Category: Technology in dentistry

Common Questions Regarding Invisalign Treatment in Canada

Crooked teeth alignment Invisalign therapy Toronto

Archer Dental is a market leader in the delivery of dental services in Toronto which include orthodontics, and that includes Invisalign treatment. Patients who may be considering getting clear aligners to fix crooked teeth, crowded teeth, overlapping teeth, or teeth with gaps between them can read our popular blog post, So, you’re getting Invisalign? which walks readers through the entire process.

Invisalign is the original clear aligner treatment invented by Zia Chisti in the 1990’s which all other systems and concepts emulate. Invisalign can be used to correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. Invisalign aligners are manufactured by Align Technology using the patented SmartTrack® material. This plastic resin recipe is a value-added component and helps differentiate the brand from competitors.

List all clear aligner brands available in Canada

Invisalign is not the only brand of clear aligners. The Canadian marketplace is split between seven major providers.

  1. Invisalign
  2. SmileDirectClub Canada
  3. AlignerCO
  4. NewSmile
  5. ClearCorrect
  6. Secret Smile
  7. SureCure

SureCure is headquartered in Milton, Ontario.

Why Archer Dental Chooses SureCure?

Archer Dental is an official distributor of the SureCure clear aligner system in the Canada. SureCure is very similar to Invisalign. Both systems straighten teeth using custom fit plastic aligners. The aligners are modeled on the orthodontic patient’s teeth and are designed to be discreet which means that most of the time, the public won’t even notice the user is receiving treatment. Like all other clear aligners, they’re food friendly and can be removed for eating as well as brushing, flossing, and cleaning.

Archer Dental recommends the SureCure system to orthodontic patients because it’s an entirely Canadian solution that’s proven to be equally efficient at producing good results. SureCure is just as reliable and better priced. This solution is less expensive than Invisalign and costs about the same as metal braces.

SureCure uses a premium FDA-approved biocompatible plastic called Zendura FLX™ and has 3D imaging software called SureScan that’s comparable to Invisalign’s software and offers the same level of customization, and many of the same tracking features.

Covered by dental insurance, most Canadian plans will absorb the cost of SureCure clear aligners for orthodontic treatment, just as they would for conventional braces.

Archer Dental patients work us directly to map out their treatment plans based on their unique needs.

How Invisalign pioneered orthodontic treatment using clear aligners?

Invisalign is the original clear aligner therapy developed in the 1990s. Because this company pioneered clear aligner orthodontic therapy, its name has become the most well-known term associated with the invisible braces concept. Yet there are over a half-dozen competitors here in Canada, and even more abroad. So do why people choose Invisalign?

Registered SmartTrack material helps to align teeth. Also, Invisalign offers personalized trimming service so the aligners can be specially adjusted to each wearers’ gum line. Other aligners are created from the plastic that Invisalign used before they researched and developed this superior recipe.

3D ClinCheck software helps make Invisalign the most predictable and accurate solution in terms of forecasting results. With this software, all treatments can be accurately planned beforehand, which means that the best possible solutions can be charted and guesswork is eliminated. Patients can see the path and see how their teeth will move from where they are at present to where they will be at the end of the treatment.

Invisalign’s built-in compliance indicators are developed to make it easy for parents and orthodontic professionals to check and confirm whether their teenaged patient has been wearing the aligners correctly and frequently enough. Parents can also take reassurance in the Invisalign Teen Guarantee, which offers metal braces from competitors if a parent is unsatisfied with the clear aligners’ progress.

Do Invisalign’s Chewies speed treatment?

Invisalign’s Chewies do not directly increase the speed of treatment, but they are good therapy to increase the comfort and efficacy of the overall program. Made with a Styrene copolymer, Chewies are small, spongy cushions that patients can chew to help close air gaps between Invisalign aligners and their teeth. The soft material is formed into cylinder-shaped cushions and are available in various colors and flavors. Biting down on them for five or ten minutes a few times a day and especially when ‘breaking-in’ new aligners helps the device fit more securely against teeth. New aligners may not fit perfectly right away. Using chewies can provide extra pressure to help straighten teeth.

What are Invisalign Grips? Attachments? SureCure Amplifiers?

Invisalign grips refers to the attachments that are little, tooth-colored dots made of composite filling material that are bonded to teeth to help the Invisalign aligners move teeth. SureCure uses a similar system and the attachments are called amplifiers.

The bits are usually placed around the middle of the tooth where they serve as anchors to make aligners work more effectively.

Invisalign attachment on teeth of orthodontic patient at Archer Dental

The attachment can be any shape: circular, square, rectangular, or triangular. The type patients receive depends on the goal to be achieved, like tooth rotation, intrusion, or extrusion.

