Refreshing fizzy drinks, delicious velvety ice cream, and a quick stop in the Great Glass Elevator Candy shop – in Whistler, summer is the season to indulge. But that sharp pain you feel as you take a bite of your favourite summer snack is enough to stop the fun in its tracks.

Summer is too short to let sensitive teeth rule your life, and we believe you should still be able to treat yourself every once in a while. Unless it’s severe and persistent, tooth sensitivity doesn’t usually require a trip to the dentist. Here are a few easy and smart changes you can make to your routine that can help relieve sensitive teeth.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is characterized by soreness in one or more teeth caused by hot and cold temperatures, and sweet or sour foods and drinks.

The inside of your tooth is made up of dentin, which contains microscopic tubules filled with tiny nerve endings. A hard outer layer of enamel, and a layer of cementum that extends down to the root of your tooth, protect this dentin.

Dentin hypersensitivity is occurs when dentin loses its protective enamel or cementum coating, and the nerve endings are exposed to certain foods.

How can you protect your teeth?

#1 Upgrade your brush

While it’s important to practice good oral care, and brush your teeth at least twice a day, overzealous brushing on a daily basis can aggravate sensitive teeth. Try switching to a soft bristle brush, as it helps to keep your teeth’s protective layer as strong as possible because you aren’t scrubbing away the enamel protecting your teeth. Also, remember to change your brush every two to three months!

#2 Check your toothpaste

Ultimately, we recommend you avoid store-bought whitening products, and opt for another safe whitening method. Whitening strips, toothpastes and mouthwashes are abrasive on the enamel of your teeth, and can aggravate your teeth and gums.

If you’re not ready to ditch the whitening products altogether, try alternating between a whitening toothpaste and a less abrasive option, to see if it alleviates sensitivity. Oral-B’s Gun and Enamel Repair is one of many great toothpastes specially designed for sensitive teeth.

#3 Avoid fizzy drinks

In Whistler we are spoilt by an array of stunning lakes, and nothing quite beats relaxing by the waters edge with a cold drink in hand. However, fizzy drinks, acidic foods, and smoking all speed up the wearing away of your teeth’s enamel.

We recommend keeping consumption to a minimum, and if you really can’t survive barbecue season without some bubbles, drink through a (re-useable or recyclable!) straw, so the liquid won’t come into contact with your teeth.

#4 Don’t brush immediately after food

Acidic food and drink, such as fruit and wine, soften enamel and make your teeth weaker and more sensitive. To prevent damage, brush your teeth last thing at night and first thing in the morning, instead of immediately after consumption. You can also try drinking water or milk after eating acidic substances, as these help to balance the acidity levels in your mouth.

Here at Whistler Dental, we’d never want tooth pain or discomfort to interfere with your summer plans. If you’re still experiencing sensitivity, visit your dentist ASAP- you may have a cracked tooth or excess plaque. You can book an appointment online with us today, or get in contact here.

With wedding season approaching, no one wants to have to deal with last minute beauty hassles. Veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments are great for achieving a dazzling smile, but if you don’t have time for multiple appointments, and want a relatively inexpensive treatment, then Invisalign could be for you. This simple and subtle solution straightens out teeth and gives you a perfect, wedding-ready smile. Here are just some of the benefits of this non-invasive treatment, and why you should help out your future self by starting the process right away away!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalig is an orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth without the use of traditional metal braces- sounds too good to be true, right? Instead of metal braces, custom-made, clear, removable aligners are fitted over your top and bottom teeth. Over time, you’ll change to a new set of aligners that will gradually move your teeth until you achieve your perfect smile. While Invisalign delivers long-lasting results of high quality, this means it takes time, so it’s best to get start the process sooner rather than later in order to see a significant change by the time of your wedding.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Discretion

Invisalign is much more subtle than traditional braces, and is almost invisible when it is in your mouth. This discreetness means you can go about your day, and attend all your bridal showers and other functions, without feeling self-conscious or worrying about people noticing it.

Minimal Impact

Unlike braces, Invisalign does not limit your diet or eating habits. The removal of eating restrictions means it won’t interfere with your cake tasting, and you’ll never have to worry about indulging in all the fancy meals (and wine!) that you desire and deserve. Invisalign can be removed for special events, and also for brushing your teeth. This means you can brush and floss normally, and reduce the likelihood of gum disease and plaque build-up.

Affordability

Everyone knows weddings are expensive enough as it is. Brides invest a lot into perfect hair, makeup and that perfect dress, but there’s nothing more beautiful than a confident smile. We’d never want the cost of a treatment to prevent you from smiling and feeling your best self, which is why Invisalign will fit nicely into your wedding budget.

