Category: Cosmetic Dental

Straighten Your Teeth With ClearPath

The process of straightening your teeth with ClearPath aligners is very simple for the patient.  Let us discuss this process:

Free Consult

Come in for a 30 minute free consult and let us tell you if you are appropriate for ClearPath aligners. View Terms and Conditions. We will discuss thoroughly with you about the treatment, including what’s involved for your specific case and the treatment cost.  You will also receive information on other treatment options so you can best decide which treatment suits your situation.

Getting Dentally Healthy

If you haven’t had a checkup and clean within the past 6 months, you will need to have this done.  Orthodontic treatment can only start on healthy teeth and gums.  Any tooth decay or gum disease needs to be treated first or teeth straightening won’t give a good result.

Taking Records

When you are dentally healthy, exam notes, x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth can be taken and sent to ClearPath for analysis.  ClearPath’s specialist orthodontists will provide a treatment plan for your case with projected before and after images.

Discussion of Treatment Plan

We will discuss your ClearPath treatment plan in detail.  We have a chance to request changes if desired.  Once this plan is accepted and the orthodontic consent form completed, your ClearPath aligners will be made.

Aligner Treatment

You will need to wear the ClearPath aligners as directed 22 hours per day, only taking them out to eat and clean your teeth.  You will wear each set for 2 weeks before moving onto the next set.  We will see you for reviews of aligner fit and teeth movement every 2 to 6 weeks as needed.  If there is not enough space for your teeth to straighten, a small amount of enamel, usually 0.30 – 0.35mm, may need to removed from a few teeth to create space before certain aligners.  This small amount of enamel removal does not cause any issues for the teeth as there are many more millimetres of enamel left.  It avoids the need for tooth extraction to create space.

Retainers

After completing all aligners, records of your mouth will be sent to ClearPath for analysis and retainers made.  You will have straight teeth, but will need to wear retainers at night time to keep them straight.  If you don’t, there is a risk that your teeth will try and move back towards their original crooked position.

Quick Straight Teeth Procedure

Quick Straight Teeth fast braces in most cases straightens front teeth in as few as 5 appointments over 4 months.

30 Minute Free Consult

You are given the opportunity for one of our accredited dentists to have a look at your teeth and see if Quick Straight Teeth is suitable for you.  We will discuss the options for your case and treatment costs using Quick Straight Teeth as well as any other options.

View Terms and Conditions.

1 Hour Record Taking

We comprehensively analyse your whole mouth with a full examination, x-rays, photos and impressions to form study models.  Some special orthodontic x-rays (OPG, Lat Ceph) need to be done at a x-ray clinic and you will be given a referral for these.  To reduce your treatment expense, Quick Straight Teeth specialist orthodontists help treatment plan your case and we the general dentists carry out your treatment with their guidance.

1.5 Hour Insertion

Clear ceramic brackets are bonded to your teeth.  A special wire coated in white is attached to the brackets with small elastics.  Your teeth move according to the shape and elasticity of the special wire.

1 Hour Reviews

There may be one or several of these review appointments depending on the complexity of your case.  The movement of your teeth are checked.  The elastics and special wire are removed and replaced with new elastics and a new wire to continue tooth movement.  If your teeth straightening has finished, impressions can be taken to make retainers to hold your teeth straight.

1 Hour Retainer Insertion

The elastics, wire and brackets are removed and the cement cleaned away.  A retainer wire is bonded to the back of the front teeth to hold the teeth in position.  A removable retainer is supplied for wearing at night time to protect your teeth from moving when sleeping.  You can now smile with straight front teeth.

What Are ADIN Implants?

Not all dental implants are made the same.  Dental implants are precision titanium tooth root replacements and need to be designed and manufactured with the utmost care for long term success.  At Central Brisbane Dental, after thorough researching of all the brands available, we choose ADIN dental implants.

