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Cosmetic Dentistry -Unveiling your hidden smile

People refer to techniques that whiten, straighten and reshape the teeth collectively as “cosmetic dentistry”.

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Porcelain Veneers and Crowns

When a filling just won’t do, a crown or veneer may be recommended. Not only do they give your tooth back its strength, but they can also address many visual concerns.

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Teeth Whitening

Want a brighter, whiter smile? this could be achieved with our quick and easy to use materials.

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Cosmetic Dentistry -Unveiling your hidden smile

Today there is no reason for you to be unhappy with your smile when there are so many simple, painless solutions. No matter what your past dental history has been, whether you have had extensive dental treatment, or simply wish you had whiter more attractive teeth, we can help you to attain your perfect smile!

The science of dentistry has changed dramatically over the years. Modern dental techniques such as tooth whitening, porcelain laminate veneers and inlays enable us to improve the esthetics on just about anyone.

People refer to techniques that whiten, straighten and reshape the teeth collectively as “cosmetic dentistry”.

Porcelain Veneers and Crowns

If you’ve ever wondered why so many individuals in public life have such perfect smiles, you might be surprised to find out how many of them have had cosmetic dental work! One way that we can make your smile more attractive is to place porcelain laminate veneers or jacket crowns.

“Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent laminates made to improve esthetics (shape, spacing, color) of natural teeth, to correct crowding, or to replace composite bonding. If you already have crowns on your front teeth, replacement with all porcelain jacket crowns may give you a more natural, attractive appearance.

Extremely Lifelike and Hold Their Brilliance

Porcelain veneers and crowns are extremely lifelike and hold their brilliance, unlike bonding which often appears bulky or fake. Although porcelain is an extremely translucent material, it is also very strong. Porcelain veneers and crowns are permanent restorations, and they can be expected to last for many years.

“Porcelain jacket crowns and laminate veneers require two office visits. At the first appointment we remove any old bonding and prepare the teeth. We also take impressions and choose the shade and shape of the porcelain. When you leave the office, temporary bonding is used to cover the prepared teeth. Approximately one week later, the porcelain veneers or crowns are permanently bonded to your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Just about everyone wishes they had whiter teeth. Fortunately, there is an easy, painless way to make your teeth whiter with a process that lightens discoloration in the enamel. Teeth become discolored over time from aging, and staining substances such as coffee, red wine, and tobacco.

Many over-the-counter products such as ‘whitening’ toothpaste and gels are ineffective because they contain a low percentage of the active ingredient, carbamide peroxide, and are not used in a concentrated form directly on the teeth.

How does it work?

First we examine your teeth. If you require any restorative work it is best to have this before whitening.

There are a number of choices for either in-office or take home teeth whitening products. Zoom Whitening and Opalescence are two of the brands we prefer. Many of our clients chose the take home kits to allow for maximum convenience. These can be either preformed shells with whitening gel already in them or we can fabricate custom trays, molded exactly for your teeth. Then, give you a kit including the bleaching gel, carbamide peroxide. You apply the gel to the pockets on the inside of your tray and then wear the tray for a specified period of time or if you prefer while you sleep. After application you will see a dramatic change in the whiteness of your teeth.

The teeth whitening process really works, and you can always use your dental whitening appliance for a one day touch up if you have a special event and want your teeth to appear their whitest. If you are soon to become a bride or groom, white teeth will ensure that your wedding photographs show off your perfect smile!

Orthodontics- Children and Adults

Crooked or “malaligned” teeth can not only be a visual concern but also affect the way your teeth function over time.

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Cosmetic Dentistry -Unveiling your hidden smile

People refer to techniques that whiten, straighten and reshape the teeth collectively as “cosmetic dentistry”.

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Endodontics

Also known as root canal therapy. This is a gentle procedure that is performed when a tooth becomes infected due to an untreated cavity or trauma.

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Oral Hygiene & Periodontal Programs

We pride ourselves on providing extensive periodontal care to our patients. This includes both prevention and non-surgical treatment of gum disease.

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Orthodontics- Children and Adults

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that diagnoses, prevents and treats irregularities of the teeth, jaws and the face. Our objective in today’s orthodontics is a well-proportioned face and esthetically pleasing stable dentition.

Crowded teeth are difficult to clean and maintain. This may lead to an increased rate of cavities, gum disease and eventual tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal tooth wear and misalignment of jaw joints resulting in chronic headaches. When left untreated, many orthodontic problems become worse.

