10 Health Benefits to Straight Teeth

1. Straight teeth and gums are healthier

Crowded teeth or widely spaced teeth may lead to swollen, red gums. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defence against potential periodontal problems.

2. Straight teeth are easier to clean

Straight teeth are easier to clean. Food particles get trapped and hide more easily in the crevices created by unevenly spaced teeth, making brushing and flossing more difficult. Patients with crooked teeth are more prone to tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease.

3. Straight teeth prevent abnormal tooth wear

Crowded bottom teeth often cause one or more teeth to jut out, which rub against the upper teeth. Over time, this leads to an inefficient chewing function and can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel.

Broken-Front-Tooth4. Straight teeth decrease your risk of tooth injury

Crowded, protruding upper teeth are more likely to be broken in the event of an accident.

beauty-1721069_12805. Straight teeth Improve self-esteem and happiness

An important component of your overall health is your mental health. Numerous studies have shown that having a better looking smile increases the amount you smile, which in turn leads to various health benefits, including lower stress and improved cognition.

6. Straight teeth improve overall health

Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile—say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the Canadian Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.

7.  Clear Speech

Crooked teeth are often the culprit behind many speech impediments, which can sometimes impact school performance and a person’s confidence.

9e9eae_6a55e17373cd42439dca1107d062f282~mv2_d_2197_1463_s_28.  Less Headaches

The uneven wear caused by crooked teeth will impact your jaw, and that uneven pressure on your jaw causes chronic pressure.

9.  Smaller Dental Care Bill

Straight teeth cause less problems, making your dental care for a straight smile more cost-effective. Not only do you have less cavities and periodontal disease, but should a cavity appear on a tooth, it is easier to fix and therefore lasts longer.

10. Better Eating

Crooked Teeth compromise your ability to chew, sometimes leading to digestive problems.

 

Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST), what is it exactly?

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What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)?

The Pinhole Surgical Techniqueis a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is scalpel and suture free.

All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole Surgical Techniquewere created by Dr. John Chao.

What is gum recession?

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.

 

Should gum recession be taken seriously?

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.

How does the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) differ from traditional gum grafting?

Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed.

Traditional grafting treatment is effective. However, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.

 

How is Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) performed?

During the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.

There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.

 

What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)?

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique are many:

• Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
• Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
• No need for uncomfortable sutures
• No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
• No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results

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What is a Cerec, or one appointment crown?

It’s called a Cerec. It’s the next technology. You come in with a broken tooth, you leave with a crown. One appointment!

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

CEREC is an internationally-renowned dental technology developed in GermanyUsing CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing), this process allows dentists to construct, produce, and insert individual ceramic restorations chairside in a single appointment, rather than over multiple appointments with lab side working between.

CERECThe process begins with a digital impression of your tooth. The digital model of your restoration is validated and adjusted by the dentist and sent to our milling station where it is sculpted from a ceramic block. Finally, the restoration is placed in your mouth and you leave the clinic with a smile.

 

 

 

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Patient benefits from CEREC technology:

  • Getting a permanent dental restoration only takes one visit – saving you time.
  • The impression of the damaged tooth is done digitally. This method is faster and you avoid having the unpleasant paste that is traditionally used for teeth impressions.
  • Only one local anaesthetic is necessary.
  • No need for a temporary restoration while waiting for the permanent one from the laboratory.
  • The materials used are recognized for their high quality and durability.
  • The cost is similar to traditional restorations milled in a laboratory.

 

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Invisalign Provider Laval

Did you know that Dr Raluca Bota and Dr Savana Maia from DentisteALaval.com are Invisalign providers in Laval? Treatments typically last 24 months plus or minus 6 months.

Benefit from the comfort of Invisalign treatment, and the advantage of financing your treatment. At our clinic, you can finance Invisalign 100%. There is no downpayment!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Invisalign straightens your teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. They gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference to your daily life.

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ACTUAL RESULTS!

When considering Invisalign or braces, before and after pictures can be an important part of the decision-making process. If you’re curious about how effectively Invisalign can treat your case, take a look at a few success stories of previous Invisalign patients. Each of these individuals had their own unique orthodontic and dental issues that were successfully treated with Invisalign.

