Protect Your Teeth in 5 Easy Steps

 

Protect your teeth in 5 easy steps

It’s critical to protect your teeth during contact sports.

And it’s so easy – follow these steps and your smile will be safe.

  1. Come and meet one of our friendly orthodontic auxiliaries
  2. She will take an impression of your teeth
  3. The impression then goes to our lab where our technician will make the model
  4. When the mouthguard is ready, return to Bachmann Orthodontics to check that it fits perfectly.
  5. Make your custom fitted mouthguard an essential part of your sports gear

 

Contact Bachmann Orthodontists today to take an impression of your teeth, or for a consultation to discuss your needs.

 

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Straight Talk About Incognito Braces

Incognito Braces

Many people think that braces are just for teens; however a growing number of adults are deciding to brace themselves and go straight.

Dr Claudia Bachmann MDS, PhD is an orthodontist who, together with husband Dr Lutz Bachmann MDS PhD, head up Bachmann Orthodontics. This busy Auckland orthodontic practice in Albany on the North Shore state-of-the-art and offers the best of orthodontic technology and equipment available.

Dr Lutz and Dr Claudia are also the parents of three pre-teens and know first-hand the importance of straight teeth and good oral health – and they’re both passionate about creating beautiful, healthy smiles for people of all ages.

“Orthodontic treatment in later life can dramatically improve a person’s appearance ann self-esteem, and equally importantly, improve the health of their teeth and gums.”

Aesthetically, braces have come a long way and Bachmann Orthodontics is one of Auckland’s leading providers of the popular Incognito braces (lingual braces), a new orthodontic treatment where the braces are bonded to the inside of the teeth. In most cases adults can expect to wear Incognito braces for an average of 12 to 20 months.

Incognito Braces

So how much will adult braces cost?

Says Dr Claudia,

“This varies depending on individual requirements. We need to assess each client before we can decide on the course of treatment. The good news is that we offer flexible payment and finance options.”

Bachmann Orthodontics understands the value of a great smile.

“It’s very rewarding to see how straight healthy teeth can boost a patient’s confidence, self-esteem and attitude. A beautiful smile is a major asset and your most important accessory!” says Dr Claudia with a smile.

Article courtesy of Auckland Eye Magazine

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Custom Fitted Mouthguards

Custom Fit Mouthguards

Why do you need a custom fitted mouthguard from Bachmann Orthodontics?


Playing contact sports without a mouth guard has been likened to rally driving without a seat belt! A simple injury can leave you with a gap in your smile. A mouthguard is a protective device that prevents injury to the teeth, lips and gums.

But not all mouthguards are created equal, and a store bought mouthguard will never give you the protection of a custom designed mouthguard.

 

Why is a custom mouth guard necessary?

Store bought mouthguards don’t encase the teeth or cover the back molars. They tend not to fit very well, lose their shape, fall out in the middle of activity, and often have to be replaced. They can also make breathing and talking difficult, and feel bulky in the mouth.

A properly fitted mouthguard is especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic equipment. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries.

Bachmann Orthodontics in Auckland create the perfect fitting mouthguard that allows for speaking and doesn’t limit breathing. Our custom made mouthguards will stay firmly in place during action and help protect your teeth from injury.

If you or your child play contact sport, make a custom fitted mouthguard part of your team uniform.

Bachmann Orthodontists in Auckland are offering a back-to-school special:

Custom fitted mouthguards now only $48.50
(regular price $230).

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7 Steps to a Successful Orthodontic Treatment

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orthodontic treatment

Ensure a successful orthodontic treatment by following these instructions from your Auckland orthodontists Drs Lutz and Claudia Bachmann.

Clean your Teeth and Braces

Keeping your teeth clean when wearing braces is very important. We recommend using the following tools for cleaning:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Fluoride rinse
  • Dental floss
  • Interproximal brush – Interproximal brushes are tiny disposable brushes that are small enough to slip under the archwire of your braces and help remove plaque and food particles.

Follow Instructions

Follow the instructions your Auckland orthodontist has given you on wearing the rubber bands, retainers or any other fixed or removable orthodontic appliances.

Schedule Regular Appointments

Your appointments are a part of the plan your orthodontist has designed to take you through the different stages of your orthodontic treatment. Make sure you attend each scheduled appointment as it’s an important part of your treatment.

Wear a Mouthguard

Protect not only your teeth but also your braces and orthodontic appliances by always wearing a mouthguard when playing a sport.

Avoid Foods that are Bad for Your Braces

Make sure to stay away from hard, sticky and crunchy foods while you are wearing braces. Slice raw vegetables and fruits into bite-sized pieces to eat.

Inform your Orthodontist About Loose or Broken Appliances

If your orthodontic appliance is loose or broken call and schedule an appointment with our Auckland orthodontic office as soon as possible. It’s best not to wait until your next appointment. Bring any broken pieces of the appliance with you.

Following these steps and visiting your Auckland orthodontist office regularly will result in a beautiful and healthy smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or visit our website for more information.

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Top Tips to Care for Your Braces from your Auckland Orthodontist

 

Auckland braces

Teeth with braces can trap food easily and this makes them harder to clean. Auckland orthodontist Dr. Claudia Bachmann emphasizes the importance of cleaning your mouth properly every time you eat. Leaving food lodged on the brackets and wires of your braces can cause unsightly etching of the enamel on your teeth.

Brushing:

It is important to brush your teeth 3 to 4 times a day.

1. Brush back and forth, across and between the wires and gums to loosen any food particles stuck between your teeth and the braces.

2. Now, brush normally as if you had no braces.

3. Make sure that you haven’t missed any spots that are hard to get to. Your teeth, brackets and wires should be free of any food particles and plaque.

Flossing:

Use a floss threader to floss with your braces on. It’s important to floss at least once a day.

Appliances:

Clean your retainer by brushing with toothpaste. For people with a lower fixed retainer it is important to take extra care in brushing the wire and the inside of the lower teeth. Do not flip the retainer with your tongue as this can cause damage to your teeth.

Elastics:

If elastics are worn intermittently, they will continually shock the teeth and cause you pain. Sore teeth between orthodontic appointments usually indicates improper wear of elastic or inadequate hygiene. Wear your elastics correctly and change them as directed by your orthodontist. Always remove the elastics when brushing.

For people who are new to braces it can be difficult to know how to care for your braces. It’s extremely important that you learn how to care for your braces over the course of your orthodontic treatment so that you can enjoy straight, clean and healthy teeth when your treatment has finished.

Contact your Auckland orthodontist office to book your first consultation.  Please ask us about our suggestion and tips to properly care for your teeth.

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Tips For Proper Orthodontic Care For Children

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orthodontic

Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is a long-term investment in their health. You can start by setting an example. Taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is important.

