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July 25, 2018 OSP No comments exist

Have you thought about what you could spend 3 years doing? Orthodontists are specialists who train for an additional 3 years on top of their general dental training in order to acquire the knowledge and skills to help you create that beautiful smile!

 

Have a look at this fantastic video from the ASO – Australian Society of Orthodontics

March 8, 2017 OSP No comments exist

G’Day from OSP!

Easter is coming up shortly, and many of us are beginning this celebration with lent! Lent is a time to reflect and be thoughtful towards others. We at OSP thought we could use this time to encourage those with braces on to enjoy all the chocolatey goodness that comes with this time of year, however, to be extra careful when crunching into those scrummy eggs! If possible, break the chocolate into smaller pieces and chew with your back teeth and try to avoid the extra thick and dense eggs.

If you run into trouble and something breaks, don’t hesitate to contact us and we can advise you on what to do!

Happy Easter!

Orthodontic Smile Practice

December 21, 2016 OSP No comments exist

NB: This article has been shared from the ASO website. You can find the original post here: https://www.aso.org.au

 

What can I eat at Christmas with braces?

For us Aussies, Christmas is all about enjoying the sunshine, firing up the BBQ and tucking into some delicious food with our family and friends. When your favourite treats are on the table your braces might be the last thing on your mind, but nothing says ‘bah humbug’ like broken brackets.

With a little pre-planning there’s no reason you can’t enjoy your favourite festive foods! Whether you have traditional metal, lingual or ceramic braces, here’s some tips on what you should take a little extra care with this Christmas and the dishes you can load up on!

‘Red light’ foods – try to avoid!

Hard foods: Steer clear of any hard foods such as candy canes, biscotti, crisp or crusty bread, and hard biscuits, as these foods can lead to a broken bracket or damaged wire. As tempting as it can be to chew on ice cubes at the bottom of your drink, this can also be dangerous for those with braces.

Sticky foods: Anything too sticky can also cause damage to your braces as food can get lodged in between the brackets and your teeth. Try to avoid eating sticky caramels, chewy sweets and toffees, but go ahead and indulge in a soft mince pie or Christmas pudding!

Sugary foods: We know it can seem almost impossible at this time of year, but try to avoid eating too many sweets or drinking too much soda, especially in between meals. Having braces at Christmas makes it a little harder to keep your teeth clean, so make sure you’re brushing thoroughly around your braces after each meal.

‘Orange light’ foods – eat carefully!

BBQ fare: Meat on the bone style steak, ribs and chops can be tricky to eat and are best avoided. That doesn’t mean the family BBQ is off the menu though – it just means these sorts of foods need to be cut into smaller, more manageable pieces and eaten with care.

Nuts and crackers: While most nuts are best avoided, soft walnuts can usually be eaten safely. Small crackers are also great for satisfying those crunchy and salty cravings, and corn chips with salsa and guacamole make for a delicious Christmas Day snack.

Crunchy veggies: Take care when eating raw veggies like carrots or celery, and fruits such as apples. Make sure you cut your fruit and veggies into small pieces to avoid bending or dislodging the wire in your braces.

‘Green light’ foods – go for seconds!

Seafood and meats: Basic common Christmas meats such as turkey, chicken and ham won’t do any damage to braces, but as noted above, just be careful of chewing on the bones! Seafood such as salmon, tuna, fish and scallops are also Aussie favourites on Christmas day, and there’s no need to miss out on these foods just because you have braces!

Dairy foods: Most dairy foods are a safe option with braces so enjoy your cream cheese, custard, ice cream, yoghurt and milkshakes this Christmas!

Soft grains: Go ahead and enjoy soft breads, tortillas, muffins, pancakes, pasta or rice – all of these foods are braces-friendly.

Fruits and veggies: Soft cooked vegetables, mashed potatoes and steamed greens make a delicious, nutritious and braces-friendly accompaniment to any Christmas Day lunch, as well as most fruits including applesauce, bananas, berries and fruit juices.

Booking a consultation:

If you’re still unsure of what braces-friendly foods you should be eating over the holidays, speak to our orthodontists.

October 20, 2016 OSP No comments exist

NB: This article has been shared from the ASO website. You can find the original post here: https://www.aso.org.au/benefits-early-treatment

 

Parents usually have many questions about orthodontic treatment for their children. The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends children between the ages of 8-10 years visit a registered specialist orthodontist for an assessment.

 

This allows the orthodontist to evaluate your child’s existing and incoming teeth and determine whether or not early treatment might be necessary.

Typically the first permanent molars are present in the mouth, giving your orthodontist an opportunity to check for a developing malocclusion, also known as “bad bite.” Incisors have also usually begun to come in and problems such as crowding, deep bites, crossbites and open bites can be detected.

