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              Natural Teeth Whiteners  Do you Believe they Work?


Do you ever wonder how to keep your teeth as white as possible? In Between dentist visits and teeth whitening sessions what can you try to keep your teeth white? 
Teeth become dull and stained over time. Simple aging and general wear and tear effect a tooths look and health. This doesn't signify anything is wrong with your pearlys. However we do know that it can make use feel embarrassed and self consciousness. Besides going to the dentist to get our teeth bleached (which you should still consider) There are some things you might have seen on the internet you might want to try to at home to prolong those shiny white teeth. We recommend you consult us first. The methods below can be risky causing irritation, sensitivity and even pain if not used correctly or over used. 

So how do you maintain that lovely smile when you leave the dentist. 
Here are Six 'natural' teeth whiteners we found online 

(1) Baking Soda
Baking soda is a general household product. No to be confused with baking powder.
This seems like a widely used method when we research online. So we say it is the most home widely used home whitener. Sodium bicarbonate as it is referred outside the kitchen is mixed with lemon juice or a bit of water makes a paste that you apply to the teeth and wait a few minutes before rinsing. This is an easy but messy homemade solution that might even help to pH balance your mouth.

(2) Strawberries
It is thought that Vitamin C and malic acid work in conjunction to help remove stains on teeth. Malic acid assists in removing the stain while Vitamin C removes plaque. Both of these things are contained in Strawberries. Try it yourself and see if the tales are true.Mash up a ripe strawberry and dip your toothbrush in it - Not a bad idea. Make sure to rinse several times after. You might even consider adding a little baking powder to the water to rebalance your mouth’s pH afterwards. 


(3) Coconut Oil
It is very easy to get Coconuts from the grocery store even if we can’t grow them ourselves. Pulling is the act of swishing a small amount of oil, preferably coconut oil in the morning to clean your teeth and mouth. .Coconuts contain lauric acid which can be claimed to help remove tooth plaque. It might feel a little strange at first but using oil as a mouth rinse is another way of promoting oral hygiene. Don’t knock it till you try it.. 
 
(4) Orange or Lemon Peels
There are reports that lemon and or orange peels will whiten your teeth. Rub the white parts of the peels all over your teeth before brushing.
This might not work but both are nature and good. The acid will eventually wear away the enamel So always rinse afterwards. Hydrogen peroxide is a good bacterial agent. Mix this with water in your mouth (1:1 ration) and swish for at least a minute.

(5) Apple cider vinegar
What would a home be with Apple cider vinegar. A staple in most homes as it has some many uses. This has been proven to help keep teeth whiter between your teeth whitening dental visits. This natural solution takes about a month to have an effect. Consistency is key with this method. All acids can Be careful, as with all acids, it can remove the enamel. Brushing afterwards with regular toothpaste and a good rinse is always recommended. 

(6)Activated charcoal. 
Have you ever seen someone brushing with a black paste? Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been reheated and oxidized. It is claimed that stains bind to stains like coffee and when you rinse the stains leave with the charcoal. This method of tooth whitening is not proven however there are many claims online.
We love that people are trying to improve their health DIY, however we do recommend before you try anything you consult your family dentist to see if they have any further information. It is a dentists profession to be knowledgeable about your teeth. We are always here if you have any questions. 

We at Homer Dental Centre, your downtown Vancouver dentist hope you have a wonderful holiday season. We wish you and your pearly whites the best.
Article written by Pip Seymour 

10 Reasons Why Invisalign Is The Right Choice


Who doesn't want a great smile? Feeling confident about our teeth and smile is essential. We could all use some help to get that perfect smile. Forty years ago, there was one option for teeth straightening but now technological advances give us new options. Clear orthodontics aligners, like Invisalign, an alternative to Braces. 
Braces are still an option but are not the only game in town. Braces use brackets connected to one another by wires. These wires move teeth slowly overtime by pulling teeth into a new direction. The brackets come in metal and clear plastic. Orthodontic aligners, like Invisalign, rethink teeth straightening. They are form fitting custom-made retainers that slowly change the tooth’s position over time. They move the teeth in a similar way to how braces work however, Invisalign is conveniently removable and transparent making them a virtually invisible. They do what braces do without the restrictions. Invisalign® is custom-made for your teeth so you do not need wires and brackets. Little by little, your teeth shift into the place they are supposed to be, creating that winning smile.
Aside from invisibility and convenience there are many other reasons to choose Invisalign. Here are the top 10 most important reasons to use Invisalign.

