Abbotsford Teeth Whitening Dentist Lightens Existing Age-Related Discoloration

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 |

It can be disheartening for patients to look at their smiles and notice emerging discoloration. However, this is a very common occurrence for adult dental patients, because permanent teeth are prone to becoming discolored over time. In this short article our Abbotsford teeth whitening dentists are going to explain how discoloration develops, and what we can do about it.

Here are some key reasons why dental enamel starts to look dark and stained as it gets older:

1. Dental thinning

As enamel is subjected to wear and tear over time, it begins to thin and become weaker. This allows a substance called dentin—which sits under the dental enamel—to show through the surface of the tooth. Because dentin is naturally darker than enamel, your tooth is likely to look discolored.

2. Environmental stains

On top of this, environmental stains build up on a patient’s dental enamel over time. All kinds of foods and drinks leave color deposits on teeth—some of the most common culprits are coffee, tea, soft drinks, and tobacco. These stains intensify the longer that they sit on the teeth, and the more your teeth are exposed to discoloring substances. Plus, the enamel thinning that we just talked about actually makes it easier for foods and drinks to stain your teeth.

If you are ready to lighten your teeth and reclaim a bright smile, there are a number of ways that our dental team can help you.

· A thorough professional dental cleaning will remove unsightly plaque and tartar

· Professional dental whitening treatments lift stains from teeth

· White porcelain dental veneers cover discolored teeth and make them look fresh again

The best way to determine how you should proceed is to speak to our Abbotsford teeth whitening dentist office. We are happy to explain your different treatment options and help you settle on one that works for your specific smile.

Abbotsford Sedation Dentist Describes Various Advantages of Sedation Treatment

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 |

Let’s be honest, dental treatment is not an easy thing for every patient to undergo. Our dental team knows this, but we also know that without prompt and preventative dental care, patients will likely require even more costly and complicated dental treatment in the future. That is why our Abbotsford sedation dentists provide calming treatments for our patients; we make it as easy as possible for people to get the regularly scheduled dental care that they need.

So could sedation dentistry be right for you? Keep reading to get a better idea.

Sedation dentistry makes it significantly easier for patients with dental phobia to come in for dental treatment. Some people just have a general fear of the dentist, while others have negative memories of dental treatment from their pasts. Both of these types of patients can relax during dental care thanks to sedation.

Additionally, people who have very sensitive teeth—or are prone to experiencing dental pain during treatment—love sedation dentistry. Sedation treatment dulls dental discomfort, so that you can breeze through treatment.

If you are looking to complete multiple restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatments, you may also benefit from sedation. When patients utilize sedation treatment they are less likely to become fatigued in the dentist’s chair. This means that our dentist can complete more treatments in less time!

Sedation dentistry may also be right for you if you have a negative response to triggering noises or sights once dental treatment is under way. For example, many people start to get anxious once they hear a dental drill.

The best way to determine whether sedation treatment can help you is to contact our Abbotsford sedation dentist office. Our dental team can give you more information about your relaxation dentistry options—call our team at (604) 859-9581, or submit an inquiry for our team online.

Abbotsford Dentist Helps You Get the Most from Your Flossing Routine

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 |

When you floss your teeth effectively, you give your smile a chance to rejuvenate and boost its health. Our Abbotsford dentist office wants to make sure that all of our patients are taking the opportunity to floss their teeth correctly. So today we are reviewing the basics of flossing—why it is so important and how you can maximize your flossing efforts.

Let’s start by answering the all-important question “why do I have to floss?” The answer to this question is so simple—you need to floss so that you can eliminate as much harmful plaque as possible from your mouth. Brushing is a great way to buff plaque from your teeth and gums. However, in order to get rid of the plaque that gets stuck in between your teeth, you need to use floss. Remember, plaque never stops accumulating, so you cannot take a day off from flossing.

When you start flossing, follow these simple tips to clear away as much as plaque as you can.

1. Don’t skip any teeth, and make sure to floss behind your back molars

2. Bring the floss all the way through your gum tissue until it cannot go any higher

3. Move the floss vertically and back and forth in order to scrape as much floss from your enamel as possible

4. Don’t inadvertently compound the plaque in your mouth by using the same portion of floss between multiple teeth—make sure to keep using a fresh section of your strip of floss as you move throughout your mouth

When you keep up with this routine every day, you help to prevent cavities, periodontal disease, and bad breath.

Do you want more information about the steps that you can take at home to maintain your smile? If so, our Abbotsford dentist office is here to answer all of your questions.

Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist Outlines How Teeth May Change With Age

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 |

Your teeth, like the rest of your body, are likely to change in appearance and structure as you get older. The good news is that many of these changes are quite predictable, and there are treatment options available to improve these conditions. Here is some more information from our Abbotsford cosmetic dentist….

Many patients find that, when they are young, their teeth look white and bright. This is because their dental enamel is still thick (and therefore luminous), and because their teeth have not yet been exposed to years worth of staining substances.