Make taking care of their teeth fun for your child, brush your teeth along with them, let them choose their own toothbrush, or make a game of ‘who has cleaner teeth’ while teaching them the right way to brush.

Albany orthodontists Drs. Claudia and Lutz Bachmann encourage parents to teach their kids how to protect their teeth by following these simple steps:

  • Brush the teeth properly twice a day, every day.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods which cause tooth decay.
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride.
  • Take your child to the orthodontist and / or dentist for regular checkups.

A few common questions that most parents ask about their child’s oral health.

When should children begin flossing?

Flossing removes food particles and plaque between the teeth. You should start flossing your child’s teeth at the age of 4. Most kids start flossing their teeth by themselves at the age of 8.

How important is diet to children’s oral health?

A balanced diet is necessary for your child to develop strong teeth. A balanced diet doesn’t only contain vitamins and minerals but should also include healthy amounts of calcium, phosphorous and fluoride.

What is the right age for my child’s first visit to the orthodontist’s office?

Kids should see an orthodontist once their permanent teeth start coming in, around age 7. At this age, issues such as uneven bite and overcrowding will become apparent. Regular visits to the orthodontist’s office are important after the age of 7.

Good orthodontic care contributes greatly to oral health. Healthy, straight and aligned teeth make it easier to chew food, prevent gum disease and give your child more confidence.

Visit our Auckland orthodontics practice today for your first consultation.

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Create a perfect smile with Invisalign, teeth whitening treatments and proper brushing

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invisalign

Your teeth are the brightest, most visual feature on your face. Straighter and whiter teeth can give you more confidence and make you look younger.

As you grow older , so do your teeth – but it’s possible to keep your teeth looking good as you mature. Here are some common age-related dental issues and our orthodontists will share some helpful tips.

Shifting Teeth

You may think that your teen age years were the only time to think about having your teeth straightened but that is not the case. As you grow older you will notice your teeth shifting. This doesn’t just happen to people who used to have braces but also to people who’ve had straight teeth. Over time, chewing and clenching can wear down teeth and create gaps. When there’s a gap, the teeth will move or overlap to fill the space.

Brushing and flossing regularly can help keep cavities away but won’t straighten your teeth. The best way to fix your crooked smile is to get Invisalign or Incognito braces. Not only do they work, but no one will ever know you’re wearing braces.

Discoloured Teeth

As you age, the outermost layer of your teeth enamel thins and exposes the inner denting, which has a yellowish hue. Even though this is unavoidable it isn’t unfixable.

There are teeth whitening treatments available that can return your beautiful smile in no time. Check with your dental practitioner before using any of the teeth whitening products available on the market.

Receding Gums

The thickness of your gum tissue is genetic; gum disease (or gingivitis) is your own doing. Years of plaque buildup and aggressive brushing wear away at your sensitive gum line, giving it a peeled-back appearance. This can be avoided by brushing your teeth correctly.

Auckland orthodontics experts Drs. Lutz and Claudia Bachmann place an emphasis on brushing your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush which is more gentle on the gums. Gently massage the front, back and sides of your teeth for 30 seconds each side – and don’t forget to floss! Flossing removes food particles, prevents plaque and allows oxygen to flow through your teeth and gums.

Finally, visit your orthodontist regularly. Our North Shore orthodontics office is open from 8:00 to 5:30 pm from Monday to Thursday.

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Custom Fitted Mouthguards to Protect Your Child’s Teeth

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mouthguards

Protect Their Assets

When your child is wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard, you are protecting one of their most important assets – their teeth.

Why does Auckland orthodontist Dr. Lutz Bachmann recommend custom fitted mouthguards?

  Custom fitted mouthguards are stronger and more comfortable

  A better fit provides better protection

mouthguards
Dr Lutz Bachmann

 

 

“A mouthguard that fits properly can mean the difference between losing your teeth or not. It’s such an easy measure to take to ensure your teeth are properly protected”, says Auckland orthodontist Dr. Lutz Bachmann.

 

 

Take advantage of our ‘Back to School Special’. Available for a limited time so call today.

mouthguards

Bachmann Orthodontics create custom fitted mouthguards using impressions from your child’s teeth – this means they fit perfectly.

The mouthguards are made from Bioplast Xtreme, a market leader for vacuum form materials produced in Germany. They are stronger and much more effective than mouthguards purchased over the counter.

As parents of three young children Drs Claudia and Lutz Bachmann are aware of how vulnerable teeth are during sporting activities and are delighted to offer a limited Back To School offer for custom fitted mouthguards.

Contact us today for your first consultation with Auckland’s leading orthodontists

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Orthodontic Treatment: 9 Benefits of Straight Teeth

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orthodontic treatment

Whether you’re born with straight teeth or paid for a teeth straightening orthodontic treatment such as braces, Invisalign or retainers, straight teeth have a lot of benefits.

Better brushing

Overlapping teeth can trap food particles. Straight teeth allow for easier brushing and flossing. Your teeth will be cleaner and your smile more dazzling.

Clear speech

Did you know that crooked teeth cause many speech impediments? Straight teeth allow clear speech.

Easier eating

Crooked, crowded teeth compromise chewing which may cause digestive problems. This is another reason why orthodontists advise having your teeth straightened.

Less accident-prone teeth

Protruding teeth are more prone to breaking, especially for those who play sports as protective mouth guards may not fit properly.

Fewer headaches

Crowded teeth wear unevenly which puts pressure on a person’s jaw,  often resulting in chronic headaches.

Improved gum health

Gum disease can be very painful as well expensive to treat. People with straight teeth have healthier gums than those with crooked teeth.

Better overall health

Did you know that tooth decay and gum disease are linked to heart disease and high blood sugar? Drs. Lutz and Claudia Bachmann advise getting your teeth straightened to improve your oral hygiene and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Lower risk of soft tissue injury

Crooked teeth can push against soft tissues in your mouth resulting in cuts, sores and infections. Straight teeth eliminate that risk.

A beautiful smile

One of the biggest benefits of having straight teeth is that it boosts your confidence and makes your smile more beautiful.

Getting your teeth straightened isn’t as daunting as it sounds especially with orthodontic treatments such as invisible braces or Invisalign. These treatments allow you to have your teeth straightened without anyone knowing you’re wearing braces.

Visit our website www.bachmannorthodontics.co.nz  or call us to schedule a consultation with North Shore orthodontists, Drs. Lutz and Claudia Bachmann, to discuss what kind of braces will create your beautiful smile.

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Bachmann Orthodontics Contributing to the Community

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Orewa Surf Life Saving Club is now proud owner of 50 brand new boogie boards, thanks to Bachmann Orthodontics.

Drs Lutz and Claudia Bachmann, together with their three children – Claire 7, Luke 9 and Nils 12 – joined hundreds of eager club members on Sunday 9th November to see the boogie boards in action on beautiful Orewa Beach.

