Interested in perfecting your smile but not sure what options are available for you? Perhaps you’re not a good candidate for braces, or you are just looking to fix the look of one or two teeth, and you want to make sure they match the rest of your smile. Or maybe, age has taken its toll on your teeth and your smile just doesn’t have the same luster it used to.
Is it still possible to get the perfect set of pearly whites you’ve been wanting? The answer is yes! With dental veneers you can completely change the appearance of your teeth and smile.
What are Veneers?
A dental veneer can be considered as a natural-looking cap made of porcelain or resin that is placed over the tooth. The porcelain material makes it easy to match the current texture and shade of your existing teeth with the new veneer. This cap is bonded to the natural tooth to create a permanent seal between them and can also last anywhere between 10 to 20 years.
Are Veneers Right for Me?
Almost anyone has the option of getting veneers! Whether you’re looking to whiten your smile, change the shape for your teeth, correct the alignment of your teeth or cover any chipped or broken teeth, getting dental veneers is for those who are looking to change the overall appearance of their smile.
The health of your teeth and gums matter. Veneers can’t be placed over weakened teeth that are loose, have remaining cavities, or if the surrounding gums are infected with gum disease. People who grind and clench their teeth often should also be wary as these habits may damage the veneers.
Before and After Photos of our Patients with Veneers:
Porcelain Veneers Before & After
Porcelain Veneers Before & After
Resin Veneers Before & After
Pros and Cons of Veneers
The best thing about porcelain veneers is that they not only offer a natural appearance as compared to resin but gum tissue typically responds much better to porcelain in terms of healing and forming around these new teeth!
This material also isn’t as prone to staining as easily as natural teeth, meaning that your teeth will stay white. They are also considered quite durable in comparison to other options such as crowns and don’t require nearly as much reshaping; in essence, veneers are much simpler.
It’s important to remember that getting veneers is a permanent procedure and so you should be absolutely sure of the colour, shape and length before they are bonded onto your teeth. As veneers are also bonded to the enamel of your teeth, some people do report feeling sensitivity from the procedure.
Lastly, don’t forget to brush, floss and rinse! Veneers are still susceptible to build-up and decay so you do have to remember to keep up with your oral care routine everyday.
Let us help you finally get back that confident feeling a healthy white smile gives off. At Dental Health Clinic, we even offer 3rd party financing options so that treatment is affordable. Everyone deserves to feel their best! Contact us today at (416) 742-2300 to reserve your free consultation.
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Are you experiencing bleeding gums after brushing your teeth? It may seem harmless and common, but these irritating instances can be a symptom of more sinister underlying causes: gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
The good news is, these symptoms are treatable and even reversible, if caught early! However, in order to treat bleeding gums, it is important to understand the reason this happens and how it is a symptom of gum disease.
Why Are my Gums Bleeding?
Bleeding gums and inflammation act as your body’s first line of defense against bacteria and gingivitis! What occurs over time is the initial build-up of food particles and bacteria which form into plaque. This can be removed with brushing and flossing, butit consistently returns as we eat and therefore, it is important that you are vigilant with your everyday oral care routine.
The hardening of plaque then leads to the formation of tartar and this cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. As the build-up worsens, the pockets underneath the gum line deepen and this is where bacteria continue to attack not only your gums, but also the bone which supports your teeth! This is also where gingivitis leads to periodontitis; the side effects of which include, gum recession, bone loss and eventually, loose teeth.
There are other causes which are less common but do include: bleeding gums as a side effect of certain medications, vitamin deficiencies and even pregnancy.
Side Effects of Bleeding Gums
Don’t ignore your body’s warning signs! Healthy gums are pale pink in colour and are snug and firm around your teeth. Anything else could mean an indication of developing gum disease, including:
Puffy or swollen gums
Gums that are tender to touch
Purplish or bright red gums
Receding gum line
New spaces occurring between the teeth
Pus formation between the gums and teeth
What Can I do to Soothe Bleeding Gums?
Bleeding gums are a sign of damage being done to your gums over time. As such, there isn’t a quick fix to this issue; treating this symptom takes patience and perseverance in terms of visiting your dental hygienist and keeping up with a daily oral care routine.
Home Remedies for Temporary Relief
These treatments can be done at home, but it is very important to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. They will be able to determine the cause and guide you with the next steps to avoid future complications.
Salt Water Rinse
In the meantime, you can encourage your gums to start to heal themselves by adding salt water rinses along with gently brushing your teeth, flossing and using mouthwash.
