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Frequently asked questions

Questions or concerns?

To help you make the best possible decisions, we will try to answer all your questions. 

Here is a list of questions that come up most often.

Can’t find your question? Call us at 514-273-3818 or send us an email. We will answer you as soon as we possibly can.


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What is cosmetic dentistry?

Answer

Sometimes called cosmetic dentistry, aesthetic dentistry includes dental treatments that aim to improve the beauty of your smile. Everyone knows that a more seductive smile can bring about more successful personal and professional relationships, in addition to boosting self-esteem. Aesthetic dentistry includes all sorts of techniques and allows, for example, to modify tooth or gum contours, improve smiles, etc., as well as to porcelain veneers on a certain number of teeth.

 

In reality, aesthetic dentistry is an artistic practice that takes years of training, education, and experience to master. Its goal is to improve your appearance thanks to a personalized smile design and the restoration of teeth that are in bad shape. To obtain superb results, advanced scientific techniques must be used, as well as high-performance technological materials and equipment.

 

Since the patient’s comfort is our central concern during aesthetic dental treatments, our team does all it can to make your Spa dentaire Laurier visit a positive experience. We offer a massage service, soft mood music and a few spa-style extras that you won’t expect, but above all, we offer human warmth.

 

Here are some of the more common aesthetic treatments that we execute daily in our clinic. Click on them to find out more!

 

 

A radiant smile allows you to embrace a whole new lifestyle and take a bite out of life without hesitation!


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Should I worry about X-ray radiation?

Answer

Are you concerned about dental X-ray radiation? We are too! This why we think it is important that you know how things unfold at our clinic. At Spa dentaire Laurier, we use digital radiography to reduce your exposure to X-rays to a strict minimum.

Naturally, we must avoid all exposure to X-rays, dentist visits included. In excessive doses, they can cause serious damage. Dental X-rays are still associated with an increased cancer risk, more specifically meningioma, a type of non-cancerous brain tumour. Here are bits of useful information:

  • The quasi-totality of people suffering from a tumour exacerbated by dental X-rays received huge doses administered by machines that are now completely obsolete. Our clinic has been using (for many years now) digital X-rays, which radiate 75% less radiation than traditional X-ray systems. Thanks to digital X-rays and to the improvement of radiographic film speed, the level of exposure of our patients to X-rays is much lower than it was before.
  • The low risk associated with digital X-rays is compensated by its undeniable advantages. A number of oral diseases can be screened, while visual and physical exams do not allow it. These X-rays provide important diagnostic data concerning a patient’s oral health, such as early tooth decay, gum disease, infections, and even certain types of tumours.
  • The frequency of needed dental X-rays depends on your oral health, your age, your risk of disease and signs and symptoms of the dental disease that you suffer from.
  • It is important to note that you are subjected to a certain amount of radiation within the context of your normal daily activities, by going outside and being exposed to sunlight.

Did you know that a few minutes outside exposes you to the equivalent radiation of three digital X-rays? Also, each time you travel by plane from one ocean to another, you are exposed to the equivalent of eight teeth X-rays?

Radiation is inevitable, but not necessarily harmful. In fact, according to certain articles published by radiologists, low doses of radiation contribute to efficiently reduce the risk of certain types of cancer!

There is no doubt that regular tooth radiography is worth it. Don’t hesitate to talk to us about your concerns regarding X-rays and dental treatments.


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Concerned about dental sterilization and infection control?

Answer

Comfort comes in many forms. Our sanitary standards guarantee a worry-free environment for you.

Sterilization of the premises and of instruments as well as the prevention of cross-diseases should concern every dental clinic. One of the main sources of contamination is water. Our autonomous filtered water supply system produces 99.9% pure water, and this is the water we use in all treatments.

All instruments connected to the water system that come into contact with patients are heat-sterilized by autoclaving after their use, Articles that are not heat-sterilized are thrown out and new articles are used for each patient.