The Bachmanns, who came to New Zealand from Germany five years ago, established their orthodontic practice in Albany and have happily settled into the Kiwi lifestyle on Auckland’s North Shore.

Lutz Bachmann says they are delighted to be supporting Orewa Surf Life Saving Club, where the whole family are members.

“The club do a wonderful job of keeping us all safe on the beach and we wanted to support the great work they do with our kids and our communities,” says Dr. Lutz.

About Bachmann Orthodontics

Drs Claudia and Lutz Bachmann ran a successful orthodontics practice in Germany for 12 years before migrating to New Zealand. In 2009, they opened Bachmann Orthodontics in Albany. The Bachmann’s are certified members of the NZ Association of Orthodontists and both practised dentistry before qualifying as orthodontists. They both attained a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and did their orthodontic training at the University of Munich, attaining a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science.

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5 Tips to Oral Health from a registered Auckland orthodontist

Good oral hygiene and regular visits to a registered Auckland orthodontist  will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.  When it comes to oral health, it is important to understand the basics.

Remember that, your smile depends on simple dental care habits.

Dr Claudia Bachmann, our registered Auckland orthodontist has listed 5 tips to ensure excellent oral health for you and your family.

Auckland Orthodontists1. Brush Your Teeth

You have been told to brush your teeth, twice a day every day since you were a kid and for good reason. Brush your teeth for 3 minutes after every meal to ensure excellent oral health.

2. Floss Everyday

It is impossible to reach the tight spaces between your teeth and under the gumline with a toothbrush. That’s why Albany orthodontists, Dr. Lutz and Claudia Bachmann, place an emphasis on the importance of flossing every day.  They also advise that the best time to floss your teeth is before bedtime.

3. Avoid Sugary Drinks and Lollies

Sugar processed by oral bacteria produce acids which lead to tooth decay.  Our orthodontic specialists at Bachmann Orthodontics suggest avoiding sugary drinks, candies and lollies to make sure you don’t cause painful cavities and tooth decay.

4. Avoid Bad Oral Health Habits

To ensure that your smile remains beautiful you must avoid all bad oral health habits such as smoking, tongue piercing and excessive consumption of alcohol.

When playing sports always remember to wear a mouth guard.

5. See Your Dentist Regularly

Take time out to see your dentist at least twice a year to maintain your oral health.

Worried about your oral health? Want to learn more on how to keep your smile beautiful? Call our Auckland Orthodontic office to schedule your first consultation. 

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Cost of Braces – Small Investment, Huge Dividend

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cost of braces

The cost of braces varies depending on individual requirements so our clients need to be assessed before we can decide on the type of treatment they need.

When a client decides to go ahead with treatment we need to take an initial set of records. This includes two digital x-rays, photos, models, a detailed treatment plan and a follow-up session to discuss treatment options and preferences.

Our package prices cover the full cost of treatment including all appliances, repairs and will cover all the possible complications. The costs include the orthodontic treatment and also one year of retention checks afterwards.

Get in quick to book a consultation from Auckland orthodontist Dr. Lutz and his brilliant wife Dr. Claudia Bachmann and talk to us about our finance options and flexible payment plans. We’ll make it easy to give your kids the smile they deserve.

cost of bracesWhat sets Bachmann Orthodontics apart:

  • Advanced diagnostics
  • World-class treatment & oral health education
  • Wide range of options
  • Highest standard of sterilisation
  • Direct digital X-ray imaging
  • Dedicated team passionate about creating a positive experience
  • Fun, comfortable practice
  • Flexible payment plans

Call your local orthodontist to book your first consultation or to find more about cost of braces for adults or for kids!

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Orthodontic Treatment – Kelly’s Story

It is never too late to get a winning smile. Auckland Orthodontic specialists Dr. Claudia and Lutz Bachmann say getting the right orthodontic treatment will not just give you a confident smile and boost your self-esteem, it’s vital for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Kiwi adults are quickly catching on to the global trend of straightening their smiles as part of the total body improvement plan. Bachmann Orthodontists in Albany is treating many adults who have discovered it’s never too late to fix those crooked teeth — and with treatments like Invisalign it can be done so discreetly, no one will notice.

Orthodontic Treatment – Testimonial

It has been 6 months since Kelly, a drama school student started wearing her Invisalign aligners and she couldn’t be happier with the progress. As an adult with the need for an orthodontic treatment Kelly was hesitant to get braces, specially because she spends so much time in front of the camera. Now thanks to Invisalign Kelly is more confident than ever. She wears her aligners all the time, even when she is in front of the camera, and not just that, every two weeks Kelly changes her aligners all by herself. Contact Bachmann Orthodontists to learn more bout Invisalign and learn about whether this orthodontic treatment is right for you or not. And if you have already had a treatment don’t forget to share your experience with us.

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Auckland Orthodontists Recommend Invisalign to Straighten Teeth

 

Although Auckland Orthodontists Dr. Claudia Bachmann and Dr. Lutz Bachmann recommend to wear retainers for as long as they are prescribed, if for some reason you didn’t do it as a teenager it isn’t impossible for you to have your teeth straightened as an adult.

Adults are usually shy about getting braces but Invisalign has made it possible for adults to straighten their teeth without worrying about looking like a teenager.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a virtually invisible alternative to braces. A series of clear aligners are used to gradually move your teeth into position. Invisalign aligners are clear and removable so no one needs to know you are wearing them, and you can take them out to eat or drink whenever you want.

Why Auckland Orthodontists Recommend Invisalign – Testimonial

With her wedding on the horizon, 30-year-old Aimee decided the time was right to get her teeth straightened. Watch what she had to say about her experience.

“I had metal braces as a teenager, but was a bit naughty and didn’t wear my retainers!” she says. “As an adult, I’ve wanted to straighten my teeth for a while, but as I work as a doctor I didn’t want to have metal braces and look like a teenager.”

When Aimee heard about Invisalign, she knew they’d be an ideal solution for her. “Most people don’t even notice I’m wearing them, especially at work. And on her special day, Aimee had every reason to show off her beautiful, confident smile. “In every photo I’m smiling or laughing and I love how straight and beautiful my teeth are – and that’s something very special to me,” she says.

Thinking about getting braces? Contact Auckland Orthodontists Bachmann Orthodontics or visit our orthodontic website for information.

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Invisalign – A Virtually Invisible Alternative to Braces

 

Do you ever wonder why you never see adults with braces? Auckland orthodontic experts Dr. Claudia Bachmann and Dr. Lutz Bachmanm explain how Invisalign makes it extremely easy for adults to get their teeth straighten without everyone finding out that they are wearing braces.

“Invisalign is a virtually invisible alternative to braces. A series of clear aligners are used to gradually move your teeth into position. Not only are the aligners almost invisible, but Invisalign is also removable. This means you can eat, brush and floss as usual. Plus you can remove your aligners for special occasions. The best part is, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.”

