If you’ve recently completed in-chair or professional home whitening, you’ll want to keep your white smile for as long as possible. You can maintain a whiter smile by:
If you’re concerned about tooth sensitivity, you may decide to choose a product that is specifically designed for sensitive teeth. Mount Lawley Dental uses Philips ZOOM! Nite White – which is especially formulated for those with sensitive teeth.
It’s common to experience tooth sensitivity within the days following a whitening treatment, however the sensation should disappear within the week.
If the whitening gel comes into contact with gums and soft tissues it can burn or cause irritation. If you have worn-down or cracked teeth, you may also be prone to sensitivity.
This is why seeing a dentist for whitening treatment is a safe option, they create custom-made trays to reduce these risks.
In Australia, all home whitening products contain less than 6% hydrogen peroxide or 18% carbamide peroxide and are considered safe for use at home. A home teeth whitening kit that is provided by a registered dentist is particularly safe for use. This is because it involves a face-to-face check-up to identify dental problems prior to treatment and custom-made trays to fit your mouth, reducing the risk of gum irritation.
You can achieve similar results to in-chair whitening with a home whitening kit that’s provided under the supervision of your dentist. Home whitening kits can whiten teeth within one to two weeks, whereas, results from in-chair whitening are almost immediate.
One of the most common causes for yellowing teeth is aging. Under your tooth enamel is an inner layer of the tooth called dentin that is yellow in colour. As you age, your tooth enamel becomes thinner, exposing the yellow dentin beneath.
Other causes for stained or discoloured teeth include surface stains and internal stains. Surface stains include:
Internal Stains are pigments within the internal tooth structure and occur during or after teeth develop. Internal stains can occur due to:
Pain, swelling, and temperature sensitivity are strong indicators of needing a root canal. Another common sign is discolouration. This is quite common on front teeth that have received trauma while taking part in sports.
It is important to remember that you can have an infected tooth without any signs or symptoms. This makes regular dental check-ups important. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.
Most root canals are performed to relieve a toothache. So, while the infection may be painful, the treatment aims to remove the cause of pain. Modern root canal techniques and anaesthetics make treatment very much like a traditional dental filling procedure. While your tooth may be sore for a few days following treatment, you’ll be removing the infection that threatens to damage the tooth beyond repair.
Endodontic treatment involves treating teeth with a diseased dental pulp, such as a dental abscess. The infected soft tissue is removed from inside the tooth and replaced with a root canal filling that seals the tooth from future infection.
Establishment fees and plan management fees may apply. Fees will be disclosed to you before your plan is finalised, as they vary from merchant to merchant. If a payment is not made by its scheduled date, a late fee of $9.50 will apply. All fees are outlined in the email sent to you upon confirmation of your purchase. We understand that there are times when you may not be able to make a payment. Please contact Openpay on 1300 168 359 before your payment date to reschedule the payment and avoid late fees.
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You will need to be 18 years or older and a permanent resident of Australia.
Choose from weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments to suit your lifestyle. Repayments start from $40 a month and are based on your account’s credit limit.
For more information on Zip Payment Plans, please contact us.
*Applications for payment plans are subject to the lender’s usual credit assessment and responsible lending criteria.
Zip Pay purchases are always interest free, while Zip Money is interest free so long as you pay off your purchases within the interest free period.
A standard interest rate of 19.9% applies after the interest free period. The $6.00 monthly account fee is waived if you pay your balance by the due date. If there’s nothing owing on your account, there’s nothing to pay and no fees.
Zip Pay is an interest-free payment solution for treatment up to $1000, offering you the ability to access dental care now and pay later. Repayments start from as little as $40 a month.
Zip Money is a line of credit with amounts over $1000. Repayments start from as little as $40 a month or 3% (whichever is greater).
Dry socket is a condition that can occur soon after having wisdom teeth removed. It happens when a blood clot fails to form or gets dislodged during the healing process, exposing the bone and nerve endings where the tooth was. This allows food debris and bacteria to get in to the bone, causing an infection and throbbing pain that can travels up the ear, eye, temple and neck.
While some pain is to be expected after wisdom tooth removal, it shouldn’t be severe and unbearable. Speak to your dentist immediately if you are is severe pain and think you may have dry socket. While the likelihood of getting dry socket is rare, your risk increases if you smoke tobacco, drink alcohol or take specific contraceptives during the recovery stage.
