If you would like to have straighter teeth or have a child that wants straighter teeth, two options that you can look into are Invisalign and traditional braces. While both options can improve your smile and oral health, how they straighten your teeth differs. They also don’t cost the same, have their own set of advantages, and will vary in comfort depending on the wearer.


Invisalign vs Braces – Preparation and during

Traditional braces include brackets and arch wires placed on each tooth with elastic ties to keep them secure. The brackets are usually made of metal, but can be composite, ceramic or a hybrid combination of materials. Brackets are attached to the teeth with cement which is hardened with a high-intensity light. The arch wires attach to the brackets and apply pressure to help with the repositioning of the teeth. The duration of the treatment can range from 6 months to over 2 years. Usually a dental retainer is required after braces are removed for a certain period of time, determined by your orthodontist.

Invisalign is a brand that uses clear aligner trays made out of BPA-free plastic to imperceptibly and slowly move your teeth. A dental specialist will use pictures, X-rays and impressions to make a 3-D image of your teeth to make sure that the aligner trays fit just right. The duration of the treatment is on average between 6 to 18 months. This is based on the patient wearing the aligners for at least 20-22 hours every day. You’ll need to wear a retainer every night after Invisalign treatment is completed.


Pros and cons of braces and Invisalign


Traditional Braces

Braces can correct a variety of dental issues including crooked, crowded, protruding and irregularly spaced teeth. Typically, children under the age of eight are not eligible for braces due to their lack of permanent teeth. You can select different colour options for your brackets. In some cases, people can have the brackets attached to the back of their teeth. Braces also stay in place, so you don’t have to worry about losing them. Visible signs of improvement can appear earlier with traditional braces.

In terms of cons, braces are more noticeable and less aesthetically pleasing than Invisalign. You will also have to avoid certain drinks and foods – like hard or sticky foods that could break a wire or dislodge a bracket. Brushing and flossing will be more difficult and due to the more challenging hygiene, you could develop tooth discolouration or plaque around the braces.



Invisalign benefit’s adults and teenagers in many ways. The aligner trays can be used to treat an overbite, widely spaced teeth, a crossbite, or overly crowded teeth. They are practically invisible. No one will know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment and you won’t have to feel self-conscious about smiling in photos. The aligners are also removable so you can take them out when you’re eating. You don’t have to avoid consuming certain foods or drinks. You can also brush and floss normally!

Since the aligner trays are removable, you could potentially lose them. If you are not disciplined enough – not wearing them 20-22 hours a day – the treatment may fail or not produce the best results. Lastly, Invisalign may not be able to treat complex dental issues, so you have to make sure you’re a good candidate for it.


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Do traditional braces or Invisalign hurt more?

Neither braces nor Invisalign should cause pain, but there may be some discomfort associated with both, especially in the initial stages. With braces, the brackets may rub against the inside of the mouth. With Invisalign, you may experience discomfort with trays pushing against the teeth, since you do have to get new trays about every two weeks. Comfort level will depend on the wearer but generally, both treatments are pain-free.

Can’t decide if braces or Invisalign are right for you or for your child? Visit your nearest Dawson Dental office to speak with a dentist. When you choose Dawson Dental you have the peace of mind that a patient care team is available to respond to any questions and concerns every day of the week.

Christmastime is here! And with this season come festivities including carolling, watching Christmas movies, and attending mass and Christmas parties. During many of these festivities, you are bound to partake in a traditional Christmas dinner and feasting which could damage your teeth. To keep your holiday cheer so that you don’t become a Grinch, we’ve compiled a list of things to do to maintain a healthy smile for Christmas.


1. Say sayonara to sweets

You may have visions of sugar-plums dancing in your head, but it’s better for you to save the sweets for Santa. During this season, your teeth are under constant attack from acids and sugar. When a sugar or acid reaches your mouth, the tooth enamel takes about 30 minutes to recover from it. Caramels and toffees can stick to your gums, feed bacteria and lead to tooth decay. Hard candies, like candy canes, can chip or break your teeth. You don’t want to be calling your dentist on Christmas when all your teeth hurt suddenly.


