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My mouth is dry. What can I do?

Nobody likes a dry mouth. It is an uncomfortable and sometimes oddly unexplainable sensation that most people like to avoid. It is not a condition that automatically sends you into a panic about your health, however, a dry mouth can be a bother and something you certainly want to change…


Feeling Confident at Your Orthodontic Consultation

How You Can Start Preparing Now When you first start thinking about going to the orthodontist, it is normal to feel apprehensive. What will your orthodontic experience bring? Whether you have been advised by a dentist or chosen to seek out orthodontic care from our team your own, there are…


What are the benefits of early orthodontic treatment?

Parents usually have numerous questions about orthodontic treatment for their children. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, orthodontic treatment for children should start at around seven years of age. This allows our team to evaluate the child’s existing and incoming teeth to determine whether or not early treatment might…


What happens if I have an orthodontic emergency while I’m on vacation?

At South East Orthodontics, there are a few things we want to remind you of when you're on vacation, so that a day with friends and family won’t be spent dealing with an orthodontic emergency. Firstly, we are here for you whether you are in town or out of town…


Braces-Friendly Recipe: Breakfast

Kids can be picky eaters. How many times have you seen your child try to hide the peas under a mound of mashed potatoes? At South East Orthodontics, Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim and our team understand how hard it can be to get your child to eat the recommended…


How do braces move my teeth?

Great question! Tooth movement is your body’s natural response to light pressure applied by braces over a period of time (usually two years). Braces work by using brackets that are glued onto your teeth; these brackets have small slots, and that is where Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim and our…


Thanks to Invisalign®, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

When it comes to straightening your smile, our team at South East Orthodontics knows that having a mouth full of metal braces may not be your idea of fun. Luckily for you, Drs. Kip Homewood and Theresia Sudjalim can offer a cosmetic alternative: Invisalign! Using a series of clear, comfortable,…


Tips for Using Invisalign®

More than one patient has come into our office and asked, “What can I do to help my teeth when wearing Invisalign?” While everyone’s teeth and dental needs are different, there are certain things everyone can do to make wearing their Invisalign aligners a more rewarding experience. Always follow the…


Going Beyond Braces

At South East Orthodontics, we aren’t just concerned with straightening your teeth and giving you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We are also committed improving the oral health and the well-being of all our patients. Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim and our team strive to serve our patients by…


When is the best age to begin orthodontic treatment?

Most parents know that routine dental care should begin during their child’s toddler years. And many assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to visit Drs. Kip Homewood and Theresia Sudjalim for an initial orthodontic consultation. The ideal age for an orthodontic…


What are the benefits of Invisalign®?

A popular option for straightening teeth at South East Orthodontics, Invisalign can be a great method for improving your smile, and can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and more. Invisalign, which is different from traditional braces, works by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners in order…


What’s the advantage of Invisalign®?

Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim and our team know it is natural for you to feel some concern when you need to wear any type of dental device to correct a problem with your teeth. Both braces and Invisalign can produce good results in giving you the smile you’ve always…


Adults and Braces – Not Just for Kids Anymore

Just hearing the word “braces” can take many of us back to junior high — that painful era when we wore unattractive glasses, endured unflattering haircuts, and carried a mouthful of braces to complete the awkward adolescent look. Despite the common assumption that braces are for kids, more and more…


What is a water pick and do I need one?

Water picks, sometimes called “oral irrigators,” make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. Especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients of ours undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces, water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to dislodge…


What are the advantages of lingual braces?

Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim and our team get this question a lot. The word lingual means tongue, and lingual braces work in a similar fashion to regular braces, but with one important difference: Lingual braces are attached to the inside surfaces of the teeth facing the tongue, so they…


Fluoride and Your Orthodontic Treatment

Our team at South East Orthodontics knows that there are many ways you can protect your pearly whites throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you follow the rules and brush your teeth twice a day, floss often, and protect your appliances from damage, you should have a successful treatment. But did…


Why should I visit the dentist during my treatment?

So, you just got your braces on, and you're wondering why you should continue visiting your general dentist since you’re seeing Drs. Kip Homewood and Theresia Sudjalim every other month. Patients always ask us if they should continue to see their dentist while in orthodontic treatment. In short, the answer…


Foods that are Safe for Braces

Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance, but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for, however. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces,…


What is dentofacial orthopedics?

You may have noticed that we specialize in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. And while most people we talk to have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the dentofacial orthopedics part of the title. Today, Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim and our team thought we would explain the difference. While…


Braces-Friendly Recipe: Lunch

Getting braces comes with a lot of rules. No sticky candies, watch out for popcorn, and steer clear of chips. These rules leave many braces-wearers wondering what they can still eat without hurting their teeth or their expensive orthodontic appliances. Fortunately, constructing a braces-friendly lunch is straightforward once you know…


What makes teeth crooked?

Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim, and David Mastroianni and our team hear this question a lot. Some of the common reasons for crooked teeth include: Thumb sucking Tongue thrusting or improper use of the tongue during speaking and swallowing Premature loss of baby teeth, which causes teeth to drift and…


The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer after Orthodontic Treatment

It's the big day and your braces are finally coming off! Does that mean you are completely done? Not so fast! After you complete your treatment here at South East Orthodontics, Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim, and David Mastroianni and our team will recommend you wear a retainer, which must…


What are lingual braces?

Patients who want corrective braces but don’t like the look of traditional braces with the metal showing on the front have an alternative in lingual braces. As opposed to metal braces visible across the front of the teeth, lingual braces are placed on the rear of the teeth. Most of…


Going on vacation? Remember these simple tips!

If you are wearing braces and are planning a vacation, our team at South East Orthodontics would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are out of town. They include: Toothpick, flosspick,…


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Available for all treatments with Dr Kip Homewood once every month on a Wednesday from 1.30pm to 6.30pm. Please contact our Berwick practice to make an appointment or enquiry.

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