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30 Aug
Teaching teens how to look after retainers.

Teens are notorious for not listening to adults, but they have to learn how to look after retainers properly if they don’t want to lose the progress made with their braces. Many people have to wear retainers after getting their braces off or just to straighten very minor issues. If it’s not cared for properly, …


23 Aug
Woman doing orthodontic braces care.

Orthodontic braces care might seem overwhelming at first. Don’t worry. While it’s a lot to take in initially, you’ll quickly become a pro at caring for your new braces. All you have to do is make some simple adjustments to your normal routine. You’ll also need a few new supplies, which your orthodontist may either …


16 Aug
Young child who chose between types of retainers.

Just like with braces, there are different types of retainers. Choosing the right one depends on your child’s orthodontic needs. Where there are only two main types – removable and permanent – each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Permanent Retainers These types of retainers are often referred to as bonded or fixed. Permanent retainers …


9 Aug
How to brush your teeth with braces using floss pick.

After worrying about how braces might look, your next concern is probably how to brush your teeth with braces on. It’s a common worry, but all it takes is a little adjustment period. Once you learn the basics, you’ll have no problems keeping your teeth clean and healthy while wearing braces. 1. Brush And Floss …


2 Aug
Comparing braces vs Invisalign costs.

When it comes to braces vs Invisalign, costs may be the deciding factor. While each can straighten your smile effectively, there are some cost differences. Before you decide, make sure your treatment method fits your budget and needs. In many cases, it’s a matter of cost versus convenience. Braces Cost Less Overall, braces cost less …


26 Jul
Smiling teen deciding between Invisalign or braces.

If your teen has teeth alignment problems, it’s time to visit your orthodontist and make the all-important decision of deciding between Invisalign or braces. With so many options available now, it may be difficult for your teen to choose. It’s good to weigh the pros and cons of each choice to get the best treatment …


19 Jul
Orthodontist consultation in progress.

During your orthodontist consultation, you get to ask as many questions as you want to feel more comfortable about your treatment options. It’s always a good idea to come prepared with some questions so you can ask them now versus worrying about them after your visit. If you don’t ask anything else, make sure you …


12 Jul
what to use to clean invisalign

Wearing Invisalign braces is a great alternative to traditional braces, especially when you get to take them out to eat. However, it’s important to learn what to use to clean Invisalign aligners so you don’t put bacteria back in your mouth. Cleaning and caring for your aligners isn’t difficult. Just don’t forget and you’ll not …


5 Jul
Smiling mouth with lingual braces before and after

Know what to expect with lingual braces before and after makes it easier when you’re already anxious about wearing braces. The good news is you have a lot to look forward to as you watch your teeth straighten little by little. The best part is no one else needs to know you’re even wearing braces. …


28 Jun
Woman with tongue out in conventional metal braces

With all the alternatives to conventional metal braces, you might think there’s no reason to even consider them. However, they may still be the best option for your unique oral needs. It’s important to look at all your options, including the more traditional braces. Depending on your alignment issues, metal braces may be the most …


21 Jun
Man with ceramic braces in Australia

Getting your dream smile requires an investment of both time and money, but you may be most concerned with the overall cost. The cost of ceramic braces in Australia varies based on a number of factors. The good news is you’ll know the cost upfront when you meet with your orthodontist. This will help you …


14 Jun
little girl knows how to clean retainers

When you’re wearing a retainer, you might not even think about cleaning it. You still brush your teeth, but that’s not enough. Learning how to clean retainers is important, especially if plaque builds up. Regular cleaning helps to prevent plaque, but if it has built up, don’t worry – you can get your retainer clean. …


7 Jun
Woman with SureSmile aligners

SureSmile aligners give you the opportunity to get a straighter and healthier smile without all the metal that typically comes with the SureSmile system. Even though SureSmile braces have advantages, SureSmile aligners offer a clear and removable alternative that has both incredible fit and function. A Perfect 3D Model It all starts with a detailed …


31 May
teen wearing damon braces vs traditional braces

Damon braces vs traditional braces is a common choice when it comes to getting braces, but what are the major differences? To look at them, you won’t notice much. The differences come in the treatment itself. Depending on your needs, damon braces may actually work better and be more comfortable. Damon Braces vs Traditional Braces …


