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Ottawa Dental Professional Recognizes the Fourth Anniversary of Invisalign Teen

By Pamela Li, in News, on July 1, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – July marks four years since Align Technology, Inc., introduced Invisalign Teen, a new treatment option that was designed to help doctors treat teen patients and streamline treatment planning.

Since its introduction, Ottawa dental professional Dr. Pamela Li has seen an influx in the number of teens who request the invisible braces treatment.

“This product has given teens the freedom and straight teeth they desire without the unsightliness of traditional metal braces,” the Ottawa cosmetic dentist said.

Freedom in this sense is related to not having the typical food restrictions that metal braces would present, such as hard and sticky foods. The aligners can be removed to eat, brush and floss, which allows for better oral hygiene habits. There is also no need for emergency visits to the orthodontist to repair broken brackets or wires.

Nobody knows that the teen is wearing the aligners and users are virtually free of the discomfort commonly associated with metal braces.

While Invisalign and Invisalign Teen use a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable aligners to gently move teeth to a desired final position, modifications were made to the Teen system to overcome certain teenager issues.

Compliance indicator
The Invisalign system only works when the aligners are worn, said the Ottawa dentures and porcelain veneers provider. Using a blue dot indicator located on the back on the aligner, dentists and parents can ensure their teen is wearing their aligner for the appropriate amount of time. Once the aligner has been worn for long enough, the blue dot will fade.

“The blue dot doesn’t lie,” said Dr. Li. “With this simple modification, I can ensure the teen is complying with the prescribed treatment and if all goes according to plan, the patient will have a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.”

Wrapping orthodontic appliances in a napkin while eating and accidently throwing them away is a tale as old as time, said Dr. Li. Thankfully the developers of Invisalign Teen understand that broken and/or lost aligners are a common occurrence among young patients, so they offer up to six free replacement aligners. Normally the replacement aligners cost $50.

“While this technology is four years old, it is constantly evolving and I know the demand for this treatment option will only go up from here,” said Dr. Li, as an Ottawa Invisalign professional.

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Warnings about Acid

By pamelali, in Articles, on July 26, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Ottawa dental practitioner Dr. Pamela Li always warns her patients about the dangers of acid erosion to their teeth.  The teeth can be exposed to acid from many different sources.

“Acid wears down and erodes the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of decay and causing sensitivity in the teeth,” explains Dr. Li, an Ottawa smile makeover provider.  When acid wears away tooth enamel, it also makes your teeth look darker. There are many sources of acid, many of which patients are unaware of.  Hidden sources of acid include pop, vinaigrette salad dressings, red wine, juices, energy drinks, pickles, various kinds of fruit (including citrus, kiwi, pineapple) and tomatoes. (more…)

Dental Emergencies

By pamelali, in Articles, on June 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – No one wants to experience a dental emergency; however, it’s good to know what to do when it happens, explains Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dentist.

Below are some of the most common dental emergencies and what to do about them.

Knocked Out Tooth: Rinse the tooth in contact lens solution (saline solution) or water if it’s dirty, but don’t remove any attached tissue.  Do not touch the root.  Reinsert if possible, but don’t put it back in if there’s a chance you might swallow it. If it isn’t possible to reinsert, put it in a glass of cold milk.  (more…)

Now Offering Joint Vibration Analysis

By pamelali, in News, on May 27, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Dr. Pamela Li is now offering Joint Vibration Analysis through her Ottawa dental practice. JVA is a product of BioResearch Associates, Inc. and is used to evaluate the functioning of the Temporal Mandibular Joint- or TMJ.

JVA is a fast, non-invasive method for evaluating TMJ function and is a valuable tool for dentists in investigating TMJ disorders.  The JVA equipment consists of a simple pair of pressure sensors that the dentist places over the TMJ to record vibrations as the jaw moves.  The JVA records vibration, amplitude, and frequency; it also shows exactly where in the opening/closing cycle the vibration occurs. Different TMJ disorders produce different patterns of vibration.  Analyzing these patterns allows a dentist to diagnose a patient’s specific disorder. (more…)

Treating Gum Disease

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on March 30, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa , ON- Ottawa cosmetic dentistry provider Dr. Pamela Li has extensive experience treating periodontal – or gum – disease.  However, she notes that the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease are not well understood by many dental patients. Periodontal disease can be serious, and is the leading reason for tooth loss in Canadian adults.

