Our primary focus is to ensure all our patients are empowered with knowledge and have made all our FAQs readily available
Browse our most frequently asked questions to gain a greater insight into our dental treatments and what we can achieve for you.
There is a common misconception that your braces will be tightened during your regular oral health check-ups. This is, in fact, not the case. Instead of tightening your braces, what your dentist is actually doing is adjusting your braces to fit more snuggly inside the brackets. This allows your teeth to gradually continue to move. With this being said, these adjustments may occur during every appointment, and some appointments they might not. It is up to your orthodontist to determine whether or not you are in need of an adjustment.
If your mouth feels tender after your braces have been tightened, you can have peace of mind that this will subside after a few days. In the meantime, you may find it helpful to take over-the-counter pain medication to help ease the discomfort. Prescription pain killers in this scenario are unnecessary. You should also opt for soft foods at mealtimes so as not to exasperate the situation. Smoothies and shakes can be great options in this sense.
Frequent follow-up appointments are necessary when you have braces. This is because your dentist will be making important adjustments to your treatment during these appointments. Your dentist will also be replacing the rubber bands as well as checking the progress of your teeth and your bite. They will make sure that your teeth are moving in the right directions. Skipping follow-ups can be counter-productive to your progress and hinder your treatment from running on schedule.
They can be. Traditional braces placed on a teenager would be no different from traditional braces placed on an adult. The difference may come in with regards to treatment time as adults may require longer treatment.
The main factor influencing how long you’ll be in treatment is the severity of your case and the type of skeletal and dental issues that need to be addressed. This differs greatly from patient to patient. The length of time required for your orthodontic treatment will also depend on your age as adults typically require longer treatments.
Yes. Although it is important that a child has their adult teeth prior to having their braces placed. In saying this, there are various interceptive orthodontic treatments that can be used on selected children even before all of their adult teeth have erupted.
Yes. Braces are not just for kids, they are a suitable orthodontic treatment for children and adults alike, delivering fantastic results when treatment is delivered by an experienced clinician.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces. They differ, however, based on their placement. Lingual braces are placed on the inside on the teeth making them more discreet than traditional braces.
No. There are alternative orthodontic methods such as clear aligners. Unlike braces, they are virtually invisible and are also removable. Your orthodontist will be able to determine which treatment is suitable for your specific case and whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the various alternative treatments.
If you are generally in good oral health, you may only need to visit the hygienist twice a year. If, however, you have gum disease or are prone to decay, you may need to make more frequent appointments.
Yes. Particularly if you are experiencing tartar build-up. Tartar is very difficult to remove at home and can best be removed via a professional cleaning. If left, tartar can progress to gum disease, leading to wobbly teeth, and tooth decay.
If you are diligent about your oral hygiene at home, this is great! However, this does not mean you are exempt from the need to visit an oral hygienist. Your oral hygienist can help ensure that your teeth are in the best health and cleanliness that they can be and can detect early signs of things going wrong.
At Marriott & Hand we use tooth-coloured fillings for optimal results
Amalgam fillings have been used in dental care for over 100 years, however with recent studies putting amalgam under the spotlight for its mercury content and environmentally harmful alloy components, at Marriott & Hand we prefer tooth coloured restorations.
With the ability to be colour-matched to the shade of your tooth, and with a composite resin material that lasts for up to 10 years, it is easy to see why we (and our patients) prefer tooth coloured restorations.
There are many different factors that can lead to tooth discolouration
While sometimes tooth discolouration can be caused by illness, medication or a damaged nerve, typically tooth discolouration is caused by what you decide to eat or drink. The consumption of:
- Red Wine
- Soft drink
Can all adversely affect the colour of your smile, so it is important to refrain from consuming the above where possible.
At Marriott & Hand, we utilise high-quality tooth whitening treatments that will help you achieve a rejuvenated and youthful looking smile without hassle.
Bleeding gums are a primary indication of periodontal (gum) disease
If you notice blood during or after brushing/flossing your teeth, it is important to book an appointment at our Melbourne dental practice, as this is an initial symptom of gingivitis, which if left untreated can become severe periodontitis. This usually results in poor oral health and even tooth loss!
At Marriott & Hand in Melbourne we are committed to helping you achieve total oral health, and with periodontal disease being linked to other illnesses in the body, such as diabetes, respiratory issues, stroke and dementia, it has never been more important to take care of your oral health.
After a tooth extraction, you can expect to experience a few symptoms.
Firstly, the area will be tender and sensitive. You may feel some mild pain for the next few days around the site and the jaw area for the next few days. This may be accompanied by headaches. You may feel some pain for the first few hours after the extraction as the anaesthetic wears off. You will experience bleeding for the first few hours as well as gum swelling.
If left untreated it can take several weeks or a month to completely heal. Because it isn’t an infection, you don’t need to take antibiotics. A topical anaesthetic or painkiller may be advisable to soothe the pain. Your dentist will be able to give you adequate guidance for healing from dry socket.
Gums tend to heal quickly. It can usually take up to 2 weeks to heal unless the wound continues to re-open or becomes infected. This could lead to complications which can cause the healing process to take longer.
Bringing your child to visit us when their first tooth erupts or by their second birthday will help us form a strong and amiable dental relationship
Building rapport with young children is an important building block to ensure your child maintains a good view on dental health. By bringing in your child early, we are able to track their oral health as they develop, and diagnose any issues before they become serious.
Yes, at Marriott & Hand, we cater for anxious patients
Dental fear or anxiety is a common problem amongst many Australians, and in order to ensure all our patients receive the dental care they need, we offer sedation techniques to help them relax in the dental chair.
