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Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a simple and effective process that lightens the shade of enamel and dentin of natural teeth. With the use of a custom-made whitening tray and the latest in natural teeth whitening technology, you can have whiter, brighter teeth. The whitening process uses a peroxide-based gel retained in a custom-fitted appliance that is worn over your natural teeth.

What causes tooth discolouration?
There are several causes of tooth discolouration, the most common being aging and staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine).

Who can benefit from teeth whitening?
Almost everyone with natural teeth! However, there are cases where treatment may not be effective. Your Denturist will determine if you are a suitable candidate following a thorough examination. Tooth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth and would like to have a whiter, brighter smile. It will not whiten dentures, crown and bridge, composite restorations or natural teeth darkened by trauma, tetracycline or nerve degeneration. The whitening process is most effective on mildly discoloured teeth. Darker stains take longer to respond or may not respond to whitening treatments. The degree of whiteness will vary from person to person, depending on the structure of the teeth and how long the whitening material is used.

How long will it take? How long do the results last?
Individual results will vary. Speak with your Denturist for guidelines on proper usage of whitening material and the number of applications required for best results. Teeth will always be lighter than they were. However, some patients may need periodic re-whitening, every four to six months. Avoiding staining substances (tobacco, coffee, tea, colas, red wine, etc.) will help maintain whitening results longer. Several days after teeth undergo the initial whitening process they may ‘rebound’ a shade darker.

Improve your self confidence with natural teeth whitening!

Soft Liner Alternatives

For your comfort:
Soft liners are used to increase chewing comfort in new or existing dentures. Soft liners are bonded to the surface of dentures and rest on the oral tissues. The soft-liner acts as a shock absorber between the hard plastic denture base and the sensitive oral tissues covering the jaw ridges. If you are suffering with chronic denture sore spots, speak to your Denturist about how a soft liner may help you.

Is a soft-liner right for you?
Permanent soft liners provide comfort and relief for individuals with:

  • Chronic soreness
  • Severely flattened ridges that do not tolerate the chewing pressure comfortably
  • Ridges with prominent or sharp bony area

Advantages of soft liners:

  • Greater comfort; many denture wearers report that they can chew food more comfortably
  • Patients experience a reduced number of sore spots
  • A proven technology, soft liners have been available for over 40 years, and during that time the materials and technology have steadily improved

Things to think about with soft liners:
Special consideration in the use of proper cleansers and proper home care must be given to soft liners.
Like all dentures, soft lined dentures require regular follow up visits with a Denturist to examine the fit of the dentures, the health of the oral tissues, and to professionally clean dentures, if recommended.

 Ask your Denturist how you could benefit from a soft liner.

Snoring Prevention

While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping, which not only affects the quality of sleep of the person snoring, but also the quality of sleep of their loved ones and other family members. Luckily, there is a way to treat chronic snoring.

What causes snoring?
Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the air passage smaller. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through, and when it does get through, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:

  • Excess body weight
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain sleep aides or sedatives
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

What is a Mandibular Advancement Device?

If you snore at night, then a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may represent a solution and a better night's sleep! The MAD is a specially designed dental device that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage and helping you breathe better so you can get a full, quiet night's sleep.

Some devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Your denturist will fit these special appliances to meet your individual condition.

Is a MAD comfortable?

Yes! A mandibular advancement device is made to be comfortable, so that you can sleep with little to no disruption while wearing it. It does not prevent you from breathing with your mouth open and will even eliminate snoring for patients with sinus congestion or allergies. You may experience some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device, but this feeling is only temporary, and will go away after you wake up and remove the device.

To learn more about a mandibular advancement device, contact our practice and schedule an appointment and consultation.

Sports Mouth Guards 

When it comes to sports equipment, mouthguards are essential! They are made of soft plastic and are closely adapted to fit comfortably over your natural teeth.
Athletic mouthguards protect your teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. They also protect you from certain types of concussions.  They can be worn by professional or amateur athletes for any sport.

When should a mouthguard be worn?
A mouthguard should be worn whenever your sport has a risk of falls or head contact with equipment or other players. Football, boxing, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding and gymnastics are some of the sports and activities where mouthguards are indicated.

Will all athletic mouthguards offer the same protection?
A professionally fitted mouthguard will offer the best protection for people of all ages, including those with primary (baby) teeth, as well as secondary (adult) teeth. Custom mouth guards are more comfortable and cover not only the teeth, but the gums and bone structure that support your teeth as well. 

Proper care of mouthguards:
When not in use, all mouthguards should be stored in a container to avoid damage. They should be washed after each use, using cold or lukewarm water. Prior to insertion, a mouthguard may be rinsed in mouthwash to freshen the taste. As a general rule, it is recommended that an athletic mouthguard be replaced every two to three years for adults and every season for children. Whatever your age or sport, mouthguards are an important part of sports safety and your exercise routine.

Do what you can to protect your smile and preserve your health.  Ensure you have a properly fitted mouthguard made by a professional.  Ask us about matching your team’s colours!

Play to win – Protect your grin!

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