What is a soft tissue laser?
A soft tissue laser produces a highly focused laser light that can be used to change soft tissues in the mouth. This laser can make very small incisions when the beam is focused on the tissue. The laser beam has a natural sterilization effect, evaporating bacteria, viruses, and fungi, leading to fewer local infections. Our Dental Hygienists may use the laser by placing its microfiber tip just under the gum line, where it releases heat and disrupts bacteria that causes gingivitis.
What is a hard-tissue laser?
This is a gentle and cool laser with such a short pulse that your nerves never have time to notice it, so you’ll feel no pain. It penetrates to microscopically shallow levels, which makes it very precise, and it works silently. A huge benefit of using this laser is the ability to remove decay without using a traditional “dental drill”, often without the need for dental freezing.
What are some TMD Symptoms?
Symptoms may include:
• Chipped/cracked teeth
• Jaw pain or noise
• Teeth grinding
• Neck pain
• Difficulty swallowing
• Shoulder pain
• Tingling fingertips
• Ringing in the ears
• Uncomfortable bite
• Limited movement
• Locking of the jaw
• Loose/painful teeth
What does a TMD treatment involve?
Relieving muscle spasm and pain by using a Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS) unit. The TENS unit uses a rhythmic pulsing motion to relax your muscles by increasing blood flow and pumping out any waste products. The TENS unit also helps with pain relief by increasing your body’s production of endorphins, a natural anesthetic.
Stabilizing your bite. Dr. Stevens can provide you with a temporary device to wear over your teeth. This device will allow Dr. Stevens to make gentle corrections until your bite is stabilized. Then your bite can be permanently adjusted to the correct position.
Providing long term care. Dr. Stevens will provide you with long term care management options to ensure that your bite remains stabilized and your TMD symptoms resolved.
Dr. Stevens’ expertise in treating TMD can offer a permanent solution to improving your dental health, achieving pain relief and developing a comprehensive plan for ongoing management of TMD.
I don’t want anybody to know I’ve had my smile done. Will this look natural?
While every case is unique, Dr. Stevens has been trained to use techniques that help create the most natural smile possible. A style for your smile will be determined, taking into account your lifestyle, facial proportions, gender, age, complexion, hair and even eye colour.
Most often, our patients hear questions like: “Have you changed your hair style?”, or “Have you lost weight?” Their friends know something is different – they just don’t know what.
How quickly will I be able to complete my treatment?
Most aesthetic procedures, from simple bonding to a complete smile makeover, can be completed in as little as one to three visits (but may vary depending on the complexity of each case). Dr. Stevens is trained to work efficiently, keeping you in the office for the shortest time possible.
For example, a smile makeover often involves placing veneers or crowns on the top eight to ten teeth. In the first appointment, you and Dr. Stevens will discuss what you want your smile to look like.
In the second appointment, Dr. Stevens will carefully prepare your teeth and place temporary veneers. This appointment typically lasts 2-4 hours total.
In the final appointment, your new teeth will be placed, polished and adjusted. Again, the appointment will take around 2-4 hours.]
The total time from start to finish? Less than a month, and sooner if necessary. Soon you’ll be smiling with confidence!
How will my temporaries look?
Often, the difference is so dramatic that you’ll feel like your new smile is already complete. However, temporaries are just that – temporary. They are not meant to replace natural teeth.
It is important for you to go to your final restoration appointment when scheduled to ensure the procedure goes as smoothly as possible.
How long will my new smile last?
Today’s materials are actually stronger than natural teeth, and are far more resistant to wearing and breakage.
With regular checkups and care, your smile should last for many, many years.
I’ve always been afraid of the dentist. How can I feel more comfortable?
Some of the newer dentistry techniques will make your procedure surprisingly comfortable. By working quickly and using advanced technologies, they are able to be very conservative in your treatment, allowing you to heal more quickly.
Dr. Stevens will listen to your specific needs in order to allay any fear and make your visit as pleasant as possible.
How will a new smile change my life?
It is not uncommon for patients to cry with joy, hug their dentist, or even kiss them! Patients tell us they are filled with self-confidence, they feel more outgoing, and they simply can’t stop smiling!
Shy patients are often transformed into social butterflies. Professionals tell us of greater career success. Older patients look and feel decades younger. Sounds impossible, but it’s true. Think about how a new or improved smile would change your life.
Will my insurance pay for these procedures?
Unfortunately, most dental insurance has a maximum annual benefit of $1,000 to $2,000 dollars depending on your coverage. Since insurance companies are in business to make money, they allow only the least expensive possible treatment – not necessarily the treatment that is best for your dental health.
Most cosmetic treatment is considered elective and not covered by insurance. Dr. Stevens will do everything possible to maximize your insurance benefit, but be prepared to pay for the treatment with alternate finances. There are many financing options available, so ask our team what the best option is for you.
