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Protecting Your New Smile!

When You Smile, We Smile!

25-01-2016 1-10-24 PMIt’s a wonderful day when you finally get the new smile you’ve always dreamed of. It’s a great feeling for us at Your Smile Dental Care as well. Nothing is so satisfying as seeing gratitude in a patient’s smile; it’s a feeling that never gets old!

Over the years, we have helped thousands of patients improve their smiles. For some, it’s can literally be a fairy tale come true when a cosmetic dental makeover has improved and transformed their smile dramatically!

There are many reasons why people improve their smiles. They may not like the size, shape or arrangement of their original teeth. They may have injured or diseased teeth that need restoring or they may just want to turn back time on an aged smile. In many cases, the flaws people see in their smiles may not negatively affect their oral health, but they can still have a real and lasting impact on their confidence and self-esteem.

Protect your Investment!


04-11-2014 2-04-12 PMOral hygiene
When practiced conscientiously and often, caring for your teeth can not be stressed enough. Dental materials can not decay, but your underlying tooth still can! Where your own tooth meets the cosmetic material is the areas that are most susceptible to cavities. We monitor these areas closely when you come in for regular recare visits. Your careful attention at home with tooth brushing and flossing will protect your investment for years to come.

Diet
 Aside from oral hygiene, your diet has the greatest impact on the health of your teeth. Snacking too often in between meals and sipping sugary drinks are the leading cause of cavities today! It takes 4-5 hours in between your meals for your saliva to heal the surfaces of your teeth after the acid attacks from eating. Respecting this time and the your body’s natural defence against cavities will go a long way in helping prevent tooth decay.

Abrasives
02-06-2014 11-14-48 AMWe want you to brush your teeth, but NOT brush them away! Abrasives are harsh enough to wear away surfaces. Over time (sooner than you think), highly acidic diets, hard toothbrushes, harsh toothpastes and powders, high-powered cleaning jets (home and professional) and acidic-based fluorides can scratch and erode the lustre, shine and even colour of cosmetic materials and roughen their surfaces. Rough and pitted areas pick up stains, food debris and plaque more easily. What may look bright, shiny and smooth today will become dull, pitted and stained tomorrow!

Gum Recession
Your dental cosmetics will be designed to fit up against the living tissues of your gum. Your gum tissue can shrink and wear away over the years because of plaque/tartar accumulation, harsh scrubbing actions with a toothbrush, and abrasive tooth pastes. When this happens, a tiny gap can appear. If the gum continues to recede, this gap can become markedly more noticeable and the underlying, more sensitive root surface can also become visible. Your dental hygienist will help you find a healthy balance between brushing them in a manner that stimulates good blood flow to their tissues and removes accumulated food and plaque while being gentle enough not to destroy and wear your gums away.

Alcohol
Alcohol is a solvent which makes it capable of dissolving certain materials. Excessive alcohol consumption and over using alcohol-based mouth rinses can affect the longevity of dental cements and white filling material used in cosmetic dental work by softening and dissolving them. Deterioration can cause the bond between the cosmetic work and the tooth to dissolve and can roughen the surface of white fillings making them appear dull looking and more susceptible to staining.

Habits
Nail Biting copySome habits  die hard. Those that can cause the chipping and breaking of your new teeth are worth spending time to control today rather than having your beautiful new smile repaired tomorrow. Try to avoid habits like nail biting, pencil chewing, opening items with your teeth and using your front teeth to do the grinding and chewing of molars. If you clench and grind your teeth, your dentist will certainly recommend wearing a night guard to protect your new teeth from these dangerous stresses and forces.

Sports
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Impact sports and rough activity can cause injury to the mouth, but simple play can too. While no one can predict an accident we can help prevent them by reducing the risks. Protective head gear and dental guards are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair broken and injured teeth. Before play, take a look at the surroundings, know and understand the rules of safe play and consider all that could cause potential harm before play begins.

Long Term Success

It has been our experience that patients with cosmetic dental treatments tend to take much better care of their teeth once they’ve invested in a new, beautiful smile. And while the materials used in dental cosmetics are durable and long-lasting, if they do require some repair down the road, most mends are relatively easy to fix as long as your dental team catches it early. That is why regular check-up are so vitally important to the long term success of your new smile.

And remember, fads will come and go, but teeth are always in style. Take care of them and they will serve you for years to come!

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Yours in Better Dental Health,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533
www.yoursmiledentalcare.com

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White Spots

Q: I have two white spots on my upper front teeth that I’ve had my whole life. I’ve tried bleaching with teeth whitening products, but they’re still there. What can I do to get rid of them?

Turners Tooth
There are a number of circumstances or conditions than can result in areas on the enamel that appear markedly whiter than the rest of the enamel. The photo above clearly shows a distinct round dot that is typical of a condition know as Turner’s Hypoplasia. It is the result of a childhood trauma to the mouth that disturbed the enamel development of an adult tooth as it was forming in the jaws at the time of accident.

09-11-2015 3-57-36 PMInjury to a child’s mouth can occur quite easily especially when they are beginning to crawl/walk and explore the world around them. Ten permanent (adult) teeth develop in the jaw bone immediately below the ten primary (baby) teeth that they will eventually replace. Even though you cannot see the adult teeth, injuries to the baby teeth can affect the health and development of these important replacement teeth.

