General Consultations


Sunshine Coast Children’s Dentist

Wattle Street Dental employ children’s dentists who specialise in infants, children and teenagers at our Sunshine Coast clinic. Our team carries a firm belief in stopping dental problems early on to improve jaw development for your children. We also do our best to make the surrounding environment as comfortable and non-intimidating as possible to instil confidence in future dental visits.

Please give us a call on 07 54477669 to discuss our children’s dental services in more detail.

Comprehensive Oral Health Strategy:

As experienced dentists and oral hygiene professionals, we understand that poor tooth health comes down to a lot more than dentist visits and teeth cleaning. We care about the long-term oral health of your kids rather than relying on fillings and procedures to fix problems as they occur. With every oral health check up on children, we’re focused on ensuring that any undesirable habits are being stopped at the start.

Things we look at and inquire about include:

  • Jaw development
  • Sleep habits – is there snoring or dribbling?
  • Mouth breathing habits
  • Infant feeding habits
  • Biting habits and alignment

We’ll obviously look at cleaning habits, but it’s also important to consider your children’s oral health in a holistic approach to minimise problems, costs and discomfort further down the line. Professional, Tailored Advice:

We’re here to provide tailored and professional advice, and to answer any questions you’ve got about your child’s oral health. For example, one common misconception is that baby tooth health isn’t of huge concern, because they just fall out anyway. This is untrue; having baby teeth fall out prematurely via tooth decay can cause crowding out and tooth development problems when adult teeth start to come in.

Our team are here to help, and we encourage all parents to ask us as many questions as possible, no matter how complex or mundane, to ensure healthy teeth for their children. If you’d like to better understand the complexities of some of the dental problems your child may be facing, we’ve got a small library of helpful books that parents are free to borrow and return.




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Toddler Dental Check-up:

Bring your infant in for a fun little sit down with our children’s dentist; we’ll do a quick check up of your child to ensure everything is going ahead as planned. If you’d like, we can even do this when you’re in for a check-up or clean on your own teeth!

Sunshine Coast Children’s Dentist

Book an appointment with our children’s dentist at Wattle Street Dental today. Call 07 54477669



Fillings and Restorations

Sunshine Coast Kids Dentist

Wattle Street Dental are a Sunshine Coast kid’s dental clinic specialising in a range of different dental services including fillings and restorations. Our filling procedures are designed to be as painless as possible for children by making the environment as comfortable and non-intimidating as possible. Our dentists work closely with your children to instil confidence and encourage healthy oral behaviours from an early age. We’re are equipped with state-of-the-art 3d milling technology to make accurate ceramic fillings in-house, reducing the time and costs of having fillings and restorations.

For more information about our kid’s dentist our full range of services, please get in touch with Wattle Street Dental on 07 54477669.

Sweet little girl smiling at her doctor


Filling Options:

Our filling options include plastic resin and long-term, more durable ceramic fillings. Plastic fillings are a fantastic option for most children, as tooth decay isn’t too substantial. Ceramic fillings are a longer lasting option that we 3D mill in-house from scans of the mouth. Ultimately, we’ll recommend the best option for your child based on the extent of the damage, their age and your budget. We’ll also evaluate whether there are behaviours or oral health habits likely to be causing tooth decay that need addressing.

We use an advanced computer-controlled numbing system that slowly injects local anaesthetic with a smaller needle, so your children don’t feel the numbing process and aren’t intimidated by a large needle. Further, ceramic fillings can be scanned, made and fitted on the same day using our state of the art technology; ceramic filling procedures at dental facilities without this equipment can take up to two weeks while the filling is made at an external laboratory.



