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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Our Mount Waverley, VIC dentists enjoy educating patients about their oral health, and they always take time to answer your questions. If you have questions for our dentists that are not addressed below, or if you would like more information, we invite you to contact our dental clinic. 

General Dentistry

In our dental clinic, we enjoy meeting new patients and their families and will work hard to put you at ease.

Your First Visit

Your first visit to Mount Waverley Smiles begins with a warm greeting. Either you fill out new patient forms or turn in the ones that you’ve downloaded from our website. A member of our team will take your insurance information, identification or other necessities.

Following this, you meet one of our Mount Waverley dentists.

Man smiling while sitting in dental chair Gentle and Thorough Dental Exam

Your friendly dentist provides a thorough exam and x-rays to see where you are in your dental health. Your dentist also performs a cancer screen to make sure all is well. If your schedule permits, you may have time for a thorough teeth clean.

If you have questions for your dentist, don’t hesitate to ask or share your concerns. At our Mount Waverley, VIC dental clinic, we want you to feel relaxed and at ease—meaning you can ask us anything, and we’ll always do our best to help.

We Welcome You to Contact our 3149 Clinic

If you’re looking for dentistry in Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Chadstone, Burwood, Oakleigh, Ashwood or another nearby location, we invite you to contact our dental team to arrange your first exam.

Our Mount Waverley, VIC dentists work hard to provide our patients with quality dental care and healthy smiles. The foundation of a healthy smile starts with preventive dentistry, and dental x-rays play an important role in prevention.

Importance of Regular Dental Exams

Preventive dentistry calls for regular exams, x-rays as needed, regular cleans and an excellent oral hygiene routine at home. When you skip one of these precautionary measures, you leave your smile more vulnerable to cavities, root infections and even periodontal disease.

Regular exams help our dentists notice subtle changes between visits. Professional teeth cleans rid your smile of bacteria and plaque, which may lead to serious dental issues, including tooth loss through periodontal disease. A good oral hygiene routine at home should stabilise your smile between dental visits.

dental xray Digital X-Rays in Mount Waverley

As far as dental x-rays in Mount Waverley, our dentists rely on digital x-rays, which release far less radiation than traditional x-rays. Some studies have even found that digital x-rays expose you to less radiation than if you were to spend a few minutes in the sunshine.

Digital x-rays are also better for the environment because there are no chemicals used to develop the film.

Digital x-rays provide clear images to help your Mount Waverley, VIC dentist create the best treatment plan for you and catch small issues before they become costly dental procedures. X-ray images also uncover cavities between back teeth that cannot be seen with the naked eye and assess bone levels below the gumline.

Regular dental visits may help you maintain your smile for life because prevention has been shown to play a crucial role in healthy smiles. Also, regular dental exams may help prevent costly dental problems in the future.

Preventive Dentistry Services

Woman smiling in dental chair Preventive dentistry in Mount Waverley, VIC includes:

  • Regular exams
  • Regular teeth cleans
  • Daily brushing and flossing
  • Sugar intake in moderation
  • Acidic foods and beverages in moderation
  • A balanced diet

It’s essential to incorporate each of these to give yourself the best chance of keeping your smile intact for good.

What to Expect During Your Exam

During your regular dental exam, your Mount Waverley, VIC dentist will thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums. He will look for dental changes between visits, and make sure that you have no small cavities looming or signs of periodontal disease. Your dentist will also provide oral cancer screens periodically.

Our Mount Waverley, VIC dentists recommend dental exams and cleans every six months. If you have a particular dental issue, they may suggest a more specific treatment schedule to keep your teeth healthy.

We Welcome You to Contact Our Mount Waverley Clinic

If you haven’t been in for an exam and clean in a while, or if you’re looking for dentistry in Mount Waverley, VIC, we invite you to contact our dental clinic to arrange an appointment with one of our dentists.