What are my payment options?
We accept cheques, cash, Visa, or Mastercard, or we offer a third party financing option. These financing companies allow you to make the payments for your new smile out over time, making the payment fit comfortably into your monthly budget.
Ask our team how best to accomplish your treatment and financial funding.
What is the end result?
A new, beautiful smile will dramatically affect your life. Aside from the aesthetic benefits, most patients find that a nice smile also increases their confidence and cheerfulness. This, in turn, improves their interactions with friends, co-workers and romantic partners. It’s no secret that most people find a nice smile to be quite attractive.
Additionally, a nice smile has health benefits, too. Missing teeth, for instance, contribute to your risk of gum infection. Improving your smile won’t just increase your social life, it’ll also contribute to your overall dental well-being.
Dr. Stevens is a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and knows cosmetic dentistry. She will be able to assess your needs and create a dazzling smile for life. Contact us today!
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a procedure used to correct dental gaps, chips, cracks and a wide variety of other cosmetic dental problems. Dental bonding involves a tooth-coloured resin material which is applied to teeth, and then hardened with a special light.
This causes the resin to bond to the tooth, restoring and correcting the smile.
For what conditions is dental bonding considered?
• Decayed teeth
• Chipped or cracked teeth
• Discoloured teeth
• Teeth with gaps or spaces
• Teeth which appear too short
• Dental bonding can change the shape of teeth
• Dental bonding can be used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
• Dental bonding can be used to protect any tooth’s root which has been exposed when the gums recede
What’s the procedure for having a tooth bonded?
Dental bonding requires very little advanced preparation. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Dr. Stevens will select a composite resin colour that will closely match the colour of your tooth, for the most natural look possible.
During the first step of the bonding procedure, the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. This helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-coloured, putty-like resin is then applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light is then used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape the resin, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface. This takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete, per tooth.
Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of all cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, which must be manufactured in a laboratory, bonding usually can be done in one office visit. Additionally, less tooth enamel is removed compared to procedures involving veneers and crowns. Also, anesthesia is often not required, unless the bonding involves a cavity.
Bonding is best suited for small cosmetic changes, temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure, such as front teeth.
Do Bonded Teeth Require Special Care?
Generally, no. Good oral hygiene practices are typically enough. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day and see Dr. Stevens for regular professional check-ups and cleanings.
However, bonding materials can chip. Avoid:
• biting your fingernails
• chewing on pens, ice or other hard food objects
• using your bonded teeth as a bottle opener.
• If you notice any sharp edges on a bonded tooth, or if your bonded tooth feels odd when you bite down, call our office.
How long does bonding last?
Typically, anywhere from three to ten years. However, this depends on how much bonding was done and how your treat your bonded teeth.
How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?
Generally, anywhere from $200 to $700 per tooth.
Your bonding may be fully or partially covered by insurance, so check with your insurance company or our team to see which financing options fit your needs.
What Can I Expect?
You should be satisfied with nothing less then repaired, natural-looking teeth. The quality of the bonding depends largely upon the skill of the dentist. If you live in the Kanata area please contact Dr. Stevens today.
Bonding is a safe, simple procedure — you’ll be enjoying your new smile sooner than you think!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. Implants act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or crown, or for an entire set of replacement teeth. The most commonly used type of dental implants are called root-form implants. They resemble a screw and are placed directly into the location of the missing tooth, under the gums. Usually an impression is required before the procedure to help in precise placement. If several implants are to be placed, it may be necessary to have a special type of CAT scan to create a computer model for more precise positioning. Once the bone and gums heal around this implant, Dr. Stevens can attach a crown to the implant to replace the biting surface of the tooth that was missing.
The All-On-4 technique is great for patients currently wearing a full denture, or for when the remaining teeth are failing. This treatment allows the patient to have full tooth replacement, held in with four dental implants per jaw, all in one day! An oral surgeon places the four implants, and then Dr. Stevens and a dental laboratory technician customize an attached-to-the-implants restoration while the patient waits. Amazing technology, with an extremely high success rate, this treatment is perfect for those patients who would like more security than their current denture allows.
Am I a candidate for implants?
Generally, implants are the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth — teeth which are missing due to injury, disease or decay.
They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures.
How long does the procedure take?
Placing dental implants is usually done in less than an hour, and may take longer if there are many implants to be placed.
Healing of the gum tissues takes several months. This depends on the type and number of implants, as well as the condition of the bone. As a result, the timeline for each patient can vary considerably.
What is the All-on-4 Proceedure?
