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Perfect Your Smile with Veneers

veneers - abbotsford dentist - clayburn dentalOne of the first things people often notice about others is their smile. Knowing this, many people with less than perfect teeth avoid smiling in social situations, and their confidence takes a hit. Porcelain veneers may be just what is needed to bring that smile out of hiding.

What are Veneers?

Your Abbotsford dentists improve one smile at a time, thanks to porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are permanently bonded to the front of individual teeth. Residents of Abbotsford, BC can discover the power of a confident smile in as little as two visits to Clayburn Dental.

What Issues Will Veneers Fix?

Whether the need for veneers is due to injury, decay, or discoloration, once the veneer is bonded to the tooth, all evidence of damage is concealed. Let’s look at several issues veneers can fix.

  • Worn down teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Craters or bulges

Benefits Associated with Porcelain Veneers

  • Less of the healthy tooth structure is removed than with crowns.
  • Veneers are stain resistant.
  • They are made to match natural teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers may last for up to 15 years with proper care.

What to Expect During the Procedure

A consultation with your Abbotsford dentist will determine if veneers are ideal for you. Radiographs provide dentists with an overall picture of your oral health. Underlying conditions like gum disease and tooth decay must be addressed before treatment begins.

Once the initial exam is complete, approximately 1/2 mm of enamel is buffed away, and the tooth is shaped to ensure a proper fit. Most patients tolerate buffing with no anesthesia, but it is available if needed. An impression is made and used to create both a temporary veneer and the permanent porcelain version. Temporary veneers give patients a sneak-peek at how the final product will look.

Temporary veneers are removed, and teeth are cleaned, polished, and etched to achieve a durable bond. The permanent veneer will be placed on the tooth to check fit and color. Tiny corrections can be made on-site to ensure the fit is perfect. Bonding cement holds the veneer in place, and a special light beam hardens and sets the bond.

The Importance of Cleaning and Maintaining Porcelain Veneers

Since veneers simply cover natural teeth, proper care is required to prevent decay. Once veneers are set, they cannot be reversed. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent future problems. If you grind or clench your teeth, you will need to discuss the use of a night guard to prevent damage to the veneers. Immediately following treatment, you may experience heat and cold sensitivity, but it generally decreases with time. Should one of your veneers break or chip, give the team at Clayburn Dental a call to set up an appointment right away to minimize further damage and discuss options.

Why Choose Clayburn Dental as Your Abbotsford Dentist?

At Clayburn Dental, our dentists have the experience and skills to help you decide if veneers are right for you. Contact the Clayburn Dental office at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to begin creating your perfect smile.

By : Clayburn Dental/July 12, 2017/Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist/Comments Off on Perfect Your Smile with VeneersRead More

How to Take Care of Your Dentures

When you’ve got missing teeth, it can make you feel self-conscious about everything from eating to speaking. Missing teeth can also have a negative impact on the appearance, leaving gaps in the smile or leading to a sunken look in the cheeks. Dentures can give you a fresh new start on a healthy and functional smile, but if you’re new to dentures you may not be sure about how to properly care for them yet. Here are a few key denture care tips from the Clayburn Dental team.

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Cleaning Your Dentures

Dentures need proper care, just like natural teeth do. It’s usually recommended that dentures are removed overnight. They can be soaked in a special denture solution or in a glass of water to keep them moist. Never use hot water to soak or clean dentures, as this can cause warping. If dentures dry out, they can shrink and crack, requiring major repair.

Brushing dentures regularly is also recommended. The dentists at Clayburn Dental may recommend a toothpaste designed especially for dentures. There are also ultrasonic cleaners that can provide a regular deep cleaning for the dentures, but they don’t replace proper daily brushing. While you’re brushing the dentures, don’t forget to care for your teeth and gums. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently and thoroughly clean all surfaces in the mouth prior to inserting the dentures each morning.

Denture Care Tips and Tricks

There are several important denture care tips and tricks that can ease your transition into wearing dentures. They include:

  • Take your dentures out after each meal. Simply run them under cool water to loosen and remove food debris.
  • Handle dentures with care, holding them lightly but firmly. Too much pressure can cause damage to the plastic or clasps.
  • Rinse your dentures before placing them back in your mouth every morning. Denture solutions can cause damage to the delicate tissues in the mouth, so it’s best to avoid direct contact.
  • Keep up with your regular checkups. Regular dental checkups are the ideal time for the dentist to check on denture fit and make adjustments to the dentures if needed.
  • If you notice a loose fit or your dentures feel uncomfortable, call Clayburn Dental right away. Our dentists can correct denture fit to improve your comfort and make them easier to wear.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford Can Help With All Types of Dentures

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC, our dentists have the knowledge and experience needed to help you get the most from your dentures.  The Clayburn Dental team is ready to help with regular follow-up appointments and adjustments to the dentures to improve comfort level. Contact the Clayburn Dental office at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online anytime to find out more about denture care.

