A Better Brighter Smile – 5 ways to Improve Your Smile

1. A really good cleaning!

A healthy lifestyle starts with good oral health. An unhealthy mouth is linked to many conditions including heart disease. Current research indicates that a strong relationship exists between inflammatory gum disease (and even cavities) and general diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, pneumonia and even women delivering low birth-weight and pre-term babies. Oral health and total health go hand in hand! Our experienced and gentle hygienists will help you get your gums in tip-top shape!

2. Teeth Whitening: An Easy and Effective Way to Improve Your Smile!

The most common answer to “How would you improve your smile?” is “whiter and brighter teeth”! There are many causes of tooth discoloration including smoking, coffee/tea and other staining foods such as wine, blueberries etc., antibiotics, aging and genetics. And there are several ways to whiten your teeth including over-the-counter products, take-home trays and in-office whitening.

25% patients surveyed report using at-home OTC whitening products which include whitening strips, paint on gels, mouth trays, whitening toothpaste and whitening gum. Their effectiveness varies. A professional exam and any necessary restorations are highly recommended before any OTC method to make sure that any decay is repaired first and sensitivity is minimized.

Professional power whitening in the dental office generally provides the most effective and comfortable means of whitening the 8 front teeth in the smile zone, as stronger agents are used and the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected. We use special desensitizers for both our in-office and take-home methods that essentially eliminate a common side effect of whitening –tooth sensitivity. When used as a jump-start for take-home whitening (which is always a part of an effective whitening program) power whitening can transform your smile!

Whitening can last Indefinitely, with touch-ups of 1 hour to 1 day every 3-12 months depending on the individual. With no touch-ups the transformation can last 3 months to several years.

3. Bonding

Bonding is the application of a tooth-coloured composite resin (plastic) to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discoloured tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require a customized mold and more than one appointment, bonding can be done in a single visit. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. The procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth. Bonding is a popular treatment option because it provides a successful attachment between the filling material and the tooth’s original enamel and dentin. It looks like the original tooth and functions like it as well. Direct composite bonding is used to recreate a smile in an additive manner, where little or no tooth reduction is needed. Direct bonding, in the hands of a skilled operator, is less costly than porcelain veneers and crowns and can be long-lasting with proper maintenance.

4. Invisalign Orthodontics

Having straight teeth is a dream for many people, but one of the factors that will often hold a person back from obtaining orthodontic treatment is their dislike for noticeable wires and brackets. Invisalign may be the answer for someone looking for a discrete orthodontic option.

Invisalign is a custom-made orthodontic appliance. The Invisalign system moves the teeth into their desired position in the same way that conventional braces move the teeth during orthodontic treatment, but without the use of wires, bands or brackets. Invisalign involves the use of a series of removable clear retainers that are worn over a period of one to two years and gradually realign the teeth. Cosmetically, the aligners are more appealing because they are almost unnoticeable when in place, making them particularly popular among adults who wish to straighten their teeth without wires or brackets.. Another benefit of the aligners is that they are easily removed for eating and tooth brushing.

5. Porcelain Veneers & Crowns

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain bonded to the tooth to recreate a natural look for teeth requiring slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color

The process begins with a smile analysis to determine what steps are necessary to achieve the smile you desire. A diagnostic mock-up is then created to allow you to visualize the veneers beforehand. To place a veneer, a small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed (usually less than a millimeter) in order to create room for the porcelain veneer. This is necessary in order to accurately restore the tooth’s natural function and create a better appearance than the original tooth.Once the teeth are prepared, the mock-up is transferred into your mouth as a “trial smile” so you can “test drive” the appearance before the veneers are finalized. Any adjustments can be made at this stage to ensure you get the result you are wanting.

Because a portion of the original tooth enamel is reduced, a veneer is not a reversible treatment. Although adjustments and even new veneers can be made, you can never reliably return to the original condition of the tooth.

Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth or teeth have poor color, shape, and contours. It is also a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is undesirable and there are minor bite-related problems. For some people, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option.