McKenzie Towne Family Dental - Restorative (Cosmetic) Dentistry

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative Dentistry is general dentistry and so much more. It also has the added dimension of art!

While there are important functional requirements to be considered, your McKenzie Towne Dental Dentist must pay close attention to the appearance of your final dental work and balance the needs of form versus function. Restorative dentistry is dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile.

To achieve the beautiful results that you expect, we use special materials such as ceramic and composite technology. These materials have advanced to the point where they can be the basis for beautiful AND durable dental work, especially when using the latest in digital dental technology.

Since so much extra training is involved in digital dentistry and how to use these highly advanced materials properly, only dentists who are truly passionate about the appearance of their work take the time away from the office and spend the money for the extra training required to learn and practice these techniques. To stay current, the team at McKenzie Towne Family Dental regularly attend continuing dental education courses so that we can offer you the best treatment options available.

Restorative Dentistry can provide a positive impact to your overall health in addition to having a positive aesthetic impact. By straightening your teeth, we can help patients avoid other potential health issues down the road that can impact more than just the mouth. By thoroughly examining your overall health, your McKenzie Towne Dental Dentist can determine the most appropriate treatment options to suit your needs.

Some of the main benefits of straight teeth include:

  • Easy maintenance (brushing, flossing, cleaning)
  • Less wear and tear on the teeth over time; if the teeth are aligned properly, then each tooth is going to help share the load of biting and chewing
  • Less dental work needed in the future
  • More comfortable bite and relaxed jaw, meaning there is less pressure on the jaw joint
  • Natural looking replacement materials
  • Strength and longevity

Restorative Dentistry offers many options for people who would like to improve their smile. If you are one of these people, we encourage you to watch the movies about Restorative Dentistry above to learn about the various options available to beautify your smile.

These are only some of the restorative services that McKenzie Towne Family Dental are able to offer you. If you are interested in exploring how we can help you improve your smile, then please contact us at (403) 257-1180 for your complimentary smile evaluation appointment.

If you are interested in learning more about this service
or desire to improve your smile then contact
McKenzie Towne Family Dental today at (403) 257-1180.

Teeth Whitening

Many people have discolored teeth and these people know how self-conscious they feel when they are in company. Many suffer in silence and just put up with the fact that their teeth are not perfect though they never look into the vast array of options available for effective treatment. Personal health has always been of paramount importance for many people who may have to interact with friends, work colleagues, customers and associates in different capacities every day of their lives. For these people it is essential to look good and take care of their appearance.

Teeth discoloration is very common and the reasons for the problem can go as far back as childhood in some cases. The most common causes are through smoking or chewing tobacco though this is now thankfully on the decline as more and more people kick the smoking habit. Drinking excessive tea, coffee or cola drinks is another common cause of teeth discoloration and it is the tannin inside the ingredients that does the damage. Taking antibiotics as a child, trauma, poor dental hygiene and general ageing are some of the other main sources of the problem.

For your convenience and budget, we have two methods of whitening available to you. The first is an in-office procedure called Laser Whitening. The Second is the use of a Take Home Kit that you can conveniently use at home..

Laser Teeth Whitening is one of many available dental remedies designed to revitalize the color of your teeth. Whitening strips, gels, and toothpastes are treatments that are available that you can use from home. However, laser teeth whitening is arguably the quickest, safest, and effective method of teeth whitening. In this treatment, a special laser whitening gel is applied to the teeth in which a high intensity laser is used to penetrate the whitening materials.

This action will in effect bleach the teeth. This procedure takes up to approximately two hours to be completed and is performed in a cosmetic dentist's office. It is a safe treatment that specifically focuses on the affected teeth and therefore will not affect the gum tissue in any way.

The only possible side effect to laser tooth whitening is that the patient experiences slight sensitivity to hot and cold stimuli for approximately two to three days following the treatment.

Take Home Whitening is the second method involves preparing custom trays done by taking a simple impression of your mouth. Our lab will create trays that you will take home and use at your convenience. There are several advantages to using this system. We custom fit the trays to you so there is never any risk of ingesting the whitening agents. Additionally, our whitening agents are more powerful than you can purchase over-the counter and therefore, the results will be more dramatic. By allowing you to use this whitening package at home and at your convenience we allow you to have control over how white your tooth colour will become.

Whitening Benefits!

We know your smile is important. It's one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful - it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression

Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking.

