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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.

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.

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.