Beautifying With Bonding

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A cosmetic dentist’s toolkit is filled with handy tools for fixing most types of cosmetic tooth issues. In the past few years, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and same-day teeth whitening have drawn a lot of attention. In today’s post, we are going to talk about an effective, yet relatively uncelebrated dental treatment that has been used successfully for decades. We’re talking about dental bonding.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is strong and natural looking. It is applied to the teeth while soft and putty-like, and then hardened (or cured) with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists use bonding to repair tooth problems caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can safeguard tooth roots if the gums have regressed.

Discolored teeth can also be lightened with bonding. Since bonding material is easily molded, teeth can be lengthened or re-shaped to more beautiful proportions. Bonding is ordinarily used as part of a total smile redesign.

I’m Dr. Stephen Malfair, of Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair in Kelowna. My practice offers sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and dental implants.

If you live in the Kelowna area and are seeking quality dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please call my office at 778-478-3693.

 

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

 


8 Things You Should Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

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Life is hectic for new moms and dads and some function on very little sleep for several months. At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, we don’t want the first year to fly by in a blur without busy parents giving a thought to their baby’s teeth. Unfortunately “out of sight, out of mind” is often the case. It’s never too early for new parents to design a plan for their child’s lifelong oral health.

1. Before the first teeth appear, wipe gums with a soft damp cloth or piece of gauze after feeding.

2. Prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Most new  parents are cautioned from the beginning not to put babies to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. However, since baby-bottle cavities is still fairly common, this warning bears repetition. Baby bottle tooth decay is entirely preventable. If your baby will not sleep without a bottle, use only water. Moms who breastfeed should understand that breast milk is just as effective at creating an environment for decay. If your child uses a pacifier, don’t dip it in sugar or honey.

3. Take your infant to the dentist early. That’s right – infant. Your child’s first dental exam should occur when the first teeth erupt, usually between six months and one year of age.

4. When your baby’s first tooth peeks through, begin brushing gently with a small, soft toothbrush and a grain of rice sized dot of fluoride toothpaste. This aids in keeping that tooth decay-free while allowing your baby to get comfortable with regular oral hygiene.

5. From the ages of 3 to 6, the amount of toothpaste can increase to a pea-sized dab. Most children swallow instead of spitting. You don’t want your child to swallow more than a minuscule smear of toothpaste. While fluoride is essential, too much can be detrimental.

6. Consider dental sealants. Sealants safeguard the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the cracks and fissures where food particles can hide, breeding detrimental bacteria that doesn’t take long to create cavities. Sealants are especially critical in the back teeth which, due to the abundance of crevasses, are hardest to clean properly. During your child’s first check-up at our Kelowna office, you can talk to Stephen Malfair about sealants. Sealants aren’t usually applied until all of the teeth have come in, but it’s a good idea to seek a dentist’s guidance at your first visit.

7. Talk to your dentist about pacifier use, thumb-sucking, or any other habits that affect teeth and jaw development.

8. Teach your toddler to drink from a cup as soon as possible. The fewest months your child uses a bottle, the better. Even if your child loves his bottle, you are going to have to take it away sooner or later.

At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, we love our littlest patients. To make an appointment for your infant or toddler, call us today at 778-478-3693.

 

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

 


Top 5 Dos And Don’ts Of Dental Hygiene

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Welcome to our blog and thanks for stopping by. Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair wants to offer you some easy hints when caring for your teeth.

1.Do… remember you are just wiping the plaque away before it turns to tartar. A gentle toothbrushing at the correct angle can gently wipe the bacteria away. Once plaque has settled into tartar, no amount of scrubbing at home can responsibly remove it.
Don’t… scrub your teeth and gums until your gums recede and expose parts of your tooth you don’t want exposed.

2.Do… remember your gums need to be cared for. Proper brushing and regular flossing can keep your gums healthy and strong.
Don’t… wait to see your a dental professional about sore or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity or mouth sores.

3.Do… create a routine for brushing and flossing that leaves ample time to spend a full two minutes gently cleaning all the nooks and crannies of your delicate mouth.
Don’t… forget to have a new floss package ready to use when your current one runs out. Waiting days to get to the store for more can disrupt a good routine.

