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Ouch! Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

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If you feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or each time you brush and floss, Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry is here for you.

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing can result in receding gums, which leads to the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort. Our friendly and thorough staff can determine if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity issues and get you on your way to proper oral care habits.

We may recommend an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste to help diminish tooth sensitivity after several applications.  However, some patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride treatments available at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry.

 

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Crown or Veneer?

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At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we offer multiple cosmetic dental procedures for creating unforgettable smiles. Two of the most popular procedures are dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements. A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of extremely strong ceramic laminate. Crowns are made of all porcelain or gold. Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but dental crowns are a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can fix the shape of a tooth, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.  Your cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth and submit an accurate order to the lab. The success of a crown or veneer procedure depends on the dentist and lab.

The role of the dental lab technician is equally important. Highly-skilled lab technicians fabricate custom dental crowns and veneers to the specifications of the cosmetic dentist. They must have the expertise to meet the precise standards needed for successful restorations.

The team at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry and the outstanding staff at our dental lab work together to provide the highest quality dental restorations for our valued patients. If you would like more useful specifics about crowns or other cosmetic dental procedures, we invite you to reach out to us to schedule a consultation.

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321


A Teenage Smile Without The Metal

No One Will Know You Are Wearing Braces In Comstock Park

Many adults want to look younger by straightening their teeth but having a mouthful of noticeable teenager-style metal braces is not exactly what they had in mind.

If you are not happy with your misaligned teeth, you may be interested to hear about the   discrete straightening methods now available for people of all ages. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we offer custom invisible braces that are worn over teeth.

Your busy lifestyle will not be hampered because invisible braces are so easy and convenient. The comfortable aligners allow you to eat anything you want and caring for your teeth will not become cumbersome.

Modern orthodontia and cosmetic dentistry truly work miracles to create younger, more vibrant smiles. If you have delayed orthodontic treatment because of the perceived inconvenience and appearance of traditional metal braces, we hope today’s post has provided critical specifics that will help you make an informed decision.

Our friendly and thorough team has been creating beautiful smiles since 1974. If your teeth have issues in addition to misalignment, schedule a consultation to learn about veneers, dental implants, white fillings, gum contouring, and teeth whitening.

Some of the most popular treatments at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry include implant dentistry, restorative dentistry, and porcelain veneers. Whatever your dental needs are, we will create a personalized, custom treatment strategy for you.

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


How To Get The Whitest Teeth

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Some people’s teeth are whiter than others, but we think it’s safe to say that most of us want our teeth to be pearly white! If you are one of those people, then Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry can help you achieve that sensational smile you desire. Today, we want to share tips on teeth whitening and what we can do for you.

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many men and women still forget this practice. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities. Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we consume (drinks, food, etc.) but when we brush our teeth, it minimizes the damage.

Sometimes the discoloration is too severe to be reversed by home remedies. That’s why at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we offer other powerful procedures to beautify your smile. We provide in-office teeth whitening and take home teeth bleaching kits. Each of these techniques provide an effective solution to teeth whitening. The friendly and thorough at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry will work with you to find the best solution to beautify your smile.

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Don’t Like Your Teeth? 4 Great Reasons To Get A Smile Makeover!

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When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? If the answer is, ‘Not really,’ then you may want to consider scheduling a complimentary consultation to discuss your options.

A little goes a long way. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening and tooth-colored fillings are simple but have dramatic results.

It’s more affordable than you think. Don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry.  We’ll come up with a cost-effective plan that works for you.

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull will keep you comfortable. Many people worry that the procedures are painful, but we can help you stay relaxed and free from discomfort whether you’re getting tooth-colored fillings, dental implants, veneers, or a complete smile makeover.

You will look and feel younger! Some people believe they have to live with stained, chipped, cracked, crooked, or missing teeth, but we have the tools to fix all of these issues and keep your smile healthy for life.

If you are in the Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker or Rockford, MI area and are looking for a dentist, call our office at 616-723-8631. We have been practicing quality dentistry in Comstock Park, Michigan since 1974. We are accepting new patients and would love to serve you.

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Super Smiles Have Strong Enamel

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Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! This substance, found on the outer surface of your teeth, truly should last a lifetime. But just because it’s super strong doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to take care of it.

Here are some beneficial tips for keeping enamel healthy.

  1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks damage your teeth, and don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the acid can erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your incisors.

On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth and preserve your enamel. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt!

  1. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. If your teeth are discolored or yellowish, you may feel you need to brush harder. Instead, think about teeth whitening and speak with your dentist.
  2. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so it is important to meet with your doctor about treatment.
  3. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva can cause major trouble for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear enamel. Make sure your dentist is aware if you experience either of these issues.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we want our patients to have the best oral health possible, and enamel health is a key component. Procedures such as dental bonding, veneers, invisible braces, tooth colored fillings, and dental implants help give you the smile you want. Our cosmetic dentistry procedures beautify your smile.

