Many of our patients at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON, have been asking us about brightening their teeth lately, and today Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok thought we would discuss the options available to you to put the sparkle back in your smile!
Over-the-counter products – You’ve probably seen over-the-counter whiteners such as whitening strips on store shelves. While whitening strips may work for some, they do have certain restrictions. For example, they are not nearly as effective when crowns or fillings are involved. Teeth that are stained gray instead of brown or yellow typically don’t respond as well to these types of whiteners. Whitening strips typically save you money but take longer to work and also require discipline on your part to keep them in place for the right amount of time each day.
Whitening at our office – This type of whitening can be done right at our practice. A whitening agent is applied directly to teeth and a special light helps accelerate the whitening process. This may be accomplished in one session or take several appointments. You should expect to spend anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes at each session. If you have a mix of natural teeth and fillings or crowns, your dentist may recommend bonding or veneers on your natural teeth instead of regular bleaching. Teeth whitening at our office can be used to correct many tooth discolorations which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating the beautiful smile you've always wanted.
At-home whitening – If you choose this option, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth and create a custom-fit whitening tray. The gel whitening solution is poured into the tray, and the tray is worn for a predetermined amount of time, generally from a couple of hours a day to every day during the night, until you’re back in our office for an evaluation.
Give us a call at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON to schedule an appointment! Whiter teeth are just one visit away with Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok when you call 905-830-1010.
When was the last time you paid Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok in Newmarket, ON a visit? If you're like many people, chances are it was more than six months ago. We hear the reasons why people neglect regular dental visits all the time: lack of money or quality dental insurance, busy schedules, and fear. However, your twice-yearly checkups are so important for your dental health and your overall health as well.
You may brush your teeth twice a day and even floss, and your teeth may feel fine, but regular dental checkups with Dr. Lee-Shanok aren’t about addressing problems and reacting — they are about cavity prevention. No matter how much you brush and floss, there is still a chance that food or other debris can get lodged between your teeth, and there is also a chance that food and beverages can wear down your tooth enamel in between visits, making your teeth vulnerable to decay.
In addition to thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.
It's important to know that the majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced. And, unfortunately, serious oral issues are painful and expensive to treat. A deep cleaning twice a year by our team in Newmarket, ON, is the best way to hit all the spots you may have missed with brushing and flossing and prevent any problems that may have gone unseen.
Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve! If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, please give us a call at (905) 830-1010 to schedule an appointment at our convenient Newmarket, ON office!
If you are considering veneers in Newmarket, ON, Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok of Newmarket Dentistry is here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells that are placed on the surface of your teeth to perfect your smile. They are great for cosmetic issues, but may not be suitable for those with serious dental problems. Dr. Lee-Shanok can help you determine if they are the best choice for you.
Benefits of Veneers
Veneers in Newmarket, ON provide several benefits, including those listed below.
Helps You Achieve a Beautiful Smile
Veneers can help change the appearance of your smile. They are used to address missing teeth, chipped teeth, and stained teeth. They can also help if you have gaps between your teeth or misshapen teeth.
Natural Look and Feel
Veneers are customized to fit your smile, your facial symmetry, and the color and contour of your teeth. This customization brings the look and feels as close to your natural teeth as possible.
Quick, Simple, and Minimally Invasive Solution
Veneers typically require no more than a little shaving of the surface of your teeth to make room for your veneers and some cement to lock them in place. The process takes little time and provides immediate results. This is often more desirable than the process of braces.
Veneers only require the same type of maintenance you give your natural teeth. You’ll need to brush at least two times a day and floss at least once a day. You’ll also need to visit Dr. regularly. As long as you follow this basic routine, you should need no other maintenance.
Permanent and Durable
As long as you follow the simple maintenance of veneers, you can expect them to last approximately 10 years. During that time, they are very effective at resisting decay and stains, thanks to their nonporous makeup.