Newer technology allows us to provide treatment for patients currently wearing a full denture or for whom the remaining teeth are failing. The All-On-4 technique allows the patient to have full tooth replacement, held in with four dental implants per jaw, all in one day! An oral surgeon places the four implants and then Dr. Stevens and a dental laboratory technician customize an attached-to-implants restoration while the patient waits. With an extremely high success rate, this treatment is perfect for those patients who would like more security than their current dental condition allows.
The All-On-4 technique also makes implant treatment possible for patients who may have previously been told their jaw won’t support dental implants due to loss of bone. Patients who may have been dealing with ill-fitting dentures for years can now enjoy the security of teeth permanently attached to implants, or the ease and reliability of teeth that are incredibly secure all day but can still be removed in the evening for easy cleaning. A history of great success for patients of varying ages makes the All-On-4 treatment an excellent investment in your dental health as well as your overall health.
How much does it cost?
Dental implants involve a great deal of a dentist’s time and expertise and, as such, can be a costly procedure.
A basic implant from start to finish is typically $4000-$5000.
However, depending on your circumstances, additional costs can arise due to factors such as bone regeneration, sinus elevation, bone grafting and more. Placing implants can involve several surgeries, as well as laboratory services. The complete procedure, on both the upper and lower jaw, can equal the cost of a car for the whole mouth…. Be sure to consult with Dr. Stevens – just like when purchasing a car, financing options are available.
What can I expect?
An implant isn’t something you can see. It is simply an artificial root. The artifical tooth or crown which is attached to the implant is what will be noticeable, and the naturalness of those depends largely upon the skill of the dentist and dental laboratory technician. Your new teeth should blend in almost perfectly with your existing ones.
The type of implant used (root, plate or subperiosteal) is determined solely by the structure and health of your jawbone. A root form implant is the simpliest, least invasive procedure. A subperiosteal implant is more intricate, and requires the most surgery. Regardless, the end result should be the same — a solid, structurally sound artifical root which holds either a false tooth or a crown as well as a real root holds a real tooth.
Dr. Stevens has been restoring dental implants since 2000. If you live in the Ottawa area, contact her today for an initial consultation.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a restorative device which covers a tooth in order to either strengthen a decayed tooth, repair a broken tooth or improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.
There are three types of crowns:
Gold crowns have great strength, will not chip in any way, and are extremely durable. However, due to the colour, this type of crown is only appropriate where appearance is not a priority.
Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns are both durable and have a very natural appearance. However, because they have a metal substructure, they require an opaque layer below the porcelain. Occasionally a darker line will be visible at the edge of the crown, near the gum as the gum-line recedes with age.
This type of crown has the nicest appearance and is the most common among cosmetic dentists. Made from pure ceramic, or ceramic bonded to an extremely durable white material, they can be indistinguishable from natural teeth.
A crown completely covers the visible area of a tooth, creating a brand new outer surface. A filling, by contrast, covers only a portion of a tooth.
What is the difference between the three types of crowns?
Gold crowns are the strongest, and the simplest to install. Unfortunately, they are not as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain crowns. For most people, this is a serious cosmetic drawback, and the reason why gold crowns are not so frequently used anymore.
Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns have a natural appearance, but a darker, metal line may become more visible around the gum line as the gums recede with age.
All-Porcelain crowns are by far the most natural-looking crowns available, often indistinguishable from real teeth. A trained cosmetic dentist will be able to complete this procedure easily and teach you how to care for your crowns so they last for a long time.
What is the crown application procedure like?
There are typically three steps to applying a crown.
In the first part of the procedure, a mold is taken of the tooth which will be crowned. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory, and used to create the crown. Also, before a crown can be placed, a filling must be put in place, to stabilize the tooth structure from any further decay.
In the interim period between the first and second appointment, which is usually about two weeks, a temporary crown will placed in your mouth. At the second appointment, Dr. Stevens will determine the colour of the cement which will later be used to affix your permanent crown. The colour of the cement affects the colour of the crown, so great care must be taken to select the cement which fits in naturally among the colour of the rest of your teeth.
In the second part of the procedure, the laboratory-created crown is bonded to the tooth or teeth. First, Dr. Stevens uses either water or glycerin to place the crown onto the teeth. This non-permanent attachment is to check the crowns fit, shade and colour. The colour of the crown can be adjusted based upon the shade of dental cement used, but cannot be altered after the crown is cemented. Once the correct colour is determined, the crown is ready to be attached permanently with dental cement. The cement is sandwiched between the crown and the tooth, then a special light beam is applied. This light initiates the release of a catalyst, which hardens the cement and permanently affixes the crown.
How much do crowns cost?
The fee for crowns typically starts at $1500 per tooth. While insurance may cover some of the costs, typically it does not cover them all. You should discuss with our team all of your options and review financing information if necessary.
What can I expect?
