A patient may experience different emotions when being told by a dentist that they need orthodontic treatment. For too many decades people have associated, "orthodontic treatment" as having to spend years with extremely uncomfortable, difficult-to-manage pieces of metal in your mouth.
But no more! There's a new style of orthodontic treatment in Brockville called Invisalign. While it's not for everyone, in many cases Invisalign can bring all the benefits of traditional braces, but with almost none of the discomfort, embarrassment, or changes in lifestyle.
Could Invisalign be for you? Our dentists are certified to confirm that Invisalign is right for you. Here are some things you should know.
Answering Six Common Questions about Invisalign
- How does Invisalign work?
Rather than traditional cemented on metal braces, Invisalign uses a series of custom-molded clear plastic retainers which are worn 22+ hours out of the day. Each retainer shifts the teeth just a little bit over the course of a few weeks so, and then you get a new retainer which shifts them a little more. Bit by bit, your teeth are re-aligned.
- Can Invisalign be used in all cases instead of braces?
Generally speaking, Invisalign is best for those with mild-to-moderate orthodontic problems. However, the technology is advancing every year and is increasingly able to handle even severe orthodontic needs.
- Is Invisalign also available for adults?
Absolutely! In fact, it's an extremely popular orthodontic treatment in Brockville among adults specifically because the clear retainer is nearly invisible and doesn't bring the same social stigma as metal braces. Your friends/coworkers might not even know you're wearing it.
- Does Invisalign hurt?
There is some discomfort involved in any corrective orthodontic process. However, Invisalign is far less uncomfortable than braces.
- Do I need to change my diet with Invisalign?
No! Since Invisalign is a retainer, you simply take it off while eating, brushing your teeth, or doing similar activities. There's virtually no change in your lifestyle.
- How long does Invisalign take to work?
This is highly variable, depending on both the patient's personal needs as well as how diligent they are about wearing their retainers. Six months to two years is common.
Find Out If Invisalign Is Right for You
Root canal treatment is a common topic of discussion for Brockville patients. But it’s important that, if you’re about to go through the process, you learn more on what the treatment involves from a local specialist. Our team has decades of experience in the oral health marketplace, and in this latest post we’ll explain what you need to know before undergoing root canal treatment in Brockville.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
The root canal is the hollow part of the tooth that contains the nerve tissue, the blood vessels, and other cells, and is also known as the pulp. The goal of root canal therapy is to remove infection from inside the tooth and to protect the tooth from future infections.
What are the Steps Involved?
The first step within the root canal treatment process is cleaning the area, and removing all elements inside the root canal. Then, the dentist fills the root canal with a rubber-like material. Because the root canal within the tooth is now dead, the patient will no longer feel any nerve pain associated with the area. The infection has been eliminated and the tooth can function as normal without pain. After the treatment, the dentist will usually add a crown or filling to help protect the tooth against damage. Because the tooth is no longer receiving nourishment, it can become brittle. Covering with a crown or filling helps support the tooth and protect against damage.
Is it Painful?
This is one of the most common questions we receive from patients visiting our facility. While the infection within the tooth can be painful, the actual treatment will involve very little pain. The patient may experience some discomfort, but their pain is usually alleviated completely during the treatment process. After treatment, patients are usually prescribed pain relievers until their tenderness and any swelling is eliminated.
It’s important to work with trusted Brockville root canal treatment at Boardwalk Dental when completing your upcoming treatment. Our team has decades of experience in the oral health industry and we’re equipped to guide all patients through their root canal. We focus on comfortable treatments customized for the individual patient. To discover more on your treatment options, give our office a call today.
With lots of family get togethers around the corner, Fall is often a time of year that people invest in making themselves look and feel wonderful. While you're getting ready for Thanksgiving and the Fall season, consider these four steps to get a beautiful smile and take advantage of the cosmetic dentistry in Brockville at Boardwalk Dental Care.
1. Consider Whitening, Veneers, or Inlays
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry in Brockville, knowing your options can save you time, money, and headache. For example, for a sparkling white smile you could have whitening treatments either in-office or at home. Using whitening products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash can also help remove stains.
When whitening treatments alone are not enough to restore the beauty of your smile, there are other options, including:
- Veneers - A thin porcelain shell bonded to the surface of the teeth that creates a beautiful white and symmetrical smile.
- Inlays - A type of filling that also provides an attractive appearance, while stabilizing the tooth.
2. Invest in Your Smile with Crowns or Bridges
When dental problems leave you with broken or missing teeth, you can still obtain that beautiful smile you've always wanted. Crowns work to protect broken or damaged teeth, while providing stability. Bridges, as their name implies, fill in the spaces left behind by missing teeth.