We serve patients in Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Chadstone, Burwood, Oakleigh, Ashwood, Blackburn and beyond.

Our Mount Waverley, VIC dentists take precautions to make sure you’re thoroughly numb before beginning any dental treatment. Our entire team utilises a gentle touch when it comes to your treatments and procedures in our dental clinic.

Woman smiling with dentist holding dental mirror near mouthModern Dental Technology in Mount Waverley

Modern techniques and technologies are designed to allow our dentists to perform even the most invasive procedure without causing you much pain. Often, patients who have not been to the clinic in a while are surprised by their ease of care. Dentistry has come a long way.

If you have particular concerns about a treatment or procedure, we always encourage you to take them up with your dentist or a member of our compassionate team. If there are things we can do to provide a more comfortable dental experience for you, we are keen to help.

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At Mount Waverley Smiles, your comfort is our priority, and we find that most patients simply watch television during their procedures and are happy that all is well. If you feel anything during treatment, we encourage you to raise your hand, and a member of our team will take measures to make you more comfortable.

If you’re looking for a gentle dentist in Mount Waverley, VIC, we invite you to contact our dental clinic.

Children's Dentistry

Young boy sitting on top of father's shouldersOur dentists recommend children’s dentistry in Mount Waverley, VIC at around age one. This initial booking is designed to acclimate your child to the sights and sounds of a dental clinic and make sure his or her teeth are coming in correctly. During this exam, your child can take a ride in the dental chair and learn a little about teeth counting.

Child's First Appointment

The first appointment is simply a way to help your child to feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental setting and have a look at their teeth and gums as well.

We believe that creating positive experiences around dentistry helps children develop healthy habits that may last into adulthood.

After your child’s first visit, we will introduce age-appropriate services and treatments as needed to help maintain your child’s smile.

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We also set aside time to answer your questions and address your concerns when it comes to your child’s dental health. A member of our dental team can provide tips to help you keep your child’s smile healthy at home as well.

When it comes to children’s dentistry in Mount Waverley, VIC, we always use a gentle hand and constant reassurance. Our dentists and staff are friendly and patient—we enjoy meeting children.

If you would like to schedule a children’s dentistry exam in Mount Waverley, VIC, we welcome your call.

Cosmetic Dentistry

At Mount Waverley Smiles, we offer a variety of cosmetic dental options so you can choose what works best for you and your smile goals. Cosmetic dentistry in Mount Waverley, VIC is designed with you in mind.

Our cosmetic dentistry always starts with an exam by one of our Mount Waverley, VIC dentists. Dr Austin Rhee or Dr William Huynh will check your oral health. And your dentist will perform x-rays, if needed, to determine whether the cosmetic option or options you’ve chosen are safe for you.

Woman smiling while sitting in field of tall grassCosmetic Dentistry Services 

Cosmetic dentistry in Mount Waverley, VIC includes:

  • Professional teeth whitening—take one of our custom kits home and whiten on your time
  • Porcelain veneers—thin shells that go over the fronts of existing teeth to conceal flaws
  • Tooth-coloured restorations—a seamless smile with custom shading
  • Dental crowns—tooth caps the conceal tooth imperfections
  • Dental implants—a single tooth restored or an implant-supported denture or bridge
  • Invisalign—straighten teeth discreetly

At Mount Waverley Smiles, we want to help you reach your smile goals.

We Welcome You to Contact Our 3149 Clinic

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to get in touch with our team to arrange an exam with one of our cosmetic dentists.

We serve patients in Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Chadstone, Burwood, Oakleigh, Ashwood, Blackburn and beyond.

Cosmetic dentistry has aesthetic benefits, which may help you feel more confident when smiling and laughing. Some cosmetic dentistry options, however, may also contribute to better oral health.

Dental Veneers

If you have crooked, discoloured or worn teeth, dental veneers and dental crowns can give the illusion of straight, white teeth without height discrepancies.  Aside from aesthetics, dental crowns can also strengthen a weak tooth following trauma or infection, in this case, making it a cosmetic option that also contributes to better oral health.