2. Use a bottle opener

You know that one uncle or cousin who would show off by opening a bottle of beer with their teeth? Please do not be that person. Your teeth are not invincible tools that can withstand any damage. If you do lose a tooth or get throbbing tooth pain from doing this gimmick or from any other trauma incident during the holidays, go to the emergency dentist with your tooth because it can be placed back in the socket with the right care. You want to take all precautions from losing a tooth during this time of the year because if you do and it can’t be put back in, you might have to deal with costs like a tooth implant cost.


3. Watch your alcohol intake

When it comes to red, it looks better on your clothes than on your gums or teeth. Realistically, most people will have a glass or two of an alcoholic beverage, but it’s important to monitor your alcohol intake for several reasons. Red wine can stain your teeth and break down your enamel which could lead to cavities. Alcohol is also a hidden source of calories, so too much of it can make you gain weight. Lastly, alcohol consumption can raise your risk of oral cancer, especially when combined with tobacco. If you cannot abstain from drinking this season, drink through a straw and rinse your mouth with water in between alcoholic beverages.   


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4. Chomp on some cheese

Although sweets and alcohol are on the naughty list, there is one delicious option for consumption on the nice list – cheese! Cheese is good for your teeth. It is a food that can help your mouth return to its natural acid balance. Cheese is full of calcium, so it’s good for your teeth and bones. It can also lessen your chances of developing tooth decay. Cheese and charcuterie boards tend to be a staple for the holiday season, and they are a staple you can indulge in. Whether you have a set of pearly white veneers, the best dental implants, dentures or your natural teeth, you don’t have to worry about cheese doing damage to your teeth or gums the way that candies, chocolates, pop and wine would do damage to them.     


5. Do not neglect your oral hygiene

It may be easy for you to fall asleep on your sofa after watching Home Alone 2, without brushing your teeth. However, you do not want to loosen the reins on your oral hygiene routine this season. Remember to keep up with your nightly routine of flossing, brushing and gargling with mouthwash. Your teeth pay the price if you forget to floss and brush them. You might end up with plaque buildup, cavities that would require fillings, a tooth infection that could lead to a root canal or dental implant cost, or even bad breath. And, for sure, no one will want to kiss you under the mistletoe if you have any of those issues.


Need to see a dentist in a hurry? Dawson Dental offers emergency patient support 7 days a week. Call our emergency helpline at +1 (855) 327 6221 and schedule a consultation with a dentist.

Holiday food and drink is delicious and great to have when it starts to cold, but it can wreak havoc on the body. Besides causing you to gain five pounds or become bloated, it can also discolor your teeth and cause them to decay. Nobody wants to show up at a holiday party with unwanted stains or pockets. With the dentist’s office busy or closed for the holidays, you might seem out of luck. However, there are a couple of tips and tricks you can follow to get a healthy, gleaming smile before a big Christmas party or similar work event.


What is the “perfect holiday smile?”

The holidays can be great fun, with numerous parties, chances for gift giving, and – of course – fun photos. Whether they are with your friends or family, pictures of great events like ugly sweater contests, costume contests, office parties, and gift exchanges are going to crop up. To help others share in the fun, most people even post on social media!

However, if you have a smile that is stained, discolored, or even cracked from using your jaws as a nutcracker, then your holiday parties will be less holly and more horrid.

For many, the perfect holiday smile is bright, white, gleaming, and clean. To prepare for any events in advance, remember to brush and floss on a regular basis. Consider packing whitening gum in your purse or wallet, and chew some if you consume something staining like red wine. You can also rinse your mouth before pictures are taken to eliminate the worst of the build-up.


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How to get healthy teeth during the holidays

A healthy smile is a happy one. Many of the characteristics which stand out around the holidays – stains, discoloration, and pockets of decay – are caused by poor oral hygiene and dental health. To help eliminate them, it is important to brush and floss twice a day. To boost your hygiene at home, consider rinsing with a mouthwash on a regular basis.

