the tooth’s root, bone atrophy. Implants are the most permanent and effective form of tooth replacement. Thanks to their design, they are made to last a lifetime.

What can I expect from a dental implant procedure?
Your dentist will implant your new teeth in two separate phases. During the first phase, your dentist prepares your teeth and mouth to receive the implants by clearing up any instances of decay or gum disease. Then, your dentist takes in an impression of your mouth for the dental laboratory to use as a guide while creating your replacement teeth. Your dentist implants the fixtures, small, screw-like posts which integrate into the jawbone to hold the implant in place. Phase two takes place after the initial implantation and successful integration. It will include placing the replacement tooth onto the fixture and ensuring a natural look.

Dental Implants in Adelaide and Cumberland Park
A good candidate for dental implants needs enough bone left underneath their missing tooth to provide a sturdy resting place for the implant’s fixture. If this is not the case, the patient may require a bone graft to rebuild the atrophied bone. A consultation with your dentist will help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants and if this procedure is the best treatment option for you.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Adelaide, SA and serving Cumberland Park. Call (08) 8271 6233 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Cumberland Dental
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Braces are used for many reasons, either to improve a bad bite, crowded teeth or just a poorly-aligned jaw. Various things can change bracesthe misalignment of the teeth, whether an injury or thumb sucking. Children aged 7 to 14 are great candidates for braces as their facial structures are still developing. Adult braces entail additional procedures because the jaw development has stopped, but they are still a viable treatment procedure for many. Dr. Jack Gaffey from Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, Adelaide can examine each patient and determine whether they are a candidate for braces.

About Braces

Orthodontics focuses on correcting anything involving the jaw or the alignment of the teeth. Braces use wires and are one of several types including brackets that attach to the back teeth, metal or plastic brackets bonded or cemented to the teeth or conventional braces that use metal strips or bands.

Our dentist, Dr. Gaffey, will take a plaster cast of each patient’s teeth and perform x-rays. After the type of braces are chosen, they will be placed on the teeth. Over time, they will be adjusted to make sure they are moving the teeth and/or jaw in the proper position.

Braces today are lightweight. The amount of time the braces are worn will vary from patient to patient. Mild discomfort can occur after adjustments, but shouldn’t be felt any other time. Daily oral hygiene is imperative to keep the teeth and gums as healthy as possible during braces treatment.

To learn more about braces in Cumberland Park, Adelaide, schedule a consultation and full dental examination with Dr. Gaffey from Cumberland Dental today by calling (08) 8271-6233. With years of experience, he can give his expert advice on whether or not you are a candidate and which type of braces will suit your oral health situation. What are you waiting for?

By Cumberland Dental
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Six Month Smiles  

How Six Month Smiles from your Cumberland Park, South Australia dentist can help your smilesix month smiles

If you have been thinking about braces, but you don’t want to go through extensive, lengthy treatment, there is a new option just for you. It’s called Six Month Smiles and it can give you a straight, beautiful smile in a minimal amount of time. Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, South Australia want to share the facts about this revolutionary new orthodontic treatment.

Six Month Smiles is the perfect choice for you if you are an adult who wants to straighten the teeth that are visible when you smile. This innovative orthodontic treatment uses tooth-colored brackets and white wires to move your teeth discreetly, quickly and comfortably.

You can have a straight smile faster than you ever thought possible. All you need to do is come in and see Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey every four weeks so they can check your progress and make adjustments to your brackets and wires.

When you choose Six Month Smiles, you will enjoy many benefits when compared to conventional orthodontic treatment. Consider that Six Month Smiles:

  • Doesn’t require tooth extraction
  • Takes only six months to complete treatment
  • Is much less visible than conventional orthodontics
  • Is usually less expensive than conventional orthodontics
  • Doesn’t harm or shorten your tooth roots

To see amazing before-and-after photos of actual Six Month Smiles patients, please visit

Six Month Smiles will straighten teeth that are visible when you smile, but treatment won’t correct poor bite alignment. It’s important to discuss the results you would like to achieve. Dr. Gaffey can recommend the best course of treatment for your individual needs.

Don’t let the thought of lengthy orthodontic treatment keep you from having a straight, beautiful smile; choose Six Month Smiles instead! It’s the right choice if you are an adult who wants a straight smile in a minimal amount of time.

If your smile isn’t all it could be, it’s time to call Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, South Australia. Call today to discover the magic of Six Month Smiles!

By Cumberland Dental
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Invisalign   othodontics  

Always wondered if Invisalign is the right treatment for you but don’t know much about it? Let’s see what our Cumberland Park dentists invisalignhave to say.

Are you an adult who is tired of having gaps in their smile? Do you want to straighten your teeth but worry about the implications of wearing metal brackets and wires? Our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey, understand that teens and adults don’t want to deal with the implications of wearing metal braces to their prom, college graduation or even at work. Find out more about Invisalign and what it could do for you.

Q. What is Invisalign?

A. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign employs a set of clear, plastic aligners that look like whitening trays but are custom-made to fit over your teeth to gradually straighten your smile. Every patient will get a series of aligners that they will need to wear throughout the course of their treatment.

Q. Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

A. If you are an adult or teen who wants to fill gaps between teeth, fix overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, crooked teeth and crowding then Invisalign might be able to help you.

Q. How long will it take to straighten my teeth with Invisalign?

A. A lot will depend on the severity of the issues you are treating with Invisalign. The length of treatment can take anywhere from 9 to 18 months. Adult wearers tend to have a shorter treatment than teens.

Q. Does wearing Invisalign hurt?

A. As with any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may cause some wearers a bit of discomfort for the first few days as they adjust to having aligners. You may also notice some pressure on your teeth since aligners are slowly moving your teeth throughout the course of your treatment. Of course, this discomfort you feel should go away after a couple of days.

Q. How often should I wear my aligners?

A. While being able to remove your aligners might sound tempting, how often you wear them will have a major impact on how long your treatment takes. You should aim to wear your aligners for about 22 hours each day, only taking them off before mealtimes or before brushing and flossing your teeth.

Q. How do you keep Invisalign aligners clean?

A. There are products out there specifically designed to keep your aligners clean. In fact, Invisalign even makes their own cleaning crystals to ensure that stains don’t affect the appearance of your aligners. Of course, you can also prevent yellowing and stains by brushing and rinsing out your aligners with warm water. Doing this after meals is a great way to keep aligners looking their best.

If you are interested in what Invisalign could do for you then it’s time you picked up your phone and called Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA.

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