East Building 3 Oracle Boulevarde,
Broadbeach, Gold Coast 4218
These days a confident smile is so important. Your smile is one of the first things people see when they meet you, it is part of the first impression you make.Healthy teeth are one of the best accessories you can wear, not too many things can replace a healthy, happy smile. Smiling helps to generate more positive emotions within you, it reduces stress that your body and mind feel, it is similar to getting a good night’s sleep. Sounds good to us!
However, it is amazing how many people are unhappy with their smile because of the condition of their teeth & gums. People’s dissatisfaction may be due to misaligned teeth, discolouration, missing teeth, bad breath, painful broken teeth or many other factors. These conditions may be easily improved with dental treatments such as crowns, veneers, implants, braces, teeth whitening, root canal treatment & even simple tooth coloured fillings. If you have been wanting to improve your smile but have avoided it due to financial reasons then keep reading we have exciting news for you.
At Oracle Dental Broadbeach, we are pleased to now offer our patients “interest free” payment plans through MEDIPLAN.
MediPlan has joined with ZipMoney, an Australian based ASX listed company, to provide simple, secure, online payments for Australian’s and their medical expenses.
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So if you have always wanted a happy, healthy smile but never thought it possible, with Oracle Dental & Mediplan it can become a reality.
Here at Oracle Dental in Broadbeach, we are very proud to say that we have treated generations of families over the many, many years we have been a dentist on the Gold Coast, over 30 years, but who’s counting. We are a family friendly dentist & love seeing the children that originally came to us with their mums & dads, now bringing in their own children, it is so rewarding.
We get a lot of people ask when should my child visit the dentist? Around the age of two we encourage parents to start bringing their children in, (earlier if they have pain) when they have their regular check-ups, so their child can watch. After the parent is finished, their child can have a ride in the big chair, get their teeth counted & of course get a toothbrush & little gift & so their dental journey begins…..
Oracle Dental is all about making your child’s first encounter with the dentist a positive one! Some children are really excited to jump in the big chair & go for a ride, others that may be hesitant can sit on mum or dad’s lap. We never ever push a child, if they are uncooperative at this visit we are happy to try again another day. We are proud to say that we usually have children fighting about who wants to go in first!
We pride ourselves for being a real family dentist on the Gold Coast & recently have done a few renovations just for the kids, which they are loving! We now have a designated ‘kids only’ area; it has heaps of colouring in books, an IPad with lots of games for all ages & a comfy beanbag to hang in. Even the littler ones are happy to play there, under the watchful eye of our mother hen aka receptionist Janine, while mum or dad have their appointment. This is a real bonus when you can’t find a baby sitter, ( so no excuse not to come now).
Your children are precious & a lot of parents have lifelong fears from their own childhood experiences at the dentist, this is something we definitely don’t want to be passed onto your children. Being a children’s dentist on the Gold Coast, all our dentists & staff are parents themselves, some are even grandparents, so we have a lot of experience between us all! We love watching all our little patients grow over the years with strong healthy teeth, due to a great early start at a young age they really understand the importance of looking after their teeth & gums properly. Most of the treatment we do is preventative & by coming regularly, every 6 months, any small problems can be caught early.
Oracle Dental also bulk bills the Medicare Child Dental Scheme, so remember if you claim Family tax benefit A & your child is aged between 2 – 17yrs of age, the government grants $1000 for dental treatment over a two year period. If you are not sure just call Medicare 132150 & check.
We look forward to seeing your little ones soon & hopefully watch them grow into adults & bring their children in too. Oh, and keep watch for the exciting launch of our kids “no cavity club” in 2017.
To keep your mouth in top shape, we recommend adults visit the dentist 6 monthly, for a thorough examination and clean. However, there are some mouth symptoms you should not ignore. Here are 5 signs that you might need to come in and see us straight away.
If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our team at Oracle Dental.
Here’s my honest review and story about my experience with Quick Straight Teeth invisible braces system.
I had braces in high school which in my head was 10 years ago but in reality I need to add 10 more to that number. I had these perfectly straight teeth and I was given a retainer to wear but in all honesty, I have absolutely no idea where that thing is now. I vaguely remember finding it in my early 20’s and I tried to put it in and it hurt which probably shows my teeth had already started moving back. Jump forward 10 years on, what I didn’t like was that my upper front teeth appeared skewed to one side & one of my front teeth overlapped the one next to it a little. Overtime this got worse & I was noticing that when my lips were closed together I could see that tooth starting to stick out. Further to this I read that as you get older, your teeth move a little more so I was very worried that it was going to get worse. Then three people I knew got Invisalign at the same time! I had toyed with this idea but the cost was much closer to $10k than $5k and the length of time seemed to be 12 – 24 months as a standard. I didn’t even bother looking into braces as I recalled the metal mouth look from my high school days and was not at all keen for the length of time the traditional braces would take. So I basically shelved the idea and resigned myself to crooked teeth for the rest of my life.
