How to prevent coffee stains on teeth (for coffee lovers!)

For many Australians coffee is a pick-me-up, an excuse to catch up with friends, a source of comfort before work and a provider of energy after the gym. Coffee simply makes us feel good. It gives you the energy and confidence to pump out work quickly and reach new heights in your professional life.

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Are straight teeth the ultimate treatment for sleep deprivation?

How many times have you turned up to a job interview, first date or important meeting with puffy eyes and a light head? Felt your concentration slip whilst talking, stumbled over your words and known that there was no way you could recover?

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What's The Best Health Insurance For Orthodontics?

Technology has come a long way over the last few years, making today’s braces more discreet, comfortable and easy to fit into your lifestyle than ever before. It's no wonder many people are opting to change their smile as adults.

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How To Build Confidence By Improving Your Self Image

Another year begins, and once again we come face to face with what we like about ourselves and what we want to change. While it’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions to cut down on unhealthy foods and to exercise more, improving self image is about more than how we appear to others. It’s about improving the way we see ourselves, and accepting what we can’t change.

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Summer Beauty Essentials For Aussie Brides To Be

Every bride is beautiful, and it’s no secret that most women look their absolute best on their wedding day. However, not everyone realises getting that radiant bridal glow and a stunning smile means having a trusted beauty routine in the works long before your big day.

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The Unsung Advantages Of Adult Braces

Does the thought of adult braces put a frown on your face? Truth is, it’s not as scary as it seems. While taking the plunge with adult orthodontia might be daunting, it sure has a lot of perks!

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Your Guide To Getting Wedding Ready On A Timeline

Everyone wants to look and feel their very best at their wedding. Truth is, getting wedding ready isn’t all about hitting the gym or whipping up a bridal workout plan — though that’s one helpful step. It’s about taking care of your body by pursuing a healthier life, so ultimately you can unwind, celebrate and make the most of your big day.

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Fun Ways To Celebrate Your Long Engagement NOW!

An engagement is always a cause for celebration. It’s an exciting step towards a new life together! Though for those whose weddings are months and years down the track, sometimes the thrill seems to ebb over time.

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Are Metal Braces For Adults Really The Way To Go?

Gone are the days when braces were seen as awkward ‘metal mouth’ contraptions sported solely by teenagers. With adults now making up to 20% of braces wearers, our society increasingly understands that having a beautiful, healthy pair of pearly whites will benefit you for life.

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Why You Need To Change Your Skincare Routine In Winter

Our skin is an important indicator of our overall health and wellbeing - and even though it’s the body’s largest and most visible organ, the reality is that it can easily get taken for granted. You skin needs its share of TLC too – particularly during winter’s cold temperatures and harsh winds.

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Is My Problem Functional Or Aesthetic?

Your smile has a huge impact on your quality of life, but orthodontics can offer much more than straight teeth – as great as these may be!

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How Sleep Impacts Your Confidence

Have you ever had a rough night’s sleep and woken up the next day feeling less than confident? An average sleep can result in more than just a 3pm slump, a caffeine overdose and the inability to concentrate. It can also leave you feeling a bit average about yourself.

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5 Hearty Soups You Can Whip Up This Winter

Winter has come! There’s no better time than now for a bowl of hearty, delicious soup to help warm you up from the inside out.

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Best Winter Exercises To Keep In Shape When It's Cold

We are lucky at Inner West Orthodontics to have a great relationship with other health based professionals. Today's blog post is brought to you by Bec Chambers - Fitness guru and all round lifestyle genius. She'll take you through staying fit through the cooler months, and maintain a healthy mind and body. Over to Bec!

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3 Confident Teens Pursuing Their Dreams

Do you ever feel like your lack of confidence is holding you back? Building confidence as a teenager can be a challenge when there are so many negative influences, like many mainstream media, in our lives.