Ceramic crowns — when properly placed by a qualified cosmetic dentist — are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth. They require regular brushing and flossing, just like real teeth. Also, anything that can chip a real teeth can potentially also chip a ceramic crown.
If you have porcelain fused-to-metal crowns, you can expect basically the same durability as ceramic crowns. However, over time, a slight, metal line may become visible between your crown and gumline. This is because gums tend to recede as you age.
Together you and Dr. Stevens can discuss your needs and wants to create a smile that will make a difference in your life. Contact Dr. Stevens today for an initial consultation.
What is Instant Orthodontics?
Instant Orthodontics is a procedure which uses veneers and crowns to close gaps and correct overlapping teeth for a beautiful, even, white smile. Instant orthodontics is a replacement for traditional orthodontics.
Instead of wearing braces for years, the same results can be accomplished in a little as a month!
What are veneers?
Veneers — usually called either ceramic veneers or porcelain veneers — are thin shells of ceramic material which are permanently bonded to the front surface of teeth. They can be applied to multiple teeth on both the top and bottom rows.
They are very natural looking when placed correctly. They have the same durability as a natural tooth, and can be coloured to match the shade of the real teeth surrounding them.
What is the Instant Orthodontic process like?
The average duration of the Instant Orthodontic process is four dental appointments over the course of about a month.
In the first, initial appointment, Dr. Stevens will discuss what procedures are best for your specific situation. She and her team will review your choices of tooth shape, shade, and positioning. Impressions of your teeth can be used for the dental laboratory to estimate the final appearance of your teeth.
In the second appointment, the procedure is started. Most Instant Orthodontic procedures involve the placement of veneers onto the damaged teeth. First, the real teeth are lightly buffed down. This prepares them for the slight additional thickness of the veneer. Approximately half a millimeter of tooth is removed. Often, a local anesthetic is used during this buffing procedure. A mold is then taken of the teeth. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory, and used to create the permanent veneers. While these are being created, sometimes temporary veneers are placed until the final veneers are ready.
In the third appointment, about two weeks after the first, the laboratory-created permanent veneers are bonded to the teeth. First, Dr. Stevens uses either water or glycerin to place the veneers onto the teeth. This non-permanent attachment is to check the veneers fit, shade and colour. The colour of the veneers can be adjusted based upon the shade of dental cement used. However, the colour cannot be altered after the veneers are cemented. Once the correct colour is determined, the veneer is ready to be attached permanently with dental cement. The cement is sandwiched between the veneer and the tooth, then a special light beam is applied. This light initiates the release of a catalyst, which hardens the cement and permanently affixes the veneers. It is painless.
Placing veneers is a meticulous and delicate procedure. Each veneer must be fitted individually. As a result, this third appointment can last several hours.
The final appointment is a check-up, and takes places about one to two weeks after the veneers have been affixed.
It is very important to have a qualified cosmetic dentist when undergoing this procedure. In the wrong hands, your veneers can end up looking too large, too small, or oddly coloured when compared to the rest of your teeth. In the right hands, your veneers will be so natural looking they will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Am I a candidate for Instant Orthodontics?
in order for instant orthodontics to work, your bite must be healthy. this is something which Dr. Stevens will determine during your initial consultation. if your bite and/or jaw are not healthy, your dentist will discuss other options with you.
If your bite is healthy, you are a candidate for instant orthodontics if:
• you dislike the appearance of your smile.
• your teeth are crooked.
• your teeth are uneven.
• you have gaps between your teeth.
• you have excessive crowding of your teeth.
Even if you have had braces or other, more traditional orthodontic work, and still do not like the appearance of your smile, instant orthodontics can be for you!
How much does it cost?
Costs range from about $15,000 to $25,000 for just the upper teeth, to $50,000 or more for both upper and lower teeth.
Instant Orthodontics can involve just the upper teeth, or the upper and lower teeth combined.
Dr. Stevens offers third party financing to make monthly payments reasonable.
What about complications?
Complications from dental procedures are rare. Sometimes bacterial infections can occur following the procedure, but they can easily be treated with antibiotics.
What can I expect?
Realistically, you can expect a very nice, very natural-looking smile!
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How can a mouthguard improve my athletic ability?
As a practice with a reputation for treating TMD/TMJ problems using Neuromuscular Dentistry concepts, the importance of proper bite relation with the muscles in balance is a foundational principle for us. We use this every day to help patients that have been suffering pain and various symptoms of TMD.
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What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers — also called ceramic veneers — are thin shells of ceramic material which are permanently bonded to the front surface of teeth. They are custom-made for your mouth, and are custom coloured to match the surrounding teeth.
Porcelain veneers can be applied to multiple teeth on both the top and bottom rows.