24 May
This Is How You Brush Your Teeth With Braces On

Getting braces means making a few changes to your oral health routine. For instance, you’ll need to learn how to brush your teeth with braces on. The last thing you want to do is damage your braces or miss any part of your teeth. Once you learn the right techniques, it’s easy to adjust to …


17 May
Woman's jaw after orthognathic jaw surgery

Orthognathic jaw surgery is used to correct a wide array of jaw alignment and function issues. While it can improve the look of your facial structure, it’s not a cosmetic procedure. Corrective jaw surgery, as it’s sometimes called, is necessary when your jaws and teeth don’t alignment properly. This helps with everything from your oral …


10 May
father and daughter laugh dad tracks the growth of child's teeth

It can be tricky to determine just how much dental care your child needs. This is why it’s important to track the growth and formation of your child’s teeth throughout their childhood. The great thing is you can begin tracking this from the moment your child starts teething. While this might seem too early, the …


3 May
young man sees specialist orthodontist to straighten his teeth

Before you schedule a visit with your specialist orthodontist, you might want to know a little bit more about them, including what makes them different from a general dentist. While you may know why you’re going to see them, it might be confusing as to what makes them special and why you need to visit …


12 Apr
cleaning teeth thouroughly helps to get braces off quicker

If you’ve recently had braces installed, you’ll already know how long your treatment is supposed to take. A big part of successful treatment is doing the right thing when it comes to wearing braces. In fact, it’s even possible to get your braces off quicker by doing the right thing and following the rules. Part …


5 Apr
girl holds four toothbrushes to correctly brush your teeth while wearing braces

Braces are great for straightening teeth, closing gaps, and fixing misaligned bites, but it’s important to take care of them properly. When braces are not cleaned and taken care of, food can get stuck and stains can form on teeth. The last thing that anyone wearing braces wants is complications. So, is there a correct …


29 Mar
effects of a misaligned jaw and teeth

Not everyone goes to the dentist as much as they should. Some people may never have seen an orthodontist before. This means that there are plenty of people out there with dental health problems that are causing aches, pains, and even functional issues. In fact, minor misaligned jaw and teeth issues can lead to big …


22 Mar
woman holds apple to look after her long term dental health

One of the biggest misconceptions that many people have is that if they have braces to straighten their teeth and improve their smile, they’ll avoid dental and oral health problems, such as decay, in the future. As great as it would be to guarantee that wearing braces suddenly adds some anti-decay super-power to the teeth, …


15 Mar
woman with open mouth at orthodontist has braces as an adult

You successfully made it through your childhood and teenage years without wearing braces, but now that you’re an adult you find yourself catching your reflection in a mirror and wondering why you never got that smile-changing transformation. If you’re thinking about correcting your smile with braces as an adult, it isn’t too late. While braces …


What Is the Best Age to Get Braces?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
8 Mar
three girls smiling all have a different best age to get braces

Braces are important for helping teeth to align properly. If your teeth come through at different angles, it can be painful, and it can also cause difficulties in chewing and speaking. Braces work to both straighten teeth and move them into a new position, so that they don’t  push against each other, or leave wide …


1 Mar
woman with curly hair smiles with braces change

Braces do not only change the appearance of your smile, but braces change the appearance of your entire face – in a good way! Effective, but Subtle Many people who wear braces notice that the appearance of their face changes after orthodontic treatment. This is especially so for patients whose smile or face was somewhat …


Can I Play Sports with Braces?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
22 Feb
girls playing sports with braces

So, it’s time to get braces. While this is a difficult transition for anyone, it gets a little more complex if there are other things to consider, like participating in sports. Especially high contact sports like martial arts, football, rugby, and boxing. If you or your child are concerned about how braces will affect an athletic …


15 Feb
girl smiles with ceramic braces and red hair

Imagine not having to hide behind closed-mouth smiles anymore! Teeth straightening treatments are now more discreet than ever before. Today’s ceramic braces blend in with the colour of teeth and are designed to resist discolouration or staining throughout treatment. Also, thanks to the small, low profile design, the ceramic braces are almost unnoticeable, making them …


