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By Cumberland Dental
December 20, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Orthodontic  

Your best smile begins with orthodontics from Dr. Jack Gaffrey and Dr. Angela Gaffrey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park. Braces come in a variety of styles and configurations, and your dentists will tailor your options to your specific needs. Read on to learn more!

Why choose orthodontia?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children be evaluated for braces by the age of seven. Children's jaws and teeth respond rapidly and very well to correction, with treatment times often being shorter and simpler the earlier a child begins treatment.

That being said, age does not prohibit orthodontic correction. Older teens and adults benefit from braces and clear aligners, too. Anyone of any age who has a crooked smile, poor bite, or badly spaced teeth can experience:

  • Tooth decay
  • Speech problems
  • Gum disease (because teeth and gums are harder to clean)
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Headaches, earaches, facial pain, and jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ)

So, if you wish to pursue a better-looking, healthier smile that lasts and functions well, ask your Cumberland Park dentist about how traditional braces or clear Invisalign aligners could help you.

Problems addressed by braces or aligners

Whether you wear thin Invisalign aligners or braces—available in metal, ceramic (tooth-colored), and lingual (tongue-side) varieties—your dentist can correct a myriad of smile alignment problems. Treatment with bonded-on traditional braces typically takes two and a half years, while removable aligners move teeth into healthier positions in about a year.

Problems corrected include:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Tooth tipping
  • Congenital absence of teeth
  • Tooth rotation
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Shifted mid-line

Treatment with braces or aligners

When you come to Cumberland Dental for an evaluation, Dr. Gaffrey will examine your teeth, gums, and bone structure. Additionally, you will undergo simple X-ray examination and special three-dimensional scans as needed.

With this information, your dentist will customize your treatment plan to move your teeth gradually into better positions. Usually, when treatment concludes, patients wear removable or bonded-on retainers to ensure their smiles stay well-aligned for the long-term.

Time for a consultation?

If your child is seven years old or older, or if you wish to pursue the orthodontic correction you've always wanted, please contact Cumberland Dental for a personal consultation with one of our expert dentists. You'll learn what your smile needs and how you can achieve it. Call our office in Cumberland Park today at (088) 271-6233.

By Cumberland Dental
November 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign continues to be one of the most popular and desired cosmetic treatments for patients due to its conveniences and its teeth-straightening effectiveness. Read on to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign, and make an appointment with a dentist at Cumberland Dental Laser & Cosmetic in Cumberland Park, SA, to have your teeth aligned.

Straightening Your Smile with Invisalign
When your teeth and gums are in good condition, your dentist can safely shift them so that they are in a better alignment. The traditional method has been metal braces, which use brackets, wires, and rubber bands to adjust your smile. However, since the late 1990s, a solution called Invisalign has been available to certain qualifying patients. Replacing the use of metal hardware, flexible plastic trays are used to make the teeth conform to a better alignment. The process is best for patients who have mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues, such as small gaps or crowding.

Benefits of Invisalign
The clearest benefit of Invisalign is that the plastic trays are not easily visible to others while talking or smiling. While metal braces are immediately noticeable to others and likely to receive a few comments, with Invisalign, the transparent nature of the trays will cause most people to not even notice that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Another benefit of Invisalign is that you can easily brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis to ensure the maintaintenance of strong dental health throughout your treatment period with your Cumberland Park, SA, dentist.

Feel Confident in Your Smile
Imagine how freeing and relaxed you’ll feel when you finally have a straightened smile that you can be confident about. Approximately 60% of Australians believe that having a nice smile has a positive effect on your confidence and self-esteem according to Orthodontics Australia. With Invisalign, you’ll be making an investment in your smile that won’t interfere much with your lifestyle.

Call for an Invisalign Consultation
Invisalign is a treatment that can be commenced relatively quickly, but you will need to come in for a consultation and exam to ensure that you’re a good candidate for care. Call (08) 8271 6233 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jack Gaffey or Dr. Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental Laser & Cosmetic in Cumberland Park, SA, today!

By Cumberland Dental
September 10, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

When you think of braces, do you picture before and after photos of crooked smiles and their straightened counterparts? Health, however, surpasses smile aesthetics. Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey of Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA are Smilefast, Invisalign and Six Month Smiles experts who are intensely interested in the health benefits of orthodontics. Learn more here.

The impact of a great smile

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry affirms that attractive smiles boost self-esteem. Additionally, people notice an attractive smile first--before height, weight, eye color and other physical attributes.

That being said, your dentists in Cumberland Park, SA, offers a wide variety of orthodontic options--conventional metal braces, Smilefast and Six Month Smiles, and inventive Invisalign clear aligners. They give patients a variety of great paths to perfect smiles. The Simple Braces program makes kids' braces affordable for young families.

