Top 9 Benefits of Invisalign Treatment

Advancements in dentistry have made it much easier for you to get your perfect smile. At Carrum Downs Dental Care we offer Invisalign treatments. Invisalign straightens your teeth while being virtually invisible, easily removable, and very comfortable.

The Invisalign retainers are a clear, smooth, durable plastic customised for your teeth and treatment. They need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day and are replaced with a new set every 2 weeks to keep your teeth moving slowly into position. There are many benefits of using Invisalign:

They Look Good
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign retainers are practically invisible! No one will notice your dental treatment unless you point it out to them.

They’re Comfortable
Gone are the days of sharp corners and wires stabbing and scraping the inside of your mouth or placing wax on the corners just for it to fall off. Invisalign has no sharp corners or edges, so you’ll barely know they’re there.

They’re Removable
You can remove Invisalign retainers for eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth. This means you can enjoy your food and don’t have to worry about the foods you eat damaging them.

They’re Easy To Clean
Because Invisalign is removable it makes them a snap to clean! Brush them with toothpaste and warm water. Rinse them out and reinsert into your mouth. Do make sure to not use too hot water to avoid damaging the plastic.

The Treatment Works Fast
It usually takes between six months and two years to achieve desired results with Invisalign. But you do start seeing the beginning of results within just a few weeks! Overall treatment time will depend on the complexity of the issue you’d like to address.

They’re Not Invasive
Anyone who’s had braces remembers the pain of having to take traditional impressions of your teeth with a mouthful of goo on a tray. But no longer! Advances in technology mean the process of detailing your teeth is much easier. For most treatments a 3D scanner will be used and translated into 3D prints that will be used to create your custom aligners.

Less Visits
You won’t have to visit the dentist as frequently as you think. You’ll only need to visit between every four to six weeks. Multiple sets of aligners are preplanned and supplied for you that need to be switched every two weeks.

They Fix Many Dental Issues
Invisalign can correct an array of different dental problems such as: Crowded Teeth, Overbite, Underbite, Gap Teeth, and Misaligned Teeth.

They Are Better Than Other Aligners
Invisalign has been available for quite some time now and the experience shows in the quality. Though Invisalign may cost more than at home kits, the dental monitoring from a professional is worth it. Regular dentist visits ensure the aligners are working and make sure no other issues arise.

Bottom Line
Invisalign Aligners are an incredible way to straighten your teeth and create your perfect smile. Carrum Downs Dental Care are experts in Invisalign. Give us a call on (03) 9783 0600 to begin the journey to a smile you’ll love.

How To Overcome Dentophobia

For many just the thought of visiting the dentist strikes fear. Maybe you had a bad experience in the past, or the thought of someone being so close to your mouth freaks you out. The fear of the dentist can also stem from other fears such as: fear of pain, fear of needles, fear of doctors, or fear of being touched.

It is important to note the difference between fear and phobia though. Fear is a strong dislike of a thing that you may not think about until presented with it. A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder which is known to cause extreme distress or avoidance. Both can be overcome.

Visiting the dentist is a necessary part of life and here at Carrum Downs Dental Care we aim to make you as comfortable as possible during your visit. Depending on the severity of your fear, the techniques will take different lengths of time. These techniques may help you on your journey, but if the fear persists, make sure to talk to a professional.

Here’s 8 tips to help you overcome dentophobia and book in your next appointment:

  • Talk to your dentist about it. They will gain an understanding of your fears and be able to calmly and clearly explain the procedure to you to reduce the fear of the unknown.
  • Create a ‘pause’ signal. While talking to the dentist and dental assistant, establish a physical or vocal signal to ‘pause’ the procedure at any point in the case it becomes too overwhelming.
  • Exposure therapy. Begin by attending smaller appointments. Build up with partial exams, x-rays, cleanings, until you feel confident enough for any procedures you need done.
  • Distract yourself. Create a story in your head. Or ask your dentist if you can listen to some music, We also have the additional comfort of a TV on the ceiling to keep you occupied.
  • Breathing techniques. In the lead up to your appointment and in the waiting room try some breathing exercises and meditation to relax.
  • Ask a friend or loved one to attend with you. That way you’ll have somebody to support you the whole time.
  • Nitrous Oxide This is a safe and effective way for those with high levels of anxiety at the dentist to feel more comfortable. It can also come in handy for those with sensitive gag reflexes or back and neck problems.
  • Find the right dentist for you. At Carrum Downs Dental Care, we make sure our patients are comfortable and at ease throughout the appointment.