Enter Oracle Dental and Quick Straight Teeth! When Melanie explained the concept to me, I jumped at the chance to be one of her first patients to experience this treatment. She pretty much had me at “6 months” but I like details and Melanie was great and also very patient as she explained the whole process and answered all of my questions. I booked in for an initial consultation which consisted of having some moulds and photos taken. It didn’t take long at all – maybe 30 minutes. I was contacted a few days later by Oracle Dental to tell me that I was a suitable candidate for Quick Straight Teeth (hooray!) and I booked an appointment to get my braces on. I learned that not everyone is suitable because the system is a cosmetic orthodontic treatment and isn’t able to treat all conditions. This is why it can be done by Melanie as a dentist rather than needing to go to a specialist orthodontist, it’s also why the cost is so reasonable. The cost is $2,000 per arch (see how I’ve picked up some dental terms since I’ve been visiting the surgery lately?) which includes everything, even a bonus whitening kit at the end. I was really happy with the cost, the time I was going to have to commit to having the braces on, the number of appointments and the whitening.
Between finding out I was suitable and the day of the appointment I had some mixed emotions. I was excited by the thought that my teeth would finally be getting fixed but I was also a little freaked out about getting braces……………as an adult! My fears were mostly about the look of the braces and how much it might hurt. I remember the sore mouth, ulcers & trouble eating after going to the orthodontist as a kid. I woke up on “braces day” and felt a mixture of nervousness and excitement. When I got to Oracle Dental, Janine at the front desk jokingly told me that the braces weren’t clear but were actually fluoro coloured and I did that nervous laugh where I really wasn’t 100% sure she was joking. When I got into the chair, Melanie prepared my teeth and then applied the braces by putting a mouthguard type thing into my mouth and pressing it against my teeth. The braces were actually inside this mouthguard (obviously not the correct dental term) and when she removed the mouthguard the braces were all on my teeth perfectly. It was quite amazing and super-fast, certainly not the painstaking process that I recall as a teenager. Melanie then inserted a wire through the braces and put bands around the wire to hold it in place. The bands did feel firm as she put them on but it wasn’t uncomfortable. Once the top and bottom arch were done, she checked my bite and explained that she needed to place some temporary material on my top back teeth to prevent the upper teeth hitting on the lower braces. That part was also painless and quick. The only uncomfortable part of the whole procedure was the rubber thing that I had to wear to keep my mouth open, it rubbed against my gums slightly and I was super happy to get that removed at the end.
When I looked in the mirror after it was all finished I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The braces and bands were clear and the wires tooth coloured. This meant that the braces were a lot more invisible than I had hoped for. I was thrilled! Janine booked me an appointment for 4 weeks’ time.
That night I had made dinner plans for a friends birthday which probably wasn’t the best idea in retrospect. My teeth were sore and I wasn’t used to the “bulk” of them which is my basic explanation for me having to get used to having the braces between my teeth and lips. I was still able to eat and drink, I just made sure that I chewed on the back teeth and used my knife and fork carefully so I didn’t have to bite directly into anything. The next day my teeth felt normal and the ache from the prior evening had gone. I was experiencing some issues with ulcers inside my mouth where the braces were rubbing. I remembered I had been given a little packet of wax and used this for about 48 hours and the problem resolved.
That week was really easy. My family and work colleagues were all really positive about my braces but I felt quite self-conscious and found myself explaining them to people. Most people looked more closely and told me they hadn’t even noticed. My speech was a little impaired for the first few days with S sounds but was otherwise totally fine and by day 4 I was back to being totally normal. I noticed my top tooth that was overlapping the other had definitely moved into more of a straight line and while it did still overlap; I was able to floss more easily between these teeth.
The most exciting thing was when I saw a friend who had not seen me in person since I had my braces. She had liked heaps of pictures of me from Instagram so I figured she had already seen and knew about the braces, plus I was pretty sure I told her. When I saw her in person she asked me when I got them on and when I replied “a few weeks ago”, she became really confused and didn’t understand why she hadn’t noticed in my photos. I took a look at the photos later and realised that you really couldn’t see the braces unless you specifically looked – which you can decide for yourself in this pic:
So month one was totally uneventful but an absolute success. My teeth started straightening up, the pain factor was very minimal and I had no breakages or any other reasons for concern.
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While we’re pretty resilient, we’re certainly not immune to damage and one area often overlooked is our teeth.
Drinking, taking drugs, smoking and even exercise can all have a negative impact on the state of our oral health and permanently damage our teeth.
But with a little care, guidance and a regular trip to an understanding dentist will get you through your “experimental years” with a clean bill of health and a good set of teeth and gums.
Here’s a few things you might not know about your choices and how they affect your long-term dental health:
The sugars and acids in alcohol (including beer and mixed spirits) will erode your enamel and leave you vulnerable to infection and decay. Heavy or binge drinking resulting in vomiting floods your mouth with tooth-eroding stomach acid. And even if you manage to keep your dinner on the inside, coming home drunk means you’re far more likely to crash without cleaning your teeth.
Brush your teeth with an enamel-protecting toothpaste before going out and leave your toothbrush on your pillow to remind you to brush again when you get home. Have a glass of water with you while you’re out and try to swish between drinks to rinse away the sugars and acids. On your way home, pull out some sugar-free gum to chew and increase saliva production to protect your precious assets.
You already know that smoking isn’t good for you, but if you have taken it up there’s no point us harping on the point. What you do need to know though is that smoking affects your gums and makes it difficult for your dentist to assess your oral health. Additionally, like exercise, smoking affects your saliva production and leaves your mouth susceptible to the acid in food and drinks. Smoking is also the leading cause of oral cancer.
Tell your dentist that you smoke and be honest about the amount – it will help them assess your oral health and give you the advice and treatment you need in order to keep your teeth in their best possible condition. Regular brushing and flossing will help slow down the deterioration, along with regular dental visits but in the end, nothing beat quitting smoking.
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