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Friday, August 1, 2014

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help Me?

Many Edmonton-area patients believe that cosmetic dentistry is not something "regular people" undergo. The popular perception of cosmetic dentistry is that it is reserved for wealthy, somewhat vainglorious types.

The reality is far different. Cosmetic dentistry can help anyone achieve the smile of which they've long dreamed. And this is not a superficial concern. Our smiles are among the first things that other people see. Whether the context is a first date or a big interview, a bright, shining smile is crucial to making a good first impression.

For that matter, cosmetic dentistry is not just about dramatic overhauls such as smile makeovers or full mouth reconstructions. Cosmetic dentistry can involve something as small scale, discrete and discreet as teeth whitening.

Furthermore, affording cosmetic dentistry is often easier than you might think. Financing your procedure is usually a real possibility, which means you don't have to just accept the cosmetic issues that are bothering you.

Cosmetic dentistry isn't for everyone. But the only way to know for sure if our procedures are appropriate for your specific needs is to come to Focus on Smiles for a consultation.


If you live in the Edmonton, Alberta area and you're curious about cosmetic dentistry, please contact Focus on Smiles today. 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Can Teeth Whitening Help With Chemically Stained Teeth?

Edmonton-area patients with teeth stained by tetracycline use finally have a solution: KoR Deep Bleaching, a teeth whitening system that can finally address their concerns. If you're suffering from this problem, you should speak to Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko immediately about your options.

Traditional teeth whitening options, while excellent at addressing surface stains, were unable to whiten chemically stained teeth. KoR does not have that limitation.

Tetracycline is a widely used antibiotic that can treat a wide range of conditions, including respiratory ailments and urinary tract infections. However, it's often used to treat younger patients whose teeth are still maturing. And when maturing teeth are exposed to tetracycline they can become stained.

This can be embarrassing and unsightly, and it was certainly unfair to innocent young patients who simply needed medical treatment. But with KoR teeth whitening, which uses specially designed trays to prevent saliva from interacting with the whitening gel, you have an excellent shot at whiter, brighter teeth.

Dr. Fialka-Eshenko will be happy to discuss your teeth whitening options and help you determine if KoR is right for your specific needs.


If you're suffering from chemically stained teeth in the Edmonton, Alberta area, teeth whitening might prove helpful. Please contact Focus on Smiles today for a consultation. 

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How Should I Maintain My Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are exceptionally durable; they can last up to a decade. This is one reason they are so popular with our Edmonton-area patients. However, this durability cannot just be assumed. You must play an active role in maintaining your porcelain veneers if they are to give you all the service they can.

Fortunately, maintaining your porcelain veneers is largely a matter of practicing sound dental hygiene and doing everything you normally would. This means:


  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
  • Flossing regularly
  • Seeing our general dentist at least once every six months for a routine cleaning and examination
Finally, it's important that you avoid grinding or clenching your teeth. This grinding and clenching can put tremendous pressure on porcelain veneers, and over an extended period of time can cause your veneers to crack.

At Focus on Smiles, we offer only the highest quality dental work, and Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko has decades of experience placing this work. When it comes to porcelain veneers, we know how to keep our Edmonton patients happy and satisfied with their new smile.

We'll be happy to answer any questions you might have about maintaining your veneers.


If you're an Edmonton-area patient and you want to learn more about porcelain veneers, please contact Focus on Smiles today. 

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Will My Edmonton Teeth Whitening Hurt?

One of the reasons many people are reluctant to visit a dentist is fear of pain and discomfort. At Focus on Smiles, we do everything to make the teeth whitening experience as pleasant as possible for our Edmonton patients.

In fact, avoiding discomfort is a prime reason to prefer in-office teeth whitening to the over-the-counter options you can find at the drug store. Because our teeth whitening treatments are custom-designed for your teeth, and because they're applied by experienced Edmonton cosmetic dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko, our whitening treatments are more comfortable and pleasant.

In the case of KoR Tooth Whitening, the process itself is designed to anticipate and prevent the causes of whitening-related discomfort.

If you have a history of sensitive teeth or gums, you should talk to Dr. Fialka-Eshenko and explain your concerns. She will help you decide if whitening is appropriate for you and give you instructions on how to minimize any sensitivity.

Often, reducing this sensitivity and discomfort is as simple as taking an over-the-counter painkiller (such as Tylenol or Advil) before your teeth whitening procedure.


If you're an Edmonton, Alberta resident considering teeth whitening, please contact Focus on Smiles today. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Why Are Porcelain Veneers So Durable?

One of the reasons porcelain veneers are so popular with our Edmonton-area patients in need of cosmetic dentistry solutions is their exceptional durability. If properly maintained using basic dental hygiene, porcelain veneers can last for up to a decade.

Porcelain veneers are so durable for two reasons. These are:

  • The incredibly strong material. Veneers are, obviously, made from porcelain, which is lightweight and strong. The porcelain material isn't prone to cracking and won't stain.
  • The bonding process places the thin veneer firmly over your tooth. There's no "wiggle room," to use a common phrase; the veneer is strongly bonded to your tooth enamel.
Of course, the right cosmetic dentist is important. When you come to Focus on Smiles, you know that Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko has decades of experience with the porcelain veneer bonding procedure. She understands the important details and how to make sure the veneers are applied appropriately.

Now, as noted above, veneers still must be maintained. You have to provide them with the safe attention you provide your natural teeth. If you do this, your veneers will give you years of loyal service.

If you're a resident of the Edmonton, Alberta area and you're considering porcelain veneers, please contact Focus on Smiles today for a consultation. 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

What is Osseointegration?

When our Edmonton cosmetic dentist discusses the durability of dental implants, one word that gets used a lot is “osseointegration.” This is an important term, because it explains part of why dental implants are so strong.

Osseointegration refers to the process by which your bone integrates and accepts artificial implants. In the case of dental implants, it will be your jaw bone integrating a titanium rod for the purpose of anchoring a replacement tooth.

The process of osseointegration is rather slow and can take some time. For dental implants, this often means waiting between three and six months. However, the wait is worth it; once osseointegration is complete, the dental implant will be a fully integrated part of your jawbone.

This provides your new, artificial tooth with unparalled support and an extraordinarily stable foundation. Along with the strong materials (porcelain and titanium) used in their construction, this explains why dental implants can last decades.

If you're an Edmonton, Alberta resident and you have questions about dental implants for our cosmetic dentist, please contactFocus on Smiles today for a consultation. 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What Causes TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is a serious condition that can cause a number of serious health effects, including chronic headaches. If you're suffering from these headaches and you don't understand why, it might well be TMJ. You should come to Edmonton dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko at Focus on Smiles for a diagnosis.

If you have TMJ, the first step to treatment and relief from your chronic headaches will be finding the condition's cause. Once our dentist does that, she can help you find a treatment that will end your symptoms.

The basic cause of all TMJ is irritation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull. But the causes of this irritation can include:

·         A mis-aligned jaw or bite
·         Teeth grinding
·         Poor dental work
·         Arthritis
·         Trauma

The good news is there is likely a solution in neuromuscular dentistry. Treatments often include the wearing of a mouthguard or orthotic at night; this will shift your bite and jaw alignment into a more relaxed position.

In certain situations, more thorough orthodontic work might be required. If a full bite and jaw alignment is necessary, our Edmonton dentist can use Invisalign to effect a significant but subtle change in your teeth over the course of approximately a year.

If you're an Edmonton, Alberta resident suffering from TMJ, you should speak to our dentist about your headaches. Please contact Focus onSmiles today. 

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