Advances in technology offers patients more treament options and promise shorter treatment times but is it right for you? Before you decide to bypass the dental office, you need to be informed:
Are you a good candidate?
Your overall oral health is a big predictor of a successful dental procedure. A dental exam determines if you have any issues which may need to be addressed before considering any procedure.
Do you have healthy roots?
If you have short or unhealthy roots, you may not be a good candidate for procedures that move your teeth, like orthodontics. Root length and health can only be determined by dental X-rays.
Do you have a medical condition or take medications?
Conditions like osteoporosis or arthritis and some medications can negatively affect the outcome of a dental procedure. A dental exam will inform your decision.
Have you ever had facial trauma?
Teeth and bones can fuse together after a sports injury or accident, but not cause a problem until you try and move your teeth! Only your dentist can confirm this with dental X-rays.
Are you aware of all your options?
There’s usually more than one option for dental procedures. Make sure you know what’s available and why a particular option is being recommended to you. Understand the benefits and risks of each before choosing what’s best for you.
Are the materials used approved by Health Canada?
Materials used by licensed dentists in BC are approved by Health Canada for patient safety. Check for Health Canada approval before placing them in your mouth.
What if things go wrong?
Know your options: Who’s responsible for the treatment? Is there follow-up, and for how long? If your procedure is done by a dentist licensed in BC, you can contact your treatment provider to resolve any issues.
Patient information sheet: Direct-To-Consumer Dentistry: Is it Right for You? (PDF)