These basic measures keep your teeth healthy throughout the holidays, and can make professional dental treatments more effective when the office opens up again. Once it does, there are a couple of quick cosmetic treatments designed to get you a holly jolly smile in time for the big party.


Procedures for getting the perfect smile (and inner confidence!)



Perhaps the most important treatment is a professional cleaning. While you should brush and floss your teeth at home, many people miss pockets of plaque and food particles that cause decay. A dentist can eliminate build-up, leaving you with brighter, cleaner teeth.

At the same time, it is important to be regular with your appointments and use an age-appropriate fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash on a daily basis.


Teeth Whitening

The most common cosmetic treatment in the country is teeth whitening. During this procedure, a dentist applies a peroxide substance to the surface of your teeth. The peroxide breaks down into oxygen, which lifts stains from your teeth. Your smile can become up to eight shades lighter with a single treatment.


Dental Bonding

Many people have chips, cracks, or areas of permanent discoloration on their teeth. Through dental bonding, a dentist applies a resin and shapes it to cover the area. This eliminates the imperfection in a single appointment.



Veneers are thin shells for the enamel of your teeth. They cover the surface and replace it with brand new one. You can customize your veneers to be whiter, straighter, or more even than your natural smile. Veneers can last for up to 20 years and function as a long term investment for a happier, healthier smile.


Do you have to get your smile ready for a big office event or before a business trip in a hurry? Trust only Dawson Dental. Our mature advice will ensure the best results for you, without compromising on your comfort and health.

If you had poor oral health or an accident to the point where you were left with no teeth at all, your dentist may suggest several options for replacing your missing teeth. One option is getting dentures. Dentures artificially replace your teeth and gums. Complete dentures, also known as “full dentures” or “false teeth” are removable replacements held in place by suctions.

Another option is All-on-4 dental implants. All-on-4 dental implants are a permanent solution. This option has four implants per arch, as the name suggests. Below are seven reasons why All-on-4 dental implants are better than dentures.


1. Immediate results

The first benefit of All-on-4 vs dentures is the immediate results. Instead of having dentures that can be sore and need to be constantly removed and put back into your mouth, All-on-4 implants can be placed in a few sittings and can last many, many years. You would get a quick and effective solution without the hassle that dentures can have.


2. Attractive appearance

Another benefit of having All-on-4 implants is the aesthetics. After perhaps years of looking older and unattractive with no teeth, having these implants will make you look much younger and more attractive. The procedure will preserve your jawbone and stop the deterioration of your facial structure. It will also decrease the amount of wrinkles you have due to missing teeth and sagging bone structure.


3. Easier time eating and enjoying food

The All-on-4 procedure will also allow you to eat more comfortably in comparison to eating with dentures. You will be able to chew normally without your teeth slipping or shifting. You can also bite forcefully without the fear of your teeth coming out. You will be able to enjoy eating all of your favourite snacks, food and desserts, including tough and hard to chew foods.


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4. Better self-esteem

A big benefit of having All-on-4 dental implants is the boost to your self-esteem. With dentures, you may have had to live with the constant fear of being embarrassed by your teeth falling out in front of your friends, family members or even love interest. With All-on-4 dental implants, you will never have to worry about your teeth falling out, and you can feel confident enough to smile, laugh, talk and enjoy life. With All-on-4, you will feel better from the inside and have a more positive outlook on life. 


5. Simple maintenance

The care of All-on-4 is the same as the care for regular teeth. Your new teeth will look and function just the same. You won’t need to remove your teeth when you go to bed or do any special procedures with your teeth. All you need to do is floss and brush your teeth, which is the average maintenance required even with natural teeth. You will also experience complete comfort because your All-on-4 implants do not put pressure on your gums the way that dentures do.


6. Avoid health issues

Getting the All-on-4 dental implants also helps you have an overall healthier mouth and body. It does this by lowering your chance of getting periodontal disease, which is an inflammatory disease that is bacterially-induced. Periodontal disease is linked to many issues, including strokes, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart attacks and several other chronic illnesses. Since dental implants allow your mouth to regain a more natural state, they can help you ward off periodontal disease.