Whitening can get your smile looking its best. Non-professional procedures and clinically unproven teeth whitening tips can often lead to unsatisfactory results, you should look for a whitening procedure that is:

  • Fast and Convenient!
  • Long Lasting
  • Low Sensitivity
  • Proven to be safe and effective
  • Performed by a Dental Professional

With proper aftercare, whitened teeth can stay bright for a few years! To keep your smile bright as long as possible, try these easy tips:

  • Follow the "white teeth diet" Drink white wine instead of red wine, cappuccino instead of espresso, and grapefruit juice instead of cranberry juice.
  • Use a "whitening" toothpaste with a mild abrasive or peroxides (for example: Opalescence toothpaste, Supersmile and most of the over-the-counter "Whitening Toothpastes" on a daily basis.

If you are interested in learning more about this service
or desire to improve your smile then contact
McKenzie Towne Family Dental today at (403) 257-1180.

Porcelain Veneers

In the past, the only way to correct dental imperfections was to cover the tooth with a crown. Today, in most cases there are several alternatives: crown, composite resin bonding or porcelain veneer or even cosmetic contouring or orthodontics.

So what is a veneer?

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or plastic that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape. A veneer generally covers only the front and top of a tooth. Veneers can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or mishapen teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth.

When teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, veneers can protect them from damage and restore their original appearance.

What are veneers used for?

  • Teeth that are slightly crooked or stained
  • Chipped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are different lengths

Veneers can be the ultimate smile makeover treatment!

Having a dazzling, balanced smile is possible, thanks to porcelain veneers. Since veneers fit over the front of teeth, they transform the smile by completely concealing imperfections.

Veneers can be the solution for numerous esthetic flaws

Porcelain veneers camouflage numerous cosmetic problems, making them an option for a wide range of patients. Chips, cracks, discoloration, and misalignment are among the flaws veneers can cover.

Veneers can be an alternative to orthodontic treatment!

Many people are dissatisfied with their smile's alignment, but they avoid seeking treatment because they don't want traditional braces. Porcelain dental veneers can even be specially fitted to reshape crooked teeth that may otherwise require orthodontics.

Compatible with other dental treatments

Although porcelain veneers are often all that is needed for a smile makeover, they are also compatible with other dental treatments. For example, they can be placed in combination with teeth whitening, a full-mouth reconstruction, TMJ treatment, or neuromuscular dentistry to completely repair and enhance a patient's smile.

How do we restore teeth with veneers?

It can take two or more appointments to restore teeth with veneers. During the first appointment, we shape and roughen the teeth. We then take impressions of your teeth, which we use to make precise working models of your mouth. It's on these models that we artistically craft veneers to fit the prepared teeth.

During the second appointment, we clean and polish the prepared teeth. Then we use an adhesive to bond the veneers to the teeth. A harmless, high-intensity light hardens the adhesive. Once in place, veneers virtually become part of your teeth! You can use them like you would your own teeth because the bond is extremely strong. The final result is beautiful and natural-looking teeth.

Follow Up Care

It can take time for you to get used to the appearance and feel of your new teeth. You won't have to change the way you floss or brush, however. But you should not:

  • Bite your nails Chew on pens, ice or other hard objects
  • Put extreme pressure on your teeth

Doing any of these things can cause the veneers to come off, break or chip. Your McKenzie Towne Family Dental Dentist will ask you to come back in a few weeks and they will check the veneers for any problems.

If you are interested in learning more about this service
or desire to improve your smile then contact
McKenzie Towne Family Dental today at (403) 257-1180.

Cosmetic Bonding

Dental bonding uses a composite resin material to mask cosmetic imperfections in your smile while simultaneously protecting your teeth from future damage. The resin used is customized in both colour and application to match surrounding tooth shade and address individual aesthetic flaws.

Problems Dental Bonding Addresses

While dental bonding is a more conservative approach than porcelain veneers or porcelain fillings, the imperfections it can correct are the same, including:

  • Tooth decay – Small holes caused by decay are filled by the resin used in dental bonding
  • Tooth discolouration – Dental bonding effectively masks intrinsic stains otherwise resistant to traditional tooth whitening techniques
  • Crooked teeth – By precisely sculpting the resin to the desired tooth shape, dental bonding is able to correct the appearance of crooked teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth – Failing to address a chipped or broken tooth can lead to further tooth decay, be the source of embarrassment, or cause physical pain. Up to half of a tooth can be replaced through dental bonding
  • Gaps – Undesirable spaces between teeth can be filled
  • Tooth erosion – Any eroded enamel can be replaced by the resin, preventing further erosion

The Dental Bonding Procedure

Similar to porcelain veneers, the dental bonding procedure is quick and non-invasive:

  • First, the composite resin material is applied to your teeth in a paste form
  • The paste is sculpted to the desired shape, which will correct some smile imperfections
  • A specially calibrated light cures the resin, hardening it in place
  • Any final adjustments are made, allowing the restoration to appear natural and clean

Lifespan of Dental Bonding

While some patients experience dental bonding success for upwards of fifteen years, some require touch-ups to address stain accumulation along the resin’s margins.

