Will Braces Break the Bank?

Sunbird Orthodontics

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.

Call Sunbird Orthodontics on 4038 1036




Top 7 Myths in Family Law Matters

You are sitting around with friends talking about your separation. As well as their support, they are offering advice based on what happened to someone they know… should you take that on board? Probably not. In Family Law each case is decided according to its facts and the specific situation of the family. Just because one case was decided a certain way doesn’t mean your case will be! It’s really important to get some good advice from an expert family lawyer.

In the meantime, here are some common beliefs you might have heard- proven or debunked by an expert family lawyer;

#1 – “I have a right to see my child.”

It is actually not the parent who has any rights, it is the right of the child to have a “meaningful relationship” with both parents, to the extent that fits with the child’s best interests.

#2 – “I pay child support so I should get to see my child”(or) “He/she doesn’t pay child support so why should they get to see the child.”

Whether or not a person provides financial support for a child, is but one of many considerations as to what is in a child’s best interests. The payment (or non-payment) of child support doesn’t determine what time should be spent with a child. However, the court will definitely look more favourably on a person who pays their child support.

#3 – “I have to wait 12 months before I can sort out my property settlement.” 

You have to wait 12 months before you can apply for a Divorce; but otherwise you can – and should – start sorting out your property settlement as soon as you can after separation.

#4 – “He/She can’t touch my superannuation…can they?”

Yes, they can. Superannuation is an asset just like any other. Sometimes it is the biggest asset of the relationship. The court can and will make orders for it to be “split” (divided).

#5 – “I was the breadwinner so shouldn’t I get more than 50% of the property?”

When deciding a property case, the court looks at ALL the contributions made by both parties during the relationship – financial, and non -financial; and contributions of each party as homemaker and/or parent. The court makes it clear that the “homemaker” role is of equal importance to that of the breadwinner.

#6 – “If I am the one to leave the home, I will lose my entitlement.”

The person who leaves the home does not forgo their entitlement to a property settlement. What will be relevant are the financial and other contributions made by each party after separation.

#7 – “We are a defacto couple after 6 months.” 

In order to access the family law system, the relationship needs to be of at least 2 years duration, but there are exceptions to that rule.


Visit Collier Family Law’s website HERE. 

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I Have a Holiday Planned and I Don’t Want to Get Sick!

Naturopath – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Jana, I have a holiday planned and I don’t want to get sick! What can I do to prevent that from happening?

The dry air in aeroplanes and close proximity to others can increase the chance of getting a cold. An immune booster such as the Mario’s Immune Tonic taken in the days before and days after travelling will help you defend against viruses. Using a saline nose spray during and after your flight will also help. Make sure you’re washing your hands thoroughly, regularly and keep them away from your face. When you can’t wash your hands, use a hand sanitiser.






What’s the Main Difference Between a Doctor and a Pharmacist?

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, what’s the main difference between a doctor and a pharmacist?

For any minor medical concerns, your pharmacist is always a great place to start. We can let you know if you’ll need to see a GP, who can then diagnose you and help you figure out what’s wrong. Plus, you don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist (it’s free and easily accessible too!).

In addition, we can advise you as to how your medicines work, how they may affect your body and how they may interact with other medicines or supplements you may be taking along with many other things – just ask!




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 Can My Pharmacy Support Me During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Mario Calanna – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Mario, How can my pharmacy support me during the Coronavirus pandemic?

If you’re feeling fluey, or simply don’t want to risk entering a public place, call your local Calanna and you can arrange someone to pick up your shop, or we’ll bring it out to your car. For medication, download the MedAdvisor App, choose Calanna, and then place your order and collect when convenient. It’s a good time to boost your immune system, Vitamin C, Immune Booster Tonic, and Zinc are great things to be taking. Come see us for your personalised plan. If there’s anything else we can do for your family at this time, please let us know.

View Mario’s Natural Therapy range here. 

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