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We see our teeth everyday—you probably take a look at your teeth when you brush and floss, when you check your appearance in the mirror, and after a meal when you check for food stuck in your teeth! Since you’re constantly aware of the appearance of your teeth, you may not notice small aesthetic changes that accumulate over time. Your teeth, like the rest of your body, change with age. Over time your teeth can become darker, stained, and with dull enamel.

Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentist office offers a number of different treatments to lighten and refresh the appearance of your smile. There are a number of factors that can improve the appearance of your smile…

1. color—obviously white teeth are younger and cleaner looking than dark or stained teeth, so you cosmetic treatment should give the outside of your teeth a bright, white appearance

2. luster—young enamel is luminous and it reflects light. Cosmetic treatments that bring luminosity back to dull teeth can give your smile a radiant appearance.

3. texture—smooth enamel is both attractive and easier to keep clean. If your enamel is grooved or pitted, you may consider cosmetic dentistry that will smooth the appearance of the enamel.

The leading cosmetic treatments used to refresh patients’ smiles are…

Professional teeth whitening treatments—these treatments lighten natural enamel. This is a great option for patients with healthy teeth who want to eliminate surface stains.

Porcelain dental veneers—veneers are often used to correct more severe cosmetic problems such as irregular enamel surface texture, and whitening-resistant stains and discoloration.

Which one is right for you? You can learn more at your cosmetic consultation. During this meeting our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists will walk you through your treatment options and get a better understanding of your unique dental goals.

When Susan brought her son—Robby—into our Saint Louis dentist office, she was concerned that he was grinding and clenching his teeth in his sleep. We met with Robby and Susan to assess Robby’s condition—ultimately we found that Robby was suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Now most patients that have sleep apnea are adults—sleep apnea is both more rare and more difficult to diagnose in young patients, but it does happen. Read on to learn more about what to look out for…

When a child’s sleep is disrupted due to obstructive sleep apnea, they’ll probably exhibit some behavioral signs. Your child may act tired, and unmotivated. Teachers sometimes tell parents that their child has started to lose interest in school or even become disruptive in class. When a child doesn’t get a restful night’s sleep he or she may start to act out and act sluggish.

Your child may also be waking up upset in the middle of the night. You may notice that they’ve started to snore loudly or even wake up gasping for air during the night.

Look out for these other signs of sleep apnea that may pop up when your child is sleeping—severe sweating, stomach sleeping positions (your child may be sleeping in a stomach crouched position), and bedwetting. Obviously, these problems can have a number of causes, so you should have your child evaluated by a dentist to determine if obstructive sleep apnea is a problem.

Obstructive sleep apnea can be effectively addressed with customized mouth guards and other treatments that help keep the airway open during sleep. Give us a call to schedule an appointment with our Saint Louis dentist office. During this consultation we’ll review your child’s symptoms and check for signs of airway obstructions. With proper care your child can sleep peacefully and wake up refreshed again!

Every patient needs to choose a tooth replacement option that works for him or her specifically. When considering tooth replacement options, you need to consider your lifestyle, your aesthetic goals, and your dental health goals. One viable tooth replacement option is dentures—and we’re not talking about those old clunky dentures of years past! With the latest denture technology you can achieve a smile that both looks and feels natural!

Our Saint Louis dental office uses Geneva 2000 dentures to provide patients with the highest quality dentures available. Like other dentures, the Geneva 2000s sit on top of the gum tissue—replacing both the look and function of natural teeth.

However, there are a number of particularities of Geneva dentures that put them above and beyond older models.

1. Geneva 2000 dentures are designed to look natural for each individual patient—these are the opposite of “one size fits all” dentures. Geneva dentures are both shaped and shaded to suit specific patients. The color of your replacement teeth will complement your overall appearance. The shape of your replacement teeth will depend on your gender—there are different tooth shapes for male and females, respectively—and your mouth size and shape.

2. These dentures are also designed to be comfortable and facilitate easy eating and speaking. Patients no longer need to worry about ill-fitting or uncomfortable dentures, because the denture is molded to exactly fit the patient’s gum tissue. Additionally, the bite surfaces on Geneva dentures are crafted to chew comfortably and naturally.

If you’re missing teeth, don’t feel too embarrassed to come in and get the help you need! Our Saint Louis dentist will help you find the tooth replacement option that works for your life, and helps you regain your health. Give us a call or check out our website to schedule your own consultation!

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