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COVID-19 sucks!

We would like to thank our good friend Dr Dan Bills at Innovative Orthodontics in New Jersey, USA for allowing us to share this great content from his blog – https://www.iortho.com/featured/covid-19-and-orthodontics/

COVID-19 SUCKS! WE SAID IT, AND WE DON’T CARE WHO HEARD IT!

Let us start by thanking everyone who sent well wishes to us and the team these last few days during this uncertain time.  It is much appreciated to know you care about us as much as we care about you!
Due to these unprecedented and rapidly changing circumstances, we know you might have some questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may affect your orthodontic care. Our team has put together this FAQ to help you gain some amount of clarity in this part of your life. We are here to support you and will continue to find new ways to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care.

IS iSMILE ORTHODONTICS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

Due to nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the sweeping recommendations of numerous health and government officials including the Australian Dental Association, we have closed our physical offices for the time being to all non-essential procedures for the safety of our community.  Our physical offices may be closed, but our practice is still very much open! We are available by phone, text, virtual appointments, and FaceTime if necessary to keep your Orthodontic treatment moving!

HOW LONG WILL OUR PHYSICAL OFFICES BE CLOSED?

At this stage, our physical offices are currently scheduled to reopen on April 15th. We are frequently assessing the situation and will be very transparent with next steps if that changes. Our team will be available to assist patients by phone, email, text, virtual checkups, and even FaceTime if needed . To help keep our outgoing lines open for our team to handle patient concerns, we ask that you send us an email at info@ismileorthodontics.com.au for the fastest response. 

HOW WILL THIS INCONVENIENT DELAY AFFECT MY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

We are happy to report that your orthodontic treatment is still active and your tooth movement is progressing during this time. Because of the technology in the braces, wires, and aligners we use, we routinely extend intervals between appointments 10-12 weeks (and in rare instances 16 weeks) normally, so this “forced” postponement is just doing what we would do anyway.  In fact, many times we schedule interim checks and adjustments with you for our own peace of mind, to relieve any wire discomfort you may be having, or just to have a chance to talk with you 🙂

HOW SHOULD I PROCEED IF I AM WEARING BRACES OR AN APPLIANCE?

Please make sure you keep good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing three times a day. Also remember, DO NOT eat forbidden foods to avoid any breakage. If wearing any elastic, continue to do so as directed. Your braces will continue to straighten your teeth all day and night. Proper elastic wear will continue to correct your bite. We will be able to advance your treatment once we reopen.

HOW SHOULD I PROCEED IF I AM WEARING INVISALIGN ALIGNERS?

Please make sure to keep wearing your active aligners as instructed to continue progressing your treatment. Make sure to use your chewies and bite and hold to seat the aligners in areas where you may see visible space between your tooth and the aligner. For best use, bite into your chewie for 10 seconds and work it around your teeth lightly biting holding for a 10-minute session.
If you no longer have aligners to continue to your next week, it is perfectly fine to reduce your last aligner wear to nighttime only wear to ensure that your teeth stay in position and make your aligner last longer. Keep your aligners clean and avoid all drinks other than water while wearing them. When our office reopens, we will make a new digital scan for new aligners.
If you are currently in “passive” aligners between phases and are awaiting your new trays, please switch to wearing your passive aligners only at night and switch only if one breaks or starts to get gross!
Always remember to wash your hands before placing and removing your aligners or elastics.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM SCHEDULED TO START TREATMENT SOON?

We are excited for all our patients to take this big step, and look forward to seeing your new smile when it is finished. We are hopeful that this schedule alteration will be short. When this situation has stabilised, we are going be ready for you!

WHAT ABOUT GETTING MY BRACES OFF?

Although dental care is very safe for patients and providers with standard universal precautions and hospital level sterilisation protocols, cleaning teeth and the removal of orthodontic bonding materials produces aerosols that can possibly contain biological material. A deferral of removing braces is a good practice at a time like this. Always brush and floss thoroughly to maintain your dental health as we await the passing of this situation. We will resume removal of braces when we are advised that it is safe to do so.  We realize that this is a major inconvenience for those of you who are excited to get your braces off and see your new smile, and we thank you in advance for understanding that this is simply out of our control — like many things in our lives at this time.

I HAVE A NEW PATIENT EXAM OR AN OBSERVATION APPOINTMENT COMING UP. WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT THAT?

