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Daily Brace Care

So you’ve just had your braces fitted? Congratulations! Soon you’ll start to see the change to your bite as your braces gently move your teeth into a better alignment. Before you know it, your orthodontist will be removing them and you’ll have that perfect smile you always wanted. Until then, however, it is important that you look after your braces every day. When wearing your braces, you will need to have access to a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss at all times. We recommend packing a small kit which you can keep in your school or work bag so you always have the equipment with you.A portable mirror is also helpful for when you can’t get to a bathroom and want to make sure you don’t have anything stuck in your teeth. Your orthodontist can also provide you with wax which can be used if a bracket or wire is a little uncomfortable.

Here is a daily care plan to help you keep your teeth healthy and your braces clean.

Whether you typically brush your teeth before or after breakfast is a personal preference. When you’re wearing braces, however, we’d recommend after. That way you can be sure to dislodge any bits of breakfast which may be stuck around the metal brackets or wires. Always rinse well with mouthwash afterwards.

Few people brush their teeth after every meal, despite recommendations from dentists. However, it is essential you do this with braces. Carry a toothbrush with you so you can brush your teeth easily wherever you are. We also recommend carrying some dental floss or toothpicks so you can shift those stubborn pieces of food which get lodged. This is also where your portable mirror can be useful.

As with your lunch, it is important to brush your teeth after dinner as it is likely to be several hours before you go to bed. Get rid of any lingering food and rinse mouthwash around before you continue with your evening.

Bed Time
The final brush of the day needs to be really thorough so nothing is left trapped in your braces while you sleep. Floss carefully between each tooth and around the brackets to make sure everything is removed. Use antibacterial mouthwash to finish.

Brushing your teeth four times a day might sound extreme but it is necessary. The bristles dislodge food particles which could otherwise corrode the enamel. This is particularly important when you are wearing braces because it reduces the chance ofdiscolouration. However, it is often impossible to tell if any staining has occurred until the braces have been removed. To minimise the risk, brush regularly. It is also important to consider the enamel on your teeth which is not used to as much brushing. We recommend using a softer bristled brush than you may usually select to be more gentle on your exposed teeth.

After your braces were fitted, your orthodontist will have explained all of this to you and even demonstrated a good brushing technique with braces. For more information or personalised advice, please speak to your orthodontist.

Does My Child Need Braces?

Do you have children and are unsure whether they may need braces? The prospect of orthodontic treatment is not an enjoyable one for any parent. Children and teenagers are usually reluctant to have braces but as the adults we know sometimes they are necessary. The earlier your child sees an orthodontist, the better. iSmile Orthodontics will see children as young as seven and recommend an early visit for all their patients. This allows us to develop an optimised treatment plan, often able to deliver better results in a shorter time frame. As a parent, you should be observing your child’s teeth from the moment they erupt. Here are some tell tale signs that your child may need braces:

Excessive Spacing Or Crowding
Whether it looks like your child has too many teeth or not enough, poor spacing often displays in your child’s milk teeth and repeats itself when the adult teeth erupt. Braces can help close gaps and expansion appliances can create more space to accommodate teeth. In the case of expansion appliances, early intervention is very important.

Overbite OrUnderbite
There are any number of ways teeth can meet incorrectly. When teeth overlap from the top, this is called an overbite, while overlapping of the lower teeth is an underbite. These can cause serious problems later on and should be dealt with once all adult teeth have erupted. If your child’s teeth don’t come together at all, this is called an open bite and they will need braces to deal with an alignment problem.

Abnormal Eruption
Typically, teeth grow straight down or up from the gums but some teeth erupt from the wrong point. This is a misalignment problem which can be corrected with braces once the tooth is fully erupted.

Speech Problems
Many of the sounds we make for speech involve our tongue and teeth. When teeth are not where they are supposed to be, speech impediments, such as lisps, can develop. Often these speech patterns can be solved by correctly aligning the teeth.

Mouth Breathing
Children may develop the habit of breathing through their mouths rather than their nose because of poorly aligned teeth. This can negatively impact their facial growth as well as leading to speech problems. It is possible to relearn to breathe through your nose but often children who have experienced this habit require orthodontic treatment to fix their teeth.

Chewing Problems
Does your child struggle to chew their food properly? This probably means are their teeth are not aligned correctly, making the job of chewing much harder. Realigning their teeth will enable them to effectively chew their food, an important step in the digestive journey.

Teeth alignment and other orthodontic problems are usually genetic. Therefore, if you or your partner had braces, your children have a higher probability of needing them too. That’s why iSmile orthodontics offers sibling discounts under our family plans.

Ultimately, unless you are an orthodontist yourself, it is impossible to know whether your child needs braces without a visit to a specialist. iSmile Orthodontics offers complimentary consultations for all patients to determine if orthodontic treatment is even necessary. Book your child in today and we can provide a conclusive diagnosis, free of charge from the age of seven.

How 3D Technology Is Changing Orthodontics

There are new technological developments every day in the modern world. From advanced smartphones and the Internet of Things, hydrogen-powered cars to cutting edge medical treatments, science and technology is changing our world in countess ways. Orthodontics has also seen a dramatic, positive impact as a result of new technologies. 3D images, scanners and printers can now be used to make your orthodontic treatment faster, cheaper and easier than ever before.

Firstly, 3D technologies are not entirely new to orthodontics but they were not widely accessible until more recently. Ever since Invisalign became available in the late 1990s, the practice of using machinery loaded with 3D images to make retainers has been an aspiration for all orthodontists. The most important advancement Invisalign offered was a highly accurate, highly personalised and much faster service which delivered better result to our patients.

