Do you like rollercoasters?

Our new state-of-the-art 3D-printers are in place.

We invest a lot in future technologies to be always ahead and on the pulse with the 4th industrial revolution.

Together with our intraoral scanner, we are able to make impressions more accurate, faster and convenient than ever before. All data is safely stored. Retainers and impressions can be replicated on our new 3D-Printers without making a new model.

No more gagging! It’s without saying, an ongoing process for us to provide always the best treatment for your best smile. That is why we can give you our Bachmannsmile guarantee.

Lutz also had a play and created some little sculptures with the printer.

That’s awesome, isn’t it?

What can we do to make you smile?
Call Candice 09 448 1128 and book an appointment to the future of orthodontics.

Why is there a © after Bachmannsmile©.

We from Bachmann Orthodontics are responsible for your unique smile.
Our motivation is always to achieve the best result for your individual case.
We are working hard and precise and with state-of-the-art technologies for perfection and your satisfaction. That is why we can give a guarantee for the result — the Bachmannsmile©. Is a quality mark, and you can only get the original at Bachmann Orthodontics.
By the way, it means ©laudia as well. Sorry, Lutz.
Not to forget ©andice. Feel free to call Candice: 09448 1128, and make an appointment to get your perfect Bachmannsmile©.
What can we do to make you smile?

sign to beautiful smiles

Follow the sign to beautiful smiles.
We are proud to announce our new outsight signage.
You can see it by day & night.
A big bright smile and 1000 thanks to @Benefitz.
What can we do to make you smile?
Call Candice and make an appointment today.

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new smiles welcome

 

“A smile is the universal welcome.” – Max Eastman

Smiling is a universal sign of happiness. The main reason for that is because studies have shown that when a person is smiling, it affects specific muscles that can make that person feel happy. When you use these specific muscles, your brain will release endorphins, which are brain chemicals that will induce feelings of pleasure and euphoria. Smiling does have the ability to make you happier!

There is always the right time for a Bachmannsmile.

 New patients are welcome.

What can we do to make you smile? 

Call Candice 09 448 1128 and make an appointment today

World of smiles

world of smiles film
Movie World of Smiles at COVID 19 click at the picture

There’s only one way to your perfect smile. 

Since, 14th May 2020, is a ONE WAY entry and exit system to the building, 51 Corinthian Drive and also to our practice in place. The entry door will be on the roadside of the building, and the exit door will be on the car park side.

We are ready to re-open on 🙂 We will contact you all individually, to organise appointments. Do not call us, we will call or send an email to you. We can not see all the patients at the same time, so please be patient. We have an excellent system in place to know exactly when your last appointment was and what the next steps in your treatment plan will be. We will spread out our time-table and opening days from Monday to Friday at 7.45am – 5.45pm to make sure that Bachmann Orthodontics will be a safe environment for our patients and staff at all times. Additional security measures will be in place to minimise the risk by preventing the spread of disease. Physical distancing is an ideal precaution to prevent the spread of disease, and we will follow government advice for dental health. Everything is ready to move to Level 2. We ask that the patient waits at the door at the time of their appointment, where they will be asked a few assessment questions before entering.

It’s an advantage that we designed a huge state-of-the-art practice around the needs of our patients in Albany, North Shore. We are equipped with the newest Orthodontist technologies to create a beautiful Bachmannsmile. 

Social distancing is maintained at all times. Just follow the safety lines on the floor. You won’t be coming in contact with anyone else, and everything runs in a roundabout like a clock. Of course, with the highest hygienic standards that you are used to from us. 

Please note that we are accepting New Patients.

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Spread the word, not the virus.

Thank you for your understanding.

See you soon. Claudia, Lutz and Team

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What can we do to make you smile?

Only one way

There’s only one way to your perfect smile. 

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, 14th May 2020, is a ONE WAY entry and exit system to the building, 51 Corinthian Drive and also to our practice in place. The entry door will be on the roadside of the building, and the exit door will be on the car park side.

