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    It’s Not About Vanity: Cosmetic Dentistry in Kelowna

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    We all seem them every day: people who seem to have it  together, with bright eyes and great smiles. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we want you to be on the same footing: to look and feel your best. It’s not about vanity, it’s about reality in any professional community. With cosmetic dentistry, we can create a stunning smile so you’ll look and feel your best.

    Teeth whitening, for example. This is one of the most in-demand treatments of modern dentistry. There are countless over-the-counter whitening products available, but none of them compare to the results you’ll get from professional teeth whitening. We offer Zoom! Whitening that can give you great results in a single office visit, and bleaching kits you can do yourself at home.

    Porcelain veneers are also popular. These are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front of your teeth. They’ll cover chips, cracks, and other imperfections, and produce a dazzlingly white smile.

    Dental implants are an excellent way to replace a missing tooth. A titanium post is implanted in the jaw, where the old tooth’s root used to be, and a restoration goes on top of that. Not only do they look and function like a natural tooth, the implant prevents bone loss.

    Cosmetic dentistry has other techniques to give you a beautiful smile. Call Choose Your Smile in Kelowna to schedule a consultation. We also provide general dentistry, gum disease treatment, and sedation dentistry.

    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

     


    Quirky Dental Facts From The Kelowna Dentist

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    At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we lighten up from time to time, and share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

    • A five thousand year old Sumerian text attributes tooth decay to “tooth worms.”
    • Before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. So did blacksmiths! How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
    • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling!
    • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools. (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
    • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.
    • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey. There is no evidence that it worked.
    • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.
    • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.

    At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find first rate dental care and a caring team of dental professionals. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and sedation dentistry.

    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

     


    Wisdom Teeth Trouble? Removal in Kelowna

    Wisdom teeth are the last of the molars (grinding teeth) to erupt from the gum. They usually appear in the late teens and early twenties. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, wisdom teeth removal is common.

    Wisdom teeth, unfortunately, become a problem for most of us. Not removing them can lead to painful complications, such as a poor bite and, in more extreme cases, tumors and infections. If your wisdom teeth are troubling you, it’s best to remove them.

    Common Issues
    Wisdom teeth might grow in at an inward or outward angle, or be positioned too horizontally. They often become impacted, which means they have grown into the gums or jawbone. Any of these complications can be painful, and result in the need for an extraction.

    Any kind of extraction can be a scary idea, but understanding the how and why of what’s going on usually goes a long way toward alleviating stress. Once you have had your wisdom teeth extracted, there is usually a recovery time. The length of the recovery depends on the severity of the problem. We provide each of our patients with instructions on how best to recover.

    At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we provide wisdom teeth extractions. For difficult cases, or for patients with dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to get you through it. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

    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

     


    Raise Your Dental IQ: Gum Disease in Kelowna

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    There are many things we can do in Kelowna to prevent gum disease and improve our oral health. One simple lesson involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

    But, don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. Dental problems occur when the balance of bacteria becomes unhealthy. This is where brushing and flossing come into play. Like your mother always said, brush and floss your teeth every day (and twice is best).

    When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. We recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, and even bad breath.

    A regular routine of brushing and flossing your teeth, along with twice-a-year visits to Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, will go a long way toward preventing gum disease. Early signs of gum disease include bleeding when brushing. If you think you might have gum disease, do not delay: call us for an appointment, and if necessary, we’ll begin gum disease treatment. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

    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

     


    What You See And What You Don’t: Orthodontics in Kelowna

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    If you’ve had restorations, orthodontic work, or a complete smile redesign, you want people to notice the results. In this post, those of us at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna describe three important smile makeover procedures that may not be apparent when you smile.

    Invisible Braces
    Modern orthodontics offers more than just traditional braces. While metal braces are the best option for some patients, clear braces provide a more convenient system. They are removable, so you can take them out when eating and sleeping. They’re also nearly impossible to see when being worn.

    White Fillings

    If you have metal fillings, you might be interested in replacing them with composite fillings that match your surrounding teeth. You can’t undo the decay, but you can make the metal disappear.

    Tooth Implants

    A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the jaw bone to replace a missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post. Titanium is super strong and well tolerated by the jaw. When the final crown is placed, your new tooth is indistinguishable from the others.

    Choose Your Smile has been providing dental care since 2004. In addition to the orthodontic and cosmetic services previously mentioned, ask us about teeth whitening and sedation dentistry. We look forward to meeting you.

    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

     


    Happy With Your Kelowna Dentist?

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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:

    778-478-3693

    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:

    778-478-3693

    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:

    778-478-3693

    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:

    778-478-3693

    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:

    778-478-3693

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     


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