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By Cumberland Dental
December 23, 2020
Tags: Invisalign  

If a beautiful smile seems impossible to you, think again. At Cumberland Dental, Dr. Jack Gaffey offers discreet Invisalign aligners, the clearly easier way for people just like you to achieve their smile goals. Instead of metal braces, straighten your teeth quickly with Invisalign from your Cumberland Park, SA, dentist.

Is Invisalign right for you?

Most Invisalign patients are teens and adults with mild to moderate smile alignment problems. Poor bite, gaps, overlapping teeth, and more ruin their appearance, self-confidence, and ability to bite and chew properly. And, just like you, they wish to avoid the discomforts and appearance of metal or ceramic braces.

To decide if Invisalign is your best option, see Dr. Jack Gaffey in his Cumberland Dental, SA, office. He'll do a comprehensive oral examination which includes a 3D Invisalign scan. This diagnostic testing determines your candidacy for this innovative orthodontic system and also previews your new smile for you step by step.

Here's how Invisalign treatment works

You'll wear a prescribed sequence of aligner pairs--18 to 30 in all depending on your needs. They are thin, clear, and almost unnoticeable. You wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them to eat, brush and floss or for a special occasion if you wish.

As you advance through your treatment plan, you'll change the aligners to a new pair every two weeks and see Dr. Gaffey at Cumberland Dental every month or so for a progress check. At this visit, you'll receive new aligner pairs.

Along the way, you'll eat healthy foods you always enjoy. Plus, you simply brush, floss, and rinse your aligners and replace them. Oral hygiene is just that easy.

In an average of one year, you'll finish your care plan and have the great-looking, healthy smile you desire. You may wear a retainer to keep that new smile just perfect.

Come see us

At Cumberland Dental, Dr. Jack Gaffey offers Invisalign, today's most successful and discreet orthodontic system. The American Association of Orthodontists says that 20 percent of orthodontic patients are adults. Why not become one of them? Contact our office in Cumberland Park, SA, for more information: (088) 271-6233.

By Cumberland Dental
December 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

Having misaligned teeth could make anyone feel self-conscious of their smile. Besides that, however, it could likewise lead to the development of various oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Here at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, our dentists, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey, offers a proven solution to correcting crooked teeth in the form of orthodontics.

The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

  • Versatile Treatment. Orthodontic treatment, whether using traditional orthodontics with metal brackets and wires or Invisalign, is easily customizable to an individual’s specific concerns, from slightly misaligned teeth to extremely severe misalignment.
  • A Boost of Self-Confidence. Getting a symmetrical and straight smile will promote increased self-esteem and a more positive image of yourself.
  • A Perfectly Balanced Bite. When you have crooked teeth, it could lead to premature tooth wear, harder oral hygiene upkeep, TMJ disorders, as well as other related problems. Orthodontics, however, could restore your comfort and keep your oral health in top shape in the long run.
  • Easier Oral Hygiene Maintenance. Aside from having a perfectly aligned smile, going about your oral hygiene routine will likewise be easier with straight teeth. You can even ask your dentist in Cumberland Park, SA, to improve your results with orthodontics with cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Can You Benefit From Orthodontics?

The American Association of Orthodontics states that you should ideally undergo your first orthodontic evaluation at seven years old. But it’s never too late for older people to consider orthodontic treatment, particularly with so many orthodontic solutions available these days. With this in mind, seek an orthodontic assessment if you have the following concerns:

  • An underbite, where your bottom teeth are protruding past your top teeth.
  • An overbite, where your top jaw is protruding farther forward than your bottom jaw.
  • An open bite, where there’s a gap between your bottom and top teeth when your jaws meet.
  • A crossbite, where your bottom and top jaws don’t meet together as they should.
  • Crowded teeth, where your teeth are too close to each other or are overlapping.
  • Gapped teeth, where your teeth have too much space between them.

Your dentist will utilize your bite and teeth impressions, x-ray images, as well as other crucial information for developing your orthodontic treatment plan that will resolve your unique orthodontic requirements.

To Find Out If Orthodontics Will Be Suitable For Your Case, Contact Us

Book an assessment here at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, with Dr. Jack Gaffey or Dr. Angela Gaffey by calling (088) 271 6233.

By Cumberland Dental
May 13, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Braces  

If you're the typical parent, you want the best health for your child. At Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey provide a full range of preventive, restorative, and aesthetic dental services, including orthodontic braces. If you're considering braces for your child, here's the information you need to make the right treatment decisions.

What is orthodontia?

It's branch of dentistry specializing in straightening crooked teeth, re-aligning and balancing jaw structure and function, closing smile gaps, and opening overcrowded teeth. Interceptive orthodontics influences the jaw growth and tooth position of very young patients, thus avoiding more invasive and complicated treatment later. The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends all children receive a comprehensive evaluation between ages eight and 10.

Why should a child get an orthodontic evaluation?

There are many reasons for pediatric braces. You as the parent may already be aware of some of them in your child, or Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey may see the need for braces as they examine your child during routine check-ups in their Cumberland Park office.

Indicators for orthodontic treatment include:

  • Protruding front teeth
  • Teeth which appear too large for the mouth
  • Impacted adult teeth
  • Problems with biting, chewing, breathing or eating
  • Consistent snoring
  • Teeth which do not close properly
  • Early tooth loss due to accident (before age five)
  • Consistent thumb-sucking or pacifier habit

What kind of braces are there?