We are ready to re-open on 🙂 We will contact you all individually, to organise appointments. Do not call us, we will call or send an email to you. We can not see all the patients at the same time, so please be patient. We have an excellent system in place to know exactly when your last appointment was and what the next steps in your treatment plan will be. We will spread out our time-table and opening days from Monday to Friday 7.45am – 5.45pm to make sure that Bachmann Orthodontics will be a safe environment for our patients and staff at all times. Additional security measures will be in place to minimise the risk by preventing the spread of disease. Physical distancing is an ideal precaution to prevent the spread of disease, and we will follow government advice for dental health. Everything is ready to move to Level 2. We ask that the patient wait at the door at the time of their appointment, where they will be asked a few assessment questions before entering.

It’s an advantage that we designed a huge state-of-the-art practice around the needs of our patients in Albany, North Shore. We are equipped with the newest Orthodontist technologies to create a beautiful Bachmannsmile. 

Social distancing is maintained at all times. Just follow the safety lines on the floor. You won’t be coming in contact with anyone else, and everything runs in a roundabout like a clock. Of course, with the highest hygienic standards that you are used to from us. Please note that we are accepting New Patients.

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Spread the word, not the virus.

Thank you for your understanding.

See you soon. Claudia, Lutz and Team

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What can we do to make you smile?

Don’t gamble; getting the best smile is your choice.

Why it pays to choose a specialist orthodontist.
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Specialist orthodontists have the knowledge, training and experience to advise on the full range of orthodontic treatment options.
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An orthodontist is a registered dental specialist who has undertaken an additional three years of full-time postgraduate university study specialising in orthodontics.
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An orthodontist focusses exclusively on straightening teeth, improving bite patterns and creating great smiles. Early treatment by a specialist can reduce or eliminate the need for more extensive treatment later in life.
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A specialist orthodontist is well-equipped to diagnose what is the best treatment for your case.

Age is not a barrier to receiving corrective orthodontic treatment as healthy teeth maintain their ability to move within the jaw bone throughout a person’s life. An increasing number of adults are seeking specialist orthodontic treatment to enhance their smile, correct a bite problem and improve their self-esteem.
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Be confident that you are in the care of a specialist by looking for the NZAO logo
All members of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO) are well trained. As a requirement of their ongoing professional registration, they must keep up to date with the latest trends and improvements in orthodontics.
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You don’t need a referral to see a specialist orthodontist – call your local NZAO member like Bachmann Orthodontics and make an appointment. 09448 1128
You don’t have to gamble to get the smile you deserve.
What can we do to make you smile?

Re – opening

Spread your smile, not a virus.
The Prime Minister announced Level 2 yesterday.
We are ready to re-open on Thursday, 14th May 2020.

We will contact you all individually, to organise appointments. Do not call us, we will call or send an email to you. We can not see all the patients at the same time, so please be patient. We have an excellent system in place to know exactly when your last appointment was and what the next steps in your treatment plan will be. We will spread out our time-table and opening days from Monday to Friday 7.45am – 5.45pm to make sure that Bachmann Orthodontics will be a safe environment for our patients and staff at all times. Additional security measures will be in place to minimise the risk by preventing the spread of disease. Physical distancing is an ideal precaution to prevent the spread of disease, and we will follow government advice for dental health. Everything is ready to move to Level 2. We ask that the patient wait at the door at the time of their appointment, where they will be asked a few assessment questions before entering.
It’s an advantage that we designed a huge state-of-the-art practice around the needs of our patients in Albany, North Shore. We are equipped with the newest Orthodontist technologies to create a beautiful Bachmannsmile.
Social distancing is maintained at all times. Just follow the safety lines on the floor. You won’t be coming in contact with anyone else, and everything runs in a roundabout like a clock. Of course, with the highest hygienic standards that you are used to from us. Please note that we are accepting New Patients.
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Spread the word, not the virus.
Thank you for your understanding.

See you soon. Claudia, Lutz and Team
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What can we do to make you smile?

Spread your smile, not a virus.

The announcement yesterday afternoon by the Prime Minister about expectations at Level 2 is extremely encouraging.
Bachmann Orthodontics will be a safe environment for our patients and staff at any time. Additional security measures will be in place to minimise the risk by preventing the spread of disease. Physical distancing is an ideal precaution to prevent the spread of disease, and we will follow government advice for dental health. Everything is ready to move to Level 2, which is announced hopefully on Monday 11th May.


