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Porcelain Veneers: Customized Smiles

Is your smile beginning to look a little dull? Has its luster faded over the years? Maybe you’ve got a chipped tooth, or maybe even a couple. You don’t have to live with these imperfections if you don’t want to. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, porcelain veneers can mask these and other dental flaws, leaving you with a magnificent smile.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic or composite resin. We custom fit veneers to go over the front part of your teeth, giving them an attractive, completely natural appearance. You can use veneers to fix stained or chipped teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or abnormally spaced teeth.

Veneers are one of the most popular options available from modern cosmetic dentistry. They are very strong, look completely natural, and are made to match the color and shape of your teeth.

One caveat: a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the front of each tooth being covered with a veneer, in order for them to properly adhere. Once they’re cemented in place, they are permanent. But once they are in place, you’ll have the best-looking teeth of anyone you know.

To find out more, schedule a consultation with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and clear braces from Invisalign. Make an appointment today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Missing Teeth and Dental Implants in Royal Oak

It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by implanting 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 Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

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

According to the American Dental Association, 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 the answer to your prayers. Call us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak to see if they are right for you. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, including popular procedures like teeth whitening. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Twice A Year!

Cleanings and checkups with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak are essential to your dental health, and to your overall health. By coming into our office every six months, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teeth and gums are healthy – and you’ll have a great smile, to boot.

A typical appointment is in two parts. First, one of our hygienists gives your teeth a thorough cleaning. That in itself is worth coming in for. But part two, the checkup, is just as important, because we’ll take x-rays, check for any cavities, make sure your gums are healthy, and look for signs of any problems like bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

Seeing us twice a year is also a great way to protect your overall health. We won’t give you a physical like your doctor, of course. But there are more than a hundred systemic diseases that can be detected in the mouth.

In between visits, make sure to do your part. In fact, a daily regimen of flossing and brushing is the most important part of the equation. We recommend brushing at least twice a day; after every meal is even better. That way you are consistently removing the plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth.

If you haven’t scheduled your next checkup and cleaning with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, pick up the phone and give us a call. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and other services. Make an appointment today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Perfectly Clear: Invisalign Braces in Royal Oak

Invisalign clear braces are an increasingly popular option in orthodontics. They do an excellent job in bringing teeth into proper alignment, but are so discreet that some people call them invisible. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak offers these alternatives to traditional braces.

Unlike metal braces, Inviaslign clear braces have no wires, brackets or rubber bands. They are so subtle that people standing just a few feet away may not realize you’re wearing them.

They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. The proper term for such braces is “aligner.” They are made of clear plastic and are worn over your teeth to gradually bring them into alignment.

One of the things that people like best about Invisalign clear braces is that they are removable. You can take them out at mealtime, and when you brush your teeth at night. You should wear them while you sleep, however. For the best results it’s recommended they be worn for at least twenty-two hours each day.

Invisalign clear braces are a great choice for those who want to straighten their teeth, but don’t want to wear traditional braces at school or work. They are not, however, for everyone. They are not good for patients who, for example, have severely rotated teeth.

To find out if Invisalign clear braces are right for you, schedule a consultation with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. We also provide a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

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Do you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? These celebrations usually involve a lot of photographs, and of course, you want to look your best. You may not have time to lose 20 pounds, but you can significantly beautify your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak can help.

Here are cosmetic dental procedures that can make a big difference in your smile.

Veneers
Porcelain veneers have been a celebrated treatment for decades but we never fail to be amazed by the fantastic results they furnish. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or repair a misshapen tooth.

Bonding
Bonding is applying a composite resin to repair a tooth that is chipped, decayed, or otherwise damaged. The bonding material is matched to the color of your tooth. Bonding is one of the simplest and least expensive techniques of cosmetic dentistry.

Teeth Whitening
Make your smile pop with professional teeth whitening. There is nothing quite like a fantastic white smile to give you complete confidence. We offer Opalescence, a professional-strength teeth whitening system you can do at home at your convenience.