Spa dentaire Laurier strictly respects or surpasses the safety and sterilization standards recommended by the Ordre des dentistes du Québec. We constantly update our infection prevention techniques to ensure your security and peace of mind. Here are some of the techniques that we presently use:

  • During each exam and treatment, we wear gloves, masks, and protective glasses.
  • We sterilize all instruments used orally in an autoclave or an ultrasound cleaner to eliminate germs.
  • We clean and sanitize each room after each patient visit to eliminate bacteria.
  • We systematically use a sterilization surveillance system to ensure the equipment’s efficiency.
  • We use safe techniques to prevent cross-contamination and eliminate all products that cannot be sterilized.
  • We sterilize all manual instruments.
  • We use filtered water to supply our dental instruments and water/air syringes.

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How much do cosmetic dental treatments cost?

Answer

This is a general question, and the answer can vary as much as asking, “how much does a car cost?” The price varies depending on the quality, design, and fabrication of the final product, but also on the quantity of care and of follow-ups before and after the treatment. Although cost is an important factor, it shouldn’t be the only thing that determines your choice of provider and cosmetic dentistry treatment. If you had to choose a brain surgeon or even a quality restaurant or hotel, you probably wouldn’t only consider the price.

First of all, ask yourself this:

  • What is my smile worth to me?
  • In what ways can a wonderful smile change my life?

As in all fields, the price you are willing to pay depends on the value you attach to the article you are purchasing. No two patients are alike. At our clinic, cosmetic dentistry and functional dentistry are adapted to the needs of each patient. The cost of our cosmetic treatments can vary from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Why? Because cosmetic dentistry can vary from basic procedures, such as teeth whitening, to a complete dental reconstruction. There exists no single systematic approach in cosmetic dentistry. We estimate that each patient should benefit from a combination of treatments adapted to his needs and that ensures a beautiful, personalized smile.

Cost Factors

The factors that influence our fees include the cost of ultramodern materials, dental technologies, our commitment to continuous training, and our dentist’s and dental personnel’s skills. These are some of the elements that have contributed to Spa dentaire Laurier’s evolution.

The best way to calculate the cost of your smile design is to schedule a preliminary appointment for a complete exam, which will include a computerized smile simulation and smile analysis. During this visit, we can discuss your concerns as well as the smile you wish to obtain. We will also provide you with an overview of the means that will allow you to reach the dental goals that are important to you. After the exam, we will be able to discuss specific solutions in terms of treatment as well as the cost of each solution. We will also discuss our interest-free financing plans with eligible patients. This may very well help you make your new smile more affordable than ever!


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Are the treatments painful?

Answer

Dental pain is one of our main concerns. Today, thanks to the progress accomplished in the medical materials and drug fields, the treatments are a lot more comfortable, according to our own patients. Once a treatment plan has been decided upon, don’t worry: we will be able to answer all your questions related to discomfort and pain control.

Don’t put off your cosmetic dentistry treatments till later because you fear pain, especially if this care is necessary to the longevity of your teeth. Give us a chance to show you what today’s cosmetic dentistry can offer you!

At Spa dentaire Laurier, our absolute priority is you, the patient. We sleep better at night if you do too! We use all sorts of different techniques to help you relax and even to find your stay with us relaxing. We adapt our solutions to your specific needs and sedation preferences.

Call us and ask to speak to one of our treatment consultants: they will gladly address all your concerns.

Lots of people wait until their teeth cause them pain before addressing the issue. This must be avoided at all cost, not only to conserve optimal health, but also for your wallet!


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How long will my treatments take?

Answer

It’s difficult for us to give you a precise calendar before we meet, since each case is unique. However, on average, an in-clinic tooth whitening procedure takes about an hour and a half. The installation of composite and/or porcelain veneers can be done in a single visit.

Other times, as is the case with bridges, smile designs, and complete dental reconstructions, we will need to install temporary restorations on the very first visit.

When our lab completes the fabrication of your porcelains, we will install your crowns, veneers or permanent bridges.


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How do I get rid of spaces between my teeth?

