Orthodontic technology

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New year, new habits: The brushing apps that help kids brush their teeth right (and keep them for life)

The start of a new year is often the point at which we pause and set goals. For many of us the goals relate to unhealthy habits we want to kick or new ones we want to create. But parents shouldn’t have a monopoly on setting goals. If we share our approach with kids, they … Continued

Orthodontist or dentist: Who is best for your orthodontic treatment?

If you think you or your child might need braces, a question that may cross your mind is: Orthodontist or dentist: Who is best for orthodontic treatment? I’m not surprised people feel confused about the difference between an orthodontist and dentist. If you’ve never given it much thought making a distinction between orthodontists and dentists … Continued

Answering big orthodontic questions: Do retainers work?

Here’s a scene I see every day. My lovely patient has just completed braces treatment and they’re smiling into the mirror, realising they’re finally free. Yay! Then I remind them: they need a retainer to keep those gorgeous teeth they’ve worked so hard for straight and in place. A question I’m commonly asked at this … Continued

Help my child is 8! Is it too early for their first visit to the orthodontist?

Recently I overheard one mum say to a friend I’ve booked Tayla* in for her first visit to an orthodontist. Now just to be clear, I wasn’t eavesdropping, but my ears did prick up, especially when her friend responded with, Isn’t that a little early? I mean she’s only eight! It’s a question I’m asked … Continued

The ultimate orthodontic holiday checklist: what to pack in your Christmas travel sack

The ultimate orthodontic holiday checklist is a big call, isn’t it? But the truth is, we think we’ve got a handle on this one. Having treated thousands of patients – and worked through holiday orthodontic ‘emergencies’ – we’ve learned a thing or two about being prepared. With Christmas approaching (let me count the days!) and … Continued

Manual v. electric toothbrush. Which is the best toothbrush to use during during orthodontic treatment?

Patients often ask me Which is the best manual or electric toothbrush to use during orthodontic treatment? I can relate to this question completely. Whenever I walk down the toothbrush aisle of any supermarket today, I can see why people find it confusing. There is such a wide variety of manual and electric toothbrushes to … Continued

SO Smile: Dr Sarah Dan launches the only orthodontic treatment book a parent needs to survive braces

I’m excited to announce that I’ve finally launched my book SO Smile: A guide to straightening the confusion, concern and catastrophes around orthodontic treatment. Order your copy of SO Smile now! And while this is good news (high five moment), I’m even more excited for the parents, teens and kids who’ll benefit from SO Smile. … Continued

SO Smile! Book of the week

Here you can listen to my radio interview where I discuss my new book, SO Smile!

The parents’ playbook for surviving kids orthodontic treatment every family should read

It’s easy to think kids orthodontic treatment affects just one person. The child (or teenager) who’s been prescribed the treatment. The reality of kids orthodontic treatment, however, is vastly different. As a specialist orthodontist, and author of my soon to be released book So Smile, I’ve learnt a few things about orthodontics, including early interceptive … Continued

Orthodontic treatment costs: expense or investment? Understanding the return on investment from orthodontic treatment

Wondering if orthodontic treatment is expensive? It’s a great question. If you or your child is about to embark on a journey to straighter teeth, or even undertake more complex orthodontic treatment, it’s worthwhile understanding orthodontic treatment costs. Why? Because every patient deserves to see the cost of orthodontic treatment as an investment, rather than … Continued

Do I really need to floss during orthodontic treatment? (Yes, and here are the reasons why)

Flossing during orthodontic treatment. It’s not exactly the subject people bring up to make conversation, right? I get it. When I check in with patients about why they should floss during orthodontic treatment – regardless of whether they’re kids, teens or adults – I always get the same look. Boring! Now while it may not … Continued

Dealing With Orthodontic Emergencies

While it can sometimes seem like you’re experiencing an orthodontic emergency, in the orthodontic world, there are very few circumstances that warrant a genuine emergency response. We’ve summarised our top tips for staying in control when faced with an orthodontic ‘crisis’. #1 – Food caught between teeth While not technically an emergency, food caught between … Continued


There’s more to orthodontic elastics than meets the eye. Here’s our go-to guide with everything you need to know: Elastics, sometimes called ‘rubber bands’, are used to correct the bite. Worn between the upper and lower teeth, elastics are designed to ‘pull’ the teeth forwards, backwards or sideways to improve the way in which the … Continued

Is Your Child Mouth Breathing or Snoring?

The question of mouth breathing or snoring in children is a hot topic. Debated widely among dental, orthodontic and medical professionals, it’s no surprise many parents feel confused about how they can best help their child. Regardless of your position, mouth breathing, snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS), as it’s technically known, are worsening … Continued

5 Insider Tips For Loving Your First Day With Braces

So, it’s your first day with braces and you’re wondering what’s next. Maybe you’ve heard a lot of different things, but questioning whether they’re true. Is it possible your first day with braces could be easier than you think? We like to think it is! Yes, your first day with braces will require some adjustment. … Continued

What’s the Difference Between Braces and Invisalign?

What’s the difference between Invisalign and braces? is a question I’m asked daily by patients. Invisalign and braces are both treatments used by orthodontists to straighten teeth, however they do this in different ways. What are the benefits of braces? Braces are used to correct a variety of problems, including crowded, crooked, spaced or protruded … Continued

Is it ever too late for adult orthodontic treatment? 5 facts you should know

Adult orthodontic treatment has never been so popular. As people understand more about the benefits of treatment, there’s a desire to take advantage of what was previously only available to a select few. Once people may have asked, why get orthodontic treatment as an adult? Now, I’d say the question is, why wouldn’t you? Less … Continued

Braces treatment: The insider’s guide to how things have changed

About to launch your braces treatment journey? Feeling dazed and confused? It’s completely understandable. Knowing all the braces treatment options can be a real challenge. This is especially true if you’ve heard of – or can only recall – the ‘bad old days’ when there weren’t many braces treatment options.   Everybody has heard a … Continued

Thumb sucking: a worrying sign your child might need an early orthodontic assessment

Thumb sucking is a common behaviour among babies and little kids. While we understand babies instinctively put just about anything in their mouth until around four months, thumb sucking isn’t instinctive. Actually, thumb sucking is thought to be reflexive, and more a technique used by a child to self-soothe. Many children simply grow out of … Continued

Care During Treatment

Part of our commitment is keeping you on track once your treatment is underway Here’s how we do that. We pride ourselves on efficient treatment times, but it really is a partnership between you and us. The most effective orthodontic treatment occurs when there is a high level of commitment from both the patient and … Continued

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