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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

A lot of people are opting for teeth whitening to gain more confidence and improve their quality of life. How teeth whitening actually works is often a bit of a mystery so we want to explain exactly how it works so you can make an informed decision and decide if this is something for you.

How does teeth whitening work?  

There are many options available for teeth whitening including natural diet-based remedies, professional services provided by your dentist or dental professional and even take-home tooth whitening kits you can use yourself.

Most teeth whitening procedures use a special whitening gel. Basically, the gel breaks down the molecular bonds that hold together the stains on your teeth. Your mouth and gums are protected with a special covering which your dentist will apply.

Most at-home kits function the same way, with a safe-to-use product to break down the bonds of the stains on your teeth.

Is teeth whitening safe?  

Your dentist will always keep you safe while helping you achieve your dental goals. Any certified procedure or take-home kit that is customised just for you is designed to keep you safe while whitening your teeth.

How long does teeth whitening last?

How long teeth whitening lasts is dependent on several factors including: how you go about whitening your teeth, how much stain-heavy food and drink you consume after whitening your teeth, and how well you take care of your overall oral hygiene.

Whitening provided by your dentist is generally the most long lasting and can last between 12 and 24 months. The effects of treatment provided in the dentist chair are immediate and you should notice whiter teeth as soon the whitening is completed. This look can fade over time and stains may develop again. 

Regular teeth brushing with a special whitening toothbrush and whitening toothpaste can help maintain the effects of a teeth whitening procedure.

Any stain-heavy food and drink will limit the long-term benefits of a teeth whitening procedure. Tea, coffee, red wine, lollies and colour-heavy food all have the potential to stain your teeth and should be avoided.

How much does teeth whitening cost?  

The cost of teeth whitening can vary between dental professionals and the service you require. 

A professional procedure by your dentist or dental professional may be the costliest, but it will also be the safest and most effective. This is followed by a dentist-provided take-home whitening kit.

It’s a good idea to speak to us here at Gold Coast Smiles or any dental professional before starting any teeth whitening procedure. We will be able to help you find the best way forward for your teeth and your budget.

(information sourced from Phillips Oral Healthcare)

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New Staff Members Join the Gold Coast Smiles team

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New Staff Members Join the Gold Coast Smiles team

Welcome our new Dental Therapist – Natasha Retallick

Natasha Retallick graduated from the University of Queensland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Oral Health. Since graduating Natasha has practiced in the public and private sectors on the Gold Coast and rural outback Queensland. Natasha has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of Melbourne, giving her full adult restorative scope as well.

As a clinician, Natasha is meticulous with her attention to detail. Not only does she strive to deliver the highest quality in patient care, but she also shows patients genuine care and empathy. In particular, Natasha is passionate about children’s dentistry and the prevention of periodontal disease.

Outside of work Natasha has a 3 year old fur-baby named Milo and likes gardening with succulents.

Welcome our new Dental Nurse – Belinda Kristalyn

Belinda joins Gold Coast Smiles with excellent experience and nowldge in dentistry.  She has a keen interest in the Invisalign process and is happily undergoing treatment herself at present so can share her own experiences.  

Belinda has lived and worked on the Gold Coast for most of her life enjoying the beach, spending time with her family and going to the gym.

 

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What age should a child first visit a dentist?

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What age should a child first visit a dentist?

The sooner children begin regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early dentist visits help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which may lead to pain, trouble concentrating or other medical issues. Young children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.

It is important to establish good oral hygiene from a young age and here at Gold Coast Smiles, we are here to help make this happen with your child.

Dr Nick has been looking after the dental hygiene of young children for a long time, with four of his own children, so understands the fears some children may experience. He makes sure visiting the dentist is a fun experience where children feel comfortable and at ease with his easy-going, friendly nature. Establishing good dental hygiene practices when you are young, makes a huge difference to future dental health.

