Get a Celebrity Smile in Just One Procedure

If you’ve seen a television show or a movie, you’ve seen someone with porcelain veneers. In fact, you’ve probably even had a conversation with someone who has porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are known as the smile makeover procedure for a reason. They can give you your own version of a perfect smile in one cosmetic dental procedure. Veneers are thin, durable, porcelain shells that adhere directly to the front surface of your teeth. This creates a natural looking, visually appealing smile that is sure to help you give off a great first impression.

I recommend porcelain veneers to many of my patients to correct several different cosmetic dental problems. Porcelain veneers may be the answer to your smile woes if you have:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth

Porcelain veneers are just as strong as natural teeth and can last for at least 15 years with proper care. They are also stain resistant, so you never have to worry about whitening your teeth to maintain their bright, white appearance. (more…)

Secure the Future of Your Child’s Smile with Dental Sealants

As a family dentist, I have a special place in my heart, and my Lake Orion, Michigan dental office, for kids. While dental hygiene is the same across the board for people of every age, children get a few dental procedures all to themselves.

My goal is to instill healthy oral hygiene habits in kids, while giving them the tools to protect themselves later in life. I do this by using dental sealants on my young patients.

Proper teeth brushing is not a habit that children learn overnight. It’s a process that takes time to develop and perfect. Because of this, children may develop decay on hard-to-reach molars. Dental sealants offer protection for molars and premolar chewing surfaces from decay.

Dental sealants are a thin, plastic film that is applied to teeth as a key means of cavity prevention, according to the American Dental Association. The procedure is simple. First, my team and I fill any spots of decay, and then we prepare the teeth with a cleaning and etching solution. The solution is thoroughly rinsed after about 15 seconds, the surface is dried, and the teeth are coated with the sealant. The entire procedure is fast and comfortable, so it easily done on young children. (more…)

The Basics of Brushing and Flossing

I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry, and, as a family dentist, I do everything I can to keep your mouth healthy. I only see you every 6 months, though, so a huge portion on your dental health is a direct result of your own personal at-home dental hygiene habits.

Brushing and flossing are the best things you can do for your teeth between dental cleanings and check-ups, but simply going through the motions isn’t enough. Several factors go into brushing and flossing properly.

Brushing regularly is crucial to remove harmful bacteria that multiply and cause plaque buildup on and around your teeth. When combined with sugar, saliva, mucus, and food debris, plaque creates a strong acid substance that eats away protective tooth enamel to cause tooth decay. If left untreated, gum disease can occur and increase the risk of health problems like heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

Maintain good oral health by brushing twice a day with a soft toothbrush, using the proper technique and quality fluoride toothpaste, and flossing carefully once a day. (more…)

Take Years Off of Your Appearance with Teeth Whitening

It’s a fact that as we get older, our bodies change. Often, age begins to show in our faces first. Wrinkles, age spots, and discolored teeth are all part of the aging process.

If you smoke, drink wine, tea, or coffee, or eat staining foods, it’s likely that your teeth may have discolored even more. I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, a general and cosmetic dentist in Lake Orion, Michigan, and I can help you whiten your teeth and make you look 10 years younger.

Believe it or not, teeth whitening methods have been around since the 1700s, and, today, it is the most frequently requested cosmetic dental procedure. I offer two, professional-grade teeth whitening options in my office: Zoom! Whitening and an at-home whitening system.

Zoom! Whitening is the leader in chair side dental whitening systems. With a strong gel and soft light, stains are lifted from your teeth in just an hour! I recommend this procedure for patients who want fast results. Usually, your teeth will continue to lighten for several days following the procedure. You can literally wake up with whiter teeth than you had when you went to bed the night before!

Home whitening offers a convenient way to progressively remove stains from your teeth. Generally, a full treatment takes about two weeks to complete, but it all depends on how diligently you wear your custom-fitted bleaching trays. For most of my patients, I recommend wearing the trays for about an hour every evening. If you wear your trays as directed, you’ll notice dramatically whiter teeth.

Teeth whitening procedures are so popular because they work. To brighten your smile and make your entire face look years younger, I invite you to make an appointment at Lake Orion Family Dentistry.

Don’t Live with TMJ Pain Any Longer

You may not have realized it before, but you have little triangular-shaped joints located in front of your ears. Lined with cartilage, these joints move with a smooth, gliding motion. Although they are small, these joints have a big job to do. They join your lower jaw and temporal bone, allowing your mouth to open and close easily.

Although these joints are incredibly strong, they can be thrown out of alignment very easily. The temporomandibular joint is highly sensitive to overall physical, emotional, and psychological stress, and the slightest change can temporarily knock the whole system out of balance. The resulting condition is TMJ disorder, which can create a variety of symptoms, from jaw clicking and minor discomfort to sharp pain in your head, ears, neck, and shoulders. (more…)

Don’t Let Dental Fear Get the Best of You

If you have a fear of the dentist and can’t remember the last time you set foot inside a dental office, it’s time to get some help. Dental fear is a real and potentially debilitating condition. It can keep you from the dental care you need for your oral and overall health.

I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, and I treat patients who have varying levels of dental fear at my Lake Orion, Michigan office. I offer three options for sedation to address mild, moderate, and significant dental phobia or physical discomfort. If you have a strong gag reflex or an inability to numb with traditional anesthesia, sedation dentistry may be for you, as well.

At your consultation appointment, I will sit down and have a candid conversation with you about your concerns and fears. It is necessary for you to be honest, so that I can fully meet your needs and give you the best care possible at Lake Orion Family Dentistry.  Once I feel I have a solid grasp on your needs and previous experiences, I will develop a plan to provide you with a relaxing experience while you’re in my dental chair. (more…)

Beat Bad Breath in a Few Simple Steps

Believe it or not, there are only two causes for bad breath: oral hygiene and gastrointestinal health.

Often, bad breath is a result of a dental problem. Gum disease, cavities, and other oral conditions can be to blame. I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, and if you suffer from bad breath, I invite you to come in for an appointment to make sure the problem isn’t related to your oral health. If it is, I will recommend treatment options to get your mouth looking (and smelling) its best.

If you have ideal oral health, it’s likely that your bad breath comes from your diet. Bad breath odors originate not just inside the mouth, but also from your digestive tract, so what you eat has a huge impact on what others smell when you open your mouth. (more…)