Treatment of the original problem is often easier, faster and less costly than treatment of more serious problems that develop in later years.

Functional Orthodontics

Functional orthodontics is a progressive orthodontic treatment that works with your body’s growth and development to give beautiful, healthy smiles. Proper tongue and jaw positions are created to eliminate negative forces on the teeth. Functional orthodontics treats problems early, when irregularities are first recognized, and utilizes muscles of chewing to promote proper growth of the jaw and teeth. Often space is created for the teeth to fit in, which results in fewer extractions and broader, attractive smiles.

Functional orthodontics utilizes two kinds of appliances in most treatments. First, the upper and lower jaws are aligned by the use of a functional (removable) appliance. These are made of a combination of plastic and wires, similar to a retainer but much more powerful. Then standard (fixed) braces are used to align the individual teeth.

The long-term results of functional orthodontics tend to be very stable and aesthetically pleasing. See for yourself using the pictures of the twins on the right.

Mapping Out Your Orthodontic Treatment

Just like using a map to get to our weekend destination, we need to use a treatment plan to take our patients to a “Healthy Smile” destination. Your personalized treatment plan is a guide. It helps to take us where we want to go.

In order to determine the best course of treatment, we will need orthodontic study records. They include medical/dental history, clinical examination, plaster study models, photographs of your face and teeth, a panoramic x-ray, and a facial profile x-ray. All of these records will help us to present our orthodontic journey to you in detail.

How Do Braces Feel?

Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first placed or when adjusted during treatment. After the braces are on, teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Patients can usually manage this discomfort well with whatever pain medication they might commonly take for a headache. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. Overall, orthodontic discomfort is short-lived and easily managed.

Functional removable appliances cause very little discomfort. A period of a couple days is required to adjust your eating and speaking with the functional appliance.

Special Care During Orthodontic Treatment

One of the main advantages of removable appliances is easy oral hygiene. The appliance can be cleaned out of the mouth, with toothbrush and toothpaste. Teeth and gums are brushed and flossed as usual with the appliance out of the mouth.

Do Teeth With Braces Need Special Care?

Patients with fixed braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods. They must not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails because chewing on hard things can damage the braces. Damaged braces will almost always cause treatment to take longer, and will require extra trips to our office.

Keeping the teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time, and must be done every day. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the hygienist for a professional cleaning.

To assist in this, we will teach you how to best care for your teeth and appliances. Learning how often to brush and floss, and having some other suggestions for cleaning aids will help you maintain good dental health.

How Important is Patient Cooperation During Orthodontic Treatment?

Successful orthodontic treatment is a “two-way street” that requires a consistent, cooperative effort by both the dentist and patient. To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must carefully clean their teeth, wear appliances and elastics, and keep appointments as scheduled. Damaged appliances can lengthen the treatment time and may undesirably affect the outcome of treatment. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their desired positions if the patient consistently wears the aids which are applying forces to the teeth.

Retainers

There are two basic groups of retaining devices – removable types that can be removed by the patient, and fixed types that are designed not to be removed by the patient

Retainer use is an important part of orthodontic treatment. Teeth continue to move throughout your lifetime until they reach a point of stability with the lips, cheeks, tongue, bite and function. Ideally through orthodontics, that ends up being a position that allows the teeth to look good as well as function properly.

In the end, orthodontic treatment is not for the dentist and not for the parents, but solely for the patient. The successful results will benefit both the patient’s oral heath and self-confidence for the rest of their life.

Cosmetic Dentistry -Unveiling your hidden smile

Today there is no reason for you to be unhappy with your smile when there are so many simple, painless solutions. No matter what your past dental history has been, whether you have had extensive dental treatment, or simply wish you had whiter more attractive teeth, we can help you to attain your perfect smile!

The science of dentistry has changed dramatically over the years. Modern dental techniques such as tooth whitening, porcelain laminate veneers and inlays enable us to improve the esthetics on just about anyone.

People refer to techniques that whiten, straighten and reshape the teeth collectively as “cosmetic dentistry”.

There is an art to finding your perfect smile

There is an art to finding your perfect smile, and almost any smile can be improved using the right materials and cosmetic dental techniques.

Not all dental treatments are right for everyone but many new techniques and materials are available that you may not have heard of. Please ask us if you are living with an old “problem”, chances are it can be rectified.