To learn if veneers in Newmarket, ON are the right choice for you, call (905) 830-1010 to make an appointment with Dr. Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry.
When you envision the perfect smile, you likely think of straight, bright white teeth. And while achieving an evenly spaced grin may take a dental procedure, dazzling whiteness can be more easily attained.
Whether your teeth are stained from food and drink, discolored with age, or grayed from smoking, professional whitening can restore your smile to a youthful white. If a dingy grin is making you hesitant to show off your smile, teeth whitening from dentist Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok of Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON, can boost your confidence so you are eager to flash a smile.
What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening?
● Dramatic results: You may find some success in using drugstore whitening treatments, especially if your level of tooth discoloration is minor or due to food and drink rather than other factors. However, deep yellowing or graying is hard to penetrate without a professional-grade treatment. The teeth whitening procedure at our Newmarket, ON, office uses a higher level of hydrogen peroxide for powerful whitening and intense results. You can whiten your teeth with multiple shades with professional treatment.
● Fast whitening: An at-home kit with strips, gels, or paint on solutions will likely take multiple treatments over the course of days or weeks to show results. A professional whitening gives you a dazzling grin in under an hour. Depending on the severity of your teeth staining, you may need more than one treatment for the most intense whitening. If you are looking to whiten your teeth for a special occasion, an in-office treatment is the quickest and most effective way to do so.
● Lasting effects: The results from a professional whitening are longer lasting than those obtained with an at-home version, providing up to five years of whiteness. Make sure to brush and floss frequently and thoroughly to prolong your whitening and keep your teeth healthy.
Get ready to show off your grin with teeth whitening from the Newmarket, ON, office of Dr. Lee-Shanok. Call Newmarket Dentistry at 905-830-1010.
Invisalign is the subtle and discreet method for straightening your smile. If you have teeth that are crooked, crowded overlapping, or affected by excess spacing, Invisalign could help. We offer Invisalign treatment at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON. Your skilled dentist, Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok, can help you achieve a straight smile.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign is an alternative to braces for straightening teeth and treating other orthodontic issues. Like braces, Invisalign gently exerts pressure on the teeth to gradually move them in the desired direction over time. Where Invisalign differs is that brackets, bands, and wires are not used. Instead, removable aligner trays move and straighten the teeth.
Patients will wear multiple sets of custom aligner trays throughout the course of treatment. Each set includes a tray for the upper teeth and one for the lower teeth. A set is only worn for a few weeks before being replaced with the next set. Each subsequent set of trays straightens the teeth more and moves them toward the desired position.
Some of the orthodontic issues that can be effectively treated with Invisalign include:
• Crooked teeth
• Crowded or overlapping teeth
• Small gaps between teeth
• Minor bite alignment issues
More complicated orthodontic problems, such as serious bite misalignment, might be better treated with braces. The experienced dentist at our Newmarket, ON, office can determine if your smile concerns can be treated with Invisalign versus braces.
Benefits of Invisalign
There are a host of benefits to straightening your smile with Invisalign. One exciting aspect of Invisalign is that it works for both teens and adults. Other benefits include:
Comfort: A flexible plastic material is used to create the custom aligner trays. There are no hard components to poke or irritate the mouth.
Removable: The trays can be temporarily taken out for two hours a day without adversely affecting treatment.
Subtle: The flexible plastic material used to fabricate the aligners is clear so the trays are virtually invisible to others.
Improved Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing are less challenging with Invisalign since the aligner trays can be taken out when performing your daily oral hygiene routine.
More Dietary Choices: Since the aligners can be removed when eating, Patients enjoy fewer food restrictions during treatment. Removing the trays prevents damage from sticky or hard foods.
Teeth-Grinding Protection: Patients who grind their teeth at night enjoy protection against the wear and tear of grinding since the aligners are worn over the teeth.
Invisalign could help you straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you desire. To learn more and find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee-Shanok by calling Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON, at (905) 830-1010.
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