Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

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Whenever someone considers cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, porcelain veneers usually come into the conversation. They are one of the procedures offered at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a heavy-duty, medical grade porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural-looking new surface. It instantly improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth.

Porcelain veneers can fix many minor to moderate issues, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your attractive smile.

At our initial consultation, we’ll discuss your goals for the procedure, and both types of veneers: porcelain and prepless. Before a porcelain veneer is put on the tooth, we first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this technique is permanent.

With prepless veneers, enamel removal is frequently not required. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible.

Additionally, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

Veneers are one of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. Please visit our smile gallery to see what we can do. We also provide teeth whitening, as well as general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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

 


Deceptively Simple: Dental Implants in Kelowna

It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by attaching an artificial one directly to the patient’s jaw. It’s an idea that has been around for a thousand years or more, but in the last half century, it has become an exact science. Dental implants are one of the specialties offered at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

First, let’s clear up one point: a dental implant refers not to the artificial tooth, but to the titanium post that is embedded in the jaw. It goes where the tooth root used to be, and because of that, helps to prevent bone recession. An artificial tooth sits on top of the post.

A bridge used to be the only real option for people who wanted to replace a missing tooth. Not anymore. The American Dental Association says that dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry. They look and function just like a natural tooth.

Even people who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from dental implants. New, permanent styles of dentures can be supported in the jaw by implants. They are far more secure than traditional dentures.

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be just what you’ve been hoping for. Call us at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna to see if you are a viable candidate. We also provide sedation dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening. Make an appointment with us today.

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

 


5 Reasons To Choose Cosmetic Dentistry

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When was the last time you looked into the mirror? Were you totally satisfied by what you saw? If the answer is, “Not really,” then you may want to check out at these 5 great reasons to talk to the team at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna about cosmetic dentistry procedures.

1. The first reason is that a little cosmetic dentistry goes a long way. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening, are simple and easy to do, but they can have significant results.

2. Next, you might be surprised at how economical it is! Next time you are in the office of your dentist, ask for a price chart. You may be pleasantly surprised.

3. Don’t worry about pain, your dentist will keep you comfortable. Many cosmetic dental patients expect the procedures to be painful, but dentists are trained to help you stay relaxed and free from discomfort. This is true whether you are getting dental implants, veneers, or a complete smile makeover.

4. You’re never too old! Many mature men and women think that cosmetic dentistry procedures are only for the young, but teeth continue to change throughout your life and these procedures may be exactly what is needed. Plus, many satisfied patients say they look years younger after their procedures are complete.

5. Your cosmetic dentist can treat your particular cosmetic dental problem. Some folks have been led to believe that they have to live with chipped, cracked, or missing teeth, but today’s dentists have the tools and procedures to fix a wide array of dental troubles.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we would love to serve you. Please visit our smile gallery to see what we can do. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we provide general dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

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

 


Have Your Dessert!

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At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we think it’s too much to ask that you never indulge in sugary treats. We get that. In fact, some of us here have a sweet tooth, like anyone else. But eating too many sweets can give that sweet tooth a toothache.

Eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others. For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of teeth.

This is great news for dessert lovers because it means that sweets consumed after meals have a lower risk to your teeth because your mouth is already in a plaque-fighting state. If you must indulge, it’s better to have sweets with a meal.

Moreover, remember that the type of treat is as critical as when you eat it. We are constantly reminding our dental patients that sticky candies stay on the teeth for a long time, even when saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create detrimental enamel-weakening acids.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we’re here to help you have the healthiest and most attractive smile possible. We provide generalcosmetic, and restorative dentistry, among other services. If you happen to develop a toothache, give us a call and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.

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

 


Your Kelowna Dentist Does More Than Fill Cavities

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Most people know that they can go to their dentist for toothaches, cleanings, and bleeding gums. And cosmetic dentistry is getting more popular, almost by the day. But the team at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna reminds you there are some lesser-known oral concerns that we can help you with.

Dry mouth, technically called xerostomia, is caused by a lack of saliva and can be quite uncomfortable. It also makes dental patients more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. Common causes of dry mouth are medications and medical conditions. Make sure you bring a list of current medications with you to your appointment.

Bad breath is usually a result of bacteria build-up in the mouth, and regular trips to your dentist can help you keep your mouth clean and the bacteria count within a sweet-smelling range. Do you have good oral hygiene and still have bad breath? Then your dentist can help you discover the source of your halitosis.

We also perform oral cancer checks when we examine patients. Oral cancer is much harder to treat if it is not detected early.

As you can see, we do a whole lot more than fill cavities. And as a science-based profession, we encourage you to get a second opinion if there is even the slightest doubt about something.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, it means a lot that you trust us with your dental health. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and a full range of other services.

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

 


The Cure, Not the Cause: Root Canals in Kelowna

The dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful place. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we do our best to dispel that image with a welcoming atmosphere. Even so, when patients hear they need a root canal, a lot of them are going to get tense.

It doesn’t need to be that way. With modern dentistry, a root canal isn’t much different than getting a cavity filled.

A root canal is a procedure done to relieve dental pain, and to save a tooth. That point gets lost sometimes. They usually become necessary when there is inflammation or an infection in a tooth’s root. We clean the inside of the tooth by removing bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is put in place.

In other words, an abscessed tooth is what causes pain. A root canal is done to relieve it.

We want root canals, and all other procedures, to be as comfortable as possible. An option we provide is sedation. We offer oral conscious sedation, which means taking a sedative, and IV sedation, which is administered intravenously.

In addition to root canals, Choose Your Smile in Kelowna provides general and cosmetic dentistry, and gum disease treatment. Call our office 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


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