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Adults Orthodontics Are More than Just a Trend

By Pamela Li, in News, on April 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ottawa Emergency Dentist Provides Orthodontic TreatmentVancouver, British Columbia – More and more adults throughout the world, including in Ottawa, are turning to their dentist for braces, and not just relying on them for standard cleanings and emergency dentistry in Ottawa. From the red carpet to your neighbor next door, braces have become the latest fashion accessory, and with new advances, you might not even realize your friends are wearing braces.

“When people picture someone with braces, they generally think of an adolescent with a mouth full of metal,” says Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa cosmetic dentist “But today that stereotype is being thrown out as more adults are realizing the benefits of having a straighter smile. And because technology has advanced so much, there are numerous options for patients to choose from to straighten their teeth discretely.”

Straight teeth are about so much more than just an ideal smile. While many patients might turn to braces to boost their self-esteem, a straighter smile might just save them time in a dentist’s chair later in life. Malocclusions such as overbites and underbites that go unfixed can lead to serious issues. Chewing problems, abnormal tooth wear, tooth loss, gum disease and sometimes even TMJ disorder can result from malocclusions that go unchecked.

Patients who didn’t receive treatment during their adolescent years are now flocking to the dentist’s office because of the amazing advances we’ve seen in cosmetic dentistry in recent years. No longer do adults have to be embarrassed by their smiles, but too embarrassed to fix them because of the thought of wearing metal braces that might be unsightly.

“Patients have more options than ever before to choose from,” says Dr. Li, who offers dental implants in Ottawa, dentures and porcelain veneers. “Teeth straightening options today are more comfortable and more discrete, and in some cases, even faster than standard metal braces. That means patients can get the smile they’ve always wanted much quicker and in a more aesthetically pleasing way.”

Professional adults love invisalign braces because of its comfortable, removable and invisible aligners. And now with its new SmartTrack aligners, Invisalign has gotten even better for patients. Patients wear a comfortable aligner for two weeks at a time over the course of their treatment. SmartTrack Aligners are even more comfortable and fit to the teeth even better than previous aligners did. Patients love that the aligners are invisible, giving them the discreteness they desire, and that they are removable, allowing them to eat and drink as usual and maintain their standard oral care regimen.

More dentists and orthodontists are also using lingual and self-ligating braces. Lingual braces fit onto the tongue side of teeth, which makes them invisible to the naked eye. They work well for musicians, especially those playing wind instruments, and athletes who play contact sports. Self-ligating braces have a lower profile than standard metal braces because they don’t use metal or elastic ties. They also work more efficiently to move teeth, so patients can sometimes shave months off their treatment times.

Ceramic braces blend right in with a patient’s teeth, so their friends and colleagues won’t even notice them.

When choosing to correct their smile, it’s important for patients to work closely with their dentist or orthodontist to create a proper treatment plan with realistic goals. Not all of the options described are appropriate for each patient, and some patients may require additional work before treatment can begin. Patients who have experienced bone loss, tooth breakdown or who have small jaws may require additional periodontal work, and in some cases even jaw surgery to achieve their desired results. No matter what option you choose, there’s no need to live with a less than perfect smile. Schedule a consultation with your dentist or orthodontist today to learn which treatment is best for you.

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Using Cosmetic Dentistry to Fill Gaps, Fix Chips and Replace Missing Teeth

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on September 5, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – From overhauling your smile to minor repairs, your dentist can perform a wide range of procedures to improve your smile. Using cosmetic dentistry, there are many options for people with discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing teeth, but how do you know which treatment is right for you?

Dr. Pamela Li, a provider of dentistry in Ottawa, is sharing with patients the types of procedures available, their purpose and their applications to guide patients in making the right decision.

Missing Teeth
Replacing a missing tooth not only restores your self-confidence, but also prevents progressive dental problems from occurring when teeth are left untreated, says Cosmetic Dentistry pro in Ottawa. Problems often associated with missing teeth include:

  • Neighboring teeth may shift and cause alignment issues
  • Difficulty chewing and speaking
  • Adjacent teeth can wear prematurely
  • Remaining teeth are more prone to gum recession and gum disease, as plaque can accumulate on surrounding teeth
  • The jawbone can shrink and deteriorate to fill the gap created by the root of the lost tooth

The most effective methods for restoring missing teeth are dental implants, a dental bridge or dentures, as the family dentist believes.