7. Permanent solution

Lastly, All-on-4 dental implants are a permanent and long-term solution. There can be so many issues with having dentures, including losing your dentures or your dentures getting damaged. You might have to replace your dentures multiple times which could end up being costly. Plus, the sheer embarrassment of your dentures becoming loose or falling out in inopportune times can make the decision to get All-on-4 dental implants an easy one for you.


Are you thinking of getting All-on-4 for yourself or a loved one? Speak to a qualified Dawson Dental dentist first. We offer mature advice and perform all procedures in-house.

Crowns are used to cover parts of a decayed or damaged tooth. They appear like natural teeth and protect the tooth from incurring more damage. Crowns are hollow and can only replace teeth that are damaged but not lost. They are perfect for people who have undergone root canals, need to cover a large filling, have tooth discoloration or have sustained cracks and breaks to their tooth. However, tooth cap or crowns need to be replaced and some people report sensitivity after this procedure.

Below you’ll find seven remedies to help you deal with tooth sensitivity or crown toothache. But first, we need to explore why our teeth can be sensitive after we get a crown replaced.

What causes sensitive teeth following crown replacement?

    • Cavities: When too much plaque builds up, cavities can form. When the decay from the cavity spreads under the crown, the underlying nerve tissues get inflamed and cause major discomfort. Should this occur, your dentist will need to drill a tiny hole into the crown to remove the infected nerves and the tissues that surround it. This process is called root canal therapy and is necessary to repair the damage.


    • Root death: Tooth roots are sensitive to bacterial damage. When the roots are severely damaged, they die which leads to tooth abscess, a painful infection that develops at the root or between the gum and tooth. Root canal therapy will correct this. But, there is a chance the infection can recur and the crown will need to be replaced again.


    • Root fracture: When cracks appear in the outer hard layer of the tooth, it becomes damaged. A fracture then develops in the root making it painful to chew. The only way to fix this issue is to remove the crown and the entire tooth.


    • Cement leakage: When the cement used to bond the crown to the tooth doesn’t dry properly, it can leak. Cement leakage causes the crown to shift or even fall off creating pain. Your dentist will replace the crown and ensure that the cement fully bonds to the tooth.


    • Gum infection: The gums around your crowned tooth can recede which exposes part of the root. When our roots are exposed, we feel more hot or cold sensitivity after crown replacement. Exposed roots can also pave the way for more plaque buildup and infections. In this case, the crown may not need to be replaced and your dentist will recommend a mouthwash that is designed to treat gum infection.


      • Bruxism: This is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth so forcefully that the pressure traumatizes the tooth.

Remedies for tooth pain and sensitivity after crown replacement

The moment you feel any sensitivity or pain after crown replacement, you should contact your dentist. In the meantime, you can try these home remedies for sensitive teeth to keep further damage from happening and to quell the pain.

    • If you do suffer from bruxism, purchase an over-the-counter mouthguard for temporary relief. Your dentist will fit you for a professional mouthguard.


    • No matter how much pain you are in, you must keep up with your oral hygiene routine. Continuing to brush and floss your teeth daily will help keep bacteria at bay and make sure the infection (if that’s what’s causing your tooth sensitivity) doesn’t spread.


    • Exercise can give you brief but effective relief from tooth pain. When we move, our body releases endorphins. These are our body’s natural pain relievers and can help curb tooth sensitivity for a short time.


    • Using relaxation techniques like deep breathing, listening to soothing sounds or sitting in a warm bath can provide short-lived relief from tooth pain. Relaxation is meant to take your mind off the toothache but it doesn’t work for everybody.


    • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. The salt helps draw out excess fluid that may be lurking around the gums or near the crown. Salt helps clean the infected areas and can soothe sensitivity momentarily. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of salt with warm water, then swish the mixture around in your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting.


    • You can treat your tooth pain like it is a headache and take aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen to dull the ache. Only take the pills as directed and do not exceed the indicated dosage.