Today’s cosmetic dentistry will help you to achieve a level of dental health, comfort and esthetics you never before believed possible.

Endodontics

If you are reading this, chances are that you or a family member has been told that a canal treatment is necessary to save a tooth.

When the nerve inside a tooth becomes diseased or infected, the only way to save this tooth is to perform a root canal treatment.

The most common causes of tooth infection are: a large cavity, a deep filling, or an injury to the tooth. Regardless of the cause, the nerve cannot survive the infection. Once infected, bacteria grow within the nerve causing pressure and pain. Eventually, the nerve dies, causing the bone around the root tip to be destroyed.

When clinical examination and x-rays determine that canal treatment is necessary, one or more appointments will be required. An opening is made through the crown into the nerve, and the diseased pulp is carefully removed.

The canal area inside the tooth is then cleaned, enlarged and shaped. Sometimes, a sedative medication is placed in the tooth to control bacterial growth and reduce infection.

After this the inside of the tooth and both the canal and pulp chamber are sterilized and permanently filled and sealed.

Oral Hygiene & Periodontal Programs

Periodontal disease, or gum disease is caused by plaque, a colourless film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. This plaque irritates the gums, causing them to become red, tender and swollen.

If not removed daily, the plaque hardens to form calculus, or tartar, around the necks of the teeth. This provides a perfect living environment for various bacteria. They colonize and thrive in the groove between the gums and the teeth, produce toxins, and destroy the gum tissue. The gums pull away from the teeth and pockets form between the teeth and gums. These pockets become filled with more plaque, and eventually the bone supporting the teeth is destroyed.

A Slow, Painless Progressive Disease

This gum disease is usually a slow, painless progressive disease, and most adults with gum disease are unaware that they have it. If diagnosed early however, the disease can be stopped. The most effective, conservative, non-surgical treatments are scaling and root debridement therapy. These treatments work by removing the very cause of gum disease- plaque, tartar, and bacteria.

There are other factors which contribute to periodontal disease and when treating our patients, we work on identifying them as well. Some of these include; smoking, chewing tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption, and heredity. Badly aligned teeth, poor fitting bridges or partial dentures, defective fillings, and habits such as grinding or clenching the teeth, can also cause abnormal stress on mouth tissues.

Evidence also shows a link between nutritional deficiency, vitamin C deficiency, and the body’s ability to fight infection. Increased hormone levels during pregnancy may aggravate a condition commonly referred to as pregnancy gingivitis. Diseases like diabetes, uremia and liver cirrhosis as well as some medications, may also affect your gums contributing to gum disease.

Some common signs of periodontal disease are:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth
  • Bad breath, or chronic bad taste in your mouth
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Gums that have receded or shrunken away from your teeth
  • Teeth that seem loose or that change position, front teeth tend to fan out
  • A change in your bite, or a change in the way your partial dentures fit

Periodontal disease also lowers the body’s defense power which could cause lowered energy, fatigue, and decreased resistance risk to infection.

Of course the only sure way to confirm a diagnosis of gum disease is to have your mouth thoroughly examined. Although gum disease is most common among adults, it can affect children and teenagers as well. However if caught in its early stages, it can be reversed. This is why it is important to have regular hygiene cleanings.

Our Goals

Our desire is to work specifically with those people who wish to achieve a higher sense of self-esteem and well-being by enhancing their appearance, their comfort, and ability to sustain health.

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Family Dentistry

We have kids, we love kids!

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Later Life Dentistry

If you’re needing to replace teeth lost over time, a denture and/or an implant may be an option.

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Financial Options

As a courtesy, we will submit your insurance claims electronically. This allows you to receive your refunds quicker.

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Our Goals

“We believe each person has the right to become as healthy as they chose to be. Our desire is to work specifically with those people who wish to achieve a higher sense of self-esteem and well-being by enhancing their appearance, their comfort, and ability to sustain health.”

We understand that choosing a new dentist and dental health team can be a challenge. We are writing this to welcome you and to share our beliefs concerning the type of services we offer and why.

There are three levels people may choose for treatment in our office:

Urgent Care:

People in discomfort or with trauma, needing immediate help . Generally patients at this level prefer short term cursory examinations. They usually want to correct immediate problems with as little effort as possible. We are happy to help you in these situations but it is not the primary focus of our practice. An example of this might be minor oral surgery, or wisdom teeth removal.

