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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should See Your Dentist Every 6 Months

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One of the most commonly believed myths about dental care is that having good brushing and flossing routines is enough to keep your teeth and gums in top shape. Sure,…
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Benefits Of Custom-Made Mouthguards For Sports

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Winter sports are just around the corner, and this year children, parents, adult players and coaches alike are all hoping for a full, uninterrupted sports season! Any players of contact…
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Dental Check Ups For Primary Students

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Are you concerned that your preschooler or primary-aged child hasn’t had a dental check-up for over a year? Unfortunately, Covid-19 has continued to disrupt and cause backlogs and delays to…

Questions To Ask Before Getting A Dental Implant

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Dental implants are an effective way to replace one or more missing teeth, or broken or decayed teeth that cannot be saved. The process involves implanting a post(s) into your…
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Tooth Sensitivity

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Sensitive teeth are a pretty common problem. As the protective enamel on your teeth wears down, sensitivity increases. It is usually characterised by a sharp, shooting pain that can be…
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Dental Implants: A Patient’s Story

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We recently completed an extensive oral restoration on one of our patients. This included an upper new teeth bridge on six dental implants and full arch lower crowns. His transformation…
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Early Intervention Orthodontics

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As the name suggests, early intervention orthodontics involves taking corrective orthodontic action at a younger age than the early teenage years which are more commonly associated with orthodontics. The aim…
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The Risks Of DIY Dentistry

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Covid-19 has impacted on our lives in so many ways. One of the many disruptions has been to dental appointments, with New Zealanders repeatedly delaying routine check-ups due to restrictive…
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The Fluoridation Debate

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Dr Alex McIntosh shares his opinion on the much-debated topic of fluoridation of New Zealand's public water supplies.  I have been reading with interest the debate over fluoridation of public…
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How To Cure Bad Breath

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Everyone has bad breath sometimes, like first thing in the morning or after eating garlic or onions. But, if you are concerned that your breath is less than fresh most…

Christmas Wishes From Dr Milan Raniga

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2020 - what a year this has been! For the most part it will be remembered as the year the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world - causing sickness, hospitalisation and…

Christmas Wishes From Dr Alex McIntosh

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It has been a very challenging year for all of us New Zealanders this year, but with true pragmatism Kiwis have followed the rules and we are in better shape…
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DIY Clear Aligners

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If you are interested in straightening your teeth but don’t like the idea of wearing braces then chances are clear aligners such as Invisalign are on your radar. You’ve probably…
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Top Ten Signs Your Oral Health Is At Risk

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Here are our top ten signs that your oral health is at risk and it's time to schedule an appointment. Hot or cold drinks cause a jolt of pain! Sensitivity…
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Is Sleep Dentistry Safe?

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Using sedation in dentistry is a great way for nervous patients to stay calm and stress-free while having dental treatments completed. It is also very useful when several procedures are…
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How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

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2020 has thrown physical, financial and emotional challenges at us that no one could have seen coming. Many of us are feeling more stressed and exhausted than ever before and…

2019 Orthodontic Scholarship Winner Quane Hailes

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Quane Hailes from Liston College was one of our lucky Orthodontic Scholarship winners in 2019. Now that he is well into his orthodontic treatment, we wanted to check in with…
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Wisdom Teeth FAQs

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There are a lot of stories around about wisdom teeth and naturally not everything you hear is correct! So let’s try to set the record straight: here are our wisdom…

Welcome To Bhavik Parekh

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We are excited to welcome to the team Bhavik Parekh as our new Finance Administrator. Originally from Fiji, Bhavik has been ‘living the dream’ in New Zealand for the past…

The McIntosh And Fraser Dental Group Orthodontic Scholarship Winners 2020

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Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for this year’s Orthodontic Scholarship. We received a record number of entries and it really was a tough job to select the…
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Adult Braces

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Are you one of the many adults who would love to have straight teeth but worry that you are too old for braces? Actually you are never too old for…
2019 Orthodontic Scholarship winner Rico Bendall

