Metal braces aren’t the only way for teens and adults to get the perfect smile.
Once you get older, it can be pretty embarrassing and awkward to wear metal braces in order to get the smile you want. But what if our Mississauga, Ontario dentists, Dr. Brian Kaplansky and Dr. Parneety Randhawa, told you that you didn’t have to wear metal braces? In fact, there is a nearly invisible way to get the smile you want without others noticing.
If you are a teen or adult looking to fix spacing issues, crowding, an overbite, underbite or other malocclusions, then you may be happy to hear that most people will be able to fix their problems with Invisalign. Instead of sporting the brackets and wires of traditional braces, Invisalign offers a series of customized clear plastic aligners that fit snugly over your upper and/or lower teeth. Each aligner is designed to shift teeth around, according to the treatment plan mapped out by our Mississauga general dentists.
What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign?
If you are deemed a great candidate for Invisalign, here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy with this orthodontic treatment over traditional braces:
- Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth, so they will provide superior comfort and flexibility, and are less likely to cause irritation than metal braces.
- Since aligners can be removed, it makes it much easier to clean them and your teeth and gums. You won’t have to worry about maneuvering around brackets and wires to remove plaque and food. There’s also less chance of developing cavities with Invisalign if you care for your smile properly.
- You can enjoy eating all of your favorite foods without restriction. With regular braces, there are many foods you have to stay away from, as they could pull off wires or brackets and lengthen the course of treatment. With Invisalign, you just have to take your aligners off before eating and then rinse them off before putting them back in.
- On average, adults often have a shorter orthodontic treatment than with traditional braces.
Have questions about Invisalign? Want to find out if this is the treatment for you? Then call Creditview Dental in Mississauga, ON, today to schedule a consultation.
Isn’t it time you knew the telltale signs of gum disease?
Gum disease happens to more people than you may realize. Fortunately, if you seek proper dental care from our Mississauga, ON, dentists Dr. Brian Kaplansky and Dr. Parneety Randhawa, you’ll find that during these routine visits we are able to detect gum disease during its earliest stage when it’s still reversible. Of course, you may want to keep an eye out for these signs of gum disease, as well:
- Swollen, tender, painful or red gums
- Gums that bleed, particularly when eating, brushing or flossing
- Gums that are starting to pull away from the teeth, making teeth appear longer
- Chronic bad breath
- Mouth sores
- Loose teeth
Of course, many people never even experience symptoms or don’t notice problems until the periodontal disease has become severe. So, what is the best way to prevent this issue from happening to you? Visit your Mississauga, ON, general dentist every six months. While these routine cleanings may not seem important, they are crucial to a healthy mouth. Even if you aren’t experiencing the symptoms listed above, you could still have periodontal disease, so coming in twice a year will ensure that if you do have this problem that we are able to detect it and begin treating it right away.
You will be happy to hear that periodontal disease in its earliest stage (known as gingivitis) can be reversed. If you come in for routine checkups, there is a much better chance that we will be able to pinpoint whether or not you have gingivitis so that we can prevent it from becoming gum disease. We will discuss your oral hygiene and habits to see what simple lifestyle changes need to be put into place in order to improve the health of your gums. You will also need to come in more regularly until we know that your gingivitis is completely gone.
Here are some simple tips for keeping gum disease at bay:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (once in the morning after breakfast and again at night before bed)
- Floss every day. Flossing is one of the best ways to keep teeth and gums clean and to remove plaque buildup from between teeth
- Come in for bi-annual cleanings and exams to check the health of your smile
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet that is low in processed carbs and sugar
Whether you are experiencing any of these symptoms above or you just need to book your next dental cleaning, turn to the trusted dental experts at Creditview Dental in Mississauga, ON. Call our office to schedule your next visit.