Comfortable Environment:

We understand that going to the dentist can be a daunting experience for many children and even some adults. To counteract this, our dental office environment is upbeat and friendly, and we do as much as we can to minimise the pain and scariness of dental work for children. Some of the things we do to make the dental experience more enjoyable for children include:

  • Putting Netflix or TV on the monitor
  • Having friendly chats with them instead of just mum and dad
  • Stopping and asking how they’re feeling
  • Seeking alternative ways (e.g. happy gas) to make the procedure painless
  • Essential oil diffusion

We pride ourselves on making dental procedures as painless as possible. This is especially important when working with children to instil confidence in going to the dentist and keeping their teeth clean. Naturally, all fillings and restorations come with a numbing agent unless requested otherwise.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Sunshine Coast Kid’s Dentist

Book an appointment with our Sunshine Coast kid’s dentist at Wattle Street Dental today. Call 07 54477669

Early Childhood & Interceptive Dental Programs


Sunshine Coast Interceptive Dental Programs

Wattle Street Dental provide comprehensive early childhood interceptive dental programs on the Sunshine Coast. We understand the importance of early dental intervention and offer a range of tailored interceptive programs for children to prevent common dental problems from occurring. Having straight teeth with no breathing, speaking or eating problems ensures a comfortable development into adulthood without expensive dental surgery further down the track.

Give us a call on 07 54477669 or book an appointment online to organise a consultation.

Jaw Development:

For many parents, misaligned jaw development during childhood can seem like a case of genetics, and to an extent this is true. However, it is possible to intercept problems early on to prevent alignment and tooth development issues down the track. Unlike later in life, jaw development and mouth structure can be easily changed without surgery during childhood. Things like overbites, crooked teeth, crowded mouths and nasal breathing problems can be addressed in a number of ways, including physical and behavioural adjustments, such as:

  • Changing breathing behaviour
  • Changing eating habits
  • Myobrace
  • Inserting plates
  • Braces

Eating and oral health behaviour plays a big part in jaw and teeth development. By stopping problems before they begin, your children will be off to a great start in ensuring comfortable, healthy and beautiful teeth for a lifetime. During a consultation, we’ll discuss dietary and cleaning habits as well as take a thorough analysis of your child’s mouth to identify areas that can be improved.

Simple things like encouraging breathing through the nose with proper use of the diaphragm ensures that teeth and jawlines develop properly. It’s important to remember that braces do a fantastic job of straightening teeth, but they don’t address the reason why teeth are like that in the first place, and a two-step solution with behavioural alterations plus physical alterations (such as braces or plates) is a better way to address crooked teeth problems.


Myobrace

Myobrace is a removable device that corrects mouth breathing habits, ensures arches develop properly and that teeth are aligned correctly. Don’t be put off by the name; Myobrace does not require physical bracing as it is meant to correct behaviours before adult teeth come through. After Myobrace treatment is done, we use retainers to keep the teeth aligned properly and assess after adult teeth have come through whether bracing will be necessary. For more information on Myobrace treatment, read our page about Myobraces to see if they’d be right for your child.



Braces:

If all of the above has been corrected properly, braces is largely unnecessary other than to ensure perfect, straight teeth for cosmetic reasons. Once all adult teeth have come through, we’ll assess whether your child’s teeth would benefit from braces. To learn more about the bracing options we have available, visit our page on braces.


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Sunshine Coast Interceptive Dental Programs

Book an appointment with Wattle Street Dental today to discuss our interceptive dental programs services in more detail. Call 07 54477669

Myobrace

Sunshine Coast Myobrace Provider

Wattle St Dental are skilled dental professionals providing Sunshine Coast Myobrace treatments, improving early jaw development. Dr Wei Shen has learned the principles of myofunctional dentistry from two experts in the field, Dr German Ramirez-Yanez and Dr John Flutter, and understands how to safely and comfortably address key early behaviour problems that cause speaking, breathing and swallowing problems in children.

Please give us a call on 07 54477669 to discuss our Myobrace services or book in an appointment for a consultation regarding our early childhood dental services.

Why Use Myobrace?

