Teeth Related Questions
Invisalign makes unsightly orthodontic treatment a thing of the past. Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom fitted aligners to guide your teeth back into the ideal position. Each case is individually customised, so you may need as few as 20 aligner sets or as many as 35. Usually you’ll visit SFDC every six to eight to receive three new sets of aligners, each of which is worn for two weeks. We may also ask you to pop in between your six-weekly visits for us to create space between your teeth to allow for movement. This is a painless procedure which reduces the side of the tooth by half a millimetre or less.
Extrinsic (external) stains can be caused by smoking, drinking coffee or tea, or red wine. Depending on the cause, the solution can be as easy as:
- A scale and polish to remove unsightly marks
- An adjustment and polish of stained filling edges
- Teeth whitening treatment
Intrinsic (internal) stains may be caused by old, leaky, metal amalgam fillings, previously root-treated teeth, and other genetic conditions. You’ll need to consult Wickham Terrace Dental for a solution to your specific intrinsic stain, but common methods of removal include:
Your teeth should be flossed every single day. Remember you don’t have to floss all of your teeth – just the ones you want to keep! Flossing can remove the build-up of plaque from between your teeth and along the gum line, where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Once we have welcomed you and made sure you are comfortable, we will guide you through completing a brief medical history form. Once you have moved on to the clinic, Dr Shah or Dr Nair will conduct a new patient examination. This involves a thorough review of your teeth, gums, chewing muscles, and any lumps or bumps in your mouth.
We will often take x-rays to discover any decay between your teeth, or old leaking fillings that may need replacement. We’ll also take photos with our intraoral camera, which we display to you on the chair-side monitor to let you see exactly what is going on inside your mouth. Your dentist will also give you a thorough explanation of what’s happening with each tooth. At the end of your visit, we give you a treatment plan of findings and pricing so you will know exactly what your treatment costs are – no nasty surprises!
At SFDC we have ample of parking both outside and undercover. The centre does get busy so we recommend arriving early
We are preferred provider s for BUPA, HCF and CBHS but also accept all Australian health funds
No, Medicare does not cover any general or major dental work carried out at any private dental practice. You can claim on your private health fund if eligible.
The Commonwealth Government has introduced the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, which provides financial support for basic dental services to kids aged between 2 and 17 years. The CDBS provides up to $1,000 of benefits per child, over a two calendar year period, for examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. A means test applies. Find out more about the CDBS here.