If you are a candidate to have these types of appointments done virtually, one of our team members will discuss this with you. For those of you who would still prefer do have these done in person, we will maintain all appointment records within our computer system, and will reschedule these appointments appropriately when the community situation returns to normal.

WE ARE TOLD TO WASH OUR HANDS FREQUENTLY; HOW SHOULD WE HANDLE WEARING ALIGNERS, RETAINERS, ELASTICS, ETC?

It is important to continue wearing your aligners and your rubber bands to maintain your treatment progress, or your treatment result if currently wearing retainers. Follow recommendations by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after removing or placing your aligners, retainers, or elastics. These items can also be washed or cleaned in a diluted soap and water solution. An old toothbrush is ideal for this purpose. After cleaning the appliance, rinse thoroughly in cold water to minimise the soapy taste, just like when doing the dishes.

I LOST OR BROKE MY RETAINER OR ALIGNER. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

It is always important to wear your retainers after your treatment is complete. Call the office and leave us a voice mail or write us a email, someone will be contact you to see how we can proceed.

WILL PATIENTS BE ALLOWED IN THE OFFICE AT ALL? IS THERE ANYONE THERE?

Not at this time. Our physical offices will open on April 15th; however, until then our office is very much open virtually.  We are always here to help keep your treatment moving and to help in any way we can!

I HAVE A POKING WIRE OR OTHER IRRITATION THAT IS BOTHERING ME. WHAT DO I DO?

Call us! We will instruct you on the best resolution to the problem. We will try to help you with an easy fix at home. In the event of a true emergency situation involving severe pain or discomfort, this could involve a quick trip to the office for a fix in a private setting where you would be the only patient in the office.
We will continue to email any updates we have, but also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ismileorthodontics.com.au for the most up to date information. 
Again, a big thank you to Dr Dan Bills at Innovative Orthodontics in New Jersey, USA for allowing us to share this great content from his blog – https://www.iortho.com/featured/covid-19-and-orthodontics/
Be Kind, Stay Safe.
With thanks and love from,
Dr Ramya Thiyagarajan & the iSmile Orthodontics Team

3 New Trends In Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment has undergone something of a revolution over the last decade or two but what can we expect to gain from these innovations?

 

One of the driving forces behind the revolution and evolution of orthodontic treatment is the sophistication of the dental technology that we now have at our disposal. The instruments and systems that we use now are a far cry from what was available as little as twenty years ago and we have piggybacked the success of digital technology to introduce innovative orthodontic treatments that better straighten your smile. We are in a privileged position to have learned as these treatments became more sophisticated and the technology started to progress. So what will see in the short-term? These are some of the trends you should look out for.

3D dental imaging and scanning

X-rays have been used in dentistry for a number of years and to good effect as well considering that they provide a partial replica of the inner workings of your teeth and jaws. Where X-rays only provide us with a 2D rendering of your teeth, CBCT (Cone Beam CT Scanners) allow us to create clear and detailed images in 3D that we can manipulate and see from almost any angle. What this means for us is that we can be far more accurate with isolating and diagnosing any concerns and provide tailored care that is unique to your situation.

TADs or temporary anchorage devices

Dentists use these surgical grade TADs to create an anchor in your jaw that controls the movement of your teeth inside your mouth. Traditionally associated with oral surgery, these surgical-grade titanium mini screws can give you an excellent base off of which to correct any unwanted movement. The procedure is easy, painless and only requires a small dose of topical anaesthetic.

Clear and invisible braces

When you receive treatment using traditional metal braces, the force that is used in order to shift your teeth into their ideal position can cause a fair amount of pain and discomfort. When you couple this with the fact that patients may want to hide their smile, it was only a matter of time before we could straighten your teeth in a way that is far more discreet, as well as being effective and efficient. Invisalign clear removable aligners and clear braces are barely noticeable to the naked eye and are extremely adept at making the changes you need to give you a beautifully straight smile.

 

Orthodontic Treatment FAQ’s

How can I recognise a potential bite problem?

There are a number of ways that you can tell if you have a potential bite problem and this usually includes teeth that are too crowded, protruding or erupting in a way that is out of line with your other teeth. If any of these problems are easily spotted, then it is generally accepted that you will require orthodontic treatment at some point. There are some more subtle indicators like breathing through your mouth frequently, a problem with your teeth meeting properly or thumb sucking that continues for longer than 3 years.

