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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)
- 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.
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!
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
In the past, injured or badly decayed teeth often had to be removed. Today, they often can be saved through root canal treatment. Root canal therapy will allow you to keep your tooth functional for decades. Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey of Cumberland Dental, which is located in Adelaide, SA, offer a full range of dental services. Here are five signs you may need a root canal.
1. You have a toothache.
Severe tooth pain upon chewing or application of pressure is a sign you may need a root canal. The pain can range from mild to severe. A root canal is done to eliminate that pain. Root canal treatment has the reputation of being painful. However, many patients have reported that the procedure is no more painful than getting a dental filling.
2. Cold and hot bother you.
Prolonged sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures is a sign you may need a root canal. Tooth sensitivity causes a sharp pain when the tooth is exposed to cold and hot temperatures through beverages and foods. Your tooth will no longer be sensitive to cold and hot temperatures after root canal treatment.
3. Your gums are swollen.
Gum swelling is a sign that a root canal is needed. Gum inflammation is often associated with infection, although it doesn’t always mean an infection is present. The inflammation can range from being slight to quite pronounced.
4. You have a bump on your gum.
A pimple-like bump or swollen area on your gum is a sign that root canal treatment is needed. This bump may go away and then come back. This bump is usually an accumulation of pus, which is associated with infection. Your dentist will treat this by performing a root canal procedure.
5. You have a discolored tooth.
One discolored tooth is a sign that root canal treatment is needed. When the roots of the tooth that needs a root canal have died, the tooth may turn black, gray, brown, or dark yellow. Tooth discoloration is also related to trauma, damaged dental fillings, or severe decay, so visiting a dental professional for a checkup is recommended.
If you need a root canal, don't wait. Call Cumberland Dental at (08) 8271 6233 today to schedule a dental appointment in Adelaide, SA. Delaying a root canal will only lead to prolonged pain, suffering, and tooth loss.
Find out if this clear alternative to braces is what you need for a straighter smile.
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.