The early stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, in which plaque builds up, allows the accumulation of bacteria and causes the gums to be red and inflamed - and sometimes bleed during brushing and flossing. (more…)

Tooth Whitening Options

By pamelali, in Articles, on January 23, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Having whiter teeth is most patients’ number one concern about the way they look. In fact, the number of Americans who whiten their teeth has grown more than 300 percent since 1997. But, the Ottawa dental practice of Dr. Pamela Li offers a simple tooth whitening (sometimes called bleaching) process to brighten the color of your natural tooth enamel and enhance your smile.

A number of factors can cause staining or yellowing of the teeth, including: excessive fluoride, use of certain medicines during childhood, age, and consuming a lot of coffee, tea, or wine. “Many people find their teeth yellow as they get older,” explains Dr. Li  Ottawa tooth whitening specialist. “The enamel on your teeth thins out and just doesn’t give you that bright white look anymore. These patients are simply looking for a way to restore their teeth to their previous color.” (more…)

Recommending Electric Toothbrushes

By Pamela Li, in News, on November 7, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Ottawa  dental clinic dentist, Dr. Pamela Li recommends to her patients that they use quality electric toothbrushes such as Sonicare or Oral-B. “Many people neglect the health of their gums,” says Dr. Li, an Ottawa  cosmetic dentistry practitioner. “But gums are a key to healthy teeth – and the overall health of the body. Periodontal disease is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other systemic diseases. Chronic inflammation anywhere in your body – including your mouth – is detrimental to your health.”

“Good quality electric toothbrushes are very effective in removing plaque even past the reach of the bristles,” says Dr. Li, an Ottawa dental implant provider. They are also good in massaging gums, decreasing inflammation and bleeding. (more…)

Fixes for Dry Mouth

By pamelali, in News, on October 17, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa ON – Ottawa dentist, Dr. Pamela Li often sees patients with Dry Mouth Syndrome, a condition caused by decreased or absent saliva. Without the moisture of saliva, a patient could experience an increase in cavities and gum infection. The bacteria, sugars and acids that are always present in the mouth are usually washed away from teeth, root surfaces, and gums by saliva.

Dry mouth can be caused by medications for allergies, depression, high blood pressure, or insomnia – as well as a host of other conditions. “If you’re taking prescription medicine, it’s doubtful that you can stop it. However, you must be extra careful about preventive dental care,” says Dr. Li, an Ottawa  dental implants provider.
Below are some hints for treating dry mouth as recommended by Ottawa cosmetic dentistry provider Dr. Li: (more…)

Periodontal Disease Described by Ottawa Dental Specialist

By pamelali, in News, on August 17, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa ON – Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, constitutes a bacterial infection of the gums, ligaments and bone that surround your teeth and hold them in your jaw. Usually painless until its final stages, gum disease is silent like heart disease — and can fool a patient.

“Prevention and treatment of periodontal disease are essential since they are part of a chronic inflammation in your body’s tissues,” observes Ottawa dental specialist, Dr. Pamela Li. “However, people often don’t see it as a serious concern. They see regular dental appointments as ‘just another cleaning.’” (more…)

Sedation Dentistry Described by Ottawa Dental Specialist

By pamelali, in Articles, on July 15, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Many adults – up to 30% — experience anxiety about visiting the dentist and would prefer putting up with pain rather than schedule an appointment. However, Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dental specialist, notes that patients can be treated by sedation dentistry – also called oral sedation dentistry, oral conscious sedation, relaxation dentistry, or – less accurately – sleep dentistry.

From cleanings and root canals to complete smile makeovers, we can employ sedation for a wide range of treatments. During your first appointment at our Ottawa ON dental clinic, you will work with us to select the treatment. We will then give you a prescription for a drug such as Valium, Ativan, or Triazolam. (more…)

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