By : Clayburn Dental/July 05, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Take Care of Your DenturesRead More

Meet the Team: Andrea Dwernychuk

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Dr. Andrea Dwernychuk is part of our dentist team at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford.

As a dentist, Dr. Dwernychuk’s daily tasks include creating treatment plans to maintain or restore our patients’ oral health, monitoring the growth and development of teeth and jaws, diagnosing oral diseases and more.

She is always striving for the best in patient care and comfort.

Let’s see how Andrea answered our staff survey!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“On the beach or at a cozy cabin in the mountains.”

What are your hobbies?

“Sports – volleyball, basketball, skiing, hiking. Travelling, meeting people, seeing and experiencing new things, staying in shape.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Too many faves! Sushi, ramen, Mexican, pho, to name a few.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“I enjoy the team work and the discussion and mentorship from other dentists.”

Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/June 26, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Andrea DwernychukRead More

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

Stress happens in everyone’s life, and it can often cause side effects like teeth grinding, heart problems, and other issues. Teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, can cause severe issues including the loss of teeth, over time. However, it’s possible to avoid teeth grinding and its consequences if you’re mindful of the problem and seek help promptly. Read on to learn more about teeth grinding and to get a few tips to help you avoid it.

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The Signs of Teeth Grinding

Many people don’t even realize that they grind their teeth because they assume symptoms are caused by other medical issues. The signs of teeth grinding include:

  • Damage to the teeth: This can include worn enamel, cracked teeth, and chipped teeth
  • Chronic headaches: Sudden headaches that tend to happen daily or near-daily
  • Chronic earaches: Sudden earaches that tend to happen daily or near-daily
  • Sore jaw: Persistent jaw pain
  • Teeth sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, pain while biting down, or pain while chewing

Teeth Grinding Triggers — And Their Solutions

Trying to determine the triggers of teeth grinding is important. In many situations, finding the reason behind the teeth grinding allows for efficient resolution. Here are some common triggers and their solutions.

  • Stress Reduction: Stress is the most common cause of teeth grinding. There are a variety of effective solutions for stress. These can include exercise, special relaxation techniques, and medication.
  • Reduce Stimulant and Depressant Intake: Reducing both stimulants and depressants like caffeine and alcohol can help you avoid teeth grinding.
  • Alleviate Tension: Tension in the jaw can result in teeth grinding during the night. Before bed, apply a warm compress to the jaw just in front of the ears. Add in a gentle jaw massage for even better results.
  • Custom Mouthguard: The Clayburn Dental dentists can create custom mouthguards for teeth grinding patients. The mouthguard can hold the teeth in place, allowing cushioning and protection to prevent grinding during the night. Mouthguards are comfortable and easy to wear. They fit perfectly because they’re made based upon a custom mold of your mouth.

Effective Teeth Grinding Solutions at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC, our dentists have the experience and skills that can help you beat teeth grinding. Contact the Clayburn Dental office at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online anytime to find out whether a custom mouthguard is the right solution for you.

By : Clayburn Dental/June 20, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Prevent Teeth GrindingRead More

Meet the Team: Brianne Hebert

Brianne is a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) at Clayburn Dental. She supports us with exceptional dental care delivery by preparing the treatment room, patient and instruments and working chair-side with our dentists as they examine and treat patients.

Clayburn Dental Team - Brianne Hebert

Let’s learn more about Brianne!

Who is your hero and why?

“My mom, because she always has a positive outlook on everything, and always has an answer to my questions.”

What is your favourite type of food?


If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“Hawaii, because I would never need to shovel snow again!”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Ryan Reynolds, I would ask him for a hug and a picture to keep on my side table.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“I look forward to the amazing patients that come into Clayburn and being able to interact with them all. Also I love that everyone at Clayburn works as a team – if you need help with anything, it is there for you.”

Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/June 15, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Brianne HebertRead More

How to Prepare for Your First Day in Braces

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For many people, braces are a part of growing up (and for others, part of adult life, too!). At any given time, almost one million Canadians are wearing braces. Braces are one of many important tools for proper orthodontic care and dental hygiene. They help to straighten teeth for aesthetic reasons or to reverse overbites/underbites, and to prevent oral health complications later in life.

Many orthodontic patients at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford who are considering braces or are about to get them wonder what braces are like. Will braces hurt? How do I take care of my braces? What kinds of things should I prepare to do on day one?

Thankfully, the Abbotsford dental professionals at Clayburn Dental not only provide dental care, but we also offer full-service orthodontic care to install and treat your braces. We can help you prepare for your first day of braces so you can hit the ground running towards a healthy smile and proper care of your braces.

What is it Like to Get Braces?

