The quality of our smile can have a big impact on our lives. Research shows that adults and children with straight teeth demonstrate higher self-esteem and confidence. Orthodontists and dentists work in different ways to help improve your overall oral health. A misconception in dentistry is that dentists and orthodontists are the same. In reality, they are actually very different. So, what is the difference between a specialist orthodontist and a dentist? Dentists complete a general dental degree and treat a broad range of dental issues. They diagnose and treat dental problems and diseases that affect the teeth, mouth and gums. They do not have specialised training in aligning teeth and correcting your bite. Orthodontists are qualified dentists who have undertaken an additional three years of full time University training, exclusively in orthodontics. Orthodontists are dental specialists that are trained in the diagnosis, prevention and correction of facial and dental irregularities. Orthodontists are specialists in creating aesthetic, functional and harmonious smiles for patients of all ages. When it comes to improving your smile, trust your smile to a specialist orthodontist! Author – Sher Fong
Loaded Baked Potato During the first week or so of braces your teeth will be tender but don’t worry this will disappear. But in the meantime here is a yummy soft food recipe to help get you through! Ingredients 6 medium baking potatoes 500g of lean mince beef 1 jar (500g) of Macro Organic Pasta Sauce Chunky Bolognese 250g of Tomato Paste 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 6 tablespoons reduced fat sour cream 1/3 cup sliced green onions Preparation Wrap each potato in microwaveable plastic wrap; place on microwave-safe plate. Microwave on HIGH 6 minutes; turn over. Microwave 5 minutes more or until soft. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 5 minutes or until crumbled and no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Drain. Add Macro Organic Pasta Sauce Chunky Bolognese and tomato paste. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes or until hot. Cut slit in top of each potato; squeeze each open and fluff with fork. Top each potato with 1/2 cup meat mixture, 2 tablespoons cheese and 1 tablespoon sour cream. Sprinkle evenly with green onions.
A Rapid Maxillary Expander (RME) is a custom-made orthodontic appliance which is bonded to the upper back teeth and is used to widen the upper jaw. The Maxilla (upper jaw bone) has a midline suture (a joint between the bones) in the palate which will usually close at around the age of 16 years in females and 18 years in males. Before this time, maxillary expansion can be simply achieved with an expander appliance alone. After the suture has closed (eg in non growing patients) a surgical procedure may be required to re-open the suture to allow expansion. Maxillary expansion is used for patients with a narrow upper jaw. When indicated, widening the upper jaw will achieve a better relationship between the upper and lower jaws for normal function and wear, allow for ideal dental and skeletal development and can also create space for crowded teeth.
It’s a question we hear frequently at our practice – I want to straighten my teeth, but I’m an adult; am I too old for braces? Whether you’re the parent of a child with braces, the friend of someone who just started, or just want to do something about that crooked front tooth that has bugged you for years, it’s a question you may have pondered. Well the good news is that age is but a number and there is no upper age limit for braces! Our oldest patient is over 70, proving you’re never too old to have that smile you’ve always wanted. Throughout your lifetime your teeth retain the capacity to move, which is sometimes the very reason some adults come to see us in the first place! Whilst the teeth of adolescents may move slightly faster due to their increased metabolism (yet another reason to envy those younger days), the teeth of adults are easily moved by braces. That’s all fine, but I’m not as young and carefree as I used to be and the visual image of metal brackets stuck to my teeth doesn’t sit well with me. Well, more good news – there are more visually discrete alternatives available. The most common alternative our adult patients choose is ceramic (or ‘clear’) braces. Like conventional metal braces, the brackets are stuck on the outside of the tooth but are made of a ceramic which blends in with your natural tooth colour. The linking arch-wire is still metal but they are far less obvious than metal braces. If the thought of that is still too much, there is also the option of lingual (or ‘inside’) braces, where the brackets are stuck to the inside of the tooth surface. This makes them invisible to everyone but your dental support crew. There are some suitability criteria, but if the sound of lingual braces interests you then by all means ask. If neither of those options sounds appealing, you may have heard of Invisalign, which is also popular among our adult patients who require more minor correction. Invisalign uses a clear, removable, retainer-type appliance to gradually align the teeth without the need to stick brackets to each. With all these options available the choice is clear! So don’t put off until tomorrow – come in and see us and achieve that smile you’ve always wanted.