Answer

Spaces between teeth, which dentists call diastema, can be unaesthetic and can make teeth look like tiny stakes. Certain TV personalities, such as David Letterman or Madonna, have decided to celebrate this particularity, while others look for solutions to fill in the gaps. When the diastema is located between the two front teeth, the smile’s appearance can be considerably compromised. The spaces may be the result of genetics or may be caused by tongue pressure, which may cause gaps between teeth.

Diastema can be treated by a qualified cosmetic dentist using different procedures. The treatment can be done using traditional orthodontics or with the help of the Invisalign procedure. We may also consider the installation of porcelain or composite veneers.


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How can I solve my twisted or pivoted teeth problems?

Answer

Twisted or pivoted teeth are one of the commonest cosmetic concerns. Twisted teeth can bring about inadequate contact with adjacent teeth and trap food between teeth, which may damage gums. This can also promote dental cavities and other related problems. On the cosmetic side, the smile may be unequal, and even create the illusion that certain teeth are darker than others.

Traditionally, the only solution for straightening teeth and adjusting the occlusion was orthodontics, specifically by the use of metal braces. However, the field of orthodontics has much evolved and procedures such as Invisalign were crafted and have considerably widened the field of possible solutions.

Thanks to complete dental reconstruction, smile design and the One-Day Smile procedure, a skilled cosmetic dentist can use porcelain restorations to carry out “instant orthodontics” by installing porcelain or composite veneers.


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Do you have solutions for stained or discoloured teeth?

Answer

A radiant white smile is often associated with an attractive general appearance. Unfortunately, a brilliant smile can be hard to maintain. There are many reasons why teeth get stained or discoloured. Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, or soda, are more likely to stain teeth. Certain types of medications may also stain teeth. For example, the antibiotic tetracycline was widely used to treat certain illnesses. One of the major side effects of this drug was an accentuated discolouration of teeth. The stains caused by tetracycline are grey or dark brown and are impossible to eliminate without professional help. Smokers teeth almost always have a greyish tint. Medications, lifestyle habits, trauma, and diet are a few of the factors that may affect the teeth’s colour.

The recommended solutions depend on the colouration’s intensity. These vary from good dental health habits to composite or porcelain veneers, to whitening toothpastes or a professional teeth whitening treatment.


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How do you repair chipped or broken teeth?

Answer

A tooth may be chipped or broken by biting into hard foods, accidentally hitting a hard surface, or following a sporting or car accident, or from any other type of trauma. Certain fractures are visible, while others are not as evident and can only be detected by a qualified professional with the help of X-rays and other diagnostic tests.

Depending on the gravity of the fissure, the restoration will either be in the form of a white filling, a porcelain veneer or a one-visit crown. If the nerve is affected, other types of care may be required. More serious fractures can require root canal work or even an extraction of the tooth and its replacement by a dental implant or a porcelain bridge.


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Can you replace missing teeth?

Answer

Teeth may be missing from your mouth for a variety of reasons. This may be due to trauma or an accident, periodontal disease or cavities that have caused irremediable tooth destruction. In turn, this can bring about more cavities, TMJ problems, and cosmetic woes.

Cosmetic dentistry offers all sorts of solutions for replacing missing teeth, for example, dental implants, porcelain bridges and dental prostheses. These solutions can be used alone or combined with other treatments to satisfy your global cosmetic needs and re-establish tooth functionality. It is important to get the advice of a highly qualified cosmetic dentist concerning the solutions better tailored to your needs.


Question

Are there any advantages to replacing my old grey or mercury fillings with white fillings?

Answer

Grey fillings or “amalgams” were the restoration method of choice for many years because of their low cost, ease of installation, and relative durability and solidity. On the other hand, in the last few years, their use has progressively gone down for many reasons, namely because of persistent concerns regarding their eventual harmful effects on health and the development of new cosmetic solutions.

Amalgams contain mercury. However, scientists have been unable to unequivocally declare the toxicity of grey fillings. On the other hand, it is undeniable that the use of mercury by dentists can have a detrimental effect on the environment.

