Dental Confidence Or Caution

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Whether you are one of the folks who go willingly for your check-up or are hesitant about getting dental work done, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry has opened its doors to smiling patients since 1984.

The cost of dentistry doesn’t have to be unknown. A suitable consultation can bring you up to date about possible procedures and shed light on the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry, our specialty.

Not only do we offer cosmetic dentistry, but we’ll also see patients for dentures because we want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. We’ll have you open wide for dental implants because we know we’re superior at what we do.

We’ll get you in a comfortable seat before you enjoy Invisalign because comfort is the key to happy patients. And of course, we offer general dentistry as well.

Interested in an outstanding experience? Dr. Steven Gustafson encourages thrill seekers and cautious patients alike to visit us at our 940 E 11 Mile Rd office or to look us up on the web: https://gmdentistry.com

 

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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Fun Floss Facts

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You probably believe that the crucial aspect regarding flossing is simply to do it every day. We agree. However, many people find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish or solidify the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire.

Let’s explore some of the most common types of dental floss.

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is often made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less costly, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is often referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is useful to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the layout of a wide, flat ribbon. Many Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to speak with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this important habit just because you’re having your teeth aligned!

A good person to give you advice about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our skilled hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth bleaching and veneers.

My name is Dr. Steven Gustafson. My practice, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, has been serving the Royal Oak area since 1984. Our top services include: dentures, cosmetic dentistry, and general dentistry.

Call us today at 248-541-8770 for your appointment! You can also visit us on the web at http://gmdentistry.com.

Source:
“The Different Types of Dental Floss,” Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-p-connelly-dds/dental-floss_b_1643933.html, accessed on September 17, 2013

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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Cosmetic Dentistry: Gum Contouring

Cosmetic Dentistry: Gum Contouring In Royal Oak

If you are a regular visitor to our blog here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, you have probably read many articles on cosmetic dentistry procedures. Steven Gustafson is a master of smile makeovers.

Dental bonding, crowns, and porcelain veneers https://gmdentistry.com/porcelain-veneers-royal-oak-mi/can take care of teeth that are chipped, broken, or misshapen.

Our Berkley, Birmingham, and Ferndale patients with stained or dull teeth can have a sparkly white smile with teeth whitening. For ordinary cavities, there are tooth-colored fillings, inlays, and onlays.

Dental implants are gaining popularity in Detroit among dental patients who want to restore missing teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, there are a number of orthodontic options here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

What if your cosmetic dental problem has to do with your gums? Are you one of the many Detroit residents whose gums are too long, too short, or uneven? There is a solution for gum problems as well. The answer is gum contouring surgery.

With gum contouring, sometimes called tissue sculpting or gum reshaping, a Royal Oak dentist or periodontist can improve the shape or size of your gums.

Gum reshaping is not always a cosmetic procedure. If the gums have receded to a point where the tooth root is susceptible to decay, gum surgery can restore the natural, healthy gumline and protect tooth root and bone.

For more information about gum contouring, call us at 248-541-8770.

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 Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment

Royal Oak Pediatric Dentistry Wishing for a whiter smile but not sure how to get it? New to tooth whitening lingo?

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we educate patients on the variety of teeth whitening treatments; from whitening trays to teeth bleaching to opalescence whitening. We do smile whitening every day.

Toothpaste Can’t Erase All Stains

Almost every toothpaste claims to bleach teeth, but as we age our teeth gradually turn yellow or gray, despite all the whitening toothpastes we use repeatedly. Tooth enamel, while one of the toughest substances in the body, is porous. Over time, the food and drinks that come in contact with our teeth bring about staining and discoloration. You probably have already observed that a toothbrush cannot clean these microscopic pores.

Powerful Peroxide

Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are the two main smile whitening substances. They can penetrate the outer layer of your teeth to eliminate the build-up and help restore the former color.

Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 to schedule an appointment and we will explain the difference between these tooth bleaching ingredients and how they may influence your smile whitening results.

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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Hiding Your Smile? Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Can Help

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Some individuals don’t feel that their smile is an asset, so they do their best to keep it hidden. Pictures, funny movies, jokes, hilarious internet videos—none of these can entice a smile or chuckle.

If this person sounds familiar (because it is you!), then maybe you would like some specifics about complete smile makeovers.

Don’t be embarrassed! Plenty of men and women are unwilling to expose their smiles.

Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide cosmetic dentistry services for our patients who have concerns such as a previous mouth injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, chipped teeth, tetracycline stains, crooked teeth, or missing teeth.

Now is the time to get the confident smile that you’ve always wanted!

Many people start with teeth whitening. This swiftly creates a brighter smile. It’s a simple procedure, but the results are truly considerable.

Other procedures that upgrade the look of your teeth and/or your oral health include dental crowns, dental implants, veneers, enamel shaping, gum contouring, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an experienced orthodontist if necessary.

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson and I am enthusiastic about helping my patients enjoy healthy mouths and beautiful smiles.

Feels Like Coming Home

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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Smile More, Live Better

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If you feel that you have an unattractive smile, you probably don’t smile very often. Perhaps you make a calculated effort to avoid smiling in social and professional settings.

Do you think frequent smiling has a considerable effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to simply making us happier, smiling benefits our quality of life in a myriad of ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to verify this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Reduces Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that decrease your stress level.

