Whitening For 3 Types Of Tooth Stains

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If your smile could use some brightening, what are you waiting for? Professional teeth whitening at Love Your Smile in Kelowna is the easiest way to improve its appearance.

It is important to realize that not every smile responds the same to teeth whitening. The degree of whiteness attained and the treatment time necessary depends on the type of stains being treated.

  • Extrinsic stains are on the surface of teeth, and the easiest to remove. They are caused by the usual suspects: coffee, tea, wine, cola, smoking and the natural aging process.
  • Intrinsic stains form from the inside out but are visible through the enamel. They can be lightened, but it may take a bit longer.
  • Combination: Some people have both extrinsic and intrinsic staining. As we age, our teeth change – regardless of how well we take care of them. Enamel thins and the dentin underneath fades and yellows.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we have long experience with teeth whitening. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to our office for restorative dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Missing Pieces In The Mouth?

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A missing puzzle piece may not ruin a jigsaw puzzle, but a missing tooth can be very unsightly and ruin your smile. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we have dental implants that can restore a smile.

A missing tooth can cause more than an unpleasant appearance. When a tooth and its root are gone, the teeth on each side of the gap begin to rotate. This can result in trouble eating and even speaking.

To make matters worse, the missing tooth root can also lead to bone recession. The jawbone is stimulated and kept healthy by biting and chewing action. When the root isn’t there anymore, the bone actually begins to recede. This leads to a shrunken appearance in the face.

Dental implants can solve this. An implant is a post that is inserted in the jaw. These posts are usually made of medical-grade titanium, which is ideally suited to fusing with human bone. Once it does it forms a solid foundation for the artificial tooth it will support.

Dental implants have been hailed as one of the most important advances in dentistry, and they’re available at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Creating Memorable Smiles

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A smile takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever. You can make your smile memorable and beautiful with smile design from Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

Smile design places an emphasis on aesthetics. While general dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, our smile design complements it. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and the facial shape and coloring of each patient.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear over the years. But smile design from Love Your Smile in Kelowna can restore your smile to its youthful appearance. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for restorative dentistry. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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A Teenage Smile Without The Metal

No One Will Know You Are Wearing Braces In Kelowna

Many adults would like to straighten their teeth, but having a mouthful of teenager-style metal braces is not exactly what they had in mind. With clear braces from Love Your Smile in Kelowna you can have it both ways!

Your busy lifestyle will not be hampered, because clear braces are convenient and uncomplicated. They are called aligners, and they look like an athlete’s mouthguard. Because they are made of a clear synthetic material, they are very subtle: so much so that most people won’t even notice you have them on.

One of the things people most like about clear braces is that they can be removed for meals, and for when you brush and floss your teeth. For best results, however, you should wear them at least twenty-two hours a day.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer Invisalign clear braces, as well as traditional wire braces. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 love what they do for their smiles! Call for an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Toothbrush Tantrums: When Your Child Won’t Brush

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Children’s dental experts generally recommend that parents brush their kids’ teeth until they’re around seven years old. That’s about the time most kids begin to assert their independence, so it’s a good time for them to take over. But sometimes kids get stubborn about brushing. Then what? Love Your Smile in Kelowna has some tips.

Ideally, children should brush their teeth twice a day. Setting the right example can make a big difference. Let your kids know how important good dental health is to you, and make sure they see you brush and floss without fail.

Here are some other tips that are tried and true:

Make it fun. Try singing some of your children’s favorite songs as they brush, or even do a silly dance. Make it special, something reserved for brushing.

Choices. Like we said, issues can arise as children begin to assert their independence. Get them more involved by letting them choose the toothbrush and toothpaste they want to use. Make sure their choice has the American Dental Association label on it – and let them know why that label important.

Be positive. This is one of the most important things. If your child digs in her heels and won’t brush, don’t issue any ultimatums. It’s okay to let brushing go now and then. It’s a good time to emphasize how important good dental health is, but don’t make it negative. A small reward, like staying up a little later on Friday night or control of the TV remote, can help.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we want to help our young patients start on a lifetime of good dental health. Parents from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 know they can trust our children’s dentistry, as well as our restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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You, Only Better

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Having a flawless smile is a personal benefit that you can’t put a pricetag on. Is your smile less than flawless? You’re not alone! But with smile design from Love Your Smile in Kelowna, those flaws can be corrected.

If you’re one of those people who tries not to smile because of flawed teeth, smile design can help. An improved smile goes a long way to boosting your self-esteem and self-confidence.