 Maintenance Care:

People who choose this level of care, want to take an active part in the elimination of current and prevention of future disease problems. Often repair solutions chosen are medium term in duration. This is usually a 3-7 year repair oriented treatment, knowing that the dental treatment performed today will have to be repeated again in the near future.

Optimum Preventative Care:

Patients at this level are similar to people described in the previous category. The difference is that they choose to have comprehensive examination and treatment planning for health and repair to achieve a future based on choice not chance. These patients are very concerned about treating the causes of dental disease and not simply the effects or symptoms. They want all treatment provided to be completed in the most durable manner possible, with an added emphasis on the look of their smile as well as the state of their oral health.An example of this is TMJ therapy to address jaw joint problems .

It is very common for people to progress to a higher level over time. Please feel free to ask us any questions whether they are about your current situation, available options, or future considerations for you or your family.

 

A dentist is always available for our patients in the case of after-hours problems.

“When communication and concern for each other’s welfare is high, successful results are more likely to occur.”

Family Dentistry

Good dental habits should be encouraged at a young age. Besides good oral hygiene, this also includes regular preventative visits to the dental office.

We like to see the younger members of your family around age 3. We make the first visit a friendly introduction so that your child feels comfortable with us and the environment of the office. The children get a chance to play with some games, meet “the friendly ladies”, take a ride in the chair, and get a prize for telling us their name and age.

They leave feeling special and look forward to coming back. Next time they will have their teeth counted.

Children get very involved in looking after their teeth, if they are given explanations in terms they can understand.

Our little patients learn that cavities are caused by “sugar bugs”

Our little patients learn that cavities are caused by “sugar bugs” and we need to get them out before they can eat their way to the heart of the tooth. We like to put the tooth to sleep with some “sleepy jell and sleepy juice” first. Sugar bugs are afraid of the water we spray on them and as they are running away, we use a special vacuum to get them out of the mouth. To put the filling in we use a dental shampoo and conditioner and a “special light” to make the filling hard

We invite parents to become our partners in educating their little ones about dental care and dental procedures. Negative words like drill, needle, pain, or using the dentist as a threat, can cause more damage to the relationship between the dentist and children than you can imagine.

At the end of the visit we like to give children a lot of praise, and of course a gift from our treasure box.

The most important message is that if your daughter or son learn to view the dentist as their friend, it will encourage them to visit regularly and help them to keep their teeth healthy for life.

Later Life Dentistry

As we get older we become increasingly aware of both the form and function of our teeth. If 60 is the new 50 and 70 is the new 60, then why not look like it? We have worked together with many of our patients to give them the look which matches their energy levels. Veneers,crowns, and whitening can improve many smiles in a dramatically fast makeover.

For other problems it may be necessary to obtain an implant. A dental implant takes the place of a tooth providing both functionality and esthetics at once. An implant also maintains the structure of your teeth to prevent problems due to gaps. Implants are also used to act as a base for modern dentures.

Financial Options

There are a number of ways to pay for your dental services. For your convenience we accept cash, debit cards, Visa &Mastercard.

To speed up benefit payments we submit your claims electronically, before you leave the office. This means that you can usually expect a cheque from your benefit carrier within one week.

We are also pleased to offer Medicard Patient Financing. Medicard can provide both full procedure financing as well as partial. Credit approval is within 24 hours and their interest rates are competitive based on credit history. Monthly payments are automatically debited from your chequing account and they have no early payment penalty.This works well if you are expecting funds such as income tax rebates in the near future.

Dental benefits explained

If you have dental benefits through your employer often there is an amount not covered. This occurs due to the individual benefits plan and coverage your employer has agreed to.

For example, the Ontario Dental Association updates its dental fee guide each year and most provincial dentists, including ourselves, adhere to the fees set forth. However some benefit plans are still operating on fee structures several years old, due to the date they were negotiated between the employer and the benefit company. This means that when you come in for a treatment, such as a filling, there may be an amount not covered by your plan, which you are responsible for.

Like your holidays, dental benefits operate on a fiscal year. This means that you are entitled to a set dollar amount, and usually set dental services, each fiscal year. To maximize your benefits, it is a good idea to know what dates the benefit carrier uses as their fiscal year. That way you will be able to coordinate dental visits or potential treatments to maximize the amount your benefits cover and minimize the amount you are responsible for. Knowing these dates is especially useful with families that have plans with two policy holders.