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Dentures vs Implants – Which is right for you?

February 26, 2018

If you’re retiring in the near future, consider making the most of your remaining dental benefits!

Tooth loss hinders eating and speaking, and can cause a host of future problems. Replacing missing teeth is very important – not only for your appearance but also for your overall health. Fortunately there are different options to choose from:


A denture is a removable plate that holds one or more artificial teeth. Dentures can be full or partial, meaning that they can either replace all teeth on the upper or lower jaw, or just a few missing ones. They are custom-designed by your dentist to fit comfortably in your mouth and visually match your existing shade of enamel.

Dentures are the best option for people who have a weak jaw or unhealthy gums. Dentures are typically made from a hard resin that is softer than real teeth. For this reason, dentures need to be replaced on average every 5 years. While the quality of dentures has progressed they are, by their nature, prone to slipping out while eating or speaking so they need to be secured with denture adhesive. Both dentures and partials require regular cleaning.


If you have healthy gums but are missing teeth, you may wish to consider dental implants. Dental implants are replacement teeth that are implanted surgically into the jawbone. Dental implants replace the tooth roots and provide both permanence and stability.

Implants include a titanium post which is surgically implanted into the jawbone below gum level to act as a replacement for the root of the tooth. Once your jaw is healed, the replacement tooth or crown is fitted into the titanium and secured. Titanium is used because its properties integrate best with living bone and tissue, and it reduces the risk of infection. With proper care and consistent oral hygiene, dental implants can last 20+ years.

If you are considering dental implants, an assessment will be required in order to determine whether they will work for you. The assessment will determine if there is enough bone density in your jaw to hold the titanium post in place, and if any infections or gum disease will need to be treated.

Our team will work with you to create a personalized action plan to get your teeth in immaculate shape while you’re still covered by your existing dental benefits.

For information on how exactly teeth replacement works, call or email us today!

Call: (905) 637-5463 or (905) 332-0105
Email: info@desiredsmiles.com

When should you take your child to the dentist for the first time?

January 25, 2018

Getting your child comfortable with the dentist’s office and oral hygiene is equally as important as getting the checkup itself.

We recommend bringing your child in for their first visit within 6 months of their first tooth coming in, as tooth decay and plaque can start to show. Your child’s baby teeth will fall out but they still need care. Even though you can’t see them, your child’s adult teeth are growing underneath.


Mother’s milk, formula, cow’s milk and fruit juices all contain sugars.

Babies may get early childhood tooth decay from going to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice.

If your baby absolutely requires a bottle for bed, use water instead.

The first visit is meant to accomplish 3 things.

  • First, it’s meant to familiarize your child with the dentist’s office, allowing him or her to explore and become more comfortable. The dentist will only take a look at a child’s teeth once he or she is at ease.
  • Once trust is established, the tools used in dentistry will be introduced in an attempt to remove the fear associated with these items.
  • Lastly this visit allows the dentist to do a quick exam, looking for evidence of tooth decay. The dentist will check the child’s gums, jaw, and bite looking for any problems that may affect the teeth, or speech.

People who start proper oral hygiene habits early tend to:

  • End up with fewer cavities and gum infections
  • Increase their overall oral health
  • Gain a positive dental outlook (are less afraid or nervous of dental processes)
  • Have increased self-confidence

Check out 10 Ways To Make Brushing Fun For Your Child for some helpful ideas!

At Desired Smiles we are known for our unique Dental Program for children. It’s designed to educate children about oral hygiene and dental processes in an encouraging and relaxed way.

We offer three types of appointments for kids. Each child’s program is customized specific to their needs, age, developmental abilities and level of anxiety. We work with kids in a fun and captivating way. Contact us to learn more or book your appointment!

Tips for the parent:

Dentists are trained in describing dental procedures and processes to children in a non-threatening way.

  • Before the appointment, try not to share personal experiences unless they were positive.
  • Explain to them where they are going and talk about it in an excited manner rather than a nervous one
  • Remind them that dentists are there to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.

Check out How To Get Your Child Ready For Their First Dentist Appointment for more tips!


It is important to start the oral hygiene process young, as the younger a child is when they’re exposed to new routines, the more likely they are to continue them into adulthood.

Gift yourself a stress-free holiday

December 17, 2016

Holidays bring cheer and festivities all around. The family dinners, shopping, gifts and decorations, while being joyful can also be stressful.

Oral health issues like dry mouth, poor hygiene, canker sores, teeth grinding, TMJ and gum disease can all be related to stress. Furthermore, some coping mechanisms like night-time teeth grinding, indulging in sweet treats, etc. worsen the effect. Here’s 5 easy steps to prevent stress related health issues:

  • Exercising can not only reduce stress but also provide a good night’s rest. Regular exercise releases endorphins into our system which promote a positive feeling.
  • Make time for yourself. It’s easy to lose oneself in all the holiday bustle. Schedule time for unwinding and make it a priority to sit down to healthy, home-cooked meals as opposed to unhealthy alternatives on the go.
  • Avoid munching on treats throughout the day. This can be quite tempting especially during the holiday season when holiday treats and left-overs are plentiful. Munching is also used as a coping mechanism for stress. Drinking plenty of water promotes a feeling of being full and helps curb extensive snacking.
  • Smile! A simple smile is known to have stress-relieving effects and what’s more…smiles are contagious! Make this holiday season, a reason for smiling, not for stress.
  • Lastly, if you experience teeth grinding or related pains in the jaw and/or teeth, visit your dentist to prevent any further damage to your teeth.