2019 Orthodontic Scholarship Winner Rico Bendall

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We check in with 2019 Orthodontic Scholarship winner Rico Bendall to find out how his journey with braces has been so far. Rico Bendall was a Year 8 student at…

6 Ways To Overcome Fear Of The Dentist

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Many people of all ages have a fear of the dentist. It may be due to a bad experience in the past, triggers such as the noise of drills, sensitivity,…
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Top 5 Reasons To See Your Dentist Today

| Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dental Implants, Teeth Whitening, Tooth Decay | No Comments
Have you had your teeth checked recently? Here are our top 5 reasons to see your dentist today. 1. You can’t remember when you last visited the dentist. When you…
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Dental Savings Plans For Seniors

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These days older adults are keeping their teeth for much longer than previously. Gone are the days when dentures are an inevitable step as they were for many of our…
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Sleep Dentistry: Taking The Fear Out Of Dental Visits

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Sleep dentistry, or dental sedation, can be a great solution for people who have a fear of visiting the dentist. What Is Sleep Dentistry? Sleep dentistry is using sedation to…
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Are Dental Implants Painful?

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Dental implants are a successful way to replace single or multiple teeth, and are an ideal alternative to wearing dentures. But while they look great and are an effective long-term…
Mey Romero

Welcome To Mey Romero

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Mey started her career as a Dental Assistant in New York and quickly fell in love with dentistry. She has now been a DA in New Zealand for six years,…

Introducing Dr Ian Kuan

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We are excited to welcome Dr Ian Kuan to the McIntosh Dental team. Ian is a locally born and raised West Aucklander, and is actually a past patient of McIntosh…

Continuing Dental Care For 18+ Year Olds

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Unfortunately, dental care is not a priority for many young adults. Budgets can be especially tight when studying full-time or working for low starting wages, so finding money for dental…
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The Cost Of Avoiding The Dentist

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A large number of New Zealanders are avoiding the dentist. It’s estimated that around 40% of Kiwis only see a dentist when something hurts or there is an obvious problem…
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Is The Cost Of Dental Implants Worth It?

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It is estimated that between 20-25% of us will need to replace missing teeth at some stage in our lives. This could be due to age and general wear-and-tear, or…
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2018 Orthodontic Scholarship Winner Justine Fabiana

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We recently had the pleasure of removing the braces on Justine Fabiana, one of our 2018 Orthodontic Scholarship winners. She shared with us how her experience with braces has been…
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Is A Dental Savings Plan A Good Idea?

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2020 has been an incredibly stressful year already, and unexpected dental bills are the last thing anyone needs right now! While delaying check-ups and treatment can cost you much more…

Spotlight On Artem Shtaltovoy

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Originally from Russia, Artem is one of McIntosh Dental’s experienced Advanced Clinical Assistants. His career in the dental industry began in 2003, and he worked as a Dentist and Specialist…
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Dental Implants: The Alternative To Dentures

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Did you know that dental implants are an innovative alternative to dentures? Even if you take great care of your teeth and gums, it’s still possible that you may need…
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Why New Mums Shouldn’t Neglect Their Oral Health

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When you’re a new mum it’s easy to let normal routines slip, and often taking care of yourself can be far down your list of priorities. Something as simple as…
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How Orthodontics Can Help Stop Bedwetting

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McIntosh Dental practices ‘Full Face Orthodontics’, an orthodontics philosophy which favours development of the upper jaw (maxillary expansion) to accommodate the teeth and achieve a fuller, more pleasing facial profile.…
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OrthoPlan: The Affordable Orthodontic Payment Plan

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Families and individuals throughout New Zealand have been hit by the financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, and financial uncertainty is likely to affect us for a long time to…
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McIntosh Dental Team News: May 2020

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We Welcome Tanya Tudman To The McIntosh Dental Team Dental Therapist and Orthodontic Auxiliary Tanya Tudman has recently joined the McIntosh Dental team. She was a valuable member of the…
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Delaying The Dentist Could Cost More In The Long Run

