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With the mountain set to open on November 22nd, the winter season will soon be upon us once again! But with hot chocolates, advent calendars, skiing and eventually Christmas, the winter season poses a lot of potential dangers for our teeth. At Whistler Dental, we are proud to offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. From teeth whitening, to smile makeovers, to custom mouth guards, here’s how to get your mouth ready for winter and get your best holiday smile yet.

Schedule a cleaning

The first step to brightening your smile is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. We will make sure your pearly whites are polished and cleaned professionally, and will remove any plaque, tartar and surface stains that may have built up. Regular check-ups with your dentist are essential to make sure you are brushing and flossing properly, and so your dentist can check your gums and teeth for signs of disease or cavities.

Align your smile

If you are not completely happy with your smile, this can greatly affect your confidence. Invisalign is a non-invasive, simple and subtle solution that straightens out teeth and gives you a perfect smile. These discrete, removable aligners are much more subtle than traditional braces, and almost invisible once they are in your mouth, meaning you can wear them on the slopes and at the après bars without garnering any attention. Plus – unlike with braces – they do not limit your diet or eating habits, making them the perfect tooth alignment treatment for the winter season.

Get a smile makeover

Smile makeovers are especially effective for chipped, worn or crooked teeth. From dental veneers and bridges to crowns and dental implants, Whistler Dental offers a variety of cosmetic procedures to give you the smile of your dreams.

One of the safest forms of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. We offer both take-home or in-house whitening, and our professional methods will always deliver more effective results than store-bought methods.

Protect your mouth on the mountain

The delicate skin on our lips is particularly susceptible to cold weather and damage caused by UV rays. If you plan on spending a whole day on the mountain, it’s important to keep your lips protected with a moisturizing SPF lip balm to avoid the dreaded pain of dry, cracked, or even burnt lips.

Before you return to the slopes, it’s also worth getting fitted with a custom mouth guard. Mouth guards protect teeth from damage due to injuries and falls, and are worn by all elite winter athletes. Although Whistler Blackcomb does not make them compulsory, they highly recommend that you wear them.

 Keep your oral hygiene routine

The best thing you can do for a healthy smile is stick to your teeth cleaning routine – all year round. Don’t let holiday parties or long days on the mountain get in the way of oral hygiene. To maintain your smile, make sure you brush and floss daily, and keep an eye out for any changes to your mouth.

While we hope (and highly recommend!) that you make the most of the start of winter by getting stuck in with all things winter-sports related, we also highly recommend that you take the time to protect your teeth and mouth. To achieve your dream holiday smile, book your appointment with Whistler Dental today.

Invisalign is a relatively easy and discreet treatment that straightens teeth using a series of removable plastic aligners. Offering numerous benefits, it is extremely popular amongst our adult clientele who want the luxury of a virtually invisible treatment. However, more and more parents are asking: Does Invisalign work for kids?

While there are many advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces, every child is different, and the success of this treatment will vary depending on a number of factors. Here are the benefits of Invisalign for children, and how we decide if it’s the right solution for your child.

The benefits Invisalign for your child:

  • Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign is meant to be taken out during teeth cleaning. This means your child will not need to make any major adjustments to their regular dental routine. They can continue to keep teeth clean and healthy, and reduce the risk of cavities or gum disease.
  • Another serious benefit is that Invisalign aligners should be removed for all meals. This means your child’s diet is not restricted, and Invisalign will not interfere with everyday life.
  • Children and teens often don’t want braces due to aesthetic reasons, and can feel extremely self-conscious with braces or crooked teeth. Invisalign is almost invisible, so can remove this potential source of anxiety.
  • Finally, Invisalign is often more comfortable and less painful for kids to wear, as there is no risk of broken brace brackets.

How do we decide if Invisalign is the right treatment for your child?

While there is no exact criteria that we use, there are a few universal things that we always consider to see if your child is a good candidate for Invisalign. These include…

Age

There is no specific age that determines when a child is right for Invisalign. However, older children and teens are usually more viable candidates. Alignments must be worn 22 hours of the day, so your child needs to be mature enough to keep their trays in their mouth for the right amount of time, and not leave them on their nightstand or at the bottom of their bag.

Each Invisalign aligner tray has tiny blue compliance indicators on them that begin to fade the more your child wears them. This means that you and your dentist can easily check that your child wears their aligners frequently enough.

Teeth positioning

We recommend Invisalign for kids who have lost all of their baby teeth and have a full set of permanent teeth. We do not advise it for children whose mouths are still growing and developing, or for any child who has significant tooth decay or damage.

Though the second and third molars (otherwise known as wisdom teeth) do not need to have erupted, we check to make sure that all of your child’s permanent incisors and first molars have erupted through the gum. Usually, we will X-Ray the patient’s mouth to assess the position of the teeth and check how much space is needed for remaining teeth to come through.

We always make sure that we choose the best and most appropriate dental treatment for your child. If you are considering Invisalign as a parent, Whistler Dental would be happy to discuss our recommendations and help you to decide if the treatment is right for your child.  You can book an appointment, or if you have any further questions regarding Invisalign, please get in contact! You can find all of our contact details 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.