What are some of the possible benefits of orthodontics?

Receiving orthodontic treatment, regardless of your age, can have a transformative effect on not only the aesthetics of your teeth but your oral health as well. A straight smile is a healthy smile and aside from looking appearing more attractive, orthodontic treatment makes it easier for you to keep your teeth clean later in life because there are fewer gaps in your teeth for food to get stuck in. The distribution of power in your bite is equal, which means no unnecessary wear on your teeth. Even severe problems with your smile can be vastly improved by orthodontic treatment and it’s never too late to get it.

How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?

A few rules of thumb to consider when you are wearing braces or a retainer can help you to avoid any hiccups in your treatment. You should always brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once during the course of the day. Always make sure that you are using toothpaste with fluoride in it so that your teeth are better prepared against the formation of cavities. Be sure to avoid any foods that qualify as sticky or chewy like gummy sweets or chewing gum. Keep your retainer clean and put it somewhere that you know is safe and there’s no chance of you losing it.

 

We take huge pride in staying up to date with the latest advances in dentistry so that we can offer you the very best levels of orthodontic treatment and care. In fact, we offer Invisalign and clear braces treatment to all our patients and encourage you to come in for a consultation. To find out more about our comprehensive range of orthodontic treatments or to make an appointment, please click here.

The Benefits Of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their oral health and aesthetic.

At iSmile Orthodontics, we have a range of treatments that are designed to help our patients achieve their best smile. From our practices in Bundoora, Mernda and Caroline Springs we strive to treat each and every patient with the highest level of care and we do so with the very latest orthodontic techniques and technologies.

Orthodontic treatment is highly recommended to patients of any age who may need treatment for any number of concerns. The joys of smiling freely are something that everyone deserves to have and we do everything in our power to ensure that you or your child are able to do so without feelings of social anxiety or embarrassment. We always make sure that you are informed and educated on every single step of the process and our comprehensive range of orthodontic treatment means that we can offer a treatment solution that best suits your unique situation. The team of oral health professionals here at iSmile Orthodontics provide a network of people that focused on providing you and your family with quality orthodontic treatment and care, conducted to the highest degree.

Why You Should Consider Orthodontic Treatment?

A lot of patients may think that orthodontic treatments are strictly for improving the aesthetics of your smile and straightening your teeth, but the truth is that they offer far more than that. There are a number of very compelling reasons why you should think about opting for orthodontic treatment and not least of all, the improvements it can make to your oral and general health. When your teeth and jaws aren’t connected properly or don’t align as they should the results can cause us to be self-conscious and may even lead you to become concerned with your appearance. Orthodontic treatment can help to dramatically improve the not only the appearance of your teeth but also the way that they work together as a unit. All of these benefits in unison can help you to feel more confident as well as addressing any functional concerns you might have. One of the other common misconceptions about orthodontic treatment is that it is strictly for teenagers and the taboo around braces for adults is something that has become almost not existent, and rightly so. Advancements in modern orthodontics mean less visible braces that still offer all the same benefits with regards to their efficacy. Paired with affordable treatment plans and increased comfort, orthodontic treatments have become an attractive option for patients well into adulthood.

Orthodontic Treatments From iSmile Orthodontics

Teenagers will always experience far more rapid development in terms of the growth of their bodies, which naturally includes their mouth, teeth and jaws. We take advantage of this stage by adjusting teeth and jaws that are still shifting and growing. This can make treating any orthodontic concerns easier at this age and can even mean shorter treatment time than adult orthodontic treatments. This developmental stage should usually be taken of advantage before the patient’s 20th birthday in order to make it as effective as possible.

The other stage at which we can straighten your teeth is during adulthood. While it may sometimes take a little bit longer, we can still make great improvements to your smile with adult orthodontic treatments, which have become increasingly popular in recent years. It is never too late to straighten your teeth and adult orthodontics have become as discreet as they are effective and more capable than ever of giving you the beautiful straight smile that you may have been waiting for, but never had the opportunity to receive. To find out more about our range of orthodontic treatments, or to make an appointment with us, please click here.

Foods to avoid at Christmas with braces

If you’re new to the world of braces and Christmas – with all its goodies, mounds of food, and candy galore – this may be a daunting time for you. While this was never a concern before, the prospect of eating so much food with so many people around and a new dental structure to consider may be a daunting one. If you haven’t had the chance to speak with your orthodontist, here are some of iSmile Orthodontics easy tips about foods you can eat and foods it’s best to stay away from.