Book an Appointment today with your dentist in Carrum Downs.
It’s not a short process, and working through it is the best way to overcome your fear. Start small and work your way up. Our dental clinic in Carrum Downs is ready to ease your mind and help you through your visits. Give us a call on 9783 0600.

COVID-19 Announcement

Providing Safe Dentistry During COVID-19

Carrum Carrum Downs Dental Care will only be open for urgent care during current lockdown restrictions in Melbourne, as per August 2021. We’ll be seeing patients on an urgent care basis from 8am – 6pm Mondays to Fridays, and from 8am-1pm on Saturdays.

As we provide an essential health service, we’re happy to continue providing the same high standard of dental care to our patients during this time. Trust that our staff will also be practising additional COVID-Safe measures to ensure a safe and hygienic visit for all our patients.

The extra precautions we have taken include:

  • Enhanced cleaning procedures and routines that see staff actively using antibacterial hand sanitiser, and wipedown procedures of our practice common areas
  • Screening for patients and rescheduling their appointments if they are unwell, possess flu-like symptoms or are suspected to have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Contactless temperature screening for both staff and patients
  • Using antiseptic mouthwash for patients before their treatment

We are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure you are in a safe, clean environment.

Please call our friendly staff on 03 9783 0600 to book your next appointment with us, or if you’d like to clarify how we can assist you during your next visit.

Getting to Know the Importance of Our Children’s Dentistry Services

You may often read or hear about how we’re known as being a family dentist. But have you considered what this means when it comes to helping your children find the right type of dental services they need?

Children’s dentistry is a specialist segment of dental health that we are proud to provide at Carrum Downs Dental Care. Beyond just helping your kids ensure that their teeth are healthy, or helping them when they need orthodontics support to improve their smile, our children’s dentistry services are provided as a way to encourage the uptake of good, lifelong dental hygiene habits among children. It is done by keeping an attentive mindset when it comes to providing any sort of dental service for children.

For starters, we always go the extra mile when it comes to ensuring that all children receive a safe and gentle experience no matter the reason why they’ve come to visit our dental clinic. This no doubt creates positive experiences among our younger patients, and in some cases, instils a healthy curiosity within them that may result in their wanting to actively play their part in ensuring their own dental health and hygiene.

Safe and Gentle Dentistry that is Comprehensive, No Matter Their Age Going back to the term ‘Family Dentist’, our team at Carrum Downs Dental Care keeps a meticulous understanding of exactly what your family may need when it comes to finding reliable dentistry. We keep a lifelong perspective when it comes to helping your child find good dental care, and this means being able to anticipate their dental needs according to the stage of life they’re in. Whether they need help with tooth removal or want to learn more about good brushing techniques, we always make it a point to ensure they never have a reason to worry about visiting our dentists.

Helping to Ensure Good Foundations for Great, Lifelong Dental Hygiene Great dental habits should always stick with them throughout their lives, and we keep the understanding that this can be formed when every one of our younger patients has a positive experience of our dental clinic. No matter if they should need:

  • Orthodontics support like braces,
  • Regular tooth cleaning and polishing, or
  • Advice on how to care for their teeth at home,

You can always trust that our dental team keeps in mind that their experiences will often result in the amount of attention they will pay towards keeping their teeth and gums healthy for life.

Carrum Downs Dental Care is Your Family Dentist You Can Always Call Upon Whether your child needs braces or routine cleaning, our family dental clinic is always there to help. Be sure to call us on 03 9783 0600 to ask about whether your child is eligible to claim their next dental treatment under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule!

Is a Home Teeth Whitening Kit the Right Choice for You?

Teeth whitening kits and treatments have fast become a popular way for many adults to get a brighter smile. Especially with home teeth whitening kits, this means that plenty of individuals have found direct access to improving their dentistry, from the comforts of their home. While plenty of these kits and treatments have proven harmless and effective, we still receive plenty of our patients who would still prefer to visit our dentists in Carrum Downs, to receive their treatment while in-chair at our clinic. So what’s the difference between paying your dentist a visit to receive professional home whitening, and bringing him a home teeth whitening kit that in many ways could produce the same results?

