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What Coronavirus Means For Your Local Brisbane Dentist

First of all, the team at Central Brisbane Dental just wants to let our past, present and future patients know that with the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, safety is our number one priority. In a dental clinic, patient and staff safety has and always will be the number one priority for our business.

How Covid-19 Affects Dental Appointments

All Australian dentists are governed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Dental Board of Australia and are held to the highest infection control standards so we already do things that limit the spread of disease.

Our staff practise good hand hygiene by frequently washing hands or using alcohol based hand sanitiser.

  • Our staff wear gloves during appointments.
  • Our staff wear masks during appointments.

It is safe to see the dentist during this testing time.

When should you avoid a dentist appointment?

In these times, there are cases where you should avoid coming into our clinic.

If you are showing symptoms of Covid-19, we would request that you contact our office to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Symptoms for Covid-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or tiredness

If you are presenting symptoms of this nature, we recommend you speak with a doctor by telephone and discuss your options. Do not visit a doctor without speaking to them about your symptoms first as if you are infected with Covid-19 your risk of further spreading the disease is very high.

In addition, review the following questions:

  • Have you recently returned from overseas or interstate travel?
  • Have you been in contact with someone who is confirmed or suspected of being infected with Covid-19?
  • Do you have any other symptoms that would normally be present with a cold or flu?
  • Have you been feeling unwell?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, please contact our office to reschedule your dentist appointment as we do not want to risk exposure to Covid-19 for any of our patients and staff.

More Information about Covid-19

With help from the Australian Dental Association we have put together some documents that provide more information with regards to Covid-19:

ADA_Coronavirus_Patient_Sign_A3_FA_updated_6032020[7].pdf

ADAFED-COVID-19-Dental-Practice-Exposure-Response-Plan-16-Mar-2020.pdf

ADAFED-COVID-19-Dental-Practice-Policy-16-Mar-2020.pdf

Cough-Etiquette[7].pdf

Covid-19 Posters.pdf

Are dental implants a cost-effective treatment option?

Dental implants are a last resort treatment option and are recommended only when a patient is missing teeth, or the tooth cannot be repaired for the long term with other treatments such as root canal treatment. The question of whether dental implants are cost-effective is a good one. Dental implants themselves are not cheap. A single tooth dental implant made of titanium will cost you $4000. This includes a porcelain crown that is attached to the implant itself to replace the missing tooth. A patient that is suitable for dental implants may also be considering other options such as dental bridges or dentures.

The alternatives to a dental implant, like dentures or dental bridges, are of course of a lower immediate cost. The cost per tooth for a dental bridge for example is $1500. The cost of dentures can vary, depending on the amount of missing teeth, between $1000 and $2600. So just from these prices how cost-effective are dental implants as a treatment option?

Dentures and dental bridges are not designed to be permanent solutions for your dental health. They are effective treatment options, but they will not last forever and need to be repaired or replaced over time. A dental implant is designed to be a long term permanent solution. There are costs involved for the maintenance and replacement of dental bridges and dentures that you do not need to consider with dental implants. Dental implant crown components may need to be replaced over time, but provided you maintain good dental health, your dental implant itself is designed to last a lifetime.

Another option is to consider going without any treatment and just having missing teeth. This is not ideal. When you have an empty tooth socket, over time you risk bone loss in the jaw which can lead to problems for the adjacent teeth. It’s best to seek some form of treatment for missing teeth. Keeping severely damaged teeth also creates a higher risk of tooth decay and infections.

So, if you need to reduce your immediate costs for the short and medium term, a dental bridge or set of dentures may be the right choice for you. However the most cost-effective treatment for irreparably damaged teeth, and missing teeth, is dental implants.

Other advantages of dental implants

Missing teeth can cause your face to appear different, this can be caused by a sunken look around the areas where the teeth are missing. Dental implants can correct this by replacing the original tooth.

Dental implants are built to last and are the most natural way to replace teeth. You could have your dental implants for the rest of your life provided you take care of them with good dental hygiene.

A dental bridge can put strain on neighbouring teeth. This can lead to further dental issues with them. Dental implants do not put strain on neighbouring teeth.  Bridges also are tricky to clean as teeth are joined together.  Implants can be cleaned like normal teeth.

Dentures can also put stain on adjacent teeth and the underlying oral soft tissues. They can move in the mouth and rub on the supporting structures and cause discomfort. With dental implants none of these issues arise as they are permanently fixed in place.

How does Invisalign straighten your teeth?

