Posts for: April, 2015

By Newmarket Dentistry
April 24, 2015
Category: Oral Health

As a Pro Football Hall of Famer and first runner up on the hit television show Dancing with the Stars, Jerry Rice has a face and smile that truly has star quality. However, that was not always the case. During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, the retired NFL pro discussed his good fortune to have had just a few minor dental injuries throughout his football career. He went on to say that his cosmetic dentist repaired several of his chipped teeth with full crowns. Rice now maintains his beautiful smile with routine cleanings and occasional tooth bleaching.

If you have chipped, broken or missing teeth, or are considering a smile makeover, we want to know exactly what you want to change about your smile, as the old adage is true: Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. This is one reason why we feel that listening is one of the most important skills we can use during your private, smile-makeover consultation. We want to use this time to ensure we see what you see as attractive and vice versa so that together we can design a realistic, achievable blueprint for your dream smile.

For this reason, we have put together some questions you should ask yourself prior to your appointment:

  • What do you like and dislike about the color, size, shape and spacing of your teeth?
  • Do you like how much of your teeth show when you smile and when your lips are relaxed?
  • Are you happy with the amount of gum tissue that shows when you smile?
  • Do you prefer a “Hollywood smile” with perfectly aligned, bright white teeth, or do you prefer a more natural looking smile with slight color, shape and shade variations?

To learn more about obtaining the smile you want, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations — Perceptions In Smile Design.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and discuss your cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatment goals. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Jerry Rice, continue reading “Jerry Rice — An Unbelievable Rise To NFL Stardom.”

By Newmarket Dentistry
April 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gummy Smile  

Gummy SmileIf your gums are more noticeable than your teeth when you smile, you may have excessive or uneven gums. Many people live unhappily with this condition without knowing there is a treatment for it. If you have too much gum tissue, talk to your Newmarket dentist Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok to find out what treatments may be available.

The Cause of a Gummy Smile

There are many causes for the gums to appear more prominently when you smile. For instance, you may just have larger gums due to genetics. Alternatively, you may have a perfectly normal amount of gum tissue, but a thin upper lip shows more of your gum when you smile. A gummy smile may also occur due to the way the jaw bone grows. No matter the reason, a cosmetic dentist may be able to help you achieve a smile you can be confident wearing.

Problems with Excessive Gum Tissue

Not only can excessive gum tissue cause aesthetic problems, it may also impact your overall oral health. When there’s too much tissue, it may make your teeth harder to clean and leave you prone to tooth decay and gingivitis.

Treatment for a Gummy Smile

If you have excessive soft gum tissue, your Newmarket dentist may be able to perform a procedure called a gingivectomy. This procedure trims the gum tissue to offer a more appealing look.

If you are unhappy with the shape of your gums, your dentist may offer you a procedure known as a gingivoplasty. This is most commonly done when the gums are misshapen or have not formed properly.

Both of these procedures can be performed with a scalpel or laser surgery. Talk to your dentist to find out which treatment method they offer. Newmarket Dentistry offers treatment for uneven or misshapen gums in their Ontario office.

If you are unhappy with your smile, schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out if a gingivectomy or gingivoplasty are the right treatment options from your Newmarket dentist Dr. Lee-Shanok.

By Newmarket Dentistry
April 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces   retainer  

The much anticipated day has arrived: your child's braces have been removed. You are really happy with the way your son's or daughter's smile looks now. All the time, money, and discomfort of having teeth straightened have been well worth it.

But did you know that the teeth could relapse into their old positions if your child doesn't wear a retainer every night?

Why is wearing a retainer necessary?
It is important for both you and your child to understand the reason for wearing a retainer. It has to do with how orthodontia works in causing teeth to move to more satisfactory positions.

The reason that orthodontia (“ortho” – straight, “odont” – tooth) works is that the tissues holding teeth in place are living and keep remodeling themselves. Teeth are suspended in the jawbone by the periodontal ligament (“peri” – around, “odont” – tooth), which suspends the tooth by extending from the cementum of the tooth on one side into the bone on the other. Cementum is the thin layer of calcified tissue covering the dentin of the root. When light forces are placed on it, the periodontal ligament can reform itself and adapt to the pressures it is under.

Orthodontists know how to keep the pressures during orthodontic treatment light enough to cause movement that is slow and steady but not so strong that the tissues are damaged. If too much force is applied, the process can cause damage to the periodontal tissues and tooth roots.

When the teeth have moved to their desired positions, they will continue slowly moving. The purpose of a retainer is to stabilize the teeth in their “finished” position. They must be retained in this position long enough that the bone and ligament can completely re-form around them, a process that can take several months.

Make it clear to your child that a retainer won't have to be worn forever. Once your child understands that it is very important to wear the retainer for a few months in order to stabilize that attractive new smile, it should be easy to convince him or her to use it nightly.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about retainers. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Why Orthodontic Retainers?



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