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The Dangers Of DIY Teeth Whitening

A GOOD-LOOKING SMILE with white, even teeth is a major confidence booster and really helps make a good first impression. Whether you’re going on a date or a job interview it's well accepted that white teeth and a big smile are attractive signs of health. These factors combined with increase in…


Teeth moved since having braces many years ago?

Anyone that has received orthodontic treatment is at risk of potential relapse or future tooth movement. Orthodontic relapse can be defined as the tendency for teeth to return to their pre-treatment position, and this occurs especially in lower front teeth. Get your orthodontic retainers checked Relapse is a phenomenon that causes teeth to…


DON’T DELAY, JUST USE AFTERPAY!

Good news! We are pleased to announce that afterpay is now available at Smile Central dental in Aspley. We understand that paying for unexpected dental treatment can be difficult and have always provided payment options such as Openpay for our clients. With the new addition of afterpay dental services, we…


How Can Your Orthodontic Retainer Predict The Future?

Teeth are not always straight, and often neither is your bite (occlusion). Both these issues can be resolved with orthodontics, better known as braces or Invisalign. Following your orthodontic treatment, you will need a retainer to make sure your teeth stay where they should. Did you know that your teeth…


Adult Aligners: What You Need To Know

If you're years out of high school, chances are you think you've missed your chance to have straight and beautiful teeth... but that's not true! Modern orthodontic treatment has become increasingly popular for adults as well as teens. Even if you had braces before, your teeth might relapse and move…


How to get a broken tooth. Use them as a tool!

OUR TEETH ARE pretty amazing, and there’s a lot they can do. Teeth chew food, provide structural support for the lower third of our faces, help us speak clearly, and give us our uniqueness. However, when over used they often crack and become broken tooth! Many people also find other uses…


Protect Your Teeth With A Custom Fitted Sports Mouthguard

We love when our patients are having fun and being active, but unfortunately, sports-related dental injuries happen all the time. That’s why we make custom mouthguards in our practice, so you and your children can always play it safe, especially if they are playing a contact sport such as rugby, basketball, soccer,…


Dental X-Rays: It’s Time For Your Close-Up

IF WE ASKED you to list three things that happen in a typical dental exam, dental X-rays would probably be one of them. But do you know what they’re used for? It depends on the type of X-ray, so let’s look at what these are. Getting The Wide Shot With Panoramic…


Why dentist check up and cleans need to be regular

GOING TO THE DENTIST is something we should all be doing twice a year every year. If you’re already in the habit of coming in for regular cleanings, that’s wonderful! If not, here’s what you can expect from a typical cleaning appointment. Your Check-Up When visiting the dentist for a check-up, there…


Health Benefits Of Straight Teeth

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HAVING STRAIGHT TEETH isn’t just about looks! Did you know that there are several health benefits to having straight teeth? So, if you’re wondering whether or not to get braces, don’t just think about the aesthetic benefits. Think about all the things your straight teeth will do to improve your health!…


Cosmetic injectables for anti-wrinkle benefits

Life takes us through a rollercoaster of emotions, and as a result, our expressions begin to etch themselves into our faces as we age. With our forty-three facial muscles working every day, visible signs of ageing are inevitable, but there is a solution at Smile Central if you’re looking to…


Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS from our practice! May the peace and joy of the season be with you and your family. We will reopen in the New Year on Monday the 7th of January. Come and visit Dr Chris Lauf and his team at our Brisbane dental practice in the New Year!


Use it or lose it; 3 ways to maximise your health insurance benefits

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For the great majority of people, your dental benefits re-set every single year. Said another way, most people have dental benefits that are based on a one-year benefit period, and in most cases, that benefit period is based on our calendar year. So that means if you haven’t used those…


Teeth, Gums, And Diabetes

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IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE diabetes and oral health have little to do with each other, but this is unfortunately not the case. One of the most common effects of diabetes is, in fact, gum disease, and the two conditions can actually make each other harder to deal with. This is why…


Celebrating Movember: Mens Oral Health Tips

MAINTAINING GOOD ORAL HEALTH is crucial for everyone, but that can mean different things for men than for women. This MOVEMBER we’ve put together a list of concerns men should particularly watch out for, as well as some tips for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy! Brush That Charming…


Mouth breathing is NOT normal. Have your child assessed for orthodontics from the age of 7

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WHEN WE PICTURE SOMEONE with braces, we usually picture a teenager with a mouthful of colourful brackets. What we don’t typically picture is orthodontic appliances on younger children. However, interceptive orthodontics can reduce the need for tooth extraction and jaw surgery, correct certain problems as they appear, encourage better facial development, shorten…


Learn the Benefits of Dental Implants

IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED TOOTH LOSS, you are not alone. In fact, it is very common for some people to be missing at least one tooth, if not two or three. Here’s the good news: there are solutions for you, including customised and natural-looking dental implants. Dental Implants Function Much Like Natural…


Making Halloween Healthy For Your Teeth

HALLOWEEN can be a very exciting time for many families and it’s almost here! This holiday sees kids, teens, and even adults consuming far more sugar than they would any other time, coming in second only to Easter. The problem with this is that sugar is the favourite food of the…


Night guard for teeth-grinding or “bruxism”

HAVE YOU EVER woken up with a sore jaw, tooth pain, or a headache? These are common symptoms of sleep bruxism, or teeth-grinding. Statistics estimate that 10-15 percent of adults struggle with sleep bruxism, and children can experience it too. Because it happens during sleep, it can be difficult to control or stop. One…


Halloween, Candy, And Your Braces

WE ALL LOVE EATING our favourite candy from time to time, especially around Halloween. But those treats can get tricky for orthodontic patients, because many of the standard goodies are harmful to braces. So how can you safely enjoy your spooky night of fun and sweets? Just follow our guidelines of…


Tips for helping your child trust the dentist

EVEN THOUGH WE ALL know how important it is to go to the dentist, dental anxiety can make many people avoid crucial dental checkups. For some, dental anxiety starts in childhood and lasts a lifetime. How can we help our children start out with a positive mindset towards the dentist so…


The Negative Effects Of Mouth-Breathing

WE ALL KNOW WHAT it’s like to have a cold, with a nose so stuffy that you can’t breathe through it. At times like that, we breathe through our mouths instead, and that’s pretty much how it should work. Mouth-breathing is an emergency backup, not the default. There are many negative…


Tips For Keeping Your Braces Clean

CLEANING OUR TEETH IS a critical task that we should all be doing twice a day. For people with braces, good oral hygiene is even more important, but it can also be more complicated because of all those extra crevices and places where food particles, bacteria, and plaque can hide. Slacking…


INDEPENDENTLY providing the right level of care for dental patients

A recent investigative report conducted by the ABC revealed that dentists working for corporate clinics and health insurers are being incentivised to churn through patients and administer so-called "drill and fill" dentistry, according to industry insiders. Dentistry in Australia is experiencing significant change, unfortunately this is resulting in restrictions on…

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