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Do braces hurt?

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September 24, 2015

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Your mouth is a very sensitive part of your body, and small changes can introduce some discomfort during orthodontic treatment. The first pain for many may come a few hours after the braces are first put in place. Unfortunately, this is due your braces being new and sometimes they can irritate the inside of the mouth […]

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Top Five ways to alleviate braces pain

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September 17, 2015

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When braces are first fitted or when they are adjusted, many people can experience some pain due to the shifting nature of your teeth. The discomfort is part of the process of realigning your teeth; however, there are some techniques our patients can use to alleviate the pain Over the counter pain relief – Over […]

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The Rolls Royce of braces – Damon Braces

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September 11, 2015

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Known as the “Rolls Royce” of braces, the Damon Brace system is gentle, less painful, and provides better long term comfort. Making them an ideal option for adult braces, the Damon Brace system has shorter treatment times and fewer, if any, extractions. Norwest Orthodontics are certified Damon System doctors, highly trained and experience in fitting […]

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Could my headaches be caused by a bad bite?

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September 2, 2015

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There are many different reasons for headaches, and problems with your jaw or bite can be one of them. Your headache might be a dental problem in disguise. One of the main causes of a tension headache can be a misaligned bite, causing tightness and a dull ache in temples, across the forehead or the […]

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Spotlight on Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha

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August 21, 2015

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Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha is the principal specialist at Norwest Orthodontics, and is the only Australasian Orthodontic Board Certified Specialist Orthodontist in the Norwest area. Knowing that the field was of great interest and the very nature of the work would continue to challenge and drive his career, Shimanto decided early in his dental training to […]

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When to see an Orthodontist?

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August 14, 2015

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Orthodontics is a specialist field of dentistry dealing with correcting alignment issues that your teeth or jaw may have. Orthodontists often treat issues such as overbites, underbites, spacing between teeth, and crowded teeth. Proper alignment of your teeth is important, both for your confidence and your health. While a dentist can help with more general […]

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I’m just too old for braces. Braces are for kids

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August 11, 2015

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Straight teeth at any age are good for your overall dental hygiene and confidence. Long gone are the chunky metal braces that were a prominent feature of 80’s school yards, replaced with virtually invisible orthodontic treatments that can barely be seen. There is no age limit on braces. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients are […]

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Will my speech be affected by orthodontic treatment?

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August 3, 2015

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Most patients have no difficulties with speech after having a brace fitted. However, some people may notice a change in their speech or awkwardness in the immediate days after having braces fitted. This is not unusual. Difficulties are most obvious when trying to pronounce words that contain “s” and “th” sounds. Some braces can affect your […]

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Start good habits for teeth early

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July 26, 2015

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Ancient Greek Philosopher Aristotle famously said, “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” Teaching young children good dental health and hygiene is an important step to set them up with the right habits for life. By ensuring your child is taking proper oral care at a young age, you can help to avoid future […]

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Why early orthodontics may mean less treatment later?

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July 21, 2015

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Early orthodontic screening for children is able to recognise and correct potential problems before they become serious. Along with the Australian Society of Orthodontists, Norwest Orthodontics specialist Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha, the only Australasian Orthodontic Board Certified Specialist Orthodontist in the Norwest area, recommends children have an orthodontic screening by seven to eight years of age. The […]

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