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Few people go through life without seeing a dentist. When the time comes, it helps to know that your family dentist can handle all sorts of problems. Here are a few of the more common situations that your dental professional can manage with ease.

The Kids Need Braces

Teeth that are not perfectly aligned should be addressed when the patient is younger. If you notice that your child's permanent teeth are a little crooked, don't assume things have to stay that way. Your family dentist is also a kids dentist and will know exactly what to do.

Thanks to the fact there are many options for braces these days, your dentist can determine which designs would work best for your child. The more traditional metal type may be right, but there is also the possible that braces made using other materials will work just as well. Some of those alternatives are less noticeable, something your child will like.

You Chip or Crack a Tooth

It’s easy to take a tumble down a flight of steps and chip a tooth. Biting into something hard could also lead to cracking one or more teeth. Since the pain can be significant, waiting until the next day won’t be easy. Fortunately, there are many emergency dentists in North York who offer urgent dental services after standard business hours.

Assuming the discomfort and the damage is significant, your dentist will arrange to meet you at the clinic. After an exam, the professional will go over treatment options with you. Even if the work today is only a temporary solution, your pain will be under control. The result is that you can get on with the weekend and your dentist will make whatever preparations are needed for am more permanent solution.

Your Teeth are Yellowing

Time has a way of dimming smiles, especially if you happen to consume food and beverages that stain the teeth. Even failing to brush regularly will leave them with a yellow tinge. Depending on what has led to your less than brilliant smile, the dentist can recommend several solutions.

Perhaps what you need is a good dental cleaning followed by supervised whitening treatments. The cleaning will remove any residue on and between your teeth. The whitening treatments will reverse years of neglect while restoring your teeth to a natural shade of white. Since the dental treatments are conducted under the care of a professional, you can rest assured that the enamel is not damaged by the whitening effort.

There’s a Cavity Present

Even people who brush regularly may develop a cavity. Dentists know how to handle everything from a hairline cavity to one that requires a root canal. By having the work done sooner rather than later, you increase the odds of saving the tooth and keeping it for many years to come.

When was the last time you underwent a dental exam? If you are having trouble remembering, take that as a sign to schedule an appointment today. Whatever the dentist finds, rest assured there is a way to correct the problem.

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We Believe in Your Smile!

Dear Smile Centre Family,

The Ontario Government has announced new restrictions in various regions of the province beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions include moving the regions of Toronto and Peel into Lockdown (maximum measures) status. You can find the status of all regions in Ontario here.

With the announcement that Toronto and Peel regions are heading into lockdown as of tomorrow, we wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As medical/health providers, we have been classified as providing essential services and will continue to provide both preventive and restorative, as well as emergency treatment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we go above and beyond all of the recommended safety protocols to keep you, your loved ones, and our team healthy and safe. That is, and always will be our highest priority.

If you have not visited one of our clinics lately, here is a reminder of what you can expect at your next visit:

PRE-SCREENING:

A COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire will be sent to you prior to your appointment. Please ensure that you respond prior to your office visit. You will be screened again upon arrival and a team member will ask you some questions and take your temperature before you enter the treatment area. You will also notice signage throughout the clinics regarding safety measures in place in the facility, such as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing, and hand-sanitizing.

ARRIVAL AT CLINIC:

We ask that all patients please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle to reduce the number of people in the waiting area and to aid in social distancing. Please text or call us to let us know that you have arrived and we will let you know when it is ok to enter the office. You will be required to wear a mask at all times in the dental office, except for during treatment, in the treatment room. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.

WAITING AREA:

We have removed most of the seating from our waiting rooms. Whenever possible, we are having patients wait outside of the clinic until their appointment time. However, if you do need to use one of our chairs, please do so. We will ensure the surfaces of the chairs are sanitized after every use. Our receptionists have plexiglass shields in front of them at all times - we ask that you please respect social distancing, even at the front desk, and refrain from touching surfaces there whenever possible and stay behind the shields while speaking with the staff. Our debit/credit machines do accept tap, and are disinfected after every use. We can also offer contactless credit card payment using your smart phone.

DURING YOUR TREATMENT:

All of our clinical team members will be wearing full PPE, such as a mask, glasses and gloves, as well as a face shield with cap and isolation gown when needed. Our team members will let you know when it is safe for you to remove your mask and also when to put it back on at the end of the appointment. At the start of each appointment, every patient will also be given a pre-treatment peroxide based mouth rinse to reduce possible virus in the saliva during intra-oral treatment.

VIRTUAL VISITS:

In addition to in-office visits, virtual appointments are available for consultations and discussions regarding treatment, and may also be recommended in order to reduce your number of visits to our clinics. We have many different times available and all you need is a smart phone, tablet or a computer with a camera in order to have a virtual face to face meeting (no mask required).

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION:

Appointments will be spread out and schedules staggered in order to allow time for proper cleaning and disinfection. As always, all surfaces in treatment areas will be appropriately disinfected after patient visits in accordance with Public Health guidelines and high traffic contact surfaces throughout the offices will be disinfected at regular intervals throughout the day.

Continuing to follow these guidelines will help to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Underneath these layers of extra protection, rest assured that we are still the same, caring, attentive providers we have always been!

Thank You for your trust in these uncertain times,

Your Smile Centre