Can you Change the Colour of Braces?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
8 Feb
girl compares colour of braces bands with cut orange fruit

Many patients, both younger and older, feel a mix of emotions when it comes time for their treatment with braces. On one hand, they’re excited about the prospect of a new beautifully straight smile, but on the other, they are looking at approximately two years with the appliance. Thankfully, modern orthodontics understands these concerns, so …


1 Feb
close up of girl smiling showing colour braces

Getting a beautifully straight smile with braces is a process. You’re undoubtedly eager to see the final results while trying to keep your smile as cosmetically appealing as possible until you reach the end of the journey. Thankfully, by the time your braces are off and all dental work has been completed, you will have …


25 Jan
two young brothers smiling, one wearing braces

Lots of people are wearing braces. It is a common sight in schoolyards around the country and has been for many decades. Indeed, teenage years would not be quite the same without the spectre of braces lurking somewhere in the background. Of course, your child’s teeth start growing a lot earlier than the teenage years, …


15 Myths About Braces and Children

Author: Kerrin Charlton
18 Jan
child with braces knows all the myths about braces

Orthodontic treatments have come a long way over the past few years. Now, we even have customised, almost invisible braces. Yet, there are still common misconceptions about orthodontics – in particular braces. So, to help you sort fact from fiction, we’ve decided to dispel the most common myths about braces and children. Orthodontics are only …


Why are Crooked Teeth a Problem?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
11 Jan
teenage girl fixes crooked teeth with braces before and after with mould

If you or your child has crooked teeth, it’s not something that should be ignored. These days, there are options for children, teenagers and adults who have crooked teeth. You might think that straightening teeth is all about looking good, but there are health reasons why teeth should be straightened. In fact, if ignored, misaligned …


Are Ceramic Braces for You?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
28 Dec
close up of woman with ceramic braces smiling

We all want the perfect smile, even when we have to wear braces. Orthodontic treatment works not just to straighten your teeth but resolve any bite issues and boost your confidence. So, for many people, investing in the right braces is important. If you feel self-conscious about orthodontic treatment, you might want to consider ceramic …


21 Dec
young woman with braces laughs at myths about conventional braces

Wearing braces has become increasingly common in our society, and this is partly due to advancements in orthodontic treatment. There are now more choices than ever when it comes to straightening teeth and fixing jaw problems. Braces are more popular than ever before among both teenagers and young adults. In fact, even older adults are …


14 Dec
best wishes for the holidays from Evolution Orthodontics in Blacktown and Dubbo

Christmas and New Year are just around the corner, and what better time for the team at Evolution Orthodontics in Blacktown and Dubbo to wish you a joyous holiday season! After a busy year perfecting smiles, Dr Andrew McNaught, Dr Julia Dando and all the staff at our two orthodontic clinics are looking forward to …


7 Dec
invisible braces are more comfortable than invisalign and completely hidden

These days, there are lots of options when it comes to orthodontic treatments for straightening teeth and fixing misaligned bites. In days gone by, the usual treatment consisted of having to wear metal braces that attached to the teeth by brackets. While these kinds of braces are still worn by many people, Invisalign aligners and …


30 Nov
man visits dentist while using Invisalign treatment

Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligner trays don’t have any brackets or wires that could come loose and cause issues over the duration of your treatment. The moulded, one-piece aligners do not require unplanned visits to the orthodontist for emergency readjustments. All it takes is a quick visit every six weeks just to check that …


Can You Pay Off Braces?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
23 Nov
Can you pay off braces

Braces are a worthwhile investment that can completely transform your smile for the better, restoring it to a natural, healthy state with improved aesthetics and functionality. However, they do come with a financial commitment. Before you speak with your orthodontist about the cost of your treatment, you may think that braces are a costly investment …


Can Crooked Teeth Effect Your Health?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
16 Nov
Happy young girl will get orthodontics to fixed gapped or crooked teeth effect

Crooked teeth can be the cause of a self-conscious smile and take an emotional toll, but did you know they can also effect your dental health? When the teeth are properly aligned with healthy spacing it promotes overall well-being. This provides the access you need to properly brush and floss, removing grit and bacteria that …


