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Hello Royal Oak! Welcome to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, and we have been here serving the Detroit area since 1984. We are constantly striving to cater to the oral health needs of our patients, and we hope that you might be one of these patients soon!

One innovative way that we keep our patients and others informed is by this blog, the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. We want to keep families informed about how they can have healthy, beautiful smiles.

A central goal of this blog is to encourage everyone to develop more effective oral health habits, such as proper brushing and flossing.

Cosmetic dentistry is another essential topic that we like to address. We offer a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services. Ask us about dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and gum contouring. We hope to educate Detroit residents on what these procedures are and how they can help you to get the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted.

If you have any questions, please call us at 248-541-8770 and a member of our friendly staff can schedule an appointment for you. Whether you want to know more about in-office teeth whitening, problems such as dry mouth, dental implants, or invisible braces, we can help.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Orthodontic Options

Royal Oak Invisible Braces

Welcome to my Royal Oak cosmetic dental blog. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, a full-service dental practice. I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry since 1984. During this time, I have developed many rewarding relationships with my patients and staff members.

Many dental patients have chosen cosmetic dentistry to straighten crooked teeth. Children with less-than-perfect smiles often feel self-conscious about their teeth. It is extremely satisfying to help a child or teen possess a smile they can be proud of. Attractive teeth boost self-esteem for men and women of all ages.

There are now several different kinds of braces available including ceramic, self-ligating, and lingual (invisible). Your orthodontist will help you choose the best option for you.

If you would like to review teeth-straightening options, I invite you to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation by calling 248-541-8770.

Perhaps your teeth are straight but have other imperfections. Teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, gum contouring, and crown lengthening all deliver fantastic results. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we have been creating brilliant smiles since 1984.

Many individuals have an aversion to dental visits. If you have delayed treatment because of dental anxiety, talk to us about sleep dentistry. Don’t let fear and anxiety prevent you from getting the care you need.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Is Cosmetic Dentistry For You?

Royal Oak smile makeover

Many of the patients who visit Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry have questions about cosmetic dentistry. There is some reliable information online, but there are many questions that only a cosmetic dentist can answer. New improvements in cosmetic dentistry have made it safe, affordable, and worth your consideration if you want to improve your smile and look younger.

If you have questions about how cosmetic dentistry can lighten your smile, align crooked teeth, adjust a gum line, or restore a tooth, give me a call. I am Dr. Gustafson, and I can give you straightforward answers to your cosmetic dentistry questions.

Schedule a consultation by calling 248-541-8770 I look forward to meeting you. We will examine your unique challenges and aspirations for your smile. I will give you an oral assessment to determine what procedures would be most effective for you.

We can ordinarily attain outstanding results without resorting to procedures that require longer recovery times. Tooth whitening, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, and veneers work miracles and can often be completed in one visit.

Some more extensive dental troubles require more than one visit to our Royal Oak office. We can help you determine the level of cosmetic dentistry you will need to get the smile you want—from one or two procedures to a complete smile makeover.

We want you to be comfortable with any dentistry decisions you make. Give us a call, we look forward to answering your questions – Dr. Steven Gustafson.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Gustafson Morningstar DentistryHello Detroit dental blog visitors, welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. I am Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

A close friend of mine told me about her upcoming root canal and her fear of the procedure. She was stressed about the perceived pain she might have and also about getting work off for the multiple dental visits to finish up. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two office visits.

If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Royal Oak dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today.

We are accepting new patients at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and would love to serve you. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we offer cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and general dentistry.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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A Maximum Upgrade With Mini Implants

How Mini Dental Implants Can Help Your Smile in 48067Though they are not as well known as conventional dental implants, mini implants are being used successfully in the Royal Oak area to improve smiles.

Like their larger versions, mini implants can handle the restoration of one or more missing teeth or can replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit significantly from these slip-free dental implants that are inserted securely in the jaw bone.

In some cases, a patient is unable to receive conventional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. There are also mini implant patients who are not able to endure dental implant surgery due to health issues. Patients like this are typically great candidates for the mini version.

The placement of toothpick-sized mini dental implants can sometimes be done in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if needed, is frequently very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening.

Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants. Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Help For Tetracycline Stains At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our mission is making the smiles of all Michigan dental patients white and bright. My name is Steven Gustafson and today we are going to talk about ways to enhance your beautiful smile.

Maybe as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, but have now been left with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal Michigan water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth.

If you are like many Royal Oak adults, you have sipped thousands of dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine over the years – and your teeth are showing the effects. Call me today at 248-541-8770 to talk about our extensive treatment plans.

One of the options we recommend at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for treating discolored teeth is beautiful dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates).

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we feel that porcelain veneers are the least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of our happy Royal Oak veneer patients are dazzling.

My staff and I at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry also offer teeth whitening in Royal Oak, dental restorations and Berkley invisible braces. Come see why the patients of Royal Oak have been improving their smiles at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry since 1984.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Not Happy With Your Dentist?

Royal Oak Cosmetic Dentisty In the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog, we post informative articles about dentistry. This includes general dentistry, cosmetic dental treatments, preventative dental care, and news about our dental practice. Many of my patients visit my blog regularly and I hope you will also find helpful dental information here.