As time goes on, your teeth will change because…

· Your enamel starts to thin

· Your teeth have been exposed, over a long period of time, to staining materials

Why does dental enamel thin?

Dental enamel thins over time because…

· Repetitive chewing motions wear down dental enamel

· Acidic substances cause acid erosion

· Bruxism (chronic dental grinding) thins dental enamel

Why do smiles become stained?

Patients notice an increase in dental stains because…

· Discoloring substances (like coffee, tea, chocolate, and tobacco) become embedded in the dental enamel

· As enamel thins and weakens, it becomes more prone to staining

· Thin enamel allows the dental layer of dentin (which exists under the enamel and is yellow) to show through the surface of the tooth

As you can see, these issues can drastically change the appearance of your smile. However, you do not need to live with the effects of dental aging forever. Our dental team has treatment options that will keep you smiling (with confidence!) for years to come.

If you want to learn more, our Abbotsford cosmetic dentist is here to answer your questions and provide you with the crucial information you need about modern dentistry. Get started by calling our office or submitting your question on our site!

Abbotsford Dentist Reviews How Dentures Benefit Patients With Missing Teeth

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 |

If you are missing multiple teeth, you need to find a dental treatment that will allow you to regain healthy dental functioning. Tooth loss impedes your ability to both eat and speak normally, and this simply isn’t sustainable for a long period of time.

The good news is that our Abbotsford dentist office will help you find a treatment that allows you to feel great about your smile again. Today we will be talking about one of these treatments in greater detail—the denture.

What are dentures?

Dentures are restorative replacement teeth that replace a full set of teeth. You can use dentures to replace your top teeth, your bottom teeth, or both. Dentures are designed to look like natural teeth, and they also allow you to eat and speak naturally again.

How do dentures stay in place?

Dentures are designed to sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. They are held in place with denture adhesive. Additionally, the mold of the denture (which fits over the patient’s gum tissue) is crafted to fit the patient’s individual gum shape.

When do patients wear dentures?

Dentures are completely removable, so you will simply put your dentures in when you want your smile to look and feel complete. Most patients wear their dentures during the day, and then take them out at night. While you are sleeping, you will place your dentures into a cleaning solution, so that they are fresh and ready to go the next morning.

Our Abbotsford dentist office is happy to answer any additional questions you may have about dentures. Please feel free to call our office to get the information you need, and to schedule your consultation with our dental team. Together we can restore your smile, and help you enjoy a healthy, whole smile after tooth loss!

Abbotsford TMJ Dentist Provides Overview of TMJ Signs and Symptoms

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 |

Have you been noticing pain in your head and jaw, or strange issues when you try to chew? If so, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder or dysfunction. This condition is characterized by injury to the temporomandibular joint, or general dysfunction of this joint. Our Abbotsford TMJ dentist wants to empower patients to recognize, and address, problems associated with the TMJ. That is why he put together this short explanation of what happens when a patient is suffering from TMJ problems.

As you would imagine, many TMJ problems manifest in the jaw area itself. You may notice:

· That your jaw “pops” when you try to open it

· That you cannot open your jaw all of the way

· That you hear clicking noises when you eat or speak

· That your jaw feels sore and stiff

Additionally, TMJ dysfunction can cause further problems in the head, neck, and mouth. For example:

· TMJ is associated with bruxism (chronic dental grinding), which leads to jaw damage and enamel deterioration. Please be aware that this often happens at night, so it is important to assess whether your jaw is feeling sore when you wake in the morning.

· Many TMJ patients experience chronic headaches, as well as neck pain

· Pain or tenderness around your ear can also be indicative of TMJ problems, as pain tends to radiate up from your jaw to your ear. Many patients believe that they are suffering from an ear infection, when in fact they have TMJ problems.

If you think that you may be experiencing TMJ problems, it is vitally important that you get high-quality treatment in a timely manner. When TMJ dysfunction is left untreated, it can intensify and affect your overall jaw mobility. Please contact our Abbotsford dentist office to speak to our dental team!

Abbotsford Dentist Explains How to Optimize Your Flossing Routine

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 |

Many patients make sure that they are brushing their teeth and using whitening products, but they skip over one very important oral hygiene step: flossing. Our Abbotsford dentist office stresses to every patient how important flossing is for maintaining a bright and healthy smile. In order to help you get the most out of your flossing routine, we have compiled this information about the best way to floss. Read this short article, and try applying these tips to your own dental routine at home!

First of all, you should be flossing at least once every day. That is because bacterial plaque is constantly building up on your teeth and gums, so you need to floss every day in order to clear the new plaque away. The best time to floss is at night, right before you brush your teeth. When you floss before brushing, you are able to dislodge plaque with floss and then quickly clear it from your mouth with a toothbrush.

