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Fastbraces vs Invisalign – Dentist Cranbourne

Fastbraces vs Invisalign? Both are popular options for those wanting to straighten their smile. It can be difficult to know which option is right for your unique needs. Fastbraces vs Invisalign- Dentist Cranbourne break down the unique advantages and drawbacks of each treatment to help you make this decision.

Orthodontic care is rising in popularity with nearly two-thirds of Australians considering treatment to fix crooked teeth. Teeth alignment can help boost self-confidence by giving you that perfect smile. Seeing an orthodontic specialist can also identify and prevent dental issues due to misaligned teeth, including:

  • Pain and issues from jaw misalignment
  • Bacteria build-up between teeth as it’s easier to get food stuck in crooked teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not properly addressed.
  • Wearing down of protective enamel due to misaligned teeth, which can lead to cavities.

When it comes to getting braces, dentists at our Cranbourne medical centre understand everyone has different needs and priorities. We offer both Invisalign and Fastbraces treatment options to our patients to accommodate their requirements.

Invisalign

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As opposed to traditional braces with metal brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to fix crooked teeth. By wearing the aligners in sequence, Invisalign progressively guide teeth into alignment.

It’s the most discreet option for braces as they can be virtually invisible. The aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours per day, and can be taken out whenever you choose. This is particularly useful if you are attending a special occasion or taking photos. It also leads to fewer eating restrictions as you don’t need to worry about damaging the braces. Invisalign is comfortable to wear as it doesn’t have any metal that may cut the mouth.

However, this method is often less effective for severe orthodontic problems. For serious cases of teeth misalignment, wearing Fastbraces may lead to better outcomes.

Fastbraces

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Fastbraces uses a modern triangular metal brace design to align the root of the teeth along with the visible crown. This treatment is much faster than other treatment options and is often more affordable as a result. Like traditional braces, our Cranbourne doctors tighten your Fastbraces over time to move teeth into the correct positions.

As Fastbraces uses metal brackets and wires, it may cut or rub the inside of your mouth. You must also be careful when eating to avoid damage to the braces.

The verdict

Fastbraces vs Invisalign? Ultimately, your choice in braces comes down to what you regard as your top priority. Invisalign is a great option for those seeking a discreet fix for minor teeth misalignment, whereas Fastbraces will help you achieve a perfect smile in a shorter timespan. Visit Broad Oak Medical Centre in Cranbourne for a professional consultation to choose the most suitable treatment for you.

Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000


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Hay fever Prevention and Treatment – Cranbourne Medical Centre

Spring is well and truly here. The weather is getting warmer, the days longer and plants are blooming. But what does Spring mean for many of us? Hay Fever! At Broad Oak Cranbourne Medical Centre we understand just how frustrating this condition is and how it can take a toll on your life on a daily basis. Luckily our team of highly experienced Cranbourne Doctors are here to help with your Hay Fever prevention and treatment.

What is Hay Fever?

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Hay Fever is the widely used term for a condition known as allergic rhinitis, which is an allergic reaction to indoor and outdoor environmental allergens. According to the latest Roy Morgan Research, 26.6% of the population (or 5,141,000 Australians) suffered from allergic rhinitis in 2014–15. For those who suffer from hay fever, spring is less about celebration and more about medication; hence the important need to work on Hay Fever prevention and treatment.

Hay Fever occurs when a person comes into contact with an allergen, such as, dust mites, pollen (from grasses, flowers and trees), animal hair or fur (dander), and fungal spores. Allergens are enzymes or proteins that affect the nose, eyes, ears, throat and sinuses. It can cause them to become irritated, swollen or inflamed.

A common misconception is that people only experience Hay Fever during Spring and Summer months. This is the peak time for airborne grass pollens. Seasonal Hay Fever is very common due to a high number of people being allergic to pollen. However, it can also affect people throughout the year. This type of Hay Fever is known as Perennial allergic rhinitis. It can be triggered by an allergy to mould spores, dust mites or animal hair around the home or workplace.

Hay Fever can be acquired at any age, however it generally starts in childhood or adolescence. In Australia, almost 1 in 5 people experience Hay Fever at some point during their lifetime. Those with a family history of allergies (especially asthma or eczema) are more likely to suffer from Hay Fever. Hay Fever and asthma share numerous risk and trigger factors. Most notably is a genetic predisposition to develop allergic reactions.

The most common symptoms of Hay Fever include:

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  • Sneezing
  • Red, itchy, watery or swollen eyes
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy nose, ears, throat

How to get your Hay Fever under control

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An important part of managing Hay Fever is identifying the allergen(s) causing your symptoms. In some cases, this may be completely obvious. However, in other cases when it is not so clear, we recommend visiting a GP at our Cranbourne Medical Centre. One of our Cranbourne East Doctors will be able to run some allergy tests (skin prick tests or allergen specific IgE blood tests) and analyse the results with your medical history to determine the appropriate course of action. In some instances, a GP Cranbourne may refer you to a specialist to get your Hay Fever under control.

The best way to lessen the frequency of Hay Fever symptoms is to avoid allergic triggers and take the right treatments. Your Cranbourne Doctor may recommend a number of medications to help relieve your symptoms such as, intranasal corticosteroid sprays, combined intranasal corticosteroid and antihistamine sprays, antihistamine medications, eye drops, decongestant nasal sprays or allergen immunotherapy.

If you want to get your Hay Fever under control, don’t hesitate to contact us today to book an appointment with one of our friendly Cranbourne Doctors at the Broad Oak Cranbourne Medical Centre.






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