Is your smile holiday ready?

The holiday season is a fabulous time to show your others how much they mean to you. With all the joy and cheer in the air, you can’t help but share a smile. The holiday season is also the time to take care of yourself. And an essential aspect of it is taking care of your oral health. So, is your smile ready for the holiday season?

The impact of a brilliant smile throughout the holiday season

The power of a smile

Did you know that there is power behind every smile? A healthy, confident smile can change your overall health and your life. Research suggests that smiling can make people feel happier and more connected with others. You never know when a smile can come in handy or make someone feel special.

The importance of healthy oral hygiene and oral health

Healthy oral hygiene is one of the most critical aspects of overall health and wellness. The mouth is home to a variety of bacteria, which can lead them to cause cavities or infections in your teeth. 

How smiles impact self-confidence

Smiling also makes people feel good about themselves because it makes them feel like others accept them. When you smile, neuropeptides are released by the brain that helps fight off stress. Other neurotransmitters, such as endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, also come into play.

Why laughing and smiling is important for mental health

Laughter and smiling are essential for your mental health, as well as your physical health. When you laugh or smile, the chemicals in your brain change to produce dopamine (the “feel good” hormone). 

Top dental treatments to get you holiday ready

Dental cleaning

Dental orteeth cleaning is a procedure to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. The dental hygienist will use a tool called a scaler to remove tartar or the buildup of plaque on your teeth. 

Cosmetic dental bonding

This treatment can improve the appearance of your smile, such as if you have missing or broken teeth or if some teeth are crooked. The dentist will use composite resin material to fill in cracks, gaps, and chips. 

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that lightens teeth to the desired shade. 

If you visit Torbram Dental, you can ask for “Opalescence,” a take-home whitening kit. This is available in different carbamide peroxide concentrations, ranging from 15 to 35%. It also has fluoride and potassium nitride that can deal with the toughest stains.

Here is how you can use it:

  • Before you insert the whitening trays, brush and floss your teeth.
  • These whitening trays have tooth space. Dispense one small drop of whitening product into these spaces. Make sure that you don’t get any gel on the gums. If it happens, wipe it away immediately using a cotton swap, or you will feel irritated.
  • Wear overnight for the best results. You can also wear it for 2 to 4 hours twice a day.

The whole whitening process might take around 10 to 14 days. Once you have completed this initial process, you must do touch-ups every six months.

Tooth colored fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a material that can be used to restore decayed teeth. They are less likely to cause sensitivity or irritation than porcelain or gold fillings. 

Complete smile makeover

A complete smile makeover is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth and gums. It includes teeth whitening, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, gum recontouring, and dental crowns.

Share a smile and spread joy

If you want to share a smile this holiday season, here are a few gift ideas:

Gift-giving and stocking stuffer ideas  

Electronic toothbrush

The electronic toothbrush is a great gift for the holidays. Anyone can use it, and it’s an excellent way to help your loved one prepare for their trip abroad.

Sugar-free gum 

With all the fun flavours and packaging, putting a pack or two in a stocking is a great way to spread joy and smiles. 

Professional at-home teeth whitening kit

Give the gift of a bright smile! We recommend going with Torbram Dental’s Opalescence teeth whitening kit.

Lip balms

Lip balm is an excellent gift for anyone. It can be used to soothe chapped lips, windburn, sunburn, or even as a great moisturizer. 

Dental chews for pets

Let’s not forget about gifting our furry family members. Pet dental chews are a great way to keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy.

The best way to gift someone is to share a smile and spread joy during the holidays

Do a random act of kindness 

Random acts of kindness are such a heartwarming way to show appreciation and care without expecting something in return. There are many ideas online to perform random acts of kindness that will definitely spread smiles. And who knows, that individual may even pay it forward. 

Give someone a compliment 

Compliments are an excellent way to show kindness and care. Compliments are not only for appearances but can also be towards someone’s work ethic, accomplishments, or character. A compliment is definitely a great way to spread a smile this holiday. 

Watch a fun holiday movie

Spending the holiday season is always better with some good old-fashioned entertainment. Fortunately, there are plenty of entertainment options to choose from.

Write out cards and hand them out to anyone you greet

Write a card and hand it out to anyone you meet or someone going through a hard time this holiday season.  We hope this article has helped you understand the meaning behind a healthy smile. If you’re looking for your first step to improve your oral health, we recommend starting with a trip to the dentist and an at-home oral hygiene routine to take care of your teeth and gums. Schedule a professional teeth cleaning with Torbram Dental today to ensure your smile is holiday ready. 

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Jessica, one of our receptionists, is one of the smiling faces you see when you arrive at the office. She graduated with honours from Medix College with a diploma as a Level 2 Dental Assistant. When she is not happily helping our patients, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, going to church on Sunday mornings, gardening and going on hikes.

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Naudia has been working at Torbram Dental for many years and is a valued member of our administrative team: as a dental receptionist and in our marketing team . She graduated from Everest College with honours level 1 and 2, with a diploma in Dental Assisting. Naudia is always there for our patients, making sure that they receive the care and attention they deserve. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and indulging in civil court TV shows.

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Ramandeep has been a part of Torbram Dental for the past 10 years as certified dental assistant. She obtained her level 1 certification from Everest college in Brampton in 2013, and then her level 2 certification in 2014 from Medix college. Her career path through the clinic has been recognized by staff at all levels who admire her work ethic and dedication to million dollar smiles. In her spare time, Ramandeep enjoys cooking and gardening, and spending time with her husband and 2 kids.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Sanaria has been working at Torbram Dental for many years as a valued member of our Dental Assisting Team. She completed her level 2 dental assisting certification and previously obtained a degree in Education and worked as a quality control officer in the pharmaceutical industry. When not at work Sanaria loves to bake and cook. She also loves story time and enjoying the outdoors with her children. She always sees the positive side of life, believes that nothing is impossible and that if you set a goal and work at it, that you will make your dreams come true.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
Daniela is a total Foodie and loves to cook and enjoys all types of cuisines. She loves Florida, Cruises, organizing things, and most of all spending time with family and friends.

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Stephanie Enjoys getting to know all new patients at Torbram Dental and catching up with long standing Patients. Stephanie enjoys spending quality time with her family. One of her favorite things to do with her daughter is teach and play the piano. Stephanie likes going on walks with her husband and enjoys spending as much time with him as he is an Active Member of the Canadian Army. On Sundays, Stephanie enjoys going to Church and looks forward to Sunday Dinner with her entire family. Stephanie's Favorite thing to do to start her day right is head to her local Starbucks and Grab her favorite drink, an iced black tea with light lemonade on warm days and a blonde vanilla latte on those cold winter days.

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As a dedicated Dental Hygienist at Torbram Dental, Aalisha brings recent knowledge and experience to ensure the best oral health for our patients. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries and has further enriched her education with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. Beyond her professional qualifications, Aalisha has a zest for life that extends beyond the dental chair. She cherishes quality time with family and friends, thrives on outdoor adventures, and has a passion for hiking and water-based activities, especially during the sunny summer days. She is an avid traveler, exploring tropical paradises and historic destinations while immersing herself in diverse cultures and indulging in delicious culinary experiences."

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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