In the 24 hours following surgery, you should only eat soft foods and avoid hot food and drinks entirely. Soft foods include:
It’s important to also avoid drinking from a straw for the first two weeks as the suction can dislodge the blood clot and cause more bleeding.
It can take up to two weeks for your mouth to completely heal after wisdom teeth removal surgery.
After surgery, it’s common to have a bruised and swollen mouth, you’ll be prescribed medication by your dentist to manage the pain. In the 24 hours after surgery, a protective blood clot will form over the bone where the tooth was removed and the healing process begins.
Two to three days after surgery, swelling reduces and then stiches can come out about a week after surgery. Between 7 and 10 days, jaw pain tends to subside and the jaw becomes less stiff. At around two weeks, bruising should heal.
It’s important to note that if pain or bleeding is excessive, you should call your dentist immediately.
Aside from impaction, wisdom teeth can cause crowding of the teeth which can cause pain or discomfort. When a wisdom tooth is only partially erupted, it can sometimes be difficult to keep clean and end up accumulating bacteria and becoming inflamed and infected.
Wisdom teeth can also be problematic if you require orthodontics or are preparing for jaw surgery. It’s common to have them removed beforehand.
After an initial consultation, your dentist will take radiographs to check the wisdom tooth and its roots under the gums. If the tooth is not impacted and appears to be growing normally, it might not need to be removed at all. Instead, your dentist may make a small cut in the gums to help the tooth come through.
Wisdom teeth are the last (third) molars to erupt in the mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. There are usually four wisdom teeth, but not everyone gets them. As these teeth are less necessary, dentists may recommend wisdom tooth removal if a tooth becomes impacted or causes problems such as teeth crowding.
Composite fillings can be completed in one appointment and usually take less than an hour. It’s uncommon to experience pain or sensitivity during treatment, however, if you’re concerned, let your dentist know so they can provide a local anaesthesia to numb the area.
First your dentist will examine and prepare the decayed tooth and then clean the tooth removing all signs of decay. Your dentist then applies layers of composite resin onto the tooth, hardening each layer with a laser light as they go. Finally, the filling is shaped to match the existing tooth and polished.
White fillings are made of a composite resin material that can last between 5 to 7 years. However, it will depend on where the filling is located and the pressure it endures with biting and grinding forces.
Practising good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as keeping a healthy diet and maintaining regular check-ups will help you keep your fillings for longer.
Veneers may not be an option if you have sensitive teeth or your teeth have thin enamel. Before veneers can be placed, you should have any oral health problems such as tooth decay or gum disease treated, as these can affect the success of the treatment.
The cost of veneers depends on their size, the number of veneers you have and what material they're made from. Porcelain veneers cost more than composite veneers. At Mount Lawley Dental, veneers start from $300 per tooth for composite resin and from $1400 per tooth for porcelain.
Veneers in cosmetic dentistry are thin coverings that can be applied to teeth to change their appearance. Made from porcelain or composite resin, veneers can cover up imperfections such as teeth stains and discolouration, minor damage or misalignment and small gaps.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that’s found in soil, rocks, grains, vegetables and fresh and salt water. Fluoride has been found to strengthen tooth enamel and protect teeth from bacteria-causing decay across a wide number of research studies.
Most of Australia’s tap water has contained added fluoride as part of a community water fluoridation program, since the 1960’s, and has significantly contributed to improving Australian’s oral health. Fluoride is added to water treatment plants in safe levels that comply with the Australian drinking water guidelines.
In the past, there have been speculations that fluoride causes harmful effects, however, there is no scientific or clinical evidence that proves it. In over 30,000 studies, no evidence has been found that suggests fluoride when consumed in recommended levels is harmful.
New research has shown the best order to clean teeth is to floss before you brush. By flossing first, you loosen plaque, bacteria and food particles between teeth before brushing removes them.
Both electric and manual toothbrushes are equally effective at cleaning teeth and gums when using the correct brushing technique. It comes down to personal preference, however, younger children can find brushing more enjoyable with an electric toothbrush. A built-in timer also makes it easier to brush for the full 2 minutes.
If you prefer more control, a manual toothbrush may be easier to use, especially if you have existing dental conditions. Ask your dentist for their professional advice on the best toothbrush for your needs.
Toothbrush bristles mustn’t be hard as they can damage tooth enamel and cause gums to recede, and be sure to change the brush head every 3 months before they fray and become less effective.
