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.

Shape your smile: the pros and cons of gum contouring

Gum contouring is a simple cosmetic procedure in which uneven or excessive gums are reshaped to produce a more attractive smile. The procedure is simple and safe, but is it for you? The procedure Gum contouring, also known as gingival sculpting, is for people who have a "gummy smile" - a gum line that either carries on too far up the teeth or which forms a crooked line across the mouth, spoiling the appearance of the smile. Read More 

What to Do When a Tooth Breaks Off from Your Dentures

Dentures offer a straightforward solution when it comes to replacing missing teeth, but what happens when one of the prosthetic teeth in your set of full or partial dentures breaks off? Though it's not a likely scenario, it could still happen with a combination of usual wear and tear coupled with a flaw in the manufacturing process. A prosthetic tooth could also be knocked out if you were to suffer a blow to the mouth. Read More 

Tips for Finding a Dentist You’ll Wish You Knew About Sooner

Whether you're moving to a new city or your dentist has retired, trying to find a new one doesn't have to feel stressful. From factoring in the logistics of registering with a new dentist to checking out insurance benefits, there are lots of ways to find the perfect dental practitioner for you.  Make sure your new dentist is easy to access If you live in a busy urban area, it might seem as though registering with a dentist five miles away is a good idea. Read More 

What Your Dentist Wants You to Know Before You Try Teeth Whitening

Are you feeling less than happy with the colour of your teeth? As an exceedingly popular procedure in Australia, teeth whitening allows you to remove stains that build over time. Before you try it, though, there are a few things your dentist might want you to know. Staining beneath the surface of your teeth can affect the outcomes Before you proceed with teeth whitening, it's worth knowing more about 'calculus.' Also known as tartar, calculus affects the colour of your teeth. Read More 

Why See an Orthodontist at Your Age?

Many people have their teeth straightened during their teen years, as soon as their mouth and jaw are fully formed. This is obviously not a hard-and-fast rule, which is why adults might also consider seeing an orthodontist, to address their crooked or misaligned teeth. While only you can make the decision about whether or not visiting an orthodontist is the right choice for you, note a few reasons why it can be good to at least consult with an orthodontist, no matter your age! Read More