Your smile is as unique as your personality. As we age, our teeth can show signs of everything from the foods we enjoy, to how active we are, and whether or not we listened to our dentist and practiced good oral hygiene and preventive dental care. But even with the best dental care routines, teeth are still susceptible to cosmetic damage and normal wear and tear over time. The dentists at Creditview Dental in Mississauga, ON offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services for everything from teeth whitening, to correcting common cosmetic problems like chips, cracks and sizing and spacing issues.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Mississauga, ON
Dentists use restorations like crowns and porcelain veneers to improve the aesthetic appearance of a tooth, but they are also used to improve function and strengthen damaged teeth from trauma or decay. There are several types of cosmetic restorations:
- Porcelain veneers and enamel bonding
- Cosmetic contouring
- Professional teeth whitening
- Enamel colored (white) fillings
- Gum grafting and recontouring ("gummy smile" treatment)
The main goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve size, shape, color and spacing for a more symmetrical and aesthetically attractive smile. Cosmetic contouring can change a tooth's size and shape with veneers or dental bonding, which use composite resin material to match the color and texture of a natural tooth. Professional teeth whitening treatments remove stains and discolorations and brighten the teeth beyond what is possible with over the counter products. Cosmetic bonding is also used to seal a tooth after a root canal in place of silver (amalgam) fillings. Dental crowns can restore a tooth after treatment for larger cavities and extensive tooth decay, allowing the dentist to save the remaining portion of healthy tooth from extraction.
Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Mississauga, ON
A beautiful, new and improved smile can be as simple as a professional teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding treatment away. For more information on the option that is best for you, contact Creditview Dental by calling (905) 826-4929 to schedule an appointment today.
Learn more about dental implants from your Mississauga dentists!
Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Brian Kaplansky and Dr. Parneety Randhawa, your Mississauga, ON dentists, explain a few situations in which you may benefit from this tooth replacement option.
You lost a tooth
Whether you lost a tooth due to an injury or tooth decay, a dental implant offers an excellent way to replace your missing tooth. The implant, which looks like a small screw, is placed in your jawbone and replaces the roots of your tooth. Dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that bonds to the bone in a few months. After bonding occurs, your dentist attaches a lifelike crown to the top of the implant to complete the process.
You're looking for an alternative to traditional dentures
Dental implants are also an option if you've lost all of your upper or lower teeth. Unlike traditional full dentures that simply rest on top of your gums, implant-supported versions are attached to four or more implants per arch. In addition to anchoring your dentures, your implants also stimulate your jawbone and help prevent or reduce bone loss that frequently occurs after you lose a tooth.
You want a long-lasting option
You're probably also considering bridges or dentures to replace your missing tooth or teeth. Although these restoration options can effectively replace take the place of lost teeth, they usually only have a lifespan of 5 to 15 years. Depending on your age when you receive your dentures or bridges, you may need to replace them at least several times. If you choose dental implants, you'll probably never need to replace your implant.
You care about comfort
Because dental implants are firmly rooted in your mouth, they feel like your missing tooth. You'll never have to worry that your tooth replacement will slip or irritate your gums. Chewing is also easier with implants.
Are you ready to get the implant process started? Call Dr. Kaplansky and Dr. Randhawa, your Mississauga, ON dentists, at (905) 826-4929 to schedule an appointment to learn more about dental implants.
What Is Fluoride?
If you’ve looked into getting a new toothpaste lately, you may have seen a lot of talk about fluoride. Half the town seems to say it’s a deadly chemical while dentists and oral health professionals advocate for its use. The truth is, there’s a tremendous amount of misinformation on fluoride, its dangers and its benefits. Below is a quick run-through of the basics you need to know about using fluoride to improve your oral health.
Basics Of Fluoride
For starters, fluoride is an entirely natural compound. The fluoride ion comes from the element fluorine, which is a naturally occurring element that can be found in the earth’s crust. As a result, our fresh water reservoirs such as lakes and rivers contain small amounts of fluoride naturally – anywhere from 0.1 to 4 parts per million. This is simply a result of water flowing on and around rocks that contain the element fluorine in them.
