Smile Makeovers: It’s Not Just About Your Teeth

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Smile Makeovers Its Not Just About Your Teeth

I have been creating spectacular smiles at my Royal Oak cosmetic dental practice since 1984. Each one of my Detroit smile makeover patients values their new smile almost as much as I value their trust.

My loyal patients, along with my dedicated dental team, have made my professional career particularly rewarding.

Working as a dentist in Royal Oak is more than just a job. Likewise, a smile makeover is more than straight, white, beautiful teeth – though that’s a big deal in itself!

My Detroit cosmetic dentistry patients report that their new smile affects many areas of their life. Some have noticed increased effectiveness in their profession. Others enjoy a richer social life because they are now able to smile, laugh, and eat without feeling self-consciousness.

One of my Berkley patients who had been embarrassed by his damaged teeth for years says his new youthful smile has given him greater confidence and ambition.

Hello, I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we expertly perform the most advanced cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, dental crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding. We also fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings that blend perfectly with your natural teeth.

Only need a cleaning? Our hygienists perform the most thorough deep cleanings for our patients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, we invite you to visit our Royal Oak cosmetic dentistry practice and discuss your dental goals. To schedule an exam, cleaning, or consultation, contact us today 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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Kids Who Like Dental Visits?

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At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we are proud of the fact that the majority of our young patients like visiting our office for their checkups, cleanings, and treatments. We believe that developing a relationship with an experienced, friendly dentist is an essential responsibility for parents.

The Oral Health-Physical Health Connection

Optimal physical health for children is impossible without the oral health component. Though this fact seems obvious, cavities in kids is a national epidemic, and, for the most part, is preventable. Regular checkups are just as essential as well child exams and immunizations.

The health of your child’s teeth and gums affects their speech development, eating habits, academic success, mental health, and social relationships. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we love working with you and your child to establish habits that ensure a healthy smile for life.

The Good News

Today’s children are far less fearful of the dentist than their grandparents’ generation. Part of the reason is that today’s dental tools have progressed considerably and rarely cause any pain. If you are old enough to remember the whining dental drills of fifty years ago, you probably have a greater appreciation for the technological discoveries that make dental treatment far more pleasant than in years past.

But advanced tools are not the only reason that our youngest patients look forward to dental visits. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, there is a warm, inviting atmosphere that puts patients of all ages at ease. If you are looking for a top dentist for your child, rest assured that our friendly team will make your child feel comfortable during their dental visit.

When Should A Child Have Their First Dental Checkup?

We recommend parents to bring their toddler in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can highlight dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.

Bring Your Questions

We also give moms and dads guidance about thumb-sucking, pacifiers, and other habits that affect dental health. When your child starts participating in sports, let’s discuss custom mouthguards. Remember to call us immediately at 248-541-8770 if your child suffers a tooth injury.

In addition to offering children’s dentistry, we deliver restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and dentures.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

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While substandard oral hygiene is the most prevalent cause of halitosis, many circumstances can contribute to or exacerbate the condition. One of these is the lack of saliva or xerostomia.

Saliva and Oral Health
Saliva moistens the teeth and gums and removes odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel durability. Immunoproteins in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This safeguards against cavities and infections.

Many men and women experience dry mouth infrequently; perhaps when they are experiencing anxiety or stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have periodic periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can cause additional oral and physical health problems.

I am Dr. Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. I have been treating xerostomia and bad breath since 1984. If you suffer from either condition, I invite you to schedule an exam and consultation. If you struggle with bad breath regardless of observant oral hygiene, let me help you discover the source.

With help from my friendly team of dental professionals, I provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and dentures.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Your Famous Smile

Veneers in Royal Oak How do high-profile men and women possess brilliant white smiles that are always ready for the red carpet or a close-up? Do they avoid coffee? Not likely. Every tabloid is full of pictures of famous individuals holding Starbucks cups. Do they avoid tobacco? Some abstain, but unfortunately many actors and fashion models are smokers.