Hold your toothbrush at a 45° angle with the bristles at the gum line and brush your teeth using a gentle circular motion. Start at the back of the mouth and carefully brush along the inner, outer and chewing surfaces. Remember to clean the inner front top and bottom teeth surfaces too.
Good oral hygiene is about maintaining healthy teeth and gums in order to prevent dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. These dental problems when left untreated can erode teeth and cause gums to pull away, weakening the tooth structure and resulting in tooth loss. Tooth loss affects the way you eat and speak and can create teeth alignment issues, jawbone deterioration and a sagging facial appearance.
Tooth bonding and composite veneers both involve using composite resin material to restore the look of teeth.Tooth bonding is used to make minor changes, while veneers are used for larger cosmetic restorations.
Veneers can also be made out of porcelain, a natural tooth-like material regarded for its translucent quality. Porcelain veneers are designed in a dental laboratory rather than being directly bonded onto teeth.
Composite bonding can last between 4 and 8 years, depending on where the tooth has been bonded, the amount of pressure it’s under and the type of food you consume.
You can help your restorative dental treatment to last longer by avoiding foods that can damage or stain teeth.
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that aims to mask minor dental flaws using a white-coloured composite resin material that gets bonded and shaped directly onto the tooth. It’s a similar treatment to getting a filling placed for sealing small gaps in teeth, but looks at both the functionality and aesthetics of a smile.
Teeth grinding or jaw clenching is an unhealthy action that puts excessive strain on teeth and jaws.
With severe bruxism cases, the tooth enamel layer protecting your tooth wears down to the point where the yellow dentine underneath is exposed. Teeth become discoloured, sensitive to hot and cold and are at higher risk of infection. When the dental pulp inside the tooth gets infected, root canal treatment is needed to save the tooth from being lost.
If your dentist sees signs of teeth grinding, they may recommend wearing a custom-made night splint. This is a special mouthguard that’s made from impressions taken of your mouth, and helps to protect teeth and jaws from damage caused by bruxism.
Another option to treat bruxism is to use muscle relaxant injections, the effects of treatment are temporary and last for three to four months.
While a mouthguard or muscle relaxants help treat the symptoms of grinding or clenching, the underlying causes need to be addressed. This may include using physical therapy to learn to control jaw muscle movements to stop the habit long-term.
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching – or bruxing is an involuntary condition that’s thought to be influenced by psychological stress and anxiety or physical stress, such as an illness, nutritional deficiencies or dehydration. Another cause of bruxism is a bad bite, where the top and bottom teeth don’t come together properly and lead to bruxing. The causes of bruxism are still being studied.
Teeth grinding can cause teeth to become sensitive, worn down, discoloured and even loose.
The cost of a smile makeover is different for everyone and depends on the number of treatments you’re having, diagnostic costs, tooth materials and oral appliances used. Cosmetic dentistry is not normally covered by health insurance or government benefits, but you still may be able to claim part of your treatment cost.If you have an outcome in mind, we will discuss your budget and estimated costs prior to treatment going ahead.
A smile makeover may involve multiple dental and cosmetic treatments working together. These could include teeth whitening, placing dental veneers, crowns or implants, teeth straightening with braces or clear aligners, gum recontouring and more procedures.
A trial smile is a provisional temporary smile that’s placed on your teeth, using digital impressions taken of your mouth. A trial smile model and digital preview allows you to try out your new smile, making any desired adjustments before going ahead with long-term enhancements.
A smile makeover is a personalised treatment plan that designs a modified smile using a combination of cosmetic dental procedures. Dentists work closely with patients to make sure they understand what they want from their new smile and explain how each procedure can help them to achieve their desired outcome.
Daily home care is vital for good oral health. As well as having regular check-ups with a dentist, you and your family should brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, cut down on sugar and drink plenty of water (especially tap water containing fluoride, as it strengthens teeth).
Preventive dentistry is a proactive approach to dental care. The preventive approach aims to prevent common dental problems before they have a chance to develop and avoiding the need for more invasive and expensive procedures to correct them.
Gum disease is a preventable disease that can usually be avoided with regular toothbrushing and flossing, a healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist. If gingivitis is already present, a hygiene treatment at the dental clinic can remove the infection before it progresses further.