How to keep Invisalign attachments white?

Invisalign attachments or buttons may get stained because of eating habits or poor tooth-cleaning techniques. It makes the attachment noticeable and sometimes becomes bad for dental health. But this is a common problem and patients can prevent or mitigate the situation simply by keeping the aligner clean and not drinking red wine, black coffee, or smoking cigarettes. Those vices are the main offenders.

Sadly there is no recommended method for whitening the attachments by themselves but if they become too discoloured Archer Dental staff can help reinvigorate them (or remove and reapply fresh attachments).

How to remove Invisalign attachments?

Invisalign attachments are removed by the dentist as easily as they’re placed. Dentists use water polishers to smooth away the deposit. They’re cleaned away until they are no longer raised bumps or at all visible.

Do not attempt to remove attachments yourself — they are bonded to your teeth and need to be removed with the proper instruments so that your dental enamel does not get damaged. If an attachment is loose or falls off, don’t try to scrape away the remaining material.

How to use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals?

Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are designed by the Invisalign company for thorough cleaning and disinfecting of clear aligners and retainers. They are specially formulated to kill bacteria growing on the aligners, and remove any plaque to keep them fresh and clean. Soak your aligners or retainers with Invisalign Cleaning Crystals daily for clean, fresh, and sparkling smiles. The formula is designed to clean both SmartTrack Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera Invisalign retainers.

To use Invisalign cleaning crystals, first rinse your aligners or retainers under warm water to remove any lingering debris. Fill a clean glass with warm water, and dissolve an individual package of Invisalign Cleaning Crystals into the water. Stir to dissolve. Add both aligners to the glass, and soak for 15-30 minutes. Rinse under running warm water before placing back in your mouth. You can also brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush off any other residue on the aligners. Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are entirely safe and designed specifically for cleaning clear aligners and retainers. they’re made of non-toxic materials that break down bacteria and dissolve plaque. They are clinically proven to keep your aligners clean and reduce discoloration and staining.

Invisalign Cleaning Crystals Procedure

  1. Rinse the aligner under warm running-water to remove debris and wash off any excess saliva.
  2. Fill a clean glass or any container with enough lukewarm water to submerge the aligner.
  3. Empty a packet of the Invisalign crystals into the cleaning tub.
  4. Place the aligner in this cleaning solution. It is recommended to soak the aligners for 15 minutes.
  5. Take out the aligner from the cleaning solution and rinse it again with lukewarm water.
  6. Take a soft-bristled brush and gently scrub the aligner on both the sides so that the leftover particles can be removed.
  7. Thoroughly rinse the aligner the final time. The plastic is now refreshed, should feel and appear cleaner, and is ready to wear again.
  8. With Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, you get the deep clean that is needed to keep your aligners looking their best. When you remove your aligners from the cleaning vessel, they should be fresh, clean, and ready to wear.

Can Invisalign cause neck and shoulder pain?

Wearing clear aligners by itself is unlikely to cause neck and shoulder pain, but it can worsen TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) disorder and that can result in a pronounced neck and shoulder pain. The temporomandibular joint is a joint connected to numerous oculofacial muscles and allows for sideways and vertical movement. When it’s inflamed or injured, TMJ can cause pain in many areas, such as the neck, shoulders or lower back. It’s also possible to experience shoulder pain if patients are clenching and grinding on their aligners. This puts a lot of pressure on your jaw joint, causing the problem. The good news is that clear aligners are removable and patients can simply take a break from treatment until any discomfort subsides.

Can Invisalign clear plastic aligners be put in the recycling bin?

Invisalign aligners cannot be recycled as they are composed of a medical grade polyurethane resin which is rather unique in the marketplace. In this respect that can be added to the list of other non-recyclable plastics which includes cereal box plastic, bubble wrap, clear plastic wrap, some department store bags, potato chip bags, single slice cheese wrappers, and most candy wrappers.

Recent Breakthroughs in Root Canal Therapy

root canal therapy toronto

Archer Dental’s Root Canal Therapy is a compendium of scientific knowledge passed down through generations of dentists in a great scientific tradition where everyone stands on the shoulders of those who came before them. In the twelve years Archer Dental has been in business, our dental professionals have performed countless endodontic surgeries and so we know firsthand how things were done differently, not so very long ago.

Archer Dental’s own practice continues to evolve with new medications and better instrumentation and our own learning experiences. We’ve seen firsthand how things have changed, and the remarkable advances made by our industry’s leaders in just the last decade. But the challenge of improving oral health care has been a worthwhile and ongoing struggle since the early 1700s. What recent breakthroughs have changed root canal therapy?

