Brace yourself for a beautiful smile

Dr Paul A Lane
B.DSc (QLD), D.Clin.Dent (Ortho) (Adel),
M.Orth (RCSEd), A.O.B Certified
Lane Orthodontics
566 Mulgrave Road
Woree, Cairns Qld 4870
Ph: (07) 4054 1100

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Happy New Year!

January 4th, 2016

I’m blown away by the fact that another year has come and gone already. Maybe it’s just me, but some years seem to go by more quickly than others. In 2015 we met many new patients and their families who began their orthodontic journey with us; some with complex treatments while others have been lucky enough to require only minor treatments.

I am always taken back when Xmas time comes round. Our practice becomes inundated with cards and treats from our patients. We are showered with chocolates, cakes, biscuits, seafood, fruit platters and sushi is just to name a few.  Every day when I arrive home from work my kids jokingly ask me “What did you eat today Mum?”  I am also reminded of how lovely our patients are by bumping into them at the shops and seeing their wired smiles beaming back at me.

December saw Dr Lane take his wife and kids to Bali for a much needed family holiday. I must say I was nervous that he may get stuck in Bali due to volcanic ash teasing the airways. Lucky for me (unlucky for him-haha!) he was able to fly home without a hitch and resume work as usual. Transforming smiles!

Many of our staff also had well-earned holidays. Some of them even went abroad to destinations such as Asia, Europe, England and New Zealand. So now that we are all well rested and back on deck we can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring. To all our wonderful patients and their families Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Signing off. Nikki

Invisalign Research

October 12th, 2015

Exclusive research has revealed the secret to looking 7 years younger…and it’s right under your nose!

How old we look is often impacted by more than just lines and wrinkles. In fact, a recent study revealed that 4 in 5 women agree a straight, healthy-looking smile can make you look younger. How much younger? Well according to 95% of women asked, an average of 7 years!^

Over 1,000 participants were shown images of the same women with only the state of their teeth altered. They were then asked to rank five common aging concerns in order of impact.  Before seeing the images participants ranked uneven teeth/smile to have the least impact on age; but after seeing the altered images this moved to the top of the list - with the smile even outranking lines and wrinkles as the number one factor that influences the perception of age.

Dr Lane says he’s not surprised by these new findings, “A fresh, beautiful smile is, by nature of its appearance, associated with health, youthfulness and vitality. It is common in my practice to see that patients who have undergone orthodontic treatments smile more; a great smile does wonders for their self-esteem.”

So what are people doing to achieve their perfect smile? Dr Lane sees patients of all ages who are looking for solutions that can offer straighter teeth. “Advancements in orthodontic technology means people can now get the straight smile they want without metal braces. Invisalign® uses a series of custom-made aligners that are virtually invisible and help to gradually straighten teeth. Best of all, they’re removable too, so you carry on eating and drinking all the things you love.”

*Research conducted by Ipsos Australia on behalf of Invisalign Australia in April, 2014. Sample size was 1001 women Australia wide aged 18-49. ^ Participants were asked how much older one image of the woman looked compared to another of the same woman with only the state of their teeth altered.

Tips on finding the right health fund

June 11th, 2014

Health Fund Talk!

It is important to compare the different insurance plans and find the best plan for your needs. However, most of the major insurers will only cover a set amount of orthodontic work and you will still be left with the out-of-pocket expenses. If you are only purchasing health insurance for the dental benefits involved then you need to try and find a provider that offers the best level of cover.

We recommend that you shop around and ask the health funds the following questions to ensure you have peace of mind once starting your orthodontic treatment.

1. What is the lifetime rebate limit for orthodontic treatment?

2. How much can be claimed each year and over how many years?

3. Are the claims to be made on a calendar or financial year basis?

4. Can the total amount (i.e. lifetime limit) be claimed at the start of the treatment?

5. Is my Orthodontist able to swipe my health fund card for my initial deposit at the start of treatment?

Make sure that you take the time to adequately research the options, prices and wait times before committing yourself to a health insurance plan.

Once you have decided on the best health fund for you and you’re no longer subject to any wait times, contact your orthodontist for an initial appointment. It is at this time your orthodontist will provide you with a fee quote and an estimated duration of treatment.

We try to make things as simple as possible for our patients and their families so always come to your appointments with your health fund card. There are certain appointments that we’re able to claim your rebate using HICAPS which limits your out of pocket expense.

Our reception team is always here to help you with your inquiries so please don’t hesitate in asking. 

Why is my jaw hurting?

March 25th, 2014

It is not uncommon for people to experience pain or discomfort in their TMJ (Tempormandibular Jaw Joint). Most of the population will at some time have problems with their TMJ. Usually, if caught early, it is quite easy to fix. Some patients who are experiencing problems may complain of pain around or in front of the ear, tightness of the jaw when they wake up in the morning, a pop or click in one or both joints when they open their mouth or locking of the jaw when they try to open their mouth. Some patients will experience all of the symptoms.

The cause varies, but in most cases, there has been some kind of trauma or damage to the jaw. Stress is another contributing factor. Some patients who are stressed will subconsciously grind or clench their teeth together during the day or while they are sleeping. The result of the clenching or grinding is similar to having a sprained ankle; inflammation therefore requiring rest. The inflammation in the joint causes discomfort or pain, making it hard to carry on using the jaw normally.

To correct the problem we treat it like a sprained ankle. By taking the weight of it and minimizing use, the inflammation in the jaw joints will have a chance to settle. Once it has gone, it is then important to stop what caused the problem in the first place.

Treatment will begin with a soft diet. Please do not eat anything that will require you to chew more then three times before swallowing. By cutting your food up into small pieces, chewing can be limited immensely. Be careful what you eat, avoiding any sticky, chewy or hard foods.

Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed, depending on the patient. To assist with the treatment, it is important to limit your range of movement for the next six weeks. Avoid opening your mouth to wide, yelling and if possible yawning.

If you follow the instructions you should be feeling a lot better at the end of six weeks. If you feel better after a week, please don’t stop following the treatment plan. This week will not cure the problem, only relieve it for a while and you will need to start again once your TMJ starts to hurt again.

Remember to avoid the following foods while your jaw is sore:

Hard lollies, Raw vegetables, Bubble gum, Apples,  Hard biscuits, Chewy meats, Pizza Crust, Ice

If you are experiencing jaw pain or discomfort, contact us on 4054 1100 for an appointment.

Your wellbeing is our priority!

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