Myobrace orthodontic appliances look like mouthguard. Despite being ‘braces’, they aren’t fixed like traditional braces and are recommended to be used before adult teeth develop. Myobrace ensures the full potential of your child’s jaw development is realised. Jaw development and mouth structure can be easily changed or trained without surgery in children – this becomes more difficult as they become older. While jaw composure does have a lot to do with genetics, it is possible to intercept problems early on to prevent alignment problems and tooth development problems down the track.

The first two stages of a Myobrace treatment focus on gum and jaw alignment. This mitigates breathing, speaking, sleeping and cosmetic problems later in life. It also reduces the chance of sleep apnoea or diseases caught by breathing through the mouth.


How Myobrace Works

Myobrace treatments have four stages:

  1. Habit correction: This involves making sure the tongue is placed in the correct spot (loosely placed behind the top row of teeth, against the palate), ensuring breathing through the nose and correct swallowing practices. Habit correction also makes sure that the lips are closed when not eating or speaking, whilst the two rows of teeth are still separated. Problems like overbites and open mouths are removed at this stage.
  2. Arch development: During this stage, orthodontic appliances are used over time to align the two rows of teeth correctly and widen the arches to a shape that will accommodate the tongue and all teeth comfortably. Having this done early prevents overcrowding of teeth, breathing problems and discomfort placing the tongue in the correct spot.
  3. Dental alignment: As the last adult teeth are developing, the Myobrace for Teens aligns teeth into their proper place. This does require wearing the Myobrace throughout the day and while sleeping, and for some patients, traditional bracing may be a better suited option.
  4. Retainment: Just like a fixed bracing procedure, teeth are held in place with retainers after a Myobrace treatment to keep them looking and feeling great for longer. Retainers are removable and usually only require use at night time.

Professional, Friendly Environment:

Our dental office environment is upbeat and friendly, and we do as much as we can to minimise the pain and scariness of dental work for children. The Myobrace technology doesn’t require a fixed brackets like traditional braces, but we still work closely with your children to ensure they aren’t at all intimidated by them. If you’d like to learn more about the importance of early jaw development for your children, we’re more than happy to lend you some books on the subject to improve awareness.

Sunshine Coast Myobrace Treatment

Book an appointment with Wattle Street Dental today to discuss our Myobrace services in more detail. Call 07 54477669

Tongue Tie / Lip tie Release

Sunshine Coast Tongue Tie Treatment

Wattle Street Dental are a Sunshine Coast dental clinic providing tongue tie treatment for children. Tongue tie can cause many problems in infants and children relating to eating, breathing and speaking; strain on different muscles and jaw joints can also lead to expensive dental complications later in life. Our experienced team use the latest practices and most advanced gentle laser ( Waterlese ) to treat tongue tie problems, ensuring a faster and less painful recovery for your child.

For more information or to book an appointment, please contact Wattle Street Dental on  07 54477669.

Why Release the Tongue Tie?

Normally, the lingual frenulum doesn’t need to be released. However, for a small number of patients with tight lingual frenulum or tongue ties, it can prevent them from placing their tongue in the correct place behind their top row of teeth. This causes problems further down the line with mouth breathing and strain on the jaw joint and muscles. Releasing the tongue tie allows the tongue to move to its proper place comfortably. During infancy, a short frenulum can also cause problems with breastfeeding.


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Effective Solutions:

The problem with the conventional way of snipping tongue ties is that there’s usually a fair amount of pain for a few days, meaning children won’t want to lift their tongue up behind their top row of teeth. By the time they feel comfortable, the tongue tie may have grown back and inhibited the proper use of the tongue again, resulting in a waste of time and money. Our tongue tie releases use exercises and laser releasing rather than snipping to minimise pain and ensure the effectiveness of the procedure.

When you come to us for an initial consultation, we’ll show you and your child fun little ways to exercise the frenulum and get it in a strong state ready to be released. Similarly, after it has been released, we’ll encourage these exercises for the month following to ensure the tongue stays in the correct spot. The tongue tie exercises we’re talking about here aren’t intense sessions, they’re merely quick 5-minute activities to do once or twice a day.

