Discover the answer to some of our patients’ frequently asked questions at our Northern Sydney practice

At Wahroonga Family Dental Centre, we wish to provide all of our patients with the information they need to make informed decisions about their oral health.

Non-extraction orthodontic treatment in many cases can be a suitable treatment for patients who suffer from overcrowding or an overbite.

The procedure usually involves widening or lengthening the jaws, often making use of a child’s natural growth potential. After this treatment, sometimes called ‘growth guidance orthodontics’, often more than 90% of children can have their treatment completed without the need for removal of teeth.

This approach to orthodontic treatment can help support the development of a healthy and attractive smile, jaw and overall facial structure. Patients particularly appreciate the attractive facial profile that can be achieved with non-extraction orthodontic treatment.

Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic dental treatment that can transform the entire appearance of your smile…

There are many ways to improve the appearance of your smile. It is worth the time to properly plan and discuss which treatment will suit you best. At Wahroonga Family Dental Centre, we employ a wide range of treatments and will discuss the various alternatives with you including advantages, disadvantages and cost before commencing treatment. Some of the treatments can include:

  • Veneers – thin fingernails of porcelain firmly bonded to your teeth
  • Cosmetic contouring – sometimes simply doing a ‘tooth manicure’ can greatly improve your smile
  • Orthodontics – with cosmetic orthodontic techniques such as Invisalign, Tru Smile and lingual orthodontics amazing improvements in smiles can be made comfortably and quickly
  • Traditional crown and bridgework to repair replace and reshape your own teeth

Many other techniques are available so call for a cosmetic consultation if you want more information.

There are many whitening systems available to improve the colour of your teeth…

Some of these are effective in only specific cases and some can actually damage your teeth and gums. A dentist is trained to select the most effective and safe whitening treatment in response to your unique needs, and is the best choice if you are considering whitening your smile. The system that we use at Wahroonga Family Dental Centre has a long history of providing good results without damage to your oral health. Call us for a consultation if you would like to discuss your whitening needs. We will be happy to talk to you about the alternatives.

At Wahroonga Dental we allocate extra time and care to cater to the needs of our youngest patients.

We recommend that patients first visit our practice when their teeth begin to come in or on their second birthday – whichever comes first. This serves two purposes:

Children learn to form positive associations with the dentist from a young age

Our dental professionals can monitor the healthy development of your child’s smile and employ early intervention treatment where appropriate.

There are a number of ways to replace your missing teeth including dental implants, removable partial dentures and crown and bridgework…

No one technique is appropriate for everyone and care and time put into finding out what you require for your specific need is very important. Sometimes a combination of technique provides the best solution and we will strive to help you decide what is best for your needs.

Recent innovations in orthodontic technology has meant that there are many attractive and lifestyle friendly orthodontic options available to adults.

These include transparent aligners and lingual braces that are virtually invisible to those around you! The great thing about transparent orthodontic aligner treatment is that it can be removed to maintain your oral hygiene routine, eat a wide variety of foods and for special events or photographs.

At Wahroonga Family Dental Centre, we offer a range of aesthetically pleasing and virtually invisible orthodontic treatment options

These can include:

Transparent aligners – this orthodontic treatment utilises a series of transparent aligners to gently move your teeth into their ideal position. The great thing about this orthodontic treatment is that it is removable- and so you can maintain a regular oral hygiene routine and diet throughout treatment.

Lingual braces – this orthodontic treatment is very similar to the traditional style braces with one exception – it is attached to the inner side of your smile, effectively hiding it from the view of those around you!

If your partner sufferers from snoring at Wahroonga Family Dental Centre we may be able to provide a dental solution to this issue.

Oral appliance therapy provided at our North Sydney dental practice can be used to treat both snoring and sleep apnoea by repositioning the jaw during sleep.

If you suffer from dental anxiety at Wahroonga Family Dental Centre we have a range of sedation techniques to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during treatment.

We offer a variety of sedation which we offer to anxious patients to allow them to receive the dental treatments they require in an extremely relaxing and comfortable environment. “Happy gas”, oral sedation, topical anaesthetic, advanced anaesthesia techniques, relaxation therapies and TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) are some of other sedation techniques we can provide.

If you’ve knocked out a tooth, it’s important that you try and get to a dentist within an hour, as it is possible for your dentist to save the tooth. Following this preservation procedure is imperative in saving your tooth:

  1. When picking up the tooth, make sure you do so carefully, touching the tooth by the crown and not the root;
  2. Rinse off any debris with water;
  3. You can keep the tooth moistened by placing it in a container of milk, or by using a store-bought tooth-preservation product;

Dental X-rays allow the dentist to comprehensively view a patient’s oral cavity in order to diagnose possible dental issues. Not everything can be seen with the human eye, especially the roots of teeth and the bone beneath the gum. Dental X-rays can thus be used to:

  • Examine cavities and evaluate the degree of tooth decay;
  • Routinely monitor for periodontal disease;
  • Examine cysts and abscesses;
  • Examine impacted wisdom teeth;
  • Examine the sinus cavities for inflammation;

•Identify any irregularities or potential issues before teeth whitening procedures can be carried out

It is never too late to straighten your teeth and our range of effective and discreet orthodontic treatments are designed to provide a more comfortable experience with the very best results. It is becoming increasingly common for adults to seek out orthodontic treatment to straighten their smile and will ensure that you receive the correct treatment for your needs. While every orthodontic patient and by extension their situation is unique, early treatment is the best way to ensure that any concerns are corrected and children aged 7 and up are eligible for orthodontic care.

The problem with orthodontic concerns is that their cause cannot be prevented and most of them are actually inherited genetically and usually involve the jaws, teeth and face. In other cases, it can be due to habitual behaviour or dental problems. Some examples of orthodontic problems include the crowding of teeth, poor spacing, missing or extra teeth and growth abnormalities in the upper and lower jaw. If the cause is not hereditary it can be brought on by enlarged tonsils, asthma, the premature loss of any baby teeth and even some allergies. But whatever the cause, our orthodontic treatments can help you overcome these issues.

There are a number of reasons why it is important to seek out orthodontic treatment and the negligence of any concerns can lead to a whole host of problems further down the line. Because crooked teeth are so difficult to clean properly, they are far more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment can also help to reduce or eliminate tooth wear and improve the bad chewing habits which cause stress to the gum tissue and bone. Orthodontic problems will always worsen if left untreated and there is no reason why you shouldn’t have a straight, healthy smile.