The Guide To Veneers

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It’s easy to see why so many of our patients at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna love porcelain veneers. Veneers correct a multitude of flaws and deliver brilliant results.

If you would like to improve your smile with porcelain veneers, you want a trusted dentist with extensive experience performing this treatment. The porcelain veneer procedure is more complicated than you may realize.

A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin shell (about .5mm or 1/64 inch) that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. Each one is custom made for each tooth. Veneers cover chips, cracks, and stains, and can also improve the shape, size or length of a tooth.

While preparing a tooth for a veneer is less invasive than other procedures, it is not reversible. A thin layer of enamel must be removed to make room for the veneer. Thus, the tooth can never be restored to its original condition.

Veneers are usually placed on the most visible teeth –  front and center, so to speak. They’ll be on display every time you open your mouth. This is definitely a procedure you want to get right the first time!

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer porcelain veneers are part of our smile design. We also offer many other services, including restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Choose 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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The Tea And Teeth Question

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Here’s a riddle from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna: What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea? Why, Denis, of course.

Lame jokes aside, a common concern for patients is stained teeth. In this blog post, we’ll talk about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages, including tea.

Over time, tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Daily oral hygiene is vital.

Between cleanings, rinse with water after drinking tea. Be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, you may want to consider profeswsional teeth whitening. At Choose Your Smile, we offer in-office Zoom! Whitening, a light-activated procedure that can whiten your smile in just one office visit. We also have highly effective DayWhite take-home trays.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we can transform yellow or dull teeth. We believe in preventative dentistry to maintain your dental health. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Choose 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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Which Type of Toothbrush is Best?

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It may surprise you to know that some people have strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best: manual or electric. Is there one better than the other? At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we think it really comes down to how you brush, not what type of brush you use.

Electric toothbrushes have been around since the 1960s. They first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have come a long way since then. With the modern electric toothbrush, there is a lot of choose from.

Those earliest electric toothbrushes did not have rechargeable batteries; you had to plug them in. That wasn’t really much of an issue, unless you like to walk away from the sink while you brush.

Rechargeable batteries are standard in most modern electric toothbrushes. In fact, they have features that those 1960s inventors probably never dreamed of. Some models have:

  • Timers, so you can make sure you brush at least two minutes
  • Digital alerts, to remind you it’s time for a new brush head
  • Pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard
  • Multiple brush head capability, so different types fit
  • Variable brushing features like pulsing and oscillating capability

Sonic

And then there’s the sonic toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes take electric brushes to a whole new level. Toothbrush manufacturers consider them a subset of electric brushes, but we think they are in a class by themselves.

Sonic toothbrushes can deliver up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to an ordinary electric toothbrush, which deliver between 2,500 and 7,000 strokes per minute. That’s quite a difference. For some people, that’s over the top. But people who love them say that sonic toothbrushes out-perform any other type of toothbrush you can find.

But remember this: a manual toothbrush used properly does a fine job cleaning your teeth. You can always take it to the next level, but with a manual toothbrush you’re good to go.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we want each of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. Our services include restorative dentistry and smile design. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Choose 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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Focusing On The Top 3

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There are three dental health issues that affect millions of people. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we want all of our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. If any of these common issues affect you, we can do something about it.

In a survey of fifteen thousand people from all walks of life, health researchers asked about problems with teeth and gums.

The top three answers were:

  • Tooth pain
  • Difficulty with chewing
  • Dry mouth

Tooth Pain. When a tooth hurts, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong. The most likely cause of tooth pain is a cavity, but it’s not the only one. It could also be a sign of gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.

Difficulty With Chewing. This too may indicate a cavity, but again, there could be other problems. There may be enamel erosion, a cracked tooth, or recessed gums. It can be serious, because eating certain foods may be difficult. If you avoid them you could be missing out on important nutrients that your body needs.