There are two main stages of gum disease. Gingivitis is the early stage, characterised by sore, swollen or bleeding gums. If gingivitis isn't treated, it can develop into periodontitis. This advanced stage of gum disease can cause permanent damage to gums and tissues connecting the teeth to the jaws, eventually leading to tooth loss.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that can build up on teeth and form plaque. When bacteria reaches the gum, it can cause an infection that the body fights with inflammation, leading to swelling and tenderness of the gums.
OSA will change with age and other lifestyle factors. Self-prescribed anti-snoring devices bought online or over the counter may seem to reduce or stop snoring, but will mask the other symptoms of OSA that pose a risk to your health. A proper diagnosis and prescription are recommended to manage the sleep disorder.
Clean your mouthguard under room temperature water and a cleaning solution to keep it in good condition. Avoid using hot water to rinse your mouthguard as it will warp it out of shape.
By making sure you clean your mouthguard after every use, you’ll keep it free from staining and plaque build-up that can ruin the mouthguard and require you to replace it sooner than necessary.
Most premium health insurance policies with dental extras will partially or fully cover the cost of a custom-fitted sports mouthguard from the dentist. Contact your private health insurance provider for your rebate entitlements to learn what’s covered for your oral health needs.
A night guard or splint is an oral appliance custom made by dentists that's worn over the teeth while sleeping. A night splint may be recommended to help prevent snoring and sleep apnoea or to prevent teeth grinding and clenching during sleep.
A custom mouthguard costs more than a boil-and-bite mouthguard, but it also offers more protection from injuries and means you could avoid expensive dental fees later. Custom mouthguards at Mount Lawley Dental start from $200, however the cost may be fully or at least partially covered by private health insurance.
A custom-made sports mouthguard that’s been fitted by a dentist offers maximum protection against dental injuries from playing contact sports. A custom-fitted mouthguard is designed using dental impressions taken of your mouth, so the mouthguard will fit the exact contours of your teeth and gums.
While a custom-made mouthguard is more expensive than DIY mouthguards, they offer superior protection, maximum comfort and can last much longer than their cheaper counterparts.
The added advantage of seeing your dentist for a sports mouthguard is that they can examine your teeth and gums and identify any dental issues that may need addressing prior to your mouthguard being fitted.
A general dentist is qualified to provide routine dental services and to diagnose, treat and prevent common oral health problems. A general dentist may complete further training to specialise in certain fields, such as orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery.
Private health insurance that provides dental cover distinguishes between general and major dental services. General dental includes routine treatments such as fillings and extractions, while major dental covers more complex procedures such as crowns and bridges, root canals and dental implants. Check with your health insurance provider to learn what services you're covered for.
At Mount Lawley Dental, we accept all major health funds and are a preferred provider for Bupa, HBF and HCF.
General dentistry covers routine dental treatments that can correct common issues such as toothache, tooth decay or damaged teeth. General dental treatments at Mount Lawley Dental include general check-ups, white fillings, wisdom teeth removal and other extractions, root canal therapy and protective mouthguards for tooth grinding, jaw clenching or TMJ disorder.
Dentists recommend that you attend regular check-ups and professional cleans every six months. Depending on your oral health needs, your dentist may recommend visits more or less often.
Your dentist will check your oral hygiene, diet, the health of your teeth, lips, gums, and any risk of gum disease, signs of tooth wear and the alignment of your teeth, jaws and bite during your check-ups. Book an appointment online today.
Making regular visits to the dentist can help spot early signs of tooth decay and gum disease.
These issues are far easier (and cheaper) to treat when caught early. Regular check-ups also allow your dentist to spot risks and prepare a treatment plan to manage them.
Yes, we accept all major health funds. We are also a Bupa Members First Platinum provider and a preferred provider for HBF and HCF health funds. This means that parts or all of your appointment may be claimable on private health insurance. Click here to learn more.
Dentists can treat most minor dental emergencies. You should make an urgent appointment with a dentist if you have:
It’s important to stay calm during an emergency. If you have an injury, clean the area gently using water and try to stop any bleeding, then call an emergency dentist. An emergency dentist can offer specific advice for managing your emergency and book you an appointment for immediate care.
Yes. We provide you with a comprehensive quote and treatment plan prior to going ahead with any dental treatment. We’ll even provide you with item numbers for treatment to check out-of-pocket expenses with your health insurer.