How has root canal therapy been improved by science?

Root canal therapy has become easier and more effective since the 1990s because of four categories of advances. These are, 1) Nickle Titanium alloyed endodontic files, 2) better irrigation and disinfection systems, 3) enhanced optical devices for dentists, 4) and laser assisted root canal treatments. We’re so fortunate to live in the 21st Century, and when you see some of the groundbreaking new dental instruments below as compared to the 18th century, you may better understand our supreme good fortune; our society is wealthy with valuable knowledge.

1) Endodontic instruments made of Nickel Titanium alloys,

Nickel Titanium alloys developed for military purposes in the 1960’s and the continued development of rotary nickel-titanium blades in an angular file. This device has sharp cutting edges which are used to mechanically shape and prepare the tooth’s root canals during endodontic therapy or to remove any obturating material while performing retreatment. Introducing nickel titanium into rotary files used in endodontics has revolutionized the way root canal preparations are done, enabling more complicated systems to be shaped.

2) Better irrigation systems and acoustic streaming to disinfect root canals.

Without detailing the chemistry and physics of the procedure, let’s clarify that irrigation is more complicated with endodontic procedures because it’s actually part of the therapy. More than the chemical make-up of the irrigant itself, there are some new physics at play. New applicators use acoustic streaming which harness the circulation of fluid and hydrodynamic shear forces that occur around a vibrating object are used to help break-up the decay. Chemical irrigant and hydrodynamic applicators combine to become a doubly effective chemical canal disinfection procedure.

3) Enhanced optical tools for oral health professionals.

The next generation of optical loupes, or dental loupes, have high-quality glass with LCD components which help dentists better visualize their work during all surgeries but especially when performing root canal therapy. Monocular or binocular loupes generally have 3.5x magnification which is the most common setting. With a large field of view, most also have cameras which can record clear images of the area being viewed due to a generous depth of field (because there’s so much light). Having incredible vision is useful when performing root canal therapy.

4) Laser-assisted root canal treatment.

Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation or LASER therapy can remove or modify both the soft and hard tissues of the mouth. The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the use of lasers in root canal therapy. Lasers essentially emit intense focused light energy which can affect biological tissue. Lasers can now be used to open the surface of a tooth as well as to access the root canal, remove diseased tissue, clean, disinfect and shape the canal, and even fill it. Lasers are supplementing or even replacing drills and other traditional tools for root canal procedures because they’re more precise incisors which can target bacteria and infected material with greater accuracy, at times preserving more of the healthy tooth structure. Additionally, they can reduce discomfort by eliminating the jarring sounds of drills as well as reducing the amount of local anesthesia.

Breakthrough Dental Instruments of the early 18th Century

Since prehistory, as early as 7000 BC the tools for dentistry and jewelry-making were interchangeable. A bow drill used for drilling holes in shells and glass or ceramic beads could also be used for drilling holes in teeth. Specialized dental tools did not appear until the 14th century when Guy de Chauliac invented the Dental Pelican which was in use until 18th century. It was replaced by the Dental Key and that advancement appeared for the first time around 1730. It was a terrible device and is often associated in history with stories of tooth breaking, jaw fractures and soft tissue damage. Yet dental keys remained in use right up until the 20th century when they were replaced with modern steel forceps which are still in use today.

1800's era dental tools depicted in Pierre Fauchand's Le Chirurgien Dentiste
Dental tools envisioned in Pierre Fauchand’s Le Chirurgien Dentiste published in 1723

Pierre Fauchard moved to Paris in 1718 and frequently visited the famous Parisian libraries but was disappointed to find there were hardly any texts on dentistry. He was a French navy dentist and had acquired lots of practical experience and so he decided to write his own book based on his years in the field. It took him more than five years to write the two-volume book in which he described all the instruments he had invented.

What is the History of Root Canal Therapy?

In 1723, a French Physician named Pierre Fauchard published his book Le Chirurgien Dentiste. The Surgeon Dentist, A Treatise on Teeth, proved the existence of root pulp within each tooth. Naming and illustrating the characteristics of this living tissue is now considered humanity’s first step toward diagnosing ailments and treating maladies in the region. Pierre is recognized today as being among the first medical practitioners in history to try and save teeth rather than simply extract them when they suffered damage and decay.

At the University of Angers, Pierre undertook revolutionary medical and dental techniques and pioneered the science of Oral and Maxillo-facial surgery. He regard himself as a Chirugien Dentiste or a surgical dentist, and he created his own dental equipment from jewellery, watchmaking and barbers’ tools.