Please call our office at 616-723-8631 to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/tooth-enamel-damage, accessed on September 18, 2013

 

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

 

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


If Only I Had Taken Care Of My Teeth…

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Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will sound so simple when you have dentures.

How many times have you said, “If only!” “If only I had changed my oil,” “If only I had stayed in college,” ‘If only I had worn sunscreen.”

We hope you don’t ever say, “If only I had taken care of my teeth!” If you have neglected your teeth, we invite you to let us help you get back on track to oral health. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we are devoted to helping patients establish and maintain dental health. We help all of our patients feel relaxed and comfortable in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere.

We have treated countless Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI area patients who avoided the dentist in years past but have recommitted themselves to healthy oral habits. We have an extensive menu of effective treatments for any dental problems you may currently have: cavities, stained teeth, chipped teeth, gum disease, broken crowns, old unsightly fillings, crooked teeth and even missing teeth.

Professional dental treatment is a key investment in your most precious possession – your health. If you are worried about the cost of dental treatment, talk to us about dental financing. If you need extensive dental work, we can prioritize a treatment plan to get the work done over time and schedule it to fit your budget.

Whatever concerns have kept you from seeing a dentist – fear, finances, or the fact that you are just too busy – we hope you will recommit to your smile. We are here to help.

Call Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry today at 616-723-8631!

We can whiten, brighten, and straighten your smile!

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Think You May Have A Cavity?

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Teeth take a lot of tender, loving care. And even when we do our best to practice daily dental hygiene, bacteria can still sneak in and cause cavities. At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry, we have been filling cavities since 1974 and would be happy to take care of any cavities or other dental issues you are experiencing.

Few men and women go their entire life without getting a cavity. Unfortunately for some children, a cavity is the first health problem they experience in childhood. Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque. Plaque then clings to your teeth and the acid in the plaque starts to dissolve the enamel. The result is a hole in your tooth which can also be accompanied by pain.

Dental fillings quickly and effectively fix cavities. We use top-of-the-line instruments and technology to examine the size and severity of the cavity. We provide tooth colored fillings that are as durable as conventional metal fillings and match your teeth correctly.

A filling isn’t a “set it and forget it” treatment. A tooth that has received a filling still needs to be properly cared for because tooth decay can arise in the surrounding tooth structure if bacteria is allowed to flourish.

Regular checkups are an important part of caring for your teeth and there’s no better place to than at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry. We have a comfortable, state-of-the-art office and a friendly, professional staff! That’s why so many men and women in Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI have trusted us with their teeth since 1974.

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

 

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Protect Those Nooks And Crannies

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We’re passionate about the prevention of dental caries, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Preventative dentistry such as brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist are vital for keeping your smile bright and free of cavities. There are some places where enamel damage can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.

The very back of the mouth is the most problematic area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for dental caries to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth, create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

While brushing and flossing frequently is critical, an additional safeguard against dental caries is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are placed on the biting surface of the tooth to protect its exterior. Dental sealants are not just for kids. Our adult patients choose sealants to help fight cavities and protect enamel. We will examine you sealants every time you come in to make sure a new application is not needed.

Sealants are relatively inexpensive. If you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative care that may be needed in the future, sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.

To keep a healthy smile, follow these essential steps:

  • Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every few months.
  • Floss daily.
  • Brush with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste after each meal.
  • Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
  • Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy.
  • Visit us at least twice a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined.
    Consider having sealants to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places

Call today for an appointment ( 616-723-8631) to meet the friendly and thorough team at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry to help keep you smiling.

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Suspect A Bite Problem?

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Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics, invented the term malocclusion. Malocclusion is fairly common and in most cases the misalignment is so slight that it does not cause problems.

When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.

There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth and injury to the jaw can impact the bite.

Children with a normal bite can develop bite problems with prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.

The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to correct bite trouble. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be fixed with crowns or dental bonding.

If your jaw hurts or you experience unusual wear to your teeth, it is critical that you are examined by a professional. Call 616-723-8631 to schedule an appointment. Our friendly and thorough dental team has been serving patients at our comfortable Comstock Park office since 1974. We can give you more details about malocclusion, porcelain veneers, implant dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics and Zoom teeth whitening.

We can advise parents about important issues such as tooth development, thumb-sucking, water fluoridation, dental sealants, oral sports protection, and orthodontia. If you suspect that your child has any degree of malocclusion, schedule an exam ASAP. Untreated bite issues in children can inhibit proper nutrition, breathing, tooth development, and speech development.

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


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