Porcelain veneers are a more conservative alternative to crowns.
When are porcelain veneers used?
Porcelain veneers are used to change a tooth’s colour, size and/or shape.
• Teeth which are chipped or broken
• Teeth which are crooked or misaligned
• Teeth — including front teeth — which have gaps between them
• Teeth which are stained, including staining due to injury, root canal and tetracycline.
• Teeth — including front teeth — with discoloured fillings
Teeth which are worn or ground down
What is the procedure like?
Applying porcelain veneers usually requires three dental appointments over the course of about a month.
In the first appointment, the teeth are lightly buffed down. This prepares them for the slight additional thickness of the veneer. Approximately half a millimeter of tooth is removed. Often, a local anesthetic is used during this buffing procedure. A mold is then taken of the teeth. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory, and used to create the veneers.
In the interim period between the two appointments, the teeth will look a little different than usual because, due to the buffing procedure, they will have been reduced in size. In some (usually more extreme) cases, temporary veneers can be placed.
Typically, it takes about two weeks for the dental laboratory to create the veneers.
In the second appointment, the laboratory-created veneers are bonded to the teeth. First, the dentist uses either water or glycerin to place the veneers onto the teeth. This non-permanent attachment is to check the veneers fit, shade and colour. The colour of the veneers can be adjusted based upon the shade of dental cement used. However, the colour cannot be altered after the veneers are cemented.
Once the correct colour is determined, the veneer is ready to be attached permanently with dental cement. The cement is sandwiched between the veneer and the tooth, and then a special light beam is applied. This light initiates the release of a catalyst, which hardens the cement and permanently affixes the veneers.
Placing veneers is a meticulous and delicate procedure. Each veneer must be fitted individually. As a result, this second appointment can last several hours.
Once the veneers are applied, there is a one to two week adjustment period, and then a final, follow-up appointment.
What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers can create dramatic dental changes relatively quickly. Veneers can even be used as a substitute for extensive orthodontic work.
Multiple gaps, stains, chips and a host of other problems — on numerous teeth — can be taken care of in just a few appointments.
Porcelain is also highly resistant to staining. With proper brushing habits, porcelain veneers will retain their whiteness and, compared to other forms of cosmetic dentistry, will be relatively unaffected by coffee, wine and even cigarettes.
How do they look?
Porcelain veneers are among the most natural-looking, esthetically-pleasing restorations available.
However, porcelain veneers are not perfect replacements for real teeth. There may be some slight variations in the colour of the veneers, just as there are slight variations in the translucency of real teeth.
Additionally, it’s important to note that anything which can break a natural tooth can break a veneer. This means that you should avoid foods or activities which could put your new teeth at risk of damage or destruction.
Dr. Stevens will strive to give you a natural-looking, beautiful new smile – contact her today for an initial consultation!
What causes teeth to become discoloured?
Staining, aging, or chemical damage can cause tooth enamel to become discoloured. Some of the more common causes of teeth staining are medications (such as Tetracycline), coffee, tea, cigarettes and cola drinks.
There are other factors that can also affect the colour of an individual’s teeth. One factor is genetics — some people have naturally brighter enamel than others. Another factor is disease. If you suspect that there is an underlying medical cause for your teeth discolouration, be sure to inform Dr. Stevens.
What are the tooth whitening procedures available?
There are two basic categories of tooth whitening procedures — in-office and at-home. Dr. Stevens uses the patented Kor Whitening Deep Bleaching technique, which can include at-home treatment, or a combination of at-home and in-office treatments.
In-Office techniques typically take just one office visit, after which there will be a very dramatic, sudden change of colour. The procedure typically takes about two hours, although times may vary based on the degree of discolouration you may have. This method alone is not the most stable, long-term method to use.
The In-Home technique involves the creation of a custom-fitted tray. A small amount of bleaching gel — available only from Dr. Stevens — is then placed in the tray and worn during the night, while you sleep. This is a more gradual process than in-office procedures, with results usually finalizing in about one to two weeks.
If your teeth are severely darkened or stained, or for those patients requesting dramatically lighter teeth, Dr. Stevens may recommend a combination of the at-home and in-office treatments.
Is professional whitening better than over-the-counter products?
Yes. Professional whitening, done under the supervision of Dr. Stevens, produces results which are tailored towards the individual patient.
Professional whitening can be done both in the dentist’s office and at home. The teeth are whitened according to specific desires, and use a highly concentrated whitening process which creates dramatic results. The in-home whitening products are not available over-the-counter, and are supervised for optimal results. Over-the-counter products will not produce the level of whitening or length of results that our treatment provides.
Additionally, Dr. Stevens will create molds of your teeth, so you will have applicator trays designed specifically for your mouth. This results in whitening which is much more even and natural-looking than over-the-counter treatments.
