Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

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Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

Making decisions about your smile can be confusing. Should you have a tooth pulled or get a root canal? Should you get adult braces or stick with a retainer? Should you use at-home whitening remedies or have your teeth professionally whitened? If questions like these are keeping you up at night, you've come to the right place. I used to stress out over routine dental procedures, and as a result, I did loads of research on everything dental-related. To help others, I'm using this blog as a place to collect, review and share what I've learned through the years. I hope you can use the information here to help you plan and prepare for your next dental appointment.

Identifying the Telltale Signs: When to Seek Dental Attention

A healthy smile is a powerful asset, contributing to overall well-being and confidence. However, certain signs might indicate the need for professional dental attention. Recognising these symptoms and seeking timely intervention can prevent complications and ensure optimal oral health. Persistent Toothache: A Warning Signal One of the most common signs warranting a visit to the dentist is persistent toothache. This discomfort might indicate a variety of issues, from cavities to gum disease. Read More 

4 Reasons to See Your Dentist Before Using Whitening Strips

There are plenty of options available for people who want to brighten their teeth, including whitening strips. These can be picked up without a prescription and applied at home in order to whiten your teeth. However, it's still worth seeing your dentist before using whitening strips, and here are just four reasons why. 1. Remove Surface Stains and Tartar The whitening agents used in whitening strips can provide good results, but they need to be able to reach the surface of the teeth themselves. Read More 

How To Tell If You’ve Bruised Your Tooth (And What You Should Do About It)

After an accident that included impact trauma to the jaw, you should always have your teeth checked out by your dentist. It's easy to dismiss an accident like this if there's no obvious damage to your teeth, but sometimes that damage doesn't show up until later—when a tooth rapidly changes colour. Different Colours A bruised tooth can be several different colours—which may change as the bruising progresses. Bruising can start as a pink hue, become red and progress to a blue, which then becomes darker. Read More 

4 Reasons to Choose Self-Ligating Braces Over Invisalign

Traditional metal braces used to be the only option for people who needed to have their teeth realigned, but that's no longer the case. Several further options now exist, including self-ligating braces and Invisalign. Both options tend to be prized for their added discretion compared to traditional braces. Self-ligating braces use smaller brackets that can even be clear to make them virtually invisible, and their built-in mechanism eliminates the need for elastic supports. Read More 

What to Expect During a Dental Exam

Are you aware of the services your dentist provides during an exam? If you're planning on visiting the dentist soon, it's important to know what your dentist will be doing and why so that you can prepare for the appointment. This blog post will detail five common things that your dentist will do during a dental exam.  Examining Teeth and Gums Lastly, your dentist will examine both your gums and teeth for signs of decay or infection, such as cavities, chipped teeth, receding gums, etc. Read More