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Maintaining optimal dental health requires a combination of diligent at-home dental care as well as high-quality professional treatments. When you come in to see our Saint Louis dentists, you can be sure that you are going to receive excellent professional care. But what can you do to improve your at-home oral hygiene routine?

Here are simple tips straight from our Saint Louis dental team:

1. Don’t skip flossing

Most of the patients we see are already brushing their teeth every morning and night (if you are not already, now is the time to start!). However, a surprisingly large number of dental patients fail to floss every day. One of the best things that you can do for your smile is to start flossing every night before you brush your teeth. This simple action will help you get rid of even more plaque than you would by brushing alone.

2. Don’t sip sugary drinks

We all know that drinks with a lot of sugary and refined carbohydrates can lead to cavities. What you may not know is that the way that you consume these drinks matters as well. If you do indulge in the occasional sugary drink, try not to sip on it throughout the day—it is better to drink it in a fairly short period of time. When you sip throughout the day, you prolong the amount of time that sugar sits on your enamel, and thus you prolong the mount of time that oral bacteria are able to feed on these sugars.

If you want even more tips and tricks on maintaining a healthy smile, our Saint Louis dentists would be happy to give you the answers and support that you need. Please call us or use the Contact Us page on our website in order to get started!

Because every smile is unique, our dental team works to provide plenty of aesthetic options, so that we can match the patient to his or her ideal treatment.

In today’s short article, our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists are going to be explaining how we use various treatments in order to achieve cosmetic results. We hope that this information helps you feel more comfortable taking steps to improve your own smile!

Let’s start by talking about some of the dental treatments that deliver results in just one appointment:

Professional dental whitening: these dentist-administered whitening formulas lighten existing stains, and help to restore a smile’s brightness and luminosity. Many patients see visible results after just one whitening session.

Dental bonding: in just one appointment our dental team can cover problematic enamel, or damaged teeth, with natural looking dental resin. Once the resin has cured (hardened) the dental patient is able to resume his or her normal routine right away.

Dental enamel reshaping: if some of your teeth are misshapen, or have uneven edges, our dental team can smooth away imperfections buffing away irregular dental enamel.

Gum tissue contouring: using dental lasers, our dentist can refine uneven gum tissue borders, and eliminate overgrown oral tissues. This treatment can make your smile look more balanced and proportionate. As the laser goes to work, it actually seals the gum tissue that is alters, which promotes tissue healing. Consequently, there is very little post-treatment recovery time needed before the patient can get back into his or her daily routine.

As you can see, you have a number of excellent, and efficient, cosmetic treatments at your disposal. Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists are happy to give you additional information. Just give us a call, or use our website to submit a question directly to our dental team.

The Lumineers that we offer in our Saint Louis cosmetic dentist office can truly change patients’ lives. Because it is a big decision to start Lumineer’s treatment, many patients reach out to our dental team with great questions about how this cosmetic option works.

Today we are going to answer some of these patient questions, right here in this article! We hope that this short overview will give you a better understanding of how Lumineers have helped so many people.

Let’s get started!

Q: What is the difference between Lumineers and dental bonding?
A: Great question! Both Lumineers and dental bonding can be used to improve the appearance and structure of a patient’s smile. The difference between these two options has to do with the material used, as well as the application process.

Dental bonding uses dental resin to resurface teeth. This resin is placed and shaped on the tooth, and then cured so that it forms a hard bond with the dental enamel. Lumineers, on the other hand, are made of porcelain. These cosmetic restorations are individually created, and then attached to the patient’s tooth with a dental grade adhesive.

Q: Once my Lumineers are on my teeth, do I take them out clean them? Like dentures?

A: No, and in fact many patients find this to a major advantage of Lumineers. Once your Lumineers is attached to your tooth, it will stay in place permanently. You’ll brush and floss your Lumineers just like you do natural teeth. With proper care they usually stay in a patient’s mouth for over a decade before they need to be repaired or replaced.

Lumineers look and feel natural—plus they can be used to achieve a wide number of cosmetic results. So, if you think that Lumineers might be right for you, please feel free to contact our Saint Louis Lumineers dentists for further information.