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LIVING WITH INVISALIGN

One of the best things about the clear aligners is the minimal impact it has on your everyday life. Since the aligners are so comfortable, you should be able to wear them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day without much effort. Here are some comments from patients going through treatment:

“I’M USUALLY PRESSED FOR TIME IN THE MORNINGS, AND I APPRECIATE HOW THE TREATMENT DOESN’T SLOW ME DOWN. I JUST POP OUT THE ALIGNERS, BRUSH MY TEETH AND POP ‘EM BACK IN.”

Amy—Irvine, CA

“I LOVE HOW I CAN PRETTY MUCH EAT WHATEVER I WANT AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHETHER IT’S GOING TO DAMAGE ANYTHING DURING MY TREATMENT.”

Carl—Fort Worth, TX

“SOCCER IS MY LIFE, WHICH MEANS THERE’S A LOT OF CONTACT. WEARING BRACES WOULD DEFINITELY MAKE ME A LITTLE HESITANT TO GO ALL OUT”

Teri—Boston, MA

The Invisalign process

You may be somewhat familiar with how the Invisalign treatment works, but we’d like to take you through each step of the treatment process, from consultation to confident smile. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or someone else, knowing more about the entire process can help you be more confident in your decision to choose Invisalign and enjoy a better smile every day.

TALK TO AN INVISALIGN PROVIDER

Your treatment begins after you select the experienced Invisalign-trained Provider that you feel most comfortable with and schedule your initial consultation. Because you will be interacting with this doctor on a regular basis, you may even want to personally meet with a few providers before deciding which one is right for you. This is an important medical and financial decision. That’s why choosing the right doctor and the right treatment plan is so essential. Keep in mind that not all dentists and orthodontists work with Invisalign, so it’s important to find a doctor who has received the proper Invisalign training and can truly evaluate your needs and determine how Invisalign can help you.

During the consultation, you and your doctor will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. Your doctor will determine if Invisalign is right for you.  This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign, costs, dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns. See which doctors in your area are Invisalign Providers.

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A CUSTOMIZED TREATMENT PLAN IS CREATED FOR YOU

Your doctor will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. Using the same technology your doctor will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.  While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens the length of treatments is comparable to that of braces.

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RECEIVE YOUR CUSTOM ALIGNERS BASED ON YOUR PERSONALIZED TREATMENT PLAN

Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

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WEAR A NEW ALIGNER EVERY TWO WEEKS

Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.

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REVEAL YOUR NEW SMILE & KEEP IT LOOKING GREAT

Congratulations! This is the time when you celebrate. You have reached the end of treatment and you will be smiling more than ever.

 

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My oral health reflects my general health

Did you know that your mouth serves as a mirror of your overall health, in a way? It can both reflect and affect your general health.

Diabetes

Many studies have shown a link between gum disease and uncontrolled diabetes. People with uncontrolled diabetes are apparently more susceptible to gum disease, which in turn may aggravate their diabetes. Proper control of diabetes improves the prognosis for treatment of gum disease among diabetics.

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Respiratory disorders

Bacteria on teeth can be inhaled and reach the lungs, where they can provoke an infection or exacerbate any existing lung disorder.

Cardiovascular diseases

Research suggests that there is a link between gum disease and heart disease and strokes. Patients with one or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease would be wise to be screened annually for periodontal disease.

Premature or underweight births

Mothers with gum disease are one to seven times more likely to have premature or underweight babies.

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Brushing your baby’s teeth

Should I brush my baby’s gums?

Brushing for very young children

You should start cleaning your child’s mouth as early as possible after birth. It is important to get him or her used to the process, while keeping his or her mouth as clean as possible.

How to brush the baby’s teeth

To start, clean your child’s gums with a clean damp cloth wrapped around your finger. This removes food debris while massaging the gums.

Dental plaque can stick to the surfaces of teeth as soon as they appear, so it is important to start cleaning them right away with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Later, you will need to floss between teeth that touch.

Sweets: some recommendations

Whenever children eat or drink sweet food or beverages, particles stick to their teeth. If they aren’t removed by brushing and flossing, bacteria in the mouth transform the sugars in the particles into acids. These acids attack the tooth enamel and over time create a cavity.

  • It is best to eat sweets after a meal. There is more saliva at that point, which helps to eliminate the excess sugar and neutralize some of the acids that attack the teeth.
  • Ask your children to brush their teeth right after eating sweets, if possible. Otherwise, give them a glass of water, as that will help to dilute some of the sugars and acids.
  • Avoid soft, sticky candies that get stuck between the teeth.
  • Remind your children to brush their teeth and floss before bedtime.