To create the rinse, just add ½ a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Swish the solution around your mouth for about 10 seconds before spitting it out. You can do this twice a day for a week alongside your regular routine. Do not continue this remedy for longer, as extended practice may actually wear away the enamel of your teeth due to the salt content!
Use a soft bristle brush
By using a toothbrush with softer bristles, you can reduce the amount of force being put on your gums while brushing and this can help your gums to heal faster. Remember not to brush with too much pressure and brushing away from the gums can also prevent injury and excessive bleeding.
If you are having trouble getting the bleeding to subside, you can apply gauze to the area to soak up any blood and encourage clotting. Alternatively, you can slightly dampen the gauze with cold water or wrap an ice cube with it before applying the gauze in 10 minute intervals. This will assist with reducing any inflammation as well as pain relief.
Dental Hygiene Appointments
Most importantly, you should visit your local dental clinic in Etobicoke to schedule regular cleanings spaced 3 to 6 months apart. Your dental hygienist will use a series of special tools to remove any and all trapped debris and hardened plaque or tartar deep beneath the gum line.
Several appointments later and you will notice a significant change! Without any more build up present, the gums will start to push back up against your teeth, closing these deep pockets and preventing further complications in the future.
Laser Gum Treatment
For severe cases, you may consider Laser Gum Treatment as an option to go hand-in-hand with your cleaning appointments. During treatment, the dental hygienist will use a small laser to remove the infected tissue surrounding the teeth, exposing the deep pockets of tartar build up on the roots of the tooth. They then remove all traces of tartar and smooth out the area of the tooth to make sure that there are no textured surfaces where bacteria can cling to. Regular follow-up appointments are still necessary to ensure the gums are healing properly.
Interested in laser gum treatment? We’ve been treating periodontitis using laser therapy since 2003 and have been updating our methods with the latest technology ever since—with fantastic results for our patients! Our team at Dental Health Clinic are more than happy to meet with you to discuss your needs and potential treatment options. Call us at (416) 742-2300 to reserve your free consultation!
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If you’ve visited your dentist at least once in the past year, congratulations! You are officially part of the 75% of all Canadians that make this annual visit a priority*. It is easy to think that this one visit is enough to assist in taking care of our teeth; Typically patients schedule this visit as a check-up and cleaning with their dentist and/or dental hygienist. However, the Canadian Dental Association suggests that patients should be doing this every 6 months and dental professionals across the country may recommend visits as frequent as every 3 months!
How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?
With all of this conflicting information, it can be frustrating for patients to try and figure out when exactly they should be heading to their local clinic and how much needs to be budgeted for dental expenses. It’s no secret that dental services can be quite expensive, especially when intensive treatments are necessary.
The truth is, people aren’t perfect! For one reason or another we may forget to practice our oral care routine daily, or we have too many responsibilities to be able to make time to see the dentist within the year. This along with other possible factors may cause the health of our teeth and gums to suffer. Therefore, depending on your situation, your dentist may schedule your next appointment between 3 to 6 months. They may even schedule multiple cleaning appointments weeks apart for more severe cases due to deep pockets of plaque and tartar beneath the gum line!
Why is the Dentist so Expensive?!
The right question may not be why the dentist is expensive but rather, “Why are MY visits so expensive?”
The average cost of a standard cleaning appointment at a dental clinic in Canada will cost anywhere from $150 to $300 depending on which services are included in the appointment. Fillings for cavities are priced according to the amount of decay per tooth and can cost well over hundreds of dollars. Even more complicated procedures such as root canals, tooth extractions, dental implants, etc, can end up costing you thousands!
In a single year, the cost of having 2 to 4 cleaning appointments versus the cost of multiple fillings, a root canal or even an implant and you can see how clear the answer is: healthy teeth and gums cost less to care for! Though extensive treatments may be necessary, they are almost completely avoidable through regular maintenance of your oral health.
What can I do to Reduce Dental Costs?
Maintain a daily oral care regimen that includes brushing, flossing and mouthwash
Schedule any pending treatments as soon as possible to prevent further complications
Apply for dental insurance with your employer, through a private company or through the government
Ask your clinical team to discuss payment options
Apply for financing for more costly procedures
Ultimately, the best way to understand what your needs are and to budget accordingly is to have an accurate and honest discussion with your dentist/hygienist about your current oral care routine. Try to be open to their feedback and suggestions for upkeep or treatment options. At the end of the day, your dentist and hygienists are there to work with you to keep you healthy and prevent future issues, all while keeping your finances in mind.
