Bridal Season, Invisalign Season!

Summer is one of the most popular seasons for weddings. Brides will invest in everything they can to look and feel their best! From working out and healthy diets, to hair colour and cosmetic procedures – the list goes on! Of course, that also includes investing in their smile! After all, it is something they are going to flash all day (and night) long! 

Did you know that Invisalign Clear Aligners was voted #1 Most Popular Wedding Beauty Treatment for Brides? Specific media outlets such as Brides, have raved and added it as part of your ‘wedding beauty regimen’. 

Raving reviews from RealSelf read “Invisalign [treatment] has given me so much confidence!” a 28-year-old bride-to-be wrote on RealSelf. “My boyfriend of 12 years proposed and the thought of not feeling confident with my smile on my wedding day horrified me, so I went to see about getting Invisalign [aligners]… Three weeks before I got married, my teeth are all straight and look amazing.”

At Belman Dental Centre, we are beyond ecstatic to help you prepare for your special day! We recommend coming in for a consultation around 1 year prior to your wedding. We can review your case and personalize your treatment plan to achieve your smile goals! 

Our iTero machine allows us to scan your teeth digitally. This means no messy or gooey impressions! From there, we can show you a 3D simulation of what your results will look like in under 30 minutes! Quick, modern and efficient! 

We will customize your Invisalign aligners to your teeth. They will need to be worn for approximately two weeks, and after that you’ll receive your next set in the series. Depending on your case, treatment can last anywhere from 9 months to over 1 year. You will also need to visit your dentist every 6 weeks to make sure that your treatment is progressing in accordance with your treatment plan.

Our team is here to answer any questions you have! Ready to get the confident smile you’ll show off on your big day? Book your consultation by contacting our Toronto office! P.S. Grooms are encouraged too!  

What You Can Eat After A Tooth Extraction

Whether you have just undergone an emergency or an intentional tooth extraction, your oral cavity is in a delicate state. Our team at Belman Dental Centre will provide you with the care and instructions you need post-procedure to help your oral and overall health stay on track. After your tooth has been removed, there are a few things we recommend to eat and not to eat. 

What To Eat 

Soft-Serve Ice Cream – if you do not have sensitive teeth, ice cream – specifically soft-serve is a treat you can enjoy. It is cool and soft enough to eat comfortably. The cold can also help to minimize any natural swelling in the mouth. 

Yogurt is also a great option. You can add a few small berries or soft fruit to this as well. Just avoid adding any granola or nuts as these have sharp edges which will be too abrasive in the mouth.

Cool Soup which can be a pureed, or a gazpacho too. Many soups contain nutrients including protein to help the muscles in your face feel better. Make sure the soup is as smooth as possible to avoid any discomfort. 

Smoothies with fresh fruits and veggies will be full of nutrients too! The coolness of a smoothie can also help with swelling and discomfort. 

Scrambled Eggs – just make sure they aren’t served too hot! They are gentle, high in protein and are not too difficult to chew. 

What Not To Eat

Spicy and Acidic Foods can irritate your oral cavity and incisions. 

Crunchy Foods can tear or pull at sore areas of your mouth. Little bits from these foods can also get stuck and cause more discomfort too. 

Straws should also be avoided to consume any food or drinks as the suction can harm sensitive areas in your mouth too. 

Post-Extraction Reminders 

Dr. Belman and our dental team are here for you! We recommend sticking to soft and cool foods until we direct otherwise. This is to keep your oral cavity and health on the right track to recovery! For questions about oral health concerns, oral hygiene checks, tooth extractions and more – contact our professional and friendly dental office in Toronto.

Should You Brush After You Eat?

Staying on top of a good oral health routine is one of the most important things you can do for your oral and overall health! We know you’ve heard the guidelines – brush twice a day and floss daily. But when should you brush exactly? Before or after eating? Some base it off of preference, however our team at Belman Dental is here to give you some insight on the importance of timing! 

Some foods and drinks can have a high concentration of sugars and carbs. For example, when watching a movie at home – you may indulge in popcorn, soda pop and candies. That’s a lot of carbs and sugar in one go! Having all of that in your mouth can encourage the development of certain bacteria, which can attack your tooth enamel for at least twenty minutes after consumption. If you were to brush right after you eat, you would be removing the bacteria before it has a chance to attack your tooth enamel! In this scenario, brush after eating and use flouride toothpaste. 

