Is Perfect Possible?

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Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile? Are you skeptical when you hear promises of a “perfect” or “celebrity” smile? Well, at Love Your Smile in Kelowna, so are we.

After all, perfect is a pretty tall order. So let’s do a reality check, and review two of the most popular procedures we use in s ile design, and the results you can expect.

Porcelain Veneers

The application of porcelain veneers can remedy several aesthetic dental problems. They can fix chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size.

Can a porcelain veneer create a perfect tooth? While veneers don’t repair decay, they can turn unappealing teeth into beautiful, aesthetically pleasing teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive treatment that improves any smile. We have two options: in-office treatment, and a take-home whitening kit. Both leave you with a remarkable new smile.

These and other smile design solutions create great smiles, at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for a full range of restorative dentistry options. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


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

 

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3-Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or tooth decay? Please give us a call at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

This blog post offers three steps to take before you arrive at our office.

  1. Analyze your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
    When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can take a look at your habits and ascertain what is holding you back, if anything.
  2. Identify any pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
    Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is needless with the technology and expertise available these days. Usually there are uncomplicated solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
  3. Identify and explain what you want your smile to look like.

If you can describe your ideal smile, we can determine how to create it. There are many possibilities for smile transformation, as well as maintenance.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we offer complete general dentistry services. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to our office for restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


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

 

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Preventative Dentistry At Love Your Smile

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At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we do everything we can to keep the teeth and gums of our patients clean and healthy. In other words, we really stress dental health: how to get it and how to keep it. One of the best approaches is with preventative dentistry.

Preventative dentistry – or preventive, as some say – combines good dental hygiene at home with regular visits to our office. The goal is avoiding gum disease, tooth decay, and enamel wear.

Twice A Year

As a rule of thumb, we recommend a dental appointment every six months. At each visit, one of our hygienists will inspect and clean your teeth. We may take x-rays, too.

The dentist also does an inspection of your teeth and gums. If there is any new decay we’ll fill it. We’ll also check for any signs of gum disease.

Brush and Floss

At home, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing at least once. Brushing is easily the most important part of preventive dentistry. Use a toothpaste with fluoride, and has the American Dental Association seal on the tube. Use a soft-bristled brush, and replace it every three months or so.

Flossing your teeth every day is how you clean out the spaces between your teeth. There’s no way a toothbrush can get the gunk that builds up there. If you have any questions about flossing, ask our hygienist for some tips at your next checkup.

Prevention is always the best medicine! At Love Your Smile in Kelowna our patients come from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 for preventative dentistry, as well as complete restorative dentistry services. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


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

 

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3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we are big advocates of good dental health, and really promote regular brushing and flossing. Since we’re a dental practice that should come as no surprise!

Many of our patients bring questions with them to their checkups, like which toothpaste to use or proper tools and techniques. We think that’s great, since educating patients is an importnat part of what we do. Some of our answers are as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

We strongly recommend gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It will clean your teeth and massage your gums. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Visualize your mouth in four sections and spend a good 30 seconds in each one. Get the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently brush the gums. Be sure to pay attention to the far side of the back tooth. It’s never visible but can collect food and allow tooth decay to begin.

Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening. You’ll remove any debris the toothbrush couldn’t get.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult if you aren’t home for the midday meal. To maintain good dental hygiene, brushing is priority one.

There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth. Choose the flavor you like best, but be sure it has fluoride.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, the dental health of each of our patients is always our top priority. Services include complete general dentistry. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to our practice for our smile design. Call for your next checkup today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


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

 

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Crowning Achievements In Dentistry

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This message from Love Your Smile in Kelowna looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental restoration.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the inception of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to manufacture fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

Consider the physical and chemical requirements of this incredible material. It must tolerate forces of 162 pounds per square inch (PSI), hundreds of times a day–day after day, year after year. It must be resistant to cracking and chipping. But there’s a catch regarding its durability; it must not hurt the enamel on opposing teeth. This material must also maintain its size and shape and be resistant to shrinking.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials required for specific appliances. It must be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t generate allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

And we haven’t even touched on the esthetics yet. Ideally, this extraordinary material would look exactly like genuine teeth in color, opacity, and translucence.