Invisalign is a well known brand of clear aligners. Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and are these days the more chosen approach by patients who want to straighten their teeth. The biggest difference between aligners and braces are that braces are a very visible form of treatment, versus aligners which are almost unnoticeable. Being thin plastic trays, aligners are more comfortable than the brackets and wires of traditional braces.  Because they can be removed, aligners also allow easier eating and cleaning of the teeth.

But how do Invisalign and other clear aligner brands actually straighten your teeth and what is the procedure for a patient receiving clear aligners? The entire aligner process can be broken down into six steps:

Step 1 – Initial Consultation

At Central Brisbane Dental, we provide the initial consultation for patients at no charge. Patients who wish to be evaluated for teeth straightening can book this free consultation at a time that suits. During this 30 minute consultation, one of our dentists will evaluate your mouth, specifically looking at your teeth crowding and spacing, the bite of your teeth, and determine if clear aligners are an appropriate orthodontic treatment for your case.

The dentist will discuss with you your options in detail, provide information sheets and case studies and treatment plans and quotes.  The price for clear aligners will be between $2599 and $6000 and the variation will come down to the complexity of the case and the number of aligners required. At Central Brisbane Dental, we allow payment arrangements to be made so that you do not need to pay the full amount in one payment. An example payment arrangement is 50% upfront, with the remaining balance paid in four installments over the course of your treatment.

During this consultation you will be provided with a referral form to get big orthodontic x-rays for further assessment of your case if you decide to proceed. While some dentists will charge patients for these x-rays, we prefer to refer you to a specific x-ray clinic, (we have one just a few of minutes’ walk from our practice,) which will allow you to be bulk billed for these x-rays under Medicare with no out-of-pocket charge if you have a Medicare card.

Step 2 – Photos and Impression Taking

Once you have decided that aligners are the right option for your straightening, we need to collect more records of your mouth for analysis.

This appointment usually takes around 1 hour.

Your dentist will perform the following;

  • Take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and gums
  • Take photos of your facial profile from the front and from the sides
  • Take photos of your teeth and how you bite
  • Analyze the x-rays you had taken at the x-ray clinic
  • Assess the impressions, x-rays, and photographic records
  • Develop your treatment plan alongside the specialist team from the aligner company that makes your customized aligners

Step 3 – Discuss Treatment

Your treatment plan is created by the dentist and the specialist team from the aligner company creating the aligners. Once the treatment plan is finalized you can come in and discuss it with your dentist. You also have the chance to make amendments to the plan if you so desire. The appointment will take approximately 30 minutes.

Treatment plans are comprehensive, they reveal the number of aligners you will use, and go into detail with regards to the straightening process.

Step 4 – Beginning Aligner Treatment

When your aligners are ready, you can come in for a 30 minute appointment and your dentist will assist you with insertion of the aligners. Using aligners is quite straight forward, but inserting your first set with a dentist allows you to ask any questions you have and ensure that you are using them correctly.

Your dentist will also provide you with advice on how to use your aligners, how to maintain your regular dental hygiene while using aligners, as well as general tips such as keeping the aligners in your mouth for at least 22 hours per day.

Following the instructions is very important as deviations can lead to complications which extend the amount of time treatment may be required.

Step 5 – Reviews

During the course of your aligner treatment you can schedule regular 15 to 30 minute appointments with your dentist where they can review the progress of your aligners and pick up on any deviation from the treatment plan. At Central Brisbane Dental we do not charge extra for any of these appointments. You can come in for as many as you want, though usually they are scheduled every four to six weeks.

Step 6 – Using Retainers

Congratulations, you now have straight teeth and a great smile. To ensure that your result is maintained, the dentist who will provide you with your retainers which need to be worn every night.

Retainers need to be worn to keep the teeth in their corrected positions. You can discuss your retainer maintenance with your dentist and ask any other questions you may have.

Should you get braces or Invisalign to straighten your teeth?

One of the most common questions from patients is whether they should opt for traditional braces or Invisalign to straighten their teeth. In the past, traditional braces would have been the more chosen approach, but the technology of “invisible” aligners has come a long way and, in most cases, clear aligners such as Invisalign are actually better for patient treatment.

What makes Invisalign or other clear aligns better then braces? The most obvious advantage is in the aesthetics. Traditional braces are a set of metal brackets that are placed on the patient’s teeth with an adhesive, and connected together by wire. It is easy to see when someone has braces in their mouth, and treatment typically lasts between 12 and 18 months. Clear aligners are referred to as “invisible braces” due to their unnoticeable appearance in a patient’s mouth. Clear aligners are a plastic transparent device worn over the teeth similar to a mouthguard but much thinner.