The truth is, whichever way you’d prefer to receive your teeth whitening treatment, there are chemicals used in whitening strips and gels that can damage the enamel on your tooth – especially if it’s still in its developing stages. This is why we recommend considering in-chair teeth whitening, especially for younger adults. Regardless of whether you’d prefer to get your teeth whitening done at home or in our clinic, you would still have to visit our dentists for a first-time consultation, so we can provide the right advice for your next steps.

Getting Whiter Teeth without the Fuss of Regular VisitationsConvenience is often the main benefit when it comes to understanding why some of our patients prefer opting for home teeth whitening kits. Apart from having a very busy schedule, some patients may even feel that a home teeth whitening kit can help them with slight discolouration to their teeth. This can happen more commonly than thought, especially when considering daily habits that involve consuming coffee or red wine. However, did you know that professional cosmetic dentistry can provide you with much brighter results, if you are facing a more serious discolouration of your teeth? Our professional assistance can also help to ensure:

  • More natural looking appearances to your teeth
  • No damage is done to your enamel and gums, and
  • That any other pre-existing dental restorations are taken care of.

Carrum Downs Dental Care Provides Comprehensive Cosmetic Dental SolutionsIf you’ve been wanting to find ways to improve your smile, consider how our team of dental professionals is always ready to help. We can provide expert teeth whitening in-chair, or via a take home kit that you can use conveniently. Just call our dental clinic today on 03 9783 0600 to book a consultation with our dentists soon.

Understanding Dental Implants – How they Work and Why They Might Suit You

Thankfully, it can be said that most of our dental patients will go through their lives not really needing to experience the pains and trauma associated with damaging or losing a tooth due to mishap. Without getting too much into detail, it’s plainly understood how most people would try to avoid such a predicament as far as possible. But can it really be helped for such an accident to happen, especially to those who live more active, sporting lifestyles that could see a potential for accident or injury? In some cases, unfortunately not.

However, there are most definitely professional means through which a patient may be able to complete their smile, and fill the gap left by a lost tooth. Among these is through getting dental implants, which provide a permanent means for patients to regain their smile, and proper function of their teeth once more. Even if not because of an accident, damaged and cracked teeth can sometimes require replacing. With dental implant surgery, patients now have a way to safely replace their damaged teeth, while not having to worry about whether their implant will last.

Consultation is Always the First Step It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when considering the prospect of needing a dental implant. Most patients may find the details of this procedure to be absolutely terrifying, and complicated. Regardless, a consultation will not only help you better understand the procedure, but also determine your suitability for dental implants. At Carrum Downs Dental Care, our friendly dental team is always ready to help you identify your suitability for dental implants and make helpful recommendations to ensure a safe and comfortable procedure. Among the considerations we can help with are:

  • Whether a patient has sufficient bone mass for the procedure, and
  • Whether bridges or dentures might suit the patient’s needs better.

Bridges or Dentures May Not Complete Your Bite While it is true that there’s more than just one way to fill a gap left by a missing tooth, returning your teeth to their full functionality is among the most important considerations to be made, when deciding on the feasibility of getting dental implants. With bridges or dentures, some patients may not feel a completeness of their former bite, prior to missing their teeth. Dental implants, however, will provide a firm and secure fixture that helps patients feel more confident with having the full use of their teeth.

Carrum Downs Dental Care is Ready to Help with All Your Family Dental Needs Be it for a check-up or for dental implant surgery, our family dental clinic in Carrum Downs is always ready to help you find the reliable dentistry that you need. Regardless of your considerations, our friendly dental team is always just a call away. Contact us by calling 03 9783 0600 to see what we can do for you and your family today.

Getting to Know Nerve Pain: When is it More than Just a Toothache?

Toothaches might seem like common occurrences, but seldom are we immediately aware of what causes our teeth to ache. Some patients may experience sensitive gums, for instance, while others could have recently suffered trauma as a result of an accident or sporting activity – leading to the toothache. But one underlying cause that we often help our patients with at Carrum Downs Dental Care is nerve pain. Interestingly enough, it’s what causes plenty of our patients to want to come in for a check-up, even if they may not always realise that it’s their nerves that are causing them pain. Sometimes, the sensitivity that some of our patients get from consuming hot or cold foods is related to exposed tooth nerves. With this article, we hope you’ll be better able to understand and identify tooth nerve pain, so you’ll know right away to give our clinic a call if you need treatment for the pain!

