Good oral hygiene is important, especially if you have braces. Here's what happens if you don't brush and floss carefully, you may break the wires or more importantly, you could be at risk of decay on your front teeth. Adelaide dentists, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey care for your family's smiles. That's why they help their patients avoid tooth decay through regular dental cleaning and thorough check-ups.
"Will my brushing and flossing take longer?"
Maneuvering your brush around wires and brackets can time to your usual routine, however leaving food and plaque behind will add time to your orthodontic treatment. When you don't brush thoroughly plaque builds up around your brackets, it then begins to leave white or brown marks. Eventually, tooth decay occurs in these areas. Haphazard brushing may also leave pieces of food behind. Sugars in your foods combine with the bacteria that make up plaque. The bacteria produce acids that will attack and weaken your tooth enamel. That's how you get decay.
Flossing is particularly important when you wear braces. 'Bridge floss' has a stiffer end and makes it easier to thread floss past your wires, so you can remove food particles and clean away that nasty plaque.
"How do I brush and floss with braces?"
You'll still hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, but will need to make sure that you use gentle pressure around wires and brush brackets carefully. Electric toothbrushes are the best option for brushing with braces, the brush head is smaller and the vibrations clean the plaque off quicker. If you want the best braces result, buy an electric toothbrush at the same time as the braces go on. You may want to focus on cleaning the top of the brackets and wires first, then focus on the bottom half of the teeth.
Flossing with tape or string floss can be a little difficult when you wear braces. That is why we recommend the bridge floss to get under the brackets. This is available at most chemists or you can always buy some when you have your review appointments here.
What foods should I avoid with braces?
It's pretty simple. Avoid foods that get stuck in your wires, such as popcorn, gum or sticky lollies. Anything super sticky is going to be hard to get rid off from the braces. If you do forget and eat these foods, you will spend a long time trying to clean it off the braces and sometimes you can even break the brackets. We also believe that hard foods should be cut into smaller pieces. Hard foods begin to make cracks in the braces and eventually break the brackets off. Cutting your hard foods in small pieces or cooking them a bit softer allows you to maintain a similar diet to before your braces. Don't do the silly things with your teeth that your mother told you not to. These include opening packages with your teeth or biting your fingernails. Biting silly things that are not food will increase your treatment time because they break both your wires and your teeth.
If you look after your smile with regular dental cleaning, and checkups, you will have the best smile at the end of your braces treatment. Call your Adelaide dentists Drs. Jack and Angela Gaffey at (08) *271-6233 to make your next appointment.
What your dentists in Cumberland Park want you to know
If you have rotated, poorly aligned teeth and you want a straight smile, you are a good candidate for 6 Month Smiles. If you want to straighten your teeth discreetly, you are a good candidate for 6 Month Smiles. In fact, 6 Month Smiles can benefit most people who have poorly aligned teeth that show when you smile. Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA want to introduce you to the benefits of 6 Month Smiles.
6 Month Smiles is revolutionary because it allows you to straighten only the teeth that are visible when you smile, resulting in a straight, beautiful smile in far less time than with conventional orthodontics.
With 6 Month Smiles, your bite won’t be changed. Treatment is perfect to realign teeth that are:
- Crowded or overlapped
- Unevenly spaced or tipped
- Rotated or poorly-positioned
To take the quiz and find out if 6 Month Smiles is the right choice for you, click on this link: http://6monthsmiles.com/pages/patient_home/is_it_right_for_me.aspx
When you choose 6 Month Smiles, you will enjoy many benefits which can’t be matched by conventional orthodontic treatment. With 6 Month Smiles, treatment is:
- Quick, with an average treatment time of 6 months
- Virtually invisible, using clear brackets and white wires
- Less expensive, often costing far less than conventional orthodontics
- Comfortable, using low force to move your teeth into position
- Easy, because you visit your dentist every month for assessment
For more detailed information about 6 Month Smiles, please visit the Orthodontics page on the website at: http://www.adelaidecosmeticdentist.com/orthodontics.html
To view amazing before-and-after photos of Cumberland Dental 6 Month Smiles patients, please visit the Braces Before-and-After page on the website at: http://www.adelaidecosmeticdentist.com/braces-before-and-after.html
Before you think about conventional orthodontic treatment, consider 6 Month Smiles, the quick and easy way to achieve a cosmetically straight smile. To get started, call Drs. Jack and Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA. Discover what 6 Month Smiles can do for you by calling today!
