• By Family Dental Centres
  • 15 Nov, 2016



If you’ve got kids of your own, you probably remember braces as they used to be when you were young: wired, permanent, painful, and a sorry reminder you could no longer chew gum or eat popcorn. Thank goodness times have changed.

Today, kids and adults have it much easier thanks to  Invisalign  and Invisalign Teen, the clear and removable braces that are just as effective as the wired variety without the pain and discomfort.

“It depends on the dentist, of course, and his or her comfort using that particular tool,” says Dr. Karim Lalani, a dentist at the New Westminster location of   Family Dental Centres . “But in most cases,   Invisalign  is just as effective as old braces.”

The difference is that   Invisalign  is a much more comfortable way to straighten your teeth. It also plays a therapeutic role, relaxing your muscles and preventing clenching. Best of all? There are no food restrictions since you take out the trays to eat.

Dr. Lalani likens it to a more comfortable mouth guard.

“People assume that you straighten your teeth for cosmetic reasons, but a lot of it is functional,” he says. “When teeth are in proper condition and they’re not crowded, the chewing function is more normal, there’s less gum recession, and your teeth aren’t taking in more than they need. It’s like a house with a good foundation.”

Invisalign has the same insurance coverage as regular braces and can be put in by either a dentist or an orthodontist.

“I’m trained in Invisalign and I’ve done a lot of orthodontic cases,” says Dr. Lalani. “But patients always have the option of seeing an orthodontist if they prefer.”

The process is straightforward. With an intraoral scanner, the dentists at   Family Dental Centres  are able to see how a patient’s bite looks immediately and painlessly. The scanner acts as a camera, providing an accurate simulation for the Invisalign trays.

“The technology is quite amazing right now,” says Dr. Lalani. “It’s way more comfortable than having to take those molds!”

If you or someone you know is considering braces, please give one of our 6 Greater Vancouver locations a call to find out further benefits of Invisalign and see if it's right for you .

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By Nasheel Soni 26 Aug, 2017

A person’s self-image is hands-down one of the most important things in today’s judgemental society. Studies have shown that in this day and age, people tend to care way more about their appearance and what others think of them, which means getting ahead of the game is no easy feat.

Though there is one thing you could do to improve that image of yours, and all from the comfort of your home too.

White teeth are quite a non-subjective part of someone’s appearance. There’s no one on this planet who could tell you they don’t want white teeth without lying through the very things they wish to be white. They’re wonderful, and can enhance someone’s appearance tenfold, simply by giving their face a brighter, more-noticeable smile.

So, if you want to give your teeth the whiteness they deserve, try some of these home remedies in order to fight off that pesky tartar.

By Nasheel Soni 16 Aug, 2017

A smile can paint a thousand words.

When you first meet someone your smile is the very first thing they will take in about you, the very first thing they will notice, so it’s important to have a bright beaming smile to reflect your equally bright and beaming personality.

Sadly, for some of us, that’s not such an easy-to-do thing. Some people suffer from misaligned teeth through no fault of their own, and begin to feel self-conscious about smiling. Thankfully though, there is a solution.

If you find yourself getting all shy about your crooked teeth, then check out this list of five reasons to invest in Invisalign – an alternative sort of solution rather than going with traditional braces.

By Nasheel Soni 25 Jul, 2017

Dental work doesn’t always mean checkups and fillings. There are a wide range of options to help your teeth look and feel their best!

According to  Know Your Teeth , if you have discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing teeth, your dentist can help! These improvements are not always just cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, too!

Here are some treatments that you can ask your dentist about:

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Dental implants are a great option for restoring a missing or damaged tooth. An implant can help preserve the health and structure of your facial bones and muscles and give you that full smile back.

By Nasheel Soni 17 May, 2017

As our children grow up and become more independent, teaching them about dental hygiene is essential. Not only will it help them be more independent but it will also improve their confidence later in life.

A healthy smile influences more than most know. It affects our how we communicate, eat, drink and even our self-esteem. How are you supposed to be confident, when you have trouble expressing your emotions?

Dentists in Atlanta, Georgia  have found that “Older people report that they experienced low self-esteem much of their life because of their teeth. They felt they were born with this type of smile and there wasn’t much they could do.”

Teaching our kids to brush, floss, and see a dentist regularly is extremely important. A healthy smile inspires confidence and a willingness to smile more.

By Nasheel Soni 18 Apr, 2017
Eating disorders have harsh consequences on oral health. Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia, which are more prevalent in women, are the two most common.

Anorexia is associated with having an extreme fear of gaining weight. People with this mental disorder tend to exercise excessively and eat very little. Along with this, even if they are in shape, people with anorexia see themselves as fat.

Bulimics, on the other hand, eat compulsively and then rid themselves of the food by vomiting. Although how much they try to hide their disease the signs are evident to dentists. Changes in the mouth are the first signs of eating disorders.
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Often oral cancer is only  discovered when the malignant cells have metastasized to another location, most likely the lymph nodes of the neck. This makes it extremely important to educate yourself about how to prevent it.
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No matter how much we all love junk food, at some point in our lives, we all switch to nutritious foods to stay healthy, prevent diseases and maintain a healthy body weight. But do you know that there are several other benefits of healthy eating? Indeed there are! Read on to get acquainted with these healthy eating benefits , and we guarantee, you wouldn’t help but dote on healthy food for the rest of your lives.
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