How Can I Change the Shape of my Gum?

Some people are told that they have a “gummy” smile which means that a lot of the gum can be seen when they smile, and while this is a totally normal thing, most people are self-conscious about it and want it to be modified. People with short gums, caused by gum recession, certain medications, and even genetics, are also after the same result. That’s where gum contouring comes in.

It’s important to note that not all dentists are trained in gum contouring, so it’s important to do research and find someone that is experienced in the procedure. Scalpels and lasers are most commonly used to remedy the gum shape and can be done right at the dentist’s office with a little bit of localized anesthesia.

While the procedure itself is fairly simple when done by the right person, it can take quite a while for the patient to recover from the ordeal–up to several weeks. While your dentist will give you a detailed aftercare plan before you leave the office, there are some tips that you can do in order to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible.

  • Over the counter pain medication such as Tylonel and Advil. Aspirin is not recommended as it also acts as a blood thinner and can complicate the healing process by causing bleeding. Stronger pain management medication may also be prescribed.
  • Opt for cooler, softer foods and stay away from spicy food and anything hot like coffee for the first several days.
  • Do not floss. Instead, use safe brushing methods that your dentist will recommend.
  • Rest. One of the most important things that you can do is to let your body recover at its own pace. Over exertion can cause bleeding and swelling, so take it easy until your body has had time to heal.

For more information on gum contouring, or to set up a consultation, contact us today by using the “Book an Appointment” section on our website.

Should I Choose Metal Braces or Clear Aligners?

Thinking back, there really weren’t a lot of options for people who had misaligned teeth. The only one that comes to most people’s minds who had braces when they were kids is the traditional metal braces that were adhered to your teeth and had colourful, changeable, elastic bands. Nowadays, while those kind still exist, clear aligners have come into the picture, changing the game of orthodontics and giving people more choice and options. Is one better than the other, though? Let’s go through the pros and cons of each.

Starting with the traditional metal braces, there’s a reason why they have been around for so long. Because they work. There have even been advancements so that the brackets are not as large and noticeable, and a heat activated wire called an “archwire” can be used to help speed up the long process.

Pros of metal braces include:

  • Suitable for all ages
  • No risk of loss and charge of replacement
  • Faster treatment
  • Inexpensive
  • Able to correct moderate and severe tooth alignment cases

Cons of metal braces include:

  • Noticeable
  • Hard to clean around
  • Can cut and irritate your lips and cheeks
  • Unable to eat foods that are sticky or hard such as popcorn and gum

For those who can’t live without these foods, or for those who want something removeable, the newest option on the market are clear aligners and they’re becoming increasingly popular due to the fact that they’re unnoticeable to anyone who glances your way, and can be removed at any time for easy eating and cleaning. However, like with anything, there are cons to these aligners, but let’s start with the pros.

Pros of clear aligners include:

  • Invisible
  • Affordable
  • Removable during meal time and when brushing teeth
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons of clear aligners:

  • Discomfort after getting a new set
  • Have to visit the dentist more frequently
  • Risk of losing them when removed
  • Not suitable for busy individuals who might forget to put them in/back in
  • Unable to correct severe cases

The only way to know for sure what kind would suit you or your child the best is to book a consultation with your dentist. Call us today, or make an appointment through our website to discuss your options.

Why is Flossing Important?

Flossing is an activity that dentists recommend you do three time a day–after each meal–and yet, most people have not flossed since their last cleaning appointment, even though it’s proven that flossing has a better impact on your health than brushing. This is because flossing can reach the spaces in between your teeth that no toothbrush, powered or otherwise, can reach. When that food is left there for days on end, it can lead to plaque and even tooth loss and decay.

There are other important reasons to floss as well, such as preventing the following:

  • Gum disease
  • Cavities
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Heart problems
  • Increased risk of cancer in the neck and head
  • Periodontal disease
  • Increased risk of dementia

Although the more severe problems are rare, there have been numerous studies that have connected them to the state of one’s oral health.

However, flossing has never been easier which means that you can start at any time. If the regular flossing doesn’t work for you, there are other methods that use air or water to flush out the spaces between your teeth. To find out which method is best for you, contact your dentist to discuss your options.