Bottles

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Prolonged contact between milk or sweet liquids and children’s teeth can lead to cavities, so it is never a good idea to let children sleep or fall asleep with a bottle, unless it contains only water. It is also strongly recommended that children be weaned from the bottle once they reach about 12 months, and instead drink from a glass. This prevents the continuous and prolonged contact between liquids and teeth that can cause cavities.

 

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What is sleep bruxism?

Teeth grinding is the gnashing or grinding of the teeth when not chewing or swallowing, as the teeth naturally touch then. Although it may occur both day and night, such grinding normally occurs during sleep. It is also referred to as sleep bruxism.

 

Teeth grinding has many consequences:

  • premature wear of teeth
  • broken fillings, crowns and dentures
  • headaches
  • orofacial and jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) pain upon waking
  • disruption of family sleep by the strident noise induced by tooth grinding

The exact causes of sleep bruxism are not known. However, daytime anxiety and stress could be triggers. During sleep, fast breathing and heart activity associated with systems that maintain regular sleep may also trigger sleep bruxism.

 

Sleep Bruxism in figures

  • Sleep bruxism is reported by 8% of the adult population and close to 14% of children have been reported to grind their teeth a few times per week.
  • Sleep bruxism declines with age. In teenagers the prevalence is 12%, declining to 3% in people age 60 or over.

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The diagnosis of teeth grinding is based on:

  • a history of hearing tooth grinding by another person
  • the presence of tooth wear/damage
  • increased jaw muscle size
  • orofacial pain and/or headaches upon awakening

Some cases require an evaluation by a sleep specialist if there is severe pain, teeth chattering or difficulty breathing at night.

Treatment

Sleep bruxism can be treated through relaxation therapy, physiotherapy and wearing an oral splint to prevent tooth damage. An oral splint is a custom-made acrylic device made from a tooth imprint, covering the chewing surface of the teeth. It is worn during the day or at night and prevents contact between the upper and lower teeth.

Enlightened advice

If you suffer from teeth grinding:

  • avoid smoking in the evening
  • avoid excess alcohol consumption
  • avoid sleeping on your back
  • avoid noise in the bedroom

Some over-the-counter or prescription medication can be taken at bedtime to reduce muscle pain and increase relaxation during periods of intense sleep bruxism.

Doctor, why do I have bad breath?

Bad breath, or halitosis, can cause personal and social discomfort.

bad-breathIn most cases it is a temporary condition. Morning breath is a perfect example. It is caused by decreased saliva flow during sleep, combined with reduced movement of the tongue and cheeks. A wholesome, well-balanced breakfast and brushing your teeth and tongue is enough to restore fresh breath.

Bad breath results from the action of bacteria that causes the protein in food particles and other matter to decompose. This process generates foul-smelling gases that mingle with your breath.

The main causes of bad breath are: 

  • gum disease and inflammation
  • poor oral hygiene
  • cavities and faulty restorations
  • food particles left between the teeth
  • infections
  • mouth breathing, which dries out the mucosa
  • smoking
  • decreased saliva flow
  • accumulation of bacteria and food debris on the tongue

Most cases of bad breath can be treated by improving oral hygiene. Proper brushing technique, combined with the use of dental floss and a tongue scraper, generally helps to eliminate the problem.

IF bad breath continues despite good oral hygiene and there is no sign of infection, the following causes should be considered: 

  • tobacco and alcohol
  • foods such as garlic and onions
  • certain medications or supplements

The following illnesses can
also cause bad breath:

  • diabetes
  • kidney or liver problems
  • some respiratory diseases or infections of the lungs, sinuses, larynx or nose
  • gastro-intestinal disturbances, such as acid reflux

In these cases, the patient is referred to a specialist for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Some tips for keeping your breath fresh

Just maintain good oral hygiene practices:

  • brush your teeth and tongue
  • floss daily
  • stop smoking

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Enlightened advice

Is mouthwash a solution? 

Although an antimicrobial mouthwash can help to reduce the quantity of bacteria in your mouth, simply using mouthwash by itself is never as effective as mouthwash plus brushing and flossing.

In fact, mouthwash containing alcohol can even dry out your oral mucosa, which can cause bad breath!

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