In 1838, an American dentist named Edwin Maynard created the first root canal therapy tool, using a watch spring. This was however not Maynard’s most famous invention. Although a practicing dentist, he graduated from West Point and is better known as a firearms inventor who became wealthy for his breechloading rifle design. Twelve years after pioneering the surgery and patenting the device, he declined the position of Imperial Dentist to Tsar Nicholas I and instead became professor of theory and practice in Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

In 1847, the biological material gutta percha was first used to fill root canals. One of the lesser-known commodities traded by the Europeans in the South Pacific, gutta percha is a method and material still practiced and used to this day. This neutral substance is from a tree in Malaysia called a percha tree. The sapwood is used as filler after the tooth’s canals have been cleaned and disinfected.

In 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-Rays while working in his cathode-ray tube laboratory. The X-Ray allows for easier detection of root canal infection. One of Röntgen’s first experiments was to record the bones in his wife’s hand. Dental X-Rays show dentists the condition of teeth and also roots, jaw placement, and facial bone composition. They help dentists find and treat dental problems before they become too serious or advanced.

In 1943, the American Association of Endodontics was created and is currently headquartered in Two Prudential Plaza Building in Chicago where they publish The Journal of Endodontics which is the official journal of the American Association of Endodontists.  This organization has given widespread credibility to endodontics and root canal therapy as an effective practice.

What Dental Tools are used for Root Canal Therapy?

Endodontic Burs  –   Burs are the first tools used during a root canal. They open the inside of the tooth so the canals can be reached. Burs come in different shapes and sizes depending on the type of tooth and treatment.

Root Canal Explorer –  This small, pointed tool is used to explore the inside of a tooth once it has been opened by burs so the endodontist can find orifices. Sometimes an explorer may be used to remove small amounts of calcification.

Endodontic excavator  –  Similar to, but longer and sharper than, explorers, excavators remove small amounts of tissue from inside the tooth.

Barbed Broach – The barbed broach is used to remove the majority of tissue from inside a tooth. It is inserted into the tissue so its barbs will grab the tissues when the tool is removed.

Files and Reamers  –  Like long, thin drill bits, these tools come in a variety of sizes. They are used gradually, the smallest first, to open and widen the canals so they can be accessed by the next appropriate tool.

Gates-Glidden drills  – This kind of drill bit helps to further open the canal, particular in molars. They are also used during root canal retreatment to remove gutta-percha, which is a putty-like material commonly used to fill root canals.

Peeso Reamer Drills     –  Peeso Reamer  tool is used exclusively to remove gutta-percha during retreatment.

Dental homeopathy? Can the human body heal tooth decay all by itself?

Unlike calcium bones, the human body cannot heal it’s own enameled teeth once they’ve become damaged. Cavities are the product of a tug-of-war that happens every day in peoples’ mouth. Teeth are surrounded by hard minerals that form enamel and while very strong, they’re not impervious to acid attack.

Root canal therapy is the treatment performed when the pulp, or the soft tissue inside of the tooth becomes infected. A human tooth contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue deep in its roots. The root infection occurs due to an injury or a severe, untreated cavity. The root canal consists of creating an opening in the tooth to remove the infected pulp and then sealing the tooth to prevent against future infection.

How has root canal therapy procedure been improved in recent years?

Archer Dental’s Root Canal Therapy has evolved over time with new medication and instrumentation and our own experience; we’ve performed countless endodontic surgeries at all three locations in the many years we’ve been in business. There have been significant changes and new studies and equipment have affected the way we execute the procedure.

Root canal therapy, endodontic tool cleaning the root of the tooth

The last few decades new dental instruments have been developed for single use only. Archer Dental does not employ such systems as the disposable material must be handled separately from other recycling, and we’re so environmentally conscious we strive to reduce all waste. However, the advent of such instrumentation became more popular during the pandemic because it completely removes the risk of cross-contamination and dramatically reduces the potential for dangerous instrument breakage. These instruments are purchased exclusively in sterilized and sealed packages and are never used more than once. They are opened during the surgery and used for that patient exclusively.

Disinfecting the interior of the tooth is where modern science really shines. Once the dentist is done removing the damage and cleaning inside of the tooth, they need to disinfect the area and create a closed environment. The main aim of root canal therapy is to remove all microbial contaminants and then close-up and seal-off the tooth. This way bacteria from the mouth will not be able to get back inside. Root canal sealers along with the latest filling materials (the thermoplastic antecedents of gutta percha) play a major role in achieving the three-dimensional sealing of the tooth. New sealers help dentists fill the canals and accomplish this goal. These sealers are binding agents which are used to adapt the filling material to the interior of the tooth and to fill up the voids and gaps inside the tooth. Root canal sealers, although used only as an accessory material in the sealing of root canals, have been shown to influence the outcome of root canal treatment. Archer Dental offers patients the latest tooth fillers and sealing materials to create a dense fill with no voids. This helps to ease discomfort and ‘paves’ the way toward a speedy recovery.

