Everybody can make ice!

All orthodontic tools are nearly the same on the globe.
Most important is who has the best knowledge and experience to achieve the right result.

Everybody can paint! Everybody can drive a car! Can they?
May it has a reason why only a few people can drive a racecar.
They are specialists. Like Orthodontists.
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An orthodontist is a dentist who undertakes an additional 2 to 3 years of university fulltime training and studies in Orthodontics. Only an orthodontist has the post-graduate training to practice orthodontics.
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Orthodontists are focused and specialised in straightening teeth
making them bite together correctly along with treating skeletal irregularities.
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Only an orthodontist can offer a specialist diagnosis and see the full picture of treatment options.
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Many cases will require specialist treatment. Your dentist may advise you if the treatment required is outside their expertise.
However, if you are not sure, do not hesitate to seek a second opinion.
You don’t need a referral from your dentist or dental therapist to make an appointment with a specialist orthodontist.
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Go for the real thing!
What can we do to make you smile?
Claudia & Lutz Bachmann Orthodontics

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Specialist Orthodontist vs. Special Interest in Orthodontics.

 

Did you consult a specialist orthodontist or a dentist with a special interest in orthodontics?
What is the difference?
First of all, both are qualified dentists and have to work in their profession for a minimum of 3 years.
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An orthodontist is a dentist who undertakes an additional 2 to 3 years of university fulltime training and studies in Orthodontics. Only an orthodontist has the post-graduate training to practice orthodontics.


Orthodontists are focused and specialised in straightening teeth, making them bite together correctly along with treating skeletal irregularities.
The New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO) is a professional organisation dedicated to ensuring you receive high-quality specialist orthodontic care. Members of the NZAO must have a recognised post-graduate qualification in orthodontics and are required to undergo regular professional development to maintain standards.
Some dentists also provide orthodontic treatment for adults and children. They provide non-specialist orthodontic treatment and treat patients without knowledge of the full range of possible treatment options.


Only an orthodontist can offer a specialist diagnosis and see the full picture of treatment options.
Many cases will require specialist treatment. Your dentist may advise you if the treatment required is outside their expertise; however, if you are not sure do not hesitate to seek a second opinion. You don’t need a referral from your dentist or dental therapist to make an appointment with a specialist orthodontist.
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What can we do to make you smile?
Claudia & Lutz Bachmann Orthodontics

A sweet smile

What is a sweet smile? What does it mean?

It means that someone has a beautiful smile

Behind every smile is something.

We would say, smiling a sweet smile, just like an angel.

What can we do to make you smile?

Call Candice 09 448 1128‬ and make an appointment today.

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.

Problems to watch for in children age 6 to 8

The Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should be evaluated by the time they are age 7.

However, some circumstances may require earlier intervention, such as:


– Excessive overcrowding of teeth


– Open bites: when the upper and lower front teeth fail
to meet


– Overbites: when the upper teeth protrude past the
lower teeth


– Underbites: when the lower teeth protrude past the
upper teeth


– Crossbites: when teeth in the lower jaw overlap teeth
in the upper jaw


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Recommended and possible treatments:
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Phase I Treatment
(intervention treatment) 6 to 10 years old.
Starts before all the permanent teeth come through.
This treatment is usually recommended to make more space for developing teeth and correct oral problems, such as overbites and crossbites.
Phase I treatment often involves limited dental hardware, such as expanders and partial braces.
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Phase II Treatment
(comprehensive treatment) Age 11 to 13.
When all their permanent teeth have come through.
This treatment usually involves full braces.
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Whether your child will need phase I or II treatment will depend on the position of their teeth and jaw development.
The benefits of early examinations:
Having your children examined earlier (before age 7) has numerous benefits, including:
– Oral problems can be identified earlier
– tooth extraction can be avoided since more space can
be created
-Long-term treatment can be appropriately determined
and treatment time can be shortened
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Make an appointment today and find out what will be the best treatment plan for your child to become perfect Bachmannsmile.