Nervous Patients:

We understand that going to the dentist can be a daunting experience for many children and even some adults. To counteract this, our dental office environment is upbeat and friendly, and we do as much as we can to minimise the pain and scariness of dental work for children. Some of the things we do to make the dental experience more enjoyable for children include:

  • Putting Netflix or TV on the monitor
  • Having friendly chats with them instead of just mum and dad
  • Stopping and asking how they’re feeling
  • Seeking alternative ways (e.g. happy gas) to make the procedure painless
  • Essential oil diffusion

Modern frenulum removal procedures are much less painless than they used to be, with minimal swelling reported from patients. If you’d like to learn more about the tongue tie release procedure, its affects, or any other dental procedures for your children, we encourage you to borrow from a small library of books we have. We’re here to encourage oral health for your family every step of the way.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Sunshine Coast Tongue Tie Treatment

Book an appointment with Wattle Street Dental today to discuss our range of tongue tie treatment options in more detail. Call 07 54477669

Braces

Sunshine Coast Braces

Wattle Street Dental provide state-of-the-art, comprehensive and affordable dentistry services on the Sunshine Coast. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced dentists who specialise in correcting alignment issues with children’s teeth using braces. Book an initial consultation at our Cooroy clinic to discuss the range options that are available – call 07 54477669.

Visit our smile gallery to see some before and after photos from clients we have worked with previously.

Available Brace Options:

We use Damon braces with CuNiTi wire to minimise pain and speed up the treatment process. In our experience, we’ve found Damon braces to be fantastic for children and adult brace treatments. They don’t require elastic loops and there’s a lot less friction, resulting in less pain.

Brace bracket options include:

  • Coloured ceramic
  • Clear ceramic
  • Metal

Generally, coloured ceramic is a popular choice amongst children, and having the option for a colour change each time brackets are changed is a great, albeit small way to make the experience a bit more exciting.

Other options available include Invisalign braces, which are clear aligners that look similar to retainers, designed to adjust teeth more discretely. Alternatively, if treating dental problems early on, we can tackle alignment problems before adult teeth even start to appear with the Myobrace system. Myobrace doesn’t require fixed braces at all and by ensuring proper tongue placement and nose breathing, better jaw development and alignment is achieved in childhood.

Comprehensive Treatment Plan:

At the consultation, we’ll perform an extensive evaluation of your child’s teeth, taking plenty of measurements and photos before putting together a plan to show you at the second visit. Existing patients of ours get free access to the consultation within a month of their last visit. X-rays will need to be obtained between the two visits, and we’re happy to refer you to a trusted local radiographer.

From there, we’ll have our second visit with some quotes on different treatment options available, plus an outline of some of the retainer options available. Many patients prefer fixed retainers, but depending on the structure of the jaw, perfectly aligned teeth may chip away at the top adhesive. Removable retainers are available in such scenarios, which are clear pieces of acrylic moulded perfectly to fit your teeth for wear at night time.

Preventing Pain:

We pride ourselves on making the dental procedure less painful and intimidating for our patients, especially children, as it encourages better dental health practices throughout life. Although braces don’t hurt while equipped, they can certainly hurt just after the installation. Braces don’t usually start hurting until a few hours after the installation procedure and the pain can persist for a couple days after the procedure. We’ve begun using a special type of wire called CuNiTi (Copper-chromium-nickel-titanium) in brace installations. In addition to treatment efficiency benefits, it has the added benefit of removing some of the initial pain.

Previously, dentists recommended chewing gum to keep the blood flowing around the gums, but with this new type of wire, the tension can be softened with cold temperatures. After the installation, we’ll recommend a number of ways to mitigate the initial pain, but one popular way to minimise pain is to wash icy cold water in the mouth in the initial days after installation.

Sunshine Coast Braces

Book an appointment with our Sunshine Coast dentist at Wattle Street Dental today. Call 07 54477669