How white can teeth become?
The goal is to achieve a brighter smile without forsaking a natural look. Typically, your front teeth are the whitest, your eye teeth are the darkest, and molars are a shade between the two.
How white your teeth will become varies depending upon their current condition, structure and the type of procedure implemented.
Over-the-counter products tend to whiten teeth to the point where they become unnatural looking. Also, over-the-counter products can increase tooth sensitivity. The preferred method of whitening involves a trained dentist, who not only supervises the tooth health during the procedure but can also adjust the whitening process to achieve the most natural look possible.
How long will it last?
Generally your teeth will be whitest immediately after bleaching, and tend to slowly fade over the course of a year if not routinely touched-up. We recommend renewing your newly-brightened smile one night each month in the comfort of your own home.
This way, your beautiful new smile will be more resistant to fading.
How much does it cost?
The standard fee for home-based tooth whitening procedures is about $400.
In-office treatment cost is $800, which includes a combination of in-office and take-home treatments. Costs can vary depending upon the type of whitening treatment you undergo.
Generally, the price of teeth whitening increases with the number of treatments required. Also note, typically, dental insurance does not cover the cost of teeth whitening procedures.
Tooth whitening can make a huge difference in your life. Together you and Dr. Stevens can create a whitening regime that will boost your confidence and enhance your life. Contact Dr. Stevens today for an initial consultation.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic. Used to replace a missing tooth, the false tooth is fused between two porcelain crowns. The crowns are attached to the teeth on each side of the false tooth, and the false tooth is suspended between them, like a bridge.
Missing spaces between teeth increase the risk of other dental problems. Other teeth can drift out of position. Gum disease and decay can occur. Bridges fill that missing space, and can reduce those risks. Bridges also help correct bite issues and can even improve your speech.
Bridges must be properly maintained by regular brushing and flossing, but they will last upwards of ten years.
Who is a candidate for a dental bridge?
Anyone who is missing teeth is usually a candidate for a dental bridge.
If spaces between teeth are left unfilled, they can cause damage to your other teeth. Your other teeth may drift out of position. Additionally, there is an increased susceptibility for decay and gum disease in those other teeth.
What is the process for attaching a bridge?
Typically, it takes two appointments to install a bridge.
During the first appointment, Dr. Stevens will prepare your teeth for the bridge. A mild anesthetic is applied to your mouth, and Dr. Stevens will clear an area surrounding the teeth on each side of the space, to accommodate for the thickness of the pontic. Note: If these particular teeth have fillings, parts of the fillings may be left in place, to help as a foundation for the bridge.
During this first procedure, an impression will be made of your mouth. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory, where the bridge, pontics and crowns will be made. While this is going on — between your first and second appointment — a temporary bridge will be placed in your mouth. This temporary bridge serves to protect your teeth and gums.
In approximately two weeks you will go back to Dr. Stevens for your second appointment. Your temporary bridge will be removed and the new, permanent bridge will be fitted. After being checked, and adjusted for any bite discrepancies, your new bridge will then be cemented to your teeth.
What are the types of dental bridges?
Traditional Fixed Bridge Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth. Two crowns hold it in place. These crowns are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Resin Bonded Bridges A resin bonded bridge is primarily used for your front teeth. This bridge is best used when the abutment teeth — the teeth on each side of the bridge — are healthy and have no large fillings. The pontic is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth with a resin. This type of bridge reduces the amount of preparation on the adjacent teeth, and is generally less expensive than a fixed bridge.
Dr. Stevens can help you determine which procedure – or combination of procedures – will work best for you.
What will be the colour of the dental bridge?
The goal is to achieve a brighter smile without forsaking a natural look. Typically, your front teeth are the whitest, your eye teeth are the darkest, and molars are a shade between the two. How white your bridge will become varies depending upon the current condition and structure of your natural teeth.
How much do dental bridges cost?
Typically, dental bridge costs start at $3,800.
The average cost of a single fixed bridge varies, and depends upon what type of bridge is needed.
Dental insurance can cover a part of the cost of a bridge, however some other financing options may be available to you through our office.
Natural-looking / Metal-free Fillings
What are metal-free fillings?
Fillings are used to treat cavities and to replace minor tooth decay. In the past, metal was used — however, metal does not match the colour of natural teeth, and it is not very aesthetically pleasing. Metal fillings also expand and contract with heat and cold and over years cause cracks in teeth and possible tooth loss. Today, dental technology has evolved to the point where white, not-metal fillings can be used.
They are less noticeable. White, metal-free fillings are sometimes referred to as composite fillings. They are used instead of amalgam (metal) fillings when treating cavities or decayed teeth.
What are the advantages of metal-free fillings?