When you visit your orthodontist in Abbotsford at Clayburn Dental to have your braces applied, the first thing to know is that the procedure is non-invasive and therefore mostly painless. You will not require any pain medication during the procedure and it’s as convenient as a regular dental check-up appointment.

The brackets of the braces are bonded to your teeth with specialized bonding cement, and then the arch wires are attached to each bracket. Some patients experience a mild discomfort as the wires are attached, as this is the very first time you will feel the pressure that the wires are designed to provide. However, the discomfort generally goes away quickly, if not within a few days, and a vast majority of patients begin not to notice the feeling as they gradually get used to it.

What to Expect on Your First Day With Braces

Once your Abbotsford orthodontist has placed your braces on your teeth, there are a few things to expect and things you should do to make sure that your braces are applied properly, to optimize your teeth’s response to the treatment and to minimize mild soreness.

Your braces will feel awkward on your first day because you’re not used to them. Your inner lips might become irritated as they rub up against the braces, and you might be attempted to “tongue” your braces a lot. These are completely natural reactions, and in time, your braces will start to feel like a natural part of your mouth.

After your braces are applied, using your fingers and your tongue, ensure that any wires aren’t sticking out and extending into areas where they could poke against your inner cheeks or on your tongue.

Make sure you have an adequate supply of dental wax and that you know how to apply the material to help reduce the irritation against your inner lips and inside your mouth. Go home and start practicing how to clean your braces with special interdental cleaners. It’s never too early to get in the habit of a cleaning routine to take proper care of your braces.

Expert Orthodontic Care at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, our orthodontists can help you adjust to your new braces and provide professional advice and materials so you can start taking care of your braces right away. Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/May 29, 2017/Abbotsford Orthodontist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Prepare for Your First Day in BracesRead More

Meet the Team: Sylvie Larabie

Sylvie Larabie CDA - clayburn dental abbotsford dentistSylvie is our Orthodontic Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) at Clayburn Dental. She perform many tasks at our clinic, ranging from patient care, taking x-rays to assisting the orthodontist during a variety of treatment procedures.

Let’s see how Sylvia answered our staff survey!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“On a lake. Even Cultus Lake!”

Who is your hero and why?

“My grandparents, never met anyone like ‘em!”

What are your hobbies?

“Watching hockey, walking my dog, playing in the snow, getting my nails done.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Steak Oscar.”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Jennifer Aniston. I’d ask her what her beauty regime is and what it was like being married to Brad Pitt.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I’m a grandma to two adorable grandchildren!”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“Building relationships and rapport with patients, especially if they are nervous. Working with Dr. Mavi, the Orthodontic team and everyone at Clayburn – a great group to work with!”

Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/May 23, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Sylvie LarabieRead More

How to Treat and Prevent Gingivitis

how to treat gingivitis - clayburn dentalGingivitis is a term that you often hear discussed in dental offices and on commercials for toothpaste and mouthwash all the time. But what exactly is it?

Gingivitis is often painless in its early stages, when the symptoms are also mild, so many people don’t know if they have gingivitis or understand exactly what the dangers of gingivitis are. And many others wonder if there is a cure for gingivitis.

Strictly speaking, gingivitis is a non-destructive disease that is entirely preventable, so it doesn’t have a cure in the same way that other kinds of diseases have cures. However, even if your dentist does diagnose you with gingivitis, it is treatable and reversible, so with good dental hygiene and tips and advice from your Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental, you can restore a perfect smile in just a few short weeks.

What Is Gingivitis and What Causes Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an oral disease characterized by inflammation of the gums around your teeth. The term “gingivitis” is usually reserved for the mild form of the disease; however, if left untreated, it can worsen and progress to the more serious form known as periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more severe and damaging version of gingivitis—it can cause tissue destruction of your gums, the bones near your teeth to weaken, and possibly even tooth loss.

The most common cause of gingivitis is a build-up of plaque. Plaque is the soft, white bacteria that accumulates around your teeth from food and drinks, usually as a result of over-consuming sugary products or not brushing and flossing your teeth regularly enough.

Because gingivitis is difficult to detect in its early stages and it can sometimes even occur to patients who visit their dentist often and brush their teeth daily, many people wrongly assume they are immune to gingivitis. But the fact is that gingivitis affects millions of Canadians, and it is one of the most common oral diseases affecting dental patients, so anybody can be inflicted with gingivitis.

How to Prevent Gingivitis

The best and easiest way to get rid of gingivitis is to establish a routine for your dental hygiene and stick with it. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily are the hallmarks of any strong dental hygiene routine.

However, if you’re still worried about lingering plaque, consider using mouthwash after brushing and flossing for an extra clean. Look for mouthwash that is either alcohol-free or contains fluoride, or ideally both, for maximum efficacy.

Of course, also visit your dentist approximately every six months for a deep cleaning and the opportunity for early professional detection of gingivitis before it becomes a serious concern.