Although treatment usually will not begin until one to five years after the initial evaluation, it is still helpful in determining whether your child has any problems with the jaw and teeth early, when they may well be easier to treat. Earlier treatment can also be financially beneficial to correct a potential problem than delayed treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical trauma to the protruding front teeth and reduce emotional distress if teasing is occurring. In addtion, severely crowded teeth can prevent good oral hygiene.

Early orthodontic treatment, known as Phase One, aims to correct more serious bite related problems as well as guide the jaw’s growth pattern. Early treatment may also help to make extra room in the mouth for the permanent teeth to be properly placed as they come in.

There are several ways you can determine whether your child may need early orthodontic treatment. If you observe any of these characteristics or behaviours, you should see an assessment from a specialist orthodontist:

  • Early loss of baby teeth (before age five)
  • If your child’s teeth do not meet properly at all when biting
  • Mouth breathing and/or snoring
  • If your child’s front teeth are crowded (you generally won’t see this until the child is about seven or eight years old)
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Biting or chewing difficulties
  • A speech impediment
  • If your child’s jaw shifts when he or she opens or closes the mouth
  • If your child is older than five years and still sucks a thumb or finger

 

Early orthodontic treatment begins while a child’s jaw bones are still soft. They do not harden until children reach their late teens. As the bones are still pliable, corrective procedures work faster and more effectively than they do for teens and adults. Appropriate early treatment is an effective interceptive measure that lays the foundation for a healthy and well-functioning mouth in adulthood.

If you think your child needs or would benefit from early orthodontic treatment, only a specialist orthodontist has the training, experience and expert knowledge to determine the most appropriate treatment options and the best time to start treatment. When you see a specialist orthodontist you can be confident that your child is in the best hands.

May 28, 2016 OSP No comments exist

What to expect from visiting Orthodontic Smile Practice

At Orthodontic Smile Practice we know that children, teenagers and even adults can have conflicting emotions before an orthodontic appointment. It is normal to feel a mixture of nerves and excitement whether it’s your initial consultation or a number of adjustments into treatment. Here is an outline of what you can expect during your appointments with us.

 

You’ll be happy to know that orthodontics is largely a pain-free specialty. Appointments are rarely longer than 45 minutes and here at Orthodontic Smile Practice we are famous for our short waiting times.

 

Orthodontic consultation appointments

The beginning of you or your child’s journey towards a beautiful smile starts at your first consultation visit. Every orthodontic practice is different.

 

A key feature of Orthodontic Smile Practice:

You will be seen by a Specialist Orthodontist at every. single. visit.

 

We pride ourselves on a patient-focused approach, using the latest technology hand-in-hand with years of Specialist experience to achieve individually tailored treatment for every single patient. New technology has given us some great new materials and techniques but there is no real substitute for Specialist qualifications, training and experience. Teeth are part of the body and like everything else, sometimes the unexpected happens! That is when experience counts.

 

Our consultation occurs in two parts.

  1. . Your orthodontist will perform an initial assessment of your teeth, making note of any concerns and then determine readiness for treatment. Depending on that, we organise a set of x-rays (bulk-billedwith our local radiographer), photographs and digital scans of your teeth.
  2. . With records collected you will then sit down with your orthodontist in our dedicated consulting suite and discuss you or your child’s orthodontic needs, working towards an individually tailored treatment plan that will achieve the desired result. A happy smile!

 

Treatment planning appointments often last up to 30 minutes, so we can address any and all issues pertaining to your treatment. We advise booking well in advance for these appointments so there is no delay in getting your treatment started!

 

Treatment appointments

You or your child may be nervous or concerned about what the initial insertion of the braces actually entails. We term this first treatment appointment a ‘bond-up’ and the most important thing to note is that it is completely painless.

There are no needles or drills, just a whole sequence of cleaning, washing and drying all the teeth, and then the fiddly part of bonding the brace! This is the placement of an individual bracket (term for brace) to each tooth with a safe and strong glue before a small wire is connected to them using coloured or clear elastics. When you hear the term ‘tightening your brace’, it is the wire that is being changed and adjusted to gradually straighten your teeth. Normally a bond-up will take between 30-45 minutes so if you are coming to watch your child, you may like to bring a book or make a selection from one of our waiting-room magazines!

Once the bond-up has been completed our lovely senior nurse will sit down with you and/or your child to go through how to care for your new braces. We provide you with a new electric toothbrush, as well as gum management products to ensure healthy teeth and gums throughout your brace treatment.

 

If you would like see a bond-up stay tuned for a peek at our upcoming video on YouTube via our website link!

 

The first night following brace treatment patients may occasionally feel some discomfort, which may be managed with your regular pain relief medication. Alternatively, you or your child may find relief using saltwater mouth rinses for soothing tender gums. Your orthodontist will advise the best method for you.

When you are in brace treatment, adjustment appointments will be required generally every six to eight weeks, where your orthodontist will change or adjust the wires to keep the movement of you or your child’s teeth in the right direction.

 

Of course, at any stage before a consultation or treatment appointment you are welcome to contact us and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.