An alternative to braces – Testimonial

When 29-year-old Clare decided to have her teeth straightened, her main concern was having metal braces on display. So when she heard about Invisalign, she knew they’d be a great option for her. Clare is now mid-way through having her teeth straightened using Invisalign and, having had metal braces as a teenager, says she loves everything about them.

Here’s what Claire had to say about Invisalign; “They’re virtually invisible, and what’s more, they’re very comfortable to wear, so it’s easy to just forget I’m even wearing them.”

Clare works as a telephone customer services representative but says she’s looking forward to having the confidence to work with customers face-to-face once her treatment is complete. We are so happy for her.

Getting braces? Want to learn more about Invisalign? Visit our orthodontic website or schedule an appointment with our North Shore Orthodontics office now.

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Adult Braces – Video Testimonial

Braces aren’t something that only children and teenagers need, a lot of times adults need braces too.

Technological advances such as clear braces, invisible brackets and lingual braces have made it easier for business professionals, parents or even models to wear braces without being self-conscious.

So if you are an adult in need of braces do not hesitate in contacting Auckland Orthodontists Bachmann Orthodontics. And good news! Your first consultation with us will be free.

Braces – Testimonial

Watch the video of one of our very satisfied patients Andrea, who despite having metal braces as a child,  noticed that over the past few years her teeth were once again becoming crooked.

“When I discovered Invisalign, I asked for them immediately! I love the fact they’re comfortable to wear and can be taken out if needed. For example, I was maid of honour at my best friend’s wedding and could wear my aligners without anyone even noticing them. Recently we went out for dinner with friends, and when I explained that I was wearing aligners, they couldn’t believe it, they hadn’t noticed at all! Sometimes I look back at photos of myself hiding my teeth, but now I feel confident to smile, I’m just happier with myself!”

Thank you Andrea for your feedback.

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A Revolutionary Teeth Straightening System Recommended by Auckland Orthodontists

Auckland Orthodontics and Supplier of Invisalign braces

Leading Auckland orthodontists Dr. Lutz Bachmann and Dr. Claudia Bachmann explain the benefits of choosing self-ligating SPEED brackets to treat alignment issues.

Auckland Orthodontics“SPEED is a revolutionary teeth straightening system that uses self-ligating brackets that don’t require elastic ties to straighten teeth. Instead, SPEED braces use an energy-storing component called a ‘Spring Clip’ to straighten teeth.

The SPEED Spring Clip works like a computer chip inside your braces. The Spring Clip is ‘programmed’ by your orthodontist when SPEED braces are placed on your teeth. The Spring Clip, made of a ‘super-elastic’ space age material, then follows the programmed instructions by applying a light continuous force to gently move teeth to their correct position. The result is greater comfort, and potentially fewer appointments and faster, more ‘SPEEDy’ treatment.”

“The same technology that goes into creating the world’s most advanced aircraft also goes into the manufacturing of SPEED braces.

SPEED braces are typically a third smaller than traditional braces and present a cleaner design. And the smaller size means more natural tooth shows.”

According to Auckland orthodontists Dr. Lutz Bachmann and Dr. Claudia Bachmann, “besides being incredibly effective, this system results in less food trapping so good oral hygiene is easier to maintain throughout your treatment.”

Contact Bachmann Orthodontics today to learn more about this revolutionary teeth strengthening system.

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Straight teeth help secure Bianca Cutts a television commercial

According to Bianca Cutts, former NZ’s Next Top Model contestant, her straight teeth are winning her roles.

You might have seen her in one of the latest MacDonalds ads?  Bianca is convinced she wouldn’t have got the role without having straight teeth.

We fitted Bianca with Incognito braces which are hidden behind the teeth, so she could still pursue modelling and acting jobs.
Bianca is at university but those acting and modelling roles help pay the bills.  We’re very happy that Bianca is getting good results in other parts of her life from having invested in getting her teeth straightened.

 

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Happy Labour Day

Labour Day is upon us, and that means the non-official start of summer. Now that temperatures are rising, and days are longer it’s time to enjoy our outdoors, parks and beaches, like beautiful Long bay regional park, Orewa beach and Okura reserve, get the barbecue ready and of course shorts, skirts and togs.

About Labour Day

Each year, Labour Day is celebrated on the fourth Monday of October. It is the one day of the year New Zealander’s celebrates their achievements in work and an eight hour working day. New Zealanders have been celebrating Labour Day since the 1890s, but it wasn’t created a statutory public holiday until 1900.

Interesting Facts about Labour Day.

  • It all started in 1840, primarily because of carpenter Samuel Parnell’s refusal to work more than eight hours a day.
  •  Canada was the first to celebrate Labour Day, and the US and New Zealand soon followed.
  • Labour Day marks the beginning of ice cream season and at 23 litres per capita per annum, New Zealander’s are amongst the biggest eaters of ice cream in the world, and most recent figures put us at the very top, ahead of Australia and the USA.

Make sure you brush and floss your teeth twice a day.

Thanks for being a valued patient of our orthodontic office. Our staff would like to wish you a safe and happy Labour Day weekend.

Enjoy your time off!

Lutz, Claudia, Candice & the team.

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Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies for patients with braces do not occur often and usually are not to harmful, but discomfort can be a problem.

Here are some of the general problems and solutions you can try as a temporary measure until you can be seen by an Orthodontist.

Broken Braces

Broken or loose braces are not usually an urgent problem, but you should call us and book an appointment. When a bracket comes off a tooth, the wire is attached to an elastic tie, so you don’t swallow the bracket. You can use orthodontic wax on the bracket to prevent it from moving.

Loose Band

A loose band does not require emergency treatment, but it does need to be fixed by your Orthodontist. The band is usually cemented to the tooth, but if  left loose for a 3-4 week period, can start to build up bacteria in the crevice between the tooth and band. The bacteria quickly begins to demineralize the tooth enamel causing decay. Give us a call so we can reset the loose band.

Poking Wire

During the early stage of treatment, the wire used to straighten teeth can get pushed to the back of the molar. When spaces close between teeth, this also causes the wire to push past the back of braces. You can usually treat this at home with some orthodontic wax. Simply place a ball of wax onto the end of the wire and it will create a cushion between the wire and gums. Please let us know if the wax does not resolve the issue.

Orthodontic Discomfort

Discomfort can affect some orthodontic patients, especially after braces have just been placed or adjusted. This is because your teeth are adjusting to the new placement of your braces and can sometimes be felt for a few days. Pain medication such as Panadol can help to relieve any discomfort.

Injuries

If you experience sudden dental trauma, you should consult your Dentist or GP.

Mouth Sores

Braces can feel uncomfortable to begin with, and it can take a while to get used to them being in your mouth. The surfaces of braces can rub against the inside of your mouth, cheeks, lips and tongue. Use orthodontic wax to provide a cushion between mouth surfaces and braces. You can also use topical anaesthetics for temporary pain relief.

