When you think about straightening your teeth, you probably imagine wires attached to your upper and lower teeth. Although metal braces are a good orthodontic option, Invisalign can be a better choice if you prefer a more subtle straightening approach. St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf of Malouf Family Dentistry offers Invisalign and other services you need for a healthy smile.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign doesn't use wires or brackets to re-position your teeth but relies on a series of clear aligner trays molded to fit your teeth perfectly. The trays exert constant pressure on the teeth and gradually realign your teeth over the months or years you wear them. Unlike traditional braces, no adjustments are needed. You'll still visit your St. Clair Shores dentist regularly, but adjustments will be made simply by inserting a new set of aligner trays at the end of the two-week wear period.
Why should I choose Invisalign?
Invisalign doesn't affect your appearance, which is an important benefit if the thought of wearing metal braces has kept you from straightening your teeth. The aligners are made of clear plastic to ensure that your friends and family only notice your bright smile and not your braces.
Invisalign aligner trays are more comfortable than traditional braces. You won't have to worry that a stray wire will cut your lip, and you'll never have to deal with the discomfort that can occur after an adjustment.
You also won't leave the dentist's office with a long list of restricted foods. With no wires or brackets to trap food, nothing is off-limits. Oral hygiene is also easier with Invisalign. After you remove your trays, you'll be able to brush and floss normally.
Although trays must normally be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day, you can leave your aligners at home for a little while if you're planning a special night or need to wear a mouthguard to play sports.
Invisalign offers special benefits for adults, many of whom only need to wear the aligners for about a year. If you're a teenager, you can expect to wear your trays for the same amount of time you would have worn metal braces.
Are you ready to realign your smile with Invisalign? Call Dr. Malouf of Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, and serving residents of St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas.
The perfect smile can be yours when you get dental veneers.
Getting a beautiful smile doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you hate that small gap between teeth or you have stains that even professional whitening can’t seem to tackle, there are many reasons people are turning to our St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf for veneers.
Veneers are thin tooth-colored layers made of porcelain that are designed to mimic the look of natural tooth enamel. Each veneer is custom-made and bonded to the front of a tooth to improve its overall appearance and to hide common imperfections. Furthermore, veneers can also offer additional resiliency and durability.
Veneers can be used for a myriad of cosmetic issues. If you have small gaps in your smile but don’t want to undergo orthodontic treatment, getting veneers could give you the straighter smile you want without having to wear braces. Veneers can also be used to:
- Brighten your smile
- Hide stains and discolorations
- Cover chips, cracks and fractures
- Close gaps
- Improve misshapen or malformed teeth
- Lengthen teeth that are too short or worn down
In order to get veneers, our St. Clair Shores, MI, cosmetic dentist will first need to make sure your teeth are healthy, free of decay and strong enough to support veneers. If you are deemed a good candidate for treatment the next step will be to prepare your teeth.
Impressions will also be taken of the tooth. These impressions will help a dental lab create veneers that offer an ideal and precise fit. While your veneers are being made we will apply temporary ones. Once the lab has sent us your veneers, we will remove the temporary ones and then check the fit of your new veneers before bonding them to the front of your teeth.
If you are thinking about revamping your smile then let’s talk about what this simple restoration could do for you. Contact Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, and serving residents of St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas.
Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, whether you’re a teen playing sports in school or an adult who has a bad fall. It’s important to be prepared and not panic. Dr. Sam Malouf at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI wants to share what you need to do when you need an emergency dentist.
You probably have a first aid kit at home, so the first thing you should do is create a dental first aid kit containing a few important items to help you deal with a dental emergency. Place these items in your kit:
- Tylenol tablets or other medication for pain
- Sterile saline solution for rinsing
- Sterile gauze patches or tissue
- A small container with a lid
- Your emergency dentist's office address, phone number, and after-hours numbers
Some of the most common dental emergencies can occur while playing sports or doing activities involving contact. It’s easy to fracture a tooth, injure your gums, cheeks, face, or even knock a tooth completely out. It’s also easy to experience a dental emergency if you fall on a hard surface and hit your jaws or face. There are a few tips you should know to cope with a dental emergency. Remember to:
- Clean away any debris or blood from open wounds
- Press gauze to an injured area to stop bleeding
- Rinse your mouth out if you have chipped or broken a tooth
- Apply ice to keep swelling to a minimum
- Gently try to put a loose tooth back into position
If you knock a tooth out completely, rinse the tooth off. Place it either between your gum and cheek or in the container with the saline solution to keep it wet. Remember to avoid touching the roots of the tooth so you don’t contaminate it with bacteria.