3D Scanners
One of the first steps for any orthodontist is to gather images of the patient’s jaws and teeth. This is traditionally done using an x-ray. With new 3D scanners, however, orthodontists are able to achieve a far more accurate picture of your tooth placement. These images enable the orthodontist to understand your mouth better than ever before, devising a treatment which is specifically made just for you.

3D Printers
Beyond scanning capabilities, the technology used to gather images can go one step further. 3D printing is now possible for orthodontists and is most commonly used in the creation of retainers. Before this invention, it was a long and sometimes uncomfortable process to get a mould of your teeth. It would involve sitting for a length of time in order to obtain the imprints needed for the plaster moulds. Not only is the scanning process quick and easy, the moulds which are created are reusable because they are made from plastic, not plaster. This means every time you need a new retainer, you don’t have to go through the process of having one fitted. In fact, you don’t even need to make an appointment – just phone to tell us you’ve lost your retainer and we can get a new one made for you. This is available for all iSmile Orthodontic patients, not just those opting for Invisalign treatment.

More Options Than Ever
3D technology doesn’t just stop at providing orthodontists with an alternative way to gather photos of your teeth and creating your retainers. They can also be used to create crowns or for teeth restoration. Previously, these teeth were made by hand or by a generic machine. With 3D technology, each tooth is uniquely crafted to fit your mouth perfectly, without the costing you the world. They fit better, they’re made faster and they are possible thanks to 3D technological advancements in dentistry and orthodontics.

Are you soon starting your treatment at iSmile Orthodontics? We look forward to telling you more about our available 3D technologies and how they will make your treatment a faster, better and smoother experience. To find out more about how this new technology will be used in your upcoming treatment, ask your orthodontist. We look forward to welcoming you to iSmile Orthodontics very soon.

The New Site For iSmile Orthodontics

Do you live in Caroline Springs? Then iSmile Orthodontics just became your state-of-the-art local orthodontic surgery! We’re about to open our brand new location in Caroline Springs and are very much looking forward to bringing advanced and complete family orthodontics treatment to this locality. iSmile Orthodontics prides itself on being convenient and now we can serve more families and patients than ever before with a bigger, better and more sophisticated clinic!

The first step in the process of making orthodontic treatment convenient is to choose an orthodontist near to your home, school and/or work. This way you can easily add appointments into your routine. That’s why iSmile Orthodontics have three different locations in Melbourne; Bundoora, Mernda and Caroline Springs. Simply choose the clinic which best suits you and make an appointment today.

We understand that undergoing orthodontic treatment is a time commitment. It typically takes eighteen months to two years to complete standard orthodontic plans and you will need to come into the clinic approximately every six weeks for check-ups. That’s why we try to make your treatment at iSmile Orthodontics as convenient as possible. From our after school slots, reserved for check-ups to booking appointments for all the family one after the other, we hope to make your time with us hassle-free.

Our new clinic in Caroline Springs has been carefully designed to deliver the best possible orthodontic experience and treatment. We are excited to provide our patients with bespoke treatment plans to fit our tailor-made building. We are now able to not only treat more patients in our larger premises but also have invested in advanced orthodontic equipment. We aim to treat as many patients as possible in-house so that your treatment is as convenient as possible.

Whether you’re an existing patient or prospective patient with iSmile Orthodontics, we want to give you a sneak peek of what to expect from our new location. From the exquisite architecture to the modern technologies and the comfortable reception area, we hope you’re excited about seeing our new Caroline Springs location for iSmile Orthodontics very soon.

What Orthodontic Appliance is Right For Me?

Just like any dental or medical treatment, orthodontics is different for every person. That’s why iSmile Orthodontics works to provide a wide range of orthodontic appliances to correct any malocclusion or misalignment problem. From appliances designed to expand your palate or improve your bite right through to the retainers you will wear after treatment is finished, every aspect of your treatment at iSmile Orthodontics is tailored to suit your teeth and your lifestyle as you work towards that straight smile you always wanted.

Orthodontic appliances are often used before the main braces are fitted. While braces are very good at moving teeth into the correct positions, some straight smiles need a little more help. An appliance can be used to widen the jaw or correct an overbite/underbite. These are changes which braces cannot achieve on their own. Once the appliance process has been completed, you may already have a straight smile but if not, braces can be put on to complete the process.

If you need to wear an orthodontic appliance, it is probably because you have a severe alignment problem. Orthodontic appliances are often an alternative to surgery as adults and many children wear appliances as their bones are developing to make their future treatment faster. The Maxillary Expansion Appliance, for example, can widen the upper jaw palate to make room for the adult teeth. This can only be used on patients whose jawbones are still developing. There are many Functional Appliances which can be used to correct misalignment. They typically work to encourage the lower jaw to move forward, in the case of an overbite, or the upper jaw to move forward, in the case of an underbite.

The most common orthodontic appliance are retainers. These are used as the final stage of orthodontic treatment. Once your braces have been removed, you may be able to see that straight smile you always wanted but you need to work to keep it there. For the past year or two, your braces have been slowly moving your teeth into their new positions. We then need to hold the teeth in the correct placements for a period of time to allow the bone to fuse around the teeth.

We recommend all patients wear their retainers every night for at least one to two years, after which patients who underwent treatment as children and teenagers should only need to wear their retainers once a week. Adults bones often struggle to hold the teeth in their new positions, however, so many older patients are fitted with permanent retainers (small wires behind the teeth) to ensure their straight smile stays straight.

The range of possible orthodontic treatments now available at iSmile Orthodontics enables us to treat any orthodontic problem. We work to create the best treatment plan for you by assessing your mouth and teeth as well as talking with you about the results you wish to achieve. For more information and to find out about our services, make an appointment for your free consultation today.

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