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Difficulty of Overbite Treatment is Overrated

Auckland kids Orthodontist Dr. Lutz Bachmann and wife Dr. Claudia Bachmann share their approach to treating a Class II malocclusion using the Herbst appliance.

ALBANY, AUCKLAND—

Difficulty in treating Class II malocclusions-overbites- is overrated, especially when using the Herbst appliance- a device that encourages lower jaw growth.

“Protruding teeth and overbites are among the most common reasons our patients seek orthodontic treatment,” says Dr. Lutz Bachmann. “Patients tend to think these problems are due to the upper jaw and teeth set too far forward. However, this problem is typically due to a lower jaw that is too far back or underdeveloped.”

The Herbst appliance is especially effective when used on children since it uses natural growth to resolve discrepancies between the upper and lower jaws- a problem best corrected at a younger age, according to Dr. Claudia Bachmann.

The Herbst appliance encourages upper jaw growth by pushing it forward and restricting any backward movement. The appliance cements to the upper and lower molars, which allow the appliance to work 24 hours per day. Often we use lingual and transpalatal arches in conjunction with the Herbst to maintain the position of the teeth as treatment progresses.

Although the appliance restricts the jaw from moving backward, the opening and closing of the jaw is unaffected, and patients can easily adjust to their new jaw position when chewing their food.

The foreign object in your mouth may cause difficulty speaking and increased saliva production. This is standard and short-lived. Patients adjust naturally as they and their body acclimate to the appliance.

“We feel that we have developed a sound treatment plan for resolving Class II malocclusions that utilize Herbst and other appliances designed to work with the natural growth cycle of children,” says Dr. Claudia, also an Auckland kids orthodontist.

Our treatment plan includes the use of a rapid maxillary expander for three months, Herbst appliance for one year, braces for one year, and retainers for one year. Treatment times are approximate and depend on the severity of a patient’s case.

The RME widens the upper arch or roof of the mouth before its sutures have fused. The space created often addresses part of the misalignment issue and crowding that sometimes accompanies overbites.

The Herbst appliance then brings the lower jaw forward into alignment with the upper jaw. A lingual and transpalatal arch can be used during this stage of treatment.

A lingual arch keeps the front teeth forward, and back teeth back to prevent movement in cases where permanent teeth have not emerged.

A transpalatal arch is a post-expansion appliance used to maintain the results achieved through the use of a RME.

Full fixed braces address the teeth’s position once the jaws are in ideal alignment.

“This stage of treatment puts the finishing touch on a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime,” Auckland braces expert Dr. Lutz says.

Retainers maintain the new position of jaws and teeth as they stabilize over time.

Many orthodontic problems such as underbite treatment are best accomplished when children are young.

“This gives us more options for treatment that include appliances such as the Herbst, says Dr. Claudia. “We recommend parents bring children in for evaluation by the age of seven, or at the fist sign of a problem to start them on a road to a beautiful and healthy smile.”

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Invisible Braces, Hide Your Braces – Not Your Smile

Invisible Braces

Drs. Lutz and Claudia Bachmann discuss Incognito, an invisible braces option for straightening teeth that is popular among busy mums, business professionals and even models. 

ALBANY, AUCKLAND – Just because you haven’t seen any adults in New Zealand wearing braces lately, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t. It just means their orthodontists are probably Doctors Lutz and Claudia Bachmann of Bachmann Orthodontics.

“It’s never too late to invest in your looks or get braces,” says Dr. Claudia Bachmann. “Our Incognito braces are especially popular among adults – especially mums – who are tired of hiding and feeling ashamed of their crooked teeth.

For more than eight years, adult patients of Drs. Lutz and Dr. Claudia Bachmann have been smiling at and talking with other New Zealanders – maybe even you – without anyone realizing they were wearing braces. That’s because they chose to go Incognito.

What is Incognito, you ask?

Incognito is a 100 percent customisable system of invisible braces. Instead of brackets being fixed to the front of teeth, Incognito brackets are attached to the lingual side (backs).

Each Incognito bracket is completely customised to ensure optimal fit and function. And since no two people are alike, neither are any pair of Incognito braces. What also ensures that these popular braces function well is an experienced, certified provider.

“Incognito braces require special training and certification since accurately customising and fixing brackets to the backs is not only important, but difficult,” says Dr. Lutz Bachmann. “Dr. Claudia and I are proud to be New Zealand’s one of only a very few certified Incognito providers and enjoy offering the benefits of this wonderful treatment to our patients.”

Will Incognito straighten my teeth?

As long as you don’t have baby teeth or a mass of caps or crowns, you should be able to wear Incognito braces and achieve optimal alignment.

Will Incognito interfere with my social or work life?

It takes most patients two weeks to adjust to the feel of braces and speaking with them. Other than that, adults who choose Incognito treatment continue to excel at a wide range of careers during their treatment.

“Our Incognito patients are busy mums, professionals and even models,” says Dr. Claudia Bachmann.

Speaking of models, a recent Incognito patient of Dres. Claudia and Lutz Bachmann was New Zealand’s Next Top Model finalist Bianca Cutts!

Bianca Cutts, NZ Next Top Model finalist wearing Incognito braces
Bianca Cutts, NZ Next Top Model finalist wearing Incognito braces

Is Incognito better than other invisible braces?

Incognito treatment requires more time on the orthodontists end, which translates to higher treatment cost – the only area where Invisalign and ceramic braces have Incognito beat.

Incognito is:

  • Faster (treatment with fixed braces is shorter than with Invisalign)
  • Better (teeth get straighter with fixed braces than Invisalign)
  • Safer (no tooth reduction required)
  • Truly Invisible (appliance is completely hidden behind teeth)
  • Worry free (no removing braces to eat and brush)

“One of our most recent Incognito patients was a business owner who traveled more than three hours to our office because he didn’t want anyone to know he was wearing braces,” says Dr. Lutz Bachmann. “Because he gave a lot of presentations in his line of work, it took him one week to perfect his speech with braces. However, like the majority of our patients, he is very happy with his results and the privacy Incognito gave him. Especially since not a single person realized he was wearing upper and lower braces during his 15-month treatment.”

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Oral Piercings and Braces

Oral piercings and braces are not a good combination. Drs. Lutz and Claudia Bachmann share with their patients the threats oral piercings pose when it comes to oral health and orthodontic appliances.

 ALBANY, AUCKLAND – So, you love your oral piercings. But how do you feel about chipped teeth, receding gum lines and adding months to your orthodontic treatment?

“I love that my patients have all developed their own unique ways of expressing their individuality,” says Lutz Bachmann a family orthodontist who provides orthodontics for adults and children. “However, I’m not a fan of oral piercings because of the havoc they’re known to wreak on teeth, appliances and health.”