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Melanie Cowan Rademeyer We followed this process with my daughter and the results have been phenomenal! Her teeth are beautiful. She is in the last phase of her braces. I highly recommend the above from an early age as stated and then also highly recommend Bachmann Orthodontist….I would not go anywhere else!

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?

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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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?

Our Practice practices


Every athlete knows that you have to train old and new techniques to get better and better.
It’s the same reason why our employees practice hard to be the best in their profession.
The better our staff, the better our treatment, the better your result.


Today a whole day of external training took place for our employees.
It’s about working with a perfectly trained team.
Our goal is always to achieve the best smile for our patients – a perfect Bachmannsmile.
What can we do to make you smile?

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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

A day off work

Nau mai haere mai e te tī, e te tā,

Yay, a day off work! 

On the 6th of February 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Rangatira Māori and representatives of the Crown.

2020 is the 180th anniversary of the signing of the Waitangi Treaty. 

Waitangi Day gets its name from the name of the treaty document.

The public holiday falls on a Thursday this year, and there’s plenty going on around Auckland. For example:

Summer Vibes North Shore Festival 

Summer Vibes is the first event of its kind at Awataha Marae, which you’ll find behind AUT North Shore Campus. 

There will be entertainment from local and international acts, a kids’ zone and the chance to learn about te reo and Waitangi.

The event is being put on in association with Auckland Council and Waitangi ki Tamaki Collective and will run from 10am until 4pm.

Sundown Sessions 

ASB Showgrounds is being turned into an inner-city beach for Waitangi Day, complete with 100 tonnes of sand. 

Armand van Helden will be headlining the party, joined on the line up by house hero Erick Morillo and a host of local and international DJs. 

Sundown Sessions runs from 2pm until 10.30pm and tickets start at $149. 

Enjoy your day.

We are back at work on Monday to create beautiful smiles.

OPENING HOURS

7.45am – 5.45pm Monday to Thursday

51 Corinthian Drive Albany, Auckland 0632

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What can we do to make you smile?

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Make an appointment today 094481128 or reception@bachmannorthodontics.co.nz

..Mona Lisa’s smile

 

What is the meaning of Mona Lisa’s smile?

 The word “giocondo” is not only a family name but also an Italian word meaning “jovial” or “self-amused.” As it happens, enigmatic facial expressions – especially smiles – are something of a Da Vinci trademark. Yet this particular smile has sparked hot debate for nearly five hundred years.

The magic of the Mona Lisa’s smile is that it seems to react to our gaze. What is she thinking? She smiles back, mysteriously. Look again. Her smile seems to flicker. We glance away, and the enigmatic smile lingers in our minds, as it does in the collective mind of humanity. In no other painting are motion and emotion, the paired touchstones of Leonardo’s art, so intertwined.

The mystery has finally been solved after 500 years.

 

It is one of the most-discussed works of art ever, partly thanks to the subject’s ambiguous look.

According to a recent study by the University of Freiburg, though, the answer to whether she is “sad” or “happy” is simple: her expression is unequivocally “happy”.

Twelve participants were shown nine black and white photos of the Mona Lisa, eight of which had been digitally manipulated at the mouth; four made the model look happier, the other four sadder.

After shuffling the photos and showing them to each participant 30 times, the team found that the original photo was thought to be “happy” 97 per cent of the time.

What can we do to make you smile?

Maybe a magic Bachmannsmile. 

Whatever it is call Candice 09448 1128 to make an appointment today.

20 January 2020

Oh, what a magic date to start 🙂
We’re all back at work now.
We all have enjoyed the long season break. The whole team starts refreshed into 2020 with one mission to create your beautiful smile.
If you are back from your summer holidays, do not hesitate and call Candice 09448 1128 for your next appointment.
What can we do to make you smile?

XMAS-NEW YEAR Opening

Are you in Xmas mood?
Only a few days to go until the 24th.
We wish all our patients Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year 2020,
Claudia, Lutz and the Bachmann Orthodontics Team.

Our practice will be closed from Friday the 20th of December and will reopen on Monday the 20th of January.
Urgent advice, please text or call
Dr Bachmann on 021 029 045 39.
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?

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?

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?

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.

7 Steps to a Successful 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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