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Cosmetic Dentistry

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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

  • We recommend all patients learn what's best for them through a consultation prior to undergoing any complex changes with their mouth.  This page will provide you with guidance and things to think about. Learn more at Your Oral Health.

I want to RESTORE my smile.

  • There are many services that can help restore your smile.  From Bonding to creating Dental Crowns (Caps) or replacing a missing tooth with a bridge.


Bonding 


Bonding can improve the look of teeth that are decayed, chipped or fractured.  Bonding also helps with improving discoloured teeth or to reduce the spacing between teeth.  When bonding the dentist will mix a composite resin into a paste form, add tint to match the colour of your teeth to ready the application. Throughout the application, multiple layers are added to improve the look of each tooth. The next step is to harden the resin under the laser or ultraviolet light. It's now ready for polishing and your new look will be a natural match to your previously damaged smile. 
Bonding can also be used to firm up older teeth and make them appear younger. It is a very flexible option for cosmetic changes.

Caps and Crowns


A crown or cap is a cover that fits over a tooth that has been damaged by decay, broken, badly stained or misshapen. It is prepared by the dentist and usually requires more than one visit to complete.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges are often used when you have a missing tooth. A bridge is a procedure that affixes a missing tooth in between two more stable teeth. This cosmetic procedure can take a little longer to perform.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening has soared in popularity recently. As dentists seek to compete with off the shelf products, this cosmetic procedure can also be performed by your dentist.  If you come to Byronwood Dental, we will actually take the time to consult on this procedure to let you know what we can do.  Some teeth actually have a yellow tone and results can vary with each individual.  At the same time, we can discuss the value of off the shelf teeth whitening and what is offered by your dentist.


Dental Veneers

Veneers are strong, thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth. They are used to repair chipped, decayed or stained teeth and may help in closing gaps between teeth. 

 
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Dental Crowns

 

What is a crown?

A crown is a cover or a cap that your dentist will put on a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its standard size, shape and function. The purpose of this procedure is to make the tooth stronger and improve its aesthetics, thus restoring the tooth and protecting it from further damage.

Who needs a crown? 

We will recommend a crown if you:

- have a cavity that is too large for a filling

- have a missing tooth and need a bridge 

- need to cover a dental implant

- have a tooth that is cracked, worn down, or otherwise weakened

- have had a root canal treatment 

- want to cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth


How is a crown done?

  1. Your doctor gives you a local anesthetic.

  2. To make room for the crown, he files down the tooth that needs restoration.

  3. Your dentist will take an impression of the filed-down tooth and nearby teeth. This procedure will determine the shape of your permanent crown and using restorative material (the material used for fillings), we will build it. The final crown will be the right shape for your mouth.

  4. Until your final crown is ready, your dentist places a temporary crown over the tooth that needs the restoration. This temporary cap will protect your tooth until the final crown is ready. A temporary crown may not have the same shape and colour as a final crown.

  5. On your next visit, the dental doctor takes off the temporary crown and puts on the final one. We make sure the crown is the right fit, shape, colour and bite. If it is, your dentist cements it into place.


Different types of crowns

Crowns are made from various types of materials. Depending on which tooth needs a crown, Your dentist will suggest different materials or combinations of materials that are right for you.

  • Metal crowns are made of gold. They generally last a long time and won’t chip or break. They tend not to wear down your opposing natural teeth. However, the gold colour does not look natural, particularly on front teeth.

  • Composite crowns look natural. They won’t chip as easily as porcelain crowns, but they tend to wear more quickly from chewing. Tooth brushing tends to remove the highly polished surface of composite crowns, and this causes them to stain more easily.

  • Porcelain crowns look the most natural. They are more brittle than metal or composite and may chip more easily. Because of this, they are not usually placed on back teeth.

  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look natural and are stronger than porcelain or composite crowns. They won’t chip as easily as porcelain or ceramic crowns. However, depending on their design, the metal may show if your gums are thin or shrink.


What else should I know?

Crowns may not be as strong as your natural teeth. So like your natural teeth, remember not to bite down on hard objects or use your teeth to open or cut things.


Instructions after We Place a Temporary Crown


  •  Please do not chew on the temporary crown for approximately 30 minutes.

  • With the temporary crown, please refrain from chewing anything chewy or sticky (gum, taffy), and hard foods on that side.

  • Also, please avoid eating popcorn or nuts during this time.

  • Rinse with saltwater.

  • If the temporary crown does happen to come off, you can try to put it back on yourself with some toothpaste or denture adhesive. The crown only goes on one way, so if your bite feels okay, then it is on correctly.

  • Please call us to have the temporary crown re-cemented at your earliest convenience if this does happen.

  • Please brush the temporary crown like your other teeth, but avoid flossing around that tooth.

  • If something should get stuck between the teeth, floss through the contact and pull the floss out the side to avoid hooking the margin of the temporary crown and pulling it off.

  • Please return at your appointed date to have the permanent crown cemented.   


Instructions after We Cement a Permanent Crown:

  • After the dentist cements your new, finalized crown appointment, wait one hour to eat.

  • Avoid hard or sticky foods for a few hours.

  • Resume regular brushing/flossing habits, and follow any special hygiene instructions given by your dentist

  • The gums around the tooth may be sore for 2-3 days following the procedure. Advil or Tylenol is best to take if this does occur.

 

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Step #1

Start With A chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth is a good candidate for a cap or a dental crown.

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Dental Veneers

 

What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are very thin shells that are attached to the front part of teeth. They are often made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain.


What Should I know about Dental Veneers?


  • Just like your natural teeth, your veneered tooth needs to be brushed and flossed daily.

  • If the veneers are not fully placed or sealed onto your tooth, stains or cavities can form under the veneer.

