After hours appointments now available!

Our new Orthodontist, Dr Sawindar Ranu is now available to see patients on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings.

Dr Sawindar has recently relocated from Tasmania to the Sunshine Coast after 35 years in a specialist Orthodontic group practice as a Principal Orthodontist.

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What is the best age for your child to see an Orthodontist?

0314 blog1Orthodontists can identify a child’s orthodontic problems from a young age. It is recommended that kids should be seen by an orthodontist at around 7 to 8 years.

What is important to know is that some (but not all) orthodontic problems can be easily corrected when treated in young growing jaws, well before all the adult teeth are through.

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Who else is working on my teeth?

 

Ai-VIWhat’s the difference between a Dental Therapist, Dental Hygienist and Oral Health Therapist?

A Dental Therapist is a registered primary healthcare professional who examines and treats the teeth of pre-school, primary and secondary school children, under the supervision of a dentist either in private and/or public clinics.

I guess you could say that they are a “mini-dentist”. There are some restrictions with the different locations of fillings that Dental Therapists can perform and they are unable to perform a full root canal on a baby tooth.

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Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Young Woman with a Toothache

So what is tooth sensitivity?

If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air, makes your teeth sensitive then you may have sensitive teeth. It is very common and can come and go.

The most common reason for tooth sensitivity is because the root surfaces of our teeth are exposed to stimulants from the environment, and due to this gum recession, it allows the tooth to feel more than usual.

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Dental floss Vs. Piksters

pikstersThe idea is pretty much if you don’t apply the right tool for the job, then optimal results will be difficult to come by. Dental floss is great for cleaning in between the teeth where the toothbrush and the piksters can’t reach. It is also great for cleaning under the gums which is often times where gum disease starts. However if a person struggles too much to the point of not flossing at all, then the pikster brush is great for in between the teeth. But this is only for a select number of people because not everyone can fit a pikster brush between their teeth. Only those who have a slight space between their teeth at the gum line will find this to be another option. If not, you will have to force it into that area and cause recession of the gums which is non-reversible. And honestly who wants to cause recession and then have sensitive teeth and gappy teeth because of it. So for those of us who have no spacing whatsoever, floss is the only tool to clean in between our teeth.

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What is in Toothpaste?

When you brush your teeth in the morning and at night, do you ever wonder “what is in this toothpaste?” Although most toothpastes have similar ingredients, each brand has its own active ingredients which help reduce the risk of gum disease and decay.

The main ingredient of toothpaste that is one of the most important ingredients is Fluoride.

Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth thereby making it less susceptible to decay and wear. Although there are some toothpastes out there that do not contain Fluoride, only toothpastes that contain this active ingredient are part of the Australian Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

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Why Are Elastics Important?

Orthodontic-Rubber-BandsElastics are extremely common in orthodontics. People often ask what they are used for. I normally say that they can be used for lots of things but most commonly elastics are used to attach between one dental arch and the other to move that arch one direction or another. By far the most common elastic for braces is the Class II elastic. This elastic goes from the side and front of the upper arch to the rear and side of the lower arch. Its purpose is to pull the top teeth backwards and to push the lower teeth forward to equalise the occlusion (bite).

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Brushing Apps

apple_and_androidBrushing for two minutes is recommended by the Australian Dental Association (ADA).

Did you know there are phone apps available to remind you to brush and floss. Other fun apps can play two minutes worth of music while you brush, help you compare the brightness of your smile, or remind you to brush and floss throughout the day!

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Electric or Manual Toothbrush: What’s the Difference?

electric troothbrushYou live in the golden age of toothbrushes. Until a few decades ago, people used twigs or brushes made from animal hair to clean their teeth: not very soft and not too effective. Now you have a choice of manual brushes with soft, medium, or hard bristles. Or you might choose to go with an electric toothbrush instead.

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Digital Advances in Orthodontic Technology

Suresmile 3D Teeth

The digital age is here, but what does that really mean for orthodontics?

If you are straightening your teeth, you still need to wear metal or clear braces or plastic aligner trays, and visit the orthodontist regularly to check your progress and make adjustments. The digital age has not passed dentistry by, though.

From start to finish, orthodontists use digital technology to improve care and make your visits faster and more comfortable. Following are some digital advancements in orthodontic technology and what they can mean for you.

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