Sometimes brushing after eating can affect your tooth enamel. The Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association recommends waiting at least one hour before brushing your teeth after consuming any acidic food or drinks. Examples include oranges, grapefruits and lemons. If you brush too soon after consuming foods with high citric acid it can cause damage as the enamel is in a weakened state. With this in mind, remember to brush before consuming acidic foods and drinks and drink a glass of water after consuming to wash away the acids. 
At Belman Dental Centre, we’re here to help make sure your oral health stays at its best. Be sure to eat a balanced diet, keep sugars and acidic intake as low as possible and keep up a good oral hygiene routine with brushing and flossing. If consuming acidic foods, wait to brush and drink water! If consuming high sugars and carbs, you can brush right after. Check-in with us to keep your oral health on track. Book your next dental hygiene appointment with our experienced and professional team in Toronto. We look forward to helping you stay healthy!

4 Ways Your Dentist Can Make You Look Younger!

Yes, it’s true – your dentist can help improve your appearance so that you look younger! Youth is often associated with – perfect skin, great hair and of course – a beautiful smile! Thanks to cosmetic dentistry – there are a few ways our team at Belman Dental can help enhance your smile, giving off a more youthful appearance! 

  1. Teeth Whitening 

Teeth Whitening is the simplest and quickest way to improve the look of your smile. At Belman Dental our team will consult with you to determine the whitening process that best suits your needs. We will review colour-matching and expected results. We also provide Philips ZOOM! Whitening, which is a chairside procedure using laser technology to accelerate your whitening! To see some of the results of our teeth whitening procedures, click here

  1. Porcelain Veneers

We use porcelain veneers to improve severe tooth discolouration, as well as worn appearance and to correct gaps. This is a very popular treatment that many celebrities – including Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Demi Moore and Victoria Beckham, have used to achieve a gleaming and ‘perfect’ looking smile! To see some of the results of our cosmetic procedures including veneers, click here

  1. Invisalign

Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance used to straighten teeth. The clear aligners are discreet and easy to integrate into your daily lifestyle! It’s an excellent way to fix crowded teeth, and problems including an overbite, underbite, open bite or gaps. To learn more about how Invisalign works, how much Invisalign costs and other details – click here

  1. Bridges, Crowns and Fillings 

We use metal-free dental fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges to improve the appearance of your teeth. We use materials that better match the colour of your teeth, providing a more natural and aesthetically pleasing look! 
Stop searching for the fountain of youth and visit us at Belman Dental Centre in Toronto! We’re here to help improve your oral health and the look of your smile. You’ll leave feeling healthy and confident, resulting in a more youthful appearance. We can’t wait to help – book your appointment for a consultation today!

Dr. Belman Featured In Trauma-Informed Dentistry Movement Article On The Healthy Debate!

We are pleased to share Dr. Belman’s recent contribution to the Healthy Debate discussing ‘Focus on the tooth and the person’: The movement for trauma-informed dentistry. 

 

The online article discusses a trauma-informed care approach to dentistry. This can be described as a practice that can be helpful to children, patients with sensitivities or anyone who’s experienced trauma. The article references “Noah Belman, a Toronto-based dentist who practices trauma-informed care, notes that dental care has a checkered past when it comes to considering patients’ emotional state.” 

 

The article continues, “Historically, dentists were tooth-focused, not necessarily patient-focused,” he told me. “It was ‘get the work done by whatever means,’ regardless of the effect on the psyche. The focus has shifted in many, but not all, settings.”

The get-it-done approach can have long-term consequences, such as when a patient develops a phobia about going to the dentist (odontophobia). As the old adage goes, “Ignore your teeth and they’ll go away.” Patients who avoid the dentist may face a host of problems including untreated tooth decay, gum disease and infection. Those with chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes may be at greater risk of dental emergencies that require urgent care.”

 

To read the full online article, please click here.  

 

At Belman Dental Centre we are proud to use a patient-first trauma-informed approach. We focus on the patient’s needs and what works best for them, for their treatment (not just what gets the job done). While The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the professional association “does not have specific guidance on ‘trauma-informed care – it is not something we forgo. It is a movement that we prioritize.  