Since the health of our patients and their mouths are what is most important to us, let’s start with the reasons why oral piercings aren’t synonymous with a healthy mouth.

1.)    Infection

Everyone likes to think they have a clean mouth, however, on average “800 to 1,000 different bacteria may call your mouth ‘home,’” says Dr. De Vizio of Colgate.

When you get an oral piercing the open wound gives these bacteria a direct route to your bloodstream.  And playing with and changing the jewellery only introduces more strains into the mouth. A piercing also leaves one more nook for food to get trapped in, providing additional food and breeding ground for bacteria; a bed and breakfast for bacteria, if you will.

2.)    Nerve Damage

There are many nerves and blood vessels in the tongue and several ways they can be damaged by piercings. First, if the piercer accidentally hits a nerve or wrong blood vessel, there is a chance you will suffer from numbness or excessive bleeding. Second, if your jewellery gets hung in your braces or anything else, there is always the possibility that it could be ripped from you mouth and result in scarring or nerve damage as well.

3.)    Gum Disease

A large number of people with oral piercings experience gum erosion, which if not stabilized can lead to tooth loss and even death.

“Patients often have an overwhelming urge to play with oral jewellery, but even if they don’t, the gums still incur constant trauma from contact with the lip or tongue ring,” says Dr. Claudia Bachmann. “Over time the jewellery wears the gums away, exposing the tooth’s root.”

Once the gums recede they do not grow back and the exposed roots make patients prone to gum disease and tooth loss.

“I’ve seen gum recession in patients who have had their piercing for as little as six weeks,” says Dr. Lutz. “It happens fast and is especially difficult to spot in cases of tongue piercings since the damage is often isolated to the area behind the teeth. Patients should remove their jewellery at the first sign of erosion and seek treatment which often involves a skin graft if decay or infection hasn’t already occurred.”

4.)    Damaged Teeth

Teeth can be chipped or fractured while eating, talking and even sleeping when there is an oral piercing involved.

“The most common problem we see is patients wanting to chew on their metal barbells or run them across the backs of their teeth like they’re playing a xylophone,” says Dr. Claudia. “This constant contact is disastrous for teeth and if a patient falls or their head is jarred while they are chewing on their jewellery it often results in chipping.”

Even the constant drip of water can carve a hole in stone. So you can only imagine what metal does to a tooth when it is constantly rubbed against it. Enamel does not regenerate itself so when it’s gone patients experience extreme sensitivity, discomfort and possible need for extraction.

 Many pierced patients request Invisalign under the impression that it will protect their teeth from damage. While Invisalign does cover the surface of each tooth, it’s a common misconception that it makes having oral piercings safe. It does nothing to protect the gums from the constant contact and pressure that erodes them permanently, which is the most problematic type of damage caused by piercings.

5.)    Longer Orthodontic Treatment

It’s great if you enjoy wearing braces but the fact of the matter is that most patients don’t, which is just one more reason why we don’t approve of oral piercings during orthodontic treatment.

While being treated with orthodontics even things as hard as an apple have the potential to dislodge brackets and bend arch wires. When the jewellery in your mouth gets hooked to your braces, it can happen so fast that before you know it, you’ve either broken your braces or your jewellery has torn from your tongue or lip, which as you can imagine, is not a pretty sight. Damaged braces or a massive amount of oral trauma has the potential to add months to your orthodontic treatment.

What If You Can’t Give Them Up?

“At Bachmann Orthodontics we are extremely against oral piercings and will not treat a patient unless they agree to remove their oral piercing(s),” says Dr. Lutz. “We hope our stand against piercings speaks volumes to their dangers and causes those with piercings or considering them to think twice before subjecting their smile to irreversible damage. You only get one set of adult teeth, we want them to last.”

 

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Can Braces Change the Shape of my Face?

Can braces change the shape of my face? Drs. Lutz and Claudia Bachmann address why successful orthodontic treatment may change the shape of a patient’s face.

ALBANY, AUCKLAND— If you seek orthodontic treatment for yourself or your children, it’s probably to achieve a better looking and functioning smile. And sometimes, successful treatment results in a slight change in facial shape.

The shape of your face is determined by facial tissues and bone structure-which includes your teeth.

“If you have an extreme malocclusion- misalignment of teeth or dental arches- or imbalance, it’s possible that correcting it may alter your facial appearance,” says Dr. Lutz Bachmann. “However, the change would only further balance your features and contribute to an overall improvement in your appearance.”

In fact, many orthodontic treatments for children are designed to improve unbalanced facial structures, which are often an outward sign of malocclusions or poor habits that include mouth breathing and thumb sucking.

“One of the main reasons we encourage parents to bring children in for a visit by the age of 10 is so we can take advantage of the window of opportunity to utilize these specialized orthodontic appliances,” says Dr. Claudia Bachmann.

The reason for specialized orthodontics at this age is because the sutures of their facial bone structure have not fused yet and will respond to pressure or force of appliances.

The following appliances are used to manipulate the position and shape of facial structures such as the jaw that are sometimes responsible for malocclusions.

Palatal expanders are placed in the roof of the mouth and allow us to widen the upper dental arch. The appliance is widened gradually each day with the use of a supplied key to create room for crowded teeth or to correct a crossbite -when teeth overlap negatively front to back or side to side. When left untreated, crossbites and crowded teeth can lead to structural asymmetry by encouraging irregular jaw growth.

The Herbst appliance is used to improve or correct overbites, buck teeth and an underdeveloped chin.

Once the jaw’s position has been corrected, or widened to create room for crowded teeth, Braces or Invisalign treatment can be used to align the teeth to create a stunning smile.

Although appliances such as the Herbst and palatal expander aren’t nearly as effective for treating the same cases in adults, similar results can still be achieved. However, invasive methods such as surgery to widen or align the jaw may be required because their fused bones don’t respond to pressure like those of a growing child.

“This only stresses the importance of bringing your child in at the first sign of any oral issues or asymmetry of the face,” says Dr. Lutz.

Only a specialist orthodontist can advise if early treatment is best, or if you should wait until all the adult teeth are in, according to the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists.

“Many of the malocclusions adults suffer from that require surgery to fix could have been addressed with a noninvasive option if only they had seen a specialist or kids orthodontist at a young age,” says Dr. Claudia.

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What Happens After Orthodontic Treatment?

Drs. Lutz and Claudia Bachmann discuss how teeth have a natural tendency to move after orthodontic treatment and their unique approach to retention.

ALBANY, AUKLAND – Many patients think that orthodontic treatment ends when the braces come off (debonding). However, that just isn’t the case.

The first and main goal of orthodontic treatment is to move teeth into proper alignment.  The second goal is to keep them in that position. You see, teeth are somewhat nomadic; they have a natural tendency to move that not even orthodontics can alter.

