Posts for: June, 2015


Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

Discouraged by how your teeth look? Perhaps you had braces as a teen, but time and not wearing a retainer have combined to shift your teeth into unattractive positions. Or, maybe you never had the opportunity to get your teeth straightened.

Now, you are an adult with a profession to maintain. Could orthodontics work for the career person? Do you need to have those wire bracketsInvisalign and wires? Is there a better way to get a straight, winning smile without the traditional hardware?

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Your answer could be Invisalign Clear Aligners. Perfect for older teens and adults who want exceptional smiles without lengthy treatment and traditional wires and brackets, the Invisalign aligners are crafted from clear, BPA-free plastic. They are custom moulded according to an impression of the patient's teeth for a perfect fit.

Candidates for Invisalign

Only complex orthodontic problems disqualify an individual from Invisalign. The system is versatile, treating over-, under and cross-bite problems, spacing and crowding issues and also relapse from previous orthodontic treatment.

How It Works

After taking x-rays and impressions, a dental lab makes several sets of aligners. The patient sees his Winnipeg dentist every 4 to 6 weeks, receiving new sets of aligners. Each set accomplishes a different task in moving the teeth into correct positions. Typically, treatment takes 9 to 18 months, and afterwards, a retainer stabilizes teeth in their corrected positions.

Why Professionals Enjoy Invisalign

The advantages of Invisalign are many, including discreet appearance, gentle movement and ability to remove the aligners to eat, brush floss and even have pictures taken! Invisalign is comfortable and smooth against sensitive oral issues, and individuals can eat whatever healthy food they like.

Compliance with wearing the aligners is essential, and younger people may need help with wearing their appliances for the right amount of time. Invisalign helps with discipline by crafting coloured compliance tabs into the aligners. The wear pattern on the tabs tells patients and doctors how much the aligners are worn.

First Impressions Count

A great-looking smile is advantageous in the workplace. In fact, a 2012 study conducted by Kelton research showed that North Americans think people with straighter teeth are more likely to land a job than those with smile alignment issues. So, treatment with Invisalign can keep teeth and gums healthy, and also help individuals project a better self-image.

Dental Designs in Winnepeg, Manitoba

Dr. Bharat Singh Dulat and his associate dentists at Dental Designs deliver highly skilled dental care with an emphasis on patient education. If you are interested in Invisalign or other orthodontic options, trust Dr. Dulat and his team to guide you through the decision-making process. Your dental health is their priority! Call one of their two offices for an appointment: (204) 944-8535 for the Richardson Centre office or (204) 888-3384 for the Hydro Place location.


For some time now, you’ve noticed things about your teeth and gums — your overall smile — that you would like to change. But you’re in unfamiliar territory: you don’t know where to begin.

Here, then, are a few basic cosmetic dentistry questions you should ask yourself and us to get you moving in the right direction.

Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry? Invariably, the answer is yes — there’s always a way to enhance your appearance, starting with basic hygiene or whitening. But whether you’re a candidate for a particular procedure will depend on a full examination of your mouth — a “smile analysis” — to assess its current condition and needs, and what cosmetic options would best fit those needs.

Are my expectations realistic? That will first depend on what we find with your smile analysis. It will, however, also include studying the bigger picture — how certain changes might affect not only your smile but your overall facial appearance. Your wants and desires are extremely important in this process, but they should also be balanced with a dose of reality — some things may not be in your best interest health-wise to undertake, or are not in keeping with basic aesthetic principles of beauty.

Will I be able to have an idea beforehand how the changes will look? We’ve come a long way in providing patients ways to preview their new smile before undertaking a procedure. It’s often possible to “see” your proposed smile through computer simulation, or in some cases “test drive” it with temporary (provisional) crowns or veneers. For restorations involving porcelain crowns, it may be possible to take your input and fine-tune the shape and color of the permanent crown before it’s completed.

What will it cost? This will depend on the treatment plan we develop. Some treatments like teeth whitening are relatively inexpensive, while procedures like dental implants or orthodontics are major investments. You should also consider the costs to your time — some treatments require only a single visit, while others may take months or even years to complete. Depending on your financial means and comfort level, cost will need to be factored into the final plan, as well as your expectations.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry, 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 “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for a Change.”