ADIN dental implants have been available since 1992.  ADIN is today an international leader in implant design and manufacturing of dental implants and their associated components and equipment.  The company works closely with dentists and dental specialists in private practice, public hospitals and dental schools in leading universities.  They consistently produce high quality, innovative, technologically-advanced dental implant products at a reasonable price.

ADIN prescribes strictly to what they call a “balance of excellence”.  There are many high quality dental implants available on the market.  However, most of these come with a very expensive price tag.  ADIN’s philosophy has been to provide a high quality dental implant at a very reasonable price.  With their dental implants today, they have undoubtedly succeeded in balancing excellence in product with product affordability.  They are still continuing their research every day.  An accurate but well-priced intraoral scanner for implant planning and implant restoration is their latest effort.

An overly complex dental implant system can make an otherwise straight forward procedure a very stressful one.  With some systems, there may be a long list of steps, components and equipment.  ADIN removes the complexity from implant dentistry, with simplified steps, components and equipment.  Dentists and dental specialists alike find their system easy to use.  This can only lead to less risk of complications and higher long term success with use of the ADIN dental implant system.  Like their motto, the ADIN dental implant system and the dental implants themselves truly “leave limits behind”.  There are many factors that determine dental implant success.  With this system, every case has a great chance at success in terms of the implant, components and equipment.

Dental Implant Options

Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth.  They can also be used to replace teeth that need to be extracted.  In fact, dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or even all the teeth when teeth are missing or need to be extracted.

1. Replacing A Single Tooth

When a single tooth is missing or needs to be extracted, a dental implant can be placed in the jaw bone in that spot.  A crown can then be attached to the dental implant to replace that single tooth.

2. Replacing Multiple Teeth

You may have more than one missing tooth or more than one tooth that needs to be extracted.  Many single dental implants can be placed in the jaw bone at these different positions.  All of these implants can then have crowns attached to them to replace the teeth.

If you have 3 missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted in a row, dental implants can be placed to support a bridge.  One implant at each end of the long space can be used to attach a 3 tooth bridge.  Several dental implant supported bridges can be used if there are several large spaces in the mouth.

3. Replacing All The Teeth

If all the upper or lower teeth are missing or need to be extracted, dental implants can be used to replace all the teeth.  14 single implants and crowns can get pretty expensive and require a lot of surgery.  Even several 3 tooth bridges is still a lot of money and a lot of surgery.  There is an option called All on 4 where only 4 dental implants are required to hold a full arch bridge to replace all the teeth in the upper or lower parts of the mouth.  For even less expense and surgery, dental implants can also be used to hold in a full denture.  This is usually done if a full denture by itself is a bit loose.

Dental Implant Procedure

Replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant and crown involves diagnosis and thorough treatment planning, a surgical phase and prosthetic phase of treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Before a patient can get a dental implant and crown, they must be thoroughly assessed for suitability.  The patient must be medically and dentally fit and healthy.  Medical conditions and medications may affect proper healing of the jawbone around a dental implant.  Tooth decay and gum disease need to be treated first to limit risk of infection after implant surgery.  The patient must maintain good oral hygiene before and after the implant for success.

Besides a thorough dental examination, impressions of the teeth to form study models, photos and x-rays are analyzed.  In most cases a special 3D scan of your mouth called a Cone Beam CT is required for comprehensive planning of where the implant will go.  As this is a special scan, you will need to go to a nearby x-ray clinic for this.

Surgical Phase

Under local anaesthetic and sedation, the sterile dental implant is inserted into the jawbone.  The gum tissue is firstly opened to reveal the underlying jawbone.  A small precision hole is prepared in the jawbone and the dental implant gently threaded into the prepared hole.  A cover is screwed into the implant to protect it and the gum tissue stitched over or around the cover.

After letting the implant integrate with the jawbone for approximately 3 months, healing of the bone and stability of the dental implant in the bone can be checked.  Sometimes a second surgery is needed to uncover the implant if the gum tissue had to be stitched over the top of the implant.  This second surgery is not needed if the gum tissue was able to be stitched around the implant and its protective cover.  If the bone has healed and the implant has integrated with the jawbone and is stable, the restorative phase can commence.

