Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

V1W 3C6 cosmetic dental and tooth implants

There are lots of people out there who feel pain when they sip coffee or eat ice cream, or take a bite out of something hard. If sensitive teeth are a problem for you, talk to us about it at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

In many cases, sensitive teeth respond to something as simple as changing toothpaste. Most major toothpaste brands have a sensitive teeth version of their products. They can be very effective; many patients say they’ve helped within a week or so of use.

A possible cause of sensitivity is receding gums, which exposes microscopic holes in the teeth. When that happens, food and drinks that are hot or cold reach nerve cells that cause pain. We can evaluate the state of your gums, and whether something like the way you brush your teeth is a contributing factor.

There could also be a worn filling or new cavity. Treatment for that is as simple as replacing a worn one or filling the new cavity.

The important thing is to let us know what’s going on. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 call Choose Your Smile in Kelowna for preventative and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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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Adequate Results vs. Incredible Results

Kelowna Teeth Bleaching

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, smile design refers to a group of procedures we use to improve the appearance of your smile.

Take teeth whitening: you can buy whitening strips or toothpaste at the store, and they will do an adequate job of brightening your smile. But who wants to settle for adequate? For truly incredible results, only professional teeth whitening can deliver.

Teeth whitening is just one of the smile design options we offer. Any one of them will improve your smile. Put two or more of them together and you’ll have a remarkable transformation, what we call a smile makeover.

Other possibilities include:

  • Dental implants. While these might also be considered restorative dentistry, they have a cosmetic value too. Dental implants are titanium posts inserted in your jaw, where they fuse with the bone. One can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a full dental arch.
  • Clear braces. More and more adults are straightening their teeth, often with clear braces. They’re dental trays made from a clear synthetic material. A series of trays, with a new one every few weeks, gradually bring your teeth into pleasing, proper alignment.

We all place value on the appearance of our smiles, and smile design from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna delivers incredible results. People from throughout Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 have come to us for smile design, and other services like preventative dentistry! 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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Oral Cancer: Early Diagnosis Makes A Big Difference

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Cancer remains one of the scariest diagnoses anyone can get. Oral cancer is especially frightening, because it generally has a higher mortality rate than other cancers. Please keep reading this post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, because we actually have some encouraging things to say.

The reason that the death rate for oral cancer tends to be higher than in other types is not because of the disease itself, or that it’s hard to diagnose. The reason is that it is often discovered late in its development.

The symptoms for oral cancer don’t always produce any pain or other obvious symptoms. That’s why it tends to be discovered in later stages. The goal of our screenings is to detect any precancerous lesions that could develop into cancer.

When oral cancer is found in its early stages, of course, the chances for successful treatment are at their highest.

If you have any concerns about the state or your oral health, be sure to talk to us about it at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to our office for preventative and restorative dentistry. Call 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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Hate Your Dentures?

Kelowna Dentistry Implant

For anyone who has lost all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna may sound too good to be true: dentures that are attached to the jaw, and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality.

Implant-supported dentures are already worn successfully by hundreds of thousands of people. If you hate your conventional dentures, they be just what your need.

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, they’re more stable and provide 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 Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for complete restorative dentistry. 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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Daily Oral Hygiene: Put Your Heart Into It

Top Kelowna Family DentistsBrushing your teeth twice daily may help decrease your risk of heart disease. The evidence for this just keeps piling up, which is a reason why we stress dental health and preventative dentistry at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years of the link between gum disease and heart problems. But a recent study analyzed oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study, which was published in the British Medical Journal.

“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”

Participants in the study who brush as often had a 70 percent greater risk of heart disease than thoser who brushed twice a day.

To put in the simplest terms, you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we promote  good dental health in all our patients. People from here from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 for preventative and restorative dentistry. Schedule a 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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The Five Stages of a Cavity

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In this blog post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we discuss tooth decay and dental health.

You may have heard that once tooth enamel is eroded, it’s gone forever. This is partially true, but in the earliest stage of enamel erosion, a cavity can be reversed.

Reverse a cavity before it needs a filling

If you can avoid cavities in youngsters, there’s a better chance that their teeth can stay healthy through adolescence and into adulthood.

This is because the rate of tooth decay declines as youngsters grow.

Let’s review the five stages of a cavity.

Stage 1: Attack of the Little White Spots

The tooth begins to show signs of harm. White spots appear. They are under the surface of the enamel, but you can see them from the outside.

Demineralization will lead to these spots. When they occur in children’s molars, it can be easy for moms and dads to miss them. That’s why daily dental hygiene and regular dental exams are vital.