Health Benefits of Smiling

December 1, 2016


The clocks have gone back, daylight is shortening, and the festive season looms closer bringing with it many more reasons to smile. However, the decrease in daylight can be a problem for many. Thankfully, we all come equipped with the tools to help. Heading into the winter months is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the health benefits of smiling.

  • Did you know the simple act of smiling boosts endorphin release in the brain and nervous system? Endorphins are our friends, lowering stress and anxiety.
  • Another benefit of endorphins is they act as painkillers.
  • Smiling improves mood, even when not in social settings.
  • When in social settings, happy faces are preferred to neutral faces. It seems obvious, but how often are we out in the world, or in front of a screen in neutral or scowling without realizing? We don’t drive in neutral or reverse (at least not too long), why neutralize our face.
  • There is power in the giving of a smile. Mother Teresa said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing”.
  • Smiling children are a boon. Studies in Sweden showed other people’s smiles suppress control over our facial muscles forcing us to smile, and children smile 400 times a day compared to the 20 smiles of the average adult!


Take your smile one step further to belly-busting laughter. Hard laughter leads to increased heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen consumption. If this reminds you of exercise, you would be correct. However, this is only present in periods of intense laughter and should not replace aerobic exercise, or to justify that extra bag of chips, no matter how tempting.

Research in the activity of smiling continues to uncover various benefits, including links to boosting your immune system. Now armed with knowledge of the health benefits of smiling, look after your most important asset, your teeth.

For bright, and beautiful smiles, the smile you desire, schedule your free smile analysis at Dr. Walter Heidary Family Dental today.


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Wearing White Smiles After Labour Day

September 8, 2015

For most of us, Labour Day marks the official end of summer. While we may be sad to see summer go, it’s time to welcome in a new season with a big smile on our faces. But is your smile as white as you want it to be?

After a long, lazy Labour Day weekend spent with friends, family and fun, you may find your smile slightly dulled, not only by the end of summer, but by a summer well spent of snacking, sun-grazing, and possibly even skipping the dentist!

If you are guilty of not staying on top of your dental-care routine this summer, not to worry; Desired Smiles has all the tools to get your smile back to its shining best.

Teeth Whitening

While you may be familiar with a whole range of whitening products available, they may not give you the result you desire. If you are looking for a dramatically whiter smile, there are two options available for whitening that may suit your needs.

The first option is the in-office Zoom! whitening treatment. This treatment is fairly quick, as you will only be in the chair for about one hour. To begin the treatment, we protect your lips and gums, and then apply whitening gel to your teeth. To activate the whitening gel, we shine a special light into your mouth. The light and gel then work together to break up stains, and discolourations. All you have to do is sit back! Once your treatment is complete, we will send you home with a kit for at-home touch ups, which will help you keep your newly brightened smile even longer. The average results of this treatment are a staggering eight shades of improvement!

If our Zoom! whitening treatment isn’t suited for you, we also have a take-home whitening alternative to whiten your teeth at your own pace. For this treatment, we create a custom tray that fits your teeth, and provide you with the gel to use in the trays. The process takes approximately two to three weeks from start to finish, and you will be able to enjoy great results on your own time!

Regular Checkups and Cleanings

Whether or not you choose to whiten your teeth, regular checkups and cleanings are essential in maintaining your clean, white smile, as well as for teeth and gum health. To make sure your dental appointments are as painless as possible (no pun intended), we offer flexible appointment times, a convenient location, and a friendly and knowledgeable staff to get you through your appointment in no time at all.

During your appointment, we also ensure you are equipped with all the proper tools and knowledge to properly care for your teeth in between visits. Beyond proper brushing and flossing techniques, we will put together a preventative oral health program for you, and walk you through all the steps you need to keep your mouth in good health. We will even talk to you about foods you should be avoiding to maintain your healthy smile for life. The key to good oral health is not only having all the information, but putting all you know to good use.

Get Your Desired Smile

Wanting your teeth to look their whitest and brightest is a common feeling, and we are happy to help you achieve this. We truly believe that maintaining a healthy smile for life comes from learning how to best take care of your own oral health in between dental visits.

We also believe that this knowledge and care can be learned and started from a very young age, which is why our play-based children’s dentistry appointments are so successful. Through our three different types of appointments, we prepare children for what to expect during their dental visits, as well as teach them how to take care of their teeth and gums on their own. You’re never too young to take care of your teeth!

From our regular dental visits, to cosmetic services, including whitening and veneers, we are truly your one stop shop for all your oral health needs.

If you would like to learn more about either of our two whitening options, or to book an appointment to get your dental care back on track, please contact us, and come experience the difference for yourself.

Which Works Best: Invisalign or Braces?

July 30, 2014

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The easy answer to the question Invisalign or braces is that it depends on the individual patient. Your bite, alignment, jaw, and the complexity of your case all impact whether Invisalign or braces will work for you.

The benefits of Invisalign seem obvious to many people considering teeth aligning treatments. They are undetectable when worn; their smooth plastic is not irritating to the mouth; and being removable makes eating, brushing, and flossing easy.

invisalign straight teeth

In some cases, braces are actually better suited for an individual. Complex issues require 24-hour treatment that only traditional braces can provide, as they are not removable. Traditional braces rather than Invisalign would better solve issues in bite, rather than alignment of the teeth.

In complex cases, Invisalign may be unable to correct certain problems, at least not initially. They must also be worn vigilantly. Those that are too easily tempted to spend a day without wearing them or to take them out too often may sacrifice the benefits of straight teeth that Invisalign is supposed to provide.

If you want to achieve your desired smile, contact us for a free smile analysis and we’ll help you pick an option that’s right for you!