From a strictly cosmetic point of view, it’s certain that the metallic colour cannot be confused with the teeth’s natural colour. This is particularly concerning when the front teeth are involved.

Amalgams have paradoxical properties: grey fillings can last a long time, they can weaken the dental structure over time since they corrode and the internal pressure exerted in the tooth ends up fracturing it.

The replacement of old and deficient grey fillings can take different forms depending on the level of restoration to execute: this can range from white fillings to porcelain veneers and to porcelain crowns.


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Is there a solution to teeth grinding?

Answer

Bruxism is the technical term for teeth clenching or grinding. This habit wears teeth and can cause facial pain. Persons who suffer from this involuntarily clench their jaw too hard and too often, at inappropriate moments, like in their sleep or while concentrating.

People affected by bruxism are often diagnosed too late to save their teeth. Many people aren’t even aware that they have adopted this habit. Others mistakenly believe that their teeth must touch once in a while. Approximately one in four people suffer from bruxism.

Bruxism can directly or indirectly cause a variety of problems with unsightly effects, such as tooth pain, moving teeth, the destruction of parts of teeth, etc. It may also bring about tooth hypersensitivity and headaches.

Treatment of bruxism depends on its causes, and your dentist can help determine what solutions are best for you. When stress is a factor, one must first learn to relax. People who have trouble managing stress may have to seek advice from expert resources, and the dentist may prescribe muscle relaxants to relax the jaw muscles. We may also prescribe a dental Night Gard to wear. This will prevent damage to your teeth while you sleep. To relieve muscular pain and help the patient regain a smile, dental treatments may be necessary.


Question

How can I solve my tooth decay problems?

Answer

Tooth decay is an illness: bacteria destroy the tooth’s structure. Enamel and dentine progressively deteriorate, thus producing dental cavities or holes in the teeth. If untreated, this illness can cause pain, tooth loss or infection.

Depending on the severity and location of the affected areas, different dental treatments allow teeth to be re-established in their form, their function, and aesthetic ideals, namely white fillings, composite veneers, porcelain veneers, and porcelain crowns.

Other measures can be useful, for example better eating habits and the application of fluoride lacquer by a professional. This is why numerous dental health organizations from around the world recommend preventive measures and prophylactics such as regular dental and oral hygiene and a change in diet in order to prevent tooth decay.


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How can I get rid of my periodontitis?

Answer

Gum disease is characterized by swelling or redness of the gums (soft tissue) around your teeth. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a colourless film that sticks to your teeth. These bacteria secrete toxins that irritate the gums.

If you do not eliminate plaque from your teeth with regular brushing and flossing, and you have certain genetic predispositions, it can accumulate over time and not only infect your gums, but the bone that supports your teeth. If this illness is not treated by a dentist, you even risk losing your teeth as a result of your body’s reaction to the bacterial infection.

Periodontitis also risks dramatically transforming the appearance of your smile. As it wears the bone around your teeth, it can expose the yellowish roots and leave holes between your teeth at the gum level, giving them an unsightly appearance.

To find out if you have a gum illness, your dentist and hygienist must inspect your teeth and gums. Since gum disease can be more easily controlled in its early stages, it is important that you consult your dentist or hygienist if you notice one of the following signs:

  • Bleeding, redness, inflammation or sensitive gums.
  • Gum retraction from certain teeth.
  • If the position in which your jaws meet has changed.
  • The appearance of pus between teeth or gums.
  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.

What the experts say:

Current research reveals alarming information on the effects of periodontitis on your global health. Numerous studies, many published by l’Ordre des Dentistes du Québec and the Journal of Periodontology, confirm that people suffering from periodontitis are exposed to other serious illnesses. The reason for this is that infected gums produce bad bacteria in your bloodstream, and these bacteria can then spread to other organs in your body.

Periodontal bacteria can contribute to the following problems:

  • Diabetes.
  • Heart trouble.
  • Heart attack.
  • Pulmonary infections and respiratory illness.
  • Premature babies having low birth weight.