“During the first three years after debonding, the risk of fast relapse is significant,” says Dr. Lutz Bachmann. “I can’t stress enough that once the braces come off, it’s your responsibility to maintain the beautiful alignment that has been achieved.”

Our “after care” plan is quite simple and maintains your alignment without compromising your oral health. This plan consists of two phases, which utilize different orthodontic appliances; the first is a combination of a set of upper and lower fixed lingual retainers along with a vacuum-formed removable retainer for the upper jaw. Second is a set of vacuum formed retainers. Here’s a closer look at each phase/appliance:

1.)    Upper and lower fixed lingual retainer

A lingual wire – also known as a fixed lingual retainer – is strip of wire that is attached to the backs of the front upper and or lower teeth to prevent their movement. The wire is passive, which means it doesn’t cause any additional movement; its only job is to maintain alignment.

Removable vacuum formed retainer for upper jaw

This removable appliance also assists in maintaining the results of orthodontic treatment during the critical three years following orthodontic treatment. This retainer is removable and should be worn every night for the first year and two nights per week for the following two.

Pros – Since the lingual retainers are “fixed” orthodontists don’t have to worry if their patients are wearing their retainers properly, which is extremely important immediately following debonding.

Cons – The only problem with the lingual wire is that because it makes flossing impossible, plaque and calculus build up quickly. This excess buildup is bad for oral hygiene and could possibly lead to infection and gum disease if it were not addressed.  For this reason, we remove the lingual wires three years after debonding and issue vacuum formed retainers to replace them.

Most children’s and adult’s orthodontists prefer fixed lingual retainers over removable styles since as long as they’re in place, they know their patient’s teeth are staying straight,” says Dr. Claudia Bachmann. “However, since they compromise oral health – our top priority – we prefer to remove them before they cause any unnecessary damage.”

And even though the lingual wire helps to somewhat “set” the teeth, studies have shown that even teeth that have never been treated with orthodontics still have a tendency to move, which brings us to phase/appliance two.

2.)    Vacuum-formed retainer for upper and lower jaw

A vacuum-formed retainer is just that. It’s a clear retainer – similar in appearance to Invisalign invisible braces – that is molded to the patient’s post-braces smile via vacuum forming.

Pros – They are clear and removable. This means you can perform your normal dental care routine – which should include flossing and brushing – and avoid the risks associated with a fixed lingual wire. Also, all of the “wear time” can conveniently be done at night – while your sleeping.

Cons – This phase relies heavily on patient compliance since they are not fixed. Also, being removable makes them easier to lose.

We require that patients wear their vacuum-formed retainers for at least two nights a week, indefinitely. Failure to adhere to these guidelines could result in your teeth drifting out of alignment. Once the teeth have been allowed to shift too much, the patient will require an additional round of braces, which not only costs time, but money. Teeth can begin to move in as little as a few hours of not being restrained by an aligner. If your lingual wire comes loose, or your vacuum formed retainer is lost or damaged, contact our office immediately to arrange for it to be fixed or replaced.

“Many of the adult patients we treat went through orthodontic treatment as children but failed to wear their retainer properly,” says Dr. Lutz. “Our proposed regimen can keep the teeth locked into the optimal position achieved with orthodontic treatment and prevent the need for re-treatment.”

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Food Guidelines to Protect Orthodontic Appliances

Easter generally seems a time where we feel free to indulge in lots of chocolate and sweet food. However, if you have braces, you may want to be careful about which treats and dishes you choose to indulge in.

Celebrations happen throughout the year – children’s birthdays, Halloween and Christmas can all tempt you to eat sticky sweets, but be warned – these types of sweets can lead to costly damage to orthodontic appliances.

“We see a spike in the number of appliances we repair in our patients where sweets are involved,” says Dr. Lutz Bachmann, a kid’s orthodontist who also provides orthodontics for adults. “Hopefully by informing our patients, we can help reduce the risk of damage during the festive times like Christmas and Easter.”

First off, sweets or lollies aren’t good for your teeth or your orthodontic appliances. Sweets are mostly comprised of sugar, which if left in contact with teeth, can cause decay. Another issue with sweets is their texture. Hard or tacky sweets pose several threats to orthodontics. However, if you must satisfy your sweet tooth, adhere to the following guidelines.

Avoid tacky sweets

The suction created by taffy, gummies, and caramels have the potential to pull wires from tubes and dislodge brackets. Also, their gooey texture allows them to find their way into every nook and cranny of teeth and appliances.

“Once these sweets have found their way into crevices, their removal can be incredibly tricky,” says Dr. Lutz. “Sugary sweets that are allowed to remain on the surface of teeth can cause irreversible decay.”

And hard sweets

Lollipops, jawbreakers and other hard sweets must be avoided. Any sweet that is hard or contains something hard such as nuts can bend wires and break or dislodge brackets.

While it’s true that sucking on a piece or hard sweet is not as harmful to orthodontics as chewing it is. The sucking is also harmful to your teeth because they are exposed to sugar for longer. Therefore, we recommend sucking on sugar-free lollipops and sweets to avoid tooth decay.

“Patients who don’t plan on chewing a hard sweet still need to avoid it,” warns Dr. Claudia Bachmann, who is also an Invisalign Teen specialist. “Even with good intentions, it often is too easy to give in to the natural urge to bite down on it.

While no sweets are safe for teeth, there are some that are safer than others for patients with braces.

Soft (non-sticky) sweets

Easter sweets have their upside as plain chocolate that has a soft texture and melt in your mouth are the safest to consume. They are not sturdy enough to damage orthodontics, but can still be damaging to teeth. So make sure you brush your teeth well after consuming sweets. Patients fitted with traditional or Incognito braces should use an interdental toothbrush to make sure all the decay-contributing residue is removed from under and around brackets and wires.

“We know it can be hard for children to give up their goodies,” says Dr. Lutz. “We suggest that parents try to barter sweets in favour of a toy or a trip to the movies.”

The upcoming Easter holiday also centers on family gatherings and feasting.

“All of the traditional family dishes that could be consumed last year, may not be safe this year if you are now being treated with orthodontics,” says Dr. Claudia.

In conjunction with the previous sweets guidelines, the following guidelines should be adhered to:

Remove meat from the bone

Any meat on the bone, or corn on the cob should be removed before eating it. Braces encounter too much friction by having to rake across the bone or cob when trying to remove the food. As long as the food is tender it’s safe to eat once removed.

Foods that crunch need to be cut

Most foods, be it fruit, vegetable or nut, that crunch and are eaten in large pieces can damage orthodontics. Please make sure you slice an apple, pear and carrots as it is still healthy to eat them.

