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.

The Urge to Dine on Invisalign: The Effects of Chewing and Grinding on Your Invisalign Trays

While wearing your invisalign aligners, you may at times feel the urge to chew them or even grind your teeth whilst wearing them. This happens because you simply aren't used to having something so bulky in your mouth and so it is only natural that you might sometimes find yourself fidgeting with your teeth. However, while for most people, this is just a temporary stage, others might actually develop a habit of chewing or grinding their teeth whilst wearing their Invisalign aligners. Read More 

4 Problems That Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Cause

Wisdom teeth are an evolutionary throwback and, while they grow through in many people without issues, they can cause various problems for others that might warrant their removal. Of these problems, one of the most common is impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there isn't enough room in the jaw for them to grow as they should. This leads to them causing problems for neighbouring teeth, irritating the gums, or not coming through properly. Read More 

4 Situations Which Demand the Use of Dental Crowns Instead of Veneers

Dental crowns and veneers can both be used to protect the surfaces of a tooth and disguise any signs of damage or discoloration. That said, each one brings its unique benefits and drawbacks. In spite of this, many people are more attracted to veneers since they are often less costly and require less enamel to be removed from a tooth. While veneers do have their place, and are a fantastic option in many cases, there are several situations in which they just cannot take the place of a crown. Read More 

Does Smoking Really Hurt Your Oral Health?

If you are a tobacco smoker, you have probably read warning messages in cigarette packs that say 'smoking kills' or 'smoking is harmful to your health'. It is widely known that smoking is associated with fatal diseases like lung cancer and asthma. But did you know that your teeth and your oral health in general are also in danger? Damage to the teeth may not be a life-threatening condition or disease, but it will surely make your life uncomfortable. Read More 

Three Things Your Dentist Wishes You Did (And One They Wish You Didn’t)

According to the Huffington Post, only 1 in 10 people brush their teeth properly—and the Oral Health Foundation says that one in three people have never flossed. If you're looking to take better care of your teeth, it's worth asking yourself one simple question: what would my dentist want me to start or stop doing? #1: Visit the dentist as often as they recommend. The data suggests that almost half of all Australians aren't attending their annual dental checkups. Read More