Below are tips to ensure the longevity of your dental bonding:

  • Provide regular maintenance by brushing with a soft-bristled tooth brush and flossing daily
  • Reduce your consumption of sweets or starchy foods
  • Visit a hygienist skilled in dental bonding maintenance two to four times per year for cleaning

Dental bonding is an efficient and economical method to address minor smile imperfections. 

If you are interested in learning more about this service
or desire to improve your smile then contact
McKenzie Towne Family Dental today at (403) 257-1180.

Closing Spaces (Diastemas)

McKenzie Towne Family Dental - Open SpacesA lot of times a gap between your teeth can be quite unsightly or leave you with a feeling of having an imperfect smile. Do you have a gap between your teeth? Then you have what we call in dental terms a "diastema". The term "diastema" is most commonly applied when discussing the space between your two front upper teeth.

What Causes Gaps Between Teeth?

It can be caused by a number of factors such as genetics, different size teeth, low muscle attachment between the teeth (known as a frenum) or it could even be caused by gum disease (periodontal disease).

McKenzie Towne Family Dental - Closing SpacesNormally your dentist would treat this condition by using Orthodontic Therapy, or braces in a treatment that would last anywhere between 12 to 24 months! However, with new advanced in modern cosmetic dental procedures, diastemas can be corrected in as little as two painless visits.

McKenzie Towne Family Dental - Gap ToothThere are two ways to treat a diastema. The first involves orthodontically moving the teeth together with braces, and this option usually requires one to two years of treatment. Many patients do not want to wear braces and seek alternative ways to close their diastemas. When the space between the teeth is one millimeter or less, the diastema can be closed by placing a bonded composite restoration on each adjacent tooth. When the space is larger than one millimeter, or when more permanent and stronger restorations are required, porcelain veneers are the restorations of choice. Porcelain veneers are eggshell thin pieces of porcelain applied directly over the tooth structure after some initial tooth preparation. McKenzie Towne Family Dental - Closing SpacesOnce the porcelain veneers are fused to the underlying tooth structure, they can reestablish the look of straight teeth and can close spaces without the use of braces. Additionally, the color, shape, and size of the teeth can be altered to the wishes of the patient for overall smile enhancement. And the greatest advantage of porcelain veneers is that the treatment can be completed in only two painless visits!

If you are interested in learning more about this service
or desire to improve your smile then contact
McKenzie Towne Family Dental today at (403) 257-1180.

Laser Gum Recontouring

A smile requires an even flow of the teeth and gums with the lips, face, and body. Gums around the teeth can often appear uneven, and for some, are excessive, creating what we call a "gummy" smile. McKenzie Towne Family Dental - Laser Gum Recontouring - BeforeIf the gum is uneven around a tooth, gum contouring can smooth and balance the way your tooth and gum look. The procedure produces a consistent, even gum line that is aesthetically pleasing.

What does laser gum recontouring involve?

McKenzie Towne Family Dental - Laser Gum Recontouring - AfterLaser gum recontouring is a very straightforward procedure where a soft tissue diode laser is used to reshape the gums to create a more even and esthetic look. The gums will feel quite comfortable following the procedure and they will heal fully within 2-3 days, offering a better look almost immediately.

McKenzie Towne Family Dental uses the Sirolase LaserDr. Magharius uses a laser for providing gum laser treatments that gently removes unwanted gum tissue.

By using a Laser, treatment is so precise that Dr. Magharius is capable of changing the overall appearance of the gumline, from tooth to tooth, producing a great smile!

The application of laser gum reshaping and re-contouring can create smiles that produce a better "fit" for a patient's physical features.

Only laser technologies can offer the precision needed for this type of procedure... and painlessly too.

The advantages of using a Laser are:

  • reduced patient discomfort
  • no anaesthetic for certain procedures
  • no stitches faster healing and recovery times from surgical procedures
  • eliminates bacteria from surgical site no bleeding

If you are interested in learning more about this service
or desire to improve your smile then contact
McKenzie Towne Family Dental today at (403) 257-1180.