4.Do… make regular dental visits for cleaning and examination by a professional. Call Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair to set up your initial consultation today. 778-478-3693 We’ve got the phones ready! Cancer screenings, cavity checks and removal of tartar from the teeth are vital to maintaining a healthy mouth.
Don’t… worry if you don’t have the healthiest of mouths. We can help you get back on track. Whether you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or sedation dentistry, we can restore what has been lost or counsel with you on the best options.

5.Do… enjoy your mouth and all the wonders it is capable of.
Don’t… put off coming in to find out about the possibility and cost of cosmetic dentistry, implants, veneers, braces, etc.

We work hard to exceed your expectations.

 

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 Does A Missing Tooth Say About You?

Kelowna Mini-Implants When you meet someone who is missing a front tooth, what does that say to you? Do you wonder if they were in an accident? Do you automatically start making assumptions about their income, level of education and overall physical health?

Though it is extremely unfair, we are often judged (and misjudged) by our appearance. Even if a person is impeccably dressed and groomed, a missing front tooth detracts from the overall pleasing impression.

Here is a personal story from a woman who lost a tooth:

I lost my job and along with it my dental insurance, then a month later, one of my front teeth. It has been very hard to find work…. and I know the missing tooth has cost me several jobs.”

A missing tooth can be a big deal.

Dental implants not only restore oral health, they restore self-confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Studies have shown that after more than 20 years, the vast majority of dental implants placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons continue to function at peak performance. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Not all cosmetic dental procedures are as extreme as teeth implants. There are many minimally-invasive remedies for unattractive smiles.

Porcelain veneers instantly provide a perfect, gleaming tooth surface for patients with broken or discolored teeth. Call Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair at 778-478-3693 for more information about smile design and restorative 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

 


Peace Begins With A Smile

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Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? Are you proud to flash a wide, happy grin? Do you believe it is beautiful? Does it express your best self? Let’s talk about your smile.

Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups with your local dental provider can prevent runaway decay and costly corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral problems.

Rest assured that there are ways to redo what nature has given you or cosmetically remedy problems that have affected your once-pleasant smile. Talk to a cosmetic dentist to learn how you can achieve a smile you can be at peace with. For information about veneers, bridges, dental implants, invisalign braces, visit http://drmalfair.ca/blog/.

I’m Dr. Stephen Malfair with Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, located in Kelowna at 301-1890 Cooper Rd. Just like Mother Teresa said, I believe peace can begin with a smile. If you are not content with the appearance or condition of your teeth, gums, or bite, call 778-478-3693 to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

I have years of experience providing my patients with cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers and total mouth reconstruction. I repair bite issues, seal children’s molars, remove decay, contour gums, mend cracks, bridge gaps, and reconstruct after tooth injury.

We are your local, experienced dental practice and provide quality service and products. We are passionate about creating the best dental experience possible. If dental visits make you feel the exact opposite of peaceful, let’s talk about oral conscious sedation. With a little help, you can get through your treatment with minimal anxiety and be at peace with your smile for years to come.

We work hard to exceed your expectations.- Dr. Stephen Malfair

 

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

 


Let’s Make A Plan

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When you are enthusiastic about reaching a goal, the difference between success and failure often comes down to whether or not you follow a plan. Occasional effort is rarely effective.

Do you have a goal to improve your smile? Perhaps you have not thought much about your teeth in the past, but lately have observed problems. These troubles can be purely aesthetic such as tooth staining or an urgent threat such as gum disease.

Do you have an objective for your smile?

  • Reverse gum disease
  • Whiten your teeth and prohibit future staining
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Straighten misaligned teeth
  • Repair cracked teeth
  • Prevent tooth loss
  • A complete cosmetic dental smile makeover

Here at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, we are passionate about customized patient-focused care. This means that we design a personalized treatment plan for every single patient; after all, each patient is unique. Age, lifestyle, current status of oral health, overall physical health, and risk factors are all taken into account.