Most dental patients will be able to benefit from some cosmetic procedures but this route isn't always the right choice for every patient. Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, your oral hygiene must be of a sufficient standard and your dentist must be satisfied that you're not showing any signs of tooth decay or gum disease.
Occasionally cosmetic dentistry may not be a suitable option for some patients. On consultation with your dentist, he or she will work with you to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
The main benefit of cosmetic dentistry is in helping to improve your appearance. However, by closing or altogether removing small spaces and gaps between teeth there is also less room for food and other substances to collect, making brushing and flossing easier and more effective. This therefore improves the health of your mouth as well as the appearance. Certain procedures, such as implants, can also slow down or halt the progression of bone loss where teeth are missing.
For many patients, cosmetic dentistry also offers benefits for their confidence, as the treatments improve the overall appearance of their teeth and smile.
If you have damaged, worn down or missing teeth, or are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentistry may have a solution for you. Your dentist can discuss your particular problems and explain what treatment options are available, as well as advising on the costs associated with each treatment and what level of improvement you should be able to achieve.
We recommend speaking with your health insurer directly and confirming what dental benefits your policy includes. A number of insurance providers may include partial rebates for major dental items such as crowns, veneers and orthodontic treatment. . We’re happy to provide you with a total treatment plan quote so you can confirm what is covered with your insurer, prior to going ahead with treatment.
Taking care of newly restored teeth is easy when you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and attend regular check-ups with the dentist. Prosthetic crowns and bridges need the same care as real teeth with the exception of watching foods that can stain or chip. Here’s a handy checklist to follow for looking after your crown or bridge:
Crowns and bridges can be made of different materials depending on which tooth is being replaced and whether it sits at the front or back of the mouth. Back teeth need to be supported by strong material such as zirconia to endure chewing and biting forces, while front teeth require a material that blends in naturally, like porcelain does. Sometimes, porcelain is layered over zirconia for combined durability and aesthetics and can be used for front and back teeth. Acrylic or composite resin may also be temporarily used as part of the immediate implant placement process while the mouth is healing.
Dental health is the window to your overall health. When your mouth, teeth and gums aren’t cared for properly, bacteria can spread into the body, causing gum disease, oral infections and can lead to serious medical conditions if left untreated. Keeping a good oral hygiene routine helps you keep your oral health at an optimal level. This means brushing twice daily, flossing once a day and attending regular check-ups with your dentist.
Whether you have a toothache, chipped, cracked or knocked out tooth, it’s important to remain calm and see a dentist as soon as possible. Mount Lawley Dental is located 10 minutes from Perth’s CBD and reserves a number of appointments every day for dental emergencies.
At Mount Lawley Dental, we offer a number of sedation options so you can get the treatment you need. These include oral sedation, inhalation sedation (also known as happy gas) and local anaesthetic. If your treatment is more complex or lengthy, we may refer you to our sister practice, EVP Dental for IV sedation, or arrange for your treatment to take place at Southbank Day Surgery IV sedation or general anaesthesia.
In most cases, HCF covers a dental check-up once every six months. To find out more, we recommend contacting HCF.
HCF usually pays between 50% to 90% of the cost depending on your level of cover. At your initial consultation we will provide you with a HICAPS quote for any recommended treatment. More information is available on the HCF website. Please contact HCF to see if you are eligible.
A dental implant is a titanium post that's surgically implanted in the jaw to replace a missing tooth root. An implant can support one or more replacement teeth when covered by a crown, fixed partial or full bridge or dentures.
We use a number of tooth materials to ensure your replacement tooth is durable, natural looking and matches the appearance of your surrounding teeth. The implant or screw-like post is made of high-grade titanium and the final tooth is made from either zirconia (basic crown) or zirconia layered with porcelain (premium crown).
If you’re having an immediate implant placed (a bad tooth is extracted and replaced in the same procedure), a temporary acrylic tooth is used while your mouth heals and gets replaced after three to five months.
Dental implant surgery usually takes around an hour per implant. Once placed, it takes several months for an implant to bond with the jaw bone before a custom crown or bridge can be fitted. If you’re having a bone grafting procedure, your total treatment time is extended to allow your mouth to completely heal.
The cost of modern dentures in Perth varies depending on the type of dentures you choose and the number of remaining teeth to be removed.
Costs can range between $1800 and $4000 approximately, depending on the quality of the dentures and the experience of the dental technician or prosthetist making them.