The main goal of infusing toothpaste and other dental care products with fluoride is to protect against tooth decay and cavities. According to the American Dental Association, fluoride is the only chemical proven to reduce tooth decay and help to prevent cavities. As such, it’s almost universally recommended by dentists and health professionals as part of a healthy oral care routine.
How Fluoride Works
Fluoride will help strengthen your teeth in one of two ways: ingestion and topical application. Ingestion is rather simple and can significantly improve teeth health in the developmental stages. As fluoride is ingested through a medium such as drinking water it is deposited throughout the entirety of the tooth, not just on the surface. This strengthens your teeth and makes them more resistant to acid erosion. Additionally, fluoride will become embedded in saliva, which can routinely bathe your teeth and apply fluoride topically.
Topical fluoride helps in a slightly different way. Tooth decay is a result of the activity from the bacteria in your mouth. The various germs and bacteria in your mouth will feed upon the sugar and starch that are present in foods that you eat. As they consume this sugar and starch they’ll excrete acid. This acid will alter the pH levels in your mouth. If the pH levels in your mouth drop below a certain threshold (specifically, 5.5 for enamel) the enamel on your teeth will start to wear away.
This is where topical fluoride (such as the kind you’d find in toothpaste) comes in. If fluoride is present when the enamel of your teeth is rebuilding, which happens continuously, it’ll slightly modify the remineralization process. Instead of your teeth rebuilding themselves with hydroxyapatite, they’ll instead rebuild with fluorapatite. The difference between these two materials (aside from their complicated names) is that fluorapatite is more resistant to the acid the bacteria in your mouth produce.
The crux of this is that your teeth are constantly being worn down and rebuilding themselves. Not using a fluoride based toothpaste for even a few days will cause your teeth to rebuild themselves with the less resistant hydroxyapatite. A constant and consistent presence of fluoride is necessary in order to keep your teeth continually strong.
Depending on who you talk to, the topic of water fluoridation can result in a pretty heated debate. At a high level, the idea of the government adding chemicals to our drinking water sounds a bit scary. As it turns out though, there’s a lot of science to back up the benefits of this.
As mentioned earlier, fluoride occurs in our drinking water naturally; however this natural amount of fluoride is not enough to help combat the effects of acid erosion of our teeth. As such, water fluoridation became an official policy in the United States in 1951 after numerous studies found it beneficial to preventing tooth decay.
The major concern around water fluoridation is the potential health effects it can have after repeated ingestion. As such, the CDC published an entire study around the effects of water fluoridation. The results were conclusive – water fluoridation is no danger whatsoever. Even at three to six times the standard amount there were no observable adverse health effects. Furthermore, the reports around removing fluoride from drinking water show a pretty severe increase in tooth decay.
Simply put, drinking tap water that includes fluoride is good for your oral health.
Dangers of Fluoride
Most of the major danger concerns with fluoride are pretty baseless. Of the six adverse health effects listed on Wikipedia’s page on fluoride toxicity, only fluorosis is “the only generally accepted adverse health effect” of fluoride.
What is fluorosis? It’s simply a cosmetic issue that presents itself when increased amounts of fluoride are ingested. Dental fluorosis is generally found in children’s teeth during tooth development. It can cause varying degrees of intrinsic tooth discoloration but is otherwise harmless. General treatments of fluorosis involve teeth bleaching, micro-abrasions, veneers and crowns.
A fluoride based toothpaste, along with mouthwash and flossing, is an important part of a healthy oral care routine. Most of the concerns around fluoride are based out of simple fear and not fact. Water fluoridation can significantly increase resistance to tooth decay and help to prevent cavities. The only concern around fluoride is its use with very young toddlers who may accidentally swallow toothpaste. For these cases, make sure to use a fluoride free toothpaste to help prevent cosmetic issues. Otherwise, fluoride is an extremely helpful way to keep your teeth healthy.
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