We are determined to make your treatment as comfortable as possible using efficient evidence based methods.
We work hard to deliver the best treatments possible in Australia.
My being a member of many orthodontic and dental organisations helps me be up to date and well informed about all aspects of orthdontics and dentistry.
Some of my Fellowships and Mebershiips are shown.
Health professionals are entrusted with their patient's information. This includes what we are required to gather for diagnosis and records.
We need to be trusted to keep your private records private. If they may prove a good example for teaching I will ask for permission for that circumstance alone. It will not go to a website.
We do not use any of my patient before and after images on a website because:
I regard it as a breach of patient privacy;
the Dental Board of Australia discourages use of patient images;
I need images for my work. Photos of you are not my property to advertise my business; and
once placed on the Internet, other people can copy the images and use them how they choose (for good or bad).
Photos of people on my website are either professionally taken and usually from overseas.
We use the smallest braces
Control of the teeth is just as good with small or large brackets (braces). We choose the smallest brackets because they look better. If you need larger brackets we can order them in for you. We know our brackets are the smallest used in the area.
For more information on my brackets see:
Clear brackets made of artificial sapphire are available for people who are gentle and a low risk of breaking the ceramic. They look less visible and some adults prefer this.
Breakage can be a problem with ceramics as can staining from foods such as curries, tomato paste and red wine. Poor cleaning shows up even more on clear braces.
We currently use the Ormco Inspire Ice brackets.
We are highly experienced in metal and clear braces. We also use Invisalign for those who want even less visibility.
The control and idividualisation braces allow is unmatched by any other orthodontic approach.
Braces at Lithgow valley smiles
We know braces are visible, often not attractive but only braces have the best control and flexibility to get the best smile we can. So we use the smallest metal braces and the clearest clear braces. You get control with less show of the braces.
We use the smallest commercially available braces (Dentaurum equilibrium mini brackets). They give full control and because they are small, they are less noticeable and more comfortable. I have to use special dental magnifiers when I work with them but you have to wear them all the time and I am told by patients they notice that my brackets are smaller than any others. lithgow valley Smiles - our Orthodontic braces Metal braces don’t shatter like clear braces can. They can take wear and tear. Metal braces are smaller and more comfortable. They are used on most young patients and older patients who do not need clear braces. If you are interested in a more thorough explanation of braces and their history I have written a small article.
These are monocrystalline sapphire brackets. They are small and clear. We currently use the Ormco Inspire Ice brackets. The ties can pick up stains from highly coloured foods such as curry, tomato paste and even red wine. There are good reasons they should not be used in contact sports. The clear braces are very clear and are a good choice when less visibility is required.
These braces are also used at Mark's Bathurst office see creatinggreatsmiles.com.au
I (Mark Cordato) spent several years doing post-graduate research with the University of Sydney Biomaterials Unit. My particular interests were orthodontic wires, metallurgy and biomaterials. During that time I learnt more about wires and I made opportunities to visit wire production facilities. I went to M M Cables to see the manufacture of various copper wires and also to Arthur Wilcock at Whittlesea in Victoria and developed a strong relationship with Arthur Wilcock Jnr and his manufacturing of specialist orthodontic wires. Wires are critical to orthodontic appliances. They store energy which can be used in moving teeth.
are still the most common orthodontic wire. The stainless steel can be one strand, monofilament, and of many differing dimensions. It can also be braided (anywhere between 3 and 9 strands of wire) or woven wire. It can have varying levels of work hardening which was taken to whole new levels by AJ Wilcock at his factories in Victoria. I have spent many hours discussing wires and their properties and how to maximise these with the manufacturer Arthur Wilcock Jnr. The time I spent on the factory floor have been important for understanding the variation in accuracy of the manufacturing which is critical in knowing how the teeth move with wires and brackets.
These consist of alpha titanium such as the popular Ti-6Al-4V. More recent wires have superceeded alpha titanium with beta titanium and a common one is the Beta III titanium. These can be used with non stainless steel brackets in rare circumstances.
The early versions of nickel titanium wires were simply those close to 55:45 by weight which is close to 50:50 by atoms. These wires are highly flexible and were developed by NASA for aerials in space. The aerial was packed into a small compartment and it straightened out when the cover was opened in space. These wire were further researched and it was found when the proportions of atoms were more tightly controlled it exhibited some differing and very interesting properties emerged. These properties could have a wider range when other elements such as copper are added in small proportions. The wires became heat and/or stress transformable. One of the formal names for this change is ‘martensitic-austenitic diffusionless phase transformation’ and the wires are often described as shape memory. These wires can be deflected and apply gentle forces over a long period. These wires also exhibit a distinctive hysteresis loop with differing loading and unloading slopes (the elastic or Young’s modulus changes when the wire is in its different state) and energy is stored within the area when the slopes diverge. These unusual memory properties are mainly associated with this shape-memory nickel titanium and is extremely rare in other materials and alloys.
Electron microscopes Transmission and Scanning electron microscopes at the University of Sydney’s Electron Microscopy Unit EDAX – a tool for analysing the chemical composition of materials with electron microscopes UMIS-2000 Developed by CSIRO. Microscopic Brunel hardness tester. Tests for eleastic modulus, yield stress and ultimate tensile strength. Metallurgy microscopes (such as) Olympus
Invisalign has been developed to move teeth with a series of clear aligners.
Invisalign looks better than braces during treatment. For some people that’s all that matters. I have been an accredited Invisalign provider for over 10 years. Invisalign has developed and now has greater control than it used to. It is great for aligning teeth with a little spacing, minor crowding and small upper to lower tooth and jaw movements.
The more difficult the case the more challenging it is for this technique to get perfect results. Those that know this from the outset, know that if they lose an aligner treatment is slowed a lot and that not wear aligners will also slow treatment are usually very happy with the changes we get with this new approach.
Because Invisalign aligners can be lost and not worn they can be an extra problem for teenagers. There are issues that there is less tooth visible for the aligners to ‘hang on to’ or engage so control is further limited.
Dr Mark Cordato works in Lithgow and Bathurst patients can be treated or have problems fixed in Bathurst at times he is not inLithgow.
Phone 6331 2788