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5 Immune Boosting Superfoods to Superpower Your Day

Living a healthy lifestyle while managing the demands of a busy week can be a challenge for a lot of families. The question remains of how to consistently dish up delicious meals that’ll give you energy for the day, enrich your diet and help keep you healthier. Having worked as a Sydney orthodontist for many years, I’m conscious of how much healthy teeth are shaped by a healthy diet.

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Why Do I Need Braces Again?

For all those adults who rocked braces through their teens, the concept of getting braces again is a loaded question. Why would someone go through the trouble of going for “brace face 2.0”?

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What You Need For The Fastest Braces Treatment Time

When you’ve invested the time and the money into your new smile, it makes sense to get excited. We all want to waste no time in showing off those pearly whites to the world as soon as possible!

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The Best Recipes For Incognito Braces

We know that living with braces can seem inconvenient at times, especially if you’ve recently had them fitted. Many people struggle at first to figure out what to eat with incognito braces as a lot of the things they may have eaten in the past are suddenly off the menu.

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What Are Damon Braces?

With so many styles of braces available these days, you'd be forgiven for getting confused by what’s what. While most patients are familiar with traditional metal braces, technology has come a long way since then ― providing patients with a much wider range of treatment options for achieving that sought-after smile.

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Are Sinus Related Problems Related To Needing Braces?

Sometimes when patients get braces to fix a crooked smile, we find that it’s not their teeth that’s the initial cause of their problem. Following an initial consultation and routine x-rays of the mouth and jaw, it's not uncommon to discover an underlying medical issue. Sinus-related problems (such as stuffy noses or breathing difficulties) are a prime example of this.

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Sleep Your Way To Better Health

We all know how bad it feels to struggle through the day after a poor night’s sleep. In the short term, without enough sleep we feel lethargic, cranky and have difficulty concentrating. In the long term, however, lack of sleep can cause significant damage to our overall health.

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8 Braces Myths That Just Aren't True

We’ve all heard the braces myths - the ones that the movies love to make fun of and have people signing up for braces in fear. There can be a lot of mystery around braces before you’re sitting in the chair getting sized up by the orthodontist - so how do you drive out the right information for you and leave behind the myths about getting braces?

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How To Rock Braces Your First Day Back

It’s nearing the end of the Summer holidays. You’ve survived your first Christmas with braces and you’re already starting to see your teeth change position. It’s been a really great experience so far, and you’re glad you made the choice to get braces.

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Bruxism Treatment: How to Stop Teeth Grinding

You may be surprised to know that bruxism (or teeth grinding) is a common issue which affects many people at some point in life, even if they don’t realise it. Most of the time it’s not a problem and goes away on its own — particularly if brought on by temporary circumstances such as illness, medication or stress. But left untreated, bruxism can cause serious health issues in the long term.

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How To Find The Right Orthodontist For You

Have you been thinking about braces or how you can improve the appearance of your smile? No matter how minor your concern, it’s best to find an Orthodontist and get some advice to see if treatment is right for you. But who’s the best Orthodontist in Sydney to go with?

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Planning For Christmas With Braces

Living with braces can be difficult at any time of year, but over the holiday season it can be particularly tricky! With so many delicious treats on offer, you can find yourself tempted by foods that you don’t come across in your usual day-to-day. Whether you have traditional metal braces, ceramic or Invisalign ® braces, the reality is that you need to be careful about what you eat. As tempting as it can be to break the rules and indulge, the last thing you want is to ruin your holiday by having a problem with your braces at Christmas.

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Should I Get Health Insurance For Braces?

Getting braces is a big commitment. For those who weren't born with perfect teeth (and let's be honest — few of us are), braces can mean a significant investment of both time and money. But what many patients don't realise is how affordable braces really are — especially given the range of treatment and financing options out there.

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Fast Track Braces In Time For Your Wedding

It's one of the most special days you and your partner will share together. You'll remember this day forever. That's why you're probably investing so much time, money and stress (the good kind of stress, that is) into making sure your wedding day goes perfectly.

