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Correcting Deep Bites

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ottawa InvisalignOttawa, Ontario – A deep bite is when the upper teeth cover an excessive amount of the lower teeth and can be harmful because it not only causes teeth to be misaligned, but it can result in additional problems that can be painful and send you running to your Ottawa dentist.

“Deep bites can cause serious problems,” says Ottawa Invisalign provider Dr. Pamela Li. “The lower teeth will be in constant contact with the upper gums. This contact will harm the gum tissue, and over time, the roots of the teeth can be exposed from the gums being rubbed away. Likewise, the constant rubbing on the bottom teeth can cause those teeth to wear down over time.”

That means that after Dr. Li has treated their orthodontic issue, her patients may also require additional cosmetic dentistry procedures from her, such as crowns or veneers.

But the good news is there are several options available to treat deep bites. Deep bites are best treated at an early age to prevent additional damage being done. It is important that parents take their children for their first orthodontic consultation by the age of seven. Waiting too long for orthodontic treatment can result in needing surgery to properly correct any issues that may be present. But by beginning orthodontic monitoring at a young age, the orthodontist can determine when the best time to begin treatment is, and craft the perfect treatment plan to create the most beautiful and functional smile for a patient.

There are several options available to treat deep bites, with surgery typically being a last resort. A good orthodontist or dentist will create a custom treatment plan for each of his or her patients. Even if presenting with a similar problem, every mouth is different, so every treatment plan must be unique. The treatment will first begin with a diagnosis, which will involve a comprehensive examination. The dentist will need X-rays and photos to clearly see the issue and then determine the best course of action to treat it.

In some instances, the treatment may involve what is known as a bite plane. Made of acrylic, this appliance will be anchored into the mouth with bands that are placed in the upper, permanent molars. A piece of acrylic will rest on the upper front teeth, and the appliance works to allow the back teeth to come together. The typical treatment time using a bite plane is six to nine months.

In most cases, however, braces will be required to correct the bite. Because a deep bite causes poor angulation for the teeth, a large amount of force is typically needed to move the teeth to better positions. This may have been a deterrent for some patients, especially adults, who didn’t want the hassle of dealing with metal braces and all the annoyances that can go along with their wear. But now there is some exciting news for patients looking to correct their deep bites.

“Invisalign, the clear aligner braces technology, now offers a new aligner designed specifically to correct deep bites,” says Dr. Li. “That means even more patients can now enjoy the ease and functionality of Invisalign.”

At the end of 2013, Align Technology announced Invisalign G5, the exciting new technology that will allow deep bite patients the ability to correct their smiles more comfortably, efficiently and less noticeably. Align Technology designs and manufactures the revolutionary clear aligner system that has been improving smiles since 1998. Patients love the aligners because they are almost totally invisible and completely removable, allowing patients to discretely straighten their teeth without altering their lifestyles dramatically. The Invisalign product family includes numerous technologies to give patients perfect smiles, but until now, patients with deep bites were not as predictable with their treatment.

But all of that has changed with Invisalign G5. It has been specifically engineered to achieve better outcomes for deep bites and offers a few comprehensive features to help dentists correct these bites.

“Invisalign G5 has added new SmartForce attachments and pressure areas,” says Dr. Li. “These are designed to improve the control of tooth movement to create a more predictable treatment. There are also new precision aligner bite ramps that help to further improve the efficiency of the treatment.”

Invisalign G5 marks the first time Align Technology has created a product to specifically enhance treatment for one type of malocclusion. With deep bites affecting an estimated 45 percent of teen and adult patients, the company saw the need and created an innovative solution to better assist dentists and orthodontists.

Invisalign is a more modern approach to straightening teeth. Recent research has shown that eliciting constant, gentle force on teeth is more effective in moving them to their proper locations. And Invisalign G5 with its SmartForce innovations does just that. These new features allow the dentist to use advanced virtual modeling to deliver the proper level of force for each individual tooth. This is something that simply can’t be done using standard metal braces.