Dry Mouth. This, in fact, was the most common issue cited in the survey. It isn’t just a matter of being thirsty all the time. Chronic dry mouth can indicate poor saliva flow. This, in turn, can indicate a systemic condition, or a side effect from prescription medications. Poor saliva flow makes you more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, call us at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna right away to schedule an appointment. We’ll see what’s going on. Our services include preventative and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Choose 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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Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Kelowna Jaw Bone DeteriorationIn this post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we will talk about jaw bone health.

To remain healthy and dense, your jaw bone needs to be continually stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.

In some cases, tooth extraction is the only possible treatment for men and women with tooth damage beyond repair. However, we make every effort to save the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the initial root structure begins to recede.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a new, artificial root which helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant  a strong titanium post which replaces the original root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.

After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and fused with the implant, a post is placed into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.

Don’t struggle with missing teeth.At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer dental implants and many other services. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Choose 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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The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment

Kelowna Pediatric DentistryWishing for a whiter smile but not sure how to get it? At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we whiten teeth professionally every day.

Toothpaste Can’t Erase All Stains

Almost every toothpaste claims to brighten teeth, but as we age our teeth gradually turn yellow or gray. Tooth enamel, while one of the hardest substances in the body, is porous. Over time, the food and drinks that come in contact with our teeth result in staining and discoloration. You probably have already spotted that a toothbrush cannot clean these microscopic pores.

Powerful Peroxide

Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are the two main smile whitening ingredients. They can penetrate the outer layer of your teeth to remove the build-up and help restore the former color.

We have two whitening options: Zoom! in-office whitening, which can transform your teeth in just one visit, and Daywhite take-home trays for the do-it-yourselfer. Both deliver spectacular results.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer teeth whitening and smile design, and a host of other services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Choose 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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Smile Makeovers? Yes, We Do Those, Too!

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At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we are known for first-rate dental care. This includes extractions, root canals, and of course, filling cavities.

The dental health of our patients is always our top priority.

We also provide smile design. If there is anything about your smile you would like to improve, we can help.

What makes up a perfect smile? White teeth? Straight teeth? Teeth with pleasing proportions relative to one another? A stunning smile is more than the sum of its parts. There are many possibilities, depending on the state of your teeth: we can whiten those that are discolored, fix chips, and close gaps.

General dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, and that certainly has its place in what we do. Smile design aims to complement the overall general and dental health of each patient.

If you would like to upgrade your smile, or simply restore integrity to yellowed or damaged teeth, there is a smile design procedure for you at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. We also offer restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Choose 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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Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

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While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of bad breath, many factors can contribute to or intensify the condition. One of these is the lack of saliva or xerostomia, which we discuss in this post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

Saliva and Oral Health
Saliva moistens the teeth and gums and helps clean away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel durability. Immunoproteins in saliva suppress the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby safeguarding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This guards against tooth decay and infections.

Many people suffer from dry mouth once in a while; perhaps when they are feeling anxiety or stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have sporadic periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can bring about additional oral and physical health problems.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we can help. Our services include preventative and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Choose 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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7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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People with chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this ailment. If you’re among them, don’t hesitate to bring it up at your next appointment with Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna.

There are several possible causes of bad breath, including some that are often overlooked:

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

We can help you with this distressing issue. If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the least complicated types to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to wash away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some people brush after each meal to prevent food debris from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, this is really good for  your dental health!

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, your dental health is our top priority. Services include smile design and children’s dentistry . Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Choose 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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Dental Crowns Solve Dental Dilemmas

Cosmetic Dental Solutions in KelownaA dental crown is a strong, natural-looking permanent tooth restoration that covers the top of the damaged tooth. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we use dental crowns to solve a number of dental dilemmas.

Crowns can remedy the following issues:

  • A broken tooth with decay
  • An ill-fitting existing crown
  • A decayed tooth that has lost a considerable amount of tooth structure
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that causes bite misalignment

Before we can attach the crown to your tooth, we must prepare the area. We remove decay, if any, and shape the tooth to receive the crown. Then a mold is taken of the prepped tooth and surrounding teeth. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it until you return to receive the permanent restoration.

Dental crowns from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna are good for many issues. We offer restorative dentistry, and a full range of other services. Call to schedule an apopintment with us today!

Contact Choose 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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