Factors that increase the risk of contracting this illness:

  • Family history (genetic factors).
  • Insufficient dental hygiene.
  • Transmission by a family member.
  • Smoking.
  • Teeth clenching or grinding.
  • Stress.
  • Diabetes.
  • Bad eating habits.
  • Other systemic illnesses.

This illness can affect your health in many ways, and this is why it is very important to diagnose it and treat it as soon as possible.

Patients suffering from periodontitis need more than two regular cleanings per year. Periodontitis may be treated during a gum laser therapy session and by appropriate personal care at home. In its advanced stages, periodontitis cannot be cured completely, but can be controlled and limited it thanks to good maintenance. Once the bone that surrounds teeth starts to get damaged, periodontitis may only be limited and not eliminated.

Treatment for periodontitis is very important to prevent additional bone loss, which may lead to full-blown tooth loss.


Question

What can I do against bad breath?

Answer

The source of bad breath is generally located in the mouth, where bacteria decompose food fragments. This process causes what we call volatile sulfur compounds, which emit a rotten egg odour. The bacteria at the origin of this process need a low-oxygen environment. Thus they usually occupy hard to access spaces, such as pockets around teeth and fissures on the tongue.

If you have bad breath, it would be useful for you to get a complete dental exam, and a detailed gum exam. The habit of keeping your mouth as clean as possible will contribute to reducing the bacteria that can cause bad breath: brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing or interdental brushing are minimal considerations in this case. It would also be a good idea to clean your tongue with your toothbrush or with a tongue scraper to eliminate the bacteria that settle in the fissures on your tongue. You can also use mouthwash and brush your teeth with baking soda.


Question

I have a “gummy smile” that I dislike. What can I do about it?

Answer

In a smile, we usually see the upper eight to ten teeth and not much of the gums above them. However, certain physiological and pathological conditions can overexpose the gums.

In certain cases, the excessive exposure of the gums makes teeth appear shorter and gives the appearance of a gingival smile. Just like your nail cuticles, gums can cover your dental structure, leaving your teeth with a shorter and square appearance instead of their natural shape. For others, it is excess bone that causes the “gummy smile”.

A cosmetic dentist with an artistic sense and adequately shaped may offer solutions to this.

For example, a gum graft, also called gingival re-contouring, can constitute an immediate solution. Dr Comeau uses a laser to remove excess gum to give teeth their ideal shape and to create a more uniform gum contour. This is generally a short procedure that causes only minimal discomfort.

When the gingival smile exposes multiple cosmetic flaws, the white fillings, the composite veneers, the porcelain veneers, or the porcelain crowns can help. Of all the problems a cosmetic dentist is called upon to solve, this type of smile design is more complex since all of the tiny imperfections become very apparent.


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How do I get rid of my tooth pain?

Answer

Tooth pain can take the form of throbbing sensations, dull pain, or intense and regular twinging in or around a tooth. The pain can vary in its intensity and go from mild discomfort to unsupportable sensation.

The source of this pain may be, for example, a nerve irritation in the tooth’s root, a dental cavity, an infection of the dental pulp or a root fracture. It may also be due to infection of the gums and bone, or inflammation around the wisdom teeth.

There exist natural home remedies to treat pain, but it is essential that you consult a dentist for evaluating and treating the source of the pain. When left untreated, the cavities may continue to progress and effect a progressively larger zone. Dental infections can also become more serious, to the point of necessitating additional treatments, while the gums may become very swollen and painful.


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I have sensitive teeth. What should I do?

Answer

This sensitivity corresponds to a tingling sensation or a shot of pain in one or more teeth. The sensation may be constant or intermittent. Intermittent sensitivity may be due to hot or cold drinks or food, cold exterior air, or contact with an object.

Possible causes of dental sensitivity:

  • The tooth’s root nerve is affected for different reasons to be determined.
  • Gingival recession.
  • Acidic liquids (like soft drinks) that cause enamel wear and dentine exposure.
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth (in these cases, all the teeth become sensitive).
  • Overly vigorous teeth brushing.
  • Gum illnesses (periodontitis).
  • Chipped or fractured teeth.

