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By Cumberland Dental
May 09, 2018
Category: Braces
Tags: Braces   oral health  

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 bracesthe 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.

By Cumberland Dental
December 04, 2017
Category: Braces
Tags: Braces   Six Month Smiles  

Have you ever wondered if braces could help your smile? If you are unsatisfied with your smile, braces can transform your teeth and give bracesyou a smile you will love. Braces straighten crooked teeth, close gaps between teeth, and realign teeth that are out of place. At Cumberland Dental, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey are your dentists for braces in Adelaide, SA.

Types of Braces

When it comes to braces, there are several options to choose from. The type of braces used will depend on various factors, such as whether the braces are for an adolescent or an adult. Whatever type of braces is selected, they are all effective methods for realigning and straightening teeth. Some of the different types of braces include traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and white resin braces. Cumberland Dental is excited to also offer Invisalign and Six Month Smiles.

Traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and white braces all utilize brackets and wires to straighten teeth. The brackets are affixed to the teeth with a dental adhesive and remain in place until a dentist or an orthodontist removes them. Both ceramic and white braces offer a distinct advantage over traditional metal braces as they are much less conspicuous. The brackets for ceramic braces are less noticeable because they blend in with the teeth. 

Invisalign is an exciting alternative to more traditional types of braces. With Invisalign, there are no hard brackets or wires. Instead, clear aligner trays made of a flexible plastic material are used to straighten the teeth. The aligner trays are comfortable and can be easily removed to eat or to brush and floss the teeth.

Six Month Smiles is another innovative method for straightening teeth. Like other types of braces, brackets and wires are used to straighten the teeth with Six Month Smiles. The brackets and wires are clear and readily blend in so they are barely noticeable. Further, the dentist can straighten your smile in just six months, which is significantly faster than other types of braces in Adelaide.

If you want to achieve a straighter smile, braces can help. An experienced dentist can help you select the right type of braces to suit your needs. For braces in Adelaide,  schedule an appointment with Dr. Jack Gaffey or Dr. Angela Gaffey by calling Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA at (08) 8271 6233.

By Cumberland Dental
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Invisalign   orthodontics  

Find out if this clear alternative to braces is what you need for a straighter smile.invisalign

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.

By Cumberland Dental
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Braces are used for many reasons, either to improve a bad bite, crowded teeth or just a poorly-aligned jaw. Various things can change bracesthe misalignment of the teeth, whether an injury or thumb sucking. Children aged 7 to 14 are great candidates for braces as their facial structures are still developing. Adult braces entail additional procedures because the jaw development has stopped, but they are still a viable treatment procedure for many. Dr. Jack Gaffey from Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, Adelaide can examine each patient and determine whether they are a candidate for braces.

About Braces

Orthodontics focuses on correcting anything involving the jaw or the alignment of the teeth. Braces use wires and are one of several types including brackets that attach to the back teeth, metal or plastic brackets bonded or cemented to the teeth or conventional braces that use metal strips or bands.

Our dentist, Dr. Gaffey, will take a plaster cast of each patient’s teeth and perform x-rays. After the type of braces are chosen, they will be placed on the teeth. Over time, they will be adjusted to make sure they are moving the teeth and/or jaw in the proper position.

Braces today are lightweight. The amount of time the braces are worn will vary from patient to patient. Mild discomfort can occur after adjustments, but shouldn’t be felt any other time. Daily oral hygiene is imperative to keep the teeth and gums as healthy as possible during braces treatment.

To learn more about braces in Cumberland Park, Adelaide, schedule a consultation and full dental examination with Dr. Gaffey from Cumberland Dental today by calling (08) 8271-6233. With years of experience, he can give his expert advice on whether or not you are a candidate and which type of braces will suit your oral health situation. What are you waiting for?

By Cumberland Dental
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Invisalign   othodontics  

Always wondered if Invisalign is the right treatment for you but don’t know much about it? Let’s see what our Cumberland Park dentists invisalignhave to say.

Are you an adult who is tired of having gaps in their smile? Do you want to straighten your teeth but worry about the implications of wearing metal brackets and wires? Our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey, understand that teens and adults don’t want to deal with the implications of wearing metal braces to their prom, college graduation or even at work. Find out more about Invisalign and what it could do for you.

Q. What is Invisalign?

A. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign employs a set of clear, plastic aligners that look like whitening trays but are custom-made to fit over your teeth to gradually straighten your smile. Every patient will get a series of aligners that they will need to wear throughout the course of their treatment.

Q. Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

A. If you are an adult or teen who wants to fill gaps between teeth, fix overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, crooked teeth and crowding then Invisalign might be able to help you.

Q. How long will it take to straighten my teeth with Invisalign?

A. A lot will depend on the severity of the issues you are treating with Invisalign. The length of treatment can take anywhere from 9 to 18 months. Adult wearers tend to have a shorter treatment than teens.

Q. Does wearing Invisalign hurt?

A. As with any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may cause some wearers a bit of discomfort for the first few days as they adjust to having aligners. You may also notice some pressure on your teeth since aligners are slowly moving your teeth throughout the course of your treatment. Of course, this discomfort you feel should go away after a couple of days.

Q. How often should I wear my aligners?

A. While being able to remove your aligners might sound tempting, how often you wear them will have a major impact on how long your treatment takes. You should aim to wear your aligners for about 22 hours each day, only taking them off before mealtimes or before brushing and flossing your teeth.

Q. How do you keep Invisalign aligners clean?

A. There are products out there specifically designed to keep your aligners clean. In fact, Invisalign even makes their own cleaning crystals to ensure that stains don’t affect the appearance of your aligners. Of course, you can also prevent yellowing and stains by brushing and rinsing out your aligners with warm water. Doing this after meals is a great way to keep aligners looking their best.

If you are interested in what Invisalign could do for you then it’s time you picked up your phone and called Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA.



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