South Surrey Teeth Whitening Dentist Treats Age-Related Dental Discoloration

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | by

Hey, we understand: keeping your smile bright and white is hard work! And sometimes, despite our best efforts, we start to notice that the visible effects of dental staining are taking a hold of our teeth.

The truth is that some aesthetic changes (including dental discoloration) just naturally come along with age. But with top-notch dental treatments from our South Surrey cosmetic dentist office, you can reclaim your smile’s previous luminosity. Let’s learn more about how this is possible.

The visible part of your teeth is called dental enamel. Dental enamel, when it is young and healthy, is generally white and quite hard. The enamel protects your smile from all kinds of health threats—like bacteria and injury.

As you get older, your dental enamel will probably start to wear down a little bit (hey, it’s been working hard for a lot of years!). As the enamel thins, it becomes susceptible to dental staining from various substances like:

· Tobacco

· Coffee

· Tea

· Red wine

· Chocolate

· Red sauces

· Berries

· Dark colas

All of these things can leave color deposits on your enamel—leading to dark splotches, brown enamel edges, and teeth that appear dull.

To restore your smile, our dental team will employ the right cosmetic treatment for you. It may be that we can lighten your natural enamel with professional dental lightening treatments. These treatments actually lift stains from your teeth, to reveal your previous dental shade. For patients with hard-to-treat discoloration (or additional dental damage) we often recommend using porcelain dental veneers to cover the problematic teeth.

Our South Surrey teeth whitening dentist office is here to help you determine exactly how to lighten your smile for optimal aesthetic results. As always you can call our dental team at (604) 385-2400 or use our contact us page to touch base with our staff!

Learn More About Relaxation Dentistry From Our South Surrey Sedation Dentist

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | by

All patients need regularly scheduled, high-quality dental care—even those who suffer from dental anxiety! Luckily, sedation dental treatments are improving the patient experience for people of many ages. Are you trying to figure out whether sedation may be right for you? If so, keep reading this overview from our South Surrey sedation dentist.

Sedation treatments serve different purposes for different types of dental patients. Let’s talk about some of the reasons that patients turn to relaxation dentistry treatments.

1. Fear of the dentist/prior negative dental experiences

As you would imagine, sedation treatments can help to put anxious dental patients at ease during treatment. Whether you need some extra confidence to get into the dentist’s office, or an anxiety buffer during treatment, our dental team can help you.

2. Dental sensitivity/propensity for oral pain

Patients who are prone to pain and sensitivity during dental treatment can likewise find relief through sedation treatments. Our dental team will help you figure out what type of sedation is best for your dental needs as well as your treatment protocol.

3. Multi-phased treatment plans

Sedation dentistry can also be very useful for patients who are pursuing multiple dental treatments in a row, or trying to complete total smile transformations. Sedation treatments help to keep the patient from becoming overly fatigued during treatment, which then allows our team to finish treatment in a more efficient manner.

Sedation dentistry is definitely not “once size fits all,” so our dental team will collaborate with you in order to find a sedation protocol that fits your needs. When you are ready to get started, all you have to do is contact our South Surrey sedation dentist office. Give us a call, or submit a question online to start gathering the information you need for stress-free dental care!

South Surrey Dentist Gives You Tips For Flossing Effectively

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 | by

A key step in your oral hygiene routine is flossing. If you, like many patients, have not been flossing religiously, this is your chance to rededicate yourself to maintaining a healthy smile! Here are some suggestions from our South Surrey dentist about how to floss to the best of your ability.

1. Keep up with your flossing routine

A critical component of flossing effectively is to floss every day, diligently, without skipping. When you think about it this makes sense; dental plaque is always building up on your teeth, so you need to floss every single day in order to clear away fresh plaque.

2. Use a type of floss that is right for you

There are a number of different kinds of floss out on the market today. You should choose one that feels comfortable for you to use, and that has a taste that is appealing for you. Just be sure that the type of floss that you are using fits all the way between your teeth without shredding—this is very important to make sure that your floss is clearing away plaque effectively.

3. Move the floss vertically and horizontally

When flossing between teeth, do not just swipe the piece of floss up and down and move on. Rather, take the time to move your floss up and down as well as back and forth between the teeth. This is how you round up as much plaque as possible from your teeth and your gum tissue.

Once you start flossing on a regular basis, you will notice that your smile feels and look fresh. If you want more information about at-home dental care, including flossing, please contact our South Surrey dentist office. Our dental team is here to help you optimize your smile for years to come; we look forward to speaking with you!

South Surrey Cosmetic Dentist Explains Why Your Smile Might Look Different As You Get Older

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | by

It is not uncommon for patients to come into our South Surrey cosmetic dentist office because they believe that their smiles look drastically different than they used to. These patients are not imagining things! The truth is that the structure and the appearance of your smile will change over time. So what can you expect?

1. The color of your smile will get darker or more yellow

Even the brightest and whitest dental enamel is likely dim over time. This usually happens because:

· Environmental stains accumulate over time; environmental stains are caused by foods, drinks, tobacco, and other similar substances.