Tooth-Coloured Fillings

Tooth-coloured fillings and bonding can correct a cracked tooth or repair a cavity, but the composite resin is also visually appealing and matches your smile.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners improve your oral health by giving you an aligned bite and closing gaps in your smile—both of which can lead to premature enamel wear. Of course, Invisalign also enhances the appearance of your teeth, which makes it both an aesthetic and mile enhancing option.  

Cosmetic Dentistry in Mount Waverley 

Your dentist evaluates your teeth and gums and chats with you prior to cosmetic dentistry in Mount Waverley. We want to make sure that the option you choose gives you the results you’ve been hoping for.

For more information about cosmetic dentistry in Mount Waverley, we encourage your call.

Emergency Dentistry

Managing a dental emergency depends on the nature of the situation. However, we always want you to contact your emergency dentist in Mount Waverley, VIC at the first sign of an oral health issue. A member of our dental team can provide instructions to keep you safe and comfortable until your emergency dental appointment.

A dental emergency may include:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Blister on the gum
  • Broken tooth or restoration
  • Loose tooth

If you have pain, swelling, a blister on the gum, or a loose or broken tooth/restoration, the best way to manage that situation is to call our dental clinic to book an emergency exam with our dentist.

If your tooth is knocked out, we recommend picking it up carefully—avoiding the roots—rinsing it off, and keeping it moist in milk, water or saliva until your emergency appointment. In some cases, your dentist may be able to restore the tooth to the gum.

Our approach to emergency dentistry in Mount Waverley, VIC is always to ease your pain as soon as possible and then get to work restoring your oral health.

If you have a dental emergency, you are not alone. Our dental team is here for you.

Clear Braces

Straighter, whiter teeth is a smile trait that millions of Australians might be interested in.

The great news is that anyone can redesign their smile without the dreaded "metal-mouth." While traditional orthodontics are very effective, we are here to answer questions Mount Waverley patients may have regarding the invisible nature of clear braces that work well with comfort and style.

How Clear Aligners Work

It's hard to imagine how discreet aligners are until you see them and experience them.

What many patients appreciate is that they never have to worry about or deal with metal brackets or wires. This benefit to plastic aligners allows many patients to remove their aligners before meals, before brushing and flossing, and before a special event or photo. 

Aligners work through a series of custom-fabricated trays that gently shift your teeth up to 0.25 mm to their desired position. 

Invisible Braces Can Treat Many Smile Flaws

Patients with mild to severe smile issues like overbites, underbites, spaces between teeth, and overcrowded teeth might be interested in the many benefits that invisible braces provide. 

Untreated misaligned bites or smiles can lead to joint problems, jaw bone pain, plaque accumulation, gum disease, and more. 

Pop Your Aligners in and Get on With Your Life

Invisible braces can change your life in a few straightforward and simple steps. Dr Austin Rhee is here to answer any questions or go over any concerns together. 

Close up of woman using Invisalign | Dentist Mount waverley VICInvisalign is the clear alternative to traditional metal and wire braces, and the Invisalign system is designed to correct mild to moderate bite issues, crooked teeth, twisted teeth, overlapping teeth and gaps between teeth.

The first step is an exam and consultation for Invisalign in Mount Waverley, VIC. Your dentist provides a comprehensive exam to make sure Invisalign is the right solution for your smile. You are also encouraged to share information with your dentist, including what you’re looking for in a new smile.

Invisalign in Mount Waverley, VIC

If Invisalign in Mount Waverley, VIC is found to be the solution for you, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth, and Invisalign uses these impressions to make your clear plastic aligners. You typically wear your aligners for 22 hours each day, but you can remove them when eating or brushing your teeth. You also change your aligners approximately every two weeks. Your dentist will tell you how long your Invisalign therapy will last.