Once you are flossing every day, here are some things you can do to improve the efficacy of your routine:

1. Make sure you floss between every tooth—no skipping!

2. Move your floss up and down and horizontally between your teeth

3. Take special care to run your floss around your gum tissue

4. When you begin, tear off a long strip of floss. Then move progressively further down the floss as you clean between your teeth. Do not use the same small section of floss for multiple teeth.

5. Remember that flossing dislodges dental debris—you want to clear this away after it is dislodged. You can add a mouth rinse into your routine to help this process.

Your dentist will be able to give you personalized recommendations for your own at-home oral hygiene routine. Ready to get started? Call our Abbotsford dentist office!

Abbotsford Teeth Whitening Dentist Gives You Tips on Minimizing Dental Staining

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 |

Our Abbotsford teeth whitening dentist has yet to meet a patient who does not want a bright, white smile. Unfortunately, some of us struggle to achieve and maintain luminous teeth. The good news is that we are not powerless in this situation. There are steps that we can take to protect our smiles and minimize the potential for dental discoloration.

In order to keep your smile bright and white, you want to do everything can to protect your dental enamel. Dental enamel is the outermost layer of your tooth, and when it starts to weaken, you are more prone to suffering from dental discoloration.

Here are some things that you can do day to day to safeguard your smile:

1. Follow a thorough dental hygiene routine

Don’t skip on brushing and flossing—clearing plaque from your teeth is crucial to avoiding dental stains. Remember to complete a professional cleaning at least twice a year, or as recommended by your dentist.

2. Do not let staining substances sit on your smile after you eat or drink

The longer that foods and drinks can sit on your teeth, the more discoloring effect they can have. Rinse your teeth with water after eating or drinking, or even try brushing your teeth in the middle of the day!

3. Be mindful of how long you are eating and drinking

If you are sipping or snacking on staining things throughout the day, this may actually cause more discoloration than if you consumed these substances in one sitting. Take a look at your snacking habits to determine how you can improve your current daily routine.

No matter what the current state of your smile, our Abbotsford teeth whitening dentist office is here to help you achieve your ideal smile. Give us a call to get started right away!

Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist Reviews Causes of Enamel Discoloration

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 |

Hardly a day goes by in our Abbotsford cosmetic dentist office without multiple patients mentioning that they want to whiten their smiles. Dental staining and discoloration are such common aesthetic problems for adults—but why?

In today’s short article, our dentist is explaining some of the most prevalent causes of dental discoloration. Once you understand why these issues pop up, you will be able to look out for these causes in your daily life and routine.

The layer of your tooth that looks white and bright is called the dental enamel. This is the outermost layer of your tooth (there are two layers beneath it—the dentin and dental core). Dental enamel is pretty tough—which is why you can eat, drink, and speak without pain. However, dental enamel is not totally impervious to foreign matter.

Consequently, dental enamel does accumulate stains from external substances over time. You probably consume at least some of these substances regularly: cola, coffee, tea, red wine, chocolate, red sauces, berries, and more. These foods and drinks deposit color on to the dental enamel, and the color is then absorbed into the tooth. The number one external substance responsible for staining is tobacco.

External staining is a big problem for many patients, but it isn’t the only cause of tooth discoloration. Your teeth may also start to look dark becomes your enamel is thinning. Thin enamel allows the dark dentin to show through the surface of the tooth. A certain amount of enamel discoloration is simply a natural byproduct of aging.

The best thing that you can do for your smile is to avoid staining substances and protect your dental enamel as much as possible. Care for your teeth exactly as your dentist recommends, and you can maintain a bright smile for years!

Our Abbotsford cosmetic dentist office is here to help you in any way we can—just give us a call for more information.

Abbotsford Veneer Dentist Answers Common Questions About Porcelain Veneers

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 |

Veneers are becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry option among patients of many ages. However, many people don’t fully understand how dental veneer treatment works. That is why our Abbotsford veneers dentist office has compiled this list of questions and answers regarding cosmetic dental veneers. Peruse this list and gather some more information about innovative dental veneers.

Q: Are veneers like dental crowns?

A: Veneers are a little bit like dental crowns in that they are restorations that are placed over your teeth. Veneers, however, are extremely thin—think about the width of a contact—and they are meant as a cosmetic option to cover your visible dental enamel. Additionally, crowns can potentially be made of many different materials, while veneers are made of porcelain.

Q: How big are dental veneers?

A: As we have already discussed, veneers are about as thick as a contact lens. The height and horizontal length of your veneer will depend on the size of your natural tooth, as well as the visual effect you are trying to produce. If you want to close gaps between teeth, for example, our dental team will make your veneer slightly wider than your natural tooth, so as to fill in the empty space.

Q: How long do veneers stay on the teeth?

A: Once your veneers are attached, they are considered permanent dental restorations. This means that you will not be able to take your veneers in and out of your mouth. Like all dental restorations, veneers may wear out over time—with proper care they can last for decades before needing to be replaced.

If you have any other questions about dental veneers, our Abbotsford veneer dentist is here to answer them for you. You can always reach our office by phone or through the inquiry form on our website.