Welcome to Our Practice

We are proud to provide outstanding dental care to the communities of Orlando, Waterford Lakes, Avalon Park, and all the other surrounding areas!

As a patient at our practice, you’ll enjoy exceptional dentistry and personalized care from friendly, skilled people who are passionate about what we do! Attention to detail is important in any health care setting, and we are careful to avoid missing a thing! We also stay up to date on current technologies and techniques to bring you the very best that modern dentistry has to offer.

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What We Do

We make it easy for your entire family to get the care you need when you need it. Early morning office hours make it easy for you to fit dental care into your busy day, and we are happy to file all PPO insurance claims for your convenience.

Our beautiful office is easy to find, located near the campus of the University of Central Florida. We offer a wealth of services to meet your needs, from preventive cleanings and examinations to restorative and cosmetic treatments. We also provide more advanced treatments like dental implants, placed right here in our office by Dr. Michaelson, and adult orthodontic options like Invisalign.

We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to our dental family!

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Gum Recontouring or Smile Lift

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When you look at a smile, the teeth are not the only thing that makes a smile beautiful. The gums play an important role in a great looking smile. A “Gummy Smile” can be a quick and easy fix.At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we offer Gum Recontouring or Smile Lifts. This procedure involves the use of a pain-free laser to recontour and reshape the gum. This advanced technology is quick, efficient, and virtually painless.The process starts with Dr. Micahelson administrating a small amount of local anesthetic. We then use a powerful, yet gentle laser to remove small amounts of gum tissue. By using a laser the ...

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Stinging and Burning? It Might Be a Mouth Ulcer

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Have you noticed a small painful lesion in your mouth? Do salty or spicy foods increase tenderness and inflammation, making eating painful?How Do Mouth Ulcers Form?You may have a mouth ulcer, also known as a canker sore. Mouth ulcers usually develop in your mouth or cheeks. The exact cause of mouth ulcers is unknown and varies from person to person. However, there are known factors that can aggravate mouth ulcers, including:Quitting SmokingCertain medicationsAnxiety or stressHighly acidic or spicy foods or beveragesBraces or ill-fitting dentures that irritate the inside of the mouthHormonal changes during pregnancy or menopauseDuring a severe outbreak, you may also experience sluggishness, fever, and swollen glands.A Canker Sore ...

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Successful Veneers Rely on Good Communication

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A lot of skill, science, and artistry go into creating beautiful, natural, long lasting veneers. The combination between the dentist, patient, and ceramist is critical and valuable input from all three help to create a great looking result.The dentist must have proper training and experience in handling numerous cosmetic challenges. The patient should have realistic expectations as to what he or she wishes for a final result and express those to the dentist. A highly experienced master technician or ceramist must listen to the goals of the doctor and patient in creating these beautiful restorations.All lines of communication between the dentist, patient, and ceramist are vital to achieving the right ...

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When Definitions Change: Keeping Up with

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For decades, the definition of oral health was the absence of disease. But dentists have known for years how oral health impacts go far beyond a decayed tooth.A New Definition of Oral HealthRecently, a new definition of oral health was adopted by the FDI World Dental Federation and hundreds of dental organizations, including the American Dental Association. It recognizes the overall impact that oral health has on your life, including your ability to smile, speak, taste, chew, and use facial expressions to convey emotion confidently and without discomfort, pain, or disease.While this is a new definition of oral health, it simply supports what dentists in practice already know – ...

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7 Simple Tips to Ensure Your Mouth Is as Healthy as It Can Be!

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Use proper brushing techniquesUse the right technique - Start with your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use circular motions. Then, hold the brush vertically using shorter strokes to clean the back of your front teeth. This is where we build up the most plaque and tater. Use a soft hand when brushing, gentle pressure.Brush enoughMany people brush regularly, but not long enough. The ADA recommends brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day. If you need help timing your brushing sessions try listening to a favorite song, watching a short video on YouTube, or even using your phone to time it. (Most electric toothbrushes have ...

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Have Questions for Your Dentist? Ask Away!

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If you would like to enjoy excellent oral health, you need to be an active participant in your dental care. To do so, you need to ask questions so you can understand why we recommend a particular procedure and how it benefits your oral health.We Want to Know What's on Your MindOften, a patient feels like they shouldn’t question their dentist’s recommendations. But Waterford Lakes dentist Dr. Gary Michaelson welcomes your questions so you can be fully informed about your treatment. When we work with you as a team, we can deliver results that address your concerns and help achieve your goal of a healthier smile.If you want more ...

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Getting a Cleaning? 4 Questions Worth Asking

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Professional dental cleanings at our Alafaya, FL dental office are essential if you want to maintain a healthy smile. However, these routine appointments are also an excellent opportunity to check in with your hygienist to see how you’re doing and to ask questions.Here’s a list of questions you should ask, but you probably have your own as well. Don’t ever hesitate to let us know what’s on your mind - your hygienist is there to help you enjoy the benefits of a healthy smileAm I brushing properly? If you have committed to practicing proper oral hygiene, be sure you don't waste your efforts. Even though you have brushed your teeth your ...

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There are no words to describe exactly how amazing my experience with Dr.Michaelson and his staff has been. From day one I felt so welcome in his office. My smile was honestly one of my largest insecurities, I never wanted to show my teeth for photos and covered my mouth while laughing. I went to Dr. Michaelson's office in hopes to get veneers and a new smile. Every consultation was easy and relaxed. I felt so safe with his team. - Cassie P.

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