· Thinning dental enamel (which happens as your teeth get older), causes the yellow dentin (the layer below the enamel) to show through the surface of the tooth.

2. You may notice an increase in dental damage

Many adults report that, as they age, they start to suffer from dental cracks and chips. Here are some contributing factors to dental damage:

· Long-term exposure to acidic substances thins dental enamel, which makes it more prone to fracture

· Micro-cracks (which are often so small that they are not visible) build up over time. Then, as your enamel weakens, these micro-cracks connect with one another to be come larger, visible chips and cracks.

· Chronic dental grinding and clenching puts an enormous amount of pressure on your dental enamel. Over time, this habitual action causes your dental enamel to crack and collapse.

Although these dental issues are very common, and afflict a large number of adults, you do not have to live with these aesthetic problems. Our South Surrey cosmetic dentist office offers a wide variety of treatments that will restore your smile in a short period of time. Feel free to contact our dental office—by phone or through our website—in order to speak with our dental team!

South Surrey Dentist Office Restores Patients’ Smiles with High Quality Dentures

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | by

We know that it can be difficult for patients suffering from tooth loss to reclaim whole, healthy smiles. That is why our South Surrey dentist makes sure to offer a wide variety of restorative options for these patients. One such dental option is the restorative denture.

Dentures are used to replace an entire set of teeth—top, bottom, or both. Dentures are kept in place with a dental-grade adhesive. When you want your smile to look and function like a complete smile, you simply put your dentures in place. When you are sleeping, you will remove your dentures and place them in a special solution to keep them clean.

Our dental team offers dentures that enhance the patient’s overall appearance. These dentures…

· Are designed to look aesthetically pleasing and natural. The shade of your dentures will compliment your natural teeth, and enhance your appearance. Additionally, your dentures will be shaped and sized to fit your overall face and mouth.

· Are molded to be comfortable. When we create the form for you dentures, we will design them to fit your gum tissue, specifically. This not only provides a comfortable fit, it also ensures that you will be able to speak and eat naturally with your dentures in place.

· Are durable. We create dentures that can stand up to the wear and tear of daily life. With proper care, your dentures will last, and look attractive, for year.

Do not let missing teeth destroy your smile and your healthy, happy life. Dentures will transform your smile quickly and completely. You really can reclaim a smile that makes you feel confident!

For more information about all of your restorative dentistry options, including dentures, give our helpful dental team a call. Our South Surrey dentist office is here to answer all of your questions.

South Surrey TMJ Dentist Helps Patients Understand TMJ Symptoms

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | by

While cavities and gum disease are clearly threats to your smile, there are other, lesser known, issues that can be just as damaging to your oral health. TMJ dysfunction, in particular, creates chronic problems for patients of many ages. The good news is that our South Surrey TMJ dentist office will help you overcome problems with effective oral health treatments. So how do you know if you are experiencing TMJ issues?

TMJ dysfunction may present in a number of different ways. When your temporomandibular joint (the joint that connects your bottom jaw to your skull) is damaged or inflamed, you may notice:

· That your jaw makes popping or clicking noises when you move your jaw

· That you are suffering from head, jaw, or neck pain

· That you cannot open your mouth all of the way

· That you are grinding or clenching your teeth (this may be happening when you sleep, so be aware if you are waking up with jaw soreness or pain)

· That you are experiencing headaches related to jaw tension

TMJ disorder can affect many aspects of your oral health and overall wellbeing. Over time, TMJ issues can cause premature dental deterioration, limited jaw mobility, and chronic head and neck pain problems.

The best thing that you can do for your TMJ health is to seek treatment as soon as you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above. Our dentist will be able to evaluate your mouth and jaw to determine the extent of your TMJ dysfunction. There are effective and comfortable treatments that will help you avoid further TMJ damage.

Do not wait to get the important TMJ treatment that you need. Our South Surrey dentist office has the information that you need to understand this disorder, and the treatment you need to overcome it. Give us a call!

South Surrey Dentist Gives You Tips To Use When You Are Flossing Your Teeth

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 | by

Your dentist has probably told you that it is important for you to floss your teeth at least once a day. Patients who follow this good advice have better chances of avoiding both dental cavities and gum disease. Today our South Surrey dentist is going one step further—this article is all about specific steps that you can take to get the most benefit out of your flossing routine.

Let’s start with the basics of a high quality flossing routine…

1. Floss at least once a day to clear away recently-formed plaque

2. Most patients should be flossing at the end of the day, right before they brush their teeth

3. Make sure to floss in between each of your teeth

4. Move your floss along your gum line to clear plaque from your gum tissue

5. As you clean between your teeth with the floss, move the floss both vertically and horizontally, to ensure maximum efficacy

6. Use a fresh part of the strip of floss for each tooth—you do not want to inadvertently add more plaque to your dental enamel and gum tissue as you floss

Here are some additional steps that you can incorporate into your routine…

1. If you are struggling with malodorous breath during the day, you may want to try flossing after meals. When food particles become stuck between your teeth, they can cause bad breath.