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment that will bless you with increased morale every day. Call us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak to find out more. We also offer general dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

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Here is some important news for anyone who cares about their dental health: gum disease is a principal cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is somehow connected to heart disease. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, gum disease is preventable and easy to treat if found in its early stages.

Warning signs of gum disease include:

  1. Gums that bleed frequently
  2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
  4. Gums that are loosening from the teeth
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

The single most important thing you can do to prevent gum disease is to have a good dental health routine. That includes brushing and flossing twice a day, and seeing us for a checkup and cleaning every six months.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we treat gum disease, and take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and attractive smile. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat other serious conditions such as TMD. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Are You Flossing Out Of Fear?

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Most of us know that flossing is an important part of oral health. The dentists are Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry remind you that the value of this simple yet essential exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again.

Flossing offers a chance to remove food debris that a toothbrush is likely to miss. But, being afraid of the ‘cavity bugs,’ ‘mouth germies,’ or the ‘dental bogeyman’ may not compel you to floss regularly. The fear of cavities, gingivitis and gum disease may work for a week or so after a cleaning, but may not instill a lasting habit.

We encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh, just as showering and dressing for the day is a positive way to increase motivation. Flossing can be a opportunity to remind yourself to smile and feel happy as you approach your day. Flossing could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth and consider what improvements could be made to your diet.

It doesn’t have to be about fear! Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak to schedule your six month cleaning and checkup. We offer many ways to enhance your smile and self-confidence. Make an appointment today to consider whether cosmetic dentistry can lighten your look, dental implants can influence your flair, and general dentistry or Invisalign can ease your anxiety. We aim to make it an outstanding experience!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


A Facelift For Your Teeth?

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This blog post focuses on an effective and versatile cosmetic dental procedure available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, porcelain veneers.

Veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth. They are a great way to correct a myriad of tooth imperfections such as chips, stains, yellowing, unattractive shape or minimal misalignment.

Have you ever sought a minimally-invasive facelift for a tooth without getting an entire crown? Veneers are your solution! Durable, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth.

The thickness, enamel color, alignment, and shape of your teeth affect the final result as well as whether you have any gum recession. Veneers are matched to your existing teeth so they will blend seamlessly, but if you are planning to treat several teeth, you definitely want to have them fabricated in the same “batch” at the lab.

The first step in the veneer process is to make a model of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician uses the model to create the veneers to the precise size, shape, color, and extent of translucency.

Many patients wonder if veneers are as durable as their natural teeth. Though the veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth very slightly, with proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years.

If you are wondering whether porcelain veneers are the dental solution for you, schedule a consultation with Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. We offer our patients general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Go Back In Time With Dental Implants

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So you’ve lost some teeth and are reluctant to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and reclaim that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? With dental implants from Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, you can!

For most people, a dental implant is the perfect replacement for both the root and crown of a tooth. They feel so authentic that implant recipients forget that they ever lost a tooth in the first place.

A dental implant is anchored into the jawbone with a durable metal post. After the post is entirely fused with the jawbone, the supporting device (called an abutment) and crown are securely attached to the post. Some patients are able to undergo all three parts of the treatment at once.

If you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, in addition to dental implants, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat conditions such as TMD. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Healthy And Happy Teeth: General Dentistry in Royal Oak

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak Cares For Teeth Dentists are dedicated to your oral health, and care about the condition of your teeth. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we recognize that healthy teeth and gums are a vital component of complete physical and mental health.

An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrassment, and make eating and speaking difficult. The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that they don’t adversely affect your strength in any way.

We all have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set are your ‘primary teeth’, which are often called ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about six months of age. An average healthy mouth  has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.

Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and new teeth known as ‘permanent teeth’ will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. Because of the late age that these last teeth come in they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.

Many people elect to have their wisdom teeth pulled out because these teeth can be problematic to your oral health, such as crowding a mouth. Others keep them because they are not causing problems.

Caring for all of your teeth is necessary for total health. The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak can help keep your teeth healthy and happy. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat conditions such as gum disease. Make an appointment today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


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