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14 Nov 2018

INVISALIGN TEEN – BRACES THAT FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on November 14, 2018

INVISALIGN TEEN – BRACES THAT FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE Getting through the teenage years is certainly a whirlwind: between school, home life, dating and hanging out with friends, there’s a lot to deal with. Growing up is tough, but luckily metal braces are now a thing of the past. A sombre thought, isn’t it? Well, we have ...

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13 Jun 2018

National Smile Month: Strong Teeth Make Strong Kids

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on June 13, 2018

This month sees the annual National Smile Month campaign to promote healthy oral health.Regular tooth brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste Cutting down on sugary foods and drinks Visiting your dentist at regular intervalsThere is a focus on supporting and educating parents to help their children develop the ri...

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13 Mar 2018

How are fixed braces adjusted?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 13, 2018

You have probably heard of braces being ‘tightened’ and wondering what that may mean.Your braces adjustment appointments will normally be scheduled every 4-6 weeks. Some braces systems like the Damon braces system allow these appointments to be 8-10 weeks. It is vital that your orthodontic treatment is regularly reviewe...

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16 Jan 2018

Why you need to stop a thumb sucking habit

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 16, 2018

Thumb SuckingFor some of us as parents and children, we know how difficult it is to stop 'the habit' i.e. thumb-sucking! It is probably one of the most common habits, and for the majority of us, we often stop in our early years. However, it is a hard habit to break and there are several ways and bribes that we have all given...

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24 Oct 2017

Early orthodontic treatment

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on October 24, 2017

Is it there any benefit of having brace treatment even though my child still has baby teeth?We are often asked to carry out an orthodontic consultation for children under the age of ten to assess the development of their teeth. The average age for an orthodontic consultation is around eleven years. Children usually start gai...

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11 Oct 2017

Whitening Toothpastes – do they work?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on October 11, 2017

There are several whitening kinds of toothpaste on the market. A whitening toothpaste doesn't change the actual colour of your teeth but they may be effective at removing surface staining. These kinds of toothpaste typically contain more abrasive ingredients, such as silica, which scrub the surface of the teeth.Teeth wh...

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29 Sep 2016

Anniversary Celebrations!!

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on September 29, 2016

We held a champagne anniversary celebration to mark five years of opening our practice at Hammersmith Grove. Thank you so much to everyone who came to the party and all your wonderful warm wishes. There was a prize draw in the evening and our lucky winner Anne-Marie won a trip away on Eurostar. Anne-Marie was so thrilled as the ...

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13 Sep 2016

Cleaning Invisalign Trays

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on September 13, 2016

Invisalign aligners are a convenient way to achieve your ideal smile. Less noticeable than traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment offers patients a teeth-straightening option that does not require the aesthetic compromise. Moreover, aligners do not scrape or irritate the inside or the mouth. However, when not cared for p...

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2 Jun 2016

The Five Best Foods to Beat Bad Breath

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on June 2, 2016

The foods we eat affect our breath. Garlic and onions, known for their infection-fighting properties, have many health benefits. However, these healing vegetables can also leave the mouth with a distinctive, pungent odour. Cheese is another culprit, capable of creating sour breath after one bite. But what are the best foods to h...

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10 Mar 2016

How to Get the Most Out of Your Invisalign Treatment

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 10, 2016

Invisalign, or invisible braces, is a popular and effective way to align crooked teeth. Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear aligners to gently move and straighten the teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment is less perceptible to others, making it a great option for those who wish to straighten the...

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9 Apr 2015

What is the Proper Way to Floss for Braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on April 9, 2015

The Proper Way to Floss for Braces

When you are wearing braces whether they are removable (e.g. Invisalign) or fixed braces, it is vital that you maintain excellent oral hygiene all throughout treatment. As there is something ‘foreign’ in your mouth, any food or plaque can be left behind on the brace and if not removed can result in a higher risk of decay or ...

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19 Feb 2015

What Does It Mean To Tighten Braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 19, 2015

How Are Braces Adjusted?

You have probably heard of the braces being tightened and wondering what that means.The adjustment appointments are normally every 4-6 weeks. Some brace systems allow these appointments to be 8-10 weeks. It is vital that your treatment is regularly reviewed and monitored by your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will advise yo...

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11 Feb 2015

How to Brush with Braces

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 11, 2015

Should I use an electric toothbrush with my braces?