How to Treat Gingivitis

If you or your dentist notice any early signs of gingivitis, such as inflamed gums or lots of plaque in your mouth, make sure you fully commit to your dental hygiene routine and don’t take any cheat days. In most cases, brushing and flossing is the best treatment as it can reverse early gingivitis within a couple of weeks.

However, if plaque isn’t adequately removed from between your teeth, it can harden into a substance called tartar, which causes further inflammation, infection and can lead to periodontitis. Be sure to visit your dentist to be advised on next steps and best practices, as tartar is difficult to remove with brushing and flossing alone.

Visit Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford to Cure Your Gingivitis

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, our dentists and dental hygienists can help diagnose and treat gingivitis and periodontitis so you can have a healthy and beautiful smile. Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/May 16, 2017/Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Treat and Prevent GingivitisRead More

How to Clean Your Tongue Properly

how to clean your tongue - clayburn dentalYour tongue is the epicentre of your mouth. Not only does it allow you to eat and speak, but it’s also the gateway towards strong oral health.

Think of how large your tongue is. It reaches all the way to your teeth in its natural resting position and goes as far back as the top of your throat, where it’s anchored into the base of your hyoid bone. With so much surface area, your tongue has the potential to harbour a lot of bacteria. Cleaning your tongue is an important step towards a hygienic mouth and a sparkling smile.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford is here to help you have the healthiest mouth possible, and we want to encourage you to not forget about your tongue when you’re in front of the mirror brushing your teeth. Read our tips and instructions below for a stronger mouth so your next dental check-up goes off without a hitch!

Why Do I Need to Clean My Tongue?

How does your tongue collect bacteria? Your tongue’s surface is covered by tiny bumps called papillae, so the grooves in between these bumps are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria microbes.

As such, bacteria builds up on your tongue just as it does along your teeth and gums. In fact, on average, approximately 80% of the bacteria in your mouth lives on your tongue. That’s a lot of bacteria, considering there are anywhere between 500-650 different species of bacteria in your mouth, accounting for over 100 billion microbes of bacteria over the course of a day.

Cleaning Your Tongue to Avoid Bad Breath and Gingivitis

A backlog of bacteria in your mouth causes a host of different problems, including halitosis, the medical term for bad breath, and gingivitis, inflammation of the gums due to plaque.

So if you brush your teeth twice a day and take good care of your oral health in general, you might notice that your breath still occasionally turns people the wrong way. A dirty tongue could be to blame!

Ways to Clean Your Tongue

There are two main ways to clean your tongue: brushing and scraping.

Brush Your Tongue

Using your toothbrush is the most convenient tool for cleaning your tongue. After you have finished brushing your teeth, simply take your toothbrush covered in a small touch of toothpaste and gently brush the top of your tongue to help kill bacteria that causes bad breath.

For a more thorough clean, some advanced toothbrushes have a built-in tongue-cleaning brush to help counteract that tongue’s sponge-like properties that hold some bacteria in tight.

Tongue-Cleaning Scrapers

For a full clean, consider getting a speciality scraper that’s designed particularly for tongue cleaning. Tongue scrapers, often made of soft, plastic bristles, help to peel off thin layers of mucus on the surface of your tongue that make some bacteria difficult to eradicate.

Be gentle with tongue scrapers, however. If you feel pain or if there’s small amounts of bleeding, you’re scraping too hard.

How Often To Clean Your Tongue

Cleaning your tongue after each time you brush and floss your teeth is easy to do and goes a long way towards fresh breath and reducing your odds of getting gingivitis. It only takes an extra minute in the bathroom and is an integral part of a healthy mouth.

Get a Cleaner Mouth at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental can provide tips on tongue cleaning and provide feedback on ways you can get a cleaner mouth to help kill bacteria and be on your way to fresh breath.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/April 26, 2017/Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Clean Your Tongue ProperlyRead More

Meet the Team: Sarah Herbert

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Sarah is one of Clayburn Dental’s wonderful Registered Dental Hygienists. Some of her responsibilities including cleaning teeth, examining our patients for signs of oral diseases and educating them on ways to improve their oral health.

Let’s get to know Sarah better!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“Jamaica! But beautiful BC is a close second!”

What is your favourite type of food?

“I’m a foodie – so anything made well with quality ingredients. Also, chocolate!”

What are your hobbies and what do you enjoy most about them?

“Horseback riding – I love animals and horses are very in tune to your moods so you have to stay calm around them. I also enjoy reading and dancing.”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Noam Chomsky – I just would love to hear about what he thinks we can do to make the world a better place.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“We just adopted a new puppy!”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“We are very thorough in our patient care – I love knowing I am doing the absolute best for my patients and helping them live a little healthier.”

Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/April 20, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Sarah HerbertRead More
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