Of course, we know that such a substance exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. Nowadays, there are several materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are very strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s esthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we offer a full range of restorative dentistry services. We’ve repaired smiles on people throughout Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6, who also come to us for children’s dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


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

 

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Floss Pick Facts

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At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we urge all our patients to keep their teeth as clean as possible. But we know a lot of them want convenience. That’s why so many use floss picks instead of conventional dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are affordable and can be used more discretely than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true, floss picks are, in fact, a step below regular floss when it comes to effectiveness.

One of the issues with floss picks is that they can’t curve around teeth, which is necessary for thorough plaque removal.

What to do? If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. Carry them in your purse or backpack. But try to use regular dental floss, too, especially at the end of the day.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to our office for preventative and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Love Your Smile

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In addition to cleanings and checkups, Love Your Smile in Kelowna likes to share useful information to help you stay on top of your dental health. So without further introduction, here are some terrific tooth tips:

  1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
  2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria.
  3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
  4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
  5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
  6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water.
  7. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
  8. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition.
  9. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth.
  10. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we want all our patients to take good care of their teeth. Brush and floss daily, and see us for a checkup every six months. Services include preventative and restorative dentistry. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 trust us with their dental health. Schedule your next exam today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


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

 

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Trouble Getting Numb For Dental Treatment?

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For most of us, getting a cavity filled may not be the highlight of the day. But thanks to modern anesthesia, like what we use at Love Your Smile in Kelowna, it’s really just an inconvenience.

Some people, though, are resistant to local anesthesia like lidocaine. That makes what is ordinarily simple, like filling a cavity, a real challenge: the tooth needs to be fixed, but the level of pain can go off the charts.

The patient may be filled with local anesthestic, but for them, it’s like it’s not even there. A slow response to lidocaine is fairly common, and a second injection usually takes care of it. But sometimes it just doesn’t work.

There has been research into this but no conclusive findings. Some theorize that the tissue in certain people doesn’t absorb anesthesia the way it does in most. Another possibility is that some of us have nerves in slightly different places than in most. But no one knows for sure.

All of this is cold comfort to anyone who who has trouble getting numb for dental work. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please let us know at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. We will find a solution. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to us for preventative and restorative dentistry, and much more. Call today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


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

 

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Creating Beautiful Smiles At Love Your Smile

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At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we create beautiful smiles with smile design.

You might call smile design part science and part art. That’s a workable definition, bugt more to the point is that we use sound dental techniques to bring positive changes to the smiles of our patients.

Smile design can have positive changes on your life. The smallest improvement can boost your self-confidence. We have many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even missing.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear over the years. But smile design from Love Your Smile in Kelowna can restore your smile to its youthful appearance. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to our practice for complete restorative dentistry. Call us for an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


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

 

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Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile

Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile In Kelowna!

No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, smile design really delivers!

We offer a group of procedures that, individually or collectively, create positive changes to your smile. One procedure, such as teeth whitening, will go along way toward upgrading your smile. Two or more gives you a complete smile makeover.

Procedures

Here are some of the more common ways to improve a smile:

  • Teeth whitening. Nothing you buy at the store can can compare to in-office teeth whitening. The bleaching ingredients may be the same, but professional strength whitening surpasses anything over-the-counter. You’ll get a dazzling new smile!
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Made to match existing teeth, they can hide cracks, gaps, and other imperfections.
  • Crowns and Bridges. Dental crowns are used to repair damaged teeth by covering them like a cap. This restores them to their natural shape. A dental bridge fills the space left by a missing tooth.
  • Dental implants. Implants are state-of-the-art tooth replacement. Strictly speaking, it’s a titanium post inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth root. A replacement teeth is attached to the post. They look and function like natural teeth.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we use smile design to complement the smiles of each patient. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for our complete restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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