If, during a fall, the child’s mouth is injured, one of the primary teeth may make contact with the facial (and sometimes the palatal) side of an upper front permanent (adult) tooth with enough force to interfere with the cells that are forming the adult enamel on that particular tooth. Injuries such as this usually occur before three years of age.

The disturbance can result is a round whitish, sometimes yellowish spot in a specific location which corresponds to where the baby tooth “banged into” the adult tooth and mineralization was impaired before it was completely finished forming. This spot is visible when the adult tooth comes into the mouth and usually affects only one tooth in the mouth.

Diagnosis and Treatment

There are other causes of Hypoplasia that can leave the enamel weak and more susceptible to the cavity process. If the size and depth of the spot is minimal, it can usually be fixed quite easily. The dentist will first identify and determine the cause of the white spot, ensure that more teeth aren’t affected and that it isn’t an indication of a more serious condition. If the area of concern is only cosmetic in nature there are two common remedies:

Microbrasion – If the affected area of the enamel is very superficial in depth then a conservative procedure called microbrasion can be done. A very minute layer on the affected enamel is removed using an acidic/abrasive mixture with some products having a bleaching agent added to their formula. The amount of enamel that is removed during microabrasion is minuscule and unnoticeable, however, there is a risk that the resulting thinner more translucent enamel may allow the darker coloured dentin to shine through causing the new surface colour to also appear darker. If your dentist is planning on adding a whitening procedure to this treatment in an attempt to better match the affected spot to the same colour as your natural tooth shade, they may decide to wait several weeks since it takes this long for surface remineralization to occur.

Filling – If the damaged enamel penetrates further into the tooth then the area can be fixed with a tooth-coloured resin filling material. Your dentist will choose a shade of enamel coloured dental filling material that most closely matches the white shade of your natural tooth. The white spot will be removed and replaced with this dental material then buffed to a high glossy finish for a natural-looking, glossy sheen.

Turner's Treatment
Veneer
– If the tooth is spotted with several larger areas of discolouration, yet the integrity of the tooth’s crown is still very sound, then a matching porcelain dental veneer can be place over the entire frontal portion of the tooth somewhat like a false nail is attached to finger nails.

Considerations

22-12-2014 12-03-57 PMIt is important to understand that there are other, more serious reasons for white spotting on the teeth that are not just a matter of cosmetic concern, but a problem that can leave the enamel susceptible to further damage and deterioration.

Oftentimes, parents do not realize that their child has sustained a dental injury until obvious signs and symptoms appear such as an infectious gum boil, loose tooth or darkened enamel. Some dental injuries, if left untreated, can lead to damage of the developing adult teeth.

If your child has sustained an injury and you suspect that it may have affected one or more of their teeth it should be evaluated by your dentist as soon as possible.  An examination will determine the severity of the injury, if immediate treatment is necessary or if it is a situation that should be monitored.

Our smiles are important to us which is why even small imperfections on our teeth can be bothersome. As the demand for perfect smiles continue to increase, so do the improvements in dental materials and techniques making it easier for us to restore Your Smile.  In fact, it’s a simple as a call to (905) 5SMILES. 🙂

Yours in Better Health,
Dr. Sam Axelrod and Associates
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533
www.yoursmiledentalcare.com

 

 

 

 

 

20-10-2014 1-32-21 PM


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Porcelain Veneers

Improving the Look of Healthy Teeth…

20-10-2014 1-09-38 PMWhen our patients first see their new dental veneers before placement they are surprised at how thin and delicate they appear. We often describe them as being similar to false fingernails.

They are very thin, aesthetically pleasing fabrications that are bonded into place to change the appearance of reality.

The tooth is prepared in such a way that a thin, custom-made porcelain veneer can be bonded on. The dental veneer fits on precisely and leaves only a very small gap for the composite resin cement. This cement is very similar to white filling material, and essentially, it bonds securely to the veneer and the facial side of the tooth fixing the dental veneer into place.

Veneers can be of any shape, size and colour and can be used to effect numerous changes in the appearance of the natural tooth. Once in place they look just like natural teeth – only better!

Below is a photo of one of our patients who had eight (8) porcelain veneers placed on her upper front teeth to create a fuller, younger look. 

Before and After

This patient presented with not only very crowded looking teeth with the upper lateral incisors tucked in behind the other teeth, but with a very narrow looking smile and a poorly restored broken lower incisor. Treatment consisted of at-home bleaching followed by the fabrication of a lower all porcelain, zirconium based crown and eight upper porcelain veneers to not only smooth off the crowded appearance, but also to achieve a wider looking smile. The metal fillings in the back were replaced with composite resin natural looking fillings. All this was accomplished in 2 appointments 1 week apart.

Why Veneers?

Dental veneers are a much more conservative option than dental crowns and a quicker option than braces that can take years of treatment.

If you have already spent too many years thinking about improving smile and boosting your confidence do yourself a favour and schedule a consult exam today. Choose a dentist who has had many years of experience not only with veneers, but with many forms of smile improvements that fall under what is commonly referred to as cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Sam Axelrod has over 25 years of experience with porcelain veneers – long before most people ever heard of them. In fact, believe it or not, so new was this revolutionary idea that when we did our first case many years ago, we had to have them fabricated in California. Since then, we have helped hundreds of patients get the smile they have always wanted and deserved. Have a look at our Smile Gallery  for more great Smile Makeovers.

Yours In Better Health,

Your Smile Dental Care team

 

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