Implants are a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth and are better suited for patients with sufficient jawbone structure, which is needed to support the implant. Dental implants act as the root for the missing tooth. It consists of a dental crown placed on top of a titanium post that is permanently anchored to your jawbone. Implants will preserve bone and there is no detrimental effect on the adjacent teeth.

Bridges are used to replace a span of one or two missing teeth. Ideal candidates have natural teeth on either side of the gap that are healthy enough to support the placement of the crowns and attached bridge. The bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth suspended from a bridge that is anchored to the neighboring teeth.

Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. Unlike implants and bridges that are permanently affixed to the supporting bone or teeth, dentures are prosthetic teeth that are removable from the mouth. Dentures may be removed at night for cleaning or as desired. While not the most ideal form of treating missing teeth, they are the least costly option.

Spaces Between Teeth
Unlike missing teeth, spaces between teeth do not affect a patient’s oral health, rather they affect their emotional well-being, making them self-conscious and uncomfortable in most situations, believes Li, who is a Downtown Ottawa dentist.

To correct gaps between teeth, dental bonding or dental veneers are the best treatment options available. Which treatment is right for you will depend on the extent of your gap or gaps, as well as your aesthetic desires.

For people with larger gaps, porcelain veneers are recommended. Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are affixed to the fronts of the teeth adjacent to the gaps. They are custom made to match the existing teeth in shape and color, which gives patients a more natural looking smile, while also providing them with a long-term solution.

For small and medium gaps, dental bonding, sometimes called tooth bonding, is the preferred treatment. Dental bonding involves putting a tooth-colored composite resin on the teeth between the gaps and then shaping to the desired result. Finally, the material is hardened and polished, creating a natural appearance.

Chipped teeth
Chipped teeth may appear minor in nature, but if left untreated they can cause discoloration or decay and could even expose sensitive nerve endings. The causes of chipped teeth include:

  • Tooth grinding, also called bruxism
  • Bad oral habits such as pen chewing or nail biting
  • Injury

Depending on the extent of the chip, your dentist may use one of the following techniques: dental bonding, veneers or crowns.

If the chip is minor, dental bonding is the best option. If the damage is more noticeable or if the affected tooth or teeth have become discolored, veneers are recommended. If the chipped tooth or teeth have caused structural damage, dental crowns may be the ideal route.

“The world of cosmetic dentistry is constantly evolving and we are able to provide patients with solutions that look, feel and function like their natural teeth,” said Li, an owner of a dental clinic in Ottawa. “However, it is best to speak with your dentist to decide which treatment option is best for you, as not all procedures are right for certain situations.”

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Celebrate NCDHM by Brushing Up on Children’s Teeth

By pamelali, in News, on February 1, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which is the perfect time for parents to help kids brush up on good oral hygiene.

Dr Pamela Li, an Ottawa porcelain veneers professional, offers some tips for parents to help get their children on the right track:

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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…)

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…)

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…)

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 Reflects On Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

By pamelali, in News, on April 12, 2010 | Comments (0)

Throughout April, Ottawa dentist Dr. Pamela Li looks to help anyone interested in learning more about oral cancer and provide oral cancer screenings for those who feel like they are in danger of having this illness. Though Dr. Li always looks to help her patients in any way she can, being that April is oral health month, the Ottawa dentistry practitioner hopes to help her patients catch oral cancer early on and improve prognosis. (more…)

Ottawa Cosmetic Dentist Extends Her Orthodontics Expertise with Seminar Training

By pamelali, in News, on February 8, 2010 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ON — Ottawa cosmetic dentistry practitioner Dr. Pamela Li is taking a series of orthodontic courses for general dental practitioners. These courses enhance dentists’ knowledge of orthodontic treatment and further enable practitioners to diagnose and treat patients more effectively. Dr. Li is completing her training with Rondeau Seminars and at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).

Dr. Li is one of several Ottawa dentists that seek additional training from Rondeau Seminars. She will complete her training in functional orthodontics at Rondeau Seminars in March 2010. This program prepares a dentist to provide early interceptive orthodontic treatment. It also provides intimate knowledge of removable and fixed functional appliances. This decreases the need for tooth extractions and surgery. The training also includes orthodontic treatment for TMJ disorders and facial pain. (more…)

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