The health of a great smile

A well-cared for straight smile is always healthier than a crooked, gapped smile. Or, better said, once a child, teen or adult has completed orthodontic treatment, he or she will enjoy many benefits to health and well-being. Examples are:

  • Fewer headaches, ear aches and jaw pain
  • Clearer speech
  • Proper jaw development and tooth eruption in children
  • Normalized wear and tear on biting and chewing surfaces due to less grinding and clenching (bruxism)
  • Protection against oral accidents (protruding front teeth often chip and crack easily or cause soft tissue irritation and lacerations)
  • Reduced incidence of gum disease
  • Fewer cavities
  • Ease of brushing and flossing
  • Stronger bone structure in the jaw

How can braces help you?

The American Association of Orthodontists advises a complete orthodontic evaluation for all children by the age of seven. However, age is never a barrier to orthodontic treatment. Teens and even adults can wear braces or aligners with great benefit to their appearance, self-esteem, interpersonal and professional relationships and oral health. To learn more about Smilefast, why not call Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, for a consultation? The office is open Monday through Friday at 8 am. Phone (088) 271-6233.

By Cumberland Dental
July 11, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: Smilefast  

If you've decided that metal braces aren't a good option for you due to the cost, appearance, and long treatment time, you'll want to consider Smilefast, an innovative orthodontic system that improves the alignment of your teeth in less than a year and costs less than traditional braces. Smilefast is one of the orthodontic options offered by your Cumberland Park, SA, dentists, Drs. Jack and Angela Gaffey—read on to learn more!

How does Smilefast work?

Smilefast braces are designed to realign teeth in just six to nine months. They're an excellent solution for adults who don't want to wear braces for years and want a subtle straightening option.

The Smilefast system uses digital technology to create a 3D image of your teeth. This image is then used to plan your treatment and choose the optimal placement of the brackets on your teeth for quick results.

What are the benefits of Smilefast?

Smilefast offers several advantages for adults who want to improve their smiles, including:

  • No Need to See an Orthodontist: There's no need to make a special trip to see an orthodontist when you choose Smilefast. Your Cumberland Park dentist applies the braces and supervises your treatment during several follow-up appointments.
  • Lower Cost: Smilefast is an affordable alternative to expensive metal or ceramic braces. The shorter treatment time means fewer visits to the dentist and a much lower overall cost when compared to metal braces.
  • Discreet Straightening: Metal braces are effective, but they definitely attract a lot of attention. In fact, they're often the first thing people notice about you. Conversely, Smilefast braces use clear brackets and tooth-colored wires for a much more subtle straightening experience.
  • Versatility: Smilefast not only straightens crooked teeth, but it also addresses crowding/spacing issues and corrects common bite problems, such as underbites and overbites. Although metal braces may be required if you have a complicated orthodontic problem, Smilefast treatment is a good option for many adults. Whether you've always had crooked teeth, or your teeth have shifted through the years, you can benefit from Smilefast.

Straighten your smile with Smilefast! Call your Cumberland Park, SA, dentists, Drs. Jack and Angela Gaffey, at (088) 271-6233 to schedule an appointment.

By Cumberland Dental
April 23, 2019
Category: Braces
Tags: Adult Braces  

Feel that you're too old for braces? Think again! Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile no matter what your age is. Read on to find adult bracesout the benefits of receiving orthodontic treatment from our Cumberland Park, SA, dentist, Dr. Jack Gaffey!

 

Will braces help me?

Braces are designed to reposition and straighten teeth. Although you may assume that orthodontic treatment is only intended for younger people, it's just as effective for adults.

Orthodontic treatment may be a good option for you if:

  • You've been unhappy with your appearance for a long time: No one may tease you about your teeth now that you're an adult, but that doesn't mean that they don't notice your crooked teeth. Smile issues can affect your business and social life and lead to chronic self-esteem issues. Luckily, it's never too late to improve your smile with braces.
  • You're uncomfortable: Bite problems can make chewing uncomfortable, but that's not the only problem that they can cause. Depending on the type of bite problem you have, you may constantly cut your gums or tongue with your teeth when you eat. If your teeth don't fit together properly, you may damage your tooth enamel and even crack your teeth. Braces correct both appearance issues and bite problems.
  • Your teeth have moved: It's not unusual for teeth to drift a bit when you're an adult. This problem can be particularly distressing if you once had perfect teeth and no longer like what you see when you look in the mirror. Luckily, in as little as six months, you can improve your appearance—Six Month Smiles, a brace system that corrects the position of visible teeth, is an excellent orthodontic treatment option for many adults that want results quickly.
  • You're getting too many cavities: Overlapping teeth aren't just unattractive. They also increase your risk of tooth decay. Cavity-causing plaque becomes trapped under the overlapping areas and can't be removed with your toothbrush or dental floss. Braces will straighten your teeth and help you reduce your cavity risk.

 

Interested? Call our Cumberland Park Office Today!

Are you ready to find out which type of braces are the best option for you? Call your Cumberland Park, SA, dentist, Dr. Jack Gaffey, at (088) 271-6233 to schedule an appointment.





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