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4 Rogers Street
Spring Hill, QLD, 4000
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+61 7 3391 2504

Brisbane Dentist - excellence in general and aesthetic dentistry with Drs Amy Daley, Leila Haywood, UQ graduates with 20 years of experience in Spring Hill, Brisbane

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dentistry life at Brisbane Smile Boutique

The life and times of our dental practice, up to date news in dentistry and celebrations, happy moments in dentistry. Our blog outlines dentistry life at Brisbane Smile Boutique in Spring Hill in inner city Brisbane

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What are Porcelain Veneers

Leila Haywood

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.

 

Porcelain veneers placed by Leila Haywood in 2013

Porcelain veneers placed by Leila Haywood in 2013

Advantages: 

 

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

 

Disadvantages:

 

1.  Veneers mostly require some preparation of the tooth surface, which means these are irreversible

2. Costly 

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

Bring Spring 🌼

Leila Haywood

Traditionally spring is new beginnings and a time to bloom, which is exactly apt in these parts. Expansion of our knowledge base is underway with Derma Medical advanced clinical skills training this weekend with an international team in facial aesthetics, as an adjunct to digital smile design for Dr Amy Daley. Clinical photography technique in macro detail and photo art has been another focus for our professionals, as well as Invisalign the leading invisible orthodontic system with cases sent to the central assessment team in America, and training of our auxiliary staff in-house in latest techniques and tips with the national coach and the clin check software. We now 3D print dental restorations for our patients with porcelain, which is scanned for digital design with our master ceramist here in Brisbane. Scanning cameras are on the horizon for our team, in order to stay ahead of advances that present, which are fascinating times for us, given that our studies at the University of Queensland in the 90's were focused on restorations for molar teeth primarily in metal amalgam, comprised of a tin, silver and mercury preparation. To see such advances in restorative dentistry which are biological, durable, seamless and aesthetically excellent are in an era which has created a wonderful journey over the last 25 years in dentistry for our dentists.  Our base extension to inner city Spring Hill at 4 Rogers Street, with an architect designed facility in a heritage listed house, will place us in a first class location with wonderful facilities and surrounds.

May your spring bring dreams and times that bloom also.

Sonia, our dental practice coordinator

Sonia, our dental practice coordinator

A moment at the dental clinic reception with Holly and Sonia, dental treatment coordinators

A moment at the dental clinic reception with Holly and Sonia, dental treatment coordinators

A new smile was created for this glamorous patient with a little tooth bonding, with no anaesthetic.

A new smile was created for this glamorous patient with a little tooth bonding, with no anaesthetic.

Before photo of a smile

Before photo of a smile

A little bonding with this patient.   The teeth have natural white flecks in them, and this lovely woman was pleased with the natural appearing improvement to her smile. She didn't wish for them be too perfect, or drastically altered. None of the natural tooth structure was removed, with small amounts of composite resin used to reshape the teeth for a more balanced smile. No anaesthetic was used for this tooth bonding procedure and it took around 2 hours to reshape the teeth, and to create natural appearing contours.

A little bonding with this patient. 

The teeth have natural white flecks in them, and this lovely woman was pleased with the natural appearing improvement to her smile. She didn't wish for them be too perfect, or drastically altered. None of the natural tooth structure was removed, with small amounts of composite resin used to reshape the teeth for a more balanced smile. No anaesthetic was used for this tooth bonding procedure and it took around 2 hours to reshape the teeth, and to create natural appearing contours.

Holly is a treatment coordinator at our dental practice for one day a week and works the rest of the week as an aesthetic tattoo specialist on James Street in the Valley. She has been with our dental practice for 8 years.

Holly is a treatment coordinator at our dental practice for one day a week and works the rest of the week as an aesthetic tattoo specialist on James Street in the Valley. She has been with our dental practice for 8 years.

Dr Amy Daley at the Endodontic Group evening lecture on Professional Dental photography techniques and advances at Victoria Park

Dr Amy Daley at the Endodontic Group evening lecture on Professional Dental photography techniques and advances at Victoria Park

Dr Amy Daley

Dr Amy Daley

Sonia is the dental practice coordinator

Sonia is the dental practice coordinator

The stunning greenery that creates the scenery at our East Brisbane dental practice, with views over parkland and the Brisbane River will be very missed. Looking out onto the War Memorial, beautiful Moreton Bay Fig trees, the Churchie Rowing Club, and all of the activity within the park each day is set to end in January when our dental practice moves to Spring Hill.

The stunning greenery that creates the scenery at our East Brisbane dental practice, with views over parkland and the Brisbane River will be very missed. Looking out onto the War Memorial, beautiful Moreton Bay Fig trees, the Churchie Rowing Club, and all of the activity within the park each day is set to end in January when our dental practice moves to Spring Hill.

The beautiful view over the historical Mowbray Park, with flowering Jacaranda trees will be very missed, with our relocation to 4 Rogers Street, Spring Hill looming.

The beautiful view over the historical Mowbray Park, with flowering Jacaranda trees will be very missed, with our relocation to 4 Rogers Street, Spring Hill looming.

The fit out of our dental practice at 4 Rogers St, Spring Hill is underway, and we should be practicing from this location as of the 7th of February 2018

The fit out of our dental practice at 4 Rogers St, Spring Hill is underway, and we should be practicing from this location as of the 7th of February 2018

Our new dental practice is being set up in this beautiful heritage listed house at 4 Rogers St, Spring Hill

Our new dental practice is being set up in this beautiful heritage listed house at 4 Rogers St, Spring Hill

Farewell January!