Following Invisalign therapy, your dentist provides a custom retainer to prompt your teeth to stay in their new straight positions.

Would You Like to Learn More about Invisalign?

If you would like to learn whether Invisalign is right for you, we welcome your call to arrange a booking with your dentist.

Crowns and Bridges

close up of dental crownA dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that goes over an existing tooth. It is shaped and coloured to blend in with your smile. Our dental crowns in Mount Waverley, VIC are made from quality materials, and our dentist pays attention to the details.

Common Reasons for Dental Crowns

Reasons you may need a tooth crown:

  • Root canal or tooth trauma
  • Concealment of tooth flaws and discolouration
  • Replacement tooth following dental implant placement
  • Support for a dental bridge

A root infection or tooth trauma can weaken your tooth. A dental crown in Mount Waverley, VIC creates a buffer between your natural tooth and your bite to prevent breakage and tooth loss.

A dental crown also conceals tooth flaws like chips, cracks, discolouration and minor shape issues.

Following dental implant placement, a dental crown takes the place of your missing tooth by topping your implant.

A dental crown supports a dental bridge by capping healthy teeth on either side of a smile gap and allowing restoration teeth—fitted between the crowns—to complete your smile.

We Welcome You to Contact Our Mount Waverley Dental Clinic

If you have a weak or broken tooth, or if you would like more information about dental crowns, we welcome your call. We want to help you enjoy a comfortable and attractive smile. 

Dental Implants

Our dentists understand that tooth loss can interfere with your day-to-day living. It can make eating difficult and even put your remaining teeth at risk.

Missing Tooth Replacement Options

At Mount Waverley Smiles, we offer several tooth-replacement options to help you recover your smile. These options include:

If you’re looking for a more permanent option, dental implants in Mount Waverley, VIC may be the best option for you.

illustration of dental implant Dental Implants in Mount Waverley

A dental implant is a durable post implanted in your jaw. This post integrates with your jawbone across several months and is designed to behave like a tooth root. When healing is complete, your dentist provides a quality tooth crown made right here in Australia to complete your new tooth.

Tooth loss generally causes your existing teeth to move toward your smile gap, which interferes with your bite and can lead to future tooth loss. Dental implants are designed to remedy this problem and behave like a natural tooth—root and all.

We Welcome Your Call to Our 3149 Clinic

If you’ve lost a tooth in Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Chadstone, Burwood, Oakleigh, Ashwood or Blackburn, we invite you to get in touch with our dental team to arrange a booking.

Dentures

At Mount Waverley Smiles, we want you to love your new smile, and we always consider the aesthetics and the function of your restoration.

Our dentures are designed for fit, function, and a natural look. And our patients have been very pleased with their new smiles. We think you will be as well.

We start the process for dentures in Mount Waverley, VIC with an exam in our dental clinic. If your dentist finds through the exam that dentures are a good option for you, we take a mould of your mouth. We use this model to make a custom denture that complements you in fit, function and appearance.

If dentures will not provide the best results for you, your dentist in Mount Waverley offers a variety of alternative tooth-replacement options as well.

For those who are looking for a more stabilized tooth replacement, we also offer implant-retained dentures. This means your dentist gently secures your denture to your jaw using four to six dental implant posts—making sure the area is thoroughly numb before implant placement.

For More Information about Our Dentures, We Welcome your Call

If you would like to arrange an exam for dentures, or if you have any questions, we are here to help.

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Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dear Patients,
With the outbreak of COVID-19, we are restricting dental treatment to urgent emergencies only, in accordance with guidelines set out by the Australian Dental Association. We are open and taking emergency cases. If you have an emergency or any concern about your dental health, please call us on 03 9888 2523 between 10 am - 2 pm Mon to Saturday or email us at  on hello@mountwaverleysmiles.com.au and we will get back to you to arrange an appointment if necessary.
Keep safe and we thank you for your understanding.