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By Cumberland Dental
December 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces  

It’s never too late to get a perfectly straight smile.

Who says that braces are only for teenagers? Not anymore! In fact, more and more adults are turning to our Cumberland Park, SA, AU, dentists Dr. Jack & Angela Gaffey for braces. Could you be next? If you’re still on the fence about braces, learn more about the benefits of getting orthodontic treatment now.

A Straight Smile

This is the most obvious benefit but one that shouldn’t be forgotten. After all, this is usually the main reason someone chooses to get braces. There are so many different kinds of braces on the market that are designed to help everyone from children to adults, depending on the problems you are facing. The good news is that there is an orthodontic treatment that can get you the results you want. You should consider getting adult braces from our Cumberland Park, SA, AU, family dentists if you are dealing with,

  • Crooked, twisted teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding or overlapping teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

Boost Your Self-Esteem

They say when you smile the whole world smiles at you; however, if you are embarrassed by how your smile looks then you may find yourself hiding it. If you are self-conscious, getting braces can help. After all, once you get your braces off any issues you were having regarding your smile will be gone. What you will have left is a beautiful smile that you feel confident showing off.

Reduce Your Risk for Decay

Did you know that teeth that are overlapping or crooked can be more difficult to clean? You may not have realized it but it makes sense. After all, it’s much harder to get into certain areas of your teeth to clean properly if teeth are on top of one another. As you might imagine, this can increase your chances of developing cavities. By getting braces, you can reduce your risk of decay.

Prevent Dental Damage and Injury

Dental misalignments can put a lot of pressure on certain teeth, which over time can cause excessive wear and even lead to fractures or cracks. This can also lead to long-term issues such as TMJ disorder and chronic back and neck pain, but getting braces now could prevent these problems from happening to you in the near future.

Are you ready to get a straighter and more confident smile in the New Year? If so, our Cumberland Park, SA, AU, dentists are here to provide you with the adult braces you need to get that perfect smile. To schedule an orthodontic consultation with us, simply call (08) 8271 6233.

By Cumberland Dental
October 18, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   White Spots  

Braces help put a bright smile on your face. However, you need to have thorough oral hygiene to prevent other dental challenges during this orthodontic treatment. One of the common problems associated with brace treatment in Cumberland Park, SA, is the development of white spots which alter the appearance of the straightened teeth.

Fortunately, Dr. Jack Gaffey can help you keep smiling after your braces have been removed with some effective tips, but before that, let's look at the common causes of white spots.

What are the Post-Brace White Spots?

These are small white spots that develop on your tooth enamel. They can feel different than the rest of the tooth and are caused by demineralization( decreased minerals in the cause of your orthodontic treatment).

While braces do not always cause white spots, this form of discoloration is indeed more common with people wearing braces. They're mainly linked because braces can make it difficult for an individual to thoroughly clean their teeth. The white spots develop along the gum line or around the edges of the braces. Fortunately, not all brace wearers will get this kind of discoloration.

What Causes White Spots After Braces?

White spots are generally caused by acid erosion from bacteria and sugars in your mouth. Drinking and eating foods and drinks high in acids and sugars can be one of the causes, as it becomes difficult to reach every part of the mouth to remove all the food traces from your teeth. The result is a build-up of bacteria which turn into cavities and plaques. If ignored, white spots can lead to other dental problems.

Preventing White Spots

Dental hygiene is usually to blame when white spots occur after dental treatment with braces. However, your Cumberland Park, SA orthodontist may recommend regular dental visits throughout the orthodontic treatment to catch any signs of white spots and advice on proper dental hygiene at home. To prevent white spots after braces, here are a few practices that can help.