It’s good that we designed a huge state-of-the-art practice around the needs of our patients in Albany, North shore. We are equipped with the newest Orthodontist technologies to create a beautiful Bachmannsmile.
Social distancing is maintained at all times. Just follow the safety lines on the floor.
You won’t be coming in contact with anyone else, and everything runs in a roundabout like a clock.
Of course, with the highest hygienic standard that you are used to from us.


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Spread the word, not the virus.
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Please call Candice 09 448 1128‬ and make an appointment.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Level 2.
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What can we do to make you smile?
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COVID-19

We care about our Kiwis and take infection control very seriously.

We are taking additional precautions to protect your patients from COVID-19.
Our team is thoroughly trained in infection control. Our standard protocol is to disinfect each treatment room between every patient and thoroughly sterilise instruments.
And, of course, we use gloves, masks, and other protective gear all day long. We have a huge waiting area to keep the distance to each other.
We closed our Kids Playzone Area and have also removed books and magazines for now.
As an added measure of protection, we are wiping down waiting rooms on an hourly basis.
We continue to follow the situation closely and are abiding by all recommendations made by the Ministry of Health and the Dental Council.
Your safety is our top priority.
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We have installed a Patient pre-screening before arrival at the practice for all appointments by phone:

1. Are you or anyone coming with you to your appointment feeling unwell?

2. Have you, anyone coming with you to your appointment or anyone in your household returned from overseas in the past 14 days?

3. Have you been in contact with a person with confirmed or suspicion of exposure to COVID-19 in the last 14-days

If the answer is YES to any of these questions, then any non-urgent treatment should be rescheduled until the person is well and/or the isolation period is completed. If the answer is ‘no’, then a routine
appointment may proceed

A. We ask that when you arrive for your appointment, you use the hand sanitiser that is available in the waiting room.
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B. We ask that only the patient being treated attends the clinic. If the patient is under 16, one parent/guardian is allowed to accompany the patient. At this time, we ask siblings, friends and other family members to remain outside or to wait in your car.
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C. If you are feeling unwell, have a cough, fever or other cold/flu symptoms, we ask that you reschedule your appointment.
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What can we do to make you smile?

Are we running out of masks?

Facemasks are strictly limited at the moment, and it isn’t straightforward to get the number of masks we are usually using. However, we are prepared and have always enough in stock.

If you are wearing a mask, please keep in mind the following.

  • If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

What can we do to make you smile

4th industrial revolution

Welcome to the 4th industrial revolution.

Enjoy the scan.
To make an intraoral impression is now more accurate, faster and convenient than ever before. All data is safely stored, and retainers and impressions can be replicated our new 3D printer without making a new model. No more gooey stuff in your mouth, no more gagging! That awesome, isn’t it?
We do everything to be the state-of-the-art orthodontic practice around Auckland.
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What can we do to make you smile?

We can detect smiles from far away.

Humans can detect smiles from more than 300 feet away, which developed out of a need to be able to distinguish friend from foe.

Keep your distance and smile.
The WHO World Health Organisation advises keeping a distance of at least two meters distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Wash your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
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Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
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Practice respiratory hygiene.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
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If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
Stay home if you feel unwell. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
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We want to see our patient healthy.
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What can we do to make you smile?

Why see a specialist orthodontist?

Why is it important to see a specialist orthodontist when it comes to tooth movement? 

You may have seen the advertisements from do-it-yourself online companies during your online search for braces.

They lure you with clever marketing and promise unnaturally rapid tooth movement in 6 months or less. 

 

Why choose a specialist orthodontist?

All orthodontists are qualified dentists and take an additional 3 years of specialist study and practical training to become a specialist orthodontist.

That is why we can guarantee the result of our work. 

 

Your smile is a big deal and not a cheap DIY set. 

It pays to find out who is straightening your teeth. 

Make sure you are seeing a specialist orthodontist, who you can find on the NZAO website: https://www.orthodontists.org.nz/about-us/our-members.

What can we do to make you smile?

