What Makes Us Special?
There are some big differences between orthodontists and as prospective patients it is important to understand these differences.
At Live Life Smiling we pride ourselves on what differentiates us, and we provide our new patients with some important factors to consider. At Live Life Smiling we are proud that:
We provide a written guarantee for our comprehensive orthodontic treatments (braces and aligners). Consumers expect a guarantee with many purchases, why should orthodontic treatment be any different? Orthodontic treatment is expensive, and patients have the perception that the results will last, but due to the constant growth and change in our bodies, this may not always be the case. Our written guarantee states that should there be any movement following treatment, we will correct the movement, and there will be no charge for braces should they be required for a re-treatment.
Involvement of Parents
Parents are encouraged to accompany their children into the surgery for every visit. Very few orthodontists allow this, yet we consider it to be very important. It is important that parents are involved in treatment as much as possible, as they can help their children tackle problems like oral hygiene and care of the braces or appliance. It also keeps parents abreast of treatment progress and any difficulties if they arise. Questions are always welcomed and encouraged from both patients and parents at Live Life Smiling, as we want you to be confident that you are getting the best treatment.
Orthodontics includes the art and skill of placing the teeth to create a great smile that’s in balances with the face. The extraction of teeth usually results in a narrower smile, which may not be the best result for the patient. For this reason, at Live Life Smiling we try to treat all our patients without extractions, and before making the irreversible decision of extracting, Dr Vaughan carefully studies models, photos, and x-rays to see if there is any alternative.
Appropriate Treatment Timing
Patients often ask when is the best time for treatment. A lot of clinical practices now have early or interventive treatments, Dr Vaughan once worked for an orthodontic practice where every patient was told they had to have treatment and they had to have it now. Dr Vaughan does not believe that this is appropriate or ethical, and is conservative with his treatment recommendations. He only provides early treatments when he believes they are appropriate, and provides information to allow patients to make an informed decision as to if and when they wish to proceed with treatment.
Dr Vaughan strives to provide multiple treatment options to all his patients. This is to offer flexibility in appearance, cost, and length of treatment to his patients, while maintaining a high quality result.
Dr Vaughan has more experience with clear braces than any other orthodontist, as he has used clear braces for ALL his patients for over 20 years. Dr Vaughan believes that clear braces provide a better result and so provides them to all his patients at no extra cost. You can read more about our invisible braces here.
Regular Adjustment Appointments
At Live Life Smiling we usually see our patients every 4 to 6 weeks. Some orthodontic practices only see their patients every 8 to 10 weeks. This is a point of discussion among orthodontists, but this is how we see it: if we see the patient more often we apply less pressure per adjustment appointment (so there is less discomfort) and we are able to keep better control, so the teeth move faster. The alternative is to apply twice the pressure with more pain and a higher risk to the tooth. While the latter option allows orthodontists to see more patients, and therefore earn more money, it is not how we would treat our family, so it is not how we treat yours.
At Live Life Smiling we provide quality retainers. Most patients want fixed retainers, but few realise that there are huge differences in the quality of various types of fixed retainers. Our fixed retainers are manufactured by qualified dental technicians and usually last for 10 to 20 years. The quality of our retainers is what allows us to provide our written guarantees with our work.
At Live Life Smiling we have 3 clinicians (an orthodontist, a dental therapist & a dental hygienist) as well as a General Dentist. To enable the highest standards of cross infection control, we have 5 dental assistants cleaning, sterilising, and providing instruments and materials as required. To maintain our high standards of cross infection control, at Live Life Smiling we have regular visits from Lin Lochead, a sterilising consultant, to review & improve our cross infection procedures.