A common question amongst parents is “When should my child visit a dentist for the first time?”. There are no hard and fast rules, but the first visit should occur as young as two years old. This way your child can acquaint themselves with the dental environment, their dentist, other staff at the practice, the dental chair, and some of the instruments a dentist may use. This is a great time to talk to a child about good dental hygiene at home as well and start those lifelong practices of looking after their teeth.

After that first visit, your child should visit the dentist at least twice a year.  We can monitor their teeth and be proactive in their care. There is no use waiting until a problem has occurred. Often issues can be prevented before they happen.

There are common issues which may occur in young children, including tooth decay, cavities, damage caused by knocks, thumb sucking, bad breath, gum disease and teeth grinding. We are here to minimise any of these problems and prevent them from becoming an adult problem as well.

The importance of good dental hygiene at home

Good oral hygiene is so important for children to help prevent future dental issues, such as cavities, infection, pain and overcrowding due to tooth loss. To help you establish good oral hygiene and care with your child, they need a great dental routine at home. At Gold Coast Smiles, we can help your child start the journey to good oral health.

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Are sports drinks bad for dental health?

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Are sports drinks bad for dental health?

Unfortunately sports drinks are full of sugar and acids which over time can cause tooth erosion and decay. Marketers have been very clever in their promotion of sports drinks as a way to improve sports performance. Unfortunately, unless you are an elite athlete there is little benefit. Sports drinks like anything can be consumed in moderation, but there are more affective ways to stay hydrated.

The best way to stay hydrated after sweating it out in the gym or on the sports field is still…….water. Water is free straight out of the tap, and deals with dehydration in no time at all. And in Australia, our water also contains fluoride which has been proven to protect teeth and reduce decay.

One quick way of seeing what is contained in sports drinks and softdrinks is to have a quick read of the label. 

Labels will often not use the words ‘sugar’ or ‘acid’ so it is important to look for alternatives like the following. For instance, sugar may be honey, rice syrup or even organic dehydrated cane juice. For acidity look for citric acid (a flavor enhancer) or “sodium benzoate” (a preserving agent). As a general rule if an ingredient ends in an “ate”, it’s an acidic preservative of some kind.

These simple things to look for will help determine foods and drinks which are good for the health of your teeth and gums and will help you stay at the top of your sporting game.

If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to ask Dr Nick next time you are have your dental check up. 

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Oral health is important when keeping Fit & Healthy

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Oral health is important when keeping Fit & Healthy

Did you know that oral health has a mjor impact on our overall health? We often think about staying healthy as eating well and exercising to keep fit but we need to throw in oral health for overall wellbeing.

Gum diease has been linked to pneumonia, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and exacerbated diabetes symptoms. This is why maintaining a good dental routine of brushing twice a day, flossing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis is important.

Unfortunately some lifestyle choices may affect the health of your teeth including smoking, some medications, drug use, tongue and lip piercing and stress.

To maintain good overall health, it is important to look after your oral health.

At Gold Coast Smiles we make a plan for your oral health for life. We like to see all patiemts at least once every 6 months so we stay on top of your oral health neeeds and keep you motivated to maintain good detal hygiene. We look forward to welcoming you into the Gold Coast Smiles family.

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Why teaching kids good oral health is important

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Why teaching kids good oral health is important

When it comes to teaching kids good oral health routines, the earlier, the better is the rule. You can start right from when your child gets their first teeth. Begin by using a small toothbrush to get around into the mouth. This can be practiced both morning and night which helps to create good habits at a young age to carry though as they get older.

It is important for children to visit a dentist by the age of four or five years. But of course they are welcome to visit earlier to get them used to the dentist and for them to feel comfortable knowing it is not a scarey place.

It is important not to threaten kids with a visit to the dentist if they don’t brush their teeth properly. This creates an impression that seeing the dentist is a negative thing and is some kind of punishment.

By making oral hygiene fun this will definitely help in creating lifelong good practices. Instilling a good oral hygiene routine at a young age should last them the rest of their life. It then becomes a normal part of their day-day-to-day routine.

We look forward to welcoming the young members of your family to Gold Coast Smiles.