Call Candice and make an appointment today. 09 448 1129

Molly, our new team member


The new year has started already, and we are happy to introduce Molly, our new team member.
Molly has lived on the North Shore her whole life. She graduated from AUT with a BHSc in Oral health at the end of 2019 and joined the team at Bachmann Orthodontics at the start of 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys playing social sports, swimming at the beach and in the winter, skiing or snowboarding at the mountain. We are happy to have Molly at the team.
A big bachmannssmile.
What can we do to make you smile?

Brilliant Team, Good Food, Nice Location.

What is an X-Mas celebration without our orthodontic angels?


After another successful year with happy smiling patients, we celebrate as a team by sharing a fabulous 4 course meal at @MoxieRestaurantNZ in Birkenhead.

We had a good time enjoying delicious, creative food in a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere.

We are all loving it. Big smile.

What can we do to make you smile?

Wear a smile.

A smile is the prettiest thing you’ll ever wear.
What can be more natural, unique and spectacular than your beautiful smile? It will last forever, and it’s never out of fashion.
X-Mas always comes fast at the end of the year. A beautiful smile with straight teeth can be an outstanding present. Give your loved ones a lifetime smile and ask Candice 09 4481 128, for our BachmannSmile gift- voucher.
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What can we do to make you smile?

Save Your Piggy Bank. 

Maybe you have heard about a cheap DIY Aligners Set to achieve a beautiful smile. Sounds good in the first place. 

As specialist orthodontists and dentists, we can not recommend any treatment without the full and ongoing support of an orthodontic specialist. 

Bachmann Orthodontics like to be as transparent as we can about the costs of orthodontic treatment. The fees do vary depending on the individual case and the course of treatment.

When a client decides to go ahead with treatment at Bachmann Orthodontics, 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.

Cost $390

The cost of braces and orthodontics varies depending on individual requirements. All clients will need to be assessed by the Bachmann Orthodontics team before we can decide on the types of treatment available to the patient.

At Bachmann Orthodontic, we Offer Payment & Finance Options

  • Lump-sum upfront with a discount offered on the full package
  • Monthly instalments with NO interest charged

Ages 6 –10

  • Early orthodontic treatment for younger children
  • Space maintainer from $190
  • Plate, RME (upper expander), Partial braces or similar $2000 – $4200

Ages 11+ and adults

  • High-performance Speed brackets (upper & lower): from $8700, minor corrections as low as $3500
  • Invisalign from $2000 (minor corrections only one jaw) maximum $7800 (difficult cases)
  • Incognito (individually German custom made brackets behind your teeth) from $15,000
  • Clear ceramic brackets to improve aesthetics $50 per bracket

The Bachmann Orthodontic 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.

As you can see, a DIY Aligners Set isn’ t cheaper. What about the result?

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What can we do to make you smile?

Trick or Treat.

Have some fun on Halloween.
Please be so kind and follow our Oral health tips after consuming all the Halloween Sweets
1. Brush Your Teeth
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.


Worried about your oral health? Want to learn more about how to keep your smile beautiful? Call our Auckland Orthodontic office to schedule your first consultation.
Book a consultation today 094481128

 


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Speed braces. Speed up your life.

Welcome to the 4th industrial revolution

Only SPEED Braces use a ‘Super-Elastic’ 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 space-age material, then follows the programmed instructions by applying a light continuous force to move teeth to their correct position gently. SPEED Braces have revolutionized Orthodontics with an advanced design, using space-age materials and manufacturing to deliver beautiful smiles and lasting results to Orthodontic patients worldwide.

1. SPEED Braces are 1/3 smaller than traditional braces. Patients of all ages appreciate SPEED’s small footprint and clean appearance.

2. SPEED Braces eliminate the need for the elastic ties that traditional braces require to straighten teeth. This decreases the pressure that is applied to the tooth, and decreases friction, allowing the teeth to move more freely. The result… More efficient and comfortable tooth movement!

3. The miniaturized and rounded surfaces of SPEEDBraces are easy to brush and clean, making it simple to maintain good oral hygiene.

Wire Creations

With wires, you can create a lot of beautiful things.

However, nothing can beat braces to achieve a beautiful smile.

What are your orthodontic treatment options?

