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AACD 2014 Annual Meeting

May 4th, 2014

Another outstanding meeting of teaching, learning and welcoming newly accredited members to our organization the AACD in Orlando, FL. The meeting offered cosmetic dental professionals – including dentist, lab techs and team members – live learning through hands-on workshops and lectures.

I am honored again to share and teach dental professionals and members of the AACD clinical photography to enhance the quality of their dentistry through better communication with patients, referring doctors and laboratories. My courses consisted of two days of lecture and hands-on presentation.

The meeting also provides attendees with networking opportunities through social events, and the chance to see the latest dental technologies on display in the exhibit hall.

Muskegon Dental Society

April 23rd, 2014

I am honored to be teaching at the Muskegon Dental Society on April 25, 2014. The title of my presentation is “Digital Photography in Everyday Dentistry”. Discussion will consist of clinical photography and a photo series this is adaptable for every patient. How photography allows us to give and receive visual feedback weather you are at the beginning or the height of your career, your images will allow you to see things from a whole new perspective. We will walk through the steps of taking images on patients and how to use them in your practice. Summing up the lecture with a Q & A session establishing a foundation for taking images on patients, and the resources for places to go for more information.

A Treatment with Teeth?

February 3rd, 2014

Brushing your teeth may save your butt: A Case Western Reserve University study finds that Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn), an oral bacterium prevalent in people with gum disease, can promote colon cancer. Fn bacteria secrete a molecule, FadA, that binds to cells and weakens a tumor-suppressing protein. In the future, treatments that eradicate Fn may help prevent colon cancer, says study author Yiping Han, Ph.D.


Prevention & Pain Management

October 18th, 2013

I attended a Prevention and Pain Management seminar this week at the Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Society (KVDDS). The focus was on the fastest growing trends in the Dental Industry. There is a shift from simply treating decay to proactive prevention and treatment. We have a valuable opportunity to help patients take charge of their oral health.

Yours for better oral health, Brett


October 1st, 2013

Cavities occur in the presence of bacteria. Bacteria adheres to teeth by a sticky biofilm, a byproduct of the bacteria. If this biofilm is left undisturbed on the tooth, the bacteria will weaken the enamel until they reach the layer under the enamel, called dentin. The dentin is softer than enamel and destroyed very easily by bacteria. Sensitivity can occur, but not necessary during decay process. The enamel layer can crumble and break as the dentin layer is destroyed. X-rays are vital to an exam since decay in the enamel can be detected early and resolve with less invasive dental work. To prevent decay, removal of the initial bacterial biofilm is important. Swishing the mouth will not loosen this sticky biofilm. Brushing and flossing are the best tools to use. Scraping the floss on the sides of teeth removes the biofilm, not just “popping it in and out” between teeth. Bacteria is always present and always multiplying. Make sure you are brushing and flossing daily to assist decay prevention.


July 24th, 2013

The dreaded cavity is actually a little hole in your tooth caused by destruction of the hard outer enamel. Children are more likely to develop new cavities because they tend to consume more sugary foods and drinks that create bacterial plaque, a sticky film that produces enamel-eroding acids. However, 25% of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have at least one untreated cavity. If a cavity is so microscopic your doctor catches it only on a routine X-ray. If the cavity is larger, you’ll need a filling. The most popular are composite, or plastic, ones designed to match the color of your teeth, and are usually covered by dental insurance. If you have a really large cavity, though, you may need a porcelain crown.

Teeth Whitening

June 10th, 2013

White Wedding–Creating the Most Important Smile of Your Life

June is one of the most popular months of the year to get married. As a bride, groom, member of the wedding party, or even a guest, it’s important to make sure that your teeth look great.

The easiest way to get your teeth “wedding-ready” is to have a professional whitening treatment. Teeth whitening is the No. 1 most-requested cosmetic dental service, and wedding parties are among the main groups to take advantage of this quick and easy teeth brightening procedure.

At Magnuson Dental Design we offer both in-office and take-home whitening treatments. Both are great ways to make sure you’ll have a dazzling smile for your big day.

Tooth colors need to be in harmony with the skin tone and whites of the eyes. Hollywood white smiles can be distracting because you tend to look only at a person’s teeth and not at their whole face.

A natural smile is actually “polychromatic” or a nuanced combination of colors, something we can help you determine. Over-whitening can cause teeth to become more monochromatic and opaque.

Professional tooth whitening is the preferred whitening method because even though stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. Our professional whitening systems feature a buffer in the bleaching gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective, and can transform teeth in less time.

In-office whitening affects only the front eight teeth—known as the smile zone—and is a great jump start for take-home whitening, which is always part of an effective whitening program.

Tooth whitening will last for years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening touch-ups for regular maintenance. Which means brighter, whiter teeth not only for your wedding–but for the honeymoon and beyond!

Cosmetic Dentist in Kalamazoo on Conservative Approach to Smile Makeovers

August 30th, 2012

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Kalamazoo, MI — According to a recent study from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 99.7 percent of Americans believe a smile is an important social asset. However, similar studies from the AACD report that over half of Americans are unhappy with their smile, a statistic Kalamazoo dentist Dr. Brett Magnuson says has contributed to an increasing number of aesthetic dental procedures requested at his practice. Dr. Magnuson says patients are now turning to advanced cosmetic dentistry techniques like porcelain veneers to help them achieve conservative smile makeovers that enhance the appearance of their teeth without sacrificing natural structure and strength.

Focused mainly on prosthetic reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry in Michigan, Dr. Magnuson’s practice offers a wide variety of treatments ranging from teeth whitening to dental implants. Likely a result of the economic downturn, he says he has seen a growing demand for procedures that provide noticeable, effective results without the large price tag typically associated with cosmetic dentistry. Thanks to an innovative approach to performing porcelain veneers and other cosmetic bonding treatments, Dr. Magnuson says he has been able to produce a beautiful outcome that is both affordable and long-lasting.

