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    Crown Or Veneer?

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    Choose Your Smile in Kelowna offers multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures for creating remarkable smiles. Two of the most popular are dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

    Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.

    A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth. Ceramic laminate is used to create durable veneers. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold.

    Crowns and veneers are both affixed to the tooth with a special adhesive. Both are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel. Veneers come in two types: traditional, which require the removal of a thin layer of the patient’s tooth enamel, and prepless, which don’t.

    Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but dental crowns are often a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can fix the shape of a tooth, repair a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

    Crowns and veneers are among the cosmetic dentistry procedures available from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. Schedule a consultation with us today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


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    Teeth: What Have They Done For You Lately?

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    This post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna goes to the heart of what dentistry is all about: the function of healthy teeth.

    The shape of each of your teeth gives a clue to what it does. The incisors, or your front teeth, are sharp. They need to be because their job is to cut food and their curvature helps move food inside the mouth.

    Behind the incisors, you find the canine teeth. Their roots go far into the jaw bone because they are designed to hold onto food and tear through it.

    Premolars, found just behind the canines, are flat on the surface. This allows them to crush your food as you chew. And, finally, in the very back are the molars. They are large and have nice, flat chewing surfaces that help them to grind food down into smaller, more digestible pieces.

    Now that you know a little more about your teeth, we hope you are motivated to take great care of them. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer comprehensive dental services including general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


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    Calming Root Canal Fears

    British Columbia Dentist Calms Root Canal FearsA dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful place. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we try to discourage that image with a caring staff. Even so, hearing they need a root canal can strike fear in the most courageous of our patients.

    Root canals, known formally as endodontic therapy, still carry a strong association with pain. It doesn’t need to be that way. Root canals are performed on infected teeth, which can cause a great deal of pain. The root canal doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.

    When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, we clean the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection from the inside of the tooth. We then seal the tooth to prevent further decay, and finish by applying a crown or filling.

    The process can be completed, typically, in just a few visits. In many cases, a root canal is a better option than removing the infected tooth since it allows you to keep your natural tooth.

    Though root canals can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to the team at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna can relieve much of your anxiety. We can provide sedation dentistry to get you through a root canal or other procedure. Call us today to schedule your next checkup.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


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    Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

    It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, the dentist at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna reminds you that you can form a new habit to benefit your oral health in 10 seconds.

    Here are six ways to add important dental care to each day, in 60 seconds or less.

    Find a better place for your toothbrush.
    Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will permit air drying and can curb the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

    Leave the floss on the counter.
    If you want to build consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember that commitment.

    If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse. You can swish away bits of food and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.

    Smile in the mirror.
    Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Examine gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.

    Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
    Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will curb discoloration.

    Call Choose Your Smile.
    A short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation with us. During your appointment, we will examine your teeth for far more than 10 seconds and help keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

    At Choose Your Smile Dentistry in Kelowna, we can answer questions about cosmetic and general dentistry, and all the other services we offer. Make an appointment today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

    Healthy Lifestyles For Healthy Lifesmiles

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    Dental health and a beautiful smile depend on much more than simply brushing regularly. In today’s post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we present a quick refresher course on general dentistry, and the lifestyle practices that affect oral health.

    You are probably familiar with most of these recommendations, but it is helpful to get a reminder once in a while. We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. After all, the two are inseparable.


    Eat a nutritious diet.
    Eat calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that attack enamel.
    Brush gently but meticulously at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
    Make sure you clean thoroughly between teeth with dental floss or interdental cleaners such as flossing picks.
    If you have children, speak with your Kelowna dentist about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
    Get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
    Have a dental examination twice yearly with your Kelowna dentist.


    Eat a sugar frequently. Sugar triggers the production of harmful cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel.
    Snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to constant bombardment with acids.
    Chew on ice.
    Use your teeth as tools. Ever.
    Drink energy drinks.
    Get oral piercings.
    Ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.

    If you have oral pain or haven’t visited a dentist in a while, call Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today!

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


    How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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    At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

    Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

    Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

    1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
    2. Porcelain fused to metal
    3. Gold alloys
    4. Base metal alloys

    When many Kelowna dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

    How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.

