Can I choose invisalign instead of traditional braces?


What are invisible aligners ? 

Invisible aligners such as Invisalign are an alternative to metal braces for anyone who is interested in straightening their smile. They consist of a set of transparent and removable moulds that work to correct the alignment of teeth gradually over time. While they may not replace the effectiveness of metal braces for severely crooked teeth, for minor misalignments they provide a suitable solution with many benefits. 

5 Benefits of choosing Invisalign:

1. They are almost completely invisible.

The biggest benefit of invisalign is that they are virtually invisible. We find this allows patients more confidence in their daily life, while still moving towards straighter teeth. While you do have to wear your mouthpiece all day, people tend to feel more comfortable wearing it due to it’s subtle appearance.  

2. They are more comfortable.

A major drawback of traditional braces is that they can be extremely uncomfortable. With invisalign, you completely eliminate the discomfort you experience from metal braces, while still receiving the benefits of an orthodontic intervention.

3. They are removable.

When you go to bite into that toffee or apple, you simply remove the guard and enjoy. With metal braces, you often don’t have the same freedom to enjoy foods that are tough or difficult to chew. 

4. Less maintenance compared to braces.

With invisible aligners, follow ups are typically every 4 – 6 weeks, so you don’t have to come in for monthly treatments that are required for braces. 

5. Reduce treatment time.

Wearing Invisalign for an average of 20-22 hours each day could have you smiling straighter in as little as 6 – 22 months, which is significantly shorter than many treatment plans for metal braces. This flexibility is the defining feature, and we know you’ll love this option.

Is Invisalign right for me? 

Both invisible aligners and traditional metal braces are designed to align your teeth and improve the function and appearance of your smile. Invisalign is a modern tool for teeth straightening which is convenient, cost effective, and confidence boosting. If you’d like to straighten your smile, speak to a dentist at Acadia Dental to find out if invisible aligners are right for you. Get in touch to book an assessment appointment in our Saskatoon dental clinic! 

What happens to oral health when dietary sugar is reduced?


What happens to oral health when dietary sugar is reduced?

The effect of sugar on your oral health 

The human mouth is host to a variety of bacteria, whose populations fluctuate based largely on your diet and oral health care habits. The key to optimal oral health is maintaining a healthy balance of these bacteria. When you expose your teeth and gums to sugary food and drinks, you are essentially feeding the bacteria that contribute to oral health issues such as bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. You’ve probably heard your dentist tell you time and time again that sugar is bad for your oral health, but have you ever wondered what happens when sugar is reduced or removed from the equation? Keep reading to find out the four ways your oral health improves without exposure to sugar.

1. Restore pH balance in the mouth

On the pH scale from 1 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline), a salivary pH value of 7 is neutral and ideal for optimal oral health. When oral bacteria feed on sugar in your mouth, they convert it to acid that lowers the pH of your saliva. If salivary pH is 5.5 or lower, the teeth begin to demineralize and enamel erodes. An acidic oral environment puts you at risk for developing decay, cavities, bad breath, and other oral health diseases. Reducing your sugar intake will help restore balance to your salivary pH and keep teeth and gums healthy! 

2.Bye, bye bad breath!

Did you know that smelly oral bacteria have preference for sugar? The sugar that you consume through food and drink feeds the bacteria that cause bad breath. The more sugar you expose your mouth to, the more bad breath you’ll have. If you have smelly breath caused by acid-producing oral bacteria, reducing your sugar intake will starve these bacteria and prevent them from producing foul odours.

3. Less tooth decay and fewer cavities 

Any sugar in the mouth, even in liquid form, binds with sticky plaque particles on the surfaces of the teeth, creating ideal conditions for oral bacteria to thrive and multiply. The acids these bacteria produce are destructive to the tooth enamel and can eventually cause decay and cavities. Cutting back from sugars or cleaning your mouth after eating will keep your plaque buildup from worsening and will slow or stop tooth decay.

4. Lower your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease

The oral bacteria that make a home in the beds of sticky plaque along your gum line continue to feed on dietary sugars and reproduce there, which can cause inflammation of the gum tissues known as gingivitis. With reduced exposure to sugar, plaque bacteria will not be able to produce acid or multiply. This reduces your risk of developing gingivitis and periodontal disease. 

5. Brushing and flossing are more effective 

Because sugar binds to plaque bacteria on the teeth, the more sugar you consume, the harder it will be to clean the growing layer of plaque away from our teeth. The best way to combat plaque buildup is to reduce sugar intake while maintaining a regular habit of brushing and flossing twice daily and after every sugary snack.

When we eat sugar, we feed the bacteria in our mouths and they produce acid waste which disrupts the pH balance in the mouth and leads to bad breath, tooth decay, and gingivitis or periodontal disease. When sugar intake is reduced, we create less substrate for bacteria to grow on your teeth and cause these problems. For most of us, cutting out sugar completely is unrealistic. But when our sugar consumption is less frequent, we do much less damage to our teeth. To further preserve your oral health, avoid letting sugary substances rest on your teeth for a long time after consumption. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth promptly after exposure to sugar. 

And of course, visit to your favourite Saskatoon dentists at Acadia Dental for regular cleanings and checkups to ensure that we will be able to keep your plaque under control and catch any potential oral health problems as early as possible.

For more information about your diet and your teeth, read our blog titled A Health Mouth Eats Well.

3 Ways You Can Whiten Your Teeth

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Very few things are more attractive than a sparkling, white smile. Beautiful teeth can brighten up a face and make someone noticeable from across a room. However, not all of us were born with sparkling, white chompers. This doesn’t mean that everyone can’t have pearly whites. There are a number of ways that a person can improve the colour of their teeth. This can help the person feel attractive and confident wherever they go.


Get Them Bleached

One of the most common techniques that people will use to whiten their teeth is bleach. Although many people are familiar with bleaching their clothes or their carpet, teeth can be bleached as well. However, this is not the same bleach that a person would find in their laundry room. This type of bleach changes the natural colour of the teeth by removing surface and in-depth stains or altering the more yellow dentin layer of the tooth under the enamel layer that on some people can be quite translucent. For a person to get their teeth bleached, it is recommended that they go to a dentist or some form of oral expert.


Use a Whitening Toothpaste or Strips

Another common tool that people will often use is tooth whitening products. These products include tools like whitening toothpaste and whitening strips. Although these may take a little bit longer than bleaching, they are still quite effective. These products are also more affordable than teeth bleaching, making them a better option for people on a budget.


Avoid Food That Can Stain Your Teeth

Good food and drinks are some of life’s greatest pleasures. However, many of our favourite foods and drinks can have a serious effect on the colour of our teeth. Sugary sweets, coffee, and even wine can all turn pearly whites into yellow chompers. This doesn’t mean that people have to cut them out completely; they should just eat and drink them in moderation.

There are a number of ways that a person can get their teeth whitened. A few examples are getting their teeth bleached, using a whitening toothpaste or strips and avoiding food that can stain teeth. However, these are not the only ways that a person can whiten their teeth. Don’t forget to do some research on all of the teeth whitening options that a person can utilize.

For more information about the different ways, you can whiten your teeth, be sure to contact the dental experts at Acadia Dental at the Centre Mall.

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