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There are few New Zealand families who have not been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Reduced hours, reduced wage rates and job losses have unfortunately become commonplace over the…
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Good Oral Health Can Boost Your Immune System

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In the last few months the topic of personal health and our immune systems have been in the spotlight like never before. Most of us were very quick to adopt…
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One Of The Safest Dental Clinics In Auckland

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No compromise on patient safety at McIntosh Dental.  Over the past few weeks we have talked about infection control measures in our clinic, which we have enhanced to the highest…

Orthodontics During COVID-19: FAQs

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If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you will no doubt have questions about how the delay in routine appointments caused by COVID-19 will be affecting your results. Here are some…

Enhanced Infection Control Measures At McIntosh Dental

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We have previously mentioned how, as dentists, we are highly trained in infection control measures which are in place 24/7 and not just during a pandemic. As one of the…

Infection Control Measures

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The safety of our patients is always our top priority. As dentists we are infection control experts, and we have increased our already-stringent protocols to further protect the health and…

What Is Emergency Dental Care?

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McIntosh Dental is currently open for emergency dental care. This is an essential service we are providing to patients during the Alert 4 lock down phase. So what constitutes emergency…

McIntosh Dental Staff News: February 2020

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Arrivals We are delighted to welcome back Oral Surgeon Dr Rakesh Jattan, who returns to the McIntosh Dental team after several years overseas extending his surgical experience. Skilled in all…
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The Beginner’s Guide To Teeth Whitening

| Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening | 2 Comments
Teeth whitening has become increasingly popular in recent years. New technology and products have made it easier, quicker and more affordable than ever before. You no longer need to put…
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Free Teen Dental Appointments: What Should They Include?

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McIntosh Dental is proud to be a provider of free general dental care for eligible teenagers from Year 9 through to their 18th birthday. When you’re choosing which dental clinic…

The Downside To Using A Daily Mouthwash

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The mouthwash industry is a large and growing market both here in New Zealand and worldwide. In supermarkets, pharmacies, department stores, discount retailers - not to mention dental clinics -…
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Do You Really Need To Floss?

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In recent years, a report in the US caused a stir by concluding that flossing your teeth didn’t actually provide proven health benefits. Based on a review of 25 studies,…

The McIntosh Dental Orthodontic Scholarship Winners 2019

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We are excited to announce the winners of the McIntosh Dental Orthodontic Scholarships for 2019! Once again we received a very large number of entries, and it was extremely hard…

Thank You From Dr Raniga

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2019 has been full of challenges, opportunities and rewards – in short it’s been an incredibly busy time! I have been very fortunate in being able to take opportunities to…

Merry Christmas From Dr McIntosh

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It’s hard to believe that 2019 is almost over – I’m sure that time keeps speeding up somehow! It’s been another busy year at McIntosh Dental. We are lucky to…

Tricks For Preventing Wine Stains On Teeth

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We can all be guilty of indulging in some festive cheer at this crazy time of year. Unfortunately our teeth can come off second best from our summertime wine sipping,…

Detecting Oral Cancer

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Regular dental check-ups are not just essential for preventing and treating dental issues – they also play a vital role in the detection of oral cancer. Approximately 250 New Zealanders…
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What To Do In Dental Emergencies

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We all know that life is full of surprises, and unfortunately accidents do happen. You may take great care of your teeth, but dental emergencies can affect anyone at any…
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Haven’t Been To The Dentist In A While?

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If you haven't been to the dentist in a while and are feeling somewhat guilty, you’re not alone! According to the 2017/18 statistical report by the Ministry of Health NZ,…

McIntosh Dental Staff News: October 2019

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We are excited to have welcomed on board Sarah Gluestein as a new Oral Health Therapist. After beginning her career as a Dental Assistant, Sarah progressed to working in dental…

Mary McIntosh – Still Working At 92 Years Old

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This month Mary McIntosh will be celebrating her 92nd birthday, and incredibly she is still working at McIntosh Dental every week! This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the dental…

Free Dental Services For Teens

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Let’s face it – teenagers have a lot going on! Puberty affects them mentally and physically in so many ways. But did you know that all of those extra hormones…

Do You Love Coffee? Your Teeth May Disagree

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In New Zealand, coffee is engrained into our culture. In 2017, we ranked 13th highest consumers of coffee in the world, beating the Aussies and the USA. We have more…
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Winter weather causing you tooth pain?

