At Chin Up & Smile, we are committed to providing dental care on a very personalized level. After all, everyoneʼs oral condition is unique and we all have our own attitude and goals towards what we want our smiles to be and represent.

While everyone is different, we have noticed that there are a few commonly asked questions that we hear very often. Perhaps you have been asking yourself one of these same questions? If you have, we thought it would be helpful to post this short list of “Commonly Asked Questions”. For more information or details on any of these points, we invite you to email or call us at 905-823-9555.

Why is it important that I visit my dentist every 6 months?

Well, you might be surprised to learn the extent of what really goes on during your regular check-up. In addition to cleaning and polishing all the visible and hidden surfaces of your teeth, we also check for many potential problems. Tooth decay, oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease are just a few examples of problems that can have serious consequences if left undetected.

We recommend that our patients visit our office at least twice each year to ensure their optimal oral health and to help avoid serious and costly problems. In certain cases, we may even recommend 3 or 4 visits per year in order to properly treat conditions that require more regular attention.

Maintaining a regular appointment schedule with your dentist isn’t just good for your teeth, it’s an important part of your overall health.

When should I bring my child in for their first visit?

We believe that a child should have their first dental visit when their first tooth erupts or before they reach their first birthday. Recent studies are showing that by the age of three, a child is already at risk of having cavities which can be caused by something as innocent as putting a baby to sleep with a bottle of juice or milk. Along with taking our first look at your child’s oral condition, this first appointment is also largely focused on the parents and helping them to establish a good oral hygiene program and diet for the child. .

It is a little known fact that a child's primary teeth are vital to the long-term health of their permanent adult teeth. The premature loss of primary teeth as a result of accidents or decay can cause serious problems including poorly spaced and crooked adult teeth. As a result, it is just as important to care for a child's baby teeth as it is for the adult teeth that follow..

How can I help myself to prevent bad breath?

According to recent studies, almost half the population of adults in North America suffers at least occasionally from bad breath (halitosis). The most common cause of bad breath is oral bacteria in the mouth and on the back of the tongue. These bacteria produce a volatile sulfur compound, which in turn produces a smell similar to “rotten eggs”. Other causes of halitosis include certain foods, smoking, alcohol, hormonal changes or simply being hungry..

Depending upon the type of bad breath, the treatment usually begins with ensuring meticulous oral hygiene. Your dentist or dental hygienist will check for gum disease and if necessary prepare a detailed treatment plan. Tongue scraping (don’t worry, it’s easy and painless), should also become an important part of daily home care and part of your regular tooth brushing routine..

How is a mouth guard from my dentist different from the one I can buy at a sporting goods store?

The main differences are in how well the mouth guard fits and the materials used. The mouth guards provided in our office are custom-made to perfectly fit the wearer’s teeth. This proper fit can result in a more comfortable and secure mouth guard, which can’t easily be dislodged. In addition, we use a heavier mouth guard material selected based upon each patients individual needs. The boil and bite mouth-guards that you purchase in retail stores simply can not provide the same level of protection..

The high-speed collisions that occur during the play of sports like hockey, football, soccer and basketball can cause serious tooth damage and concussions. A professionally fitted mouth-guard is the best defense for any athlete against these injuries..

How should I deal with my fear of dentists?

Firstly, you can take solace in the fact that you are not alone. A significant percentage of adults suffer from some level of fear of dental treatment. However, given the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums to your overall health, it is imperative that you find a way to deal with these fears..

In our clinic we offer a range of techniques to help our patients reduce their anxiety. Here are a few ideas that you might consider;.
Visualize yourself in a comfortable place while in the dental chair – a warm sandy beach for example.
Avoid drinking beverages that contain caffeine before your appointment.
Ask us lot’s of questions about your treatment – quite often fears of the unknown are the worst fears of all..

Our ultimate goal is to enable our patients to receive dental treatment in a comfortable state of mind. Please feel free to call our office if you would like to learn more about our unique approach to this serious problem.

What are Ultra-Thin Veneers and are they right for me?

Ultra-Thin Veneers are porcelain veneers that offer the painless way to a permanently whiter and perfectly aligned smile. Your dentist can apply these contact lens-thin "smile shapers" to teeth with minimal or no grinding or shaving, transforming teeth into a naturally beautiful smile without removing the painful tooth structure. Ultra-Thin Veneers can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.

It is the painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth.

Ultra-Thin Veneers may be the solution you’ve been looking for. If you would like to explore the possibilities with your smile, we invite you to call our office for more information.

More attractive, more confident you could be just a short, pain free appointment away!

What is Laser Dentistry?

Dentists use lasers in many soft and hard tissue therapies. Lasers can reshape or remove swollen gum tissue. They can remove soft tissue growths. The intense energy in a laser has also been proven to kill bacteria in gum pockets, making lasers ideal for treating periodontal disease. Hard tissue therapies can be used for small cavities, eliminating the need for a local anesthetic.

In addition to being more precise, laser therapies offer many other benefits:

  • Laser light cannot be detected by the nervous system, so pain is minimized or eliminated.
  • Because lasers seal blood vessels and nerve ends, there is little or no bleeding and significantly less swelling.
  • Because of their accuracy, lasers cause less damage to surrounding tissues, resulting in less post-operative pain and faster recovery times.
  • The intense energy of the laser beam sterilizes the area being treated, greatly reducing the chance of a bacterial infection.

Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive, efficient and affordable treatment option. Talk to us today to learn more.

Did you know that there is a new way to straighten your teeth without braces?

Introducing Invisalign…a new and more comfortable way to achieve a beautiful smile.

Until recently, orthodontic treatment was focused mainly on teenagers and the preferred method was metal braces. Thanks to Invisalign, orthodontic treatment has become easier, more comfortable and accepted by more and more adults seeking a straighter smile.

Here’s how it works! Upon an initial consultation, we decide if Invisalign is right for you. We then formulate a treatment plan, make an impression of your teeth and using the latest technology, Invisalign is made to fit snuggly over teeth and gently move them through every stage of your treatment plan.

With no more metal braces and usually a shorter treatment time, Invisalign truly is something to smile about.