Furthermore, aging causes enamel discolouration (external surface of the tooth), which exposes dentine (initial internal surface of the tooth) and causes sensitivity.


Question

Do you practise general dentistry or only cosmetic dentistry?

Answer

We mainly concentrate on cosmetic dental procedures such as the installation of porcelain veneers, one-visit crowns, and porcelain bridges, as well as teeth whitening. Of course, we also offer general dentistry services (cleaning, fillings, etc.), but the difference is that we take into account the final result and our concern remains to make you appear in your best light.


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I would like to improve my smile, but I’m afraid to visit the dentist. Can you help me feel better?

Answer

Approximately 5 to 10 percent of Quebec adults suffer from a dental phobia, which means that their fear is so intense that they avoid dental care at all costs. Many of them only visit the dentist when there is an emergency, such as if they suffer from tooth pain or a dental abscess. These people go through “avoidance cycles” (enduring the pain for a while, postponing a dental appointment, etc.) until the urgency level becomes such that an invasive treatment must be performed, which in itself risks reinforcing the feeling of fear.

If the atmosphere at the dental clinic is relaxed, these patients can progressively surmount their fear. Their discomfort can be considerably reduced thanks to support and massage therapy during the dental treatment. In more serious cases, we use a type of sedation to appease the patient.


Question

Will my dental insurance cover cosmetic dental care?

Answer

As is the case with plastic surgery, insurance does not usually cover purely cosmetic treatments. However, treatments needed for repairing damaged or deteriorating teeth, or for replacing faulty restorations may be covered.


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What are the different types of dental crowns?

Answer

There exist many types of dental crowns. Here are the ones DComeau uses:

  • Ceramic or CEREC restorations: they have the particularity of being made next to the dentist’s chair and not in a lab. The advantage: one single appointment and one single anesthesia injection. This is the only definitive dental crown that does not need to be preceded by a temporary crown. The material most often used to make the One-visit crown is IPS e.max.
  • IPS e.max porcelain crowns (lithium disilicate): entirely made of porcelain and very resistant. This crown is used in 95% of cases because it is solid, biocompatible, and can be fabricated and installed in one single visit. It has been available for about fifteen years, but has been recognized as a durable solution by scientists for the last five years.
  • Metal-ceramic dental crowns: it is the most common dental crown in dentistry and it has proven its worth. Before the IPS e.max was available and tested, the metal-ceramic crown was used in a quasi-systematic manner. It can still be useful in certain precise cases, as in the fabrication of dental bridges. Its particularity is that the ceramic is consolidated by a fine layer of metal. Since it is thick, the real tooth must be shaped a bit more. This crown also has a rather opaque aspect and may create a metallic grey colour halo around the gum.
  • Zirconium dental crowns: this crown is characteristically similar to the metal-ceramic crown. It gives the tooth its natural appearance. It usually serves to fabricate a long bridge of many teeth (more than three).
  • Gold dental crowns: this type of crown still holds the longevity record, but Montreal patients seldom request it, preferring crowns that look like real teeth. It remains an excellent solution, because it is very durable and very resilient. Gold crowns are generally used on the back teeth, where teeth must be protected from grinding.

Crowns on dental implants: these are crowns that sit on dental root replacements (implants) rather than on teeth.


Question

Are orthodontics possible on adults?

Answer

Adults believe that orthodontics only apply to adolescents. But make no mistake, orthodontics has no age!

In adulthood, orthodontics allows for the realignment of teeth. This being the case, it is even possible to eliminate a chewing problem that causes pain.

If you are an adult, you must meet certain conditions in order to receive orthodontic treatments: you must have healthy or restored teeth, gums that are in good shape, and rigorous oral hygiene discipline.

It may be that orthodontics will not rectify all your teeth if they are very worn or if an illness of the jaw causes some difficulties such as headaches. We must sometimes call upon other disciplines in order to optimize results. The situation must first be evaluated by an orthodontist.


Question

To whom does Invisalign technology apply?

