10 ways straight teeth can improve your health
Straight Teeth are Happy Teeth Straight teeth are not only aesthetically pleasing but they can have a number of dental and overall health benefits as well. It is advised that you begin your teeth straightening treatment as soon as you notice the shifting or crowding of teeth to prevent unnecessary problems from developing. Knowing how … Keep reading
Brushing with braces
Whether or not you have braces, good oral hygiene is incredibly important. And let’s be honest here, what’s the use of beautifully straight teeth if they are riddled with decay? When you have braces, there are a few tips and tricks to follow that will ensure that you are getting a good clean. Brushing technique … Keep reading
5 Tips for living with braces
If you or your child has braces, these 5 top tips are sure to come in handy! Use wax Keeping wax handy is one of the most invaluable tips there are when it comes to having braces. There is nothing more annoying than having a catchy bracket or wire causing irritation in your mouth. Wax … Keep reading
My dog ate my retainer
Some orthodontic retainers are fixed, eliminating the issues that come with misplacing them. However, some retainers are removable, and with removable retainers comes responsibility. Your removable retainer should be placed in one of two locations: in its box or in your mouth. Anywhere else can leave your retainer vulnerable to getting lost, broken, or worse—eaten. … Keep reading
Selecting colours for braces
The fun part about braces is that you get to personalise them by selecting your colours. Colours come in the form of the bands placed around the brackets of your braces. Braces consist of wires, brackets and bands. The brackets are the square silver pieces glued to your teeth and the bands are fitted around … Keep reading
Are Clear Braces Better Than Metal?
Want to know if clear braces are better than metal? While the thought of straighter teeth might bring a smile to your face, the process of getting there can be less appealing. In most instances, it takes between six months to two years to correct crooked, misaligned or overcrowded teeth, meaning long months wearing braces. … Keep reading
Why are retainers so important?
A retainer helps to maintain the results of orthodontic treatment. A great smile radiates happiness and health. For this reason, many people choose to undergo orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth. Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, and you have had your braces removed, you will need to wear a retainer. Retainers are a very important part … Keep reading
Foods to Avoid with Braces
It can be a little difficult to eat with braces, especially if you are new to the treatment and are still getting used to your wires and brackets. It’s important to be mindful of what you eat and drink, and to know that there are some foods that it is best to avoid while you … Keep reading
Common orthodontic questions
What are my teeth straightening options? There are many affordable and suitable teeth straightening options available, but the most common ones are: Metal Braces Ceramic/clear braces Lingual Braces Invisalign Your choice of orthodontic treatment depends on your dental problems and should be discussed with your dentist or orthodontist. Will I need to use a retainer … Keep reading
Is it possible to get straight teeth without braces?
Have you always dreamed of having straighter teeth? We all know that a beautiful smile radiates confidence and health. But for many adults, traditional metal braces just aren’t a desirable option. Well, good news — orthodontics isn’t just for kids! Until recently, orthodontic options were limited to traditional braces, which tend to be bulky. Thankfully, … Keep reading
Adult Orthodontics: What Options Are Available?
Simply Orthodontics in Melbourne offer a range of adult orthodontic treatments Much like the rest of the medical world, orthodontic treatments have come a long way in recent times. There is now a myriad of ways to deal with your different dental concerns. Gone are the days where the only treatment available was traditional metal … Keep reading
Self Ligating Braces vs Conventional Braces
Which Works Best? In the realm of metal braces, conventional twin brackets have long served Orthodontists and patients well. Developments in dental adhesives in the 1970s propelled the advancement and use of conventional metal braces. This saw the demise of the ‘old school’ wrap around braces that had conjured up many nightmarish images in past … Keep reading
It’s never too late to improve your smile
Recent research has found that having a full set of straight teeth can significantly improve your quality of life by boosting self-esteem. Those with a nice smile are perceived as more successful, wealthier and more likely to land a job than those with crooked teeth. The personal, social and professional benefits for many are amazing … Keep reading
6 easy ways of relieving orthodontic pain
In the initial phase of wearing braces, you will notice some mild discomfort. This is normal. Your mouth, jaws, teeth, gums and tongue have to get used to wearing braces. Orthodontic pain relief can be achieved in a variety of ways. From over-the-counter pain medication to eating soft foods. When does the orthodontic discomfort start … Keep reading
The importance of seeing your general dentist during your orthodontic treatment
Avoid complications with your new braces; ensure you’re having regular checkups with your dentist We encourage all of our patients to maintain 6 monthly general dental checks and cleans to ensure that their teeth are well taken care of from a dental point of view. As a specialist orthodontic practice, we do not necessarily have … Keep reading
Problems to watch for in growing children
The Right time for an orthodontic check-up Certain orthodontic problems such as those displayed below may benefit from an early orthodontic check-up. Your orthodontist will undertake a complete evaluation and advise you on what to do. Other orthodontic problems that may benefit from an early orthodontic check-up: Early or late loss of baby teeth Difficulty … Keep reading
Sometimes, the discomfort patients experience can be associated with rubbing of the brace or wire against the cheek – if this is the cause, orthodontic wax can act as a smooth buffer to relieve this. Orthodontic wax will be provided to you as required throughout your orthodontic treatment at Simply Orthodontics. It can also be found … Keep reading
Does your child suffer from an overbite or underbite?
Every orthodontic assessment by Dr Skilton and Dr Yap focuses not only on the relationship of your teeth, but also on the positions of your upper and lower jaws, the maxilla and mandible respectively. Our jaws are the foundations upon which our teeth are based and not surprisingly our jaw relationship often has a profound … Keep reading
How do my teeth move? – The process behind orthodontics
Where do we begin? In order to understand how teeth move, we need to first visualise some basic anatomy of the teeth, gums, and jaw bones. Our teeth have two anatomical parts; the crown (the part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line) and the root (the part embedded in the jaw … Keep reading
Are you braces ready?
Getting ready for braces is a very simple matter of getting a routine dental check-up and scale and clean with your general dentist. Through paying a visit to your dentist for a check up you are able to prepare yourself for orthodontic treatment, in getting a scale and clean your achieving two main goals: Good … Keep reading
For children braces aren’t the only answer!
There are certain situations where early orthodontic treatment (known as Early Interceptive Orthodontics) is necessary in order to either prevent potentially damaging contact between the upper- and lower teeth, ii) deter unfavourable habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusts, or iii) to make certain conditions, such as dental crowding, easier to address in the … Keep reading