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What is Invisalign?

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to wire braces and can be used by both teens and adults.

The Invisalign System is a virtually invisible and hygienic orthodontic treatment that uses an innovative approach to effectively straighten teeth. This system uses a series of custom-made removable aligners created for you and only you.

These aligners are made of a virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth to gradually move them to the ideal position. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them, allowing you to keep your lifestyle during treatment.

It is available through Invisalign-trained doctors who determine the treatment plan. 

Contact Gold Coast Smiles for your treatment plan.

Invisalign is the future of beautiful teeth. No longer do you need to put up with the discomfort or look of metal braces. With Invisalign you can enjoy the smile you have always wanted.

We offer a free consultation, so you feel comfortable with the process and you can make an informed decision whether Invisalign is right for you.

We also offer various payment options, so you feel comfortable you can complete the treatment without feeling any financial burdens.

Talk to us today.

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Keeping a Healthy Smile

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Keeping a Healthy Smile

Prevention is the key to a healthy smile. It is important to become a regular dental attender to ensure you maintain optimal dental health. Visiting the dentist at least every 6 months will ensure you maintain a healthy mouth.

During these routine visits a dentist may:

  • provide a general dental check up
  • carry out scaling and fluoride treatment
  • conduct diagnostic x-rays to check the roots and in-between teeth for decay or abnormality
  • check soft tissue
  • check jaw joints
  • check health of gums

A common dental treatment is the use of fillings. Fillings replace missing tooth structure due to decay or breakage of the tooth. At Gold Coast Smiles we use composite (white fillings) which gives a hard-wearing, durable and pleasantly aesthetic appearance. Being tooth coloured these fillings are matched to the existing enamel and can barely be seen in the mouth. They provide the perfect bond to enamel and are easily repaired if chipped or broken.

Don’t wait until you are in pain or have extensive damage. Visit a dentist and they will provide a complete plan for long life optimal dental health.

Dr Nick and his team at Gold Coast Smiles understand how busy people can be and offer out-of-hours consultations as well to give you that flexibility with visits.

Having a dentist, you can trust to deliver modern, pain-free dentistry, who you feel comfortable with and who genuinely cares about you and your family is what Gold Coast Smiles guarantees. You will find once you have this level of confidence, 6-monthly visits will become routine.

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COVID-19 Update 12 May 2020

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COVID-19 Update 12 May 2020

We are OPEN for all general treatments!

Under level 1 restrictions, all dental treatments using standard precautions for people who do not meet epidemiological or clinical risk factors for COVID-19 infection transmission are permitted. In the clinical setting, however, differences will remain from the ‘business as usual’ scenario as it existed in the pre-COVID era, including:

  • Continued screening of patients for clinical symptoms and epidemiological factors
  • Removal of magazines, books and children’s toys from waiting rooms
  • Social distancing in the waiting room and other non-clinical areas

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COVID-19 Update 26 March 2020

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COVID-19 Update 26 March 2020

The Australian Dental Association Queensland has provided guidance for all dental practices during this unprecedented time as the spread of COVID-19 continues. The priority of the association is to ensure practitioners, patients and staff are safe and to minimise transmission of the novel coronavirus in dental settings and, in turn, the community.

Following the direction of the ADA Queensland, Gold Coast Smiles will close for general dentistry as of today, 26 March.

It is important for us to provide continuity of care for our patients during this time therefore we are offering the following support:

  • Phone support where we may be able to assist remotely: (07) 5576 6050
  • The clinic will open for emergency procedures if required
  • Referral will be offered to a general practitioner where sustained pain relief may be required

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COVID-19 Update 24 March 2020

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COVID-19 Update 24 March 2020

We are currently open for business and adhering to the new Australian Dental Association guidelines for dental treatment during a pandemic. At this stage we are working at a level 2 protocol and screening all patients prior to treatment.

