Frequently Asked Questions
It is possible that you will feel some discomfort when your orthodontist first applies your braces, and when they make regular adjustments throughout the course of your treatment. If you experience pain and discomfort at these times, your orthodontist may recommend over-the-counter medications to provide relief. If the pain you feel is considerable at each adjustment, do let your orthodontist know.
Traditional metal braces are made of metal brackets that are glued onto the teeth with the use of a special dental cement. The brackets are then connected to each other with heat-activated arch wires and tiny elastic bands, which help to push the teeth into new positions. Gradually, the teeth move into their new positions because of the continuous pressure that is applied to them. As the teeth move into their new positions, the underlying bone changes shape as well.
There are some foods that are best to avoid during your orthodontic treatment. These include very chewy foods like certain types of candy. Crunchy foods like popcorn and ice can cause damage to your braces and should also be avoided. Hard foods like nuts can also cause some damage. It is also a good idea to stay away from foods that need to be bitten into, like whole apples, carrots and corn on the cob. Rather, slice up these snacks before eating them. It is also best to avoid chewing on hard items that can damage your braces, such as food packaging, pencils and your fingernails.
Well looked-after dental crowns can last for many years, and in some cases, they can last as long as 15 years. The life span of your dental crown will depend on a number of factors, including your oral hygiene habits and how much wear and tear your teeth typically endure. Habits like teeth grinding and clenching, as well as chewing on very hard items like ice, could damage your dental crown and reduce its longevity. We recommend that you keep your crown clean and healthy by brushing and flossing just as you would your natural teeth. This will ensure that you reduce the risk of gum disease and decay.
Dental crowns are made of either metal or porcelain, or a combination of both of these materials. In the case of a porcelain crown, the restoration can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth, and when it is bonded to a metal shell, the result is stronger and more visually appealing. Crowns that are made from metal alloys, gold, acrylic and ceramic are sometimes recommended for use on the back teeth because they are stronger than porcelain crowns.
In some cases, it is possible to repair a dental crown if it has been only slightly chipped. If you have a small chip in your crown, your dentist may be able to simply repair it with composite resin to match your natural teeth. If, however, you have a more severe chip or crack, it may be better to have your damaged crown replaced with a new restoration. When you come in for a consultation, your dentist will examine your crown and let you know if it is worth repairing or not.
In some cases, dentures may be relined or repaired, but this will depend on the specific damage. Sometimes, it is not possible to repair dentures, in which case they may need to be remade and replaced completely. It’s a good idea to come in for regular check-ups so that we can assess any damage to your dentures, and recommend the best course of action if they require any maintenance or repair. It is possible for dentures to crack and chip if they are not properly cared for, so we recommend that you handle them with care whenever you remove them from your mouth for cleaning, rinsing, or overnight soaking.
We recommend that you use a specially formulated denture cleanser to clean your dentures every day. You should brush them at least once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush as this will help to remove any food particles and plaque that has built up. We also recommend that you come in for regular check-ups so that you can have your dentures professionally cleaned. This will help to prevent gum disease and other infections, and ensure that your oral health is maintained.
No, you will need to remove your dentures before going to bed every night. They should be stored in a glass of cold water or a specially formulated denture-soaking solution overnight while you sleep. By soaking them overnight, you will ensure that your dentures stay moist and retain their shape. In order to take care of your dentures properly, you should also remove them after eating and rinse them thoroughly to get rid of food particles. It’s important that you handle your dentures very carefully every time you remove them from your mouth.
If your baby’s teeth haven’t erupted yet, you can wipe their gums with a clean warm wet cloth after each feed. Once your baby’s teeth have erupted, they can be brushed the same way as the rest of the family. But, remember, until they are around three years old they may not be able to spit, so avoid putting too much toothpaste on the brush and use only a smear rather than a blob of toothpaste.
You may choose to use a milk teeth toothpaste with less fluoride until the first permanent teeth start erupting, but using regular toothpaste is also fine, as long as you use it in small quantities. You can ask our friendly team what age-appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste to use when you bring them in for their check-up.
Dental crowns are coverings for the entire visible part of the tooth. They are used when your teeth are broken, old fillings are lost, teeth are badly decayed or severely discoloured. Crowns improve the appearance of your natural teeth and can brighten your smile.
A crown can also be placed on top of a dental implant for shape and structure.
We brush our teeth to keep the teeth and gums clean and healthy. A soft toothbrush will brush away bacteria and food deposits just as well, if not better when compared to hard toothbrushes. Also, you won’t have the worry of scrubbing away the surface of your teeth.
Visiting us at DC Dental Care regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy it will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important as it:
- Helps prevent tooth decay.
- Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss.
- Prevents bad breath – brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath.
- Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco.
- Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life.
Yes, some people do experience sensitivity when undergoing a whitening treatment. If you do feel some sensitivity when using a home whitening kit, the best thing to do is to remove the tray and get in touch with us as soon as possible. Although rare, some patients also experience some discomfort in the gums, throat and tongue. If this happens to you, please stop using your whitening kit and contact us. It’s important to note that you may experience temporary inflammation of the gums during teeth whitening.
Yes, if you are using a home whitening kit, it’s important that you avoid foods and juices that have high acidity levels. These include sodas and other sweetened beverages, and fruits like lemons, grapes, grapefruits, pomegranates and pineapples. It’s also a good idea to avoid foods and drinks that contribute to discolouration and staining during your treatment, so that you can enjoy optimal results. These include red wine, tea, coffee, dark sauces like soy, chocolate, and highly pigmented foods like blueberries.
Our home whitening kits include bleaching products in the form of whitening gel. This whitening gel works by bleaching the enamel of the teeth, making them whiter over time. The whitening kits also include custom-made trays that look very similar to a mouth guard. When the bleaching product is applied to the trays, they can be secured onto the teeth for a period of around 30 minutes a day. Before you can take your whitening kit home, you will need to come in and see us so that your trays can be made for you. We will also explain exactly how much whitening gel to use, and how long you should use your kit for.