Restorative Phase

The restorative phase is usually done without the need for local anaesthetic or sedation as everything has healed.  Impressions of the dental implant and the surrounding teeth and gums are taken to form models.  On these models, the dental implant crown is made.  At a second appointment, the crown is attached to the dental implant via a special connector.  The crown replaces the original missing tooth.

What’s The Difference Between Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits At The Dentist Versus The Shops?

Take-home teeth whitening kits from the dentist are much different than those you can buy from the supermarket or pharmacy.  You may choose supermarket or pharmacy products for their lower prices, but you are not getting the same whitening product as you are from the dentist.  In fact, the only thing that is the same is that you use the product at home.  Here is why take-home whitening kits from the dentist are better than a supermarket or pharmacy alternative:

Higher Strength of the Whitening Gel

All teeth whitening products contain some sort of peroxide as the main ingredient to bleach the teeth.  The main difference is the concentration of peroxide allowed in the product.  Obviously, the higher the concentration, the more effective the product is at whitening your teeth.  By law, only teeth whitening products given to you by a dentist can have the highest concentration of peroxide.  A dentist will examine your teeth and make sure a high concentration product is appropriate for your teeth.  Supermarket and pharmacy products have to be low concentration so there is less risk of adverse reactions from using the product.  However, it also makes the product much less effective.  You have to use a whitening product from the dentist to get the whitest result.

Professional Guidance

Take-home teeth whitening at the dentist is often termed professionally-guided take-home teeth whitening.  This is because the dentist examines your teeth before recommending the whitening option to you.  Pros and cons of the whitening option are discussed including risks for your teeth.  If any dental treatment is required before whitening it can diagnosed, discussed and completed prior to starting the whitening.  For example, a filling may be required due to tooth decay.  If the whitening gel got into the unfilled decay area, it would be very painful.  A dentist would not recommend you start teeth whitening until the filling was completed.

Custom-made Whitening Trays

For safety and the most effective whitening result, the trays in which you place the gel are very important.  A dentist will take accurate impressions of your mouth and make whitening trays specific to you and your teeth.  This ensures the best possible fit and comfort when wearing the trays and little risk of getting the gel in the wrong place.  The trays are trimmed to your gumline so there is little risk of irritating your gums or whitening the gums by mistake.  Supermarket and pharmacies kits use pre-made generic trays or self-made boil and bite trays where you heat up a generic one and bite into it before letting it set.  These are bulky, comfortable to wear and don’t provide the accuracy for safe and effective whitening.  When using these, patients tend to complain of teeth sensitivity and gum irritation due to the poorer fit of the trays and the whitening gel spreading to areas that shouldn’t be whitened like the gums.

Custom Dental Grills

When you want something for your teeth, be it a denture or a dental grill, the best place to go to is the dentist.  We have knowledge about your teeth and gums to ensure your custom dental grill looks great, fits well and won’t damage your teeth and gums.

Gap Between the Upper Front Teeth

Do you have a gap between your two upper front teeth?  How do you feel about having the gap?  It is not that uncommon to have a gap between your upper two front teeth.  Many patients accept it or even see it as one of the distinguishing characteristics of their smile.  It is also quite common for patients to seek help from the dentist to close the gap.

Dangers of Dental Tourism

Do you fully understand the dangers of dental tourism?  I hear it from patients all the time.  “If it costs this much for dental treatment in Australia, I might as well go to Thailand and get all my teeth done for a fraction of the cost there and have a holiday at the same time!”.  Many patients are only having a whinge about the cost of dental treatment in Australia and are not seriously considering going overseas for their dental care at all.  However, there are some patients that actually consider dental tourism as something they realistically want to do.  I actually can’t believe the number of people who want to go overseas for cheap dental treatment without understanding the dangers of dental tourism.