WE ARE OPEN! Special covid-19 patient treatment protocol
Covid-19

We are very excited to announce that we are open and so pleased to be able to welcome you to the Dentists of Chimney Heights.

Prior to re-opening our clinic we have made alterations in the clinic, in our operatories and in the way in which we provide treatment to patients. These changes are designed firstly to protect you while you are in our clinic and secondly to enable us to provide you with the exact same level of professional treatment in a manner consistent with the requirements and conditions set down by the Provincial Health Officer and the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.

Although all of our staff and doctors have returned, you will see physical changes in our clinic to protect you – we have isolated each operatory to prevent infection and to make it easier and to complete a full and thorough cleaning of equipment and fixtures between patients. We will also be wearing protective clothing, face shields and masks.

When you call for your appointment our receptionist will go through the COVIC-19 questions stipulated the College. We are booking appointments with sufficient time allowed to limit the number of patients in the clinic at any given time and to ensure minimum waiting times. We will ask you to come to the clinic by yourself unless you are a senior or have a disability and need assistance. If you are making an appointment for a child, we will ask that one other person only can come with the child. Unfortunately you are not able to bring family members or friends with you to the appointment unless they are prepared to wait for you outside the clinic until your treatment is completed.

When you arrive for your appointment you may enter the reception area. You will again be asked if you have any fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. The receptionist will also quickly check your body temperature with a touchless forehead thermometer as soon as you arrive. Your waiting time in the reception area will be only a matter of minutes and no other patients will be waiting in the same area. As soon as your operatory is ready for you we will move you in for your treatment.

WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN TO PROTECT YOU AND TO KEEP YOU SAFE. WE WILL BE CONTINUALLY UPDATING OUR TREATMENT PROTOCOL OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS TO ADJUST TO ANY CHANGES REQUIRED BY THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER OR THE COLLEGE. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

How Can I Keep My Teeth White?

Teeth White

We all want to have a clean, beautiful smile. Having white teeth is a sign of good health and hygiene, so it’s no wonder that we find it such an attractive attribute.

How Can I Keep My Teeth White Naturally at Home?

What are Some Products I Could Use to Help Whiten My Teeth?

Whitening Toothpastes and Mouthwash

Consider replacing your regular toothpaste and mouthwash with the whitening type. These product are a good choice because they can be bought at a decent, low price of less than $10, and you don’t have to do any additional work above your regular hygiene routine.

Whitening Trays

Whitening trays are trays which you fill with peroxide-based whitening gel. You can buy one from the drugstore or supermarket for about $20-$50, and they are usually one-size-fits-all and adjusts to the mold of your teeth. These trays are typically used up to once a day, for about 1 to 2 weeks, after which you will see whitening results.

Chewing Gum and Whitening Strips

You can find whitening sugarless chewing gums on the market that can be used daily, and are most effective when used after meals. They help to remove food residue from your teeth after eating. Whitening strips are plastic strips with a peroxide-gel side which you apply to the outside surface of your teeth. These can be used up to 30 minutes a day for optimal results, and repeated daily for as long as recommended by the manufacturer.

*Tip: When buying whitening products, check to see if the product is ADA (American Dental Association) approved. These products are proven safe and effective, and won’t be any harder or your enamel than regular dental hygiene products.

What is Zoom In-office Teeth Whitening?

Zoom is a popular dental procedure used around the world to lighten any discoloration of the tooth enamel and dentin.

During your treatment, your dentist will start by covering up your mouth and gums to leave only your teeth exposed. The Zoom hydrogen-peroxide whitening gel is then applied onto your teeth and used alongside the Zoom light to penetrate your teeth and break down any stains and discoloration. The procedure is typically done in three 15 minute sessions, for a total of 45 minutes, and the average cost of the procedure is around $500.

Zoom whitening is not recommended for children under 13, or for pregnant and lactating women. Your dentist can help to determine if this procedure is right for you after conducting a thorough oral examination prior to treatment.