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Dental discoloration can make your smile look older, weaker, and dirtier than it really is. The good news is that there are steps that you can take to minimize aesthetic changes to your smile. Our Saint Louis dentists have put together this short article outlining common causes of staining and discoloration. We hope that after reading this you feel more empowered to safeguard your smile.

Now, keep in mind that our smiles are naturally different shades of white. The goal of topical whitening treatment is to restore your smile to its natural level of whiteness, while dental bonding and porcelain veneers cover enamel, and can thus be crafted to suit your desired shade.

You may notice that your smile is looking stained or dull due to:

  • Environmental stains: foods, drinks, and especially tobacco products will leave color deposits on your natural tooth surface over time. Basically, if a food or drink is dark or richly colored, it may be staining. Acidic substances are even more likely to stain, because they temporarily weaken enamel upon contact.
  • Thin dental enamel: the shade of your smile is very much linked to the health of your dental enamel, the outermost layer of your tooth. Under your enamel is a tooth layer called dentin, which is darker and yellower in color. As your enamel becomes thinner the dentin will show through and change the shade of your smile.
  • Tooth damage: if you notice a sudden darkening of a tooth or spots of discoloration, this could be due to dental trauma or infection. In these cases, you should reach out to your dental team for an assessment, as prompt treatment may be necessary.

As you can see, the shade of your smile is closely connected to the overall health of your smile. Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists are here to help you make the right decisions for your dental health, so give us a call to learn more!

Not all dental restorations are created equal. If you truly want to achieve attractive results that will stand up to the tests of time, then it is imperative that you pursue customized crowns. Every restoration that comes out of our Saint Louis dental office is personalized to suit the patient’s needs. Keep reading to learn more about the restorative process, and what you can expect!

When a tooth is damaged, either due to infection or physical trauma, you will probably require a dental crown to restore the tooth’s appearance and functionality. These restorations stay in place permanently, and you’ll be able to treat them just like your natural teeth.  

It is so important to have your restoration designed to suit your needs:

In terms of aesthetics, our team will use your natural teeth as guides as we craft your crown. Some people have rounder edges to their teeth, while others have sharper angles to their dental enamel. We use your existing smile as the blueprint when making your crown. Likewise, your restoration will be shaded to blend with your real enamel.

It is also crucial that your crown is custom-fit to work harmoniously with adjacent teeth. When a restoration is not refined and properly placed, your whole smile can be thrown out of alignment. A poorly fitting crown may lead to premature enamel deterioration as well as TMJ dysfunction. 

Our Saint Louis dentists use high-quality, customizable ceramic to repair damaged smiles. This material mimics the appearance of natural dental enamel, and has been shown to hold up to the wear and tear of daily life.

No matter what the current state of your smile, our team can help you achieve lasting oral health and a smile that shines.  Give us a call to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation!

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