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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?

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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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Oral Appliance Therapy For Sleep Apnea

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Suspect you might have sleep apnea?

It’s crucial to your health to see a doctor soon. If left untreated, it can become life-threatening.

Do your loved ones tell you that you regularly stop breathing during the night? What if you sleep alone? Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Sudden awakenings
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Frequently being tired during the day
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating

Recurring interruptions in breathing during sleep robs the brain of oxygen. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, the heart slows down. When the person resumes breathing, the heart goes into panic mode to push the oxygen to the brain. Then the cycle repeats itself many times an hour each and every night. This stop-and-start action is dangerous for every organ in the body.

CPAP (Positive Airway Pressure) may be the most well-known treatment for sleep apnea. Many people don’t know that there are other ways to treat it.

Your Dentist Can Help

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) conducted by a dentist can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved OAT in the following circumstances:

  • As a first-line treatment for individuals with mild to moderate OSA
  • As a first-line treatment for individuals with severe OSA who are unable to use CPAP devices
  • As a combination of therapy (using CPAP and an oral appliance together)

A custom-fit oral appliance allows patients to breathe normally during sleep. A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea must be made by a medical doctor. If the physician recommends oral appliance therapy, he or she will refer the patient to a dentist who is trained in treating sleep disorders.

The advantages of an oral appliance over a CPAP machine include:

  • More convenient
  • More comfortable
  • Portable
  • Quiet
  • Doesn’t need electricity
  • Easy to clean
  • May allow the wearer to talk and eat during use

If you have been suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea, OAT can restore your health. The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry encourages you to see a medical doctor soon before your health is compromised. If you have already received a diagnosis of OSA and would like information about OAT, call 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation at Gustafson Morningstar 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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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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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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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