3. Smiling Increases Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to reap the benefits of more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have shown several ways smiling can enhance the chance of a pleasing outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling impacts your behavior as well as the behavior of the men and women with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, portray honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Even small cosmetic changes can yield meaningful improvements in the attractiveness of your smile. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we offer everything from tooth whitening to complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers. Let’s consider the possibilities for your smile. Call 248-541-8770 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

Sources:
Horn P.W. Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelmik, Rick K. Wilson, “The value of a smile: Game theory with a human face, “ScienceDirect, October 2001, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487001000599, accessed April 4, 2017
Ronald E. Reggio, PhD, “There’s Magic in Your Smile,” Psychology Today, June 25, 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile, accessed April 4, 2017
“10 Hidden Benefits of Smiling,” Psyblog, http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-hidden-benefits-of-smiling.php, accessed April 4, 2017

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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Treat Your Smile To A Healthy Diet

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Proper nutrition can benefit you in a number of ways; increased energy, improved immunity, glowing skin, mental clarity, and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. How often, however, do you consider how your diet influences your oral health?

Your diet can affect your risk of cavities, enamel health, and gum condition. Healthy foods provide an environment that can prevent inflammation and infection. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts are the optimal choices for oral health. Calcium-fortified beverages, milk, and other dairy products provide vitamins, minerals, and calcium that helps with keeping teeth, bones, and gums healthy. Eating crispy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and celery, will help clean your teeth and gums.

A healthy diet contains all the important vitamins and minerals, and the most important mineral for teeth is fluoride – especially for kids. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore adequate fluoride is critical.

Don’t forget, however, that too much fluoride is detrimental. Dr. Steven Gustafson can guide you on the precise dosage of fluoride for your child, taking into account whether your municipal water is fluoridated.

Even though adults’ teeth have already formed, fluoride assists in remineralizing weakened enamel to a degree. This effective mineral is applied to teeth during thorough dental cleanings at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and daily with fluoride toothpaste.

Bacteria that cause enamel-destroying plaque love a steady diet of sugar—from soda, candy, and even fruit juices. When enamel wears away, the teeth become vulnerable to discoloration, damage, and cavities.

Sugary foods that are especially detrimental are those that get trapped in the spaces between teeth and the tiny pits and cracks in the molars. Candies that are chewy or hard can lodge in these spaces and allow for the adverse sugar to have direct contact with enamel until brushing occurs. Sticky candy can also damage braces and retainers. More than one retainer has fallen prey to sticky caramel or hard taffy.

Be sure to brush after each meal and before bed. Furthermore, remember to floss or use a water irrigating method to dislodge food particles trapped in spaces. By eating well, brushing properly, flossing regularly, and avoiding foods that stick to your teeth, you can have a beautiful smile for life. (And, hopefully, the physical well-being to complement that attractive smile and the energy to enjoy both.)

I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson, and I have a full-service dental practice in Royal Oak. Helping my dental patients stay healthy is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want through cosmetic dentistry services such as veneers, teeth whitening, and smile makeovers.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak has been serving the Detroit area since 1984. Please contact us at 248-541-8770 if you are looking for unmatched dental care from a local Royal Oak dentist with the experience, expertise, and personalized attention you deserve.

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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Restoring Smiles At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Restoring Smiles at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal OakWe believe a great smile is essential for putting your best face forward. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we not only restore teeth to their original condition; we make many smiles better than they ever were before!

Some patients have only a few dilemmas they wish to correct. Perhaps one or two teeth are misshapen and seem out of alignment. If the problem teeth are only superficially crooked—meaning they do not need to be moved into place with orthodontia—porcelain veneers may be the solution. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front of one or more teeth. They are extremely versatile and can correct shape, color, or both.

Another plus: porcelain veneers are virtually non-invasive and do not influence healthy tooth structure.

Some men and women were happy with their smiles in years past but now want to bring up the whiteness a notch or two. Teeth whitening is a popular procedure for our cosmetic dentistry patients. We provide professional teeth bleaching for every type of smile. If you are ready to beautify your smile, come on in; we’ll help you find the best tooth whitening system for your smile.

Put your best face forward with a brand new smile!

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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7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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Men and women who have chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this malady. There are several possible causes, some that are often overlooked:

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can help you with this unpleasant dilemma. If your bad breath is the result of inadequate oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the simplest types to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

Men and women who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to clean away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some dedicated oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prohibit particles of food from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.

Schedule an examination and deep dental cleaning at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and calculus off your teeth. During your examination, Dr. Steven Gustafson will determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath.

Possible dental causes are a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If we suspect that your bad breath is associated with a non-dental condition, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate medical professional.

Treating bad breath starts with a visit to Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. In addition to general dental care, we provide a complete menu of dental services including cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants. Call 248-541-8770 today!

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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How Bright Can You Shine?

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Hello! Do you want brighter, whiter teeth? Most men and women notice their teeth dull as the years go by. But foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth at any age.

OTC tooth whitening products like kits, strips, or toothpaste may slightly lighten stains, but for a truly sensational smile, see Steven Gustafson!

If you have dental veneers, bonding, or bridges, teeth whitening bleach will not influence the stains and your whitened natural teeth may make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we can advise you about new dental work, including veneers or bondings, if these have discolored with age.

Remember, anything that can stain a white t-shirt can stain teeth.

Brushing after meals can keep stains at bay. But immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks, just rinse your mouth with water. Brushing before the acids are neutralized or washed away can erode enamel.

In-office teeth whitening takes about an hour and bleaches teeth to a whiter-than-ever brilliance. Professional take-home whitening kits are also available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and can produce marvelous results over time.

For more information about a younger and brighter smile, contact our friendly dental team for a smile brightening consultation today!

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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