How much do clear aligners cost?

The cost of clear aligners is also often better than the cost of traditional braces. In the most complex case that can be treated with aligners, the cost will usually be somewhere around $6000. If a patient only needs tooth alignment on certain teeth the cost can be much lower. At Central Brisbane Dental we provide clear aligners starting from $2599. You can come in for a free consultation to determine your suitability and cost for your teeth straightening. Traditional braces will generally have a higher initial cost as treatment options for traditional braces usually start from $5000, but can get more expensive and require specialist orthodontic treatment which can become costly.

Do I have to use Invisalign?

At Central Brisbane Dental, we actually prefer to use a brand of aligners called ClearPath. We’ve found that ClearPath aligners are superior to other aligners for a few reasons. Most importantly, ClearPath has a patented grip technology that means we don’t need to glue any notches to the teeth in order to aid in the straightening process. This leads to a less invasive solution for patients and an even further “invisible” looking aligner treatment. ClearPath aligners also allow us to treat complex cases, however your specific treatment will need to be discussed with one of our dentists.

Frequently Asked Questions about Clear Aligners

How quickly do teeth move with clear aligners?

Your teeth will begin to move right away as soon as you start wearing your aligners. Every two weeks you will use a new set of aligners which will continue to gently move your teeth over the course of your treatment. Depending on the complexity of your case, you could have straight teeth in as little as 6 months.

Do I have to wear my aligners 22 hours a day?

It is important that you use the aligners as directed. Aligners should be worn even during sleep. It is ok to take aligners out during meal times and this accounts for the two hour window you have in each day. Wearing your aligners might feel a little strange at first, however this feeling should go away after a short period of time. Each time you start a new set of aligners you may experience a feeling of noticing the aligners but each time this should pass. If you feel that you are in pain or discomfort in anyway, you should consult your dentist.

Do aligners change your face?

Any orthodontic procedure will have some impact on the shape of the face. This of course depends on many factors such as the complexity of the straightening process. When your teeth are misaligned and crooked, this is actually also altering the shape of your face. Straightening your teeth will allow your face to rest in its more natural position so you will likely notice some changes to the shape, particularly around the mouth, but this should be for the better.

Dentist Themed Christmas Toys for 2018

Well Christmas is almost upon us again. We thought we would help out with the Christmas shopping by preparing a list of age appropriate gifts that encourage good dental health. I’ve been out to the shops a couple of times already this December looking for the latest fads that kids will be looking for. To be honest, there is not a lot of fresh ideas at this time of year.

Some of the usual suspects like different slime and goo products, unicorn themed toys, fur real friends are out there. I saw a lot of robots and lego packages as well as a few random collectible toys that sit on the wrists or fingers for the kids. If you have gaming consoles, Nintendo has done well with their end of year gaming releases, Pokemon Let’s Go is probably the biggest item at the moment. So yeah, my advice is sit your kids down with some catalogues or on some store websites and get them to point out different things they have their eye on. I like to give our girls a budget and let them try to calculate what they can get with that money.

Now for the dental themed ideas. I’ve tried to find a few different items for different age groups here.

https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/pretend-dentist-kit-for-kids-mx0195175/

Kogan has this little plastic dentist kit available on their store, priced at just $13.64. In my experience kids up to 5 or 6 have the most fun with these kinds of toys. Pretending to have jobs or prepare meals in the kitchen. I recently bought a cat tower from Kogan with AfterPay for $99.95. The delivery on that item was a day or two later then it estimated online. However I also bought a new tv for the girls loungeroom and I was contacted by Kogan via text to confirm a December 20 drop off time which I thought was great service. With the cat tower as well, it was a lot cheaper then many options online and impressive quality. If you haven’t used Kogan before I do recommend them so far. This item has estimated 1-2 day shipping at the moment.

https://www.sylvanian-families.com.au/sylvanian-families-country-dentist-set

I haven’t purchased from these guys before however the girls grandparents had a lot of these toys which they passed onto the girls. Again, this is more for the younger ones but these toys are good quality. This package is just $24.50. Be careful with the pictures though it does not include a lot of the furniture like the reception tables and the building being used. Those are a separate purchase which is explained on the website.

https://www.u-buy.com.au/catalog/product/view/id/938924

I had some trouble locating this toy from an Australian store, we don’t always get the full range of items over here. This one is a Barbie dentist, it looks good. This website is offering it for $96 but it comes with warnings about the shipping time. Might be worth trying to find this one elsewhere or giving it a miss. I included it because it’s a great looking gift.

https://www.madaboutscience.com.au/shop/oral-hygiene-model.html

For the older kids this is a dental hygiene model. Something a bit different. Maybe you have kids that are interested in becoming a dentist, maybe you have kids that are pretty interested in Biology, or maybe you just want to give your teenagers a hint.