Call Dr. Malouf’s office or after-hours numbers and schedule an appointment as soon as you can. Early treatment of a dental emergency means a better outcome. To learn more about emergency dentistry call Dr. Sam Malouf at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, and serving residents of St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas today at (586) 772-9020!
You wouldn’t believe what dental implants can actually do to improve your oral health.
While tooth loss isn’t something that people want to think about, for millions of Americans the issue is all too real; fortunately, modern dentistry makes it possible to revive your smile and to get a restoration that is as close as you can get to a natural tooth. Our Grosse Pointe Woods and St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf, is here to tell you how dental implants not only replace missing teeth but also provide wonderful benefits for your overall dental health.
Smile! You are about to enjoy some of these wonderful benefits when you get dental implants from our Grosse Pointe Woods and St. Clair Shores general dentist:
A Lifelong Restoration
Dentures and bridges may last up to a decade, but they will eventually need to be replaced. Depending on how old you were when you lost a permanent tooth, this could mean that you will need to have one of these restorations replaced or repaired multiple times throughout your lifetime. Why not choose a more dependable, long-term solution? Implants are the only restoration that is designed to last several decades, which could mean that you could have this new tooth for the rest of your life without ever needing to replace it.
Chewing and Speaking is Fully Restored
Denture wearers often complain that this oral prosthetic slips and moves around in their mouth, particularly when talking or eating. Not only is this frustrating but also embarrassing. Since implants naturally fuse together with bone and tissue you know that this restoration isn’t going to move or shift around at all. With an implant, you can feel confident talking to those around you again and enjoy all of your favorite foods with restriction.
A Major Boost to Your Appearance (and Self-Esteem)
Gaps in your smile can certainly affect how you feel about yourself. Since a smile is one of the first features we notice about someone, if you are dealing with tooth loss you may be embarrassed by your appearance. You may never smile or you may even cancel social engagements because you hate the way your gapping smile looks. Luckily, we can easily change the way you feel about yourself when those gaps are replaced with beautiful and realistic dental implants.
Are you ready to get dental implants in St. Clair Shores or Gross Pointe Woods, MI,? If so, then Malouf Family Dentistry can help make your smile goals possible. Call us today to schedule your consultation.
Good oral hygiene habits are an essential part of keeping your smile healthy. St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf at Malouf Family Dentistry shares a few tips that will help protect your teeth.
Stick to a schedule
Brushing your teeth in the morning and evening will reduce plaque, a sticky film that causes cavities. Plaque feels rough when you run your tongue over your mouth, but that uncomfortable feeling isn't the only problem. When plaque remains in your teeth, your cavity risk increases. Eating or drinking a sugary food or beverage triggers a chemical reaction that creates acids strong enough to damage your tooth enamel and causes cavities. When you brush at the same time in the morning and evening, you're much less likely to forget to brush.
It's also important to floss once day. Flossing gets rid of plaque and food debris between your teeth. When you floss around the base of your teeth too, you'll prevent plaque at the bottom of teeth from turning into hard tartar. If tartar remains on your teeth too long, it can cause gum disease.
Use the right tools
Toothbrushes with soft bristles do an excellent job of removing plaque and don't damage your teeth like medium brushes can. If you use a harder brush or apply too much pressure when you brush, you may damage your tooth enamel or cause your gums to recede.
Both string and tape flosses will clean teeth, although string floss may be a better choice if there's not much space between your teeth.
Follow-up with mouthwash
Fresher breath is just one benefit of using mouthwash after you brush. When you choose a mouthwash that contains fluoride and anti-bacterial ingredients, you'll reduce cavity-causing bacteria and rebuild weak areas of tooth enamel. For longer-lasting protection, avoid rinsing your mouth or drinking a beverage for about 30 minutes after you use mouthwash.
Visit the dentist every six months
Visiting our St. Clair Shores office every six months will help keep you keep your teeth clean and healthy. As part of your check up, we'll clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar and examine your mouth to look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral health issues.
Keep your smile strong and bright with good oral hygiene habits. Is it time for your check up? Schedule an appointment with your St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf at Malouf Family Dentistry by calling (586) 772-9020.
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