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Dental Cleaning

How can I make the most of my dental cleaning appointment?

To make the most of your dental cleaning appointment, be sure to:

  • Arrive on time
  • Let your dentist or hygienist know if you have any concerns or issues you would like them to address
  • Ask any questions you may have about your oral health or the cleaning process
  • Follow any post-cleaning instructions provided by your dentist or hygienist

Regular dental cleanings and preventive care are essential for maintaining good oral health. By following these tips and visiting your dentist regularly, you can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid potential oral health problems.

Can I do anything to prevent plaque and tartar buildup?

Yes, there are several things you can do to prevent plaque and tartar buildup:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash
  • Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks
  • Don't smoke or use tobacco products
  • Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups

Are dental cleanings painful?

No, dental cleanings are not painful. You may feel some pressure or discomfort during the cleaning, but it should not cause pain. If you have any concerns or experience pain during the cleaning, be sure to let your dentist or hygienist know.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

During a dental cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will also floss and polish your teeth to leave them feeling smooth and clean. Your dentist may also take X-rays and perform an oral exam to check for any issues that may need further attention.

How often should I get a dental cleaning?

It is recommended that you get a dental cleaning every six months. This is the standard frequency for most people, but your dentist may recommend a different schedule based on your individual needs. For example, if you have a history of gum disease, you may need to have cleanings more frequently.

What is a dental cleaning and why is it important?

A dental cleaning, also known as a prophylaxis, is a routine procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. This is important because plaque and tartar can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. A dental cleaning can also help detect any issues early on, so they can be addressed before they become more serious.


Why should I choose Invisalign through my dentist rather than a take-home clear aligner company?

Choosing to get Invisalign through your dentist is recommended over using at-home kits because it's safer and more effective. Dentists have the expertise and knowledge to help you choose the best solution for your teeth and provide close monitoring throughout treatment to ensure your goals are met in a timely manner with minimal risk.

How long does Invisalign take?

The length of time it takes for Invisalign treatment can vary depending on the complexity of your case, but most cases take between 6 and 18 months. Every 4-6 weeks, you'll get a new set of aligners that you need to wear all the time for the best results.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Invisalign is generally not painful to wear, but you may experience some discomfort or tenderness during the first few days as your teeth adjust to the aligners. If you have pain or discomfort that lasts more than a few days, contact your dentist for assistance.

Is Invisalign covered by insurance?

Insurance coverage for Invisalign can vary depending on your provider and policy. It's best to check with your insurance company before starting treatment to see what's covered under your policy.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of Invisalign treatment can vary, depending on the complexity of your case and how long your treatment plan is. It's generally similar to the cost of traditional braces, but it can be slightly more expensive depending on things like the number of aligners you need and how long your treatment takes. Your dentist may offer payment plans or discounts to make it more affordable.


How long does it take to get veneers?

The entire process usually takes 2-3 office visits over several weeks, depending on your particular case and needs. During your first visit, your dentist will assess current tooth structure and colouration before discussing different options available in terms of the shape and size of the new design best suited for you. Your dentist may also gently prepare your tooth to make room for the custom-made shells which will be created during this process. Impressions will be taken at this stage as well as photographs, so that all information can be sent off accordingly. 

Next, you will return to the clinic, where your new veneers will be applied onto each tooth with special adhesive cementing characterized by advanced bonding technologies.

Do veneers hurt?

Generally speaking, applying dental veneers does not cause any pain or discomfort, as our dentists use a local anesthetic beforehand. After the procedure is completed, you may experience some sensitivity for a few days since the enamel layer may have been trimmed or altered for the dentist to apply the new layers of material. However, this experience is temporary and should pass quickly.

How long do veneers last?

Dental veneers can last up to 10 years or longer with proper maintenance. However, it is important to keep in mind that factors such as daily wear and tear, patterns of teeth grinding (bruxism), oral hygiene habits, injury and underlying health issues can affect how long the veneer lasts. Therefore, regular visits with your dentist are important to maintain the veneer's longevity.

What are veneers made out of?

Veneers are typically made out of either composite resin or porcelain. Composite resin material is a combination of plastic and glass particles that is colour-matched to your natural teeth for a more seamless appearance. Porcelain veneers are more durable and stain resistant than composite material but may require more preparation before being applied, as they must be custom-made for each patient. Upper Avenue Dentistry offers long-lasting, lifelike veneers made from porcelain ceramic.