  • Once you have veneers, you cannot reverse the treatment because part of your enamel has been removed.

  • If a veneer chips or peels off, or if a cavity forms under a veneer, the veneer must be redone. The other option is to put a crown on the tooth.

  • Constantly grinding or clenching your teeth may cause your bonding or veneers to chip or break.

  • Porcelain veneers and bonded teeth can be chipped if you are not careful when biting or tearing into hard or chewy foods. Do not bite hard objects like ice cubes or fingernails.

  • Cosmetic dental treatments like bonding or veneers might not be covered by your dental plan. You may be responsible for those costs yourself.


Cosmetic dental treatment can improve your smile and give you more confidence.

The Team at Byronwood Dental welcomes a consultation to help you to decide if Dental Veneers are the best fit for you.

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Dental Bridges

 

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth and is typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between 2 crowns. (A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that fits over a natural tooth or a dental implant). The bridge is held firmly in place by your teeth on each side of the missing one(s) or by dental implants. A bridge is permanent, and you cannot remove it.  


Why do I need a bridge?

A missing tooth is a serious matter. Teeth work together, so when you lose a tooth, the adjacent ones tend to tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw also shift down or up towards the open area. This unbalance stresses your teeth, possibly causing pain.

Teeth that changed their original position are now harder to clean. Your healthy teeth are at risk of decay and gum disease. When a tooth is missing, the bone may shrink. If that happens, your cheeks and jawbones can change their shape. Over time, your face can look different.


How is a bridge placed?

Placing a bridge usually takes more than one visit. First, we have to prepare the adjacent teeth. These teeth will support the bridge. We will take an impression of your teeth. Then, we will send the impression to the lab technician who will make the custom prosthesis. While the lab is working on your bridge, we will place a temporary bridge.

When the permanent bridge is ready, the dentist will cement it to the empty area. There could be some adjustments until the patient feels comfortable using the new appliance.


Do you need implants?


Sometimes. When the adjacent tooth or teeth to the empty area are not in good shape to support a bridge, we need to place implants. 

Dentists and oral surgeons surgically place posts (implants) into your jaw. Implants do not need the support of the adjacent teeth. The ideal candidate for an implant should have good health, enough bone and gum health to withstand the implant. 


What materials do we use to make the bridge?

We use ceramic, metal or a combination of both. Ceramics are often bonded to a metal alloy. You can discuss with your dentist what material is more appropriate for suiting your personal needs. 


Caring for your bridge

If you have dental disease, the adjacent teeth may not be able to support the bridge anymore. Also, if you have implants and you do not have the right hygiene, you can have gum disease and subsequent bone loss. When you have a bridge, you are more susceptible to develop gum disease. For this reason, it is essential that you follow these tips: 

- Brush twice per day and floss. It is advisable to use between-the-teeth cleaners. You need to remove the plaque (the sticky film of bacteria) off of your teeth.

- Embrace your hygienist advice and have regular professional cleanings. 

-  Maintain a healthy diet.


Instructions after We Place a Temporary Bridge


  • Please do not chew on the temporary bridge for approximately 30 minutes.

  • With the temporary bridge, please refrain from chewing anything chewy or sticky (gum, taffy), and hard foods on that side.

  • Also, please avoid eating popcorn or nuts during this time.

  • Rinse with saltwater.

  • If the temporary bridge does happen to come off, you can try to put it back on yourself with some toothpaste or denture adhesive. The bridge only goes on one way, so if your bite feels okay, then it is on correctly.

  • Please call us to have the temporary bridge re-cemented at your earliest convenience if this does happen.

  • Please brush the temporary bridge like your other teeth, but avoid flossing around that tooth.

  • If something should get stuck between the teeth, floss through the contact and pull the floss out the side to avoid hooking the margin of the temporary bridge and pulling it off.

  • Please return at your appointed date to have the permanent bridge cemented.   


Instructions after We Cement a Permanent Crown:

  • After the dentist cements your new, finalized bridge appointment, wait one hour to eat.

  • Avoid hard or sticky foods for a few hours.

  • Resume regular brushing/flossing habits, and follow any special hygiene instructions given by your dentist

  • The gums around the tooth may be sore for 2-3 days following the procedure. Advil or Tylenol is best to take if this does occur.

 

A Bridge

Best when you have a missing tooth.
A bridge can help restore and stabilize the damaged set of teeth and provide strength

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Invisalign®

 
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What We offer with Invisalign®…


Byronwood Dental offers Invisalign Brand for patients looking to straighten their smile with custom clear aligners.


These Aligners are custom made specifically to fit your teeth and mouth. They are nearly invisible and fit snugly over your teeth. 


We set out to create an extensive plan for your teeth alignment week by week to ensure proper gentle movement of your teeth.


How does Invisalign Work?


Each of the Invisalign aligners shifts your teeth gently by moving them horizontally and vertically. As well, Invisalign can help with rotating problem teeth if needed. 

“These custom aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time.”


Our Dentists have a Plan for you from Start to Finish…

With our extensive plan at Byronwood Dental, we can get you to a more beautiful smile quickly, precisely, and with proven results. We are also able to help with complex cases to help move your teeth closer to the healthy straight teeth you’ve always wanted. 


Invisalign offers a unique feature for teens

The clear aligners offer indicators that fade from blue to clear over time to help show wear time.


Invisalign offers freedom, comfort and convenience to the wearer…

There is little mouth or gum irritation to worry about unlike other teeth straightening methods can cause. Invisalign works with your busy schedule. So fewer dentist visits are required!


The aligner trays are smooth and comfortable to wear every day. The plus side? They are also removable. This allows freedom to do things you normally do. Unlike metal braces etc. that can trap food in places you are able to brush, floss and eat whatever you like with no limitations! 


They are virtually hidden while you wear them. Because they are clear, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them!