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The Advantages of Invisalign

By pamelali, in Articles, on August 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – When deciding on orthodontic care, many patients wonder about the difference between Invisalign aligners and traditional braces.
Below, Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dental implants and Invisalign provider, describes those differences.

The first step in obtaining Invisalign aligners is that the dentist or orthodontist will take detailed measurements of a patient’s mouth. Then he or she can show the patient a computer model demonstrating how the teeth will move over time and what the final smile will look like.
A series of customized clear plastic aligners is created for the patient; they shift teeth steadily and gently over time. Every other week, the patient switches out an old aligner for a new model. (more…)

Medical Conditions that Influence Dental Care

By pamelali, in Articles, on May 16, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Most people think of regular dental appointments as important for your dental health, but dental visits are also a time when healthcare professionals can spot other medical problems.
“It’s essential that patients tell their dentists about any changes in their medical condition,” explains Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa smile makeover provider. The following medical conditions can be spotted by a dentist in a regular appointment: (more…)

Geriatric Dentistry

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

Ottawa, ON – As the baby boom generation ages, geriatric dentistry is becoming an increasingly large component of many dentists’ practices.

“We are seeing more and more elderly patients who have specific problems related to aging and need specific kinds of care,” point out Ottawa dentists at Dr. Pamela Li’s an Ottawa cosmetic dentistry.

It used to be that older patients who had problems with teeth and gums would have tooth extractions and get dentures. However, more of today’s dental patients received high quality oral care earlier in life. (more…)

Treating Children with Periodontal Disease

By pamelali, in News, on March 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON- Periodontal, or gum, disease is something most people associate with adults, but, in fact, it can strike during childhood or adolescence, notes Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dentist.

Gingivitis is a fairly common form of gum disease in children and is fairly easy to treat.  Sometimes in adults gingivitis precedes periodontitis, a more serious kind of gum disease, which is why it’s important to recognize and treat gingivitis early.

“Periodontitis is fairly rare in otherwise healthy children,” says Ottawa dental implants provider Dr. Li. “But it’s much harder to treat than gingivitis.” (more…)

How Veneers Work

By pamelali, in Articles, on February 10, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Veneers can entirely reshape a patient’s smile, as they are the perfect solution for treating many dental conditions.

They are more conservative than crowns, but are still very strong. Bonding with white filling material is another option to reshape a smile, but they need more maintenance and do not have the natural translucency and shine of porcelain, notes Dr. Pamela Li an Ottawa dental implants provider.

Porcelain veneers are fine ceramic shells that are bonded directly to the front and top of the teeth. They are growing increasingly popular because of their simplicity and versatility. With veneers as a choice, patients don’t need to suffer with gaps between their teeth – or teeth that are stained, misshapen or crooked. (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…)

Now Offering BioMers Translucent Braces

By pamelali, in News, on December 22, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dental implants provider, is now offering BioMers- the world’s only completely translucent system of braces- to her orthodontic clients. It has only been available in Canada as of this fall.

With the BioMers program, the wires, brackets, and retainers are all completely clear, creating a system that is just as effective as all-metal braces, but is more aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Li’s Ottawa orthodontics practice offers the nearly invisible system, which is made possible by the development of a new polymer that can be shaped into a translucent wire. (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…)

Ottawa Dentist Takes Advantage of LVI Training

By pamelali, in Articles, on May 9, 2010 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ON — Ottawa dentist Dr. Pamela Li is trained by LVI. But, what does that mean? Located in Summerlin, NV, LVI is the largest and most comprehensive post-Doctoral dental educational facility in the U.S. The Institute has helped thousands of dentists from around the world expand their understanding of dentistry and take better care of their patients.

The LVI Curriculum offers a number of programs across the broad spectrum of dental education, but specializes in Neuromuscular Dentistry, TMD, and cosmetic dentistry like Porcelain Veneers and Dental Implants. LVI training allows dentists to bring specialized techniques and procedures into their office and help their patients enjoy a better quality of life.  (more…)

Ottawa Dentist Uses ICAT Scan to Take Guesswork out of Implant and TMJ Treatment

By Pamela Li, in News, on January 19, 2010 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ON — Ottawa dentist Dr. Pamela Li will be utilizing a newly opened ICAT scanner to more accurately treat her patients in need of dental implants or TMJ care. The ICAT scanner allows dentists and surgeons to read 3D scans of a patient’s head and neck, with much less radiation exposure than CT scans.

Thanks to the ICAT, dental implant surgery is far easier and less risky. Using the 3D scans, surgeons can accurately determine the best site for a dental implant based on bone mass, jaw structure, and the arrangement of teeth and roots. It is easier to plan the restorations of multiple implants if the dentist knows exactly where the implants will be placed ahead of time. Because of this, the procedure and results are much more predictable. (more…)

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