Many Famous Smiles Were Not Always Flawless

Not everyone with impeccable teeth was born with them. (Sure, no one is born with teeth, but you know what I mean.) Many celebrities have stunningly beautiful smiles because they have procured cosmetic dentistry.

No Need To Go To Hollywood

Guess what? You can also have a smile like a movie star or television news anchor. Dr. Gustafson has been delivering cosmetic dentistry, including cosmetic dental smile makeovers, for dental patients since 1984.

Lighten Up!

Tooth whitening is usually the most economical cosmetic dental process. Tooth bleaching will quickly brighten your teeth and make you feel like smiling all the time.

Fix Those Chips

Porcelain veneers are exceptionally versatile because they repair many problems including misshapen, cracked, and discolored teeth. Teeth with eroded enamel can often be corrected with veneers. Preparing a tooth for a porcelain veneer is minimally invasive, as the latest veneers do not require the removal of healthy enamel. Another plus: veneers are generally less expensive than complete crowns.

VIP Treatment

Schedule a cosmetic dental smile makeover consultation today by calling 248-541-8770. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, you will always enjoy VIP treatment, without the bothersome paparazzi!

(Note: The celebrities pictured above are not affiliated with our site, and it is not our intent to imply that they have undergone cosmetic dentistry. We featured them because they have great smiles!)

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Dental Questions? Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry Has Answers

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Everyone has teeth, and smart dental patients want to take care of their teeth. However, many dental patients in the Berkley, Birmingham, and Ferndale area need a place where they can review basic principles of dental health and get straightforward information about popular cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.

The Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog is your source for this helpful oral care information.

My name is Dr. Steven Gustafson, and I know that many of my Royal Oak, Michigan dental patients have concerns and questions about their oral care. That’s why I include hot-button dental issues in my blog such as:

Smile Makeovers
Sealants
Invisible Braces
Toothbrush Care
ADA Seal Products
Tooth Protection
Gum Contouring
Dental Implants

I hope that this information will help you make informed decisions about your oral care and any cosmetic dentistry procedures you may be considering. If you are in the Birmingham or Ferndale area and are in need of a professional, family-friendly dental office, call my practice, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, at 248-541-8770. Our top services include:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
dentures
Invisalign
general dentistry

Call today!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Healthy Lifestyles For Healthy Lifesmiles

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Dental health and a stunning smile depend on much more than simply brushing regularly. In today’s Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry post, we present a quick refresher course on vital lifestyle practices that affect oral health. You are probably familiar with most of these recommendations, but it is helpful to get a reminder once in a while. We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. After all, the two are inseparable.

DO:

Eat a nutritious diet.
Eat calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that attack enamel.
Brush gently but meticulously at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Make sure you clean thoroughly between teeth with dental floss or interdental cleaners such as flossing picks.
If you have children, talk to your Detroit dentist about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
Get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
Have a dental examination twice yearly with your Royal Oak dentist.

DON’T:

Eat a sugar frequently. Sugar triggers the production of harmful cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel.
Snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to constant bombardment with acids.
Chew on ice.
Use your teeth as tools. Ever.
Drink energy drinks.
Get oral piercings.
Ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.

If you have oral pain or haven’t visited a dentist in a while, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry  at 248-541-8770 to schedule an appointment with Steven Gustafson. Tooth problems get worse over time – especially if there is decay or gum disease.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we serve the Royal Oak area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures and Invisalign.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


3 Ways To Minimize Candy Intake At Parties

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1. Lock yourself in a closet.
2. Sew your mouth shut.
3. Wear a shock collar that’s sensitive to sugar particles.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry we understand how hard it is to avoid sweets altogether at Halloween and other sugar-filled holidays. We encourage both unfettered joy and healthy living for all of our Royal Oak patients.

Moderation in candy intake can help with the prevention of dental caries, but so can consistent brushing and flossing and regular cleanings and check-ups at your Detroit family dentist. Keeping the mouth clean and being meticulous are strong indicators for a happy mouth.