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Yes, it’s a thing. And you’re not alone! If you’re experiencing tooth pain as the cold weather sets in, it could be a sign that your teeth are sensitive, or…
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Congratulations Dr Raniga!

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Over the past two years Dr Milan Raniga has been working towards his Diploma in Clinical Othodontics. This two-year post-graduate programmed delves into the theoretical and clinical training in orthodontics…

Why Electric Toothbrushes are Awesome!

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Great oral hygiene is not just essential for good oral health, it also has the ability to improve your overall well-being. Because it has been proven that electric toothbrushes help…
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What will you learn at our Parent Info Evenings?

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Our Parent Information Evenings are relaxed, informal events where you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about braces. We want to make sure you have all the facts…

Farewell to Dr John Holmes

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Our much loved Dr John Holmes retired from Dentistry and left McIntosh Dental incorporating Lincoln Dental at the end of 2018. We wish him all the very best for his…

Take care of your teeth over the silly season!

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Yes, the silly season is nearly upon us, but there’s no need to get silly about taking care of your teeth. We all tend to go a little overboard on…

McIntosh Dental Orthodontic Scholarship 2018

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Congratulations!   Thank you for your patience everyone, but we are now able, and are excited to, announce the winners of the 2018 McIntosh Dental Orthodontic Scholarship. It has been…

Healthy Gums for Life

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Healthy Gums – Healthy YOU - And it starts from a young age! When someone flashes you a gorgeous smile with shiny, white teeth, you don’t immediately think to yourself,…

The Latest in Dental Implants from San Francisco to Auckland

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  This August our very own Dr Alex McIntosh headed to San Francisco, USA, to work with the highly esteemed Professor Dennis Tarnow. Professor Tarnow is one of the leading…

The NEW Orthodontics

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YES! You can have a beautiful smile without pulling teeth! Traditionally, the way many dentists and orthodontists treated a patient with crooked or crowded teeth was to remove premolars.  The…
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How much do braces cost?

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One of the most common questions we get is How much do braces cost? We recently started braces treatment for a young patient whose mother had asked the same question…

New-teeth-on-4: revolutionary teeth replacement giving you a new designer smile

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Do you find yourself hiding your smile because of your missing teeth? Or do you avoid eating foods you love because your dentures make it difficult? Perhaps you even experience…
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The Seven Signs of a Crooked Smile

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Crooked Teeth ‘Malocclusion’ (‘literally: “BAD BITE”) is the term that dentists use to describe crooked teeth and jaws that do not function together properly. While crooked teeth can cause an…

Why do humans have terrible teeth?

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Why are our teeth so bad? Why do we get tooth decay and crooked teeth? It may have something to do with what we eat, not just today - but…

What do sippy cups do to childrens teeth?

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Sippy Cups As parents, we all want what is best for our kids. However, with so many different feeding products available, it’s easy for us to unknowingly make bad choices.…

Some Words From Bridget – 2013 Orthodontic Scholarship Winner

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Dear McIntosh Dental, When I first applied for this scholarship back in 2013 I was so unsure as to if I was going to be chosen or not, but that…

2013 Orthodontic Scholarship Winner – update

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Two years ago, 2013 marked our second year of running the McIntosh Dental Orthodontic Scholarship. We had received such a large amount of interest in 2012 that we decided to…
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Stephanie – Invisalign Orthodontic Scholarship Winner 2012

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A letter from our Scholarship winnerDear McIntosh Dental Thank you for picking me to be the recipient of the Invisalign Scholarship. I am so grateful to have been given this…
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2012 Orthodontic Scholarship Winner – update

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...and she's finished! Congratulations to Stephanie, the very first winner of our orthodontic scholarship who has recently completed her Invisalign orthodontic treatment. Stephanie began her journey in 2012 when she…