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Why Smiling Makes You Happy - The Science Of Smiling

Smiling is a universal gesture. No matter where you are in the world or the language you speak, the act of smiling crosses cultural barriers. In fact, it’s one of the most instantly recognised and understood tools of communication we know.

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Get A Promotion By Getting Braces (And A Confidence Boost!)

Impressing your bosses and landing that big promotion is about more than just hard work. Of course, if you want to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder to the next level you need to cover the basics: meet your deadlines, achieve results, get along with your co-workers, be reliable and keep your skills up to date. But when it comes time to get a promotion, no matter how well we do our job... sometimes there’s something holding us back.

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Exam Stress: How To Manage The HSC

It’s finally here - term 4 - and exam stress is setting in for teens across the nation. Academic stress is a very real pressure and we know you are facing it head on as we head into October. We thought we’d give you some tips on stress management to prepare you for the worst of it, and to avoid those last minute all nighters.

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Problem Skin Care Tips For Teens

While there's certainly more important things to worry about in the world than physical appearance, there's no denying that the way you look plays a huge role in your confidence. Many teens struggle with their self esteem because they're unhappy with things like the appearance of their skin, their weight and their smile.

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How To Be More Confident (While You're Wearing Braces)

Decades ago, braces were synonymous with clunky, uncomfortable metal contraptions that shone like beacons to high school bullies. But fast-forward to 2015, and braces no longer come with that social stigma. In fact, nowadays everyone from movie stars to pop icons know the benefits of smiling and wearing braces. Braces are so common now we don’t even notice people wearing them!

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Easy Free Exercise Tips For Teenagers

It seems as though teenagers these days have more commitments and demands on their time than past generations did. It's a hectic schedule; balancing homework, exams and friends ( while also staying on top of your social media)  and leaves little time to think about what exercise is best for teens on the go!

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Teenage Health Tips From A Nutritionist

Confidence is about taking care of yourself all-round, from your teeth to your toes. That means keeping active, engaging and challenging your brain, and staying social (and by that we mean in person, not just on screen). But healthy eating is also a major ingredient in maintaining a high self esteem; and maintaining our health as teenagers is one of the easiest ways to make ourselves look and feel good.

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Is It Too Late For Braces?

Is it too late to get braces? Patients are sometimes concerned that, as adults, they've lost the opportunity to fix their smile. Fortunately, this is not the case — it’s actually never too late to get braces. No matter what your situation or dental ailment, braces can still be considered as an effective treatment option.

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Will Teeth Grinding Affect My Braces?

Also known as bruxism, tooth grinding is a common dental issue that can be experienced by anyone at any time in their life. At Inner West Orthodontics, we often see patients who come in complaining of problems caused through habitual teeth grinding. Just as frequently, we come across patients who grind their teeth subconsciously and have no idea they’re doing so — until we actually see the physical damage it’s done to their teeth.

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Why Invisalign Braces? Why Not?

Braces have come along way from those embarrassing 'metal mouth' contraptions you might remember your school friends sporting, decades ago. Although traditional metal braces are still the most common solution when it comes to correcting severe dental problems, contemporary orthodontic treatments like Invisalign braces are now available - and make the prospect of having braces far less daunting.

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Sensitive Teeth - Will Braces Make Them Worse?

Are you considering braces but are concerned about the potential they may create for pain, discomfort or sensitive teeth? It’s true that orthodontic treatment is not always sunshine and rainbows...however, with modern treatment options like Invisalign ®, there’s no longer any need to fear it.

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June Holiday Activities

It’s almost school holiday time and while it’s a bit colder in June than it was during the January holidays, there are still hundreds of great things to get up to while you're off from school. At Inner West Orthodontics we’ve spoken with a number of our school-aged Orthodontic clients about their plans for June Holiday activities and we have combined some of their ideas with our own to come up with a list. We’ve made sure our suggestions suit a range of budgets so you can save your pocket money. Get your creative juices flowing with our ideas for holiday fun.

