Are you dealing with crooked, misaligned, or gapped teeth? Are you interested in a treatment option that isn’t your idea of traditional braces? Invisalign may be the right choice for you! Invisalign discreetly straightens your teeth and can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, and Dr. Azza Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Centre in Ajax, ON, Canada, can help you determine if Invisalign is the best form of orthodontic treatment for you!
Is Invisalign Right for You?
If you’ve struggled with a crooked or misaligned smile, it may be difficult to feel comfortable smiling in front of others and can be difficult to keep clean and free of plaque. Your dentists in Ajax, ON, Canada, can figure out if Invisalign is the best form of treatment for you and your lifestyle. Depending on the condition of your smile, Invisalign can be a quick and easy method to straighten your teeth!
Invisalign consists of a series of clear aligners that are custom-designed to fit your smile and gently push your teeth into the proper positions. You’ll change out your aligners every few weeks and visit your dentist every six weeks for adjustments and to make sure that you’re progressing as planned!
Depending on the severity of your smile, treatment can take anywhere from 9 to 15 months. You’ll wear your aligners for a majority of the day, only taking them out to eat, drink, brush, or floss. You’ll even wear them while sleeping, making straightening your teeth an easy and hassle-free form of treatment!
Contact Your Dentist Today!
Give yourself the smile you deserve today! Contact Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, and Dr. Azza Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Centre in Ajax, ON, Canada, today to find out if Invisalign is the best choice for you! Call to set up an appointment today at (905) 426-8304.
Braces are so common that we often view them as "ho-hum." But there are aspects about braces that make them remarkable. For one, the fact that we can move teeth at all is a wonder of nature.
We normally experience our teeth as firmly set in the jaw, which can easily lead to assuming they're permanently fixed to the bone. They're not. Teeth are actually held in place by a fibrous gum tissue called the periodontal ligament that lies between them and the jawbone. The ligament anchors to both with tiny fibers, which on the tooth side affixes within a thin substance called cementum deposited on the tooth root.
As we said, we don't normally notice teeth moving. But the periodontal ligament does allow movement on a miniscule scale as a response to normal pressures that accompany biting and chewing. Although we're unaware of it, this movement takes place as the bone and cementum ahead of the direction of movement begin to dissolve. Simultaneously, new bone and cementum develops on the other side of the tooth to stabilize the movement.
Orthodontic treatment takes advantage of this natural process. The anchored wires of braces through attached brackets place pressure on the teeth in the intended direction for tooth movement. The natural mechanism described earlier does the rest. Over time, orthodontists have developed an amazing amount of precision working within this mechanism.
Another aspect about braces and other methods we may take for granted is our motive for even trying to move teeth in the first place. It may seem we're only realigning teeth to produce a more attractive smile—which they can do and why we often refer to braces as the "original smile makeover." But there's an even greater desire—straightening teeth can improve dental health.
Poor bites in turn cause other problems. Misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean of bacterial plaque, which increases the risk of disease. A poor bite can also accelerate teeth wear and contribute to gum problems like recession. We can eliminate or minimize these problems through bite correction.
Whatever your age, braces or other means can vastly benefit your health and your appearance. They may not always seem so, but braces are one of the true wonders of dental care.
If you would like more information on bite correction through orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Moving Teeth With Orthodontics.”
A root canal might sound scary, but it’s really not. Here’s what you should know…
Did you decide to get on Google to read stories about root canals and now you’re nervous? The problem with this is that there is a lot of myths and inaccurate information out there and it can often leave people feeling scared about getting otherwise simple dental procedures that they need to preserve and protect their smiles. Our Ajax, Ontario, Canada, dentists Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, Dr. Azza Elhaddad want you to feel confident knowing that there is really nothing to fear when it comes to getting root canal treatment.
Root Canal Treatment Stops Pain Not Causes It
You may be convinced that a root canal is going to be painful, but rest assured that this endodontic therapy is designed to remove the source of your pain (aka, the infected dental pulp). This procedure will actually alleviate your discomfort so you don’t have to deal with that mind-numbing toothache again.
We Numb the Area First
Our Ajax, Ontario, Canada dentists know that patients want to feel as comfortable and at ease in the dental chair as possible, especially when getting root canal treatment. You’ll be happy to hear that before we start the procedure we will thoroughly numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia. Even better news: The outside layers of the tooth do not contain nerves, so you won’t experience pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Root Canals Aren’t Invasive
Most people worry that a root canal is time-consuming and quite invasive, but we’re pleased to report that this procedure is really no more extensive or invasive than getting a tooth filled after a cavity. The procedure does involve us going inside the tooth to remove the pulp and disinfect the pulp chamber, but the whole procedure can be completed in about 1.5-2 hours.