They’re more natural looking than the regular metallic (amalgam) fillings. Metallic fillings can turn black with age, and are easy to see inside your mouth. White fillings, however, match the colour of your teeth. They give your teeth a more natural look.
Unlike metallic fillings, white fillings do not contain mercury. Mercury from the metallic fillings may be hazardous to your health.
White fillings strengthen the cured tooth. Layers of silicon dioxide, which is a plastic mixture filled with glass, are used to fill and stabilize the tooth. By contrast, metal fillings expand and contract with heat and cold, and create cracking within the tooth.
Silicon dioxide does not conduct extreme hot and cold temperature like metallic fillings. Therefore, your teeth will not be as sensitive after treatment, unlike metallic fillings.
White fillings harden very quickly after they are placed. Metallic fillings usually take couple of hours to harden.
Only your dentist can determine if white non-metal fillings are right for you. However, generally, anyone with minor tooth decay — or anyone who wants replace an existing metallic filling — can be a candidate for white fillings.
Especially if you want to enhance your smile, you can replace your old amalgam fillings with resin fillings for a dazzling new look.
Get rid of your old ugly metal fillings and replace them with metal-free fillings. Together you and Dr. Stevens can create a healthier, beautiful smile. Contact Dr. Stevens today for an initial consultation.
Which cosmetic dentistry procedures will give me a great smile?
There are over a dozen different cosmetic dentistry procedures available, including veneers, crowns, bridges and accelerated orthodontics. What procedure — or combination of procedures — needed to correct your smile is something that can only be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Every individual’s mouth is different. There are often many different ways to fix a damaged smile. Only a qualified dentist can determine what method — or combination of methods — will work best for you, taking into account time, cost, comfort and a host of other individual factors.
It’s important to select a dentist who enjoys performing cosmetic dentistry. It’s equally important to select a dentist that you feel comfortable with. That way, he or she will be able to suggest what will work best for your individual needs.
Is professional whitening better than over-the-counter products?
Yes. Professional whitening, done under the supervision of a dentist, produces better results. Your newly whitened teeth with be more natural looking, more even and the results will be tailored towards your individual smile. Over-the-counter products create a much less natural look.
Whitening is just one procedure used to fix a damaged smile. However, it is one of the most common.
Professional whitening can be done both in our office and at home. The teeth are whitened according to specific desires. A highly concentrated whitening gel is used, which creates dramatic results. The whitening products are not available over-the-counter and, for optimal results, their application must be supervised by a trained dentist. Over-the-counter products will not produce the level of whitening that your dentist’s treatment provides.
Additionally, our team will create molds of your teeth, so you will have applicator trays designed specifically for your mouth. This results in whitening which is much more even and natural-looking than over-the-counter treatments.
Fees are generally $400 for home-based treatment and $800 for in-office proceedures.
How long will my new smile last?
Today’s materials, such as veneers, are actually stronger than natural teeth, and are far more resistant to wearing and breakage than your natural teeth.
With regular checkups and care, your smile should last for many, many years.
How quickly will I be able to complete my treatment?
Most smile makeovers can be completed in as little as one to three visits (but may vary depending on the complexity of each case).
For example, a smile makeover often involves placing veneers or crowns on the top eight to ten teeth. In the first appointment, you and Dr. Stevens would discuss what you want your smile to look like.
In the second appointment, the doctor would carefully prepare your teeth and place the temporaries. This appointment typically lasts 2-4 hours.
In the final appointment, your new teeth will be placed, polished and adjusted. Again, the appointment will take around 2-4 hours.
The total time from start to finish? Less than a month, and sooner if possible. Soon you’ll be smiling with confidence!
During your initial consultation, Dr. Stevens will be able to discuss with you all the options available to fix your smile. It can be something as simple as tooth whitening or as intricate as veneers and bridges. If you live in the Kanata area, please contact Dr. Stevens today — the sooner we can determine how best to fix your smile, the sooner you’ll be smiling with joy!
What is Invisalign?
This refers to a custom-made series of “aligners”, or clear plastic appliances, that you wear over your teeth. Wearing these will gradually and gently shift your teeth into their proper position. You just use a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks until your treatment is complete.
Is Invisalign obvious like braces?
Not at all! There are no metal brackets or wires, and many people won’t even know that you are straightening your teeth.
Why would I want to straighten my teeth, besides for cosmetic reasons?
One reason is having crooked teeth is a little bit like having silverware all jumbled up in your dishwasher…. After the dishwasher runs there are often still bits of food stuck to your forks! The same thing happens with crowded teeth. Despite your best efforts at brushing and flossing, the teeth are harder to keep clean when they aren’t straight. This leads to bleeding gums and gum disease.