While metal braces are still an extremely effective method of straightening teeth and achieving a perfect smile, alternative orthodontic treatment options now include Clear or Tooth Coloured Ceramic Braces, Lingual (inside) braces and Clear Aligners (for example, Invisalign®).

Whether you’re considering traditional braces or an alternative to braces, only an orthodontist has the training, experience and expert knowledge to be able to offer you the suite of treatment options and give you the confidence of knowing you’re in the best hands.

If you want to know more about the different treatment options, call Candice and make an appointment today. 09448 1128

What can we do to make you smile?

Why visit a specialist Orthodontist ?

 

If you are researching orthodontists and different types of
braces for yourself, your children, or a loved one, you hit the target.


Just like every mouth is different, each
orthodontic practice is different. In your search to find the
right orthodontist for you, you will most likely be presented
with similar treatment options. Different practices may even
share the same manufacturer for braces or Invisalign.
Not all treatment is the same and your experience
will be quite differen
t. At Bachmann Orthodontics, our mission is always doing the best for you smile.
That is why we are able to guarantee our work.
There is no better reward than seeing how happy our patients are after we help transform their smile.
Please choose a specialist orthodontist who is registered at
the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists
and not dentists who have a special interest in orthodontics
to become your perfect smile – even if it is not us.

Have a look at our website www.bachmannorthodontics.co.nz
to see what kind of treatments we offer and make an appointment today.
09448 1128
What can we do to make you smile?

You don’t need a Smile-Brush for your daily routine.

1. Brush Your Teeth
You have been told to brush your teeth, twice a day every day since you were a kid and for a 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. 

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. 
Book a consultation today 094481128

What can we do to make you smile?

Speed up your new smile



Do you get the speed you want to achieve for your new smile?
If you want to straighten your teeth but don’t want to wear braces for the typical up to three years, short-term orthodontics can give you the smile you wish to achieve, quicker – if it’s compatible with your need. One option of “short-term” braces are Speed Braces®.
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Self-Ligating Braces
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The “Speed” approach is a trademarked term. It uses self-ligating braces, which are different from traditional braces. Usually, Orthodontist uses three main components to move your teeth into their ideal position: The bracket, which is placed on each tooth; the archwire, which runs through each bracket and places pressure on the teeth; and a tie, usually made from elastic that connects the archwire to the bracket.
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Self-ligating braces don’t use ties. Instead, a permanently installed, the clip holds the archwire in place. Not using ties reduces the resistance of friction between the bracket and the wire, letting your teeth move more freely and using less applied force.
Speed Braces are available in metal (stainless steel), other clip brackets in cosmetic porcelain.
But to be honest, it always depends on the individual case and treatment how fast you get your perfect Bachmannsmile©.
Give Candice a call: 09448 1128 and ask for “Speed-Braces.”
What can we do to make you smile?

Orthodontic Treatment: 9 Benefits of Straight Teeth

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.

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.

Enquire about braces > Book a consultation today

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; 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 your 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 a 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 archwires. 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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Proper Brushing

Brush the outer side of your teeth. This is the front side of your teeth that is seen when you smile. Don’t forget to remove the plaque along the part of your tooth closest to the gum line.

Begin on the outside of your top teeth. Bite your teeth together. Rub the toothbrush back and forth across your teeth while gradually moving the toothbrush across your top teeth. Make sure you reach all the way back to your molars. Spit if necessary.

Use small circles to brush the braces. Spend at least 25 – 30 seconds on each bracket. You can also use your interdental brush to brush over the tops of your brackets. Most brackets have holes in them (very hard to see) so try wiggling the interdental brush down into each bracket

Brush the crowns of your teeth. Turn your toothbrush perpendicular to the spaces between your teeth. Rub the brush back and forth and also use a circular motion. This helps get the hard to reach crevices that can harbor plaque and food particles.

Brush the inner side of your teeth. Move the toothbrush back and forth, up and down and then with circular motions on the inside of your top and bottom teeth. When you have braces, the inner side of your teeth are usually the easiest to brush because they are not crowded with braces.

Now brush the outside of your bottom teeth. With your teeth still together, gently brush in circular motions. Make sure you move the toothbrush across all your front teeth and back to the outsides of your molars as well. It may be easier to reach the back of your mouth if you open your mouth a little.