Vegetables
You may be thinking all vegetables are essential to maintain healthy dental hygiene, which is true, but brace wearers should be selective with their greens. Stay away from raw, low cooked, crunchy vegetables which can cause pain and discomfort, and may even get lodged in your braces and damage them. Of course, keep up your vegetable intake, but limit it to soft, well cooked, or mashed variations.

Fruit
Use the same caution with fruit. Bananas and oranges will be easy on your braces, but stay away from hard fruits such as apples, or anything with lots of seeds in like strawberries that may get caught and difficult to remove even with floss. Cutting up fruits can also make them easier to handle, and we recommend this for snacks such as apples, pears and raw carrots.

Sweets
You already know that candy and sweets are not a great food item to be consuming, but hey it’s Christmas. It’s hard to avoid all candy completely, but anything too hard, chewy, or sticky – like candy canes – are a no no. Soft, but not chewy, sweets are okay, and soft desserts have a pass too. Make sure you brush and floss afterwards!

‘Bitty’ food
Any food that leaves itself in your teeth for hours after without braces is definitely a bad idea with braces. ‘Bitty’ foods like popcorn or corn on the cob can leave kernels and husk strings, which will be twice as bad with braces, potentially damaging the wiring and leaving you with a lot of discomfort.

Nuts/pretzels
If you love snacking on nuts, you have some bad news in store. These are top items on the no go list. On the plus side, you can eat as much meat and stuffing as you like!

After dinner care
After such a huge meal, make sure you keep up with your dental hygiene. Brush your teeth carefully using a mirror as your guide, making sure to take your time with your new routine. Floss after you brush to get in between those wires and get every particle of food that may be stuck somewhere.

It may take some time to get used to your new braces, but you will easily adapt after a little practice. Need some more tips? Get in touch with iSmile Orthodontics to talk to one of our orthodontists for a personal one to one chat.

How to Prevent Cavities for Kids

With Christmas coming up, it’s easy to forget some of your stricter rules and let your little ones indulge in candy over this festive period, but it’s important to make sure they are looking after their teeth, even with a few treats here and there. You can still enjoy the holidays and follow a few cavity-prevention tips.

Maintain a routine
Christmas time may mean that routines go out of the window. Kids may be staying up later, sleeping in longer, having friends over, and disrupting their general school habits. No matter what they are doing in their normal everyday life, it’s still important – and easy – to maintain their dental hygiene routine. Brushing first thing in the morning and last thing at night is an essential habit to get them used to, integrating it into their daily life so it’s not seen as a chore, but just a regular activity. It’s may also be good idea to add another tooth brushing during the day if they’re indulging on lots of candy.

Keep up the greens
If they’re eating extra unhealthy snacks during the holiday time, that doesn’t mean they should skimp on the veggies. As long as the sugary snacks are within moderation and everything else is included in their diet, like veggies and protein, their teeth will continue to grow in a healthy, normal way. Keep up the greens to promote healthy teeth, body, and diet, and maybe balance out a little of the chocolate and sweet treats.

Limit sugary snacks
Don’t overindulge in sugary snacks or drinks too much – they should still be a treat, but not an expectation. Fizzy drinks, fruit juices, chocolate, and candy all contain high amounts of sugar that can erode enamel on teeth and cause cavities. It’s a good idea to encourage a quick tooth brushing or at least a mouth rinse with water or alcohol-free mouthwash after a sugary snacking session, to wash away any lingering sugar that may hang around in their mouths.

See your dentist regularly
All of these tips should be enough to encourage a healthy smile and prevent cavities, but you can’t watch your little ones 24/7, so keep up with regular check-ups at the dentist. Your dentist will be able to see any telltale signs of cavities or good habits, and give advice on any potential orthodontic treatment such as braces.

Begin orthodontic treatment early
At iSmile Orthodontics, we recommend children start their orthodontics check-ups from the age of 7. This ensures that we can keep an eye on your child’s teeth and their development, and recommend orthodontic treatment that will help them grow into a healthy smile and even prevent future unnecessary treatment into adolescence and adulthood. Making sure that teeth are growing evenly can make it easier for them to brush and floss, so that plaque and enamel doesn’t build up to cause cavities.

Get in touch here to find out more about orthodontics for children and schedule your first appointment.