And finally, here is a shameless plug for any adults you may be shopping for. Central Brisbane Dental has Teeth Whitening deals where you can get a professional whitening service for just $550.

Stay safe over the Christmas and New Year period!

Our Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Review

The Nintendo Switch has been doing a great job of reinvigorating games and characters that were at their peak two decades ago. One of the first launch titles, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, was one of the best, and definitely the biggest, Zelda titles to launch. Super Mario Odyssey was another great title that came out a few months later. But what I remember the most about the old Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 were all the random party style games that had more focus on multiplayer with family and friends.

The upcoming Super Smash Bros game is one of these classic multiplayer games reinvented for the Switch, and the one most people are probably looking forward too, but Nintendo has already released a couple of great options in the meantime. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one such title.

I must admit, I have no idea who the Rabbids are or where they came from. I did look into it on Google and apparently they have their own game world and adventures. I’m not sure who came up with the idea to mix the two worlds together but this was the first time Nintendo allowed a company other then themselves to work with the Mario characters. The end result is a great looking game with familiarity in the form of the Mario team but with the twist of adding some crazy weapons and a bit of strategy to the action.

In Mario rules you start at the first world and progress through more challenging levels until you reach your next destination. This game works the same, slowly building up the players skill level to handle more complex scenarios while always keeping you visually invested by changing the scenery regularly. The characters in the game are a lot of fun to play with and children will be easily entertained by what’s happening in the game.

It never becomes overly difficult and that is another thing that makes it fun. Rather then being challenging to complete, the challenge might be in competing for the highest scores or just working together with friends and family to complete the levels and unlock all the characters and weapon available.

Having been out for a little while now you can probably pick this game up for around $50 new, and less second hand. Nintendo Switch games second hand are pretty safe as they are running on cartridges instead of discs so worrying about scratches is a non issue.

LeBron James and the LA Lakers May Be In For A Long NBA Season

The eagerly awaited NBA season is here!  The most intriguing thing for basketball this season has to be the Los Angeles Lakers and how they will perform with their star recruit, LeBron James.

The LA Lakers started their season playing the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland.  LeBron made a statement with his first points as a Laker with a thunderous fast-break dunk.  He proved that at age 33, he is still the best basketball player in the world.  As a 15 year veteran, he still played 37 minutes and stuffed the stat sheet with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.  He showed no signs of slowing down despite his age and years of basketball that should have taken its toll on his body.

This was all accomplished while playing a very different style of basketball we are used to from LeBron.  There was much less LeBron bringing the ball up most possessions and surveying his options, before driving and finishing with a powerful jam or kicking out to a shooter for a three.  They played fast and old LeBron kept up.  LeBron handled the ball much less, allowing playmakers, like Rajon Rondo, to actually play their position.  He was more a finisher and rebounder and less a playmaker than we’ve ever seen him before.  In spite of this, LeBron played well in his debut for the Lakers.

The LA Lakers as a team, however, needs much work.  They kept up with the Blazers for three quarters, but were clearly outplayed in the final quarter, leading to a 128-119 loss.  There were a lot of errors on defence.  Much of this can be put down to a lack of time together as players.  LeBron dished out many assists which were wasted by his teammates being in the wrong position or simply missing their shots.  A couple of behind the back passes, which usually would be on LeBron’s highlight reel, went to nobody and out of bounds.  Their shooting from the three point line was abysmal, making only 23 percent.  Much has been said about the Laker’s lack of shooters and this pretty much confirmed it.

It’s only the first game of a very long season.  The team should get better as they play more together.  If not, LeBron may not be as patient as he says he will be.  The Lakers have resisted in a big trade so far and opted to keep their young core of potential stars intact.  However, this could all change as the season unrolls.

2018 Gold Coast 600

The Vodafone Gold Coast 600 was back on the weekend from the 19 to 21 October 2018.  The annual event brought Supercars motor racing to the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit on the Gold Coast again.  The main event was awesome, but there was much to do and see this year on top of it.

There was interesting viewing in the support categories.  The East Coast Bullbars SuperUtes Series showed off dual-cab, turbo diesel utes.  The Aussie Racing Cars Series displayed small size cars with powerful engines going at 200kph.  The Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series provided a chance to see genuine ex-V8 Supercars.  It was good to see the new model Porsche 911 GT3 in the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup.