Ready to get started? Schedule a consultation by calling 778-478-3693. We will discuss your goals and concerns with you, carry out an extensive examination, and explain your options. You will leave with all of your questions answered and a personalized dental treatment plan.

Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair is located at 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna, British Columbia. Our services include sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and dental implants.

 

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

 


Helping Kelowna Love Dental Visits

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It’s no secret that many people dread going to the dentist. Everyone knows it and despite your best efforts, even your Kelowna area dentist knows it. But when you start visiting your dentist for the latest cosmetic dental treatments, you may find that you LOVE going to the dentist!

Dentists in the Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 areas have so many procedures and advanced materials at their disposal to make your smile as beautiful as it can be. Dental crowns, veneers, implants, teeth whitening, bonding, inlays and onlays, and short term braces are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Many residents are surprised to find that most of these procedures are more convenient than they supposed and more affordable than they expected.

I’m Dr. Stephen Malfair a dentist in Kelowna, and I want to help you love your dental visits and love your smile. I’ve practiced dentistry since 2004, and I find it especially rewarding when my patients find renewed confidence after a smile makeover.

At my Kelowna practice we offer cosmetic dentistry, Dental Implants, and Sedation Dentistry. If you have any questions, the caring staff here at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair would be happy to answer them and schedule an appointment to see what cosmetic dentistry procedures would be right for 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

 


6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist In Kelowna

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There is nothing that influences your smile as much as your eating habits. Develop good eating habits and your dentist will smile down on you too.

1. Rinse after eating
Rinse your mouth with a drink of water or brush your teeth after a meal.  Folks who snack all day long prolong tooth exposure to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top.

2. Avoid sugary gum

Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and spoil your hard earned healthy gums. If you are one of the many Kelowna gum chewers, do your teeth a favor and go sugarless.

3. Avoid sticky foods
Sticky foods have a habit of clinging to your teeth with stronger chances for decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even dried fruit can be problematic for your smile. Brushing doesn’t always remove the obstinate particles.

4. Consume nutritious foods
A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system sturdy and able to fight infection.

5. Consume cheese
Cheese contains calcium and protects from acid that breaks down tooth enamel. (It’s important not to go overboard as cheese is high in fat.)

6. Avoid acidic foods
Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Minimize direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.

If you have concerns about enamel damage that’s already taken place on your teeth, need help with crooked, chipped or missing teeth, or just need to get in for a check up, call Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair in Kelowna today. 778-478-3693

We’ll answer your questions about Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, and Sedation Dentistry. We know braces, veneers, dental implants, oral sedation, and the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Kelowna can bring up questions and concerns. Dr. Stephen Malfair helps alleviate those worries and brings you to a place of knowledge and power. Make an appointment to discuss your dental goals.

 

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

 


Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

Kelowna Oral Dentistry I’m Stephen Malfair DDS of Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair in Kelowna. My patients often ask me if chewing xylitol gum is an effective substitute for tooth brushing and regular dental exams.

Before I answer that question, let me tell you a little bit about xylitol:

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually beneficial for your teeth.

Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated that xylitol impedes the growth of the bacteria that initiates cavities. It also diminishes plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many of my patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For my patients that experience frequent dry mouth, I recommend xylitol gum or mints to stimulate saliva production while safeguarding against cavities.

Now, back to the golden question. Is xylitol gum just as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing your family dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental problems before they start. If you postpone dental visits until you feel pain, you risk losing teeth and most certainly will require more extensive treatment than if the trouble was caught earlier.

Is it time for a dental exam? Call us at 778-478-3693 to book an appointment. Our caring team is waiting to take care of all your dental needs.

 

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

 


Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s examine some details about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when correctly brushing.

Working up a good foam is accomplished by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming aids in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are ideal for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may notice tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in severe cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Furthermore, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:
Wet soft bristle toothbrush
Use fluoridated toothpaste
Brush at 45 degree angle
Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
Cover every surface of every tooth
Swish around in mouth before spitting out
Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, a highly-regarded dental practice. We are passionate about dental education and confident smiles for all.

Dr. Malfair has been serving Kelowna area families since 2004.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic services we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

We work hard to exceed your expectations.

 

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