Leila Haywood

Brisbane Dentistry Smile Boutique

Bonsoir! Well that went fast. January is almost a fleeting memory, as we venture into the year. As one might expect, it has been so far full of smiles that visit us, requesting to be checked, professionally scaled, whitened and the like.

The year is promising to be another great one for our team. Sonia, our patient co-ordinator is on reception. Nikita is the senior assistant to Dr Amy Daley, who is working Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 7.30am to 3.30pm. Holly is the senior assistant to Leila Haywood, as well as her training up in 2016 and venturing into the business of beauty, which is perfect for her, given her eye for precision and style.

Christine is our dental hygienist, who attends to the magic that is Zoom technology, with transformations that impress our dentists. She has been caring for all the children who were on school holidays, starting kindy, prep, and school and the teenagers heading to high school and uni. The start of the year is the perfect time for a smile check, and everything else in between, and Christine assists our dentist to have all of our patients having the healthiest smiles possible.

Best Wishes to everyone as the year is well and truly underway, and wishing you days of happiness and sunshine.

It would be mine and Dr Amy's pleasure to be of assistance with any dental requirements. 

Kindest Regards

Leila Haywood // Dentist // Brisbane Smile Boutique

Well being

Leila Haywood

A great program being run by the Victorian government involves the release of a Well being Plan 2015 - 2019, with key priorities to improve the health and well being of the general public, and especially those who are disadvantaged. 

Oral health has been identified as a key marker of general health, and with greater levels of oral disease being inclined to be an indicator of disadvantage.

Poor diet and consumption of sugar laden drinks are contributors to poor oral health.  An improvement in oral health is enabled with access to fluoride in water and toothpaste, good dental hygiene and regular access to preventive dental care. 

The key areas of focus which are excellent guidelines are:

  • Healthier eating and being more active
  • Tobacco free living
  • Reducing alcohol and drug use, if applicable
  • Improving mental health
  • Prevention of violence and injury within the general public
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By investing in the community and caring for individuals, it is hoped that a better sense of wellbeing and support leads to better health outcomes, happier and cared for individuals and an improvement in dental health, as well as over health and quality of life. Hopefully this preventive and advisory service will be expanded to all of Australia, for the benefit of all citizens. 

dental care and wellbeing

Caring for ourselves comes under many chapters;

Being active with at least 30 minutes of moderate activity each day. Attending to diet; eating 2 pieces of fruit each day, 5 serves of vegetables, whole grain and unprocessed/unpackaged foods, and avoiding canned foods. Minimising salt and sugar intake, and in particular decreasing or ceasing consumption of sugar laden drinks, including soft drinks, Coca Cola, energy drinks, and additions of sugar to any foods or drinks. Dental hygiene and care with twice daily brushing and daily flossing, in particular prior to bed times. The Oral B Black, Genius or Smart Series are highly recommended, with use for 2 minutes, twice a day. Difficulty flossing can be overcome with a Reach Access Flosser. Stress reduction and minimisation techniques are also critical to wellbeing, as well as a good work- life - care balance. 

Sports products and oral health

Leila Haywood

Thinning enamel makes teeth more vulnerable to decay

Thinning enamel makes teeth more vulnerable to decay

sports drinks and dentistry

Tooth decay and erosion are on the rise. At least part of this disease process is thought to be due to the increasing use of specialised sports products designed to proved nutirents and fluid during exercise. Many of these are high in carbohydrates for readily available energy and electrolytes, however many have acidic ingredients to alter the taste or prolong the shelf life. Of course the combination of sugar and acidicity is damaging to the teeth.  Sports products have been used by athletes for a long time to add to fuel stores and to promote rapid recovery of glycogen stores following exercise, but in the last few year they have been heavily marketed to he general public, and of particular concern, is their regular use by children ⚠️

 

 

Important points: 

🍭 main ingredients are carbohydrates -> sugar!  

-  Acidity is 2.4 - 4:5 

⚠️ when dehydrated the saliva dries up, and makes the teeth vulnerable to attack by sugars and acids

⚠️ rinsing a mouthguard in sports drink allows the damaging acids and sugars to pool around the teeth  

😷 people are using these as fuelling mouth rinses for short duration physical activity because it is thought that carbohydrates message the brain to delay fatigue.

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⚠️ workout supplements are promoted as an anabolic or muscle building possibility in resistance training. They are usually protein with small amounts of carbohydrate and other things like caffeine, creatine.  Most have citric or malic acid added for flavour which is damaging to the teeth. 

 

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Sports gels or lollies are easy to digest and carry, and of course the trouble occurs because they are highly concentrated sources of sugar, with many containing acid to alter the taste or to prolong the shelf life.  

 

When cosumed with sports drinks, the combination is disastrous. 

 

Some tips: 

 

💧 drink tap water for low intensity training and always for children. 

⚠️ Use sports drinks and supplements with extreme caution. 

😷 Calcium in foods might help to counteract some of the damage, and help in recovery.

 ⚠️ avoid rinsing moth guards with sports drink

💦 drink lots of water to ensure that the saliva is healthy. 

🍋 avoid acidic foods or beverages before bed

⭐️ seek the assistance of an accredited sports dietician if necessary  

⭐️ 6 monthly preventive care appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist  

 

 

 

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