Are veneers expensive?

The cost of veneers can vary depending on the type, number, and complexity of necessary treatment. Generally speaking, dental veneers are considered an elective cosmetic treatment and are not covered by insurance. Before undergoing any dental work, it is important to discuss your particular case with your dentist in order to understand all associated costs.


How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last many years, up to 15 years or more in many cases. To ensure that your new smile stays healthy and functional for years to come, it is important to continue brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing your remaining teeth regularly.

What are the pros and cons of getting dental implants?

One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they can last for many years with proper maintenance and care. They also look, feel, and function like natural teeth, making them a great option for those who want to maintain their natural smile. On the downside, they can be more expensive than other restorative options, and they require surgery which carries some risk. Additionally, once placed, they cannot be removed without surgical alteration, making them a permanent solution to missing teeth.

How long does the implant process take?

The implant process can take anywhere from three to ten months, depending on factors such as how many teeth need to be replaced, whether bone grafting is necessary, and if any additional treatments are required. Typically, the initial consultation takes place over one or two appointments, and the surgical placement of the implant takes place in a separate visit.

What are dental implants made of?

Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. Titanium is a strong and safe material that has been used in medical applications for many years. The post serves as an anchor for the replacement tooth or bridge, allowing it to function like natural teeth.

Will getting dental implants hurt?

No, most patients report that the implant placement process is no more uncomfortable than having a tooth filled. Any discomfort can usually be minimized with local anesthesia or sedation dentistry. You will experience some swelling and discomfort following the procedure itself, but this will pass in 1-2 days and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Be sure to follow all post-operative care instructions from your dentist to ensure a comfortable recovery.


How much does Zoom teeth whitening cost?

The cost of Zoom teeth whitening can vary depending on the location, the dental office, and the extent of whitening needed. We recommend scheduling a consultation with us to get an accurate estimate for your specific case.

Is Zoom teeth whitening suitable for everyone?

Zoom teeth whitening may not be suitable for everyone, especially for people with sensitive teeth, or those with existing restorations such as fillings, crowns, or veneers. A consultation with our dental professional is necessary to determine if Zoom teeth whitening is the right option for you.

How long do the results of Zoom teeth whitening last?

The results of Zoom teeth whitening can last for several months, depending on factors such as your diet and oral hygiene habits. Touch-up treatments may be necessary to maintain the desired level of whiteness.

How long does the Zoom teeth whitening treatment take?

The treatment takes about an hour to complete in-office.

Is Zoom teeth whitening safe?

Yes, Zoom whitening is a safe and effective teeth whitening option. Our experienced dental professionals will carefully monitor the process to ensure your comfort and safety.

How does Zoom teeth whitening work?

Zoom whitening uses a special light-activated gel that is applied to the teeth. The gel is then activated with a Zoom light, which penetrates deep into the tooth enamel to remove stains and discolouration. The process takes about an hour and can result in teeth that are up to eight shades lighter.


Are dental emergencies expensive?

The cost of an emergency dental procedure will vary depending on factors such as the type of treatment required and the extent of the problem. In some cases, insurance may cover part of the cost but not all patients have coverage for certain procedures so it is important to confirm coverage with your provider prior to seeking treatment. Generally speaking, it is best not to wait until you experience a serious issue since addressing it quickly can help reduce both costs and long-term consequences.

Can I go to the emergency room if something is wrong with my tooth?

The emergency room should only be used in cases of extreme trauma or life-threatening conditions such as excessive bleeding or airway obstruction caused by a foreign body in the mouth. For most other dental emergencies, you should visit an experienced dentist who has the necessary training and equipment to provide prompt and effective treatment.

Do I really need to see a dentist during a dental emergency?

Yes, it is important to visit an experienced dentist as soon as possible when experiencing a dental emergency. If left untreated, the problem can become worse and lead to more pain and discomfort. The dentist will be able to assess the severity of your condition and provide appropriate treatment. Additionally, seeing a dentist quickly can help minimize long-term damage.

What counts as a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation that requires urgent professional care to restore oral health and prevent further damage. Common examples of dental emergencies include severe toothache, trauma to the mouth, broken or lost teeth, abscesses, swollen jaw, bleeding gums, and other facial swelling due to infection.