Avoid “mystery” ingredients

Don’t consume any dishes if you don’t know what they contain. Some dishes may unknowingly contain ingredients that are hard, chewy and unsafe to consume. Even soft ice cream can contain hard nuts or pieces of fruit or chocolate that are hard when they are cold. If you aren’t sure, it’s best not to take the risk and avoid an unnecessary setback.

“Don’t allow your orthodontic treatment to damper your Easter holiday spirits,” says Dr. Claudia. “Many foods can be softened with liquid, sliced thinly, or boiled to give them a safe texture.”

Succumbing to temptation can add months to your treatment time if you break or damage your appliances. But if this happens, contact your orthodontist promptly to find out if it’s something that requires immediate attention.

 

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3 Reasons Orthodontics Just Got a TAD Bit Better

Orthodontic Treatment Using TADs

Doctors Lutz and Claudia Bachmann offer treatment using TADs- Temporary Anchorage Devices- and discuss the benefits of adding them to their orthodontic treatment plan.

 ALBANY, AUKLAND— Today, orthodontic treatment is harnessing the power of the screw and using it to anchor teeth and appliances to bone. If this sounds like dated, painful technology, you’re mistaken.

“When we have to rely on teeth as anchor points there are limits to the type of movement we can achieve,”says Dr. Lutz Bachmann.

The reason orthodontists are able to move teeth is because they respond to pressure. An example of when this can be a problem is when the front teeth of a patient need to be shifted back. This traditionally would require an orthodontist to use the back teeth as anchors for pulling the front teeth back. The problem is the same force that is pulling the front teeth back is simultaneously pulling the back teeth forward in what could be called a “tooth” tug-of-war. TADs- Temporary Anchorage Devices – give orthodontists the option to plant a screw in an unmoving source such as- in the case of TADs- bone, which allows them to use force more effectively.

“TADs make treatment more convenient for our patients and allows us to move teeth faster and in a more precise, chosen direction that often eliminates the need for expensive implants or extractions,” says Dr. Lutz.

The question remains:

What are TADs?

TADs are miniature screws made of sterile, titanium alloy. Sometimes called “micro implants,” TADs look and function similarly to a typical self-tapping screw. Doctors are able to place the screws in the bone between teeth or in the roof of the mouth to achieve an angle of force that teeth cannot provide.

Inserting TADs is painless and fast. Even though the thought of screwing something into bone seems painful, all that is needed is a little anesthetic.

“I tell my patients who are afraid of TADs being painful that bone is like wood- it has no nerves,” says Dr. Claudia. “Slight pressure may be felt, but no pain. We only need to numb the gums.”

Once TADs are in place they can be used to anchor a spring or connect to a tooth..

TADs may not hurt, but what are the benefits?

 TADs reduce the need for expensive, invasive surgery

Treatment using TADs can eliminate the need for extractions and orthognathic surgery by providing orthodontists with a safe, effective method for moving teeth. An impacted tooth can be manipulated into a position that allows it to emerge properly, and gaps from tooth extractions or congenitally missing teeth that ordinarily require an expensive dental implant can be closed using TADs.

“Since pressure moves teeth, they don’t always make good anchors,” says Dr. Lutz. “TADs are especially useful when we need to move teeth greater distances.”

TADs make orthodontic treatment more convenient

“I haven’t met many patients who were excited about having to wear their headgear for most of the day or in public for that matter,” says Dr. Claudia. “The fact is, teeth aren’t suitable anchor points for treating all forms of malocclusions. Therefore, unless we use TADs, an intra-oral appliance or headgear may be required.”

Teeth move faster with TADs

Orthodontists can move a single tooth by fitting it with a bracket and attaching that bracket to a TAD with a spring or elastic chain. The orthodontist can also choose the exact angle of force that will move the tooth where he wants it and simply place the TAD accordingly. TADs can even be used before a patient is fitted with braces to move problematic teeth and shorten the amount of time a patient has to wear braces.

“Some patients are initially diagnosed as poor candidates for convenient and popular Invisalign Teen treatment because their teeth or bite is too crooked,” says Dr. Claudia. “Instead of having to wear different types of braces, we are sometimes able to provide initial treatment using TADs which can make later treatment with Invisalign a possibility for them.”

Patients looking for an adult orthodontist or treatment using advanced technology such as TADs can contact Bachmann Orthodontics for a consultation where treatment and financing options can be discussed with a specialist orthodontist.

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How Does Mouth Breathing Affect Teeth?

Teaching your child oral hygiene habits is important for future health

How does mouth breathing affect teeth? First of all, let’s define mouth breathers. Mouth breathers are people who breath through their mouth rather than through their nose.

The cause of your child’s mouth breathing can be sucking thumbs, fingers, bottles and toys. Another cause is congested sinuses or issues with adenoids.

Mouth breathing causes the tongue to be in a lower downward position, instead of sitting up on the palate. During growth the tongue actually shapes the palate; therefore it is important that the tongue sits in the correct place.

Children who are mouth breathers typically have a narrow upper jaw, they can often drool and have low muscle tone in all orofacial muscles. This position prevents the lower jaw from growing forward, so it stays in a backward position.

Furthermore mouth breathing is not healthy because it allows unfiltered air into your lungs, which causes more infections, sore throats and even bronchitis. When breathing through your nose, the air is filtered and the air temperature reaches 37degrees before it is inhaled into your lungs.

Mouth breathing can be corrected by visiting a qualified orthodontist.

Look out for the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists when choosing an orthodontist. Only orthodontists have the knowledge and training to advise on the full range of orthodontic options and treatment.

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Can Thumb Sucking Ruin Teeth?

Yes, thumb sucking can ruin teeth, as can other habits some children develop when they are young. Diagnosing your children early will mean their mouth and teeth issues can be addressed within a relatively short treatment period. When left untreated, correcting the same issues later can require extensive orthodontic treatment, potentially lasting a few years.

In a series of blog posts, we will highlight a few common problems that can occur in children.

Common Habits

Habits such as sucking binkies, fingers, thumbs, bottles or toys can lead to complications for children’s teeth and mouth in later years.

Binkies are OK for the first year of a baby’s life but the longer you let this habit continue; the more difficult it gets to break. Be brave and throw the binkies out. You may have a couple of sleepless nights but breaking the habit will improve your child’s oral health.

Sucking fingers is a more difficult habit to break as you can never get rid of a child’s fingers! Plus the added complications of germs that the child puts in their mouth with fingers are enormous.

Often the thumb pushes out the upper front teeth and the hand resting on the chin prevents the lower jaw from growing properly. This negatively affects the overall facial growth of your child. Kids can have huge problems biting later on and often they will be teased for having buckteeth.

Toys and bottles have the same effect as fingers or thumbs. Sometimes parents fill sweet tea or fizzy drinks in bottles which causes the baby teeth to rot. Avoid drinks other than water or milk to ensure your child has the best possible oral health in their early life.

Seek external help or advice to break these habits, your child will thank you for it in years to come.

 

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