Holistic Dentistry Offers Healthy, Safe Options

I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry, and I want to be your family’s dental health provider. I offer general, sedation, cosmetic dentistry services, and  I make sure that my team is trained in and equipped with contemporary dental technology, so you can receive the best care possible. As a family dentist, it is very important to me that my patients understand their dental health and my recommendations for treatment. Dental work is an investment of your time and money, so it requires trust in your dentist. I want you to be as comfortable and informed as possible that I will give you the results you deserve.

I believe in conservative treatment, so I offer holistic dentistry options. Holistic dentistry is the practice of using biocompatible materials and conservative procedures that are in the best interest of a patient’s overall health. All patients are different and have specific needs, so I will customize a treatment plan just for you.

My office features several eco-friendly materials and conservative technologies, including CEREC, digital x-rays, pure medical grade oxygen, a hi-flow mercury vapor filtration unit, and more.

I want to invite you to experience conservative, holistic dentistry for yourself. Contact Lake Orion Dentistry to schedule a consultation or office tour.

Cars, Trees, and Traditions at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum

Come celebrate the holidays at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum this Saturday (November 20) through December 30. This exhibit spotlights eights decades of holiday season celebrations.

The special event pairs 23 decorated trees with Chrysler vehicles of various styles from throughout the decades. Evergreen trees on the top floor of the museum feature authentic ornamentation from the early 1900s through the 1980s.

Stroll through the museum and Boss Chrysler’s Garage while learning about the evolution of vehicle progression from horseless carriages to enclosed, better-engineered models. Check out the vintage trains spanning from 1911 to the early 1990s complete with beautifully preserved models including sets such as a 1920s American Flyer Electric Passenger train, a 1930s Lionel Steamer Fighter, and a 1950s Marx train.

This event is open to people of all ages. Holiday crafts will be going on every Saturday through December from 10am to 2pm. Kid-friendly characters, such as Thomas the Tank Engine, will be around for the kids to take pictures with.

The kickoff for this event will be tonight at 6:30 at the museum. Enjoy a preview of the exhibit and get into the holiday spirit with refreshments, wine tasting, and demonstrations of some of the vintage trains. Live music, a silent auction benefiting local school children, and a visit from Santa Clause will also take place.

Here at Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we like to promote community events that the entire family can enjoy together. The Walter P. Chrysler Museum is located less than 20 minutes away from our office in Lake Orion and is a great place to avoid the blustery winter weather! For more information, please visit the event website.

Detecting Oral Cancer Early Can Save Your Life

As a family dentist, I try to take every precaution to make sure that you and your family have the healthiest mouths around. After all, your oral health has a direct correlation to your overall health and well being.

Oral cancer is one of the most severe dental problems. According to the American Dental Association, oral cancer affects approximately 34,360 Americans each year. Oral cancer can be fatal, with more than 25% of those diagnosed dying of the disease. On average, only half of those diagnosed with the disease will survive more than five years. I am not telling you this to scare you.  Here at Lake Orion Family Dentistry, my team and I want to educate you about your oral health, as well as provide you with top-notch dental care.

Fortunately, recent technological advances have provided the dental world with VELscope, a tool that helps dentists detect oral cancer early, before cancer cells reach the surface. VELscope is a non-invasive, hand-held device that I use in conjunction with traditional oral, head, and neck exams to assess for oral cancer.

The VELscope hand piece shines a safe, blue light into the oral cavity.  Healthy tissue glows bright green, while suspicious areas appear darker.  Once I have done a full examination of your mouth using the VELscope, I can discuss my findings and, if necessary, we’ll talk about a biopsy.

VELscope is just one way of preventing oral cancer from advancing.  It is imperative that you attend six-month dental checkups and follow through with dental appointments to ensure your  mouth is healthy and working properly.  For more information about VELscope, or to schedule an appointment, please contact my Lake Orion dental office.