Invisalign involves the wear of a custom set of aligner trays. During the course of treatment, each tray will be worn for two weeks. Each tray is custom made for the individual patient, based on the exact movements your dentist has planned for you. And with Invisalign G5, the dentist now has the ability to plan out the movement for each individual tooth, so he or she can specifically target the teeth that are causing your deep bite.

Best of all, this is done gently and without people knowing it is even happening. There are no pesky wires and brackets to worry about, and because they are removable, there is no need to alter your diet or oral care habits. Invisalign provides excellent results, and dentists like Dr. Li are thrilled to be able to use the technology to help even more patients smile wider.

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Ottawa Dentist and Staff to Attend LVI Course

By Pamela Li, in News, on April 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Healthy teethOttawa, Ontario – Ottawa dentist Dr. Pamela Li is committed to staying up to date with the latest procedures and technologies. That’s why she and her staff will be attending a course given by the prestigious Las Vegas Institute at the end of the month.

The course will cover neuromuscular dentistry and TMJ disorder and how proper occlusion can aid patients. During the course, Dr. Li and her staff will further learn about the importance of recognizing malocclusion issues in their patients, and the need for establishing neuromuscular care to properly treat patients. They will learn how to better educate their patients about their dental and occlusal issues, and discuss the use of the TENS unit and K7 technology to help treat TMD and neuromuscular issues.

“We are very excited to attend this course,” says Dr. Li, who also practices cosmetic dentistry. “Any time we attend a course given by LVI, we walk away with a wealth of new knowledge that benefits our patients. We treat many patients who suffer from pain, due to neuromuscular and TMD issues, and this course will enable us to help make them better.”

Neuromuscular dentistry provides an evolution in thinking about occlusions. Dentists are able to assess the teeth and jaw joints as well as the muscles and nerves of the face and jaws. This gives a more comprehensive approach based on scientific protocols.

During the course, Dr. Li and her staff will learn how the missing pieces of the occlusion puzzle can create pain, see how the pain develops, and learn how that occlusion can create problems in the entire body from the fingers to the lower back. The instructors will offer practical methods to support optimal occlusion and end chronic and debilitating pain. The science behind proper occlusion will be studied, which will lead to how best to restore the mouth. A mentor will guide the participants as they discover the knowledge and techniques that will help them provide optimal health for their patients.

The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies is a postgraduate training center for dentists. LVI offers many courses that include topics such as neuromuscular, advanced diagnostic and aesthetic dentistry. LVI is dedicated to a deeper understanding of the art and science of dentistry and offers hands-on clinical and interactive lectures combined with live patient treatment to give dentists a training opportunity they can’t find anywhere else.

Finding a dentist who is committed to their ongoing education is a crucial part of selecting the right dentist for your care. While every dentist had to follow a similar program in order to become a dentist, not every dentist follows the same path throughout their career. It is important to find a dentist like Dr. Li who is committed to continuing her education and training by seeking out the best courses provided by the best educators. And LVI provides just that experience for dentists from around the world.

“I’m committed to seeking out the best treatment options for my patients,” says Dr. Li. “My staff and I always strive to provide the best and most comprehensive care possible, and continuing our educations through LVI courses is one of the best ways we can ensure that continues.”

The course will take place in Toronto on the weekend of March 27-29.

The Next Best Thing Has Arrived – Invisalign SmartTrack Explained

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on March 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

SmartTrack in OttawaOttawa, Ontario – New procedures to assist dental patients, like laser dentistry, are being introduced and perfected every day. Align Technology’s recent announcement about the release of the next generation of tooth straightening technology is just the latest advance to benefit Ottawa Invisalign wearers. SmartTrack is a proprietary new material that, because it is more elastic, is designed to apply constant force to improve control over tooth movement.