    At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    Trust Dr. Malfair For Accurate Dental Info

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    Dental patients are more informed than ever before and it’s not surprising that much of their knowledge about dentistry is gleaned from online sources. Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it helps with living a healthy lifestyle. We caution our friends and neighbors in the Kelowna area, however, not to take online dental information at face value. As the saying goes, trust but verify.

    Misconceptions about medical treatment in general and dentistry in particular began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous, but the web has accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.

    Some of the most prevalent dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

    In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid necessary dental treatment because of something they encounter online. We encourage our patients to discuss all areas of concern with the team at Choose Your Smile. You can count on us for accurate information and quality care.

    At Choose Your Smile, we are enthusiastic about keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Our motives are straightforward and transparent. You can’t always determine who operates and funds online dental sites, so be careful out there!

    Since 2004, Choose Your Smile in Kelowna has provided distinctive general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    Using Nature As Our Guide

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    At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we use cosmetic dentistry to turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with dramatic problems) into unforgettable smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to know if you will still look like yourself.

    The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, we use nature as a guide—nature at its best—when improving smiles. It is important to bring multiple components into harmony when designing a smile makeover. Here are a few:

    • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
    • Tooth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
    • Tooth Colour – hue, value, intensity, and colour variations between teeth
    • Tooth Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
    • Gumline – shape and color
    • Face Shape and Bone Structure
    • Skin Tone
    • Lips – color, shape, size
    • Age
    • Gender

    This list is not comprehensive but gives you an idea of the complexity of smile makeovers. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the aesthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

    But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are passionate about the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna to talk about your current smile and the brilliant smile you desire. We also provide general dentistry.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    Wear A Crown In Kelowna

    Wear A Crown In Kelowna

    Some Kelowna residents who have a weak or broken tooth may want to think about porcelain crowns as a solution to improve their smile and overall oral health. The crowns provided by Choose Your Smile in Kelowna are really a cap or covering that is tooth-shaped and when one is in place, it will cover the portion of the covered tooth that is above the gum line.

    Crowns can be made of metals, resin, ceramic, porcelain, or a porcelain-fused-to-metal material. Your Kelowna area dentist will usually put in a temporary crown while a permanent crown is being created especially for your mouth in a dental laboratory.

    Dental crowns have been used successfully in Kelowna cosmetic dentistry for decades.

    Many Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 dentists use crowns when performing smile makeovers to cover patient’s discolored or poorly shaped teeth. Strong, natural-looking crowns are also used with dental implants.

    If you think a dental crown may be right for you, check with your Kelowna dentist. Or, if you are searching for quality dental care in the Kelowna area, call us here at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair. We are located in Kelowna and have been serving the greater Kelowna area since 2004. We are currently accepting new patients at our state-of-the art, yet warm and comfortable dental office.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    Infant And Toddler Teeth Q&A

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    Today’s post is for new Kelowna parents. It contains helpful guidance about caring for baby’s and toddler’s teeth.

    How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
    For infants, gently wipe their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. We do not recommend any toothpaste for infants.

    When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended. Young children rarely spit after you brush their teeth, they swallow. When your child’s teeth start to appear, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.

    When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

    We recommend that parents to take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is vital for their oral health and also to help them become comfortable with a dentist from an early age.

    What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
    First, call your dentist to make an appointment. Some practices will let you come in without a pre-scheduled appointment for dental emergencies. Rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Don’t put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it.

    How can I prevent my toddler from getting cavities?

    • Have your child get their first dental check-up before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears.
    • Have your child get a dental check-up every six months or more frequently if your dentist advises.
    • Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
    • If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
    • Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
    • Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
    • Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
    • Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to protect enamel.
    • If your child sucks his/her thumb after the age of three, meet with your dentist or pediatrician.
    • If your child grinds his/her teeth, seek guidance from your dentist or pediatrician.
    • Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
    • If your child has special medical conditions, seek further direction from your pediatric dentist.
    • If you have acute tooth decay, seek additional advice from your pediatric dentist.
    • Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
    • Follow your dentist’s advice regarding dental sealants.
    • Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
    • Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
    • Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is important.

    Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
    No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper protocols are followed. The diagnostic advantage greatly outweighs the almost non-existent risk of dangerous radiation exposure.

    If child’s baby teeth are widely spaced, does that mean their permanent teeth will be too far apart?

    No, this is normal and does not necessarily mean that their permanent teeth will be spaced too far apart.

    At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


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