      • Wrap ice or an ice pack in a towel and gently press it against your cheek where the crown is to reduce swelling and alleviate the pain. Do not apply ice directly to the sensitive tooth because it will make the pain worse.

How to keep your crowns in good shape

If you keep up with your oral hygiene, crowns should last for 10 or more years before needing a replacement. Visit your dentist for regular cleanings and brush, floss and use mouthwash daily. It’s important to remember that crowns are not as strong as your natural teeth, so avoid eating hard foods.

If your teeth are sensitive following crown replacement, please contact us. At Dawson Dental we can treat the problem before it gets worse.

Veneers are one of the most popular forms of cosmetic dentistry. The treatment involves putting a simple custom made shell over the teeth to cover up minor dental errors like chips, cracks, and discoloration. Because the procedure has results that can last up to 20 years, it is important to figure out whether or not you should get veneers for your teeth.


What are veneers?

Veneers are thin enamel shells for the teeth made of composite resin or porcelain. They are small and designed to fit over the surface of your teeth without affecting the function. The majority of veneers need to be dentally bonded to the surface of your teeth so they don’t become displaced by regular activities like eating and chewing.

The two types of veneers are composite resin and porcelain. Composite resin and porcelain models are slightly different. Porcelain is slightly translucent and longer lasting, while composite resin is more opaque. Over time, composite resin can also become discolored. However, the primary benefit of wearing resin veneers is that they can be manufactured directly in the office by your dentist without difficulty.


Why do people get them?

The majority of people see their dentist to get veneers because they have a problem with the aesthetics of their smile. Although social media, movies, and TV often depicts people with perfect, even, and gleaming smiles, natural teeth do not look like that.

In fact, the majority of people have teeth which are yellowing, chipped, cracked, or uneven. These may not interfere in everyday life much, but can dent your confidence. Many people feel very self-aware during public speaking, in professional situations, and even in their personal lives because of abnormalities with their teeth.

It’s why veneers are a simple and effective way of getting an enriching smile with the minimum of fuss.


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Benefits of veneers

The primary benefit of wearing veneers is getting a clean, even, and gleaming smile without needing to undergo several smaller procedures. Typically, when someone has multiple cosmetic problems with their teeth, it can require multiple treatments like dental bonding, teeth whitening, and gum planing.

With veneers, you can avoid these small treatments and still get the smile you desire.

Another benefit of wearing veneers is their durability and longevity. Veneers are difficult to break, unless you are chewing something tough like ice cubes or nuts. When applied correctly and maintained properly, the material is known to last for up to 20 years. Porcelain or composite resin is easy to brush and keep clean, plus it is not prone to tooth decay.


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What is the process of getting veneers?

Receiving veneers is not a complex process. As the patient, you will not be expected to do any work beyond maintaining the health of the teeth and gums.

The first step is meeting with your dentist for a thorough exam and analysis. Veneers need to be applied to a healthy smile, so it is important to have no tooth decay or similar problems.

If you decide to move forward with the custom made shells, your dentist will shave approximately 1/8 mm of enamel from the front surface of your teeth. This is necessary to create the space for the veneers to sit properly over your teeth.

Once the enamel is removed, a mould is made of your smile and sent to a dental lab. You return to your dentist in two weeks and have your teeth professionally cleaned. The dentist then bonds the veneers to the surface of your teeth.


How much do veneers cost?

Veneers are a relatively affordable investment. If you want to get the same results without veneers it will cost substantially more to get the multiple other treatments your teeth will need. The cost of veneers will vary due to a number of factors:

  • Procedures required to prepare your teeth for veneers
  • Cost of moulding enamel shells for each individual tooth
  • Whether you have chosen porcelain or resin veneers (porcelain costs more but can offer superior results and longevity)


Want to find out if veneers are covered under your dental insurance or health benefits? Speak to Dawson Dental.



For a professional opinion, speak to an experienced dentist near you. We offer mature and balanced advice, making sure your oral health is looked after.