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How you BRUSH your TEETH matters a great deal, with how often you brush, how long you brush, the kind of technique and the toothbrush you use, all major influences on the effectiveness of your brushing. To gain the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush for at least two minutes morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck. The advantage of these toothbrushes is that they remove the plaque and debris from your teeth without damaging your teeth and gums. It’s all in the technique.
You should clean your teeth systematically, starting at the back of your mouth with the toothbrush bristle at the gum line on a 45° angle, brushing gently in a soft and circular motion. If you scrub too hard from side to side, you can run the risk of causing your gums to recede, as well as damaging the tooth enamel. You should take care to brush carefully along the inner, outer and chewing surfaces, making sure you tip the toothbrush so you can reach the inner front areas of the teeth, which are often missed.
If limited dexterity is an issue, you might consider using a powered or electric toothbrush. They can be programmed to run for two minutes, making keeping to the correct length of brushing time easy, and the very good ones are rechargeable, with pressure sensors and they even rate your cleaning.
Be sure to change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months or as soon as the bristles bend.
1. Brush for 2 minutes morning and night
2. Use a soft toothbrush with a small head, or better still an electric toothbrush that is rechargeable with a pressure sensor and timer
3. Don't push too hard
4. Brush in a soft circular motion
5. Change the toothbrush or electric toothbrush head each 3 months
6. Keep your tooth brush upright so the bristles can dry, move it away form the basin where it might get splashed
7. Use a remineralising toothpaste that has calcium, phosphate and fluoride
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Porcelain veneers are very fine tooth-coloured porcelain covers which are seamlessly bonded to the front of prepared teeth. They are a more conservative treatment than a crown and can be used if the tooth is strong and healthy.
They can be suitable for people who have very misaligned teeth, and for those who did not wish to have braces or Invisalign orthodontic treatment.
If teeth are discoloured, worn, or chipped away, porcelain veneers may be a treatment option where the tooth can be rebuilt exactly as it ought to for best aesthetics and durability, and allows the dentist to rebuild your smile with a greater capacity to change the shade and shape of the teeth.
1. Feels just like the tooth
2. Strong, durable and stable
3. The shape of the teeth and colour can be changed
4. Finishes like glass, so it is stain free
5. 5 year laboratory warranty
6. Takes 2 weeks to have made, and temporaries are made
7. They can be made to be extremely thin, down to 0.2 mm
8. Precision fit and made by master ceramist in Australia
1. Veneers mostly require some preparation of the tooth surface, which means these are irreversible
3. Time - temporaries are placed for 2 weeks while our ceramist makes the veneer
4. Very rarely they can chip
5. Eventually a veneer will likely need to be replaced, they are very strong and long lasting, but may not last a life time
6. Excellent home care is needed, as well as routine checkups and professional cleans each 6 months to monitor veneers
7. Rarely veneers can debond or pop off - wear and tear on a veneer can be minimised by wearing a protective night guard or splint
It's my oral health therapist, Christine Richard's birthday! Time to celebrate!
What is an oral health therapist?
Oral health therapists are dental professionals who are dual qualified in dental therapy and dental hygiene, who complete a degree to provide a wide range of dental care in a variety of settings to children, adolescents and adults.
Oral health therapists work as a member of a dental team. They provide dental therapy services to children and adolescents and dental hygiene services to people of all ages. Oral health therapists can also work in health promotion, education, research, management and policy development roles.
The benefits of the INVISALIGN system of repositioning misaligned teeth go beyond a beautiful smile. Invisalign is a series of clear removable devices, which allow for improvements in appearance, along with an important impact on overall dental health by reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Invisalign can be programmed to correct teeth that have gaps, are misaligned or crowded, as well as correcting abnormal bite functions, where the upper and lower jaws do not come together properly, and where the tooth enamel can be worn away and damaged. Teeth that are crowded or not lining up correctly can result in gum disease, and when your teeth are properly positioned, the gums fit more firmly around the teeth, giving a strong defence against gum infections.
Invisalign appliances are designed for comfort and convenience, and are a cutting edge alternative to traditional braces, made of medical grade polyurethane resin to move teeth gradually and gently into their proper position in a virtually invisible way, without the unsightly brackets and wires that come with conventional dental braces. Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can brush and floss your teeth as normal, to maintain a high level of dental hygiene.
Dr Amy Daley has certification and a decade of experience in Invisalign technology, and can explain the entire Invisalign process to you as well as customise a treatment plan for your specific needs.