Gap Bands - A Dangerous DIY Dental Trend

Posted on: 7 December 2015

Although it's unpopular, wearing braces is the most effective way of straightening or removing gaps in between the teeth.  However, a worrying trend in DIY dentistry involving gap bands has recently emerged that could cause lasting damage to your teeth.  But what are gap bands, and what problems can they cause?  If you're considering using gap bands on your teeth, read on to find out why you really shouldn't. What are gap bands?
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Care Tips for Invisalign Braces

Posted on: 18 November 2015

Braces are designed to help you straighten your teeth and perfect your smile. Your smile is one of the first things that other people notice about you, which makes it important to take the necessary steps to correct any imperfections regarding the alignment of your teeth. Invisalign braces are a type of realigning system that is designed to be clear. This means that you can use Invisalign braces to correct your smile discretely at any age without the use of traditional metal braces.
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How to Tell If You're Grinding Your Teeth

Posted on: 28 October 2015

Teeth grinding, known by experts as bruxism, is a sleep disorder that can be hard to diagnose. This is troubling since grinding your teeth together as you sleep can cause damage to your chewing muscles, jaw, and the teeth themselves. Most people who grind their teeth at night have no idea that they're doing it since they are unconscious when the act takes place. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to tell if you're a grinder.
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Medicare Dental Insurance

Posted on: 28 September 2015

Medicare in Australia does not cover dental care.  Medicare was introduced in 1984 as a universal health care system but it typically does not include dental coverage except for children. Medicare has three main components; hospital care, pharmaceutical coverage and medical care. So most adults are required to secure dental insurance through private carriers, such as Hillarys Dental Care.  There are some select situations when Medicare will cover dental expenses but this is a very narrow window of services that require a strict criteria to be met.
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