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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.

Whitening Your Teeth: At Home or at the Dentist?

June 25, 2014

Your teeth are losing their bright white shine and you’re considering whitening them. You’ve heard about bleach kits you can buy at a drugstore, but you also know your dentist does teeth bleaching. The real question is what is the difference?

Whitening at Home

There are many teeth whitening products on the market that you can purchase from your local drugstore. Whitening toothpastes and bleaching kits are available for purchase.

Whitening toothpastes vary depending on the brand and type. Some contain no bleach ingredients, but rather contain abrasive ingredients that reacts to lighten teeth and work well to remove surface stains, but cannot remove much more than that.

Other whitening toothpastes may contain some small chemical ingredient that acts to whiten teeth, but stay on teeth for a minimal time. This makes them less effective than stronger bleaching products, but also provides the least amount of risk of side effects.

Bleaching kits are slightly stronger and stay on teeth for a longer time. They often come with a one-size-fits-all tray that can result in chemicals leaking into your mouth if not used carefully. They also do not come with the benefit of a professional monitoring you for any adverse reaction or side effect that may arise from their use.

Whitening with the Dentist

Often, the dentist uses a stronger bleach than what is found in drugstore bleaching products. This usually allows them to be the most effective treatment option.

Whitening is also usually safer with a dentist. In-office procedures are available, as well as custom made trays to hold the bleach to your teeth, preventing the risk of potentially swallowing chemicals that may be harmful. Dental professionals are also trained in noticing side effects that are often reported when a patient undergoes bleaching in its earliest stages. This makes them capable of preventing or stopping any harm such side effects may cause.

Furthermore, long-term use of teeth whitening products and procedures may lead to teeth sensitivity or abrasion. Your dentist is most qualified to determine whether you should proceed with whitening your teeth or whether it may cause you unwanted side effects.

Do you want to know more? Contact us for a consultation!

What Toothpaste Do 4 Out of 5 Dentists Actually Recommend?

June 11, 2014

Have you ever seen those toothpaste commercials that claim 4 out of 5 dentists recommend a specific brand of toothpaste? Do you ever find yourself wondering how accurate those commercials are or why those dentists are actually recommending specific toothpastes? We can answer your questions!

So, what toothpaste should I use?

The truth is for the average person, the toothpaste you use doesn’t matter. Frequency, technique, and duration of brushing are actually more important than the toothpaste brand you choose.

If that’s true, why are there so many different types of toothpastes?

Different toothpastes have different formulas to tackle different needs.

Sensitive Teeth: Toothpastes that advertise that they help prevent sensitivity all contain potassium nitrate, an agent that helps reduce sensitivity. There isn’t much difference between different toothpaste brands for sensitivity, as long as they contain this ingredient. While sensitive toothpaste formulas help those with sensitive teeth, they don’t provide much added benefit for those who don’t.

Fluoride: Dentists recommend the toothpaste you choose contains fluoride as it kills the bacteria that causes tooth decay, it decreases the dissolving effects of acid on enamel, and it helps prevent cavities. Most toothpastes contain fluoride.

Whitening Toothpaste: These toothpastes have a more abrasive texture to help assist in the removal of stains from wine or coffee, but they are unable to whiten the underlying layers of your teeth. The more abrasive texture does not improve the toothpaste’s ability to remove bacteria over other types of toothpaste.

Now I’m overwhelmed by the options!

If your current toothpaste is working for you, stick with it! Remember to brush daily, for about two minutes, with a brush that has soft bristles in order to promote a healthy smile.

Let us know what your favourite toothpaste is and why in the comment section below!