Rosedale VIP Dental Pods Featured in Toronto Guardian

Archer Dental Rosedale was featured in Toronto Guardian on Weds, Dec 8th.

Our new dental pods made the news! People are interested in seeing pictures and reading and learning about our new facilities, and now they’re booking appointments to visit our safe and sunny exam rooms. The cozy new spaces are smaller than regular operatories which means it’s easier for air filtration systems with medical grade HEPA filters to perpetually clean and purify the air.

Archer Dental Rosedale featured in Toronto Guardian on Wed 08 Dec 2021

The glass-enclosed dental examination rooms are made with Covid in mind to offer patients boutique dental experiences that are exclusive and secure.

Rosedale’s new exam rooms present dental patients with stunning views of Danforth Ave., Broadview Ave., and the Don River. Many people tell us they can see their homes, or schools, or some building in their area. This is neighbourhood dentistry! The new rooms get the morning sun, while larger operatories on the west side of the clinic overlook Toronto’s downtown core and enjoy warm afternoon rays.

Archer Dental Rosedale shows how Covid changed dentistry

Everything is so very streamlined. Archer Dental was among the first dental business in Canada to incorporate an AI chatbot, which we programmed ourselves to answer hundreds of frequently asked questions and for online appointment booking. This technology became a trendsetting solution in March 2020 with the onset of the Covid19 pandemic.

The ceiling vents clean the air with optional mood lighting which cycles through all colours.

This natural environment reduces anxiety and improves how patients perceive the health care center and how they’ll recall their own experiences

Archer Dental Rosedale, at Bloor and Sherbourne, is purpose-built to restore patient’s peace of mind, and oral health.

Archer Dental Offers Same Day Dentistry

With so many dental chairs available at Archer Dental Rosedale, it’s now possible for patients to enjoy same day dentistry which means any minor issue detected during a routine hygiene therapy session can very likely be resolved immediately, the same day, eliminating the need for another appointment.

The business conducted at all three Archer Dental locations is very streamlined. There’s no waiting in a common area beforehand, and no more lining-up to pay afterwards. Visitors are instead ushered direct to the examination rooms, and then hustled straight out again afterwards. The operatories are thoroughly cleaned and left dormant for a time in between. This is another reason why Rosedale opted to create more space.

Natalie Archer DDS is a subject matter expert regarding the most efficient layouts for modern dental clinics, and the Rosedale dental office is an inspiration. It’s incredibly clean and sterile, yet still manages to be a warm and friendly space where people can relax and feel safe.

Dr. Natalie Archer at Archer Dental Rosedale
Dr. Natalie Archer stands beside a VirusKiller air filtration machine at Archer Dental Rosedale

Advancing dental care in our changing world is the slogan embossed in white letters on the purple wall behind the front desk at Rosedale. This is not just a mission statement, but a rallying cry, in all three clinics.

VirusKiller Air Filters Increase Air Quality and Safety at our Dental Clinics

HEPA air filters to remove COVID19 in dental clinic

In June 2020, Archer Dental installed advanced anti-viral air filtration units called VirusKillers, and this is just one more way we protect our clinics and keep everyone safe.

VirusKiller air filtration devices in dental clinic

Archer Dental diligently guards against infection with vigilance and smart investments. We have both unique software and innovative hardware. Our frontline staff connects with each patient remotely before they arrive using Dental Attendant, an artificial intelligence chat bot which runs all prospective visitors through a nine-point questionnaire. We take everyone’s temperature upon arrival and use Sterilog, the very latest instrument sterilization system in addition to all our regular infection control procedures. And now in 2021, because coronavirus-19 is an airborne contagion, we’ve hired air filtration experts to come and improve the breathable atmospheric and air-circulation inside each of our clinics.

Alan Pinkerton simulates human exhale to measure and improve the dissipation rate.
Alan Pinkerton visits Archer Dental Rosedale – Sunday 21st Feb 2021

Dentistry is an Essential Service

Earlier this month, Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a second state of emergency and issued a stay-at-home order for the province beginning on January 14th, 2021. This directive requires everyone to remain at home, except for essential workers, or people exercising, or going to the grocery store and pharmacy, or accessing health-care services. We’re dentists who provide essential health care and so we remain open. It falls on us to ensure our facilities are as safe as possible, and we’ve taken our responsibility to the extreme, for everyone’s benefit.