We have a number of patients ask us this question. The most important aspect whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush is cleaning the teeth on all surfaces to ensure there is no more plaque or food left behind. If you don’t brush well or for long enough time, it doesn’t matter if you have the latest best toothbrush in...

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29 Jan 2015

Damon Brace Vs. Fixed Brace?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on January 29, 2015

What Is The Difference Between A Damon Brace And A "Fixed Brace"?

Modern orthodontic treatment as we now know, has advanced over time to allow precise control over teeth, which results in being able to achieve excellent results.The fixed part of the brace is the bracket which is attached to each tooth individually. There is a wire which connects all the brackets together and is held in pl...

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5 Nov 2014

How Can I Straighten My Wisdom Tooth/ Teeth?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on November 5, 2014

Braces and Wisdom TeethWisdom teeth are commonly the last adult teeth to erupt. They are also well-known for not erupting and lying dormant for several years. They can be impacted, meaning they can be positioned at an angle instead of being positioned ‘straight’. The x-rays below shows two lower wisdom teeth being impact...

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8 Oct 2014

How can I treat teeth crowding?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on October 8, 2014

What is crowded teeth?

Braces and Teeth ExtractionOne of the most common reasons for having orthodontic treatment is crowded teeth, which can cause the teeth to appear crooked. The teeth often overlap each other and this can cause food or plaque to become trapped between the teeth. Flossing can be quite difficult as the contacts are very tight, so...

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19 Sep 2014

Metal braces and sports?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on September 19, 2014

Will metal braces cut my child's mouth if he plays contact sports?

If you are playing contact sports it is essential to wear a mouthguard. Contact sports include hockey, rugby, boxing or any sport which involves physical contact or moving objects.A third of dental trauma injuries are from a sport. Teeth can be broken or even completely knocked out. Also, the inside of the mouth and gums ca...

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9 Sep 2014

What if i have sensitive teeth?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on September 9, 2014

Which braces are ideal if I have sensitive teeth?

There are a number of reasons why you may have sensitive teeth, and it’s important to find out the reason why the teeth are sensitive. Before having brace treatment, it is vital to be assessed by your dentist to find the cause of the sensitivity and have the appropriate dental treatment completed.If there is some gum rec...

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4 Sep 2014

What is a retainer used for?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on September 4, 2014

Why do I have to wear a retainer after removing my braces?

This is the most important stage of treatment. The active brace treatment will result in your great smile but only the retainer will ensure it is always a great smile.The teeth need time to adjust in their new positions and with any process in the body – it takes time for the tissues to adapt and re-organise. The fibres w...

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11 Aug 2014

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on August 11, 2014

What is high definition digital radiograph technology and how do you use it during assessments?

One of the most important assessments before starting treatment is assessing the roots and bone levels to ensure you are suitable for treatment. One of the main risk factors with brace treatment is root shortening. In all patients with braces there will be some minor changes. However, in some cases this can be more severe and of...

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8 Aug 2014

What if i had dental phobia?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on August 8, 2014

Do you offer sedation for dental procedures? Would you recommend it for people with phobias?

During orthodontic treatment, you often attend every 6 weeks during an average 18-month treatment. If you had a dental phobia, orthodontic treatment would probably not be a good option until you felt comfortable with seeing your dentist in the first instance for routine check-ups. Once you were comfortable with attending your re...

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28 Jul 2014

West Centre of Orthodontics Opens a New Facility

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on July 28, 2014

Patients of West London Centre of Orthodontics now have two locations from which to choose

In an effort to better serve our patients, and lessen wait times, we at the West Centre of Orthodontics have recently opened a second Central London facility, on Harley Place. This sister site to our flagship facility on Hammersmith Grove will afford Londoners the luxury of quicker, more convenient care, in a comfortable, state...

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23 Jul 2014

Dietary Tips and Tricks for Those Who Wear Braces

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on July 23, 2014

The foods and beverages you consume while wearing braces directly affect the outcome of your braces treatmentIn this article, I’d like to discuss the importance of making the proper food choices while undergoing your brace treatment, as the foods you choose will in large determine your brace-wearing success.Foods to ea...

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10 Jul 2014

How much can Invisalign cost me?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on July 10, 2014

Do Invisalign prices vary from office to office? How can I decide where to go?

Invisalign fees can vary but you have to make sure you read thoroughly what the fee contains. With all our treatment fees we include the entire treatment - all your appointments including any emergencies, your retainers and monitoring you during the retention period for an additional year. So there are no hidden surprises during...

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