Frequently Asked Questions
They say that seeing a dentist on a regular basis is critical for good oral health and hygiene. However, some people go when they have a problem, which is more crisis treatment then preventive treatment. The common reason for doing this is to save money, However,...
We get asked by parents all the time. How can I get my child to brush their teeth? Making it fun is one way to do it. If you are enthusiastic about brushing your teeth, so to will your child be enthusiastic. Displaying good dental habits your self can motivate your...
A common misconception is that if a person has dentures, there is no need to visit a dentist. However, dentist do more than just checking teeth. An annual visit to your dentist can ensure that an oral cancer screening is performed, that appliances are...
Good oral hygiene is critical to reducing your chances of cavities. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day can significantly reduce your chances of cavities. Diet is also an important part of reducing the cavities. Avoiding sugars, you eat in candy, fruits,...
Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting bone structure, which if left untreated, can cause permanent jaw bone destruction and possible tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for conditions such as heart...
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without...
They are a number options available to improve your smile. Check out our cosmetic services section for more information. Arrange an appointment with Signature Smiles, and we'll develop a personalized plan for you for your new smile.
Looking to improve your smile? Signature Smiles can provide a number of solutions to improve your smile from whitening your teeth, tooth coloured composite fillings, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, dental implants, and clear or traditional...
Clear braces are effective for mild to moderate tooth misalignment. At Signature Smiles, we will provide you with a proper determination of whether clear braces or traditional orthodontics or retainers are your best treatment option.
Clear braces benefit teens and adults in that they can continue their normal daily social and professional interactions with discreet, comfortable and effective braces. Clear braces can gradually align teeth without anyone noticing you are wearing them. Clear...
Clear braces can be used by teenagers. They are effective and safe for mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
They are very effective for closing minor to moderate gaps between teeth.
The cost varies depending on the procedures required. Arrange an appointment with Signature Smiles, and we'll work on a plan to improve your smile within your budget.
We work with you to determine how you want to look and the plan to get you there. At Signature Smiles, we can provide you with cosmetic imaging that allows you to see what you can expect. Ask us what can be done to give you a smile you desire.
Dental coverage varies depending on your employer and plan. At Signature Smiles, we can provide suggestions for alternative financing methods and work to maximize your benefits so that you can obtain the treatment of your choice.
Depending on your specific needs and goals. Sometimes we can dramatically improve your smile in just a couple of visits. We strive to make your treatment as convenient as possible for minimizing frequent trips to the office. We'll develop a plan that works...
With proper dental oral hygiene and regular dental appointments, you can extend the life of all your dental restorations.
Porcelain veneers are thin tooth-shaped porcelain made shells that are crafted specifically for your teeth. They are very popular for those seeking to restore or enhance their smile. Veneers are commonly used for severely discoloured or stained teeth,...
Teeth restorations such as veneers or crowns require two visits. The first visit is to shape the teeth and then one to cement the restorations to the teeth. Typically, we prevent sensitivity between visits by placing an attractive provisional restoration in...
There is no higher or lower incidence of tooth decay with veneers as long as they receive proper care.
Porcelain veneers can last between 7 and 20 years. However, there can be accidents that result in veneers coming off or being chipped. If this occurs, we can repair or replace them. As well, over time living tooth and gum tissue may undergo changes that require...
This concern will be addressed by the Dentist. Most people get their veneers in a whiter shade than their natural teeth and then undergo tooth whitening to create a matching aesthetic.
No they should never stain.
Getting dental implants begins as every dental procedure does: with a visit to Signature Smiles. The dentist will examine your current condition and your records, then help you make an informed decision as to the dental implants.
Dr. Konotopetz will thoroughly explain your dental implant surgery to you, from before it begins, through the procedure, and all aftercare. You will be given an informed consent form to read and sign before surgery. Make sure you read this form thoroughly.
Most patients do experience some minor discomfort the first day after their dental implant surgery and may still have a little residual pain the second day, but when compared to tooth extraction, dental implants tend to be less painful.
This is something that Dr. Konotopetz will need to determine based on an assessment of your current situation. However, it is not out of the question, so be sure to ask.
Overdentures are more expensive than conventional dentures, so weigh this carefully with the vast benefits overdentures provide.
The entire process can take several months.
Dr. Konotopetz will outline the best solution for you. There are several considerations to be explored when considering two or four implants.
Most people are candidates for tooth whitening, but again, each situation is unique, and it’s best to arrange an appointment with us to determine the best treatment.
Typically you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to ten years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking — all of which can cause staining — helps preserve the results.
Professional whitening ranges in price depending on if you want at-home bleaching kits or done with extensive in-office procedures. Expect to pay between $300 and $1,000.