Coffee, tea, red wine, and many other foods naturally stain teeth and can lead to yellow or discoloured teeth. In office whitening or custom-made take home whitening trays can be used to remove these stains and improve the appearance of your smile. A desensitizing toothpaste is often recommended, as some transient sensitivity may occur.
If you or your child plays a contact sport such as hockey, football, martial arts or lacrosse, a mouthguard is a recommended appliance to help protect teeth and reduce the risk of concussions. Mouthguards help to reduce injury to the teeth and jaws by protecting them from trauma, and reduce concussions by acting as a shock absorber. Custom made mouthguards are economical, and are more comfortable than "boil and bite" guards.
Mouthguards should be considered in any activity where the risk of an injury or concussion is high, even for non-contact sports such as soccer and basketball.
Grinding (bruxism) and Snoring appliances
Do you find yourself waking up with sore cheek muscles or tension headaches? The cause might be bruxism, or grinding your teeth in your sleep, a very common habit. Not only does this lead to muscle tension and headaches, but it leads to excessive wear of teeth which can result in sensitivity, fractures, and loss of tooth structure. A custom made nightguard will allow your teeth to slide freely, and avoid or decrease the destructive grinding process.
Nightguards can also be customized to help reduce snoring, if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or are just keeping those around you awake with your snoring.
In the economical aesthetics procedure, the dentist gently sands and shaves away small areas of the teeth. The procedure can help bring harmony to slightly uneven teeth, smooth ragged edges or bulges, soften pointy canines and even round square-angled teeth to create a more feminine smile in women.