Dentures can be made from a range of materials, the most common being high impact acrylic. The quality of acrylic you choose will affect how much your dentures cost, what type of care they need and how long they're expected to last.
Fitting dentures doesn't normally involve oral surgery, unless you're having a complex tooth extraction. If you're having teeth extracted, we offer a range of sedation options and can provide immediate dentures or temporary dentures to wear while your gums are healing.
We recommend keeping track of some foods to avoid while wearing dentures, these include:
Basically anything hard, sticky, likely to stain or foods with small pieces. If a denture-wearers diet isn’t for you, perhaps consider a more permanent teeth replacement solution like dental implants.
Treatment period varies depending on the orthodontic care required to straighten your teeth and align your bite and jaw effectively. Treatment time can range anywhere from 18 months to 24 months, and sometimes longer to correct complex orthodontic issues.
Orthodontic treatment costs in Perth can vary depending on the complexity of the orthodontic issue and whether you choose to straighten your teeth using modern braces or clear aligners.
Orthodontic treatment costs at Mount Lawley Dental can range from $3000 to $10000 depending on the treatment type and treatment period.Contact Mount Lawley Dental today for more information or to book an appointment.
Individual teeth that are bent out of shape may be covered by a dental crown or replaced. If you only have a minor orthodontic issue, such as slightly crooked or gapped teeth, dental veneers could be a cosmetic solution.
*Invisalign® aligners are a registered medical device, always read and follow the label and instructions for use from your dentist.
We recommend that children have their first dental appointment by their first birthday or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing. Bringing your child along to your own dental appointments can help to make the experience familiar and help them to feel more comfortable with dentistry.
At the age of 4 or 5 years old, a child may start brushing their own teeth under your supervision. Around the age of 8 years old, your child may be ready to start brushing unsupervised.
An electric toothbrush may be easier to use than a manual toothbrush as it only requires light pressure to be applied in order for teeth to be brushed effectively. Modern electric toothbrushes can also come with a timer that helps kids brush for the full 2 minutes.
Kids' dental care includes check-ups and teeth cleaning, preventive care such as fluoride treatments, fissure sealants and mouthguards and restorative treatments such as fillings and extractions. General dental services for kids are free if your child is eligible for the CDBS.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a government benefit scheme that provides free basic dental services for eligible children and teenagers aged 2 to 17. CDBS provides up to $1,000 over a two-year period for children whose parents receive certain Medicare payments.
Invisalign Go can offer a shorter treatment time for eligible patients. Teeth straightening with Invisalign Go can often take 3 to 6 months, compared to 6 months to 2 years for standard Invisalign. However, not all orthodontic issues are suitable for Invisalign Go treatment. Our dentists provide both Invisalign and Invisalign Go treatment.
Invisalign prices depend on how many aligners you need, the type of Invisalign aligners you choose and other details. Invisalign treatment at Mount Lawley Dental costs from $4000 to $8000, with interest-free finance options available to help you to manage your payment. We can give you a full price breakdown after we examine your teeth and create your treatment plan.
We understand that it can be tempting to choose online clear aligners to straighten your teeth, however the oral health risks associated with choosing cheap aligners in the absence of a dentist, far outweigh the cost saving you’d expect to make.
Using DIY clear aligners where treatment would usually bedeemed unsuitable by a dentist in a face-to-face examination, can weaken teeth and cause irreversible damage. We recommend seeing a dentist for a face-to-face examination to avoid any long-term commitment to orthodontic treatment in the future.
Teeth straightening is a precise process that needs the expertise of a qualified professional to carefully plan and monitor your results. Our dentists have the relevant training and experience to assess your suitability for clear aligner treatment in a face-to-face comprehensive examination and identify any problems that may need addressing prior to treatment. Only then can Invisalign treatment be planned for your desired outcome.
Many Australian and New Zealand health authorities have issued consumer warnings against the dangers of using online companies for dental treatment in the absence of a physical visit. The president of the Australian Dental Association NSW explains “If treatment relies on imprints and records without the patient being personally examined, there’s a much greater risk that the treatment will not be successful."
This is a common disadvantage of many online aligner treatments, where teeth and gums are not comprehensively examined by a dentist or orthodontist in person. Another reason to see a dentist face-to-face is so they can continue to physically check your progress along the way and ensure aligner sets are being changed when needed.