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

Raise Your Dental IQ

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

 


Happy With Your Kelowna Dentist?

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Do you have a dentist? If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current one, we invite you to visit Choose Your Smile to meet with us and discuss your dental needs. You don’t have to choose us, but we encourage you to find a dentist you like!

Our approach to dentistry emphasizes you, the patient. Our first priority is exceeding expectations. It’s essential that we t become familiar with each patient, which is why your first consultation may take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

We want to know how are you doing. We’ll ask bout the current condition of your teeth and gums, what your fears and expectations are, and whether you have financial concerns about your visit. We understand that each patient has a unique set of circumstances.

At Choose Your Smile, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dentistry is necessary, we always recommend the most conservative procedures. We discuss your options and consider the long term consequences of each treatment.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, we can help. This is an umbrella term that includes dental implants, crowns, and teeth whitening, among other procedures. Miracles are possible with cosmetic dentistry.

Choose Your Smile is a no-pressure practice, and we encourage all our patients to get a second opinion about whatever we may discuss during your visit. Please call us to book a consultation. We’re confident you will feel good about choosing Choose Your Smile for your dental care.

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 See Kelowna’s Truly Amazing Dentist, Dr. Malfair

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When we are young, we feel invincible. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we soon discover that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and we begin to appreciate the collective wisdom of those who have gone before us.

Since you have probably discovered by now that your teeth are not invincible, today’s post offers some important advice about your oral health. Developing a relationship with a skilled, experienced, and friendly family dentist is vital for maintaining healthy smiles for every member of the family. Here are 5 reasons to make Dr. Stephen Malfair your partner in oral health.

Visit Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist in zip code V1Y 8B7 has emerged as one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits fixed right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair For the Atmosphere.
At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair the dentist makes it a point to know your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, Dr. Stephen Malfair would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none. We keep the atmosphere caring.

Visit Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair For the Discussion.
Stephen Malfair DDS delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and dental implants. Dr. Malfair provides fresh, clear information regarding your treatment. You can count on personable care and industry-leading oral treatment. Call 778-478-3693 today to schedule an appointment.

Visit Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair For the Answers.

When you enter our doors at 301-1890 Cooper Rd, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 8B7, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of Dental Implants or the advantages and disadvantages of braces and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for Porcelain Veneers? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for Sedation Dentistry? Where does it hurt when Cosmetic Dentistry is done? Who is a candidate for Teeth Whitening? What are symptoms of teeth grinding?

Visit Us For Your Health!

Health is maintained through regular check ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene and healthy habits. Dr. Stephen Malfair is pleased to offer strength, time and wisdom to our V1W 3C6 and nearby Mission neighbors. We will keep your smile invincible.

 

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

 


Keeping Bones Strong In Kelowna

Choose Your Smile - Dr. Stephen Malfair There is a connection that links osteoporosis and oral health. If you are a woman, you have probably heard about the high rate of osteoporosis in America and the state of British Columbia is no exception. Osteoporosis can often progress without any outward symptoms. However, there may be clues in a person’s mouth that indicate compromised bones in the rest of the body.

The following dental and periodontal issues could indicate the presence of osteoporosis:

  • Gum detachment
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Jaw bone recession and erosion
  • Difficulty with ordinary mouth function such as eating or speaking

There are many Kelowna dental professionals that can determine the presence of bone deterioration with x-rays and other diagnostic tools. If we suspect the possibility of osteoporosis, we can refer you to a local medical professional, whether you live in Mission, V1Y 8B7 or V1W 3C6.

The experienced dentists at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair are trained in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the oral health problems sometimes associated with osteoporosis. Schedule a consultation in Kelowna by calling 778-478-3693 to discuss your dental concerns.

We can also tell you about the cosmetic dental services we provide. Aesthetic dentistry continues to improve smiles for our patients in the Kelowna area.

If you suspect you may be suffering from osteoporosis, please see your physician right away.

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as vital as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription drugs can increase your risk of cavities.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of youth between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated dental caries.
  7. Heartburn can be damaging for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as damaging for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team recently used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. http://www.businessinsider.com/laser-stem-cell-tooth-tissue-regeneration-2014-5#ixzz3fzlosJDMTooth
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

I am Dr. Stephen Malfair of Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair. I hope you have found today’s post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about your amazing teeth and some of the lesser-known risk factors for decay.

I am accepting new patients at my Kelowna dental practice. I am dedicated to preventative dentistry and lifelong oral health. I advise my Kelowna patients about Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants and Sedation Dentistry. In addition, I offer a full menu of cosmetic dental services. If you are seeking a dentist in the Kelowna area, I invite you to schedule an appointment to meet me and my caring team.

 

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

 


Filtered Kelowna Water And Oral Health

Filtered Kelowna Water And Oral Health

A simple way for Kelowna residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventative.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

 

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and is benefiting your teeth.

I’m Dr. Stephen Malfair, an experienced Kelowna dentist. I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 778-478-3693 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the Kelowna area since 2004, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Kelowna, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

 

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

 


White Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Kelowna Hello! Welcome to the Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair dental blog. If this your first visit, we hope you find useful information about our outstanding Kelowna dental practice. If you have read some of our previous articles, we are glad you checked back with us. We post new articles regularly.

My name is Stephen Malfair, DDS. I have been practicing dentistry in Kelowna since 2004. Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair is a full-service dental office located at 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna. In addition to providing comprehensive examinations and deep cleanings for patients in the Kelowna area, we perform all types of tooth restorations.

When a tooth has decay or has been damaged, a dental restoration is needed to restore the tooth to its previous intact condition. A dental filling is one of the most common and well-known types of restorations. A dental filling is used to repair decayed or damaged tooth surfaces. Most people have a few fillings in their mouth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with nearly-invisible fillings that are tooth colored. These fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old silver fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly and relatively inexpensively by getting rid of the metal.

If you would like to replace your amalgam fillings, call us at 778-478-3693 to schedule a consultation. We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to show you around our Kelowna dental office and introduce you to our friendly team.

Smile – it increases your face value!

 

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