Convenience

From engagement to wedding, the average wedding takes around 13 months to prepare. It just so happens that this is around the average time it takes for an adult orthodontic treatment. Invisalign delivers long lasting results, but it cannot do it overnight. Begin thinking about the treatment months in advance of  your wedding, and you’ll find it an easy and stress-free solution. Even if your treatment is not over by your wedding day, you’ll still see great results, and have a beautiful smile to match your beautiful day.

Invisalign aligners are clinically proven to be effective for a variety of teeth straightening issues, and you can find out further information on the process and long-term benefits here. If you think this treatment may be right for you, please get in contact to schedule your first appointment with one of our specialised cosmetic doctors, so we can begin planning the smile of your dreams!

Not only does the glorious Whistler weather invite avid mountain-bikers, a thriving wildlife, and long days by the lake, but it also welcomes the start of wedding season. In the lead up to your big day, somewhere on your extensive to-do list is probably making sure you’re smile is looking its absolute best. It goes without saying that you don’t want to cause chemical damage, but with such a sheer volume of smile design options, it can be difficult to pick the best one.

To make your pre-wedding planning a little easier, we’ve outlined the effectiveness, safeness and convenience of some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the perfect last minute treatment to give you a gleaming smile. A custom-made ceramic shell is placed on the front of each individual tooth, to hide stains, cracks, and misaligned teeth. Veneers are almost indistinguishable from natural teeth, making them perfect for creating a natural smile on your wedding day. The entire process only takes a couple of weeks, so you can easily fit each dentist appointment into your busy schedule.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is an easy way to give you a confident, dazzling smile in all your wedding photos. Each treatment is dependent on the individual, but professional whitening will deliver much more noticeable effects than over the counter methods.

If you would prefer to do it at home in the evenings, choose take-home whitening, which uses a whitening solution in a custom-fitted tray to put over your teeth. However, in-office treatments can be completed in a few sessions, and show immediate, dazzling results after just one visit.

Store Bought Whitening Strips

While the effects of store bought treatments won’t be long lasting, they can help with mild stains and discolouration. In most cases you’ll apply a strip coated with a gel containing hydrogen peroxide to your teeth.

The effectiveness of these treatments varies from box to box, and also varies greatly in price. Some whitening strips can also irritate your gums and lead to increased tooth sensitivity, so always check with your dentist before use.

While you’ve probably heard this before, the best inexpensive way to achieve a long-term sparkling smile is to avoid certain foods and fizzy drinks, and never underestimate the power of a solid brushing and flossing routine.

Laser Gum Contouring

On your wedding day, you want to feel completely confident and at ease in front of all your guests- and the photographer. If you have a “gummy” smile, laser gum contouring can correct excessive or uneven displays of gum tissue. This little-discussed treatment uses lasers to effectively change the look and shape of your gums.

You’ll be able to correct an uneven gum line, or you can reveal more of each tooth for a bigger, brighter smile.  Laser gum contouring can be done in only one appointment, and recovery time is usually a few weeks, which makes this an ideal procedure for busy brides.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a great long-term treatment that gives you a gleaming smile. While it’s not suitable as a quick solution in the weeks before your wedding, if you have enough time before the big day Invisalign delivers fantastic results when straightening teeth, and fixing gaps and overcrowding.

This orthodontic treatment uses custom-made, removal aligners instead of traditional braces, meaning they’re practically invisible so no one will notice you have them in. Plus, you can remove them for meals and special events, so they won’t interfere with your cake tasting, and all your other pre-wedding celebrations!

Here at Whistler Dental, we understand how important it is to look and feel amazing on your special day. Our teeth whitening, laser gum contouring, veneers and Invisalign treatments will help create your perfect smile. If you would like to find out more about our cosmetic dentistry procedures don’t hesitate to get in contact with us today. You can also read about our other cosmetic dental services, including bridges and crowns, here. 

Biking season is upon us once again, and we’ve never been so excited. If you’ve caught the biking bug, you’ll know the exhilaration of flying over spectacular mountaintop scenery, or gently riding through Whistler’s alpine forest. The truth is, no matter your ability, age, shape or size, everyone can enjoy biking, and the reasons to love it go far beyond practicality. Being a Whistler dental office, we love and encourage all outdoor activities – so long as you consider your teeth! Dental protection appliances such as our custom mouth guards are a must for everyone – from elite athletes to first-timers.

