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#1 – How to manage your orthodontic emergencies from home, when the orthodontist is shut!

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Are you stuck at home and unable to visit the orthodontist? Is the orthodontist closed? Or maybe you’re on holiday? Your orthodontist may be shut for a number of reasons and so it’s important to know how to fix some common emergencies by using our at-home techniques. It’s also important…


#2 – My orthodontic appliance is broken

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The very first thing you should do if your appliance comes off or breaks is to not panic! Panicking will only make the situation feel worse. It’s important to follow all advice and care instructions from your orthodontist to help prevent breakages. Please also stick to soft foods to prevent…


#3 – Fix braces wires and ligatures at home

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Please leave your wires alone while at home, as will not over-correct your teeth. They will stop once your teeth are in the correct position. Broken or protruding wire If a wire is irritating you, please cover it in a small amount of orthodontic wax until we can check it…


#4 – Help! My bracket is broken!

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The brackets are the metal or ceramic piece that is attached to each individual tooth. What to do when a braces bracket breaks? Where is the loose or broken bracket located? If the broken bracket is the furthest bracket back, you can simply slide the bracket off the wire. However,…


#5 – Ran out of elastics? Don’t panic!

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The rubber bands are made from medical-grade latex and are very important in fixing bite issues and work by applying steady pressure that is needed to guide teeth into the correct positions. These bands stretch over the tiny hooks on the top and bottom of the brackets, or over small…


#6 – I think my clear aligners are broken or cracked

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Damaged or irritating aligners? My aligners have sharp spots that are irritating Occasionally clear aligners will have small rough or sharp spots. The easy fix for this is to take a clean nail file and file the area down slightly and gently. If this issue has caused a sore inside…


#7 – Running out of aligners?

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It’s important to continue wearing your clear aligners, no matter what happens. Wear them as prescribed by the orthodontist. Running out of aligners? If you are running low on aligners and will run out, it’s important to contact your orthodontist to see if you can receive your next sequential aligner…


#8 – What to do if your aligner buttons or attachments break off?

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These attachments, such as buttons are used to help move teeth in the correct direction by providing a firmer grip for the aligners, which is used to achieve the most efficient result. It’s important to take care while brushing and flossing your teeth if you do have buttons, as they…


#9 – My aligners are stained!

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Your clear aligners and attachments can stain and it’s recommended not to eat or drink the certain foods that cause staining if you care about the cosmetic appearance. Some foods and drinks include: Wine Coffee Tomato sauce Curry Foods high in food colouring While eating your aligners should be removed…


#10 – Why is my retainer not fitting?

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There are some reasons why your retainer may not fit, including: Not wearing a retainer as prescribed Warped by heat damage Damaged These are all issues that can be avoided by proper care and maintenance of your retainer. But, what if my retainer has become loose? If the lingual retainer…


Why and how should you clean your tongue?

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Did you know that brushing twice and flossing every day is not enough for maintaining good oral health? This is because our tongue’s health is important and also needs cleaning to remove the bacteria which resides on the surface. Why should you clean your tongue? The tongue builds up bacteria…


Protect your orthodontics over Christmas

It may be tempting to indulge over the holiday period, but ask yourself whether it’s worth the set back? Christmas is coming up and so is the annual binge, which leaves many of us feeling guilty for breaking our fitness goals. But what does this mean for our oral health?…


What are my alternate options for metal braces?

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South East Orthodontics offers a few different alternative appliance options for those who want to straighten their teeth without having to wear traditional metal braces. Traditional braces are generally the go-to option for several reasons including their efficiency, the fact that they are budget-friendly, and their ability to take on…


How to take care of braces

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You care about your teeth, so why wouldn’t you care about your braces? You’re probably here because you or your child has begun braces treatment. Taking care and learning the correct cleaning methods for braces is very important. Cleaning is harder, and especially important while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces make…


Straight talk about Invisalign for Adults

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Are you sick of living with crooked teeth but aren’t sure if you’ve left it too late? Want an orthodontic treatment that doesn’t draw attention to itself, but still gets the job done? If this sounds like you, Invisalign might be the right treatment for you. What you need to…


Invisalign vs Lingual Braces: which is best for you?

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You’ve decided to get your teeth straightened. Now comes the big decision: which orthodontic option to choose? Knowing there are discreet options that shouldn’t impact your day-to-day is a big bonus. But it’s not just about aesthetics. The treatment has to be effective in meeting your health and lifestyle needs.…


What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign – The clear alternative to braces Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that involves wearing a series of custom-made aligners that helps with improving the misalignment of teeth. Each time you receive a new set of aligners, your teeth will move little by little until the final position has be…


The past and future of braces

In a recent survey conducted by Orthodontics Australia, 60% of Australians would like to do something to fix their smile. This means that braces are an option for many people with the desire to alter their smile. With such a demand, it is important to educate yourself on the history…


The benefits of wearing braces

Braces can fix a lot of problems for you Here are the benefits of wearing braces and how they can fix each issue experienced: Straightening teeth Everyone dreams of having a pearly white smile with a beautiful set of straight teeth. Braces are able to achieve this as they are…


Do you suspect you have bad breath?

In the medical field, bad breath is referred to as halitosis, an unpleasant odour coming from the mouth.  It can occur occasionally or turn into a chronic condition, the causes range from food, poor dental hygiene, oral diseases and other health factors Let us take a look at some causes…


3 Animated Villains Who Need Braces

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There have been all manner of villainous characters over the years for us to choose from but which animated baddies could do with braces? The villains of animated movies have played a huge roll in the childhoods of generations upon generations of children and the character design has thrown up…


Who Pioneered The Science of Orthodontics?

Orthodontic Treatment In The Modern Age Is Nothing Short Of Alchemy And You Have These Men To Thank For Your beautifully Straight Smile Orthodontic treatment has come a very long way in recent times but it has been around far longer than that and like any great discovery it sometimes…


Why You Should Consider Adult Braces

It is never too late to straighten your smile. With adult braces from South East Orthodontics in Melbourne, we can achieve fantastic results whatever your age. The great thing about recent developments in adult orthodontics is that they have been able to retain and even improve on the functional aspects…


Adult Orthodontic Treatments: Why its Never Too Late

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Braces are small appliances that are attached to the teeth. This provides a handle-like instrument for the orthodontist to move your teeth and here at South East Orthodontics, we provide our Melbourne patients with discreet and effective solution adult orthodontic treatments. Braces can contain brackets, molar bands, and wires that…


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