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    Do you have a dentist? If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current one, we invite you to visit Choose Your Smile to meet with us and discuss your dental needs. You don’t have to choose us, but we encourage you to find a dentist you like!

    Our approach to dentistry emphasizes you, the patient. Our first priority is exceeding expectations. It’s essential that we t become familiar with each patient, which is why your first consultation may take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

    We want to know how are you doing. We’ll ask bout the current condition of your teeth and gums, what your fears and expectations are, and whether you have financial concerns about your visit. We understand that each patient has a unique set of circumstances.

    At Choose Your Smile, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dentistry is necessary, we always recommend the most conservative procedures. We discuss your options and consider the long term consequences of each treatment.

    If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, we can help. This is an umbrella term that includes dental implants, crowns, and teeth whitening, among other procedures. Miracles are possible with cosmetic dentistry.

    Choose Your Smile is a no-pressure practice, and we encourage all our patients to get a second opinion about whatever we may discuss during your visit. Please call us to book a consultation. We’re confident you will feel good about choosing Choose Your Smile for your dental care.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    Teeth Whitening in Kelowna: A Popular Procedure

    Teeth whitening is quickly becoming one of the most popular dental procedures in Kelowna. It seems that everyone is whitening their teeth to help their smiles look younger and brighter.

    Many men and women are turning to over-the-counter solutions to whiten and a brighten their smiles. It may seem like the path of least resistance, but there can be disadvantages to this approach.

    There are pitfalls to using these over-the-counter product to whiten your teeth. Here is some basic advice on teeth whitening from Choose Your Smile:

    First, we encourage you to visit our office before starting a tooth whitening system. Dr. Stephen Malfair can help you determine whether your teeth can be safely and effectively whitened. He can also recommend the teeth whitening solutions that will work best.

    Over-the-counter teeth whitening products will provide varying degrees of efficacy. If used incorrectly they can lead to problems, including tooth sensitivity, over-whitening, damage to tooth enamel, and uneven coloration.

    Most manufacturers of teeth whitening product recommend that you visit your dentist if things go wrong. We recommend the opposite: talk to us first, to help you avoid any problems in the first place. An ounce of prevention, after all, is worth a pound of cure.

    Our caring team is available to discuss your options and check your teeth. We want to make sure you will get the best possible teeth whitening results available in Kelowna.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    You Know It When You See It

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    You may not be able to articulate why all the elements blend in perfect harmony, but you know it when you see it. I’m talking about a positive smile. What features are we talking about?

    You may be surprised at how many components Dr. Malfair must consider when planning for a cosmetic dental smile makeover.

    Here are a few of the most obvious elements:

    • Tooth Color: shade, brightness, uniformity
    • Tooth alignment: straight or crooked?
    • Tooth size and proportions: are some teeth much larger or smaller than the rest?
    • Tooth spacing: is there crowding or big gaps between teeth?
    • Gumline margins: how much gum shows when you smile?

    Here are some other important elements that may be less familiar to the layperson:

    • The amount of teeth that show when the mouth is at rest
    • The relationship of the smile line and the lip line
    • Zenith points: the highest point of the gumline in relation to the center of the tooth
    • Midline placement: the smile should be centered in the middle of the lips, mouth, and face
    • Mesial inclination: the tops of the teeth should angle slightly away from the midline

    If indispensable design principles are not adhered to, the smile may look “off” or the function of the teeth and jaw could be adversely affected. For example, a smile redesign carried out by an inexperienced cosmetic dentist could change the patient’s bite and put undo stress on the restorations.

    Do not elect a cosmetic dentist by procedure cost alone. If you are considering a smile makeover call Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair today to schedule an informative consultation.


    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    How Do Veneers Create Stunning Smiles?

    Veneers Create Stunning Smiles in Kelowna Veneers have a multitude of applications in Kelowna cosmetic dentistry. With veneers, you can transform your smile without significant restorative dental work.

    Is your tooth enamel worn and thin? Tooth-colored porcelain veneers have the brilliance and translucency of healthy tooth enamel. Many Kelowna dental patients have received veneers to cover worn enamel. Some believe they look twenty years younger!

    Have your teeth developed uneven edges? Tooth grinding, natural wear and other factors can roughen tooth edges. Veneers are a minimally invasive correction for uneven tooth edges.

    Do you have chips or cracks in your teeth? If your teeth are otherwise healthy, veneers provide a flawless tooth surface. Are your teeth yellow or gray? Veneers can fix that, too. Veneers can be fabricated in any shade to perk up your smile while still blending naturally with your other teeth and skin tones.

    Porcelain veneers are paper-thin, tooth-shaped covers that are affixed to the front of teeth. Traditional veneers required the removal of a thin layer of tooth structure. Prepless veneers are applied to unaltered teeth.

    Veneers are strong, natural looking, and one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures in V1Y 8B7 and V1W 3C6. Of course, a tooth with extensive damage may need a dental crown.

    At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, we would be happy to show you what veneers can do for you. Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair is located at 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna. We provide premium dental care for many of your friends and neighbors in the greater Kelowna area. Our phone number is 778-478-3693.

    You can visit https://drmalfair.ca for information about our caring team and the types of services we provide.


    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    A New Reason To Eat More Fish

    Kelowna Family Dentists Hello Kelowna dental blog visitors, welcome to the Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair blog. I am Dr. Stephen Malfair.

    I came across an interesting dental article on the Web MD Health News site the other day. The article is entitled ‘Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease.’ Author Jennifer Warner explains that a recent study links diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of periodontitis.

    Gum disease is a common dental issue for many V1Y 8B7 residents. When gum tissue pulls away from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. (You know what they say about nature abhorring a vacuum.)

    If gum disease (periodontitis) goes untreated, the tooth and jaw bone are at risk. During dental examinations, I carefully measure gumline pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.