“Originally announced by the company in October, SmartTrack became widely available for use by dentists and orthodontists in January,” says Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dentist who treats TMD, as well as provides orthodontic treatment. “SmartTrack is a great improvement to a system that already worked well. The clinical results that have been seen from studies so far have been nothing short of fantastic.”

Invisalign works through a series of invisible and fully removable aligners. Each aligner is custom fit for the patient, and is made from a smooth and clear plastic, making it invisible to others. The aligners work to gradually move teeth to their desired locations, and a new aligner is fit approximately every two weeks. There are no metal wires or brackets to tighten, and the aligners are comfortable and removable, allowing patients to take them out when eating or drinking. This also allows patients to maintain their usual oral care regimen, without added brushing and flossing to get into the nooks and crannies created by standard metal braces.

Patients have flocked to Invisalign since it was first introduced because of its ease. It creates great results, and older patients love its aesthetic qualities. And now it’s gotten even better with the invention of SmartTrack.

Conventional materials used for aligners may relax over time, resulting in a loss of the energy needed to move teeth. SmartTrack maintains a constant force on the teeth over the course of the two weeks the patient wears each aligner. It is also more flexible, which means it can more precisely fit teeth to improve the control of movement during the process. A study of over 1,000 patients treated with the new design showed dramatic improvement in control compared to those using the current Invisalign aligners.

Invisalign has excellent outcomes because eliciting a gentle but constant force has a much better response from the periodontal tissues and other parts of the mouth involved in orthodontic movement. While the previous aligners used were comfortable for patients, the new SmartTrack aligners are more comfortable. That means something dental patients rarely hear – an even more pleasant experience when straightening teeth.

For an aligner to work properly, it must fit as closely as possible to the tooth. SmartTrack is made from a proprietary medical grade thermoplastic that fits even closer to the teeth. It has elastic properties that allow it to return to its normal shape if it becomes stretched. This improved elasticity also allows SmartTrack to keep all teeth more closely in line with the desired tooth movement as set forth by the dentist or orthodontist.

SmartTrack will now be the material used in standard Invisalign treatment. But it still allows orthodontists to follow the same treatment plan they set forth at the beginning of a patient’s treatment. That means patients will continue having the excellent experience they started with Invisalign.

For patients who have been looking for a way to straighten their teeth or want to find a dentist in Ottawa, but have been putting off treatment because they don’t want a mouth full of metal, Invisalign with its new SmartTrack technology is the answer. To learn how Invisalign SmartTrack, as well as other procedures like teeth bleaching, can transform your smile, call your dentist or orthodontist to schedule a consultation today.

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Dental Bonding is the More Affordable Solution to Dental Veneers

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on November 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – If you suffer from teeth that are chipped, cracked or damaged in some way, you know how much it can affect not only your smile, but the way you feel as well.

There are two treatment options that are available to correct minor flaws in your smile: porcelain veneers and dental bonding. However, one of these options is more affordable than the other.

“In recent years I have seen a growing number of people opt for dental bonding over veneers, simply because they are more affordable,” said Dr. Pamela Li one of the dentists in Ottawa.

Ottawa Porcelain Veneers will set you back around $1,300 per tooth, while bonding is less than half that at around $500 per tooth.

“Sometimes it’s not the price that deters people, it’s trying to decide which look they want and are unsure about the permanence that comes with veneers,” the dental care professional said. “People will opt for bonding for a while and then find they are more comfortable with the next step, which is veneers.”

Bonding
In addition to being used as white fillings for small cavities, bonding is also used to improve the appearance of chipped and broken teeth and to fill gaps. Bonding is a tooth-colored resin that does not have to be made in a lab like veneers, and treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes.

Once your tooth is roughened up and a conditioning liquid is applied to help the bonding material adhere, the resin is applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape. Using a special ultraviolet light, the material is hardened. After the bonding is hard, your dentist will trim, shape and polish it to make it look like your natural tooth.