Haven’t seen the dentist in a long while? It’s better late than never! Our team at Dental Health Clinic are happy to offer free consultations for new patients. Call us at (416) 742-2300 or send us an email at admin @ dentalhealthclinic.ca to reserve an appointment to meet with our specialists.
* According to the Canadian Health Measures Survey conducted by Statistics Canada, published in 2010 by Health Canada.
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When I was 23, my mouth was a mess. The front of my mouth extended forward into a pointy overbite that used to make me prone to spitting while talking. My lower front teeth resembled bowling pins collapsing in on each other and making my overbite seem like an even bigger protrusion.
To make matters worse, food would always get stuck in my mouth when I was eating and cleaning it fully would take hours to floss (which is why I didn’t floss).
For these reasons, I would try not to smile when I was close to people. I would even hide my mouth when I would laugh. I didn’t want the joke to become about me.
These were just a few ways my mess of a mouth would get in the way of my life, but it was getting worse.
My First Dental Visit
I thought my brushing was doing the job fine until I had my first
I thought my brushing was doing the job fine until I had my first dental appointment halfway through Grade 8; which in hindsight, was much too late to be seeing a dentist for the first time. This changed everything.
According to the dentist, I had numerous cavities in the areas of my mouth where my teeth were overlapping. My gums were swollen and would often bleed.
It wasn’t until I hit 23 that I realized the problems I was having were getting much worse and my dentist was right from the beginning. I continued to get cavities, my gums were still bleeding and to make it worse, all the additional brushing I was doing only led to receding gums. Turns out, I was brushing too hard and doing it all wrong. Yes, apparently there’s a proper way to brush your teeth.
The situation was deteriorating, but there could be a long-lasting solution: BRACES! I wasn’t enthusiastic about orthodontic treatment; especially since it wasn’t as “cool” as today. Plus I was in my 20’s and most people get braces as a kid, or so I thought. It was actually the most cost-effective way to combat all my developing symptoms and prevent more from forming, like grinding my teeth. Thankfully, I was able to make small monthly payments to correct this dental issue. Most dentists offer installment plans and I’m glad I capitalized on that!
It wasn’t till I hit 23 that I realized the problems I was having were getting much worse and my dentist was right from the beginning. I continued to get cavities, my gums were still bleeding, and to make it worse, all the additional brushing I was doing only led to receding gums. Turns out I was brushing too hard and doing it all wrong (Yes, apparently there’s a proper way to brush you teeth).
The situation was deteriorating, but there could be a long-lasting solution. BRACES! I wasn’t enthusiastic about orthodontic treatment (especially since it wasn’t as “cool” as today, plus I was in my 20’s, “most people get braces as a kid” or so I thought). It was the most cost-effective way to combat all my developing symptom and prevent more from forming; like grinding my teeth. Thankfully I was able to make small monthly payments to correct this dental issue. Most dentists offer installment plans and I’m glad I capitalized on that!
Having lived with a crooked mess in my mouth for so long, it is both shocking and joyous when your retainer is no longer needed, and your new teeth are better than you ever thought possible. It transformed my face in the best way possible. I would have been satisfied with a simple reduction in my overbite, but everything has changed since I started braces.
Here are the top 5 biggest changes I experienced (and am still experiencing) since completing my orthodontic treatment:
Braces Gave Me a New Smile
Definitely the most noticeable change is my new smile! Remember how I used to press my lips together when I would feel like laughing? Now that’s just a joke. I constantly get compliments on my beautiful smile. The long term benefits completely outweigh the 2 years I spent wearing braces.
Braces Made Me Confident
I always felt like my teeth were always in control of my life. I would spend hours at school or work thinking about how horrible I looked and how I had to make sure that no bits of food were stuck in my teeth after lunch.
My crooked teeth felt like something that was holding me back and that I couldn’t deal with. At least when I was bad at sports or classes I could actually do something about it. When it came to my teeth, I felt like I would never lose that burden.
Now, I can’t believe how much time I wasted on that kind of thinking, however, my mirror and camera have started taking up that time.
Braces Helped Me With Cavities
Remember those 7 cavities that were starting to form? Well those were the only 7 I ever had. Once my teeth started to move (which I didn’t think was going to happen) my oral health started improving drastically within the first few months. I couldn’t believe it.
Over night, food stopped getting stuck between my teeth and it became much easier to brush my teeth.
It turns out when your teeth are properly spaced apart and straight, it’s a whole lot easier to clean them. Since I was continuously brushing my teeth as they moved apart, I was able to remove plaque build-up in the once covered parts on my teeth.
