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Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed that your smile is starting to look darker or stained? If so, you are in good company. Many adult dental patients complain that their dental enamel starts to look less luminous as time goes on. Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentist office can help you regain a bright, white smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments. Let’s learn more about the different factors associated with dental whitening!

Q: How does dental discoloration develop in the first place?

A: Dental discoloration generally develops over time. Staining substances like wine, coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate can discolor dental enamel. Additionally, as dental enamel ages, it becomes thinner and more susceptible to staining. Thin dental enamel also makes your teeth look dark, because dentin is able to show through the enamel.

Q: I have tried dental whitening in the past, and it didn’t work. What can I do?

A: If your teeth have been resistant to professional whitening treatments, you still have cosmetic dentistry options. Dental veneers have helped numerous patients with whitening-resistant teeth achieve white and bright smiles again. Because veneers are designed to cover dental enamel (rather than change it), they can make even the most damaged teeth look brand new.

Q: How long do the results of whitening treatments last?

A: Professional teeth whitening treatments deliver results that generally last for about a year before the patient requires touch-up whitening treatments. Dental veneers are naturally stain resistant, so they will remain bright and white for years.

No matter what your current dental situation, our Saint Louis cosmetic dentist office can help you elevate your smile with state-of-the-art treatments. If you are ready to get started improving your smile, please call our office, or contact us online, in order to get the information you need to move forward!

Sleep apnea is an insidious disorder that can rob you of quality sleep and daytime energy. In order to regain healthy nighttime functioning, it is critical that you seek effective treatment for sleep apnea. But how do you know if you are suffering from sleep apnea in the first place?

Our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists are here to help you answer this question. Read through this short article to get a better idea of how you can recognize sleep apnea in a timely fashion.

First let’s quickly review what sleep apnea is. Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs when a patient falls asleep and his or her airway becomes blocked by relaxed oral tissues. This disorder is surprisingly common in adults.

If your airway becomes blocked as you sleep you may experience a number of disruptive symptoms. Many of these symptoms are easily attributed to other disorders, so keep sleep apnea in mind if you experience:

· Loud snoring—you may even find that you snort yourself awake while snoring

· Chronic fatigue and daytime sleepiness, even after a seemingly long night’s sleep

· A dry feeling mouth and throat when you wake up in the morning

· Headaches

· Frequently disrupted sleep

Bring these issues to the attention of your doctor or dentist as soon as possible in order to get the effective care that you need. There are simple, non-invasive ways to combat sleep apnea, so that you can get the restful night’s sleep you need to function optimally.

If you are ready to learn more about sleep apnea, or to schedule your consultation with our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentist, please call our office or schedule your appointment online. You can also submit an inquiry through our website, and our dental team will be happy to get back to you!

Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists believe that every patient should have a smile that he or she wants to show off to the world. Because few of us are born with “Hollywood smiles,” cosmetic dentistry treatments can go a long way toward perfecting the appearance of unsightly teeth. An increasingly popular option for dental patients is LUMINEERS treatment. Dental LUMINEERS are making it faster and easier than ever before for patients to achieve their best smiles. Read on to get some more information about this exciting treatment…

Q: How long does it take for the dentist to place LUMINEERS?

A: One of the major advantages of LUMINEERS treatment is that most of the time treatment can be completed in only two or three dental appointments. Because LUMINEERS cover your natural teeth, our dentist simply has to design and fit your dental LUMINEERS to suit your smile, and then attach them.

Q: How are LUMINEERS different from traditional veneers?
A: Both veneers and LUMINEERS use porcelain restorations to cover and transform unsightly teeth. However, LUMINEERS are much thinner than traditional veneers. This means that our dentist does not need to shave away very much dental material when placing LUMINEERS. Consequently, LUMINEERS are reversible, while veneers are not.

Q: What should I do if I think LUMINEERS are right for me?

A: The best thing to do is to speak to your dentist about your cosmetic concerns. Your dentist can examine your smile to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for cosmetic treatment. You can also check out our LUMINEERS dentistry page to get a better sense of how LUMINEERS work.

Are you ready to learn more about LUMINEERS and cosmetic dentistry in general? If so, our Saint Louis LUMINEERS dentist office is here for you! You can contact our dental team either by calling our office or by submitting an inquiry online—we look forward to meeting you!

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