Dr. Greenfield Attends Lumineers and Snap-On Smile Seminars

As a cosmetic dentist, I am always looking for new services to give my patients the smile they have always wanted. I recently attended two seminars in Chicago, given by well-known cosmetic dentist Dr. Peter Harnois of Your Life Smiles in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Harnois presents lectures, both domestically and internationally, to train dentists on Lumineers and other cosmetic procedures. Lumineers is a minimally invasive way to give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile by erasing imperfections. Lumineers are veneers, custom made from ultra-strong, patented Cerinate porcelain. Each porcelain shell is contact lens thin and adheres directly to a front tooth. There is no need for shots, drilling, and altering sensitive tooth structure prior to placement, as is necessary with traditional veneers. Lumineers is a reversible procedure, although I’m sure you will love them after you see your beautiful new smile!

Dr. Harnois also spoke about Snap-On Smile. Snap-On Smile is a new technology meant for patients who want a quality smile makeover for a fraction of the price of traditional veneers. Snap-On Smile is a unique, new product that snaps in place over existing teeth. Because of this, little to no preparation is needed prior to wearing your the device. Snap-On Smile is made from a special formula of dental resin that makes it very thin, yet incredibly strong. Just like traditional veneers, Snap-On Smile gives you a beautiful, natural-looking smile and can hide stains, chips, gaps, and even missing teeth.

Here at Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we want to offer our patients the most up-to-date and effective dental options. We take our education seriously, so that we can give you the best care possible. For more information, or to schedule your Lumineers or Snap-On Smile consultation, please contact my office.

Meet Curtis Thomas, RDA, RDH

We are pleased to have Curtis on our team! He has worked with me for over a year now, and he came on board at Lake Orion Family Dentistry in April. Curtis is originally from Louisiana, and his family still resides there. He has an 11-year old daughter, Serena, who lives in Guam with her mother, who is on active duty.

After high school, Curtis entered the Marine Corps where he served four years’ active duty and four years inactive before moving to Texas. It was in the Lone Star State that he entered a program in which the Red Cross offered Registered Dental Assistant certification, with training from the US Airforce, in return for six months’ volunteer work. Curtis was pleased and excited to complete the program.

He then searched for a school to continue his education and earn an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Mott Community College was a great fit, and it was the school’s RDH program that brought Curtis to Michigan. During his training at Mott, he earned a scholarship from the Wolverine Dental Hygienists Association, and just this year, Curtis was an honorary member of Who’s Who.

In addition to his RDA and RDH, Curtis holds certification in nitrous oxide administration, local anesthesia, and CPR. He adores our patients and appreciates the priority and respect they have for dental care.

Away from the office, Curtis enjoys watching UFC fights and boxing. He claims to have been a scrawny kid in school, and he never had much use for sports, other than track and field. You might also catch Curtis four wheeling or fishing in his leisure time.

The Smile Makeover

One of our main goals at Lake Orion Family Dentistry is to make you fall in love with your smile all over again.  Porcelain veneers have been popular in the entertainment industry for quite some time, and we are proud to offer this completely natural looking cosmetic procedure to our patients.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of the highest quality porcelain that are bonded directly to your teeth. These veneers are incredibly strong and can endure the extreme pressures and temperatures your mouth experiences daily.

As a cosmetic dentist, I design the perfect treatment plan to help you achieve your dental goals.  After your consultation, a trained ceramist handcrafts each veneer in our dental lab, according to my exact specifications.

In most cases, this smile makeover procedure does require some preparation.  In order to ensure the best fit possible from your veneers, I will need to remove some enamel from the existing teeth, but don’t let that scare you.  Your brand new, and permanent, smile will be worth it!

With the proper care, you veneers will last for decades.  Also, veneers never lose their bright white luster, so you can have a permanent, perfect white smile.

Veneers are great alternatives to braces for misaligned teeth.  Many of my patients choose veneers to conceal gaps, discoloration, chipping, and to hide bulky crowns and fillings.

I recommend veneers to any of my patients who have always dreamt of a bright, natural looking smile!  If you think porcelain veneers are the right dental move for you and want to set up a consultation appointment, or you want more information, please contact my office.