Can Invisalign close spaces? Of course it can. To see before and after pictures of how Invisalign closes gaps, scroll to the end of this blog, or check out our youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q97b49it4R0
Bill (patients names are changed for our blog) is a man who had grown up with spacing in his front teeth and he felt that this was getting worse with time. Bill looked around for an Adelaide dentist that would look after his needs and give options for his smile makeover. At his first free consultation, Bill first question was, ‘Can Invisalign close spaces?’ Dr Jack assessed Bill’s mouth and noted that this was possible, his teeth were a good shape, the colour could be improved with whitening and there were other cosmetic dentistry options for him also. All of these options were explored for Bill and then the payment plans for each were discussed.
What options are there to close gaps in your teeth?
What can dental veneers do? - Resin
The first option was dental veneers. Dental veneers can be resin- which are the same material used in dental fillings but highly glossy and look terrific. They can change the shape and/or colour of your teeth. The dentist places them directly onto the tooth usually with little tooth structure removal. This allows the process to be ‘green’ or very conservative. The type of filling material we use can change the shape and colour of the teeth quite dramatically. You can really go as light as some of the lightest porcelain veneers.
Resin veneers are very cost effective and allow for a dramatic smile makeover for an affordable price. They are about a quarter of the price of porcelain veneers. The key aspect of resin veneers is to make sure that you cover enough teeth to make the entire smile appear uniform. If the veneers are just placed on the front teeth, we have the potential a difference in shape and colour. The other problem is that the smile doesn’t achieve that big rounded smile that you would see in Julia Roberts or that type of beautiful Hollywood smile.
What can Porcelain Veneers do?
The second option was porcelain dental veneers which are in our opinion the best way of an ‘instant’ smile makeover. They aren’t instant because it will take a good quality dental laboratory several weeks to construct each porcelain cover for each tooth. However, we make the temporary veneers to be as close to the final product as possible, allowing you to experience the shape and size of the new teeth. We use dental laboratories here in Adelaide and in Melbourne depending on the case. This is important to ensure quality Australian work is used in your mouth.
Bill didn’t want to use porcelain veneers to modify his smile, because he felt the teeth would become too square and not appear the same. He also preferred to have his teeth intact at the end of the treatment rather than having some tooth structure removed in order to place the veneers. In the end these types of choices become a personal preference for the smile makeover.
Bill chose orthodontics to close the spaces in his mouth and deliver the new smile he was looking for. The options were then a choice of clear braces such as porcelain brackets or Invisalign which are a series of clear trays that help to move the teeth orthodontically. Bill wanted to ensure his treatment was as aesthetic as possible and so he elected for Invisalign.
How do we begin Invisalign?
Impressions or moulds of his teeth were taken at the beginning of treatment. This is combined with a series of photographs and x-rays (radiographs) to provide Invisalign with the complete picture. A 3D set up of the teeth is constructed from the moulds and then the Invisalign team moves the teeth to the ideal fit. A lengthy discussion with Jack and the Invisalign team results in many treatment plans being developed. These treatment plans are adjusted and modified until we are satisfied with the final predicted outcome. As Bill’s main concern was ‘Can Invisalign close spaces’, Dr Jack made sure he was completely pleased with the treatment plan to achieve Bill’s request.
Sometimes Invisalign treatment plans are too long or ask for too much smoothing of the teeth. We aim to make the treatment plan as smooth as possible and reduce the amount of time taken.There are a number of factors that we identify and analyse to make sure the outcome is as predictable as we can make it. Can Invisalign close spaces if the bite needs to be corrected? This is another focus in which Dr Jack will take into account when designing your treatment.