Those cavities never did develop and since I’ve had braces, I still haven’t had a cavity (and hopefully never will).
Braces Helped Me With Long-term Dental Issues
Both my orthodontist and dentist said that because I realigned my teeth, I am at much less risk of tooth decay. Since food bacteria and plaque can no longer hide from my tooth brush or floss, I have prevented much of the wear and tear on my teeth that accompanies eating with crooked teeth.
Braces Promotes Healthier Gums
Within the first few months of my treatment, I have been able to fully floss all my teeth properly. This is something I could never do before. The orthodontist explained that the food particles that were frequently getting trapped in my mouth had been making my gums swell and become tender. My gums would bleed every time I brushed. I thought it was because my teeth were crooked, but that was only part of it.
Food particles were getting lodged in between my gums and teeth and this was leading to bacteria and plaque infecting my gums. If it continued, I would have been experiencing a lot more tenderness and even and possible oral infections like gingivitis or periodontal disease. The risk of having gum disease is pretty close to zero since now I can easily clean my mouth properly and I visit the dentist regularly.
Why Orthodontics? – Braces or Invisalign
I didn’t think my teeth could ever have looked the way they do today. I was in denial, I can’t believe I waited so long to fix my crooked teeth. The lack of confidence to smile, laugh and even eat around others should have been enough to prove to myself that it was time to make a change.
When I found out that I was on the verge of developing numerous short and long term oral issues because of my crooked teeth, it hit me like a brick. Why was I letting my teeth get in the way of my life? Not only socially, but physically as well.
From the start of my orthodontic treatment to its end and into the present, I decided that I am not going to let anything get in my way from living my best life. The long term benefits of braces completely outweigh the 2 years I spent wearing them.
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The world of orthodontics has drastically changed over the past 10 years. Braces used to be larger and included excess parts such as head-gear; uncomfortable causing cuts in the cheeks and gums, and requires more frequent appointments to the orthodontist. Do you remember seeing these types of orthodontic tools in movies? I do. Due to the evolution of technology, orthodontic services have advanced to produce quicker results that are aesthetically pleasing and more convenient to endure.
At the Dental Health Clinic, we have implemented the latest technology for braces.Because we know how important time is for our patients and we want to offer them the best possible service, quality, and results for their investment, their oral health and smile.
Some of the innovative technology that has pushed for more efficient treatment in orthodontics includes: 3D scanners, arch wires, and self-ligating braces. We’ve included all of these in our office for our patients. Let’s look ateach one more closely.
The 3-D Intra-Oral Scanner
The future is literally here. What we used to imagine or see in movies is now a reality. The 3-D scanner allows for orthodontists to view three-dimensional images of the patient’s entire skull, jaw, and oral bone structure. This allows for a more accurate identification of the patients’ symptoms, which allows for a quicker and more effective customized treatment plan. It also gives the orthodontist and the dentist the ability to review and change your treatment plan from the start, so we can save you time and offer the best possible results. Watch this video to see how 3D imaging changed the game for orthodontics.
This is an actual patients mouth and this is the simulation for this patient’s tooth movement. Crazy right?
Not impressed yet?That’s okay, we have another upgrade to the services offered in orthodontics: arch wires (the material that makes up the wire component of braces). This innovative material is activated to apply pressure and take shape to shift teeth by coming into contact with heat from an individual’s mouth. Since these wires have the ability to move teeth, this allows for straightening in less time, which means fewer visits to the orthodontist. Yup, that’s right, you can have the same amount of treatment with fewer visits.
The final huge advancement in orthodontic service is self-ligating braces. These are different from conventional braces because they lack the need for ligatures (you might know them as those colourful elastics). Ligatures are the supportive rubber bands that bind the two major components of braces: the brackets and wires. The need for ligatures is replaced with special clips or brackets. This saves the amount of time spent in each orthodontic appointment. Rather than the orthodontist taking 30 minutes fiddling with elastics during your appointment, We have been able to cut this down to 15 minutes. The task of replacing ligatures in conventional braces is no longer required. Instead, a small adjustment is made to the special clip or brackets, which also reduces the discomfort during the orthodontic appointment.
Braces even look different
In terms of aesthetics, braces have come a long way. There are now several options to gain a less obvious, more aesthetically pleasing look. Metal braces have now advanced to having a smaller bracket size with thinner wires. For a less noticeable look, there are now clear ceramic braces, self-ligating braces in clear options, and Invisalign (Click here to see if Invisalign applies to you).