The Pit Lane Walk allowed a behind the scenes look at teams and drivers preparing for the race from the pit.  There was also an opportunity to tour the Hot Wheels and Hi-Torque Performance Factory where all the Hot Wheels toys are made.

There were also some amazing stunt shows.  Matt Mingay’s notorious Hot Wheels Stunt Team performed spectacular and highly dangerous motorbike stunts.  The Showtime Freestyle Moto X Team thrilled with their aerial stunts.  The Flair Freestyle Trial Riders Show showcased trial motorcycles and bicycles being pushed to their limits.  The Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler flew over the starting grid, performing incredible acrobatics at low levels.  Water powered jetpack, board and bikes were also on display along the waterways.

The Broadwater Sounds Concert featured the ARIA award winning Sheppard followed by international rock acts, +Live+ and Foreigner.  There was also a Late Night Pitstop Party at Cocktails Nightclub in Surfers Paradise for those wanting to stay up late.

When there’s racing, there’s also beautiful grid girls.  The 2018 Miss Supercars Race Team National Final was a chance to see some beautiful girls compete for the title of Miss Supercars.

Hudsons Circus in Springfield for 2018

The Hudsons Circus has been in Springfield since the 17th of September and there are 3 more shows left over the weekend. Those of you looking to do something a bit different with the family this weekend should definitely check it out. The act itself is full of entertainment, with shows including trained animals, aerial acrobatics and even a globe of death motorcycle stunt that will thrill all ages. It’s a great balance of entertaining guests of all ages at all times.

My favourite performances were the many aerial acrobatic acts. There was a good handful of these acts that showcased the skill of the performers doing extraordinary stunts in the air. The finale of the show was the flying trapeze which even included a blindfolded leap and catch. There were many great stunts performed and I don’t want to spoil them all for those who are able to attend, however some of the performances included rare talents. One particular act had a performer attempting to shoot a target with a bow and arrow using only her feet, she is one of just two people in Australia who have successfully performed the feat.

Taking children is obviously recommended, they will enjoy the show more then you, the circus clown is highly entertaining and very good at engaging with the children on their level. He doesn’t just have fun with the kids though, in a couple of acts he involves adult members of the audience so the kids can have a laugh at the parents doing silly things. The animals involved in the show are also very impressive. The ability for them to learn their routines is mind boggling, and you will be surprised at how well trained and clever these animals are.

You can view information about the show on the Hudson website here;

http://www.hudsonscircus.com.au/

There are 3 shows left to attend over the weekend. I recommend that you purchase ring side seats in the red zone for the best value for money. You will be right up close to the action and there are many acts where members of the audience are selected to get involved. All of the chosen participants I saw were in ringside seats. You also get the best views and I guarantee that if you sit ringside you will be involved in the show in at least some way.

Movie World Fright Nights Are Back For 2018

So we’re now in the last week of school holidays for Queensland and this weekend might be a good time to checkout the annual Movie World event, Fright Night. Fright Nights are an after dark event that runs throughout the month of October every year at Movie World. The park is opened later till 10pm and allows visitors to experience some of the famous thrill rides during the dark hours of the night. As well as the rides there are special event features such as mazes, scare zones, unique shows and other horror themed activities.

Movie World recommends that children are not under the age of 14 if they do attend, as well as all children be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased online here;

https://frightnights.com.au/tickets-and-upgrades

It’s important to note that Fright Night officially begins at 4.30pm, if you are only interested in attending the Fright Night activities and you purchase entry to the park just for Fright Night you will have restricted access to the park. You can read more about this on the FAQs page of the Movie World website.

https://frightnights.com.au/event-info/faq

If you’re looking for value for money and you can make it to the Gold Coast at least a couple of times over the next four weeks then you may be more interested in purchasing a season pass to Fright Night which is currently listed at $90. This will grant you unlimited entry during the Fright Night event calendar. Entry to Fright Night for a single evening is currently listed at $45.

Some rides and all the mazes do have fast track passes available for purchase. There are exclusive events such as 3 themed panic rooms for which you can purchase your entry separately. Your teenagers may want to attend this with friends, and dressing up is allowed for those that are interested. There are some rules on any costumes that are worn. Guests faces must be visible at all times for safety, so no masks and only light make up is allowed.

Fright Night itself only runs from 4.30pm till 10pm. If you would like to spend the whole day at Movie World you will need to purchase entry to the park as well as to Fright Night. If you are looking for value for money, we again recommend purchasing an annual pass as just a couple of trips to the theme parks throughout the year will bring substantial savings to your wallet.