Thanksgiving is a time for seeing family, giving thanks, and eating – eating well! However, while you’re preparing your family’s big feast, take some time to consider your dental health. We all like to indulge in our favourite delicious dishes once a year, but many Thanksgiving foods can hurt and damage our teeth. Here are some popular Thanksgiving dishes that you should be wary of, and others that you can fully indulge in!

Thanksgiving foods that can hurt your teeth:

 

Cranberry Sauce

As turkey’s tasty sidekick, cranberry sauce is definitely a Thanksgiving staple. However, it comes as no surprise that cranberry sauce is packed with sugars that encourage bad oral bacteria to thrive. If you do want to include cranberry sauce at your dinner table, try to make it using fresh cranberries, instead of canned.

Pies and Desserts

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without dessert, but Maple Pecan pies, Nanaimo bars, and buttery Apple Pies can all do serious damage to your teeth. While they may taste delicious, they’re full of starch and sugars that cause bacteria to chip away at the tooth enamel.

Stuffing

From apple and walnut to sausage and herb, people like to take their stuffing seriously! But unfortunately for our teeth, most stuffing recipes revolve around starchy bread that can create cavities and decay if left on our teeth.

Alcohol and sugary drinks

There’s nothing wrong with a glass or two of your favourite drink over the Thanksgiving weekend, but you should try to consume in moderation. Too much wine, beer and sugary drinks can wreak havoc on your teeth. Not only can they lead to staining and discoloration, but drinks high in alcohol also dry the mouth and reduce your saliva production – which removes plaque and bacteria from the tooth’s surface.

Thanksgiving foods that are good for your teeth:

 

Turkey

The star of the Thanksgiving table! Turkey is perfectly fine for teeth – so gobble up! Containing no starch or sugar, protein has phosphorus in it, which mixes with calcium and vitamin D to create strong bones and teeth.

Vegetables

Veggies are healthy for your body and your teeth. Chewing them causes your mouth to produce extra saliva, which helps to get rid of harmful bacteria.

Pumpkin Pie

In comparison with other sweet treats, pumpkin pie is full of calcium and vitamin C which helps keep gums healthy. Just make sure to eat it soon after your dinner, so you will have more saliva to wash away the leftover sugary food.

Cheese boards and nuts

Good news for all you cheese lovers out there: cheese is great for your teeth! Chewing on nuts is a great way to help your mouth produce saliva, and cheese is packed with calcium and protein which lowers the pH in your mouth and neutralizes plaque acid.

Taking care of your teeth over the Thanksgiving weekend is important. Aim to brush and floss your teeth 30 minutes after you’ve eaten, and drink plenty of water to wash away food particles in the mouth. From all of us here at Whistler Dental, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving! If you do notice tooth staining or toothache after thanksgiving, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

No matter what age you are, maintaining good oral care is essential for your overall health! This is why it’s important to get into a good routine of brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular dental checkups as soon as possible. Whether you’re a kid, a teen, an adult or a senior, there are certain specific dental practices you should be following – and oral health issues that you should look out for. Here are some dental tips for every stage of life, so you can maintain a beautiful, healthy smile!

Babies and Toddlers

Teething occurs between the ages of 3-9 months. According to the Canadian Dental Association, a child’s first trip to the dentist should be within six months of their first tooth appearing, and no later than their first birthday.

With young infants, it’s important to keep an eye out for potential oral health issues early on. Thumb sucking is completely natural and normal amongst young children, but make sure it doesn’t lead to problems with bite and tooth alignment. The same goes for baby bottle tooth decay, so avoid giving your child too much sugar and make sure they have adequate exposure to fluoride.

Kids and Teens

During this stage, it’s especially important that parents set a good example when it comes to oral health. Most kids start to lose baby teeth by age 6, so teach them a great dental hygiene routine to prevent cavities and tooth decay. You can easily encourage healthy smiles by having plenty of oral health-care supplies on hand, and by encouraging a healthy diet.

For image-conscious teens, teeth can be a source of deep insecurity. If your child wants straighter teeth or needs to correct their bite, schedule an appointment with your dentist to see whether Invisalign or traditional braces would be a better fit. It’s also worth noting that wisdom teeth usually come in during the late teens, and they may need to be removed due to crowding, pain or infection.

Adults

Oral care during your adult life is as just as important as it is throughout childhood. Neglected teeth and gums can lead to cavities, infection and tooth loss. If a cavity becomes too deep, root canals may be required. Daily brushing and flossing are the most effective way to prevent these issues and keep teeth and gums healthy – it may sound repetitive, but it’s true!

Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant should schedule checkups between 4-6 months of pregnancy. If you have a sweet tooth while pregnant, or if you suffer from morning sickness, make sure to be extra diligent with oral hygiene.

Seniors

Oral health is a lifestyle, and maintaining a healthy mouth when you are older can prevent a multitude of health problems. During this stage of your life it’s essential to schedule regular dental checkups (even if you have dentures) so your dentist can look out for any problems that need to be addressed. It’s also especially important to watch for early signs of oral cancer. If you notice any open sores or changes in the tongue and cheek lining, we offer oral cancer screenings.

Provided you stick to a good oral hygiene routine throughout your lifetime, most of the dental problems we have outlined can be easily prevented. At Whistler Dental, we offer general dentistry services for the entire family. To find out more about what you can be doing for you oral health at any age, book an appointment with us.

Cavities are very common in both adults and children. In fact, tooth decay is the world’s second most prevalent disease, after the common cold. We hope that none of our patients ever have to experience the pain and inconvenience of a cavity. However, if you do get a cavity in your lifetime, it’s important to know what to expect. Cavities give many warning signs before progressing to the next stage. We’ve outlined the life cycle of a cavity, so that you can spot one developing, and prevent it from causing serious damage.

#1 The early signs of decay

Tooth decay is caused when enamel is worn down by acid in the mouth. Smoking, regularly consuming acidic drinks and sugary foods, and irregular dental check-ups all increase the likeliness of dental decay. When you don’t practice good oral hygiene, the sugars on your teeth build up, and bacteria begins to feed off them and produce acid. These bacteria, food particles and saliva combine to form plaque and dull spots on the surface of the tooth.

At this stage, so long as you practice regular cleaning and good oral hygiene, it’s fairly easy to get rid of this plaque and stop these dull spots from forming into a cavity.

#2 The damage of a tooth

The plaque starts to thin as the enamel wears away. Eventually this hole will go deep enough to break the enamel surface and expose the dentin underneath. This is when the hole officially becomes a cavity. From here, the tooth will decay more rapidly, and the cavity will get larger and deeper. Cavities at this stage usually aren’t painful. This is why regular check-ups are essential, as often you won’t know if a cavity is developing.

#3 The beginning of pain

After the tooth erodes the enamel, it starts to erode the dentin. This will bring the nerve of the tooth closer to the surface, and will make your tooth extremely sensitive. As soon as you feel discomfort you should visit your dentist. As long as the decay hasn’t gotten past all of the dentin, you can still repair the tooth with a filling.

#4 The start of infection

If food and bacteria get caught in a cavity, it can be difficult to get them out. If these food particles stay in the tooth for too long, it can lead to infection – of both the tooth and of the surrounding bone. As you can imagine, this is incredibly painful! If this happens you should visit your dentist immediately to clear up the infection. A root canal – or even tooth extraction – might have to be performed as a last resort.

#5 The final treatment

As you can see, it’s far better to get treated for a cavity early on. While small cavities can be easily dealt with, large ones require much more extensive treatment, and end up being more painful and expensive for you. The best way to prevent cavities is by sticking to a good oral hygiene routine, and by visiting your dentist regularly. If you are experiencing any pain, or if it’s about time for a checkup, book your appointment with Whistler Dental today.

It’s that time of year again! Summer has passed in the blink of an eye, and school is just around the corner. When it comes to clothing and school supplies you may be prepared, but have you considered how you’re going to keep your child’s teeth healthy throughout the year? From dental appointments, to lunchbox tips, to dental habits at home, here’s are some easy steps you can take to make sure your kids stay smiling and their mouths stay healthy.

#1 Book your dental appointment in advance

Between barbecues, bike rides, and family vacations, it’s easy to forget about back-to-school dental appointments until at least late August. However, unsurprisingly most other parents have the same idea, so book in advance to avoid the rush!

Regular dental visits are important year-round, but a back-to-school check-up is especially essential. Up to a third of children miss school days due to oral problems like cavities every year. By visiting the dentist at least twice a year, early signs of cavities can be detected, and necessary treatment can be given.

#2 Encourage dental habits at home

While you’re easing your kids back into the early morning routine, don’t forget to encourage them to continue practicing a solid dental routine at home. Depending on your child’s age, they may need a bit of supervision to make sure they are brushing correctly twice a day and flossing once a day.

Try setting a specific time to brush teeth every day. With little time to spare on most busy school mornings, many kids eat breakfast on the way to school. If this is the case, make sure they remember to brush before they head down for breakfast.