Confidently book your next dental appointment at our clinic located in Toronto. We look forward to helping you feel at ease while providing you the treatment you need for optimal oral health.

Why Straighten Your Smile With Invisalign This Holiday Season

The holiday season is near, and we know you’re looking forward to giving presents and spending time with loved ones. However, it’s also a great time to think about your health and treat yourself too.

If you want a confident, healthy smile, you don’t have to wait until the holiday season is over.

Gone are the days where traditional braces were the only option for straightening teeth. Oftentimes, adults find themselves too embarrassed to correct their smile because they did not want the appearance of braces. Now you can rely on the technological advanced treatment – Invisalign at Belman Dental Centre! 

Discreet, Comfortable and Seamless 

With the option of Invisalign clear aligners, you can discreetly fix your smile. You don’t have to worry about your orthodontic treatment standing out in pictures or drastically changing your appearance with wires and brackets.

There are also no dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign treatment, compared to traditional metal braces. You can easily remove them for all meals and put them back on when finished. That means that no holiday treat is off-limits – popcorn lovers rejoice!

Invisalign treatment is very easy to integrate into your lifestyle. Unlike traditional braces, where you may worry about certain foods getting stuck, or a poking wire. Invisalign can seamlessly work with your lifestyle. When you’re not wearing them, pack them into their case and go!  

Treat Yourself

The holidays are all about giving, but if a healthy and confident smile is something you have always wanted, there’s no better time to start than now. The sooner you get started on your treatment, the sooner you’ll have the results! With time off during the holidays it’s a great opportunity to try something new. Book a consultation at Belman Dental Centre in Toronto to see how we can help your smile this season with Invisalign. Dr. Belman and our team will create a personalized treatment plan and answer all of your questions. We look forward to helping you start the holiday season with a little something for you!

How to Take Care of Your Oral Health When You’re Sick

When you’re sick, a lot of the things on your to-do list go by the wayside. It’s important to remember that your oral health and overall health are connected. Taking care of one, can definitely help the other! Here are a few tips to take care of your oral and overall health when you’re under the weather. 

Drink plenty of water

Not only does staying hydrated help your body feel better, but it is also important for good oral health. Water helps to wash away food particles and encourages saliva production. Saliva works as a natural defense against cavity-causing bacteria that buildup on teeth over time. If you’re sick and are having difficulty drinking water normally, we recommend using a straw.

Avoid sugary and acidic foods and beverages

Although many people love the idea of eating popsicles when they’re sick, we recommend avoiding them since their high sugar content can promote tooth decay or enamel erosion over time. Fermented fruit juices such as grape juice can also be acidic and contribute to enamel erosion too. Be sure to check labels and monitor sugar and acidic in your daily diet. 

Rinse with salt water

Salt water helps to kill bacteria that may be on your toothbrush. Simply dissolve two teaspoons of salt into a cup of warm water and use the mixture as you normally would with regular tap water.

Use mouthwash if possible.

We recommend rinsing twice daily with mouthwash to help kill bacteria and protect against infections in addition to brushing and flossing. 

Eat nutritious foods and snacks.

When you’re sick, your immune system is weak and your body needs to be able to fight off infections. Nutritious foods like leafy greens, yogurt, beans or lean meats can help provide energy to strengthen your immune system.

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but it also helps to brush away harmful bacteria from your mouth. Snack on an apple if you can’t brush or rinse after eating sugary foods. The fibrous texture will help ‘brush’ away food particles.

Reschedule your appointment 

If you’re feeling under the weather, it’s best to stay home and take care of yourself. Reschedule your appointment with us when your cold and flu symptoms have gone away. We have implemented additional health and safety protocols in our office to keep everyone healthy. We understand if you aren’t feeling well and would be happy to check in on your oral health when you’re feeling better. 

Belman Dental Centre is proud to offer a range of dental services from general checkups to cosmetic procedures including veneers or teeth whitening!Call us today and schedule an appointment and keep your oral health on track.

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Regular dental checkups are an essential component of your overall health and wellness. It is not enough to brush your teeth, floss, and use mouthwash; you need to go see the dentist regularly as well!