3. Get Your Dental Check-Up
A dental check-up does more than find potential cavities and is important for your overall health. At your check-up, your dentist will also check for other potential dental problems, such as warning signs of oral cancer, heart diseases, and diabetes. While making your check-up appointment, consider scheduling your teeth cleaning procedure as well. Doing so can save you time and help streamline the process for a beautiful smile. This is also a great time to talk about your options for cosmetic dentistry in Brockville.
4. Daily Care Goes a Long Way
To ensure a beautiful smile, make a habit of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, if not after every meal. You should also floss your teeth nightly. Doing so will help ensure a long lasting beautiful smile.
With diligence, and cosmetic dentistry in Brockville, you can have a show-stopping smile. To learn more, or to request an appointment, please contact Boardwalk Dental Care today!
Dental health can affect nearly every aspect of your daily life, from the way you socialize and preform your job, to the foods you eat. Regular preventive care will drastically improve the look, feel, and function of your smile. For best results, follow your Brockville dentist's suggested preventive care schedule.
Do It Daily
We cannot stress it enough; daily maintenance is vital to the long-lasting health of your smile and beyond. Spending a few minutes a couple times a day can save you a lifetime of pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. For the best results, you should:
- Thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Floss Nightly
- Mouthwash *depending on personal needs. A healthy, well-cared for mouth doesn't need mouthwash. *
The best thing you can do to ensure the ongoing health of your teeth, besides brushing and flossing daily, is getting your regularly scheduled dental check-ups. Those with little risk of cavities, oral cancer, and other dental disease should get their dental check-ups annually.
Even if you have perfect oral hygiene, you should not skip your annual dental check-up. Not only will your dental team check for cavities and gum disease, but your check-up includes oral cancer screenings and could help diagnose other health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes.
As with dental check-ups, the better you care for your teeth, the less you have to come in to your Brockville dentists for teeth cleaning. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be able to come in every six months for a good deep cleaning. However, if you suffer from dental problems, you should get your teeth cleaned more regularly as per your dentist's recommendations.
Everyone's teeth are different and your lifestyle will dictate when you should have your teeth whitened. For example, if you have optimal oral health and avoid foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, you may never need professional whitening. On average, however, you can expect to need treatments about every six months or so.
A beautiful smile is the end goal of all orthodontic treatment in Brockville; however, improving the appearance of your smile is just one reason to invest in orthodontics. We’ve provided an overview and list four non-cosmetic ways in which orthodontics is important.
In the past, orthodontic treatment could involve sometimes painful, inconvenient, and unsightly metal and bracket braces that were bonded to the surface of the teeth and attached by wires, which would progressively move teeth into a healthier alignment. Advances in dental technologies, procedures, and products have transformed the industry. Today, more convenient, and less painful clear aligners are used in place of the old-fashioned braces.
Decrease Risks of Tooth Decay and Cavities
Crooked teeth and misaligned bites are notoriously more difficult to properly clean. Even regular brushing and flossing can leave behind tartar, leading to decay and cavities. Orthodontic treatment, however, helps reduce these risks by allowing for easier cleaning by removing crowded areas where tartar can hide.
Less Likely to Develop Gum Disease
Misaligned teeth, besides trapping tartar, can create tiny gaps between the teeth and the gum tissue, allowing the tartar build up to thrive underneath the gum line. Over time, this can potentially lead to gum disease, tooth lose, and more. Once orthodontic treatment is complete, these tiny gaps will have the chance to close, reducing your risks of gum disease later in the life.
Prevents Excessive Wear and Jaw-Joint Problems
Over time, teeth naturally wear down, however, in well aligned mouths, this doesn't cause any problems. When there is a drastic misalignment, either with the teeth or the bite, teeth are more likely to experience excessive wear. This can create weak spots on the teeth that are more susceptible to damage and decay. Orthodontics can correct this problem so teeth wear down regularly.
Boardwalk Dental Care Treatment
Typically speaking, orthodontic treatment in Brockville normally happens between the ages of 12 and 18. However, more adults are opting for orthodontics now that clear aligning trays are readily available. Older adults are also not the only ones who can benefit outside of the traditional age bracket. Children as young as 8 can benefit when they have drastic misalignment problems such as a major overbite or underbite.
Dr. Danielle Culp
Boardwalk Dental Care is proud to announce that Dr. Danielle Culp has joined the practice on a full-time basis.
Danielle is a native of Brockville and attended Commonwealth Public School and Grenville Christian College. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Cup is a graduate of the Doctor of Dental Medicine program, class of 2012, at Boston University.