After a complete exam at Cumberland Dental, your dentist will deliver a comprehensive treatment plan to include braces as needed. Kinds of braces include:

  • Conventional metal braces
  • Lingual (tongue-side) braces
  • Ceramic braces (typically tooth-colored)
  • Invisalign clear aligners and Six Month smiles for teens and adults
  • Space maintainers to keep young teeth in proper position until adult teeth erupt

Life with braces

Good oral hygiene habits keep teeth and gums healthy as your child wears braces. As the parent, it's critical you supervise brushing and flossing. Also, offer healthy food choices--and model them, too. Bring your child to the dental office for routine check-ins through out the course of treatment, and after braces are off, be sure your child wears his or her retaining device to keep that new smile straight and beautiful.

Find out more

Life with braces is a bit challenging. The benefit they provide towards a healthy and happy smile, however,  is worth the challenge. Thinking about orthodontic care for your child? Contact Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, for a consultation with Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey. They'll take you and your child through the evaluation process and show you treatment options as needed. Call the office at (088) 271-6233.

By Cumberland Dental
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces  

Know how to properly care for your smile while wearing braces.

Caring for your teeth and gums when you have braces is so very important. After all, you want to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped in places that can lead to gum inflammation and decay. From the office of our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists, Dr. Jack Gaffrey and Dr. Angela Gaffrey here are some pointers to help keep your smile healthy throughout the orthodontic treatment process.

How you brush is more important than ever

Brushing is the most effective way to remove food and plaque from the front and back surfaces of your teeth, as well as along the gumline. Of course, now that you have brackets on your teeth you may be wondering how you’re going to brush.

You will still use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities. Brush in circular motions as you go over the front of your teeth. To get the back surface of your teeth, tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, using vertical, circular motions to clean each tooth.

Brush your teeth more often

While most people can get away with brushing their teeth only twice a day, if you have braces you will find yourself spending a lot more time keeping those braces clean. It’s important not to neglect regular brushing, as this can lead to cavities. Every time you eat you should be prepared to brush your teeth. If you’re on the go, pack your toothbrush and toothpaste with you to make sure you can brush your teeth no matter where you are.

Yes, you still need to floss

You may be wondering how in the world you’re supposed to floss with brackets and wires, but it’s very important that you still floss your teeth to prevent food and plaque from building up between teeth. Floss threaders are probably the best option for cleaning between teeth and the gums while also preventing damage to the wires.

Our Cumberland, SA, dentists can show you how to properly use floss threaders to make sure you are keeping your gums clean. You may also decide to use an interdental brush, which can also remove food and plaque from around your braces.

Avoid certain foods

Your dentist can provide you with a list of foods that you should avoid to prevent damage to your braces. These include a variety of hard, crunchy, tough and chewy foods including,

  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard, crusty breads (e.g. baguettes; bagels)
  • Taffy
  • Pretzels
  • Caramel
  • Whole fruits and veggies (e.g. carrots or apples)
  • Chewing gum
     

Call Cumberland Dental at (08) 8271 6233 to learn more about the types of braces we offer here in Cumberland Park, SA, and how we can improve your smile.

By Cumberland Dental
February 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Braces  

Of course, you know that braces remake personal appearance, but did you also know that orthodontic treatment improves the health of your smile, as well? Here at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, Dr. Jack Gaffrey and Dr. Angela Gaffrey offer a variety of orthodontic treatments to boost both your smile aesthetics and dental health.

More about orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment concerns itself with improving smile alignment, jaw function, and bite balance. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that braces make smiles look better and also reduce the chances of:

  • Advanced tooth decay
  • Periodontal, or gum disease
  • Jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD)
  • Dental abscess or infection
  • Tooth loss
  • Excessive enamel wear
  • Headaches, facial pain, and earaches

While orthodontic treatment is best accomplished when someone is young, older teens and adults can benefit, as well. In fact, one out of every five orthodontic patients is 21 or over, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.

Offered orthodontic services

After a complete oral examination and digital imaging, your dentist will present a treatment plan just right for your smile goals and oral health. At Cumberland Dental, we offer:

  • Palatal expanders for young mouths who need more room in their upper and lower arches
  • Space maintainers which reserve room for incoming adult teeth
  • Conventional metal braces
  • Tooth-colored ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces bonded to the tongue-side of teeth
  • Invisalign clear aligners, the invisible way to straighten teeth comfortably and quickly
  • Six-month braces, innovative appliances which re-align teeth in the smile zone at the front of the mouth

Whichever way you go...

Know that your health will improve. Besides avoiding oral health problems, braces impact systemic health, too. After all, straightened teeth are easier to maintain, thus reducing the chances of periodontal disease and its associated bacteria and inflammation. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that this inflammation appears linked to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and more.

Additionally, a straight smile improves psychological well-being. People with good smile aesthetics generally experience a boost in self-esteem, a boon to both mental and emotional health.

Change your smile

And, improve your life with orthodontic care from Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA. For a consultation with Dr. Jack Gaffrey or Dr. Angela Gaffrey, please call our office at (08) 8271 6233.





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