Here are a few reasons why biking puts a smile on our face:

#1 Freedom

In our eyes, there’s nothing more freeing than hopping on a bike and immediately feeling the wind in our hair and the fresh mountain air in our face. Biking is a great escape from everyday stress, and there is so much to savour. Whether we’re descending towards Whistler’s stunning lakes, quietly cruising through a forest trail, or even taking a break with a cold drink, there’s a certain sense of freedom we get when sat on our bikes that nothing can compare to.

#2 Speed

We all know the anguish of being stuck in traffic that just never seems to move, and don’t even get us started on not being able to find somewhere to park. On a bike, we are free to take as many twists and turns possible to avoid traffic jams, and we get to know all the best short cuts. Biking is an efficient, speedy way to get from A to B, and it really does deliver us from door to door. It serves as the perfect medium between driving and walking, as it’s still slow enough for us to be able to take in our surroundings. Plus, we end up saving a ton of money on petrol.

#3 Fitness

Aerobics exercises like biking have an immense impact on our physical health. Biking burns a crazy amount of calories and really gets us to use all of our body, meaning we can reward ourselves afterwards guilt-free. As a non-impact sport, it’s also great for our joints, and lots of physiotherapists recommend it for people recovering from injuries. Biking is also incredibly beneficial for our mental health- according to Bike Citizens, biking is known to reduce stress, reduce depression and anxiety and give us an overall self-esteem boost!

#4 Nature

While we’re sweating and struggling on a steep mountain incline, we get to know the countryside pretty well. Riding past rivers, mountains, alpine meadows and all sorts of wildlife is the perfect way to wind down and relax. Being so close to nature truly gives us a new appreciation for the beauty of Whistler’s backcountry, as we get up close and personal with the flora and fauna. Plus, we can ride with the satisfaction that we are helping all this beautiful nature by not polluting it.

#5 Adventure

Ultimately, the sense of adventure is what keeps us coming back to biking. The feeling of setting off with no real destination in mind and no coherent vision of where we’re going is what makes biking so thrilling every time. Biking can be the perfect solitary sport, but we enjoy riding and exploring with our friends even more. All we need is two wheels and a set of pedals and we’re free to explore new parts of Whistler that we’ve never even seen before.

Here at Whistler Dental we cannot wait for summer to begin. The weather, activities, and overall good vibes of the community make us grateful to live and work in such an amazing place. We pride ourselves on providing quality dental care to visitors and members of the Whistler community. If you need routine, emergency or cosmetic dental care, get in contact with us now!

If you’re unhappy with your teeth, both veneers and bonding are great for fixing imperfections and giving you that perfect smile. Maybe you’ve been thinking about changing the appearance of your teeth for a while, or maybe you’re just curious. Either way, it’s important to make sure you have all the information available to you. We’ve prepared this handy guide outlining the processes and overall lasting effects of both veneers and bonding, so you can make a decision that’s right for you.

 

The basics of Veneers:

A veneer is a thin shell that is placed on the front of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are custom-made for each patient, and are usually made from porcelain, which means they are almost undistinguishable from natural teeth.

The dentist starts the process by removing a thin layer of enamel from your teeth and makes a mould of them, which is used to create your veneers. In between appointments you may be given temporary veneers to wear to cover the portion of tooth that was removed. At your next visit, composite resin cement is then used to individually glue the permanent porcelain veneers onto your teeth.

According to Dentistry Today, porcelain veneers are great for covering gaps between teeth, and also hide crooked, misshapen or stained teeth. Veneers are very effective in correcting overcrowding, and can really transform your smile.

 

The basics of Bonding:

Unlike a veneer that is made outside of the mouth, bonding is placed inside the mouth by a dentist, and then shaped and hardened to match the rest of your teeth. A small amount of chemical is put on the tooth to make it rough, and then the dentist layers a composite resin on your tooth and shapes it to give it a natural finish. While the process is more delicate, it is much quicker than veneers, and many teeth can be done in one visit.

Bonding is great for minor repairs, and can be shaped to look like the missing part of a tooth. It is also used to correct tooth spacing and fix cracked or chipped teeth.

 

Which one is right for you?

Ultimately, it depends on what you are comfortable having done, and the results you hope to achieve. Bonding is a great quick fix, but usually only lasts around 3-5 years. Veneers are contrastingly more permanent, and if looked after properly can last anywhere from 10-25 years. It’s also worth mentioning that the composite resin used in bonding is far more susceptible to staining and discolouration, which does not occur with veneers.

If you are considering bonding or veneers, here at Whistler Dental we have experts who would be happy to discuss with you which procedure you would be better suited to. We truly believe that designing the perfect smile can really help you to live your best life possible, so book an appointment with us today.

