Teeth grinding (bruxism) results from involuntary clenching of jaws, which many occur at daytime or at night (sleep bruxism). Everybody grinds his or her teeth at times, and such occasional bruxism is no big problem. Things get worse when we grind hard and continuously. Severe bruxism can cause dental enamel to wear down. Your teeth may lose shape, become loose, grow sensitive, develop cavities and decay. 

Constant clenching entails hard work of jaw muscles and the temporomandibular joint – the hinge, by which the jaw is attached to the skull. As a result, a patient may develop a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This condition causes severe pain and may change your appearance.

Why do we grind teeth?

No one can tell exactly why people develop bruxism. Studies have shown that fits of bruxism tend to occur during sleep. For this reason, many people have no idea they are having a problem. Headache after sleep can be assign of bruxism. Some people learn about it from their spouses who hear them grind teeth at night.

There are lots of factors, which affect sleep and may cause us to grind teeth. These include:

Stress or anxiety accounts for nearly 70% of cases of bruxism. More often than not, long-lasting dissatisfaction with work entails severe persistent stress. According to some studies, workers who are not happy about their work are more likely to have the teeth grinding problem than those who are satisfied with their job positions. Men showed a much greater susceptibility to job-related stress and, consequently, bruxism, than women. Personality is another stress factor: people who are less resilient to stressful situations are more likely to develop bruxism and other stress-related problems.

People dealing with sleep issues fall under a category of potential bruxism patients. Particularly, this refers to people dealing with snoring, sleep paralysis, obstructive sleep apnea (interrupted or shallow breathing during sleep), sleep-talking, and other parasomniac conditions. 

People, who have bad habits like tobacco smoking, alcohol drinking, excessive caffeine consumption and use of psychoactive chemicals are more vulnerable to stress and therefore are more likely to end up with the teeth grinding problem. 

Is it possible to treat bruxism?

Treatment is difficult. Because bruxism is usually a sign of a bigger problem (chronic stress, anxiety, etc.), therapies should focus on eliminating this problem. Because treatment of chronic stress can be very time-taking, and hard teeth grinding may require an immediate solution, a qualified dentist may suggest using a mouth guard or splint. These items are readily available and are not very expensive. They can protect enamel from physical damage as long as you are dealing with the cause.

Treatment of stress may require a deeper psychological analysis. Based on results, your doctor may prescribe a cognitive behavioral therapy to change your perception of life.

You can use your strong will and make a conscious effort to stop grinding teeth. Also, you can dig deeper, pinpoint the sources of stress, and develop your individual stress management strategy. Using professional help won’t hurt! Use different relaxation techniques and take steps to improve sleep.

If you grind teeth when you are not asleep, try to control this habit and use habit-reversal techniques. Keep a record of urges to grind teeth and take effort to stop doing it. Cut down on smoking, alcohol, coffee, and other harmful substances!

 

What is dental cleaning?

Teeth cleaning is a kind of procedure, which is aimed at removing dental plaque and tartar from your teeth. This procedure should be carried out on a regular basis by a professional dentist. If conducted properly, it will keep your mouth healthy and help you prevent a number of diseases that actually originate in your mouth and may spread to other areas of your body.

Why do it?

The buildup that forms on the teeth contains calcium, which it gets from saliva that is permanently there. Over time, the substance accumulates and forms plaques, which are paradise for bacteria. As the condition progresses, the bacterial infestation increases and creates a potential for various health issues.

Plaques form in the pocketing area, which normally goes 3-5 mm deep below the gum line. Here the gum is not attached to the tooth bone, it just clings to it. When a dentist has to check your condition, he/she uses a probe to reach areas under the gums and check for plaques. If the condition has progressed, the pocketing area may increase. The bacterial contamination causes inflammation, which results in red and swollen gums. The teeth cleaning procedures that are aimed at removal of tartar are known as “deep cleaning” and “root planning”.

Failure to keep your mouth and teeth in shape is a permanent ordeal for your immune system. It is a well-known fact that it is intended for fighting back short-term attacks (like flu). Prolonged involvement in this war exhausts your immune system and robs it of its potential. As a result, your body loses the ability to fight off invasions and becomes more susceptible to various illnesses.

How it is done

Your dentist may apply an instrument that removes dental buildup with the help of ultrasonic vibrations. These are so-called tickling vibrations, which obliterate a tooth from all sides and reach deep below the gum line where unhealthy stuff accumulates. The instrument features curved and rounded tips, which move and knock the buildup loose. The intensity of movement is adjustable, so the dentist can apply different modes depending on the severity of your case. The debris is washed away with water, as the dentist uses a spray system incorporated into the tool. This ultrasonic teeth cleaning is great for removing large plaques. Usually, it is followed by manual cleaning.

Manual cleaning is carried out with the help of fine scaling tools. The dentist will scrub off the remaining tartar. These tools are shaped in such a way as to match the shape of teeth and reach deep below the gum line. 

To finish the procedure, the dentist may apply fluoride gel or foam. It helps strengthen the enamel, which must have pretty much weakened due to the exposure to bacteria.

Is it painful?

Most patients say the procedure does not cause any serious discomfort except for tickling and zinging sensations. Some people even say they like the sensations. Pain may occur due to increased sensitivity of teeth and gums, which may result from other dental conditions. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you go for a consultation prior to teeth cleaning. 

Contraindications

There is evidence that ultrasonic dental cleaning may interfere with the functioning of implantable cardiac devices (pacemakers). If you are using one, please, be very careful when choosing a dental care procedure. Use every little opportunity to consult your health- and dental care provider!