Answer

The Invisalign method can apply to different types of patients:

  • Braces dishearten you and this is why you have never consulted an orthodontist to straighten your teeth.
  • Your teeth are starting to lose their alignment.
  • You are an adolescent and do not want braces, but you are ready to commit to wear your devices in a disciplined fashion.
  • Your dentist suggests that you get your teeth straightened (or properly aligned) to correct a chewing problem before replacing missing teeth or before perfecting their form and colour with veneers, for example.

A careful exam done during the course of an initial consultation will allow us to determine if the Invisalign method is applicable to your situation. Patients who have trouble cleaning their teeth are particularly appreciative of this method. Those wishing for an invisible orthodontic treatment also appreciate this technique.


Question

What does the Invisalign treatment consist of?

Answer

The Invisalign treatment consists in wearing shells, or trays, which are transparent envelopes that cover all the teeth. In fact, it is these shells that constitute the orthodontic straightening device called Invisalign.

Here are the treatment steps:

  1. The specialist analyzes the situation and makes imprints.
  2. You are given a series of transparent shells that are adapted and comfortable. The number of shells varies according to the amount of straightening your teeth need.
  3. You must wear each tray, day and night, for 14 days, except during meals, before passing on to the next shell. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled every 8 to 10 weeks to make sure the treatment is evolving in the right
  4. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of each case. On average, the treatment lasts a year, but can vary between six months and two years.
  5. Once the teeth have been straightened into their proper axis, we move on to the retention phase, less demanding, but just as important. During the treatment, the ligaments that surround your teeth have been strained and must be gently released. We will create retention shells that are more rigid than the first ones so they last longer. You will wear these only at night, for life.

Question

Is it really necessary to see the dentist every six months?

Answer

In fact, six months constitutes an average. Certain patients should go every three months while others only once a year. It is best to follow the advice of your dentist. 


Question

Is an electric toothbrush more effective than standard toothbrush?

Answer

It depends on who it’s for… A conventional toothbrush can do the trick as long as you have the right technique, but many people prefer the electric toothbrush. It all comes down to personal preference.


Question

Are whitening toothpastes and chewing gums really effective?

Answer

Yes, but nothing compares to a professional whitening. It is especially efficient for removing stains. We must also warn people with thinned gums: the acidity level of these toothpastes may also make the gum recede.

Here’s one of my secrets: the best way to remove stains and even to lightly whiten your teeth at home is to mix baking soda – oh yes the white stuff that removes odours from refrigerators! – with hydrogen peroxide, which you can buy over the counter at the pharmacy. Super efficient!


Question

Do whitening products destroy tooth enamel?

Answer

No, not at all. These products destroy the proteins that colour the tooth and not the structure of the tooth itself. Teeth may be more sensitive in the short term, but will become less sensitive as time goes on.


Question

Can soft drinks cause tooth erosion?

Answer

Given the hyperacidity of soft drinks and their elevated sugar level, they can, in the case of excessive consumption, cause the demineralization of your teeth and thus, dental erosion. Moderate consumption will not generally cause any such problems. We recommend that you discuss this with your dentist.


Question

Is it true that non-extracted wisdom teeth risk decaying?

Answer

There are certain cases where wisdom teeth must be extracted because their condition and the risk of degradation compromise the patient’s health. The best advice to follow is that of your dentist.


Question

During the extraction of wisdom teeth, can the nerve be affected and can this cause partial paralysis of part of the face?

Answer

Yes, but this is extremely rare. After a complete exam, we sometimes decide not to intervene if the risk seems too elevated.


Question

Can an untreated cavity cause sinusitis or an infection of the heart?

Answer

Maybe sinusitis, but the cavity would have to be very deep. However, recent studies show that people with gum disease are more exposed to the risk of cardiovascular disease.


Question

Can too much brushing cause dental problems or cavities?

Answer

No, no and no! On the other hand, brushing the wrong way may prematurely wear teeth and gums. If you still have doubts about how to correctly brush your teeth, ask your hygienist. It is always good to be reminded.