  • Brush your teeth daily for at least 2 minutes: Brushing your teeth is the easiest way to keep your teeth clean and healthy. If you have braces, it's even more essential to brush your teeth after every meal to prevent acids and food debris from causing decalcification.
  • Floss once a day: Flossing removes any food material that may get stuck on your teeth, such as meat and vegetables.
  • Use fluoride mouthwash: Fluoride mouthwash strengthens your tooth enamel.
  • Avoid acidic and sugary things: Sugary foods can encourage the growth of bacteria. You can drink more water to flush out the sugar. Acidic foods can be detrimental to your enamel as they can corrode the tooth enamel, weakening it.
  • Avoid using bleaching or teeth whitening toothpaste: Using bleaching toothpaste while wearing braces is not necessary or recommended as it doesn't work on the areas the braces have occupied. Whitening works best when the braces have been removed.
  • Use sealants: Sometimes, your orthodontist may need to place sealants on your teeth to make them resistant to white spots.

If you notice white spots on your teeth after removing your braces, don't panic. Contact Dr. Jack Gaffney via (088) 271-6233, and he would be happy to help.

By Cumberland Dental
June 08, 2021
Category: Braces
Tags: Braces  

When you think of braces, you may think that they’re only for children, but you would be wrong. It is never too late to consider braces to help straighten your smile to what you’ve always wanted! Dr. Jack Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland, SA, can help you learn about how braces can help give you the confidence to show off your smile again!

How Braces Can Help You

You may have avoided braces for a while because you weren’t willing to wait for two years to get the straight smile you’ve wanted. Luckily, your dentist in Cumberland, SA, offers Six Month Smiles, which is an easy way to straighten your smile in just six months. Your dentist will determine if you’re a good candidate for braces by examining your smile and addressing what you’d like to fix. Depending on the severity of your smile, it’s possible that treatment may take longer. Your dentist will assess your case and discuss how long treatment may take for your needs.

Your dentist will apply nearly invisible brackets and wires to your teeth, helping you keep an aesthetic look and using the brackets and wires to push your teeth into the correct positions. With this form of braces, you won’t even notice that treatment is happening. Braces are effortless and do all the work for you!

After your treatment time is over, you will have to continue wearing a retainer, but your dentist will recommend a permanent and bonded retainer. With this option, you’ll never have to think about it and it will be invisible to others.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

It’s never too late to straighten your smile! Contact Dr. Jack Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland, SA, today to learn more about braces and how they can benefit your smile! Call (088) 271-6233.

By Cumberland Dental
January 22, 2021
Tags: Braces  

Here’s how to tell whether you or your teen may need braces.

A beautiful smile is one feature that can help to build your confidence and self-esteem, so if you or your child’s smile is crooked or misaligned you may be wondering whether braces are the right option. Our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists Dr. Jack & Angela Gaffey offer braces for patients of all ages to help them create a smile in which they feel completely confident.

You may need braces if,

  • You have teeth that are crowded, twisted, or crooked
  • You have gaps or spaces between teeth
  • You have trouble properly brushing and flossing your teeth because they are crooked or crowded
  • You often bite your tongue or your cheek because of misaligned teeth
  • Your teeth don’t properly close together when at rest or when chewing or biting
  • You develop speech problems due to jaw or dental misalignments
  • You experience clicking or popping noises in your jaw (a sign of misaligned jaws)
  • You experience stressed or aching, tired jaws when chewing or speaking

While it’s certainly easy to tell when something feels off with your smile it may be less obvious with your child. Once your child’s permanent teeth erupt our Cumberland Park SA dental team can get a better idea of whether they may need braces. Some signs that your child may need braces:

  • Permanent teeth that come in crooked or crowded
  • A smile that doesn’t properly fit together when your child bites down
  • Early or late tooth loss (for baby teeth)
  • Your child sucks their thumb, which can cause teeth to protrude
  • Your child is a mouth breather

Should you see a dentist?

It’s a good idea to have your child’s teeth examined by a qualified orthodontist by the age of 7. Early orthodontic interventions can help correct dental issues before they become more serious and lead to further complications. Of course, it’s never too late to get a straight smile. We work with many teens and adults who want to fix everything from gapped or crooked smiles to severely bad bites.

Want a smile that will wow? If you’re interested in getting braces here in Cumberland Park, SA, our dental team can sit down with you to discuss your orthodontic options. Call us at (08) 8271 6233 to schedule a consultation.

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.



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