At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis offers cosmetic dentistry in Maple, Woodbridge, and Vaughan to meet the needs of each patient. The Mackenzie team is highly skilled and professional, employing state-of-the-art technology, and the most current procedures in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Pedvis treats both adults and children, and the clinic is well equipped to treat a wide range of emergencies. Accidents and emergencies happen - even to those who take care of their teeth. For these unexpected situations, the clinic provides emergency care. Patients can rest assured that if the unforeseen happens, the Mackenzie dental team is on hand to provide the best possible care - as soon as possible.
Dr. Pedvis is certified to administer Moderate Sedation if a patient requires. This is a combination of Nitrous Oxide and a complementary “sedative” drug – it’s ideal for patients who might need a little more sedation than the average. Patients are always alert and responsive, and the dental team carefully monitors blood pressure and heart rate. Moderate Sedation is safe and effective.
Amalgam-free fillings (white, plastic or composite) are 100% mercury free, and will not expand or contract with temperature changes inside the mouth. Existing amalgam fillings can often be removed and replaced with mercury free fillings - they are safe, and aesthetically appealing.
ZOOM! Teeth Whitening
ZOOM! treatments provide excellent whitening results in three 15-minute sessions. Using hydrogen peroxide, these in-office procedures lift stains, and make teeth appear up to 8 shades whiter. The clinic also provides a convenient “take home” teeth-whitening system.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
Invisalign® is designed to straighten teeth using custom-made aligners that are individualized for each patient. The aligners are practically invisible and are worn directly over the teeth – they gradually shift the teeth. No metal brackets are required throughout the treatment.
Tissue and Bone Grafts
With dental implants becoming more and more prevalent, tissue and bone grafts need to be carefully considered in order to ensure treatment success. Dr. Pedvis will advise on the best approach for each patient, optimal timing for the procedure, and healing protocols.
Dental veneers are designed for damaged or decayed teeth. Veneers are thin “shells” made from porcelain or composite material. They fit seamlessly over a tooth, dramatically improving the aesthetic look. Depending on the condition, veneers could be the very best option.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are restorative, and designed to repair a natural tooth. The crown covers the tooth and adds structural strength. A dental bridge is a device that fills the space where teeth are missing - it’s custom designed to fit perfectly and incorporates an artificial tooth.
A dental implant replaces a natural tooth with a custom fabricated “replacement tooth”. Implants are surgical, and with excellent outcomes – they feel natural and comfortable. Dr. Pedvis will recommend the best approach, depending on the patient’s specific condition.
For patients with an uneven gum line, cosmetic dentistry can make for noticeable improvements. With Gingival Contouring (gum contouring) patients can have their gums “sculpted” for enhanced aesthetic appeal. This is a quick procedure, and practically painless for most.
Dr. Pedvis also offers full mouth reconstruction for patients who may require more substantial restoration in the upper and lower jaw area. Clearly, every patient is unique, and with singular needs. But whatever the case, Dr. Pedvis can recommend the best treatment plan or procedure, with the best prospect for successful restoration and rehabilitation.
Cosmetic Dentistry: FAQ's
What are the Different Types of Dental Veneers?
A dental veneer is a thin film that adheres directly to the front of a tooth for the purpose of improving its appearance. Veneers are an excellent option for minor aesthetic problems, like stained, chipped, or broken teeth. There are two main types of veneers to choose from.
Composite Veneers: Composite veneers are custom-fabricated by your dentist, during a scheduled appointment. They are applied directly to the damaged teeth, and typically require a single appointment.
Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers provide the same restoration as composite veneers - but they are made in a lab. Porcelain veneers are cemented onto the tooth surface (two appointments needed).
What can a Cosmetic Dentist do for You?
When teeth are damaged, crooked, or discoloured, it’s a situation that affects every patient personally. Restoring tooth function and appearance is the primary job of cosmetic dentists. They specialize in a range of procedures - from tooth whitening, to repairing broken teeth, to replacing missing teeth. While the work is necessary, the benefits are long lasting for all.
Replacement of Missing Teeth: If you have tooth gaps or missing teeth, a cosmetic dentist can provide natural looking tooth restoration. This might include procedures like dental implants, dental crowns, or dentures.
Teeth Whitening Treatments: Today, professional tooth whitening is safer than ever - and more effective than any of the DIY remedies. Cosmetic dentists offer a variety of in-office or in-home whitening systems.
Reshaping Teeth Procedures: For teeth that are worn down or oddly shaped, there are a various cosmetic procedures that can be used to reshape the teeth. Often, veneers can be used with excellent overall results.
Restoring Damaged Teeth: For some patients, cracks or chips can benefit from procedures like bonding or veneers. For more severe tooth damage (or badly decayed teeth) a dental crown can provide restoration.
What is the Difference Between a General Dentist and a Cosmetic Dentist?
Patients often wonder about the difference between general dentists and cosmetic dentists. In choosing the best option, it’s important for the patient to identify a specific problem and then determine which dental approach would be best. Oftentimes, specialization is best.
A general dentist and cosmetic dentist have the same foundation of training and education. Both perform general dental procedures such as check-ups, fillings and crowns. Both can fill cavities and repair damage. And both can provide professional teeth whitening treatments.
A general dentist focuses on preventive dental care and routine procedures. A cosmetic dentist puts more focus on the appearance of your teeth and the look of your smile. This specialty entails specific training in the field of aesthetics, and training in associated skills.
A cosmetic dentist performs specialized treatments such as bonding, veneers, and “smile makeovers”. With any restorative procedure, a cosmetic dentist tries to improve the look and aesthetics of the teeth and mouth. This type of specialty can make a big difference.
Whether it’s a general dentist or a cosmetic dentist, it’s important to ensure proper tooth function as well as visual aesthetics. It means that any dental work must simultaneously address both function and looks. A cosmetic dentist can successfully accomplish both tasks.