April is Oral Health Month in Canada. Oral Health Month serves as a reminder of the importance of good oral hygiene. This includes but is not limited to brushing at least twice daily, flossing and regular visits to the dentist not only keep your mouth healthy but also contribute to better health overall.

We often ignore many of the symptoms of poor oral health and potential problems. Bleeding or tender gums, bad breath, sores and so much more take a back seat whereas an irritation or pain elsewhere in the body would mean a trip to the doctor.

Poor oral health can affect a person’s quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socializes. These oral health problems can reduce a person’s quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social well-being. Not to mention correcting a serious oral health issue can be expensive.

The reality is that oral health problems could be a sign of something serious such as oral cancer. Every year approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and 1,050 deaths from oral cancer occur. This devastating disease has a low survival rate because it is often diagnosed very late. With early detection, the survival rate of oral cancer can be greatly improved. This means going to your dentist for regular dental exams. Your dentist has the training and experience to detect oral cancer early.

In addition to seeing your dentist regularly, here are 4 great ways to keep your teeth healthy from the Canadian Dental Association:

  1. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once daily between dental office visits. Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride and is approved by the Canadian Dental Association.
  2. Make healthy food choices, and try to limit sugary and highly acidic foods, which can promote tooth decay and acid erosion.
  3. Check your own mouth for signs of gum disease, tooth decay or oral cancer. Symptoms of gum disease include sore, sensitive and red gums that may bleed during brushing. Sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet food or drink or pressure could suggest the presence of tooth decay. Symptoms of oral cancer include: sores in the mouth that persist for more than 7 to 10 days, unexplained bleeding, patchy white or red areas on the tongue or in the mouth-tingling or numbness or small lumps or thickening on the sides or bottom of the tongue or in other areas of the mouth. If you feel that you have any of these symptoms present in your mouth, contact your Victoria dentist, as he/she is specially trained to recognize gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer and can provide early treatment.
  4. Don’t smoke or use tobacco products. The use of these products causes gum damage, tooth staining, tooth loss, persistent bad breath and can lead to oral cancer.

Only your dentist has the training, skills, and expertise to properly address all your oral health care needs. Book an appointment today to take care of your own oral health!

Often when we think of a trip to the dentist, we think about a check-up, fillings, and even braces. But what you may not know is that your dentist can perform a number of other services. Some of which, may drastically improve your quality of life in one way or another. These range from oral health related to cosmetic in nature. Here are 5 little-known services that dentists provide and may just change your life.

TMJ Jaw Therapy

You might be someone that experiences a frequent click in your jaw or even difficulty opening your mouth. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). However, it is often referred to as TMJ issues, after the temporomandibular joint. Luckily, these uncomfortable symptoms aren’t ones you have to live with.

Sleep Disordered Breathing

For many, snoring is not considered a major medical problem but it can affect you and those around you. Believe it or not, there are solutions that can put an end to the nightly concert. A trained dentist can work with you to determine the cause of your sleep disordered breathing and help to fix it.

Botox

Dentists are experts in the muscles and bones found in the face. Their extensive training and experience equips them with the ability to achieve more precise and natural looking results than other Botox providers. Therapeutic dental botox offers relief for:

    • headache pain resulting from muscle tension in the head, face, and neck
    • headaches resulting from bite issues such as TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Syndrome
    • persistent clenching and grinding of the teeth
    • “gummy” smiles due to over-retracted upper lips
    • upside-down smiles (as it takes more muscles to frown compared to smiling)
    • lip lines and puckered chins

Oral Cancer Screenings

As with all forms of cancer, it is better if it is caught sooner rather than later. An oral cancer screening is more than just looking in your mouth. Your dental practitioner will use advanced procedures to discover a wide variety of oral abnormalities which can indicate oral precancer and cancer.

Grinding/Clenching Teeth Solutions

The technical term for teeth grinding/clenching is bruxism. If not treated, bruxism can lead to worn/broken/missing teeth. Additionally, this issue can lead to problems with your jaw. During a regular check-up, your dentist can determine if you are grinding your teeth, the mechanism behind it and put a solution into action.

Through additional education and special training, the dentists at Whistler Dental have perfected skills in diagnosing, treating, and performing additional services that can change the way you live your life and greet the world.

You should be seeing your dentist every six months and at the very least, every year. For many, scheduling an appointment might not be seen as a priority, but in reality, it is an important date to keep. Anxiety and financial concerns are just a few of the reasons oral health takes a back seat but in the long run, the cost of not seeing your dentist might be far greater. If delaying or even neglecting to have a dental check-up at all is something you are familiar with, consider the below article food for thought. Here is why check-ups are essential!

