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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

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.


Candy Eating: A Users Guide

October 26, 2016


Halloween is coming up and after that, there’s the holiday season. The next few months will see our children faced with a barrage of sugary treats and candy. In particular, what is the best way to handle the basket of candy hauled in on October 31st?

When we eat candy, the sugar combines with the bacteria in the plaque existing on our teeth and gums. This combination produces a mild acid that starts the tooth decay process. The longer and more often the teeth are exposed to the sugars in candy, the more damage can occur. 

So, here’s our Users Guide to Candy Eating:

1.       Children should not eat anything before they get home. Make sure to check all the treats collected, for safety and also for potential allergic ingredients.

2.       Set a treat time. For reasons outlined above, it is better to eat a little more candy at one time than snack on candy multiple times a day. The teeth are exposed to sugar less frequently.

3.       A good treat time is with meals or shortly after. The saliva in the mouth increases at meal time and helps lessen the effect of the acid produced by the sugar and bacteria in the mouth.

4.       Drink more water with treats as it will flush the mouth of sugars and acids and also help remove food particles.

5.       Avoid hard candy. Hard candies take longer to eat so the sugars and the cavity causing acid are present in the mouth for a much longer time.

6.       Avoid chewy or gummy candy. These treat are usually higher in sugar and stick to the teeth much longer. They also tend to be more difficult for the saliva to breakdown.

7.       Brush, floss and rinse after treat time.

8.       Finally, if that candy haul is lasting way too long; try a candy-swap. Exchange your children’s candy for something else they like, such as stickers or passes to an amusement park.

Halloween and the holidays that follow should be fun events for kids, so deprivation of treats is not the answer. Candy and sweets can be enjoyed while limiting their impact on our children’s teeth and oral health.



When Children Play Dentist

November 11, 2014

Child learning about brushing teeth

Children, like adults, may be prone to anxiety. Sometimes it’s about the first day of school, sometimes it’s about visiting the dentist. In any case, anxiety is often caused when a child feels like they have little or no control. It is caused by the unknown, a break from routine, separation from their parents, or a fear of pain.

While this may be cause for concern, it’s also good news – the unknown is something that can be treated by teaching! When children learn about cleaning their teeth and going to the dentist in a fun and engaging way, they respond positively to visiting the dental office, rather than with fear. That’s why at Desired Smiles, we offer a unique dental program for children. It’s built to educate children on a dentist’s process and give them back some control when they’re in the dentist’s office.

This dental program is more than just an appointment with a dentist, it’s a way to educate children about oral hygiene and to become comfortable with visiting the dentist’s office. Learn more about what we do!

What We Do

Our self-care program is an hour long session for children between the ages of 2-6. Using interactive tools like puppets, cameras, models, or microscopes, children are able to have an engaged role with their dental experience. They become comfortable in the dental office by learning about the dentist’s process. They also learn about the importance of personal oral care at home.

Our prep program is a half-hour session where children get a chance to play dentist and perform dentistry on puppets. Here they become familiar with the tools used for their own appointment. Understanding the tools helps children understand their own procedure and feel in control, even when they’re the ones in the dentist’s chair rather than playing the role of the dentist.

In the case that children need specific dentist treatments based on the child’s age, our goal is to make the experience as easy and stress free as possible. Here, parents are encouraged to get involved! Having a familiar face with the child while they undergo their treatment can help the child feel more comfortable in a place that is outside their regular routine.

What You Can Do

Besides being there during their procedure, there are ways you can help your child feel more comfortable with their visit to the dentist. Before and after their trip to the dentist, make your children feel comfortable with their experience.

Before you arrive, explain to them where they’re going and what’s going to happen. If they’re participating in our self-care or prep program, get them excited about playing dentist or exploring the tools of the office.

When you’re telling them about their appointment, avoid using words that can frighten them. Don’t tell them things will hurt or be painful. Don’t share personal experiences, unless they’re positive. If they ask questions, answer simply and when you’re in doubt, let the dentist explain a procedure to them. Our dentists are trained to describe procedures to children in a non-threatening way.

Both before and after your trip you should remember to discuss the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums to your children. Remind them that a dentist is there to help keep their teeth and gums healthy.

It’s also important not to treat going to the dentist as a negative experience for the child. You should not promise a reward for their trip to the dentist, as this could imply to the child that they need an incentive to get them through a negative experience. This could also make it harder for you to get your child to the dentist down the line. Instead, encourage children to keep playing dentist when they’re home. Remind them of their positive experience there rather than focusing on the parts that may have made them nervous – you don’t want the nerves to return when it’s time for their next visit. This is a great way to encourage them to keep their teeth healthy by brushing too!

Your child may still be fearful, but one positive experience is the key to transform their perception of their trips to the dentist. Help put them at ease by bringing them to Desired Smiles!

Ask a Dentist: Breaking Your Tooth

August 6, 2014

So what happens when you break your tooth? What should you do when it happens?

The first thing to consider is the severity of the problem. Is the broken tooth a minor chip that would only require a cosmetic repair or is it a serious crack that goes as deep as the root of the tooth? Perhaps it falls somewhere in between.

Chipped Tooth

Beauty and the Beast Chip

A chipped tooth does not necessarily mean a trip to the dentist. Chipped teeth don’t hurt and can be fixed by a dentist by either smoothing them over or filling the chipped area.


Unlike a chipped tooth, a cracked one cannot be ignored. You may not even notice a smaller crack in your tooth by looking at them, but once you drink something hot or cold you will likely experience pain along the crack. If the crack extends to the gums, the root and nerves may be damaged as well.

Cracks should be repaired to prevent further damage, where a dental professional would fill the cracked region or fit a crown over it.


If a crack is serious enough, it can split the tooth in two. In this case, a dentist will have to perform a root canal to save one of the roots and restore the tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these issues come see us for a free smile analysis and we will work to give you your desired smile.