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December 15, 2020 Uncategorized

It’s that day! The day when you or your child get’s their braces off.  The excitement of straight teeth is quickly replaced by dismay as you see some white spots on the teeth.  If this has happened to you, you’re not alone!  White spots on teeth after braces is unfortunately a common problem.  Don’t worry though, we’re here to discuss what causes them and how to prevent and fix them.

What are white spots?

These noticeable discolored areas of the tooth are actually decalcifications.  This happens when the minerals that make up your teeth leach out, causing a white and chalky appearance.

What Causes Them?

There are several different reasons and ways teeth become demineralized.  Some common ones are:

  • Start of a Cavity: If plaque stays on the tooth surface, the acid produced by bacteria living in the plaque starts demineralizing the tooth.  If the plaque is not removed it eventually will turn into a cavity.  This leads to the white spots to start turning yellow and brown.
  • Braces: If you or your child cannot brush well around the braces again plaque accumulation start those white spots formations.
  • As a child too much or little fluoride, high fevers or medications (such as certain antibiotics) can cause the enamel not to be formed properly.
  • During pregnancy lack of vitamins, sickness and certain medications can the teeth that are forming in the baby to become discolored.
How to prevent them?

Removing and reducing plaque and acidic environments in the mouth aid to stop the beginning of these spots, especially when having orthodontic treatment.  This means brushing well with a fluoridated toothpaste as well as flossing regularly.  A mouth rinse with fluoride also aids in the prevention of these white spots.

For tips on how much fluoride to use on your child, check out the American Dental Association’s recommended guidelines.

Treatment Options

There are several treatment options that often can be non-invasive for these unsightly spots.  Some of these options are treating the teeth with fluoride to try to remineralize that soft tooth structure.  Another option can be using a resin infiltrate, similar to a filling material, to help rebuild the missing tooth structure.  If the white spots are severe, more invasive options may be necessary such as fillings or veneers.

Contact our office to request a consultation if you are dealing with white spots on your teeth!


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October 15, 2020 Uncategorized

I can’t believe it’s already our 2nd anniversary of opening my dental practice.  It has definitely
gone by in a whirlwind! Check out some things that have happened in the last two years.

When I started the practice I had just had our second daughter and now she’s turned into a
very opinionated toddler, while my older daughter went from preschool to being in
Kindergarten! Since then we’ve also survived  pseudo-hurricanes and a pandemic!

Our strive to make dentistry affordable has grown by opting to go in network with several
insurance providers to help lower the out of pocket costs for our patients.

In these past two years we’ve committed to helping and being present in our community. Some ways we
achieved this is with events such as hosting our Halloween Candy Buy Back or participating in
health fairs. Some of my favorite community events over the last two years were speaking
engagements. Whether it was at elementary, middle and high schools, with the Maitland
Chamber of Commerce or for local businesses, it’s been a pleasure to share my knowledge in
oral health with Maitland and the surrounding communities.

Every year it seems like our technology has grown with us as well. This year we decided to say
goodbye to the goop when we purchased a scanner for the mouth. Our new scanner allows us
to scan our patients mouths and make virtual, 3D models. We can use these models to track
any wear or gum loss. It also gives us the opportunity now to send our cases to laboratories in
a matter of minutes rather than being traditionally mailed. We can even show you simulations of
what your teeth would look like after corrected with Invisalign®!

To celebrate our 2nd anniversary of opening and as a token of my appreciation to all of our loyal and wonderful
patients, we are offering a free whitening kit when you refer a friend, family member or
coworker to the practice for the next month.

It’s really an honor to be part of the Maitland and surrounding areas and I look forward to
serving this community for many years to come!


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Thinking of straightening your teeth but don’t like the idea of metal in your mouth?  Invisalign®  treatment may be the right option for you then!  I’ve listed some common questions I receive from patients before they start the Invisalign process.
What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic system for gradually moving teeth with series of customized removable plastic aligners.  The aligners are thin and fit snug around your teeth.  The aligners, in most cases, replace the need for traditional metal braces.

Who can wear them?

Invisalign is great for teenagers and adults.  Compliant wear can help obtain a healthier and straighter smile.  During your initial consultation we can determine whether it is a good option for you or if traditional braces is a better idea.

How does the process work?

Your first visit is a consultation.  We offer either virtual or in person consultations.  At this appointment we also take any records that may be needed, such as x-rays, photographs and a virtual scan of your teeth.  The virtual scan will make a 3D computerized model which will aid in determining possible results that can be obtained from the treatment.

After this first consultation, I take all the information to map out a customized digital treatment plan for a step by step transformation of your smile.  Once approved we will let you know when we receive your aligners.  You then will come back into the office and we will make sure that your aligners fit well and are comfortable.

How does wearing them work?

In order for tooth movement to occur we recommend that our patients wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day.  You will change out your set of aligners every week or two weeks depending on your customized plan.  Periodically you will have routine visits with Dr. Dhaliwal to check how your teeth are moving and to make sure the aligners are still fitting well.

How long will your treatment take?

Although you may be able to see some changes to your teeth in the first few weeks, most cases take on average 12-18 months.  Depending on how simple or complex your treatment needs are it may take less or more time.

From what material are Invisalign aligners made?

Invisalign aligners are a clear flexible plastic.  They are FDA approved and do not contain BPA, latex or gluten.

What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?

The most obvious advantage of Invisalign is the cosmetic ability to move your teeth without having metal showing.  But just as important if not more is having the ability to brush and floss easier than with traditional braces.  Since there are no wires to trap food and debris there is a less likely chance of getting gingivitis or a cavity .  Finally having the ability to remove those aligners means you don’t have to give up some of your favorite foods that are typically avoided with braces.

Why should I straighten my teeth?

Liking how your teeth look is extremely important but it is not the only factor when it comes to recommending teeth straightening.  One of the key factors is taking in consideration problems that can occur from a misaligned bite.  An uneven bite can lead to wear on teeth, fractured teeth, issues with the jaw joint and tooth pain. 

Straight teeth are easier to clean, lessening the chances of developing gingivitis and periodontal disease.  Making your teeth easier to clean can also help prevent cavities as well.

What happens after you’re done with Invisalign?

Just like any orthodontic treatment, retainers are a must to prevent teeth shifting. The retainers will help keep your teeth from shifting back to what they were before.  Nightly wear of retainers is recommended after completion of your Invisalign.

If you have any questions about your straightening your teeth and Invisalign, check out the Invisalign website or for a free consultation contact us!


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