What Makes Ceramic Braces Different?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
9 Nov
ceramic braces look different to the traditional metal kind

One common problem associated with braces is that most patients are worried that they’ll feel self-conscious or embarrassed if they have braces installed. This is because the brackets and wires of traditional metal braces are quiet noticeable. Therefore, it’s no surprise that when it comes to teenagers and young adults wearing them, they’ll often be …


Is it Expensive to Get Braces?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
2 Nov
Is it expensive to get braces

Braces are a time-tested, proven and reliable solution for a wide variety of smile concerns that affect both aesthetics and functionality of the bite. If you’ve spoken to a dentist and they have recommended orthodontic treatment, you may be concerned about the price tag that comes with your new smile. While modern dental solutions can often …


26 Oct
What Are the Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

The benefits of orthodontic treatment frequently go beyond straighter teeth and the apparent physical changes of an enhanced bite. It’s also an excellent way of improving your overall self-image. While it’s important to have straight beautiful teeth, what’s more important is the need to alleviate any possible health problems related to your jaw or teeth. …


19 Oct
The discrete, transparent nature of Invisalign often sways a patient's decision when considering braces vs Invisalign

Lots of people have misaligned bite profiles, but wearing braces is a tried and true method of addressing these problems. It used to be that a person only really had one option when it came to braces: the traditional brackets and wires that are the subject of horror stories for teenagers everywhere! The good news …


What Are Buttons in Invisalign?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
12 Oct
What Are Buttons in Invisalign

At times, an orthodontist will have to go beyond creating alignment trays and fitting them to the teeth. Some patient’s teeth require buttons – also referred to as attachments – to be fitted to the tooth enamel. While this can worry some people, they make the entire process faster. For some patients, only the use …


5 Oct
What Should I Look for in an Invisalign Provider Woman in Orthodontists clinic Sydney

If you’ve been considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth and perfect your smile, you might be left with just one minor problem… You need to select an Invisalign provider. Perhaps your existing dentist provides Invisalign treatment. However, you aren’t certain if it’s an orthodontist who should plan your treatment and follow progress instead. Perhaps your …


How Badly Does Invisalign Hurt?

Author: Kerrin Charlton
28 Sep
How Bad Does Invisalign Hurt

Questioning “Does Invisalign Hurt?” is a common reaction for a lot of people looking into the treatment. While there may be some minor pain at the start of the Invisalign treatment, it will usually pass within two days. Moreover, it is generally far more preferable to the discomfort some patients experience during alternative treatments. Unlike traditional …


21 Sep
How Often Do Invisalign Aligners Have to Be Worn? All Day, Everyday - Take the Aligners Out during Brushing, Eating and Sports.

One of the first questions asked by patients looking into invisible teeth-straightening solutions is “How Often Do Invisalign Aligners Have to Be Worn?” Our orthodontists advise that theInvisalign aligners need to be worn as often as possible. This is so as not to risk delay to the treatment time, ensuring teeth are moving at the …


14 Sep
Clear Braces : How Long Does It Take to Straighten Teeth with Invisalign

Many orthodontists recommend Invisalign Clear Aligners for patients that want a smile transformation without feeling trapped by metal wires and brackets. Many patients ask, “How Long Does It Take to Straighten Teeth with Invisalign?” and our staff will advise that with custom-fitted, removable plastic trays made from BPA-free materials, you can now get the same …




  • Kerrin Charlton

    About Kerrin

    Having started in the industry as a Dental Assistant in 2003, Kerrin’s passion for specialised Orthodontics led her to a position with Evolution in 2006. Kerrin’s warm and helpful manner is perfect for her role in Reception Patient Services, and she is a welcome member of the team in the surgery rooms from time-to-time. Kerrin is a trusted figure in the clinic and is happy to assist in answering any treatment queries, including options for payment solutions. Kerrin is a devoted wife, a mother to two beautiful young-adults, and grandmother to four wonderful grandchildren. When Kerrin is not in the office, she enjoys regular deep-sea fishing with her husband and spending time with her family.

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