Alpha Dental Care provides professional teeth cleanings for the residents of Milton and surrounding areas. Give us a call today at 905-876-0200 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
When your teeth are not straight and do not meet properly, you may need orthodontic help that will make your teeth look great. For this purpose dental braces are commonly used – special devices for aligning and straightening teeth. It is a good solution for patients with wrong bite. Braces correct underbite, overbite and a range of other orthodontic flaws.

The most favorable age for orthodontic treatment is 10-14 years. This is a period of growth so the correction runs easier. However, it is accessible for all age groups. The treatment is similar for both children and adults, but the process takes longer when adult patients are treated. 

Patients wear dental braces for about half a year, a year or even longer. It depends on the complexity of the condition and the treatment plan, prescribed by orthodontist. Correction of bite may take approximately 2 years as the bite problem belongs to the most complicated ones. 

The correction is performed with the help of pressure on the teeth that gradually moves teeth to the right position.  Every time you visit the orthodontist, interconnecting wires are tightened to shift teeth slightly in the required direction. As the teeth move, the bone is formed correspondingly to support the tooth after it loosens. 

During the treatment the adjustments are performed little by little. It allows the dentists to form the position the way they consider correct. This can be done, for instance, with the speed of 1 millimeter a month. 

It is commonly known that braces straighten crooked teeth and correct crowded teeth that spoil your smile. However, it is necessary to solve the problem for other reasons as well.  Incorrect jaw position causes tooth decay and gum diseases. 

Braces, attached to orthodontic bands, can be bonded to the front of each tooth with the help of dental bonding agent. Sometimes braces are concealed and are attached to the back of the teeth (lingual braces).  There are metal bands as well that wrap around the teeth.  

The most common types of braces are metal, ceramic and plastic. Traditional metal braces are made of medical quality stainless steel. They are very popular as metal braces are the least expensive. Ceramic braces are tooth colored and blend naturally into the patient’s teeth.

Patients can also choose: 

  • Lingual braces that are hidden behind the teeth
  • Gold-plated braces for people who are allergic to nickel
  • Progressive, removable aligners such as Invisalign with clear plastic customized aligners removed and replaced every 2 weeks

There are many other cutting-edge devices aimed at faster solution of the problem or some specific complications. Each option has its pros and cons. Discuss this issue with your orthodontist to choose the best option. 

At Alpha Dental Care we offer traditional braces for Milton, Acton, Burlington, Campbellville orthodontic patients. If you want to learn more about our orthodontic services, call our office at 905-876-0200 or send us a message via our contact request form.

 

 

Why do it?

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental care services. In many ways, a shining smile is a must for good relationships, both professional and personal. White teeth make you look attractive and can significantly improve the quality of life in general. However, there are lots of factors, which cause teeth to darken. This can be tooth decay resulting from improper care. Also, some foods and smoking cause tooth enamel to discolor. Finally, teeth tend to grow darker as we age. 

Both in-office and at-home teeth whitening require complex preparation. There should be no cavities, cracks or decayed areas, through which the chemicals would otherwise penetrate into the tissue and cause serious pain. 

Types of tooth whitening

There are several teeth whitening techniques. It is strongly recommended to address a dentist to choose a method that will work better in your individual case. 

Bleaching involves a number of complex procedures and using strong agents, which can be provided by a professional dentist only. In-office whitening involves the use of a gel that contains hydrogen peroxide. The dentist will apply the substance directly to the tooth enamel. Oxygen from the peroxide binds with the dental pigment and whitens the enamel. The procedure lasts 30 to 60 minutes. To apply the substance directly to teeth, the dentist will provide a custom-made plastic tray filled with the substance and fix it on the patient’s teeth. Later, this procedure can carried out at home for a period of time as recommended by the dentist. 

Ultrasonic teeth whitening is another in-office method that can also be used as a kind of hygiene. The dentist applies ultrasound to stained areas and thus removes stains, dental deposits, bacteria, etc. After that, the dentist applies a fluorine paste for better protection.

Light-activated whitening requires the use of a gel containing hydrogen peroxide. The dentist covers the teeth with the gel and applies UV light to catalyze the oxidation process. When the procedure is completed, the dentist applies a fluorine polish to enhance protection.

Laser teeth whitening is similar to ultrasonic and light-activated, except that a laser beam is used. However, it is more effective and less time-taking. The whole procedure lasts 20 to 30 minutes. Laser whitening is more expensive.

How long does the effect last?

No matter how noticeable the effect is, it will not last forever. In most cases, procedures have to be repeated after 3 to 6 months. 

Do not expect too much!

If you are expecting perfectly white teeth, it is not unlikely that the result will disappoint you. No teeth whitening technique can make your teeth whiter than they are by nature! As a rule, teeth have a natural shade of yellow or gray. 

Side effects

Active agents, such as hydrogen peroxide, can penetrate deep into the dental tissue. Therefore, all these methods make teeth more sensitive to hot/cold food and drinks. In most cases, the effect fades after a while. Other side effects are caused by allergic reactions to agents used during teeth whitening procedures.

Contraindications

The methods described above are not recommended if you have tooth decay, cracks, exposed roots, and poorly applied fillings. Prior to going through a procedure, make sure you have no untreated dental issues (periodontitis, etc.) Teeth whitening is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. 

Alpha Dental Care provides professional teeth whitening for the residents of Milton and surrounding areas. At Alpha Dental Care you will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile. Take the first step to whiter teeth and give us a call today at 905-876-0200 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Orthodontics and Braces

Straightening your teeth is a decision that can affect your appearance and confidence for life time. At Alpha Dental Care we offer traditional braces for Milton, Acton, Burlington, Campbellville orthodontic patients. Braces are proven and well known method of gently shifting teeth into proper alignment overtime. To find out if you or your child needs braces to enhance his /her smile call Alpha Dental Care Milton today. Also to mention our exclusive payment options makes affordable braces even more exciting.