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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.

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.

Here are the signs.

Living your life with a smile you’re not proud of, one that causes pain or discomfort or just doesn’t feel right is not something that has to be endured. Here at Whistler Dental we offer Smile Design using the latest technology to create smiles that are customized to an individual. Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of smile enhancement and encompasses colour, shape, position, size, symmetry, texture and luminescence. If you’ve been showing any of the signs below it may be time to makeover your smile and design a smile that you can be proud of.

  1. You are self conscious about your smile

Are you self conscious about your smile? If you try hiding your smile, are worried about what people think of your teeth or simply don’t feel comfortable with the way you look, smile design may be the right choice for you. We will discuss with you what your ideal smile would look like and explain to you the process of making it happen.

  1. The function of your bite isn’t optimal

Do you have an over-bite or under-bite that isn’t optimal? You may find your bite doesn’t function properly, puts excess wear or tear on your teeth and causes speech impediments. These issues can usually be solved by properly aligning, positioning or shaping the teeth or jaw. An aligned bite is imperative to long term dental health and a smile makeover can be a great way to achieve this.

  1. Your teeth have lost their luster

Age, eating, drinking, smoking and many other environmental factors can cause your teeth to lose their luster. Over the counter teeth whiteners can be tricky to use and often don’t have the full long-term affects of a professional whiting treatment. Having luminous pearly whites is achievable through smile design and is one of the many perks of creating a smile you can be proud of.

  1. You want straight-teeth

You may have been living with crooked or out of aligned teeth for some time and have always hoped for straight teeth. This could be easier than you think with new technology such as Invisalign which uses invisible aligners to straighten teeth and create beautiful smiles. Designing the perfect smile often uses systems such as Invisalign to straighten teeth considering the shape, symmetry and composition of the face.

  1. You don’t like the shape or symmetry of your face

Facial symmetry is something that can be addressed with cosmetic dentistry. Often the position of the jaw is not optimal or tense muscles around the jaw can pull the face out of alignment. Cosmetic treatments like Botox and jaw alignment treatments and surgeries can better align or enhance the shape of an individual’s face.

  1. You’d like to repair broken, chipped or missing teeth

Smile design can replace broken, chipped or missing teeth with a range of solutions including veneers, dental implants or straightening techniques. It is hard to adorn a confident smile when teeth are damaged or missing. Your dentist will be able to asses the current state of your teeth and make a recommendation on the best way to bring your smile from a 2 to a 10.

  1. You’d like to relax facial muscles or rid fine lines

It is common for patients to have concerns surrounding fine lines around the mouth area. Often these issues can be addressed by Botox which is administered right here at Whistler Dental. There are many other cosmetic and non-cosmetic reasons to have Botox- you can read about them here.

If you’ve always wondered what you’d look like or how you’d feel with a perfect smile, it is time to stop wondering and take some action. Schedule a consultation with the dental professional at Whistler Dental and let’s design a smile that you are happy with.

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.