We’re not here to tell our Royal Oak and Berkley patients to avoid sugar altogether. We’re not even here to tell you just to sneak a little. Eat as much as your child will let you, just be sure and brush thoroughly – same as any other time of year. Keep in mind that eating a candy bar and then brushing is better than sucking on a lollipop for a half hour.

When it comes to caring for Royal Oak, Michigan’s teeth and cosmetic dentistry needs, Dr. Steven Gustafson works tirelessly to make quality cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and dentures available to this entire Michigan community. Services such as Invisalign and dental implants really set us apart from the competition. If we can help you with cosmetic dentistry or sedation dentistry, then we’ve done our job!

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


7 Ways To Fix A Tooth

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In a perfect world, each of your cherished teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most people will need to restore a tooth at some point.

A tooth can be compromised by tooth decay, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess.

Here are 7 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:

Dental Bonding
Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to repair minor cosmetic troubles – small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies moldable tooth-colored composite resin and shapes as desired. The resin is then cured with a special light to harden and adhere tightly to the tooth. Composite bonding is frequently the most affordable option for improving healthy teeth with minor cosmetic issues.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They are used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of dental caries. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or repair the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off kilter as compared to surrounding teeth.

Fillings
Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry leaves you with more of nature’s prime dental material — your own enamel and dentin. We can also replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings. This makes your teeth look a lot better every time you open your mouth. Get rid of all that metal!

Inlays and Onlays
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab, they are commonly called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are frequently smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.

Crowns
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. A crown is usually required for a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth with acute decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Attaching a crown to the abutment is the final step of a tooth implant procedure. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.

Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prevent further damage. Gum surgery is also carried out for cosmetic reasons such reshaping a gumline to eliminate a “gummy” smile.

Dental Implants
What if a tooth has to be extracted because it is beyond saving? For many Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry patients, a dental implant anchored into the bone is the ideal solution. A tooth implant consist of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and beautiful crown. A dental implant had many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, prohibit bone recession, and do not impact the surrounding teeth. For patients with multiple missing teeth, individually-constructed implant-anchored dentures can be created in any configuration necessary.

For more specifics about any of these procedures, call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770. Thanks for visiting the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. We appreciate your interest in our Royal Oak dental practice.

 

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Royal Oak Dental News: Poor Oral Health And Heart Disease

Top Royal Oak Family Dentists Attention dental patients: brushing twice daily may help decrease your risk of heart disease. Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems, However, a recent study studied oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.

I quote from the Science Daily article:

“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”

“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”

The Scottish survey is one of many that verifies the link between oral health and overall fitness. Simply put: you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.

It doesn’t matter if you are a lean distance runner with a pulse of fifteen beats a minute and a blood pressure of 100 over 60. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan who has eaten a nutritionally balanced, low-fat diet for the past five years. If you have inflamed gums and cavities, you are at risk for harmful problems in other areas of the body.

The phone number for Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is 248-541-8770. If you have concerns about your oral health, I invite you to schedule an examination today.

Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a cosmetic dental smile makeover. Porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays/onlays, and orthodontia are all available to solve any cosmetic troubles you wish to have fixed.

If you have a small child who has not yet visited a dentist, it is important to schedule an exam today. My friendly team and I will help keep your child’s smile beautiful for life.

To read the entire Science Daily article, see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100527204227.htm

Or call us at 248-541-8770 for more details.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067


Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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Today, we’re discussing the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was invented in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The apparatus is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its origin, many other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)

A water irrigation apparatus oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out bits of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you place the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you guide the stream of shooting water around the gumline, halting momentarily at each gap between adjoining teeth.

There have been over 65 studies that have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis treatment.

Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have gum disease, perhaps. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have dental appliances.

First, speak with Dr. Gustafson to receive an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following circumstances may impact whether or not Dr. Gustafson counsels you to use an interdental irrigation device.

Braces or other orthodontic appliances
A physical impairment that reduces ability to brush and/or floss
Gingivitis
Gums that bleed when flossing
Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
Aversion to flossing
Sensitive teeth

The friendly team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry would love to help you learn the best processes for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. To schedule an appointment, call 248-541-8770.

Sources:
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,” https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
“Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-541-8770

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067