Dr. Natalie Archer with Alan Pinkerton
Dr. Natalie Archer with Alan Pinkerton

Alan Pinkerton is a Virus Hunter

Alan has a medical science background and uses state-of-the-art gadgets to track invisible contagion which he eliminates in his VirusKillers. He started the hunt by measuring the humidity and carbon dioxide levels in the operatories. Measuring CO2 is one way to get a baseline for tracking respiration and human breath exhale in a room; we watch the device gain a hundred points as three people converse in the space.

A carbon dioxide meter measures the gas in parts-per-million.

Alan’s hunt was very comprehensive. He checked each traveled space in each clinic before the air conditioner was turned-on to see how the natural layouts affect the way air moves in our facilities. Then he turned on the in-house HVACs and we eyeballed how much better the smoke moved through the room. Finally, after he installed his machine, we checked a third and final time to make sure all the simulated exhalant dissipated in under a second.

And where does the air go? Into a Radic8 VirusKiller 401.

Radic8 – VirusKiller401 in Archer Dental Baby Point

VK 401 by Radic8 was made in South Korea and was first developed after the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in 2003. These are the latest models Alan brokers today. The VK401 decontamination unit is specially designed for dental surgeries and other medically sensitive spaces. This is clean air technology solution that has been tested and proven to increase airflow and optimize disinfection in a small room, such as dental operatories. The air filtration unit deactivates viruses and bacteria and effectively neutralizes noxious gases and larger particles such as dust, dander, and other allergens.

VirusKiller hardward delivered to Archer Dental Little Italy
Radic8 VirusKiller air filtration units delivered to Archer Dental Little Italy

How does it work? As the room’s atmosphere passes through the machine, it goes through a two-stage cleaning process; first the air is purified and then disinfected. The pre-filter, HEPA filter, and activated carbon filter all combine to eliminate other particles like dust, pollen and smoke. Organic and biological contaminants are exposed to a patented UV-C Reactor Chamber, where germicidal hydroxyl radicals are produced to efficiently deactivate viruses, bacteria, mould, and fungi. This clean air is then delivered back into the breathing zone providing world-class, real-time indoor air protection.

The VirusKiller is ideal for small commercial spaces. Keep your eyes open for Alan Pinkerton, the Virus Hunter in medical offices, elderly care homes, government buildings, school classrooms and childcare facilities, and leisure facilities across Ontario.

GLO Science is a Trendy New Teeth Whitening Service

GLO Science teeth whitennig in Toronto

Newly tested technology provides Archer Dental’s teeth whitening service teams in all three locations across Toronto with yet another tool!

GLO Science pamphlets at Little Italy

Say hello to GLO. GLO Science PRO WHITE is an in-office teeth whitening treatment that combines GLO warming heat and light with professional strength whitening gel (that can only be applied by a dental professional).  The patented GLO Brilliant device is the only teeth whitening system in Canada today to combine LED lights with warming GLO heat to accelerate safe hydrogen peroxide whitening formulation. Used in thousands of professional dental offices worldwide, the technology is clinically proven to whiten smiles with no sensitivity.

teeth whitening patient at Archer Dental Little italy - 564 College St in Toronto

Suitable candidates are approved in advance for the treatment at Archer Dental. Upon arrival, the patient will first apply GLO lip treatment.  After this protective barrier is in place, patients are invited to bite down the blue LED light mouthpiece (upon which our trained professionals have already spread the trademark GLO whitening gel.)dental staff applies GLO Science peroxide paste to teeth whitening patient in office treatment

The patient bites down just enough to make contact, and to allow the LED lights inside to warm and glow the photo-activated peroxide paste. Unlike other hand-held whitening devices on the market, the GLO system is proven to be effective, safe, and easy to handle.GLO science teeth whitening - heat and light on hydrogen peroxide

GLO chair side service at Archer Dental is a fast professional treatment that creates a whiter smile in under an hour, without pain.

How does it work?

GLO teeth whitening

G.L.O. Science whitening system is designed for speed, efficiency and safety. Essentially, this breakthrough whitening system eliminates the messy trays and dentist operated light-guns. The patented Guided Light Optics (G.L.O.) device innovation combines warming heat-plus-light in a closed system mouthpiece to activate the professional strength GLO Professional Whitening Gel.  Their technology uses both light and heat to optimize the effects of a specially concocted hydrogen peroxide toothpaste. Eight minute applications are set-up in the device to whiten the top and bottom teeth simultaneously.

Invented by oral health expert Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, GLO Science Professional is safe to use on crowns, caps, bonding and veneers. Below is a video that shows the system at work whitening teeth.