1. AS EFFECTIVE AS TRADITIONAL BRACES
Invisalign is as effective a treatment as traditional braces. Underbite, overbite, overcrowding and gaps between teeth are all things that can be addressed when using Invisalign. You will be fitted for several versions of retainers that make slight adjustments to move your teeth over the treatment time. They are made from a clear plastic or acrylic material and fit tightly over the teeth.


2. DECREASE SELF CONSCIOUSNESS 
Using braces can increase our insecurity. No one wants a metal mouth and they don't want to be called ‘Brace Face.’ Invisalign as a solution, can often remove the source of anxiety letting people be themselves and feel confident.


3. EATING HABITS 
When wearing braces, there are many things you should not and cannot eat. There is no popcorn, no apples, no raw carrots and, especially no candy. Invisalign removes these restrictions because of their removability. 


4. CONVENIENCE AND TIME SPAN OF TREATMENT
Invisalign takes between 10 and 24 months depending on the teeth's need to be moved or rotated. Usually treatments at the dentist office are shorter. You also visit the dentist less. After the first visit you drop into your dentist’s office once every 6 weeks and get a new pair of aligners. 


5. COST EFFECTIVE
Your dental insurance plan—orthodontic treatment with Invisalign can often be covered by many dental insurance policies. Many dentists or orthodontists offer monthly payments to make payments convenient and affordable.


6. AESTHETICS
Although one of the least important factors. This is a major reason people choose Invisalign over traditional braces. The practically Invisible units make them almost nonexistent and being able to remove them completely is an obvious bonus.


7. CAN BE USED AS PROTECTIVE GEAR AND MOUTH GUARD REPLACEMENT
Wearing them while at or participating in sporting activities can give your teeth more protection. Using Invisalign as a protection for the teeth when doing Things Mountain biking playing group sports gives you an added layer of security. You can use your retainer as a mouth guard protecting your teeth from grinding while you sleep. Along with this you can also use your retainers to whiten your teeth. 


8. YOUR DENTAL HYGIENIST WILL APPRECIATE IT
The aligners being removable make brushing and flossing easy. This helps maintain proper oral hygiene. When teeth are cooked or cluttered they are harder to clean giving bacteria a playground in your mouth. Once your teeth have moved the instruments the hygienist uses are more effective. You may spend less time in the dentist chair getting your teeth cleaned. 


9. REDUCTION OF PAIN
If you have ever had a sore face from grinding understand what I mean. Facial muscles get sore when you grind in your sleep and the only solution is a mouth guard. Wearing Invisalign while working it is magic can also help you stop grinding as there is a protective layer between your teeth. 

10. A GOOD BITE
Orthodontics was invented to help improve health. It is not just about a pretty smile. A good bite can stop the jaw clicking, pain in joints around the mouth, and will improve chewing. 
If you have questions about Invisalign®, we’d love to answer all your questions. Please reach out to us to see if Invisalign is right for you. Our team will walk you through the procedure and even invite you in for a free consultation. Give us a call today.




9 Tips for Finding A Vancouver Dentist

By PipSeymour, Homer Dental Centre       

How do you go about finding the right Vancouver Dentist?

Choosing a dentist is an important task.You want a dentist you can talk to, learn from and feel good about visiting. It is a partnership in healthcare and you want to use the same dentist for years to come. How do you go about finding the right dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) offers several suggestions:
Recommendations – Ask Friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbours, other group members, your physician or your pharmacist and see who they use as their Vancouver Dentist.
Referral – See if your current dentist can suggest someone in your new area.

Professional listings – Contact your provincial or territorial regulatory authority or dental association. Many association websites have a dentist locator or dentist directory. Good oral health care requires a good relationship between you, your dentist, and the dental team. You may want to call or visit more than one dental practice before making your final decision.

To help we’ve come up with a list of the top 9 things to consider when looking for a new Vancouver Dentist :

1. Does the dental office submit claims to all insurances?
Ask if they submit claims to all insurance providers of if you have to do that yourself and pay first. Most dental offices do submit claims and they may even send in an estimate claim before you get any work done. It is worth asking as you don't want to be caught off guard at the end of your dental visit.