By providing options such as Penthrox, an inhalant that helps relax your nerves, and general anaesthetic so you can be completely sedate during treatment, we have ensured that all our patients can receive the dental care they need and deserve.
The development of your child’s primary (also known as ‘milk’) teeth will be the foundation of how their adult teeth will erupt and function later in life.
This is why, if your child’s teeth are crooked or their bite is misaligned, we may recommend orthodontic treatment to help realign your child’s teeth or jaw to solve any bite issues. Early intervention can help treat any issues early, and allows us to monitor your child’s progress as the treatment continues.
At Marriott & Hand we understand there is nothing quite like a natural tooth, but we offer the second-best thing
Dental implants are now becoming more commonly placed to help restore a single lost tooth or indeed multiple missing teeth. Once the implant site has healed, a dental crown is then placed over the implant to complete the procedure, and you have what looks, feels and acts just like one of your own. More importantly, unlike a denture, it doesn’t need removing to be cleaned; in fact it can’t be removed!
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal treatment is no more painful than receiving a regular filling
With advancements in dental care, treatments and technology, root canal therapy has become no more painful than receiving a normal dental filling. Unfortunately, because of conventional methods that are no longer used, root canal therapy still suffers the stigma of being a harsh, painful treatment. At Marriott & Hand we will do whatever we can to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed during treatment, and even offer sedation treatment for those who suffer dental anxiety.
Veneers made of both porcelain and composite resin are designed to address a variety of issues; this article only covers porcelain veneers. They can be used in a variety of cases including discoloured teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or those that have irregular gaps in between them. Although the veneer won’t correct the problem, it will mask it, giving you a more radiant smile. As the veneers are applied to the front of the teeth, they can hide myriad of problems, including cracked or uneven teeth.
The veneers themselves are constructed out of waver-thin shells of ceramic material. In addition to these porcelain veneers, there are also composite resin veneers available which are quicker to fix but not as hard-wearing. Once your dentist has done the necessary preparation to your teeth, using a mould of your mouth, technicians create a replica of your teeth on which the veneers will be constructed. This intricate process usually takes around two to four weeks, during which time some patients wear provisional acrylic veneers.
First, each veneer is tried on to the tooth to make sure it fits correctly and that the colour matches your natural tooth colour. Once the veneer is perfect, the dentist applies a special cement to fix it into position. A powerful light is then used to activate the ingredients in the
cement and create a permanent bond between the tooth and veneer.
Now you have a bright smile to share with the world, you’ll want to maintain it with a regular routine of good oral hygiene. Regular brushing is the first step to keeping your veneers in good condition, and a whitening toothpaste can help prevent staining. Dentists at Marriott and Hand also recommend avoiding food and drinks that can cause discolouration, such as red wine, soda and coffee.
Although porcelain veneers do eventually start to show signs of damage due to general wear and tear. If you look after your veneers carefully, they could last you a lifetime, although conservative estimates suggest most porcelain veneers last for between 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers are more prone to chipping and generally last less than eight years.
Most of us snore from time to time, especially if we’ve got a blocked nose or are suffering with sinus problems. Snoring occurs when the muscles around the airways relax too much during the night and begin to vibrate as we inhale and exhale. It is this vibration that causes the noisy breathing and, by opening the airways, your dentist can help you and your loved ones get a better night’s rest.
There are a few indications that you might be suffering from sleep apnoea, the first of which is snoring. As sleep apnoea is caused by an obstruction in the airway, many sufferers snore or have trouble breathing at night. This, combined with persistent tiredness and frequently waking up with a headache, are the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnoea and sufferers should consult a dentist for more advice on treatment and control.
Before recommending any treatment, most dentists will conduct a sleep assessment to gather more information about your sleeping patterns. Your medical doctor can arrange a suitable referral. There are several ways of treating Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA); dentists can provide one of the most effective and highly portable ones. Call us and make a time for further discussion about your, or your partner’s problem!
In addition to the treatments available from your dentist, you can also make certain changes to your lifestyle to combat the sleep disruptions caused by snoring. Drinking less alcohol before bed, losing weight and giving up smoking can all have a dramatic effect on your snoring problem. Trying to sleep on your side instead of your back will also help as will a hot shower before bed as it helps to open up the airways.
Tooth discolouration can be caused by a number of factors, including smoking, and consuming certain foods and drinks such as curries, tea, coffee, red wine etc. Other factors that can contribute to discolouration include age, genetics, medications, certain diseases, and dental fillings.
Teeth whitening treatments are suitable for people who experience cosmetic discolouration that affects the outside of the teeth. Some people suffer an internal discolouration of teeth caused mainly by being given a particular antibiotic whilst the teeth were forming; tooth whitening for these unfortunate individuals does not generally produce great results. If a tooth whitening treatment is not appropriate for you, other options may include dental veneers, crowns, inlays, and outlays.
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth in order to conceal imperfections and improve the appearance of your smile. They may be used to treat a number of issues, including to conceal gaps and chipped teeth, straighten teeth, balance a misaligned smile, rejuvenate discoloured teeth, and lengthen worn or eroded teeth. Made from porcelain, veneers are custom-made and are designed to match the shade of your natural teeth.
Gum disease is usually described as the swelling of your gums. If you are suffering from it, you may also find that your gums have turned a darker shade than their usual, healthy pink.
In the early stages, you may not even be aware that you are suffering from it! However, you may have some sensitivity in the area and your gums may bleed when brushing or flossing.
Gum disease is a matter of ensuring that plaque does not build up on your teeth. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day will help to keep your gums healthy.