Benefits of  Regular Dental Checkups

Here are some of the benefits for seeing your dentist on a regular basis: 

Prevent cavities and tartar buildup

Seeing your dentist regularly can help prevent cavities and tartar buildup. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash cannot always get rid of plaque buildup. Some plaque can become too difficult for you to remove on your own. A professional dental cleaning can help remove stubborn build up. 

Improve oral health

When your dentist takes a look at your current oral health, they can make recommendations on how to best improve it. Some issues that can be addressed include bad breath, cavities, and even tooth loss!

Regular checkups help catch issues

One of the most significant benefits of regular dental checkups is catching potential problems before they become serious. Visiting a dentist regularly can help them see issues like TMJ or receding gums before they have a chance to get worse.

Promote overall health

Your teeth are not the only part of your mouth that is important for good oral hygiene and overall wellness. Visit a dentist regularly so that you can check up on conditions like dry mouth, swollen glands, sores in your mouth, and any other problems that could be impacting your overall wellness.

Avoid costly and dangerous problems

Putting off dental visits can be a costly mistake. If you avoid getting important checkups, it could lead to bigger issues down the road, like tooth loss or even needing dentures! Avoiding regular checkups also puts your teeth at risk for more damage that can lead to higher costs in order to fix the problem. 

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Learn About Dental Sealants And What They Do

A healthy smile is essential for good overall health. The components to a healthy smile include good at-home oral care with brushing and flossing, along with routine visits to see your dentist. 

At your dental visits, your dentist will check in on your oral health, make suggestions on how to improve your current state and what procedures and treatments you can benefit from. 

Have you ever heard your dentist discuss dental sealants? Do you know what they are used for? We’re happy to share with you why dental sealants are used and how they can help your oral health. 

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. When this treatment has been completed, it tends to protect against plaque buildup in these areas and cavity-causing bacteria.

Sealants are typically made from resin. They must be applied by either your dentist or dental hygienist to ensure that the product covers all necessary surfaces. 

Why Do Dental Sealants Matter?

Oral health is essential to our overall well being. Cavities and gum disease are both preventable and easily treatable when they’re caught in their early stages. However, if you or your children have deep grooves or depressions on your teeth, you are at higher risk of developing cavities in these areas. When a dental sealant is used it can help prevent these oral health issues. 

Who Can Wear Sealants?

Dental sealants are most commonly used on children. However they can also be used for adults too. 

Sealant, Filling or Crown? 

Often crowns or fillings are used when some level of tooth decay damage has already occurred. 

Do You Need An Oral Health Check-Up?At Belman Dental Centre in Toronto, we offer our patients comprehensive and preventative dental care. Let us check in on your oral health and provide you with the treatment you need for a healthy smile! It is recommended to visit a dentist at least twice a year. Call us to book your appointment today!

Show Off Your Natural Smile This Summer With Invisalign!

Summer may already be well underway, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start the journey to a more beautiful and aligned smile! At Belman Dental Centre, we offer a variety of options to straighten out your smile, but Invisalign is a treatment option has gained popularity with our patients as it offers many benefits traditional metal braces do not! 

Discreetly Work On Your Smile

Unlike braces, Invisalign uses clear aligner technology using a set of smooth, clear plastic trays to align your smile. This way, you can discreetly work on your smile and improve your oral health without the clunky appearance of traditional braces.

The Aligners Are Removable

Invisalign’s aligners can be removed whenever you decide to eat, and play sports. This allows your treatment to be far more comfortable than most other orthodontic options. This also means you can enjoy the BBQ season of summer without having to be careful of what you eat because of braces. The clear aligners also allow you to continue your regular oral hygiene routine at ease, simply remove them when you brush and floss your teeth!

Faster Treatment Time

According to the Canadian Dental Association, most people end up wearing braces for about two years before their teeth are fully straightened. With Invisalign treatment, you will only have to wear them for 3-18 months after you receive your trays! Not only that, but you could start seeing a straighter smile within 2-6 weeks. 

Start Your Smile Journey With Invisalign Today! 

If it sounds like Invisalign is right for you, then reach out to Dr. Noah Belman of the Belman Dental Centre. You can call Belman Dental Centre today at 416-486-1136, or fill out a contact form on our website. We’d be happy to speak with you about our Toronto dental services, including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and more.

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