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Although many patients take pains to protect their teeth and avoid cavities, many patients don’t realize that there are forces at work in your mouth every day that may be changing your dental enamel. The truth is that dental enamel can wear down over time—and there are a number of different causes of this phenomenon. Read on for more information from our Saint Louis dentists about what to look for in your mouth.

Do you grind your teeth?

If you regularly grind or clench your teeth, you may be wearing down your dental enamel. The trick is, many patients don’t immediately realize that they’re doing this because it happens when they are sleeping. So if you wake up with a headache, jaw, or neck stiffness, talk to your dentist about the possibility of you wearing down your teeth due to clenching and grinding.

How often are you rinsing your mouth after meals?

Every time you eat or drink something your mouth produces oral acids. These acids can wear down dental enamel over time—causing your teeth to look duller. Try to rinse your mouth with water or even brush directly after eating. Acids are produced for as long as 30 minutes after you consume something, so rinse right away to deter acid erosion.

Are you brushing the right way?

Patients who brush and apply too much force, or brush with bristles that are too firm may notice that their enamel starts to thin. Make sure to apply light pressure as you brush, and pick a soft ore medium bristled brush to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Your dentist will be able to most effectively monitor your teeth and gums for signs of wear and tear. Additionally, if you notice any oral sensitivity or irritation, let your dentist know right away to seek treatment. Our Saint Louis dental office is here to help you keep your teeth strong and healthy for years to come.

Samantha called our office and spoke to our Saint Louis Cosmetic dentists about wanting to change her smile—she just felt that her smile wasn’t looking as perfect and luminous as she wanted. Samantha had considered a number of cosmetic treatments, but she had pretty much decided that she was interested in pursuing dental veneers. We schedule a consultation with Samantha, so that we could review her treatment process and help her understand what the dental veneers process is like.

When Samantha came in for her consultation, we spent some time explaining how the dental veneers process progresses. Although Samantha knew that she wanted the clean, perfected look that dental veneers provide, she wasn’t sure how this is accomplished.

We told her that to begin treatment we’d determine her dental goals and make sure that veneers were suitable for her given the current state of her teeth and gums.

Proceeding with treatment, our team will shave off some of the patient’s existing dental enamel. This is crucial for ensuring a good fit—if the tooth is not shaved down before the veneer is placed, the veneer will stick and look and feel bulky in the mouth.

Once the tooth has been altered, we’ll be able to take a final impression of the tooth. This impression will be used to craft the permanent veneer. The permanent veneer will be designed, therefore, to fit exactly on top of the altered tooth. Once the veneer is crafted and complete, we simply affix the veneer to the tooth with dental adhesive.

Samantha chose to pursue dental veneers treatment, and she’s been thrilled with the results! In just three appointments she was able to transform her smile completely. If you’d like more information about dental veneers, give our Saint Louis cosmetic dental office a call—we’re here to help you realize your dream smile!

In our Saint Louis cosmetic dental office we understand that not every cosmetic dentistry patient is the same, and that cosmetic treatments need to suit the specific patients and his or her needs. That’s why we offer so many cosmetic treatments to cater to our patients, specifically. Today I’m going to discuss just a few of the cosmetic treatments that we commonly use to correct dental problems.

One of the most common complaints that we hear from dental patients is that their teeth are starting to look dark, stained, or dull. Dental discoloration can be caused by a number of issues. Environmental stains result from consuming discoloring foods or drinks, such as wine, cola, coffee, and tea. Structural changes in the tooth can also cause teeth to look darker, as dental enamel thins, more of the dark dentin beneath shows through the surface of the teeth.

Many patients suffering from dental staining benefit from professional teeth whitening treatments. These treatments bleach dental enamel, lightening stains and refreshing the appearance of teeth. If teeth whitening treatments are not successful for you, you may find that dental veneers are effective. Veneers completely cover the enamel surface, so they can mask even the darkest teeth.

Another common complaint from patients is that their teeth are crooked, misaligned, or uneven. Dental veneers can give you the appearance of a straight, seamless smile in only a few appointments. Veneers are shaped and shaded to fit your smile, so they are sure to look natural and enhance your overall appearance.

As you can see thanks to cosmetic dentistry, there are attainable solutions for common dental problems. If you’re unhappy with the state of your smile, give our Saint Louis dental office a call. During your consultation we can discuss your treatment options and help you choose what’s right for you!

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