Before and after pictures of Invisalign Treatment plan
Bills treatment plan:
Once the plans from Invisalign are approved, the trays are processed and delivered to our practice. Invisalign sets up ‘tags’ or buttons that are little bumps of filling material bonded to your teeth. In our practice we place them on at the second tray. The first Invisalign retainer we place does not have the buttons on them. This makes the tray easier to remove. The effect of the Invisalign trays is to stretch the ligaments that join the tooth to the bone and allow tooth movement, making the tooth a little bit wiggly during the process. This means that when we put the bumps on the teeth in tray number 2, you can get the Invisalign trays on and off the teeth easier. We have found that putting the Invisalign tags on the first tray tends to make the patient experience difficult; removing the trays is very challenging. There are some funny YouTube videos showing just how hard this can be.
Putting the tags on is the longest appointment for Invisalign. We allow 30 minutes for this appointment. It involves brushing the teeth to clean the surface. Preset trays from Invisalign are filled with the filling material and this is bonded to the teeth. The tags allow for the teeth to move during treatment and act like the handle on a door, it is easier to turn the tooth with them on.
Do I have to keep coming back for each Invisalign tray?
We give multiple sets of trays for you to change every 1.5 to 2 weeks. Jack then reviews the progress over time. Bill returned every 6-8 weeks to change his trays. Each Invisalign retainer is slightly different from the last. As they change, the teeth move with them correcting the gaps.
That is how we ended up with the final result that is shown here. You can see the spaces in his teeth have closed and Invisalign has closed his gappy teeth. Bill was very happy with the final result as you can imagine, a straight smile that has given him the chance to smile with confidence.
Before and after pictures of closing gaps with Invisalign
So can Invisalign close spaces? You betcha!
This young Adelaide man hated his teeth for a very long time. He has been through it all. We will call him Rob for this blog.
Rob is careful with what he eats, exercises regularly and looks really good. He felt that his teeth were letting his overall image down.
Rob had braces twice to straighten his teeth but after having orthodontics, he didn't feel that this achieved what he wanted. The teeth were straight but short and stumpy. They were discoloured and you couldn't see them in his mouth. It was time for a change. He looked for a good Adelaide dentist and was recommended by friends to come an see us. We love treating patients friends and family, they are always on the same wavelength as us.
Ideally Rob wanted a beautiful smile that he could be proud of and was happy to show off. Far too often, Rob felt that he would cover his mouth when he smiled, even subconsciously.
After lengthy discussion with Dr Angela, a proposed treatment plan for resin veneers was developed.
Dr Angela started off by selecting the colour that would be appropriate. We always like to go as white as possible but not whiter than your eyeballs :) .
Dr Angela rebuilt Robs upper teeth with a highly polished dental filling material. This gave several benefits.
- It allowed for Dr Angela to add dental veneers to Robs teeth without removing a lot of tooth structure.
- It provided an immediate effect, Rob could see exactly how it would look when he walked out the door
- The smile makeover was cost effective and able to be afforded on a dental payment plan.
We think the final result looked fantastic. Rob commented how much they improved his smile and achieved the high standard he demanded from his dentist.
If you are in Adelaide, come and have a chat about this process of dental resin veneers. It is one of many fantastic options we have at Cumberland Dental to give you a smile make over.
Contact us at Cumberland Dental for options on how we can improve your smile today. 8271 6233
Some of the questions we get about Invisalign are "will Invisalign improve my bite?" The answer to this is maybe. It depends on what sort of problems you have with how your teeth come together. Invisalign is great for improving how teeth are twisted or gaps in the teeth. If you are looking to pull your front teeth back in your mouth, this is going to be a little trickier to achieve.
First of all what makes up a bite? It is really how your back teeth come together. Ideally we want your teeth to be meeting in between each other. Like this
So this shows the back teeth sitting in between each other and just some problems with the front teeth. This is the ideal case for Invisalign to treat.
This next case is a little harder but still a great case with Invisalign.
Teeth need to fit together like cogs on a wheel.
How far can we go with overlapping front teeth? If the bite is good but there is significant crowding at the front, we still have a great opportunity to use Invisalign.
However, a lot of overlapping of the teeth requires quite a bit of work to straighten. ===> like this case below!
As you can see, the front teeth are quite crowded but look terrific once they have been straightened using Invisalign. If your back teeth are fitting well together, then it is going to make it so much easier to straighten the important front teeth
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