What Causes Tooth Nerve Pain, and How is It Treated? That stabbing or sharp sensation of pain that a person sometimes feels in their teeth is often related to nerve pain, caused by an exposed nerve. This can happen if the outer enamel layer of a person’s tooth has become damaged or exposed due to injury. Understandably, leaving this exposed nerve untreated will result in unwanted difficulty consuming or enjoying certain foods – especially if they are hot or cold.

However, nerve pain in a person’s teeth can also be caused by a less-common event known as necrosis. What happens here is that a dying nerve within a tooth could be causing a build-up of bacteria and white blood cells to exert pressure on the nerve endings around your tooth. This infection process can also come with a number of unpleasant side-effects, including:

  • Swelling,
  • Unpleasant tastes,
  • Unpleasant odours, and
  • Discoloration of the affected area.

If you can’t immediately schedule a visit to our clinic to receive treatment, we recommend proceeding with your regular dental hygiene routine, but with special attention taken in using a soft-bristled toothbrush. It also helps to completely avoid consuming hot or cold food for the time being. There is simply no sense in prolonging the pain by putting off your next visit to see our dentists.

Carrum Downs Dental Care is Always Ready to Help You Treat Nerve Pain Teeth can often heal themselves in the event of mild or non-severe inflammation. However, more serious conditions may require root canal procedures to be done. Regardless, you should always call our friendly staff on 03 9783 0600 to consult with us if you are experiencing nerve pain in your teeth.

Making Use of Gap-Free Clean and Polish Sessions

With the year well underway and the kids likely already attending their first semester back at school, it may be time you took stock of your own dental needs for the year. We recently covered the topic of making full use of your dental insurance to plan ahead for your annual dental procedures, so if you are like most of our patients who wonder about scheduling dental services at the beginning of the year, it may help to consult with us to see how you can receive a gap-free dental check up. You would already know the importance of attending your twice-annual dental check-ups, but have you ever considered how your insurance provider could also cover you for a tooth cleaning or polishing session?

These types of sessions are perfect for those of our patients who seek cosmetic dental treatment, without the fuss or commitment involved with other more permanent solutions such as dental implants. If you’ve opted for a tooth polishing to go with your follow-up appointment at our dentist, the good news is that you may be eligible for a gap-free session with us. Typically, most of our patients seeking clean and polish sessions undergo the following process:

  • Annual dental check-up appointment,
  • Consultation regarding gap-free dental cover
  • Review of cosmetic dental needs, and
  • Scheduling of teeth cleaning and polishing sessions.

What Happens During a Check-Up and Clean? Once you’ve consulted with us and had your annual dental check up done, our dentists will be better able to provide suitable recommendations as to what services would suit you best. Once the overall health and condition of your dentistry has been assessed, our dentists will then be able to determine any additional sessions you may need to improve the appearance of your teeth as you desire. A cleaning session typically includes a scale and polish to remove any stains or build-up of plaque and tartar, which typically occur with most of our patients. If there’s any need to detect decay, we may be able to schedule you for a follow up session that involves an x-ray scan of your teeth.

How You Can Take Advantage of A Gap-Free Clean and Polish Dental check-ups can typically cost new patients out of pocket – especially if they do not have adequate dental insurance cover. However, plenty of our regular patients enjoy gap-free consultation and services that mean they do not pay a single cent for their annual scheduled appointments. Thankfully, we are also able to extend this convenience to teeth cleaning and polishing sessions, so you are able to keep a great smile throughout your year without having to worry about being able to afford the benefit of keeping great dental health and hygiene.

Carrum Downs Dental Care At Carrum Downs Dental Care, we always strive to provide our community of patients with safe, reliable and affordable dentistry, no matter their specific dental needs. Whether you had a question with regards to gap-free consultation or wanted to enquire about cosmetic dentistry, you are always welcome to call 03 9749 4491 to check in with our friendly staff today.

Make Full Use of Your Dental Claims at the Start of 2021

It’s a brand-new year, with plenty to look forward to in many different ways. The same goes to those of our patients who make it a point to book their next twice-annual dental visit with us. Even if you’ve not made it previously made it a point to book your dental appointments ahead of time, the start of the year always provides a great opportunity and incentive to do so. This is especially so, if you own dental cover that renews at the beginning of each year. At Carrum Downs Dental Care, we enjoy providing a holistic service that looks after our patient’s long-term needs for reliable dentistry.