Since metal braces have smaller brackets and thinner wires, this makes them easier to clean and care for. There are also less restricted food choices as well.
At Dental Health Clinic, we stay on top of the latest trends and technology because we believe innovation means a better quality of life for everyone. With this tech, we can make the most precise predictions about your treatment plan. We want our patients to feel confident in themselves and their dental treatment team. After all, a smile can change everything.
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The choice between Invisalign and traditional braces can be difficult because they are virtually the same. Because there is a lot of information on both types of orthodontic treatments, we have listed the pros and cons of braces vs. Invisalign.
It is important to know that although Invisalign has come a long way in the last 20 years, Invisalign may not be the best solution for all patients. It is essential to have expert advice from your dentist or orthodontist to see what best suits your oral health.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment Braces and Invisalign
Whether you choose to go with braces or Invisalign it is important to note that both products will correct the same issues.
Invisalign and braces will straighten your teeth and help with;
Improving long term health benefits both in your mouth and for your body
Brushing and flossing
Loweringthe risk of developing gum disease
Loweringthe chance of losing teeth as an adult
Speech issues, such as a lisp
Headaches caused by uneven bites
Cross bites, open bites, uneven bites, over bites, under bites, and more
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear, removable plastic aligner that is meant to fit snugly over the teeth that need realignment. The durable aligners are made from molds and scans of your mouth and are designed to gently snap into the proper place.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
1. Invisalign is virtually invisible
Since Invisalign aligners are clear and transparent, it is nearly impossible to tell someone is wearing them. This is why it is so popular with adults. It is beneficial for people who work with clients or colleagues as they won’t be able to see signs of an orthodontic treatment. Teens are also starting to make their way to clear aligners like Invisalign. They are more likely to wear them when they are supposed to.
2. Invisalign may have faster results and treatment times
Invisalign treatment has been documented to straighten teeth up to 50% faster than braces. Because the aligners can move multiple teeth at the same time, treatment times can come down significantly. You can be rotating a tooth 180degrees while shifting it into place with the others.Feel free to watch our videos for tooth movement (click here).
Invisalign treatment is much less intensive on the patient and requires a quick bi-weekly checkup to simply switch your aligners. Getting an aligner fixed in your mouth is quick and painless. The aligner can be pushed snuggly into position, no wires, no elastics.
3. Is Invisalign painful?
While shifting teeth does sound painful, it isn’t. Invisalign is molded to your mouth, making everyday wear easy and comfortable. The movements of Invisalign plastic is gradual and not very intense. As your gums loosen around the tooth the movement becomes quicker, but it is important to see the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
4. Invisalign helps with your oral health
Invisalign can be easily removed and re-inserted by the patient for cleaning and eating. This removable feature makes dental hygiene a much easier task since less food gets stuck in the mouth during eating and brushing and flossing is no longer a problem. It is important to remember that Invisalign, in order for it to work correctly, needs to stay in your mouth for 22 hours of the 24 hour day. This means that once you’ve eaten or brushed your teeth, rinse out your aligners and pop them back into place.
Cons of Invisalign
Sometimes pros can also be cons. Because the aligners are removable, you need to remember to put them back in. Every time you eat or drink anything except plain water, the aligners should be removed.
Cons of Invisalign
Sometimes pros can also be cons. Because the aligners are removable, you need to remember o put them back in. Every time you eat or drink anything except plain water, the aligners should be removed.
What are Braces?
Braces are individual brackets that are bonded to each tooth. These brackets are then pulled or pushed together or apart with the use of wires to achieve the dream smile you always wanted. This is the most powerful of all treatments for moving teeth to the desired position. Many people are pleasantly surprised with the results of braces, and most of them thought their results were never going to be possible. (Read more about patients reaction to braces, click here)
What are the advantages of Braces?
1. Braces suit all treatment types and all ages
No matter how complex your dental issues may be, there is no cause for concern with traditional braces. You may be seeking dental corrections and most patients will also notice positive facial changes, making your face more symmetrical. Braces use lots of force, they are handy for fixing all problems and leave you with a beautiful smile.
2. You can expect perfect results with braces
With more force, braces can move your teeth into the desired position by adjusting those malocclusions cases such as over bites or deep bite. Because braces are for everyone, there are literally hundreds of studies and hundreds of years of combined research for braces and orthodontics. That’s why smiles come out looking perfect.