In recent years, dental professionals have begun to use more esthetic resins, which are available in a variety of opacities. There are more opaque resins to mimic dentin, moderately translucent to mimic enamel and translucent resins for the final surface layer. A more natural result is achieved by using this layering technique, as there is more depth so it looks more like your natural tooth.

While bonding will last for a number of years, it has more limitations than veneers, said Dr. Li. Bonding does not have the high shine finish of porcelain and has to be maintained, as they can chip and stain more easily.

Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are often referred to as the “Cadillac” of cosmetic dentistry, said the Ottawa teeth cleaning provider. Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to fit over the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can change the shape, color, length, and size of your teeth and can be custom colored to match the rest of your teeth perfectly.

Veneers can be bonded to one or two teeth or they can be used on all your teeth, depending on the result you are looking to achieve. Impressions will be taken for a diagnostic wax-up so you can see ahead of time what the final restorations will look like. Then a stent is made from the wax up to ensure the temporary veneers are the exact shape of the final restorations. This gives you an opportunity to see what your new smile will look like before the veneers are even made.

To prepare your teeth for veneers, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface. Final impressions are taken and the custom temporary veneers are placed on your teeth. Your veneers will come back from the dental laboratory in a few weeks. Before placing the veneers, your teeth will be cleaned, polished and roughened to allow the veneer to adhere. Special cement is applied and the veneer is placed on your tooth. It will be cured to your tooth with a special light beam once in its proper place.

“Veneers are a permanent way to change the appearance of your smile,” said Dr. Li, Ottawa Implant Dentist, “While veneers are much stronger and natural looking, their cost is their greatest downfall. Bonding is a good and affordable alternative.”

To determine which procedure is right for you, it is recommended that you meet with a cosmetic dentistry professional to discuss your concerns and smile goals.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures on the Rise for One Ottawa Dentist

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on July 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – If you think the only reason you visit the dentist is to get your teeth cleaned and your cavities filled, you need to get with the program.

Today, ordinary dental clinics have been transformed into a beauty parlor of sorts, especially for those seeking cosmetic dentistry procedures to correct various problems and have their smile overhauled.

“In the past five years, the number of people undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures in my office has increased by 300 percent,” said dentist Ottawa Dr. Pamela Li.

Cosmetic procedures used to be regarded as something only celebrities or wealthy individuals underwent, but just about everyone now can have the smile of a lifetime. It just depends on how far they are willing to go, said Dr. Li.

One of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Li is teeth whitening, which can whiten your teeth by up to three shades in as little as one treatment. This procedure can either be performed in the office using a concentrated peroxide gel or it can be done at home using custom made plastic trays and a special whitening gel.

“Tooth whitening is the easiest way to improve the look of your smile and it’s more affordable than other cosmetic options,” the Ottawa dentist who offers traditional braces and the Invisalign system said.

Another common procedure is bonding. Bonding is tooth-colored material used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. In addition to being used to repair teeth that are chipped or slightly decayed, it is also used to close spaces between teeth or cover the outside of a tooth to change its color and shape.

The longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations is found in veneers and crowns, said Dr. Li, a TMD dentist. They either partially or entirely cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. They are used in cases where a lot of changes are needed.

Crowns and veneers are the most time-consuming of all procedures. They are thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made -for shape and color—in a dental laboratory. They are bonded to the teeth and can completely transform your smile.

“Porcelain veneers and crowns are part of our smile makeover services,” said Dr. Li.

The procedure is completed in two visits, with the first one focusing on lightly shaping the surface of your teeth to allow for the thickness of the porcelain and then taking an impression of your teeth. During your second visit, your fabricated restorations will be bonded to your teeth. With proper oral hygiene habits, crowns and veneers can last a long time without needing to be replaced.

The condition of your teeth and your desired result often indicate the best procedure for you, said Dr. Li. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist is the best time to address your smile concerns and decide which procedure you would benefit from.

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