Whitening Gel in G-Vials?

GLO whitening gel comes in small single-use GLO Vials (also called G-Vials) that can be easily squeezed and brushed directly onto teeth.

GLOW Brilliant - teeth whitening G-Vial Refill

Hydrogen peroxide is powerful but perishable and needs to be kept in a sealed environment to maintain its potency.  The G-Vial is a proprietary system that keeps the whitening gel fresh and active using hermetically sealed vials that prevent oxygen molecules from escaping. The G-Vial’s easy-to-apply brush tip applicator allows for easy targeting of the gel onto teeth, avoiding the lips and gums in order to prevent sensitivity.

The GLO light in the mouthpiece is a blue light (not UV light). The wavelength is similar to what has been used in professional tooth whitening for 10 years. Because the light is built into the mouthpiece and timed for 8 minute intervals only, the contact time is ideal for a session without sensitivity.

GLO uses LEDs (light emitting diodes) that emit blue light. Blue light has a wavelength of approximately 470 nm (nanometers) and is part of the “visible light spectrum”, which ranges from approximately 400 nm to 700 nm. It is completely harmless and has no negative effect on the human body.

Because having a dazzlingly white smile is important to our clientele, Archer Dental likes to keep current on the latest technological advances in this evolving field of study. Our staff has been keeping an eye on GLO Science and their trademark device since it debuted in Canada last fall and we are proud to announce today that this is available in our Little Italy dental office.

Call or visit Archer Dental Little Italy for more information.

Innovation in dentistry

doctor works with patient in the dentist office

Innovative and evidence-based dentistry is the hallmark of Archer Dental.Both offices have amazing technology, which includes operating microscopes, intra-oral cameras, and a digital panoramic dental x-ray machine in the Rosedale clinic. At the Runnymede clinic, dental chairs float on a cushion of air so that they can be moved anywhere in the operatory. The Runnymede clinic also has continuous oxygen available to simplify treatment of elderly patients with medical comorbidities. Archer Dental use the latest materials, techniques, and protocols, and treatment is provided by highly trained and experienced staff, including an expert in pediatric dentistry and an expert in oral surgery. In addition, temporomandibular disorder treatment and Botox® are available.


Smart Toothbrushes For Connected Bathrooms

Behold Smart Toothbrushes are here,

Sometimes I can’t believe we’re living in the year 2014.  But when I see smart dental products for sale in the drug store, I know its true. To me this equipment says, ‘Welcome to the future, a world of possibilities’.

Today three manufacturers each claim to have the first smart toothbrush.  Each company calls their product ‘smart’ by which they mean it collects data to acquire insights into user’s brushing habits and then displays that info on cellphone screens. Three separate offerings are now available to consumers.

the smart toothbrush

In a connected world, where everything is data driven and bent on educating users, the bathroom is set to become the foremost personal healthcare center in each family dwelling.  The master bedroom on-suit washroom in particular will probably become the house’s #1 wellness portal, and humans will interface with medical technology here using a smart bathroom mirror.  The dispensary will issue all manner of common remedies, first aid equipment and beauty tips.  Such tools available to bathroom users will almost certainly include a smart toothbrush.

That’s because the simple act of brushing their teeth is probably the most common health & wellness related activity that human beings perform on a daily basis.  And as time goes on, more and more researchers agree, oral care is an important part of preventive health. The latest research shows many correlations between oral health and overall wellness, and so there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that poor brushing patterns can lead to more than just bad teeth.  Not brushing regularly is the biggest cause of cavities and gum disease and this is a problem that smart toothbrushes can easily fix.

Beam Brush is a Smart Manual Toothbrush

beam smatr toothbrush

Beam Brush claims to be the world’s first smart toothbrush that monitors oral hygiene habits and reports them to a smartphone app.  This claim is reinforced by a CNN article about Kolibree which points at the Beam Brush as being the first smart electric toothbrush and one which first went on sale in 2013, making it the first of its kind in the USA.

Beam toothbrush also connects to phones via Bluetooth and records brushing time – however unlike the Kolibree it doesn’t track the brush’s movements inside the user’s mouth. Beam Brush has a small light in the neck that will glow for approx two minutes which is each user’s recommended brushing time.*  Later the app will sync the unit with your smartphone and share information. The brush can store up to 49 brushings or about 3.5 weeks worth of data if you brush twice a day.

Test data presented by the app developer shows the average person brushes their teeth for only 45 secs, but over half the respondents demonstrated they were more likely to brush their teeth for a full two minutes if presented with a simple timer.  The Beam Brush app was thus configured for brushing twice a day for two minutes. The user can  set the app to play a song on their phone while they’re brushing – this is great for kids. The estimated battery life of the brush is 90 days. The app offers ‘Beam Goals’ which allows users to set individual oral hygiene targets. Users also have the option to send their brushing information to their dentist.