3. Are braces painful?
No, braces are not painful. Like Invisalign, although tooth movement is taking place, the most you might feel is a slight headache for 1 hour while your teeth adjust to your brackets and movements. Most people don’t even report any signs of pain or headaches.
4. Multiple types of braces
Braces come in different, colors, shapes and sizes. Traditional wires and metal brackets are still around but there are new types for faster treatment option or less visits. If you’re looking for something less visible, ceramic braces are for you! You can enjoy the benefits of braces without the metal look. (To read more about the advancements of braces, click here)
The disadvantages of braces
Some patients may mind the look of the braces, but if that doesn’t bother you, that’s great! The only true disadvantage of braces is that they are not removable, so brushing and flossing can be a little more difficult.
Ok, so which one is better braces or Invisalign?
To be honest, they are both great solutions and both have their pros and cons. However, the pros for both treatment types significantly outweigh the cons on all levels; social, economical, and health benefits. What is important to remember is that whether you choose Invisalign or braces you need to see your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups to avoid other complications that come with oral hygiene.
From Etobicoke to Mississauga and Vaughan, Dental Health Clinic has been helping many patients achieve their dream smile. If you have any questions about Invisalign or braces, please contact the Dental Health Clinic by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone: +1 (416) 742-2300. To schedule your free consultation:Click here.
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Most of us hardly think about how we grind our teeth everyday. Sure, there is the normal things that we expect like eating, but the reality is that many of us over-exert pressure on our pearly whites without even realizing it and without a tasty meal either.
While teeth are designed to withstand the force that comes with chewing foods, they can become damaged when force or pressure is unevenly applied to the tooth’s structure. Many people with crooked teeth often run into this problem later in life as their bite unevenly distributes pressure on the teeth. This can erode and chip tooth structure that meets the other teeth during eating.
Teeth grinding is a root cause of many dental appointments. Officially called Bruxism, it is the compulsion to relive anxiety and stress through teeth grinding. Oftentimes many people with this habit will grind their teeth without even realizing it, and there are many cases of people with bruxism who naturally grind their teeth in their sleep.
Symptoms of Grinding Teeth
You may not notice that the noises coming from your mouth while you grind in your sleep, however, if you suffer from grinding your teeth you may wake up with a sore jar or tight neck. Here are some of the possible symptoms you may have;
Pain and stiffness in the jaw and / or surrounding muscles,
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD)
Disrupted sleep (for you or your partner)
Worn-down teeth, which can lead to tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss
Broken teeth or fillings
Serious Ongoing Issues That May Arise with as a Result of Grinding Your Teeth
Tooth grinding depletes enamel from the surface of the tooth, this makes it easier for bacteria to enter deeper into the tooth, increasing sensitivity and the likelihood of getting a cavity or infection. As more enamel is depleted, the tooth will look more yellow and will be structurally weaker as time passes and will be more prone to breaking or chipping.
What can you do to correct grinding teeth?
Wear a Night Guard
At a dental office, the dentist can quickly make a mold of your mouth that fits comfortably and allows you to breathe easily. This plastic molding, called a night guard will stop your teeth from coming in contact with each other while you sleep and can ease jaw pain as well.
This is a remedial solution but may not help the actual problem which means it won’t stop you from grinding at night, but it will protect your teeth.
Relax & Meditate
Since anxiety is a major force behind grinding, try to unwind or meditate to relieve stress just before bed.
Orthodontics Braces or Invisalign
Orthodontic treatment can help with your teeth grinding issues. Invisalign or braces can help adjust your bite, align teeth, and alleviate uneven pressure. Both Invisalign and braces can correct TMJ issues which might be causing you to grind your teeth in the first place.
Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine
If you notice that you are grinding your teeth after your morning coffee, it may be time to reduce your caffeine intake or even call it quits on the substance. Caffeine and alcohol affect your nervous system and may cause you to grind your teeth more often. So skip that glass of wine in the evening.
Mandibular Advancement Devices
Often referred to as MADs, these devices were designed to help people who snore sleep quietly by extending their lower jaw during sleep. Studies have shown that highly effective outcomes in the reduction of sleep Bruxism have been reported by people using MADs.
If you have been experiencing any tenderness in your jaw joints, facial muscles, or a roughness on the tops of your teeth you may be grinding your teeth excessively. Ask your dentist if your mouth is showing signs of teeth grinding.
Most people don’t realize how hard we can bite down and rub our teeth together. Maintaining tooth enamel is key to optimum oral health, taking care to prevent teeth grinding is just as important as brushing everyday and seeing your dentist regularly.
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