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Costumes Inspired by your Dental Office!

Not sure which costume to buy this year? Need some last minute inspiration? We’ve got you! No one else at the party will be wearing these!

Darla from Finding Nemo

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Who could forget Darla the “Fish Killer” from Finding Nemo? She’s the niece of Dr. P. Sherman (42 Wallaby Way, Sydney) and with a Dentist for an Uncle you know she’s getting a deep discount on that headgear!

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Tooth

The classic trio. If you’re looking for group costumes, this is a combo that’s sure to stand out. You might even remind your friends to brush after all of that sticky candy you’ll be eating Halloween night.

Gag Teeth

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Now this is crazy – kudos to the parents who spent the time to make this get-up. No one else in their class will have this costume.

The Tooth Fairy

Of course, you could go with the traditional beautiful woman in a tutu with wings and a tooth wand – but there’s something hilarious about a grown man in a leotard.

Your Dentist, of course!

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This year a costume that already incorporates a mask is PERFECT.

And finally the scariest costume of all…

The Patient

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She tells you she flosses everyday, but her gums say otherwise. Nothing is scarier to a hygienist than this patient!

 

Whatever you go as this Halloween, be safe, have fun, and give us a call if all the sweets give you a tooth ache!

 

Happy Halloween from Dr. Shahriary and Staff!

Iconic Teeth From Your Favourite Movies

Halloween is coming up – this year your costume can be instantly recognizable with some iconic teeth! Movies and TV shows use prosthetic teeth, natural imperfections in the actors teeth, and make up to give their characters a distinct look.

Winifred Sanderson, Hocus Pocus

The oldest of the Sanderson sisters was obsessed with beauty and youth so it makes sense that the costume designers gave her comically large teeth that don’t meet “conventional” beauty standards.

Austin Powers, The Austin Powers movies

Powers’ bad teeth were created by a dental technician named Gary Archer. Mike Myers came to Archer and told him, “I want bad British 1960s teeth”, based on a widely-held stereotype. Archer took pictures and made drawings of British patrons at an English pub that he often visited and the pictures became the inspiration for the final design Archer showed Myers, resulting in his iconic smile.

Lloyd Christmas, The Dumb and Dumber movies

When Jim Carrey was a child he got into a fight, resulting in the chip in his front tooth. The tooth was capped and Carrey had it temporarily removed to portray Lloyd Christmas.

The Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp has said the Mad Hatter’s iconic smile was inspired by comedian Terry Thomas’ diastema. In an interview Depp said, “the French call the teeth with the gap in the middle ‘les dents de bonheur’ – ‘the teeth of happiness’,”. A fitting inspiration for the (sometimes) jovial Mad Hatter.

Harry Lyme, Home Alone 1 and 2.

Harry’s gold tooth plays an important role in his identification. When he first enters the McCallister’s house impersonating a police officer, Kevin notices his gold tooth when he smiles. As a result when Kevin is almost hit by Harry and Marv’s van Harry smiles at him again and Kevin notices the gold tooth, blowing his cover as a police officer.

Stu Price, The Hangover

Did Ed Helms REALLY pull out his own tooth for a movie role?! Well, kind of! When Helms was a teenager he had a dental implant placed. Instead of blacking out a tooth for the movie he decided to talk to his dentist to see if he could have the 20 year old implant crown temporarily removed. His dentist agreed to remove it and the rest is movie history!

Belletrix Lestrange, Harry Potter Movies

Though Belletrix’s rotten teeth are never specified in J.K. Rowlings’ book, actress Helena Bohnam Carter felt the gnarly teeth would give her character a feral look. As Bellatrix had spent so much time in prison, Carter felt her teeth should look savage and deranged as she hoped to portray her as such.

Dracula – 1958 Starring Christopher Lee

Vampire fangs have an interesting history in Hollywood as most people associate fangs with Bela Lugosi’s popular 1931 portrayal. Lugosi, however, never wore fangs in his role as Dracula. In the era before microphones actors needed to enunciate for optimal clarity; prosthetic fangs impeded this greatly. Fangs were not popularized in vampire films until Christopher Lee’s iconic portrayal in 1958.

Let us clean up your “fangs”! Call today to book an appointment.

Diabetes and Gum Disease

Those who are dealing with Diabetes should know that elevating blood sugars increases the risk of developing gum disease also can be more severe and take a longer time to heal.

Likewise, Gum disease and the body’s response to gum infections can make it harder to keep blood sugar levels in control. To keep your gums healthy, you need to brush after each meal and floss then rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash daily.

How can diabetes affect my mouth?

Glucose is present in your saliva diabetes is not controlled, high glucose levels in your saliva help harmful bacteria grow.

These bacteria combine with food to form a soft, sticky film, Plaque.  Some types of plaque cause tooth decay or cavities. Other types of plaque cause gum disease and bad breath.

On the other hand, Diabetes causes blood vessel changes. The thickened blood vessels can reduce the flow of nutrients and this reduced blood flow can weaken the gums and bone which puts them at a greater risk for infection.

Infections from untreated periodontal disease can cause the blood sugar to rise and make it harder to control diabetes. Some of the first signs of gum disease are swollen, tender,  or bleeding gums. Sometimes you won’t have any signs of gum disease. You may not know you have it until you have serious damage.

Your best defense is to see your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.

Things you should consider before Invisalign:

The first consideration is that you should be really  disciplined  in wearing your invisible aligners to get the best results

Invisalign must be worn almost 22 hours a day.  You usually need to remove them only when you eat and drink.

2- Your teeth may feel more sensitive

There may be a constant force while working around teeth movement, thus, making your teeth feel more sensitive.

3- Aligners can make the pain

As your teeth move to their proper positions, nerve ending in your gums are stretched as well. This may sometimes cause a stinging sensation in your gums.

4- You Shouldn`t smoke while wearing your Invisalign

Smoking with your aligners on can cause permanent discoloration.  If you wish to smoke, be sure to remove your aligners.

 5- Invisalign may affect your speech

Similar to metal braces, patients may feel that they have a lisp at the beginning of the treatment.

6- You need to remove your aligners whenever you eat

You have to make sure that food stuck in between your teeth and along your gum lines are removed.

So, this is important to brush your teeth and floss before putting your invisible aligners back in your mouth. 

7- Avoid sugary, colored, and acidic drinks

Coffee or breakfast tea can leave a stain on your aligners or may cause discoloration. If you want to drink while wearing Invisalign, enjoy drinking a glass of water instead.

8- You need to skip your lipstick for a while

Since Invisalign are clear plastic aligners, wearing lipstick can stain your aligners.  Try a colorless lip balm or other alternatives.

9- Be patient with the results

Remember that the duration of the treatment depends on the complexity of the misalignment of your teeth!

10- Invisalign should be cleaned regularly

Wearing Invisalign for about 22 hours a day and leaving them uncleaned can cause them to be discolored and smelly.

It would be great to wash them properly, soak them in a cleaning solution, and rinse them before using them again.

11- For Some Patients, Invisalign treatment may come with attachments

Attachments are tooth-colored buttons placed on certain teeth to allow the proper grip of the aligners 

12- The cost of Invisalign varies

The cost of Invisalign varies per patient. And some have insurances that may cover a portion of the cost.

13- You might need to use retainers after your Invisalign treatment

After your Invisalign treatment completed, your dentist might recommend that wear retainers when you sleep.

This is to ensure that you keep your teeth in place.

 

If you have any other concerns about your Invisalign treatment, Please contact Dr.Shahriary`s office to book a free consultation appointment.