As we offer gap-free dental for eligible patients as a preferred provider, we frequently remind them to check if their dental insurance cover renews at the start of each year. There are plentiful benefits to keeping aware of this – especially if you anticipate the need for any type of major treatment later in the year. Typically, this can also benefit those of our patients who book sessions for regular teeth whitening or cleaning and claim such treatments on their annual dental insurance policies. A bit of foresight can certainly go a long way, especially when it comes to saving on both time and money for dental treatments that you already expect to have later on.

Does Your Dental Cover Renew at the Start of the Year? So, do you have dental cover as part of say, a work insurance policy? Or is that included as part of an annual insurance premium by your provider? It never hurts to check – especially when you stand to gain benefits such as gap free consultation with preferred providers. At Carrum Downs Dental Care, we are always happy to help our patients check their eligibility for dental claims. If your dental cover does renew at the beginning of the year, this makes for a great opportunity for you to plan ahead and plot out any major dental treatment you may need for 2021.

Planning Your Dental Treatments with Every Consultation There’s no need to view your annual dental visits simply just as regular ‘check-ups’. These are often an opportune time for patients to get the expert advice they need from their dentists, especially if they have been considering getting cosmetic dental treatments such as:

Your twice-annual dental visit can always help to highlight any pressing concerns that may exist with your dental health. Our dentists would be more than happy to hear any other concerns you might have, especially if they are more to do with the aesthetics of your teeth and smile, if not only related to maintaining your dental health and hygiene.

Call Carrum Downs to Smile Your Best for the Year Ahead At Carrum Downs Dental Care, our friendly staff work towards providing those in our community with reliable and effective dentistry. We work as partners to our patients, in helping them find their best smile possible. Part of this involves consulting with them to outline the best plan possible to achieve the smile makeover that they had only previously dreamt of. If you’ve been wanting to smile better and brighter than before, do not hesitate to call our clinic for an appointment on 03 9783 0600 today.

3 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time for Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s always great to be able to feel your most confident, especially with excllent weather coming our way. We believe it’s important for people to always be able to smile their best and feel great about themselves. We know that plenty of our patients in the past have expressed a feeling of lack of confidence about their smile. So let our friendly staff at Carrum Downs Dental Care help you smile your best!

You Should Never be Self Conscious About Your Smile To us, a smile is a beautiful expression of when someone feels their very best. Beyond just wanting to help you with your dental health and hygiene, Carrum Downs Dental Care takes pride in helping its patients gain the confidence that comes with being able to smile your very best. If you have ever felt self-conscious about smiling in public, know that we’ve got the expertise and tools available to help that become a thing of the past. Here are a few reasons why we believe it’s the best season for you to consider the variety of teeth whitening and cosmetic dental solutions we have available.

1: It’s the Right Weather to Be Smiling More All this great weather we’re about to get in summer is a perfect reason enough for you to be smiling your best! Picture the feeling of having the sunlight on your face as you start the day fresh. Then top that off with the occasional cool Summer breeze! Wouldn’t you want to feel your most comfortable self while smiling at the good weather that summer brings? We can help you smile your best with teeth whitening that is both effortless and effective.

2: It’s Also time to Be Eating More Ice Cream Summertime in Melbourne is definitely the worst time for a person to suffer from sensitive teeth! Besides not being able to enjoy a cold drink as often, imagine all the ice cream that you’ll be missing out on! Even parents can’t say no whenever their kids offer up an iced treat to share from time to time. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, our friendly dental team is just as able to help take a look. We can also help with teeth fillings if you ever feel there’s food getting stuck in your teeth too often.

3: You Should Be Ready to be at Your Social Best With all the festivities planned and socialising to be done, now is the best time for you to consider getting that smile makeover you’ve been dreaming of. There’s no reason putting off getting cosmetic dental services to help you smile your best in social situations. Whether it’s a catch up with family members over Christmas or a much-awaited post-lockdown reunion with friends, you deserve to flash your brightest smile when it all happens! Our dental team is always ready to help you with Invisalign treatment or routine cleaning if you need.

Carrum Downs Dental Care Can Get You Smiling Your Best Our friendly team of dentists and dental assistants are always ready to help if you need cosmetic dentistry to get your smile ready for the summertime. Just call us right away on 03 9783 0600 if you want to know what we can do for your next appointment. Carrum Downs Dental Care is always ready to help you and your family smile your very best!