Author: Dr Bobby Griffin

Why Should I Trust Sunbird Orthodontics With My Smile?

Sunbird Orthodontics

Dear Dr Bobby, Why should I trust Sunbird Orthodontics with my smile?

We have been practicing in the northern beaches for around 20 years, attracting patients from all around our area. In fact, literally thousands of kids and adults have been referred to us by their dentist over the years. Overall it is a great pleasure to watch kids and their families grow up through their time with us. Once their time with us comes to an end, kids are rewarded with a beautiful and healthy dentition. This helps to give them the self-confidence to face life’s challenges in the exciting years ahead.

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Will Braces Break the Bank?

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Dear Dr Bobby, Will braces break the bank?

There is no doubt that a course of orthodontic braces is a significant financial investment.  However, the benefits of a fantastic smile and a healthy mouth can be life changing – it really is the gift that keeps on giving! 

Because orthodontic braces are such a big investment, it is all the more important that you see a specialist trained Orthodontist to get maximum value for your investment.

Most Orthodontic practices offer multiple ways to fit within your financial budget, including payment plans to spread the cost over months or even years if necessary.  Health funds also contribute to the cost of orthodontic treatment, either as a one-off lump sum, or spread over a few years. This can be claimed through HICAPS, and is a very simple process in most Orthodontic practices.

While it’s tempting to shop around on price, it is much more important to find an orthodontic practice you can trust. In the end, the great experience you have with the Orthodontic practice you choose will be worth way more than the few dollars you save.

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Does it Hurt to Get Braces?

Dr Bobby Griffin – Sunbird Orthodontics

Dear Dr Bobby, Does having braces hurt?

It’s true that it can take some time to get used to braces and that they can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable. However, I have never had a kid ask me to take the braces off because they can’t handle it. Three out of four children will experience mild discomfort for around a week after braces go on.

But, only one kid in ten will need a Panadol tablet to alleviate their discomfort. Any discomfort felt by a child when the braces go on is quickly forgotten when they see their teeth become beautiful and straight. This boost in self-confidence makes it all worthwhile.

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How Are Clear Aligners by Invisalign Made?

Dr Bobby Griffin

Sunbird Orthodontics

Dear Dr Bobby,

How are clear aligners by Invisalign made?

Invisalign is a company that manufactures clear aligners to help your Orthodontist manage a whole range of dental issues. These could be simple alignment of teeth through to complex function and bite issues.

The manufacturing of clear aligners is a fascinating process, especially if you’re a techno-freak like me! First the making of clear aligners by Invisalign begins with a 3D scan of the dentition. In total this process is painless, only about 10-minutes long, and also done in the Orthodontist chair. Next, technology stitches thousands of photographs together to create an incredible 3-dimensional image of your teeth and gums. Following this, Invisalign receives this enormous STL file online. This file now means the Orthodontist can then carefully begins planning your orthodontic treatment using some of the most advanced medical planning software you can imagine. 

Once your Orthodontist is happy that they have planned your case properly, Invisalign sets about manufacturing all the aligners needed for your case, from start to finish. In fact, manufacturers make the clear aligners through a process called stereolithography, which actually needs mind-boggling accuracy and precision. Lastly, the aligners arrive at the Orthodontic practice within a matter of days and are finally ready for the patient. 

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Are Braces Hard to Clean? – Sunbird Orthodontics Answers

Dr Bobby Griffin

Sunbird Orthodontics

Dear Dr Bobby,

Are Braces Hard to Keep Clean?

Your orthodontist will teach you how to keep your teeth clean while the braces are on. Most people who get braces already have good oral hygiene and they usually have no problem adapting. That said, some kids can get a bit lazy. Your orthodontist monitors oral hygiene at every visit and gives extra teaching and encouragement when necessary to help kids with oral hygiene. The upside to this oral hygiene education is that kids form good habits and become life-long experts on keeping their teeth clean.

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Are You Ever Too Old for Braces?

Dr Bobby Griffin – Sunbird Orthodontics

Dear Dr Bobby, am I too old to have braces?

As far as I am aware, I hold the Australian record for treating the oldest person with braces. Cheryl was 86 years old when she broke her lower front tooth, which couldn’t be fixed. Cheryl didn’t want to be left with an embarrassing gap so she asked me if it was possible to close the gap with braces. I put lower braces on, and the process took approximately 6 months. Cheryl was delighted that she didn’t have to wear a denture. The simple fact is: If you have teeth, then you’re never too old for them!

 

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