  1. Have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days?
  2. Have you been in contact with anyone who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days?
  3. To your knowledge have you been exposed to anyone in isolation suspected of having the COVID 19 virus?
  4. In the last few days have you experienced any of the following symptoms:
    • Sore throat
    • Dry cough
    • High temperature

5. Do you work in an aged care facility?

Limited dental care for emergency / urgent cases is available for all aged and residential care patients.

We have made recommended schedule changes to allow time for increased cross infection practice in common areas and limitations to ensure social distancing.

We request the following from all patients:

  • Please arrive at your appointment time ( please refrain from coming early)
  • As an adult patient please attend alone without children
  • As a child please have only one parent in attendance and no siblings

Changes are happening rapidly and we are keeping updated with the rules and regulations from the ADA and Queensland Health.

Should we reach Level 3 Protocol we will be unable to see patients for routine dental care. Only those who meet  strict epidemiological criteria will be seen for emergency dental care.

Should our practice be forced to close due to the level of risk, we will be available via phone and email to advise and facilitate any dental concerns you may have.

If you suspect you have COVID-19 or you are in insolation but have  a dental emergency please contact Queensland Health.

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COVID-19 Important Update from Gold Coast Smiles

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COVID-19 Important Update from Gold Coast Smiles

The impacts of COVID-19 ( also known as Coronavirus ) continue to evolve across Queensland, Australia and the rest of the globe.

At Gold Coast Smiles we take the safety of our staff and patients very seriously. Challenging times such as this mean we need to take even greater care to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers.

We will remain vigilant in following the guidelines from Queensland Health and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and will act immediately on any direction provided with regards to operating our practice.

At this stage we are open for business and working to ensure all our patients have access to emergency and regular dental care.

We have strict infection control standards for procedures which provide surety for the health and wellbeing of all patients. You can feel comfortable that you are in an extremely clean and sterile environment.

Extra measures have been implemented to screen all patients before entering the practice. This includes the following questions at the time of making an appointment.

  1. Have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days?
  2. Have you been in contact with anyone who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days?
  3. To your knowledge have you been exposed to anyone in isolation suspected of having the COVID 19 virus?
  4. In the last few days have you experienced any of the following symptoms:
    • Sore throat
    • Dry cough
    • High temperature
    • Diarrhea

If any of the answers are ‘yes’ or someone has experienced any of the symptoms listed, we kindly ask that they refrain from attending the practice for the safety and wellbeing of our staff and patients.

Our appointments are set with a minimum of 10 minutes between patients to guarantee a thorough clean of all areas of the practice. This includes all common areas, surfaces, door handles, chairs and bathrooms.

Patients will also now rinse with 1% hydrogen peroxide solution before each appointment as an extra precaution.

Thank you for your understanding and helping to keep Gold Coast Smiles and fellow patients safe, and for supporting our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of hygiene and safety.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the practice on (07) 5576 6050.

** This article explains what COVID-19 is and how it is spread.

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Preventative Dentistry is the Key to a Healthy Smile

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Preventative Dentistry is the Key to a Healthy Smile

Our lives are so busy with everything we must fit into our day, our weeks and even months. Some things are left that we know we will “get around to it” and before we know it, months or years have passed. This is what often occurs with dental health. It is not until we experience dental discomfort that we are reminded we haven’t been to the dentist for a while.

It is time to add regular dental check-ups to your calendar for yourself and your family.

To maintain good dental health, it is encouraged to attend your dentist every 6 months for the following routine treatments:

  • General check up
  • Scaling and fluoride treatment
  • Diagnostic x-rays
  • Soft tissue checks
  • Jaw join check
  • Gum health

Dr Nick and his team at Gold Coast Smiles understand how busy people can be and offer out-of-hours consultations as well to give you that flexibility with visits.

Having a dentist, you can trust to deliver modern, pain-free dentistry, who you feel comfortable with and who genuinely cares about you and your family is what Gold Coast Smiles guarantees. You will find once you have this level of confidence, 6-monthly visits will become routine.

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Managing Dental Anxiety

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Managing Dental Anxiety

If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. It is a universal phenomenon.