    “Researchers found that people whose diets were rich in PUFAs were as much as 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of this type of fat.”

    Foods high in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring. Oils high in PUFAs include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarines made with the previously mentioned oils. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds are high PUFA nuts/seeds.

    I don’t know many families in V1Y 8B7 that regularly eat mackerel and herring. Maybe some of us could benefit from becoming more adventurous when it comes to seafood.

    The possible prevention of gum disease is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have myriad health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at your Kelowna grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.

    It is important to understand that diet alone will not treat or prevent gum disease, however it may be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

    If you have not been to your V1Y 8B7 family dentist in a while, I urge you to schedule an examination and cleaning today. We are currently taking new V1Y 8B7 dental patients at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair.

    If you are interested in teeth whitening, smile makeovers, tooth-colored fillings or invisible braces, call us today to schedule an appointment.


    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    Live Better In Kelowna With Dental Implants

    Kelowna Implant Dentistry Ill-fitting dentures can cause more problems for Kelowna denture wearers than they solve. If you live with loose dentures, you probably regard them as a necessary evil. Though they certainly look better than a toothless mouth, in practical terms they leave much to be desired because they affect two essential activities: eating and talking.

    Unfortunately, many frustrated Mission denture wearers have quit dining in restaurants or engaging in social activities because they are afraid their dentures will slip.

    Implant dental procedures are allowing former denture wearers to re-engage in life.

    Consider the advantages of implant anchored dentures:

    • They are stable because the implant is anchored in the bone.
    • Your denture is fixed, it will not move around in your mouth.
    • They prevent bone loss that can occur when teeth are removed.
    • They eliminate the necessity of regular denture relines.
    • They do not irritate gums.
    • No denture adhesive is required.

    V1Y 8B7 patients who have replaced their traditional dentures with implant overdentures enthusiastically say that the dental implant cost was more than worth it.

    Do you want to eat normally again? What is the value of maintaining your facial shape? Can you put a price on confidence?

    If you want more information about dental implants, call 778-478-3693 to schedule a consultation with Stephen Malfair. Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair is located at 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna. We have been providing advanced Kelowna dental care since 2004.

    We work hard to exceed your expectations.


    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

    Healthy Teeth and Your Kelowna Diet Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern for our local Kelowna dental patients. As your Dr., I’m passionate about helping you care for your teeth and keep them healthy. Everyone in the Kelowna knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your local Kelowna dental practice is also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

    We usually forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of local Kelowna foods to include in your diet include foods rich in vitamin B such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

    Saliva is essential to healthy teeth because it aids in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum.

    Just as certain diet choices in the Kelowna area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be dangerous. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars – especially soda and energy drinks – are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes, and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

    Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth in the Kelowna area, contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair at 778-478-3693. We would love to hear from you.

    -Dr. Stephen Malfair


    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair: 778-478-3693

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    Dental Questions? Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair Has Answers

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    Everyone has teeth, and smart people want to take care of their teeth. However, many men and women need a place where they can review basic principles of dental health and get straightforward information about restorative and cosmetic dental procedures such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and veneers.

    The Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair dental blog is your source for this helpful oral care information.

    My name is Dr. Stephen Malfair, and I know that many of my dental patients have concerns and questions about their oral care. That’s why I include hot-button dental issues in my blog such as:

    Smile Makeovers
    Invisible Braces
    Toothbrush Care
    ADA Seal Products
    Tooth Protection
    Gum Contouring
    Dental Implants

    I hope that this information will help you make enlightened decisions about your oral care and any cosmetic dentistry procedures you may be considering. If you are in the Kelowna area and in need of a professional, family-friendly dental office, call my practice, Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, at 778-478-3693.


    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

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     “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

    Benjamin Franklin coined this phrase in the 1730s as advice for fire safety. However, like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of modern Kelowna life, particularly dental health.

    Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some of the most important guidelines are highlighted here.

    1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush. They can be purchased at any Kelowna, British Columbia area drugstore.

    2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.

    3. Wear a protective mouthguard whenever you are engaged in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged. This includes many Kelowna recreation league and school sponsored sports.

    4. Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!

    5. Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a dangerous Kelowna fashion that you’ll want to avoid.

    6. Stay away from snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.

    7. Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

    My name is Dr. Stephen Malfair
    . Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

    Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair has been serving the Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 area since 2004. If you are in the market for an exceptional dentist, we invite you to contact us at 778-478-3693 so we can make an appointment for you.

    The following website was used as source material for this blog:
    http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/preteens-and-teens/, accessed on February 21, 2013


    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


    Persistent Dry Mouth?

    The Choose Your Smile - Dr. Stephen Malfair Guide To Dry Mouth

    Many residents in our community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious issue. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to severe health problems.

    Kelowna people should not take their saliva for granted. Your saliva plays a vital role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to carry out this task your body may not be getting vital nutrients needed to stay healthy.

    Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi.
    This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Kelowna residents don’t realize that many of the foods we eat are very acidic and our saliva helps counteract those acids in our mouths.

    I am Stephen Malfair and my staff and I at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair have been treating xerostomia since 2004. I recommend cutting back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. I also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.

    Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. Consult your Kelowna physician if you are taking medication that is causing your dry mouth.

    Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older.

    Looking for a gentle family dentist who focuses on preventative dentistry?  I invite you to come visit my practice at 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna. My caring team at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair make sure you have a pleasant experience whether you visit us for a cleaning and exam or a complete smile makeover.

    Our dental menu includes teeth bleaching, crowns and bridges, veneers, short term braces, oral cancer screenings, inlays/onlays, cosmetic dental bonding, and sports dentistry.

    Your beautiful smile starts with healthy teeth.


    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair: 778-478-3693

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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


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