If you have questions about getting root canal treatment or you are dealing with warning signs of an infected dental pulp, our Ajax, Ontario, Canada dental team are here to answer your questions and provide you with the care you deserve. Call Ajax Dental Centre immediately at (905) 426-8304 to talk to Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, Dr. Azza Elhaddad.
So, how's your child's bite? No, not how well they clamp down on things (like fingers—yikes!), but how the teeth on both jaws interact with each other. It's important to know because a bite problem can be a serious health concern.
A poor bite can lead to more than an unattractive smile. Misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean, which can increase the risk of both tooth decay and gum disease. Poor bites also lower the efficiency of chewing and food processing, making it harder for the body to absorb the nutrients it needs for optimum health. And, a poor bite can adversely affect the airway, which could lead to problems with obstructive sleep apnea later in life.
But finding out that your child's bite is going off course is a good thing—provided you discover it in its initial stages of development, that is. Early detection opens the door for interventions that could "right the ship," so to speak. In recognition of National Orthodontic Health Month this October, here are 4 things you can do to make that possible with a developing bite problem.
Get a bite evaluation. Although an abnormal bite develops gradually, it often provides early, subtle signs. An orthodontist or pediatric dentist can often detect these before the bite problem becomes too pronounced. It's a good idea, then, to have your child undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6.
Be alert to abnormalities. You may also be able to pick up some of these signs of abnormal bite development yourself. For example, if all the upper teeth don't slightly overlap the lower, something could be amiss. Likewise, crooked teeth, excessive gaps between teeth, or front teeth jutting too far forward are causes for concern. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, see your dentist as soon as possible.
Seek early treatment. You don't always have to wait until the teen years to start orthodontic treatment. Depending on the type of bite problem, interventional treatments can lessen or even stop poor bite development—in some cases, you may even be able to avoid future treatments like braces. As mentioned before, a bite evaluation around age 6 will facilitate the most treatment options.
Follow through on treatments. Orthodontic treatments are a lot like running a marathon—even after a long race, you're only truly successful if you cross the finish line. With bite correction, that finish line isn't necessarily when the braces come off—treatment continues with retainers to ensure there isn't a reversal of all that's been accomplished.
A bite problem can reverberate throughout a person's lifetime. But it doesn't have to! Being alert to your child's developing bite and taking prompt action can ensure they'll enjoy straighter teeth, more efficient dental function and an attractive smile.
If you would like more information about your child's orthodontic health, please contact us or schedule a consultation.
October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day, putting the spotlight on this degenerative bone condition and the impact it has on millions of people. Not only does it significantly increase the risk of potentially life-threatening fractures, but it can also indirectly affect dental health.
This connection arises from the use of certain treatment drugs that ultimately could lead to complications following some forms of dental work. These particular drugs, mainly bisphosphonates like Fosamax™ and RANKL inhibitors like Prolia™, destroy bone cells called osteoclasts, whose function is to clear away worn out regular bone cells (osteoblasts). With fewer osteoclasts targeting them, more older osteoblast cells survive longer.
In the short-term, a longer life for these older cells helps bones afflicted by osteoporosis to retain volume and density, and are thus less likely to fracture. Long-term, however, the surviving osteoblasts are less elastic and more brittle than newly formed cells.
In the end, these longer living cells could eventually weaken the bone. In rare situations, this can result in parts of the bone actually dying—a condition known as osteonecrosis. The bones of the body with the highest occurrences of osteonecrosis are the femur (the upper leg bone) and, of specific concern to dental care, the jawbone.
The effect of these medications on the jawbone actually has a name—drug-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw (DIONJ). Fortunately, there's only a 1% risk of it occurring if you're taking these drugs to manage osteoporosis. It's also not a concern for routine procedures like cleanings, fillings or crown placements. But DIONJ could lead to complications with more invasive dental work like tooth extraction, implant placement or periodontal surgery.
It's important, then, that your dentist knows if you're being treated for osteoporosis and the specific drugs you're taking. Depending on the medication, they may suggest, in coordination with your physician, that you take a "drug holiday"—go off of the drug for a set period of time—before a scheduled dental procedure to ease the risk and effects of osteonecrosis.
Because infection after dental work is one possible consequence of osteonecrosis, it's important that you practice thorough oral hygiene every day. Your dentist may also prescribe an antiseptic mouth rinse to include with your hygiene, as well as antibiotics.
You may also want to talk to your doctor about alternative treatments for osteoporosis that pose a lower risk for osteonecrosis. These can range from traditional Vitamin D and calcium supplements to emerging treatments that utilize hormones.
Osteoporosis can complicate dental work, but it doesn't have to prevent you from getting the procedures you need. Working with both your dentist and your physician, you can have the procedures you need to maintain your dental health.
If you would like more information about osteoporosis and dental care, please contact us or schedule a consultation.
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