“The advantage of the conservative approach is that it is minimally invasive thereby preserving more of the natural tooth,” says Dr. Magnuson. “By preserving enamel and as much of the natural tooth as possible, we can achieve a natural-looking result that will provide stronger structure and last longer.”

Dr. Magnuson says he uses several different types of dental veneers with varying thicknesses to help create a customized fit restoring function and a perfect smile for each patient. He says “no-prep” veneers are often used when the teeth are in good condition but the patient needs straightening or covering of imperfections and discolored teeth. “Minimal-prep” veneers are designed to help correct chipped or worn-away teeth by smoothing out the surface and providing a clean surface on which to bond the veneer. Dr. Magnuson says although these techniques can address a number of patient concerns, sometimes a more involved cosmetic procedure may be needed in the event of highly rotated teeth. However, he says the goal is to implement the most conservative techniques possible in order to achieve the desired results.

“Either approach can be used to achieve beautiful looking teeth and restorations,” he says. “With a traditional, invasive approach, the patient can end up with teeth that are no longer strong enough for a lifetime of function, whereas with a conservative approach, they can end up with stronger, longer-lasting results and less complications.”

Regardless of which method patients determine is the right fit for their needs, Dr. Magnuson says anyone considering cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers or dental implants should be sure to consult with an experienced and qualified dentist. He recommends conducting extensive research into a practice and looking at before and after pictures of actual patients to see if the results are actually indistinguishable from natural teeth before undergoing any treatment so as to ensure the safest, most effective outcome.

About Brett Magnuson, DMD

Dr. Brett Magnuson is a graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and has dedicated numerous hours to his continued education. He is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, as well as an Accreditation Examiner for the AACD and a member of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Magnuson has been selected as one of America’s Top Dentists by the Consumer’s Research Council, and regularly volunteers his time and services to help local and international charity organizations.

Located at 2901 S Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo, MI, Magnuson Dental Design can be reached at (269) 290-7275. It can also be contacted online via the website or

Article from Wellness Directory

May 30th, 2012

Dr. Magnuson was recently quoted in an article regarding fluoride in drinking water. Just click on the image below to download the pdf and read the entire article.

Cosmetic Dentist in Michigan Gives Back to Dental Community Through AACD Participation

May 1st, 2012
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Kalamazoo Cosmetic Dentist Contributes to AACD Conference and Give Back a Smile Program

Kalamazoo, MI — The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is hosting its 28th Annual Scientific Session from May 2-5, 2012 at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC. In anticipation of the upcoming event, Dr. Brett Magnuson, a cosmetic dentist in Kalamazoo, has announced he will be lecturing at the conference and says he is looking forward to further engagement with the dental community. The annual meeting will feature a diverse itinerary of lectures, course workshops, live demonstrations, and educational activities to help attendees hone their skills and stay up-to-date in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Magnuson will be delivering a lecture on “Digital Photography for Dentists” as well as teaching two half-day “Hands-on Workshops” at the event. Dr. Magnuson, who also volunteers regularly in the AACD-sponsored Give Back a Smile program for helping restore the smiles of domestic violence survivors, says his commitments to the AACD are both rewarding and essential for his pursuit of the highest quality care for his patients.

At his Kalamazoo cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Magnuson focuses on a wide variety of procedures ranging from teeth whitening to dental implant restorations. Through opportunities like the AACD annual meeting and the Give Back a Smile program, he says his practice is able to not only stay on top of the latest advancements in techniques and technology, but also play an active role in bettering the community. Whether it be teaching a course on a cosmetic procedure like porcelain veneers or giving back to the community through restorative treatments such as dental implants, Dr. Magnuson says he is honored to be a part of the AACD’s efforts and hopes to continue to interact with the educational opportunities and the outreach efforts.

Launched in 1999, the Give Back a Smile foundation is designed to offer cosmetic restorations to the victims of domestic violence at no charge. Volunteer AACD dentists perform procedures such as porcelain veneers to help survivors re-establish normalcy and healing to their lives and their appearance. Dr. Magnuson says his practice’s ability to participate in the treatment of patients such as these is an experience he is most humbled and thankful to be a part of:

“Through the Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program, AACD members assist survivors by treating their dental injuries that were sustained from domestic violence, so that they may reclaim their smiles, their self-esteem, and, ultimately, their lives. Because more than 5 million people are affected by domestic violence every year in the United States and Canada, there is clearly a need for a program like GBAS to help survivors rejuvenate their lives through the caring hands of a local dentist.”

Regardless of their motives for coming to his practice, Dr. Magnuson says his goal is to treat each patient with the utmost respect and personalized treatment. He says involvement in the AACD and their subsidiary programs has equipped him with a multitude of tools for enhancing his patient care and helping patients feel confident in the appearance of their smile.

About Brett Magnuson, DMD

Dr. Brett Magnuson earned his dental degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for which he has also served as an Accreditation Examiner. Dr. Magnuson is a member of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry and has been named one of America’s Top Dentists by the Consumer’s Research Council. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the International College of Implantologists, the Chicago Dental Society, and several other professional organizations. In addition to the Give Back a Smile program, Dr. Magnuson also volunteers with the AACD Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, helping those affected by hurricanes, tsunamis, and wildfires.

Located at 2901 S Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo, MI, Magnuson Dental Design can be reached at (269) 290-7275. It can also be contacted online via the website or the Magnuson Dental Design Facebook page.

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Magnuson Dental Design
Brett Magnuson, DMD

2901 S Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

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Ph. 269.290.7275