Plaque, Tartar, And Cavities

As much as we all try, plaque buildup cannot entirely be prevented. There will always be areas of your teeth that aren’t reached with daily brushing and flossing. Consequently, the plaque hardens as it sits on the tooth and turns to tarter which is much harder to remove without the assistance of a professional. If the tartar is left, it can erode the tooth and turn into a cavity. Regular visits to the dentist are crucial in preventing tartar build-up and cavities.

Oral Cancer Screening

Your dentist doesn’t just look at your teeth, they look all around at the health of your mouth. In the process, they are observing for signs of oral cancer, an extremely serious disease that can be hard to treat if it is not caught early. With check-ups every six months, catching oral cancer in its early stages is dramatically higher.

Gum Disease

Plaque and tartar build-up not only lead to cavities, it can also be damaging to your gums. This is because tarter irritates the gums and causes them to pull away from the teeth. Another word for this is gingivitis, something you may have heard of before. Swelling, bleeding, or soreness are all symptoms of gum disease and should not be taken lightly. Your dentist can help you treat gum disease and stop it from escalating to the point of requiring surgery.

Prevention

Bruxism, jaw-issues, cavities and so much more can be prevented with regular dental check-ups.

Cosmetic Concerns

During a regular appointment is a good time to discuss any cosmetic concerns you might have. Determining if you are a possible candidate for teeth whitening, veneers, or Invisalign can be done right there. Moving forward, additional appointments can be booked and cost estimates can be provided.

Regular dental check-ups can prevent problems from escalating and ensure that your mouth is in tip-top shape. Next time you consider putting off your 6-month or yearly check-up, think again.

From Olympic athletes to kids just starting out on the slopes, mouth-guards are imperative to maintaining optimal dental health and protecting those pearly whites. Mouth-guards are proven to protect teeth from damage due to injuries, falls and aggressive performance, and have also been shown to limit and reduce the impact of concussions. Elite winter athletes are required to wear mouth-guards when competing and more frequently amateur and new athletes are wearing them as a precautionary measure. Although Whistler Blackcomb does not have a rule making mouth-guards compulsory they are highly recommended by the mountain.

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SO YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL- WHAT THIS MEANS AND HOW TO PREPARE?

You’ve received the news that you need a root canal, and now you have a flurry of questions about what this means. you may wonder why you require this procedure, what it will be like, and how you will recover. questions about root canals are very common. we hope to address many of the common concerns about root canals and hopefully relieve some of the fear and anxiety you may have around the procedure. here are some common questions we get from patients about to undergo a root canal.

WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?

The goal of a root canal is to save an unhealthy tooth so it continues to functional in a healthy and optimal manner. A root canal is the process of removing the infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth which is located in the tooth’s root. A root canal treatment is also known as an endodontic treatment and helps restore a tooth to its healthiest state. More than 15 million root canals are performed in the USA annually, and using modern dental technology, they are successful 95 percent of the time.

WHY DO I NEED ONE?

You may have noticed that your teeth are sensitive to hot and/ or cold, that they are tender to touch, that they are painful or throbbing, or that there is swelling on the gum line or face. These are symptoms of deep decay of the tooth, and signs that you may need a root canal to restore your tooth to optimal health. If left untreated these symptoms will get worse and in some cases, will surpass the need of a root canal, with extraction the only other option.

WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE OF A ROOT CANAL LIKE?

A root canal is typically done over two appointments. It involves removing the pulp from your root canal through a small opening on the top of your tooth. After the pulp has been removed the canals are cleansed and sealed to prevent bacteria from reaching the bone. Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to freeze the area that surrounds the tooth, so pain will be minimal. Once the pulp extraction has been completed, often a temporary or permanent filling is applied over the opening.

HOW DO I PREPARE/ RECOVER?

Preparing for your root canal will ensure notifying your dentist of any medications you are taking or if you have any medical conditions which leave you prone to infection. It is important to familiarize yourself with your dental insurance and any coverage that may be applicable, and plan for any financial costs that may be incurred. You may also want to speak to your dentist about anesthetic options and what you are likely to experience after being anesthetized.

After your root canal you will likely experience some tenderness to the area surrounding the tooth for a few days, and possible some mild soreness around the jaw. If administered an anesthetic, you will want someone to drive you home from your appointment. Typically regular activities can resume the following day and you will likely be completely back to normal and pain-free in the couple days following your procedure.

If you have further questions about having a root canal, make sure to consult your dentist they will be able to talk you through the procedure and address any of your concerns.

Here at Whistler Dental, we are happy to assist you with any dental questions that you have, simply send us an email, and we will be happy to help.