#3 Replace your child’s toothbrush

You should replace a toothbrush every three months, and even sooner if the bristles are frayed. If you find it hard to remember when you should be replacing them, have a few extra toothbrushes stored just in case, and bring a new one out every time your child gets a new report card. Next time you’re shopping for groceries or back-to-school supplies, head to the dental care aisle and let your child pick out their own brush and toothpaste. Not only will this keep them occupied in the grocery store, but it will also help to make teeth brushing fun and exciting!

#4 Pack healthy lunchboxes

It’s tempting to fill lunchboxes with easy, unhealthy snacks like chocolate bars and chips. However, sticky, sugary food clings to teeth and encourages plaque to grow and cavities to develop. An easy way to maintain a healthy smile is by swapping sugary snacks for healthy alternatives – like fruits, nuts, grains, cheese, and raw veg. If your child does want to indulge in the occasional chocolate bar (and don’t we all?), try and make sure they eat it just after a meal, as the previous food will help protect teeth against sugar.

#5 Get your child fitted for a mouth guard

Back to school means the return of gym class and organized sports. If your child participates in physical activity, they’ll need a fitted mouth guard to prevent injuries. While over the counter mouth guards work, they often do not fit well and can be uncomfortable. We fit custom mouth guards that fit teeth properly and protect the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue from trauma.

Here at Whistler Dental, we wish you all the best for the new school year! For a custom mouthguard fitting, or for a back-to-school check-up, please book an appointment.

The season of outdoor adventures, lakeside barbecues, and relaxing vacations is well and truly underway. However, while we’re enjoying our adrenaline-inducing sports and deliciously sweet treats, a variety of dental emergencies can occur. We all know how important it is to keep our mouths and teeth healthy in the sun, but there are some accidents and dental emergencies that simply can’t be prevented. Here are some of the most common summer dental injuries, and how you can treat them.

A chipped or broken tooth

A large majority of summer injuries occur in the pool. Chipped teeth are fairly common for both adults and children, and it often doesn’t take much to sustain one: A fall on the slippery pool deck, a dive into shallow waters, or a bit of bad luck can be all it takes.

If you have chipped a tooth, it’s important to rinse your mouth with warm water, and stop the bleeding by lightly pressing gauze against the wound. To reduce the pain and swelling, place an ice pack on the area where your tooth is chipped, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. The chip can often be successfully reattached, so make sure to save and rinse any pieces, and take them to your dentist with you immediately. However, if you can’t find the broken piece- don’t worry, as there are many other treatments available.

A knocked-out tooth

While there’s nothing quite like biking down Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain at extreme speed, it’s not uncommon to have a crash or fall. We offer custom-fit mouth guards to protect your teeth, and prevent broken or knocked out teeth from occurring in this scenario.

If you do knock out a tooth, it’s important to immediately pick it up – but do not touch the root surface. Rinse it under warm water and, if possible, place it in a glass of milk, saline or cool water, before heading to your dentist straightaway. Our ultimate goal is to get the tooth back in the socket as soon as possible, as the quicker it is replaced, the better the chances of saving the tooth.

A lost crown or filling

Fillings and crowns can fall out when you eat hard, sticky sweets, or they can just become lose in the tooth. If you swallow a crown, don’t panic! It should pass without problem.

A lost filling or crown is rarely an emergency, but it can be painful because the exposed tooth is extra sensitive. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist promptly, to avoid further damaging the exposed tooth, and to prevent the dentin underneath from changing shape. In the meantime, place dental cement directly on the tooth’s surface, to protect and seal the area.

Toothache

While we all like to indulge on our summer vacation, it’s important not to take a vacation from cleaning our teeth – especially if we’re treating ourselves to ice cream and fizzy drinks.

If your oral hygiene routine starts to slip, you may begin to feel a sharp or constant tooth pain, or get some swelling around a tooth. To ease the pain, first rinse the mouth with warm water, and use floss to remove lodged food. It’s important to never put aspirin or other painkillers against the gums near the aching tooth, as this may burn the surrounding tissue.

If your toothache is severe, or persists for over 2 days, visit your dentist immediately to make sure it isn’t something more serious.

By being sensible in the sun, sticking to your brushing and flossing routine – and not attempting any crazy dangerous stunts or backflips – you can avoid many of these emergencies. Dental injuries require immediate attention, and you can find Whistler Dental on Main St., across from the Whistler Public Library.

For more information on other dental injuries, see our emergency dental care advice. You can also contact us here to receive immediate advice from one of our dentists or specialists.

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 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.