Available procedures include:

  • Porcelain veneers. Thin shells of medical-grade ceramic are attached to the fronts of your teeth. They can cover up chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth. They are also good for covering damaged tooth enamel.
  • Teeth whitening. Years of consuming tea and coffee and other tooth-staining food and drink really take a toll on your smile. You’ll find a lot of over-the-counter whitening products at the store, but none can match the power of professional-strength whitening.
  • Dental implants. One of the true marvels of modern dentistry, dental implants are titanium posts inserted into your jaw. One can support an artificial tooth, and several can support a full dental arch. Because the implant fuses with the bone, your biting and chewing power is restored.

Correcting problem teeth can reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues. Plus you’ll have a smile that you’ll love! Smile design from Love Your Smile in Kelowna can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for restorative dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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You Won’t Miss The Metal With Invisible Braces

You Won't Miss The Metal With Invisible Braces In Kelowna

Clear braces are here to stay! Clear braces bring your teeth into proper alignment but without any conspicuous metal brackets. When the treatment is finished you are left with a beautiful new smile. Clear braces are available at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

Clear braces are sometimes called invisible braces. The proper name for them is “aligners.” They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. You wear a series of them to put pressure on your teeth, which is what brings them into alignment. Each set of aligners is worn from one to two weeks before you go to a new set. The new set changes the alignment slightly, so that in time, you have an ideal bite.

To get the best results from clear braces, they must be worn for at least twenty-two hours each day, although that time may vary slightly from one patient to the next. The total number of aligners each patient needs varies, too.

Some of the benefits of clear braces:

  • They’re inconspicuous. People standing just a few feet away from you may not even realize you’re wearing them.
  • They are removeable. As noted, they must be worn most of the time. But you can take them out for meals and for flossing and brushing before bed.
  • No metal in your mouth!

Remember, the goal of aligners, or any braces for that matter, is to ensure your top and bottom teeth fit together properly. It may be tempting to remove them sometimes, but it is in your best interest to wear your aligners for the recommended time. That usually includes while you sleep.

To find out whether clear braces from Invisalign are right for you, please call us at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for our complete restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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3 Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

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This post from Love Your Smile in Kelowna is about root canal therapy. Root canals are often feared, but they shouldn’t be, because they allow you to keep a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted.

As the saying goes, knowledge is power. It can help when you understand what is happening during what can be an anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.

At the center of each tooth is tissue called the pulp. The tissue can be compromised by any of the following:

  • An injury to the tooth
  • A very deep cavity
  • A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. Left untreated, it can destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort

When we perform a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out first. The space that is left is cleaned and then shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for the tooth to be pulled.

Root canals have a bad reputation, but remember, they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

Root canals are among our restorative dentistry services at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to our practice for complete cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

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What constitutes a dental emergency? The dictionary says an emergency is an unforeseen crisis requiring immediate action. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, where emergency dentistry is one of our services, we think that’s as good a definition as you’re going to find.

Here’s a quick summary of five common dental emergencies:

  • A broken or chipped tooth. This certainly meets the standard of an emergency. Whether it’s the result of an injury, or because of brittle teeth, a broken or chipped tooth could lead to unwanted consequences if it is not treated promptly.
  • Severe toothache. The sooner treatment for a severe toothache begins, the better. A bad toothache could indicate tooth decay, and there could be infection that threatens the tooth. The sooner we see you, the better the chances of saving the tooth.
  • Jaw injuries. If you’ve broken your jaw then a trip to the emergency room is probably in order. But a dentist should also be in the loop. He or she will evaluate your oral cavity and teeth to see whether they have also sustained damage.
  • Bleeding gums. This may indicate gum disease. As with a toothache, prompt treatment is best. When it is caught and treated in its earliest stages, gum disease is curable. If is also preventable with brushing and flossing twice a day.
  • Knocked out tooth. If you have a tooth knocked out, time is of the essence. Make a beeline for the nearest urgent dental care. If it is treated within an hour there is an excellent chance the tooth can be saved.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, emergency dentistry is an important part of what we do. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 trust our practice for restorative dentistry and other dental health needs. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Implant-Anchored Dentures Can Give You Back Your Life

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For anyone who has lost all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures from Love Your Smile in Kelowna may sound like a dream come true: dentures that are attached to the jaw, and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality.

You know what they say: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But set aside any skepticism. Implant-supported dentures are already worn successfully by hundreds of thousands of people.

As you may know, a dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A single post can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple posts, strategically placed, can support a set of dentures.

Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages over traditional dentures:

  • More stable. Because they are attached to titanium posts that have fused with the jaw, people have much greater biting and chewing power.
  • Natural in appearance. They look more like natural teeth, and are easier to care for.
  • Built to last. Because they are physically attached to the jaw, implants are long-lasting.
  • Prevents bone recession. With traditional dentures, the bone around missing tooth roots begin to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth roots, so the bone is preserved.

Implant-supported dentures can transform your life, and they are among the procedures available at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. We have placed them in patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6, who also come to us for smile design. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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