Cosmestic Dentistry/Gum Disease
Your smile is one of your most important features. Dentistry is continuously evolving, and with a variety of advanced treatment options, patients of all ages can easily achieve a beautiful, healthy, and aesthetic smile.
Are you ready for a smile makeover?
If you're considering cosmetic dental treatment, ask yourself a few simple questions :
- Do you hesitate when you smile?
- Would you like to increase your self-confidence?
- Do you want to look your best in social or professional situations?
- Are you ready to reverse any dental imperfections you may have?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions, cosmetic dentistry may be the answer you've been looking for!
Cosmetic dentistry is an art and a science
Let us help you achieve your smile goals! Cosmetic dentistry is different from general dental care: it is both an art and a science. By providing cosmetic dental care, your dentist is able to offer smile enhancement, restoration, and maintenance treatments for optimal dental health. Using cuttingedge techniques and advanced materials, our office proudly offers you a beautiful, natural smile and all the benefits that come with it.
Feel more confident about your appearance with a new smile that is as beautiful as it is healthy. You no longer have to suffer from missing, chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. Contact our practice today and schedule your smile makeover!
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that surround your teeth. It is one of the prime causes of tooth loss in adults. Because it is virtually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease. During each regular checkup, your dentist will check for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between your teeth and gums.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque, a sticky form of bacteria that forms on the teeth. If the plaque is not removed (by flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups), it will continue to build up and create toxins that can damage the gums.
Periodontal disease forms just below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. It has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Gingivitis - This is the early stage of gum disease, when the gums become red and swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is treatable and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.
- Periodontitis - If left untreated, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis, and the gums and bone that support the teeth will become seriously and irreversibly damaged. Gums infected with periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, or require removal by a dentist.
Certain factors can increase a patient's risk of developing periodontal disease, including :
- Smoking or using chewing tobacco
- Certain types of medication, such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, calcium channel blockers, and oral contraceptives
- Bridges that no longer fit properly
- Crooked teeth
- Old fillings
While it is possible to have periodontal disease and not know it, some symptoms can include :
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Loose or separating permanent teeth
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
- Treating gum disease
Depending on the severity of each individual case, treatments for gum disease can vary. Typical treatments include :
- Non-surgical treatments, including at-home periodontal trays and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
- Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery
- Dental implants
Preventing Gum Disease
Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are important for maintaining your health and the health of your smile. You don't have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. By practising good oral hygiene at home, you can significantly reduce your chances of ever getting gum disease.
Remember to brush regularly, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits to help keep your smile healthy.
Beautiful smiling face
Clear aligners are an effective alternative to traditional braces that use a system of clear, removable trays to straighten teeth. Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and designed to move teeth gradually into their proper position.
Using clear aligners for orthodontic treatment is not for everyone. The best way to find out if they are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist. How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners are created as an alternative to traditional braces, and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Just like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made with a strong plastic material, and are fabricated to fit your mouth. Each aligner is designed a little different from the rest, so each time you switch aligners, your teeth move a little more.
Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day, and for two weeks, before being replaced by a new aligner. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case, and can take anywhere from six months to two years.
Advantages of orthodontic treatment with clear aligners
Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with clear aligners:
- Easier to keep clean, making it easier to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
- Comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
- Prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
- They are removable so it's easier for you to brush and floss after meals.
If you're interested in orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, schedule an appointment and talk to your dentist about whether or not this is the right treatment option for you. Scheduling a consultation is your first step toward achieving the beautiful smile you've always wanted.
There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile. With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
In-office teeth whitening
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately.
At-home teeth whitening
1) Tray whitening
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel available only through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth.
Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
2) Paint-on teeth whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options. One type of readily accessible whitening product is commonly referred to as "paint-on" teeth whiteners. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over the counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options.
Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel applied to the tooth with a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use.
3) Teeth-whitening strips
Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing them into place to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
4) Teeth-whitening toothpaste and mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have "whitening" capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color or shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.
You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct your teeth's imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a perfect option for patients who want to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials, such as porcelain. They are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers.
Before placing your new veneer, your doctor may need to prepare your tooth conservatively to achieve the desired aesthetic result.
When your veneers are in place, you'll be pleased to see that they look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain-resistant, your doctor may recommend you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.