It this stage, it’s possible to stop a cavity before it needs a filling. Dental hygiene can stop the erosion. Fluoride can remineralize the enamel.

Can Stage 1 be reversed? Yes!

Stage 2: Enamel Decay

Did you know that tooth decay begins under the surface of the enamel?

The visible enamel is intact for the first part of Stage 2. Then the hole busts through the surface.

Can Stage 2 be reversed? No…but the tooth can probably be saved.

Stage 3: Going Deeper Into the Dentin

The decay breaks down the enamel and hits the soft dentin layer that lies below. This is an advanced cavity.

The good news?

The decay hasn’t yet reached the pulp. It will, however, start to cause pain.

Can Stage 3 be reversed? No…but maybe the tooth won’t need a root canal.

Stage 4: Ouch! The Decay Hits the Pulp

Hopefully, your child will never experience stage 4. This is very painful. The infection has reached the pulp where the nerves are located. Unfortunately, a root canal is the only treatment option. Unless, of course, the tooth is removed.

Remember, childhood cavities are completely preventable.

Can Stage 4 be reversed? No…and it must be treated with a root canal.

Stage 5: Abscess Distress

The decay (and infection) has traveled through the pulp and out the end. In the final stage, it drills through the tip. Now the infection is in the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth root. The area swells up and it’s very painful.

It’s also dangerous for anyone’s health. This is a serious infection that can spread to other parts of the body. Abscesses originating in a tooth can be fatal.

Can Stage 5 be reversed? No…and it’s life threatening.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, patients come to our office from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 for preventative and restorative dentistry, and more. Call 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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Feel Like A Movie Star With Smile Design

V1W 3C6 Best Teeth Whitening

When you see pictures of celebrities, most look like they have perfectly beautiful, white teeth. It’s very impressive! Can ordinary people obtain a celebrity-caliber smile? With smile design from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, absolutely!

We have a range of procedures that can improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. Whether it is relatively minor or more involved, it can give you the beautiful teeth you have always wanted.

Available procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening surpasses anything you can buy at the store. We offer a powerful in-office treatment, or professional-grade take-home kit.
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin ceramic shells custom-fitted to  your teeth. They are permanently attached to mask chips and cracks, replace lost enamel, or to cover gaps between teeth.
  • Crowns and bridges. Crowns and bridges can replace lost teeth or restore damaged ones.

Any one of these procedures will have an immediate, noticeable affect on your smile. Put them together and you’ll have a stunning new smile!

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we improve the smiles of our patients every day. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to our office for smile design, as well as restorative dentistry and a host of other procedures. Call us today to find out what we can do for your smile!

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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Tooth Whitening For A Whiter Smile

Kelowna Tooth Whitening For Whiter SmilesTeeth whitening is one of the easiest and most rewarding procedures for improving the appearance of yellow teeth. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we improve smiles every day!

You may be tempted to try whitening your teeth on your own. There’s plenty to choose from: every day seems to bring some new whitening product or gadget to the store. There are toothpastes and whitening strips and mouth rinses, and gels that you wear overnight. What they have in common is a bleaching agent that works on the surface stains of your teeth. And to be fair, some of them do a pretty good job.

But who wants to settle for just pretty good?

We have a couple of options for you in our office. Zoom! whitening is a light-activated, in-office treatment that does an excellent job at removing stains in just one appointment. For those who like the hands-on appoach, DayWhite take-home trays are a good option. They both work great to change the color of yellowed teeth.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we can transform yellow teeth into beautiful pearly whites. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to our office for expert smile design. Schedule an appointent 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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What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

What constitutes a dental emergency? The dictionary says an emergency is an unforeseen crisis requiring immediate action. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we think that’s about 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 treatment begins, the better the chances of saving the tooth.
  • 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 Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, emergency dentistry is an important part of what we do. People come to our office from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 for complete restorative dentistry services, and much more. Call for 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


Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

Kelowna Dental Patients Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

The common household toothbrush. Every home has at least one, and at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we hope our patients are all brushing their teeth after each meal. Regular brushing and flossing are still the most important things you can do for your dental health.

It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But when you’ve got a healthy immune system, they pose no threat.

That said, a few common-sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrushes.

  • Be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.
  • Bacteria like a moist environment, so store your toothbrush upright so it can dry completely between uses.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will keep your risk for gum disease, cavities, and bad breath low.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, your dental health is our top priority every single day. Services include restorative dentistry and smile design. Schedule your next cleaning and 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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