Posts for: November, 2014

KnowWhattoExpectDuringYourChildsBabyTeethPhase

At no other time in a person’s life will their teeth and mouth change as rapidly as it will between infancy and adolescence. In this short span an entire set of teeth will emerge and then gradually disappear as a second permanent set takes its place.

While the process may seem chaotic, there is a natural order to it. Knowing what to expect will help ease any undue concerns you may have about your child's experience.

The first primary teeth begin to appear (erupt) in sequence depending on their type. The first are usually the lower central incisors in the very front that erupt around 6-10 months, followed then by the rest of the incisors, first molars and canines (the “eye” teeth). The last to erupt are the primary second molars in the very back of the mouth just before age 3. A similar sequence occurs when they’re lost — the central incisors loosen and fall out around 6-7 years; the second molars are the last to go at 10-12 years.

A little “chaos” is normal — but only a little. Because of the tremendous changes in the mouth, primary teeth may appear to be going in every direction with noticeable spaces between front teeth. While this is usually not a great concern, it’s still possible future malocclusions (bad bites) may be developing. To monitor this effectively you should begin regular checkups around the child’s first birthday — our trained professional eye can determine if an issue has arisen that should be treated.

Protecting primary teeth from tooth decay is another high priority. There’s a temptation to discount the damage decay may do to these teeth because “they’re going to be lost anyway.” But besides their functional role, primary teeth also help guide the developing permanent teeth to erupt in the right position. Losing a primary tooth prematurely might then cause the permanent one to come in misaligned. Preventing tooth decay with daily oral hygiene and regular office visits and cleanings (with possible sealant protection) is a priority. And should decay occur, it’s equally important to preserve the tooth for as long as possible for the sake of the succeeding tooth.

Your child’s rapid dental development is part of their journey into adulthood. Keeping a watchful eye on the process and practicing good dental care will ensure this part of the journey is uneventful.

If you would like more information on the process of dental development in children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”


By Dental Designs
November 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  
Since school is in full swing, many activities start back up. Your child may not like the idea of having metal braces on their teeth for sports, school pictures and yearbook pictures. Dental Designs in Winnipeg offers Invisalign, which is a virtually invisible and removable alternative to metal braces. Listed below you will find many questions and answers that parents have asked about Invisalign. We hope it allows you to become more familiar with its benefits for your child.
 

Questions and Answers for Invisalign 

 

Invisalign Questions Answers Winnipeg ManitobaQ: What is Invisalign, and how will it work for my teenager?

 
A: Invisalign is a practically invisible way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the restrictions that can come with metal braces. Metal braces require wires and brackets. Invisalign uses a series of clear and removable aligners that are custom made to your child’s teeth. Every couple of weeks requires a new set of aligners and little by little the teeth shift into place.
 

Q: Is Invisalign as effective as traditional braces?

 
A: Definitely. When worn like your dentist would like them to, it can be just as effective as metal braces. Invisalign can be used to treat mild to moderate cases, which include underbite, overbite, overcrowding or gaps in teeth.
 

Q: Any advantages to Invisalign over metal braces?

 
A: One of the major bonuses of Invisalign is that there are no metal wires and brackets to deal with. The aligners for Invisalign are removable, so sports can be played without the worry of being hit in the mouth by a ball, which can cause damage to metal braces. Musical instruments can be played properly and pictures can be braces free. Your teen can also enjoy all the foods that metal braces can restrict. Flossing and brushing is also much easier.
 

Q: How long does the treatment initially take?

 
A: On average, the treatment time is about the same as traditional braces. It all depends on the severity of your child’s condition of teeth. Normal usage is anywhere from 9-15 months.
 

Q: Do the aligners need to be worn all the time?

 
A: Invisalign is most effective when worn 20-22 hours per day, as well as changing aligners every two weeks.
 
It all sounds pretty great, right? To know for sure if your teenager is a good candidate for Invisalign, contact our office to schedule an appointment with our dentist: 204-888-3384.

By Dr. Dulat
November 04, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”