If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current dentist, I invite you to visit my Royal Oak office, meet my friendly staff, and talk about your dental needs.

We are enthusiastic about exceeding our patients’ expectations.

Before we can provide dental treatment, however, Dr. Gustafson must become familiar with each patient. That is why your first initial visit will take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

How are you doing? What is the current condition of your teeth and gums? What are your concerns and expectations about dental treatment? Do you have financial concerns about the cost of treatment?

I recognize that each one of my patients has a unique set of circumstances.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dental treatment is necessary, we suggest the most conservative treatment.

If you have pressing dental needs, let’s consider your options and consider the long-term consequences of each treatment. We are committed to your well-being and want you to receive the best possible care.

Please call us at 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation. We are confident that you will feel good about choosing Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for your dental care.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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The Challenge Of Oral Hygiene For Orthodontic Patients

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The brackets and wires on traditional metal braces create hard to reach places where detrimental bacteria can thrive. If brace wearers don’t pay continual and careful attention to oral hygiene, their teeth can be permanently damaged. The cycle of decay goes like this – 1) Food particles are trapped in the tiny spaces in and around the wires, 2) The bacteria in the food particles multiply, 3) The bacteria create plaque, 4) The plaque erodes the enamel, and 5) Cavities form.

Teeth are not the only thing at risk here, Royal Oak orthodontic patients can also develop gum disease (gingivitis) which can progress quickly into periodontitis and eventual bone recession and tooth loss.

Bottom line: orthodontic patients need to be vigilant about a healthy diet and effective oral hygiene.

Most Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry brace wearers know that they should avoid sticky, sugary foods that stick to their braces, but some don’t realize that any carbohydrate-based food turns into sugar. Thus, a cracker can be just as bad for your teeth as a Tootsie Roll if the particles are not removed.

Brace wearers should also watch their intake of highly acidic foods and beverages. Though some acidic foods are very healthy – think tomatoes, oranges, raspberries – it is wise to substitute less acidic foods that contain similar nutrients. There are few beverages as harmful as soda and sports drinks, both of which have the detrimental duo of acid and sugar.

Here are the ten steps to effective brushing while wearing braces, courtesy of Colgate:

1. If your orthodontist has fitted you with elastics, remove them before brushing.
2. Using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft, compact toothbrush, place your brush at an angle of 45 degrees against the gums. Gently brush along the gum line where the gums and teeth meet, using a small circular motion on each tooth.
3. Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth before moving onto the next tooth, brushing in a set pattern so that you don’t miss any teeth.
4. Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires. Ensure that you brush under the wires. A battery-powered brush may be helpful.
5. Brush both the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth using a gentle circular motion on each tooth. Brush the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth.
6. For the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion.
7. Spit out the excess paste, then closely inspect your teeth and braces in the mirror to check that they are clean and shiny.
8. Replace your elastics in accordance with your orthodontist’s recommendation.
9. After brushing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash for 1 minute to help prevent cavities and white spots.
10. Use other oral care products as prescribed by your dental professional.1

It is also important to floss while wearing braces, but that is a topic for another article.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry provides quality general and cosmetic dentistry including dentures, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. Our cheerful team is enthusiastic about oral health and dazzling smiles.

If you are new to the Detroit area, we invite you to call us at 248-541-8770 to schedule an exam and cleaning. Our team looks forward to meeting you.

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1“Protecting Your Healthy Smile while Wearing Braces,” Colgate Professional, http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/protecting-your-healthy-smile-while-wearing-braces, accessed on February 20, 2015

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 

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Gummy Smile?

Gummy Smile?

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we perform cosmetic and restorative crown lengthening. Many cosmetic dentistry patients with a gummy smile undergo crown lengthening surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Our team will remove gum tissue and, in some cases, bone to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that does not affect healthy tooth structure.

Wondering what a gummy smile is? It’s a smile with teeth that appear too short because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown. Our cosmetic dental patients who have opted for crown lengthening love how their new perfect smile looks and feels. Some of our crown lengthening patients also choose teeth whitening for an extra-dazzling smile!

We don’t use crown lengthening is solely for cosmetic reasons. If you break your tooth at the gum line or if your filling comes off a decayed tooth, we can use crown lengthening to make additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. We will sometimes use it to treat periodontal disease as well.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients.We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and teeth whitening. Schedule your next dental consultation with us today!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Your Smile Doesn’t Have To Show Your Age

Your Smile Doesn’t Have to Show Your Age in Royal Oak

As we grow older, we may welcome many changes. However, most Royal Oak retirees do not welcome wrinkles, gray hair and dental problems. Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry can help you with your dental problems.

Fortunately, your smile can be attractive and healthy throughout your golden years!

Even if your teeth are showing visible signs of wear such as enamel loss, staining, and chips, it is not too late to restore your youthful smile. And, though tooth loss is fairly common for Detroit residents over sixty, in most cases it is preventable.

At  Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we treat patients of all ages. We offer a full array of dental services including Invisalign, implant supported dentures, and porcelain veneers. We offer a variety of services for your dental health including cleanings, fillings, wisdom teeth extraction, and emergency dental care. Our goal is to help you create excellent dental health habits and to provide you and yours with lifelong oral health care.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients.We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and teeth whitening. Schedule your next dental consultation with us today!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067