When teeth are not lined up properly, the top and bottom teeth don’t work together the way they should, and this can cause excessive tooth wear, tooth breakage, or even loss of teeth!
How much does Invisalign cost?
Invisalign treatment fees are similar to the cost of regular braces. Typically, you will pay for a portion of the treatment before starting, and then monthly payments of the rest of the fee for as long as your treatment takes. Some patients can even receive partial insurance rebate for their treatment, so it can be important to check with your insurance plan administrator for details.
How long can I expect Invisalign treatment to take?
We typically treat those patients who treatments we feel can be completed in approximately 12 months or less. The length of time can be affected by how far the teeth have to move, and how dedicated each patient is to wearing aligners full-time.
Why should I have Bacterial Testing?
Many patients continually cycle back and forth to their dental hygienist AND have excellent home care of teeth and gums, and yet…cavities and bleeding gums continue to happen. Research has identified the specific bacteria present that cause these problems, and Bacterial Testing allows us to find out which ones plague you!
Does Bacterial Testing hurt?
Absolutely not! Your dental hygienist swipes a cotton swab in a few areas of your mouth to collect samples…that’s it!
What happens next?
Your samples are sent to a medical laboratory to find out the types of bacteria present. Then we can order special prescription antibacterial and antiseptic rinses to use at home. These, together with a specialized home care program will move you towards having a super healthy mouth!
Does insurance pay for Bacterial Testing?
The answer is…sometimes. We wish your dental insurance would be as pro-active as we are in disease prevention, but alas…we will stick to our job of helping you prevent and resolve disease!
Lip Tie and Tongue Tie
How do I know if I have a tongue tie or lip tie?
This condition is sometimes diagnosed by a pediatrician at birth, or by a nurse or lactation consultant in a breastfeeding baby. The most significant ties are usually found this way. However, in many cases babies with lip and tongue ties are not diagnosed and grow to older children or even adults when certain symptoms may finally lead a doctor, dentist, or speech therapist to be suspicious of a restriction.
What kinds of symptoms can be related to a tongue or lip tie?
The symptoms are many! In babies, poor feeding (especially breastfeeding), frequent vomiting or spitting up, poor sleep, unsatisfied eating. In children and adults, the symptoms range from continued poor eating habits, messy eating or slow eating, digestive problems (from poorly-chewed food), cavities, gum tissue loss, speech problems, poor dental development with crowded teeth, mouth breathing, jaw pain, headaches, facial pain, neck and shoulder pain, difficulty swallowing, poor sleep and sleep disorders…
How is this corrected?
In our office, we use a dental laser to revise the tongue or lip ties. The area is frozen with either a strong topical anesthetic (for babies) or regular dental freezing for children and adults. The procedure takes about 5 minutes for babies, and up to 30 minutes for adults depending on the severity of the ties. Our patients are completely comfortable during the entire procedure! After treatment, the area will feel like a very big “pizza burn”, there may be some swelling of the area, and diet will be limited in the first days after the revision. For nursing babies, we will provide a quiet and private area to nurse your baby directly after treatment is complete.
How do I prepare for tongue tie and lip tie revision?
We require all children and adult tongue tie patients to complete a minimum of 4 weeks of Myofunctional Therapy provided in our office prior to the procedure. The muscle of the tongue and position of the lips is most often altered by the tie, and we have found our patients recover much better and gain added tongue and lip function more quickly and completely when therapy begins before the procedure. Once a patient demonstrates they can do the therapy exercises we’ve given, the procedure can be scheduled. After the revision procedure, Myofunctional Therapy exercises continue for a minimum of 4 weeks along with proper care of the revision area. All of the needed training can be done right in our office!
What IS NuCalm?
NuCalm is a 4-part relaxation system we use for dental patients in our office. With patented technology, NuCalm creates an environment in our brains and bodies that mimics that “just before you fall asleep” feeling. With a topical cream, noise cancellation headphones playing soothing music with binaural beats, neurostimulating device, and a sleep mask, you’ll feel as though you are drifting off while we provide treatment. If having dentistry done makes you nervous, NuCalm is perfect…but all of us lead such busy lives that NuCalm gives our brain a chance to unwind. Who doesn’t need that?
Will I feel “drugged-up”?
No! You can very safely drive yourself to your appointment. As NuCalm starts to work its magic, you’ll fell just like you are about to drift off to sleep. And after your dental appointment, you’ll feel like you just had a power nap!
Are there any lasting effects from NuCalm?
You can expect to feel rested, and in fact many patients report that they have a terrific night’s sleep when they’ve used NuCalm during the day in our office.
This sounds great! Can I come in JUST to use NuCalm?
Yes, you can! We can offer you a private room at any time during the day, and we pre-schedule sessions for one hour at a time. Just contact our office to schedule your NuCalm session.