We use the term ‘dental anxiety’ when someone has anxiety, stress or even fear when going to see a dentist. This anxiety may result in delaying going or avoiding treatment altogether.

There are many reasons why some people experience dental anxiety. Some of the common reasons include:

  • Fear of pain. Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This fear is often a result of an early dental experience that was unpleasant or painful.
  • Fear of injections or fear the injection won’t work. Many people are terrified of needles, let alone having one inserted into their mouth. Beyond this fear, others fear that the anaesthesia hasn’t yet taken effect or wasn’t a large enough dose to eliminate any pain before the dental procedure begins.
  • Embarrassment and loss of personal space. Many people feel uncomfortable about the physical closeness of the dentist or assistant to their face. Others may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odours.

Avoiding the dentist can result in the worsening of dental disease, a greater need for emergency care or more complex treatment. It can also increase the dental anxiety.

Regular dental check-ups, cleans and screening X-rays can prevent dental disease and help the dentist find any problems early, so that simpler and less invasive treatments are needed.

By avoiding going to the dentist, not only are you more likely to need more complex treatments when you do finally attend, but you are also missing out on learning how to better care for your oral health.

At Gold Coast Smiles we are aware that some of our clients may initially come to us feeling some sort of anxiety. We ensure we do everything to make the experience pleasant and that any fears are addressed and alleviated. After the first visit to Gold Coast Smiles, clients feel confident to book their 6-monthly checks.

Some of the coping techniques people may use include:

  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Distraction (such as listening to music or the use of TV screens)
  • General anesthesia
  • Happy gas

Happy gas or laughing gas, nitrous oxide can help people relax during dental treatment. A mask is fitted to your face, and you breathe a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. It takes effect within a few minutes and wears off quickly.

You will feel relaxed but will still be awake. You can talk to the dentist and hear what they say to you.

At Gold Coat Smiles, we have invested in the best leading-edge technology because we believe our clients deserve the best care with the least stress. From TV entertainment above the chair to modern and compassionate pain management, we believe in your comfort.

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New Alternative to Wire Braces

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New Alternative to Wire Braces

Invisalign is the new alternative to wire braces and can be used by both teens and adults.

The Invisalign System is a virtually invisible and hygienic orthodontic treatment that uses an innovative approach to effectively straighten teeth.

This system uses a series of custom-made removable aligners created for you and only you. The aligners are made of a virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth to gradually move them to the ideal position. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them, allowing you to maintain your lifestyle during treatment.

Why would you choose to use Invisalign?

There are many problems people may face where Invisalign could be the perfect solution, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Excessive spacing between teeth
  • Malocclusions which include a range of irregular biting patterns
  • Narrow arch / smile
  • Lack of confidence and emotional wellness caused by perceived facial appearance
  • Relapse of treatment from previous procedures

How does Invisalign solve these problems?

The aligners are custom designed and built specifically for each individual, using the latest digital technology. By using a series of aligners, you will experience a gradual movement of teeth which can correct crowding, improve spacing, prevent malocclusions, decrease relapse, broaden smiles and give you more confidence knowing your teeth look great.

Both teenagers and adults are choosing Invisalign for their orthodontic solution in preference to metal braces due to the ease of use, the more acceptable appearance and for those who are physically active, having a mouthguard fitted over the aligners is simple.

Invisalign is not the best option for everyone and some may still choose metal braces which we are able to fit and maintain at Gold Coast Smiles. These options are best discussed at an appointment.

Gold Coast Smiles offers some great options for you to start your journey to a better smile right now.

  • Flexible appointment times including after-hours, weekends and same-day emergencies
  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable practitioner
  • Competitive pricing and tailored payment plans
  • Family-owned business where you are a person and not a number

To learn more about Invisalign and the options you can explore for yourself or your children, click to view our webpage or give the practice a call to have your queries or concerns answered.

Contact Gold Coast Smiles on (07) 5576 6050.

Consultations for orthodontics are free at Gold Coast Smiles, so no risk to make that call today.

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