Beam Brush is equipped with a replaceable head, so multiple heads can thus be paired with one smartphone, a function aimed at parents in particular who want to keep track of their children’s brushing habits. In addition, the app alerts the user when it is time to replace the brush head. Extra heads can even be ordered automatically via the phone.

Beam Brush App keeps children engaged through the interactive timer that will play their favorite song while they brush?  and the goals that will give them rewards for great brushing! Big families can use multiple Beam Brushes with one smartphone. Connecting multiple brushes allows users to create goals in which siblings can compete to be the best brusher!

Beam believes that it’s simply not good enough just to collect data, but rather the challenge is to display that data in environments where it can reinforce or even cause behavior change. The Beam Brush uses mobile rewards platform Kiip to bring our users real world rewards for demonstrating great brushing habits. Kiip is also ‘smart’ and learns user’s reward preferences over time so they can get more of what they want. Available in pink or blue, Beam Brush retails for $25 and replacement heads are $4 each. One AA Alkaline Battery will last over three months.

Kolibree Smart Toothbrush

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Kolibree is a French-based company dedicated to creating connected appliances that make users smarter, more aware and better equipped to improve their own and other people’s health and lives. These guys have created an easy-to-use compelling interactive experience around brushing your teeth, and especially comparing family brushing habits and making it all more enjoyable by gaming the exercise.

Kolibree toothbrush was invented by Thomas Serval, a French engineer and something of a name in France’s tech industry.  The story is that he was inspired to design it after suspecting that his children were lying to him about whether or not they had brushed their teeth. He wanted proof and so he designed a smart toothbrush to spy on them.

Kolibree is the world’s first connected toothbrush, unveiled at CES for the first time in Feb 2014.  This high technology toothbrush is fitted with an accelerometer, gyroscope and a magnetometer, which the company says allows the device to record data, such as the time, duration and frequency of the brush, along with which teeth are properly cleaned, and those that are being neglected.   It’s different in many ways than other smart toothbrush devices that are listed in this article; the Kolibree smart toothbrush can analyze each user’s brushing habits and then display them on a mobile phone or tablet.

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Users’ brushing data automatically goes to their phones whereupon the app alerts them if they’re brushing long enough, or whether or not they remembered to brush their teeth at all.

play and share dental brushing habits

Like all the other available models, Kolibree Smart Toothbrush enables users to share their brushing data with their family or even their dentist.  However they can also choose privacy.  The app remembers and tracks up to five profiles and allows users to compare and ‘gamify’ brushing stats between them on a series of pretty time scaled graphs to award a score for brushing based on time, technique and overall coverage – cool huh.

Bluetooth Oral-B Smart Series electric toothbrush price

Oral B Smart toothbrush PRO 6000

Oral-B interactive electric toothbrush with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and the Oral-B App will be available in limited quantities in Germany this spring, with a global rollout – including the SmartSeries in June 2014.   The world got its first look at the device back in February 2014 at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress 2014.

At the Mobile World Congress 2014 the Oral-B Smart Series consisted of two models. The Oral-B Pro 6000 which costs about £229.99, and the Oral-B Limited Edition Pro 6500 Smart Series is priced at £249.99.

The new Oral-B App will be available in iOS in May, and in Android in August. The company actually envisions what they call a ‘well connected bathroom’ with a smart mirror in their advertising, and their trade show displays which are visible in various pieces online.  Dr Natalie Archer saw some of the German marketing in airports while traveling earlier this spring, and she was impacted by the idea. She commissioned me to look into what she thought was the world’s first smart toothbrush.

But of course Oral – B is the giant in the room. They’re a market leader and their products are expected to be of the highest quality and reflect years of overall testing and performance. They have registered Connected Toothbrush as their product information portal .

The big idea behind the Oral-B app is that it can help keep users motivated and informed while brushing with oral care tips, and even News and Weather information. Its keeps users brushing longer. Oral-B claims that tests of the app show that when connected, brushing time increases from less than 60 seconds with a manual toothbrush, to over two minutes ten seconds with the electric toothbrush, surpassing the dental professions’ recommended two-minute brushing time per session. Dentists can also program their brushing routines in the app to help improve patients’ brushing behaviours and focus on problem zones within their mouth. The smart toothbrush features a smart app and intelligent Bluetooth 4.0 enabled handle, as well as boasting six customizable cleaning modes.

Will you buy a smart toothbrush? Which one?