 

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Celebrities You Didn't Know Had Braces

Getting braces can be a nerve-wracking experience. You might be worried about them hurting, or nervous about how you're going to eat or what people might think. You know that you definitely want straighter teeth and the results from braces for teeth are fantastic but you’re not so sure about having to wear them for a number of months, it seems like a long time.

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Sport And Braces For Your Teeth - What Are The Limits?

While you probably already know the benefits of braces for your teeth (perfect smile, beautifully straight teeth, decreased chance of needing treatment when you’re older), there are some parts of the treatment that may seem like they kind of suck. Sport, and whether or not you can actually play it, is probably one of them. Fear not however! If you love your rugby or water polo, the chances are good that we can find a solution to ensure straight teeth AND regular Saturdays on the pitch/court/pool.

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12 Months Of Healthy Teeth [Infographic]

The most common time frame to have braces on your teeth is between 12 and 24 months. A year will fly past with these tips to keeping your braces clean and healthy teeth from January to December.

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4 Food Groups To Avoid With Braces

As a parent, the decision to get braces for children is an enormous investment in their future wellbeing. Braces are not always the most desirable option from your child’s point of view; they take some special care and require a few lifestyle changes in order to be effective — including dietary modifications. One of the questions kids often have is “what can’t I eat while I have braces?”. To help answer that, here are 4 food groups to avoid with braces as well as some simple substitutions to ensure your child doesn’t miss out.

 

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How To Prepare Your Child For Braces

The decision to get braces is a big step at any age, but for kids, braces can be particularly daunting. The good news is that in recent years, the technology behind braces for children has made enormous leaps; we now have different braces for children and more comfortable options available, so that the impact treatment has on your child's life can be minimal.

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Can A Child Be Too Young For Braces?

It’s never too late to have braces. In fact, with the different types of braces now available, many adults are now realising that a perfect smile is still within their reach. However, most of these adults probably wish that they’d had braces as kids! As parents we understand that there are benefits to getting braces in early life, and we certainly want to give our children every opportunity we can. But could it be possible that your child is too young to get braces?

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Orthodontics Treatment Vs. Dental Treatment: Which Is Better For My Child?

As a parent it can be tricky to navigate the medical map at the best of times. So what do you do when you have concerns about your child’s teeth, but don’t know the right course of treatment? Well, your family orthodontist and your dentist work together to protect and treat these issues — but it can be confusing to work out who to see. So who do you go to for help with teeth straightening?

 

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You’re Not Too Old For Orthodontic Treatment!

When we think about braces, it’s usually a teenage face (and mouth) that springs to mind. Orthodontic treatment may be synonymous with the high school market but increasingly, it’s being employed by those no longer carrying a backpack .

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3 Ways A Beautiful Smile Makes Your Child HAPPY!

Braces aren’t just for perfect teeth, they also help with jaw and facial structural issues and affect other areas of a child’s physical and psychological development. The impact of a beautiful smile and healthy facial structure can be immense for personal health and wellbeing.

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4 Ways Early Orthodontic Treatment Saves Money

Many parents are unaware that a wide range of children’s teeth and jaw conditions can be treated quickly and efficiently. Some issues can even be prevented with early assessment and orthodontic treatment. It is worth investing in an orthodontic assessment from as early as five years old, as at roughly six years old, children are growing their permanent adult molars.

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How To Relieve Braces Pain - 5 Remedies

For crooked teeth, an overbite, underbite, cross bite or jaw or joint problems, braces are often the only treatment that will ensure your child will have a flawless smile. Unfortunately, after teeth braces are first applied, pain is often a side-effect induced from the jaw or teeth shifting while aligning to the correct position. So how can you relieve braces pain?

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Teeth Braces On Characters We Love

Teeth braces not only give you perfectly straight teeth, they can also be a cool accessory. You can accessorise metal braces with coloured rubber bands, and there are also teeth braces available in a variety of colours, as well as invisible braces. You’ve probably seen someone at school, down at your local mall, or even on your favourite TV show or movie sporting braces that looked awesome and made them stand out.

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