As a Brokvillian, Dani was very active in many local sports groups including the Brockville Figure Skating Club and the Brockville Yacht Club where she spent every summer as a sailing student and instructor. In her spare time, Danielle loves all sports and spends much of her time traveling. She is renovating her new home and looks forward to spending time on the beautiful St. lawrence River.
We are all very happy to have a new generation of dentists working with us at Boardwalk Dental Care.
Here at Boardwalk Dental Care, we take great pride in being able to offer our patients the latest treatment options, procedures, and technologies. The Trios is the latest in intraoral imaging technology that will allow us to further expand our services and treatment options, while reducing patient discomfort.
Introducing the Trios
Trios is a digital scanner that allows us to take multiple high definition photos of teeth. The software incorporates these photos to produce a virtual 3D image.
What That Means for You, the Patient
Here at Boardwalk Dental Care, we work hard to ensure our patients have the best experience possible. Between offering a comprehensive list of services, and the addition of the Trios scanner, we are able to improve our services and boost patient satisfaction. The Trios will allow us to gather important information regarding your dental needs, and develop more accurate information to share with our dental lab.
The 3D images produced through the Trios will help us provide better fitting dental apparatuses such as dentures, bridges, crowns and orthodontics. As well as spot potential issues, sooner.
The Future of Your Dental Care
The Trios provides us the opportunity to greatly expand our services now and in the future, so we can grow with our patients and meet further dental needs.
For more information regarding the Trios, or to request an appointment with one of our highly experienced dental professionals, please contact the team at Boardwalk Dental Care today! Since 1994, we have proudly provided expert cutting-edge dental care to Brockville and surrounding areas.
The Aquatarium is open and Boardwalk Dental Care is very happy to welcome them to the neighbourhood.
The City of Brockville has supplied suggestions for parking relief. Visitors to our building will still enjoy the 2 hour free parking on many city streets. These parking spaces are clearly marked, please use them. Two parking spaces for patients with disabilities can be found in front of our office. There are 45 new spots located inside the Aquatarium on the north side of the building which can be accessed by taking the ramp off of Flint Street. There are 5 outdoor spots located on the west side of the Aquatarium and Tall Ships Landing on Apple Street and approximately 60 parking stalls are available on the far west side of the Aquatarium and Tall Ships Landing at the far south end of Apple Street (where the yellow sales office was). A new lot will be created in the spring of 2017 adding over 45 new spots. We wish to make your trip to Boardwalk Dental Care as easy as possible.
If you have any questions please feel free to talk to us.
October 2015 | It is with mixed emotion that we inform you that our wonderful shuttle driver, Bob, will soon be retiring.
August 2015 | It's hard to believe we will be celebrating our 10th Annual Charity Day on September 25th.
July 2015 | Boardwalk Dental Care would like to introduce you to the new Trios Dental Intraoral Scanner.
We had a patient in this week who was celebrating their birthday! Of course, the Boardwalk Dental Team knew it was a "special" birthday for him and decided to celebrate - we think he looked pretty "COOL"!
Thanks for sharing your day with us Terry!
HAVING A DENTAL CHECKUP IS
MORE THAN JUST CHECKING FOR CAVITIES
Boardwalk Dental Care is excited to share that we now offer enhanced oral assessments with VELscope® Technology.
The VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System centers on a handheld scope that is used by dentists to help visualize oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer and pre-cancer. While it must be used together with and as a supplement to the traditional intra and extraoral head and neck exams, unlike others it does not require any dyes or prolonged testing procedures. In fact, a VELscope® Vx exam can be performed in the dentist's office in about two minutes during a routine hygiene exam.
So how does it work? The VELscrope Vx emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue. The device is so sensitive to abnormal tissue changes that the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissue of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissue is noticed as it tends to fluoresce in distinct patterns that can be visibly disrupted by any trauma or diseases, including fungal, viral or bacterial infections. Dentists are also embracing the use of this device to help visualize abnormal oral tissue such as potential cancerous or pre-cancerous tissues that are not apparent or sometimes not even visible with the naked eye alone.
New research confirms that the risk factors for oral cancer have been expanded to include the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16), in addition to tobacco use, frequent and/or excessive alcohol consumption, a compromised immune system, and past history of cancer. This changing demographic presents an unprecedented call to action for oral cancer awareness and regular screenings.
Because VELscope is now a part of the Boardwalk Dental Care enhanced oral assessments, exams are now more thorough and any suspicious areas can be quickly investigated for confirmation of oral disease. Its use in everyday practice can provide timely information to dentists and hygienists to enable earlier visualization of abnormal tissues and provide better outcomes for patients. Be sure to call Boardwalk Dental to book an enhanced oral assessment today!
For more information, please visit www.velscope.com
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