2. What payment options are available? and if you are not insured what do they offer non-insured patients?
Dental insurance is a big deal and you want to know what your plan is. If you don’t have insurance asking your new dental office about a big consideration financing options is important. Some practices what payment upfront and others offer payment plans. It is always good to know what you are getting into before you decide on a dentist.

3. Where is the office located and What are the office hours?
The Location of the Dentist office. Is the location convenient? How long does it take to get an appointment? What are the office hours? are they open on weekends? A big part of getting to the dentist is convenience. To maintain a healthy set of choppers you must be able to make your biannual appointments. Convenience is key when choosing a dentist. 

 4. Does the Dental office offer specials or do anything to show 
appreciation for current patients?
Introductory offers and referral programs are common in dental practices. Some practices even have promotions to show their appreciation for existing patients. This might be something to consider when looking for a dentist.

5. How does the Dentist help make patients comfortable.
Not many people asks this question but it is important to know. What do the dentist do to make sure you are comfortable. If you have anxiety some dentists will offer you anti anxiety medication. Knowing what your dentist does and what the dentist’s approach to helping patients is a key component to feeling safe and comfortable when getting treated. 

6. Continued Training & Education 
Does the dentist continually educate themselves on current information. Are they part of any groups or ongoing educational programs? Dentists that are up to date on current practices and dental advancements will make your overall all dental experience better.

7. In an emergency what can you expect?
It is always good to know what to do incase of an emergency. Many dentists will have an informational message as their outgoing message to help patients know what do when an emergency happens. Ask your new dentist if they have emergency hours or what they should do incase of an emergency. It is always good to be prepared. 

8. Do they discuss treatment plans and give cost estimates?
Your treatment plan is going to be personalized. Having a discussing about your treatment is important. Ask questions about if procedures are covered under your insurance plan. Ask what you should expense and how do do your aftercare. A dental office should detail everything that will happen so you know what to expect, how many visits you might need, how much it will cost.

9. What is the office like?
You will be visiting the dentist office at least twice a year. Make sure you are comfortable. Things to consider are cleanliness and friendliness. Is this a place where you can see yourself visiting 

Choosing a new dentist is an important decision. It is a partnership and most likely a long term relationship. Hopefully these tips above will help you find the perfect practice. If you are looking for a new dentist, give us a call (604) 408-2408 to set up an appointment to make a visit and meet the doctors. Our office is in the heart of Yaletown steps away from the skytrain .

Keep Brushing Yours Truly,

Homer Dental Centre


 5 Tips to Take Care of Your Teeth Over Holidays



By Pip Seymour Homer Dental Centre


At our downtown dental clinic we often see people with cavities after the holidays. We thought we would share some tips to help you take care of your teeth during the sweet season. It is that wonderful time of year where we often let ourselves enjoy the lovely taste of sweets and hard candies. Sharing chocolates, cookies and hard candies at work is common. Receiving candy as gifts is synonymous of this time of year. How do we enjoy our sweets, save our precious smile, and continue to be cavity free over the holidays. These tips will ensure you keep your teeth in top notch condition over holidays. We love see our patients at our downtown vancouver dental clinic however we also want to make sure you enjoy the holidays without needing a dental visit. 

  1. Only have a bit of Candy. With Shortbread, gingerbread, candy canes, chocolate, and so much more we often fill our bellies with things we normally wouldn't touch. No one wants to skip the holiday treats. It is important to be aware of what and how much candy you are eating. Hard candies and toffees can have the worst impact.
  2. Brush your teeth often. After eating candy it is always a good idea to get that sugary substance off your teeth. If you do brush right after you have a crunchy or sugary candy your teeth will thank you and your smile won’t be damaged once the holidays are done. This simple act will reduce the risk of tooth decay.
  3. Keep a Routine: The holidays often change routines as we jet here and there to see loved ones. It is important to keep brushing twice a day. And if eating candy brush more often.
  4. Be Prepared: put that toothbrush and a mini toothpaste in your purse or bag for those just in case moments. If you do find yourself without a toothbrush while enjoying the festive season get some sugarless gum. Chewing helps stir up saliva which can help get rid of food debris.
  5. Flossing: We all know we should floss but this is the time of year where it is most essential. This little act twice a day or more could save you a dentist visit in the coming months. 
We at Homer Dental Centre, your downtown Vancouver dentist hope you have a wonderful holiday season. We wish you and your pearly whites the best.

Keep Brushing Yours Truly,

Homer Dental Centre


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