2. Try adding a mouth rinse into your routine after you floss and brush. This can help to flush away any remaining bits of plaque that you dislodged by flossing.

Our South Surrey dentist office is here to help you get the most out of your at-home oral hygiene routine. Please call our dental team to learn more about dentistry or to schedule your own personal consultation at our office.

South Surrey Teeth Whitening Dentist Explains Specifics of Dental Discoloration

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | by

If there is one common complaint that our South Surrey cosmetic dentist hears from adult patients, it is that their teeth are starting to look dark and stained. Unfortunately, many patients experience dental staining as a result of the ageing process. There are, however, steps that you can take to maintain a brighter smile longer. Today we will be reviewing just some of the things that you, as a patient, can do to safeguard your luminous smile.

1. Potential environmental stains are everywhere

So many substances that you eat and rink every day have the potential to stain your teeth. Coffee, soda, tea, and red wine are just a few of the popular beverages that can leave dark deposits on your teeth. Many foods have staining properties as well: chocolate, dark sauces, berries, and more. Besides cleaning your teeth thoroughly by brushing and flossing, you should:

· Rinse your mouth with water after consuming a staining substance

· Avoid letting these foods and drinks sit on your teeth for long period of time (rinse your teeth after consumption and/or avoid snacking on these things for long periods of time)

· Limit or eliminate your use of staining substances in general, especially tobacco products

2. Your enamel ages with you

Just as your skin changes with age, your dental enamel also begins to look and feel different. As your enamel starts to thin with time, you might notice that your teeth begin to look darker or yellower—this is because the deeper layers of the tooth are starting to show through to the surface of the tooth.

You cannot prevent all of these causes of dental staining, but there are cosmetic treatments that you can pursue to improve the appearance of your smile overall. Our South Surrey teeth whitening dentist office is here to give you any additional information or guidance that you may need—give us a call!

South Surrey Cosmetic Dentist Helps Patients Understand Dental Discoloration

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 | by

Have you ever looked through old pictures and noticed that your smile used to look much whiter and brighter than it does now? If so, you certainly are not alone. Dental discoloration is a very common problem among adult dental patients. The good news is that our South Surrey cosmetic dentists understand why this happens, and we know what to do about it.

Today we’re giving you more information about what happens to teeth when they become discolored. Hopefully, you can use this information to optimize your daily routine and protect your teeth.

Your natural dental enamel is designed to be pretty sturdy. Enamel is what allows you to chomp, consume hot and cold drinks, and speak without experiencing too much discomfort or pain. However, dental enamel is by no means indestructible. The substances that come into contact with your enamel can change it over time.

Take these common drinks for example: coffee, tea, red wine, soda, and fruit juices. All of these liquids can deposit color on dental enamel. Over time these stains become embedded in the enamel, and are very tough to erase.

At the same time, natural enamel thinning will make your teeth look darker and yellower. Think about how much work your teeth do every day—it only makes sense that your enamel starts to wear down as you age. Unfortunately, this means that the dentin (which is darker than enamel) starts to peek through the top layer of the tooth.

The good news is that our dentist can help brighten your smile with teeth whitening treatments, dental veneers, and dental bonding. The best things that you can do to minimize these aesthetic problems are to care for your teeth well at home, maintain a complete schedule of professional dental cleanings, and protect your teeth whenever engaging in an activity that puts your smile at risk.

As always, feel free to call our South Surrey cosmetic dentist office to get more information!

South Surrey Veneers Dentist Answers Some Inquiries About Porcelain Veneers

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | by

The more you know about your dental options, the move confident you will feel in the dentist’s chair. Our South Surrey veneers dentist office is here to answer some patients’ questions about how this treatment works, and for whom it is appropriate. I hope that this information helps you determine whether veneers may be the right choice for you!

Q: What can dental veneers do?

A: Dental veneers are used to correct many different types of aesthetic dental concerns. Here are just some of the ways that our dentist uses veneers:

· Make a dark or stained smile look whiter

· Lengthen the appearance of short teeth

· Improve the alignment of a smile

· Close gaps between teeth

· Improve the appearance of damaged dental enamel

Q: How long does it take to complete dental veneer treatment?

A: The dental veneer placement process involves attaching porcelain restorations to a patient’s teeth. This entire process generally takes two to three dental appointments. In the first appointments your teeth are prepped and shaped. Then your veneers (which are custom-crafted to fit your prepped teeth) are permanently adhered to your smile.

Q: Are dental veneers right for me?

A: The best way to answer this question is to speak with a dental professional about your dental goals. If your smile is pretty healthy, and you are looking for a fast and long-lasting way to transform the appearance of your smile, veneers may be perfect for you!

Our South Surrey veneer dentist office is here to give you any additional information you need about cosmetic dentistry in general, and veneer treatment in particular. Call our dental team to speak to us in person, or feel free to contact us by e-mail or through our website. Let’s take your smile to the next level with state-of-the-art cosmetic care!