Our specialists will consult with you on the best treatment options to correct misaligned teeth, alleviate jaw pain and discomfort or safely brighten your smile.
It’s hard to imagine anything more appealing than a sparkling, white smile. Yet our teeth rarely stay as white as we’d like them to without a little help. Fortunately, that help is available at the dental office.
Teeth whitening done in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It’s also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on the whitening method you choose, results can be dramatic: in-office whitening, for example, can lighten teeth three to eight shades in a single hour.
Professionally supervised whitening will work faster, and protect sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces better, than over-the-counter whitening products.
Professional Whitening Methods
Professional whitening makes use of high-concentration bleaching gels that are not available over the counter.
- In-Office Whitening
This technique offers the fastest results with the most powerful whitening solutions available. First, your gums and tooth-root surfaces will be covered with a protective barrier to ensure your safety. A thin plastic device known as a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel is applied. The gel will be left on for about an hour. When it is removed, the results will be obvious immediately.
- Take-Home Whitening
This is another effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results and several weeks may be needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness. First, a mould of your teeth will be taken and then two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays will be custom-made for you — one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and then position the trays over your teeth. The trays are left in usually for about an hour at a time.
Caring for Your Whitened Smile
There are lots of things you can do to make sure your whitening results last as long as possible, and this will vary from person to person (six months to two years or even longer). First of all, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of brushing and flossing every day, and keep up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings at the dental office. Avoid foods and beverages that stain, including red wine, tea and coffee. If you smoke, use your newly whitened teeth as an impetus to quit — a good idea in any event! A minor touch-up every so often, either at home or at the dental office, can keep your smile bright and beautiful for years.
Bite Adjustment (Malocclusion)
If you have crooked or protruding teeth, or are experiencing symptoms of malocclusion we can perform a thorough examination to identify any misalignment of your teeth.
Symptoms of Malocclusion
- Problems chewing food
- Problems with biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Slurring speech, trouble saying certain words or other speech problems
- Pain in the facial muscles or jaw
- Permanent teeth coming in (erupting) at the wrong position
A custom made removable appliance that fits over you bottom and top teeth to reduce wear from grinding.
We can adjust tooth surfaces to even out distribution of pressure across all of your teeth.
Replacement & Reconstruction
We may need to repair or replace existing dental work like fillings, crowns, brigades or inlays to build them up to their natural shape.
More severe malocclusion may require surgery or collaboration with one of our preferred orthodontist partners.
Bruxism is clenching or grinding your teeth. Most people are not even aware that they are doing this.
You may be a bruxer if you experience any of the following:
- Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
- A grinding sound at night, which may disturb the sleep of someone who shares a bedroom with you
- A dull morning headache
- Jaw muscles that are tight or painful – This can make it uncomfortable, even painful, to open your mouth wide, especially in the morning
- Long-lasting pain in the face
- Damaged teeth, broken dental fillings and injured gums
- Painful jaw joint
- Swelling (occasionally) on the side of your lower jaw caused by clenching. Chronic clenching exercises the jaw muscles. Like lifting weights, this makes the muscles grow larger. Once you stop clenching, the muscles will shrink and the swelling will go away.
If you experience any of these signs and symptoms call an make an appointment with one of our Prosthodontists. We will determine if you have bruxism and how best to treat it.
We will examine you, paying special attention to the muscles in and around your jaw. We also will look at your teeth for evidence of grinding. During this examination, your Prosthodontist will check for tenderness in your jaw muscles and the jaw joint. He or she also will look for broken teeth, missing teeth and poor tooth alignment.
A more detailed exam may follow if your Prosthodontist suspects that your bruxism is related to dental problems. In addition to checking your “bite”, (how your upper and lower teeth come together) we will examine your teeth and gums for damage caused by bruxism. We might also take X-rays of your teeth and jaws.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder can be caused by injuries or joint disease such as arthritis, grinding your teeth, stress, ill-fitting dentures or partials or bad habits such as nail biting.
Signs of symptoms include pain and tenderness in or around the ear, the jaw joint or the muscles of the jaw, face or temples. Sometimes you may have problems opening or closing your mouth and hear a clicking or popping when you chew or yawn.
We can provide you with a thorough examination and design a plan to treat your TMD.
Some of these treatments may include relaxation techniques, a referral to a physiotherapist, occlusal splint therapy for TMJ, BOTOX and in rare cases surgery.
A splint is a removable dental appliance that covers all or most of your upper and lower teeth. There are different types of splints which we may recommend depending on your treatment plan.
BOTOX for TMJ
For an alternative treatment to TMJ Disorders sometimes BOTOX is an option. When injected into the facial muscles affected, BOTOX relieves jaw tension, help eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding & stress.
The procedure can take anywhere from 10 – 30 minutes depending on the number of injections required. Only the areas injected with BOTOX will be relaxed and will not affect anywhere else in the body.