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As a cosmetic dentistry patient today’s world, you have more treatment options than ever before. This is a huge advantage, but it can also prove to be overwhelming for patients as they try to choose the best treatments for their respective situations. Luckily, our Saint Louis dentists are here to help!

Today’s article is all about dental veneers. If you’ve been considering pursuing cosmetic treatment, we that this info helps you get a better idea of whether veneers are right for you.

As you may already know, dental veneers are thin porcelain restorations that can completely resurface individual teeth or multiple teeth at once. But you may not know that…

  • Veneers are so thin, that they generally only as thick as a contact lens
  • Once bonded to the tooth, these veneers are exceptionally strong and durable
  • Porcelain, as a material, mimics the appearance of real enamel, down to the way that it reflects light

One of the advantages of the dental veneer is that it is so versatile. With this one restoration you can cover unsightly enamel, correct dental damage, make your smile appear straighter, and balance the appearance of disproportionate teeth.

What’s more, the porcelain veneer placement process generally takes two to three appointments to complete. In the first appointment, our team will assess your smile and shape your teeth to prepare them for the veneers. Then, we take an impression of your teeth; these impressions allow us to create customized veneers that fit seamlessly. Once your veneers are complete, you’ll come back for another appointment so that our dentist can permanently bond the veneers to your teeth.

That’s the quick run-down of porcelain veneers, but, as always, our Saint Louis veneer dentists are here to answer any additional questions that you may have. Give us a call to get started!

As is true with most things in life, the earlier that dental issues are identified and addressed, the simpler and less expensive the treatment process is. That is why our Saint Louis dentists work to educate our patients about oral health issues, so that they can stay alert for changes to their smiles.

Today we are reviewing a few warning signs that may indicate emerging oral health issues. If you notice that you’re suffering from these problems, reach out to your dentist for evaluation and treatment.

Persistent bad breath

It is normal for breath to become malodorous after eating foods like garlic, onions, etc. However, if you are suffering from chronic bad breath, and you find that it’s difficult to maintain a fresh and clean feeling smile, it may be because you have accumulated plaque and tartar in your mouth. Chronic bad breath is often linked to existing dental cavities and gum disease. 

Dental pain

Some people simply have sensitive teeth: they may feel temporary discomfort when drinking ice cold drinks, for example. However, in many cases, dental pain indicates a dental problem. If a cavity has extended into the nerves of the tooth, for example, you will experience pain when the nerves are touched and when pressure is put on the tooth. In these cases, it is always the best course of action to be safe and complete an evaluation with your dental team.

Shifting dental alignment

When periodontal disease is left untreated, it can spread to other oral tissues and the connective tissues that hold teeth in place. If you notice that your teeth are feeling loose, or shifting along your gum line, periodontal disease may be the culprit.

Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you address these dental issues and more. We’re happy to answer any questions that you may have—give us a call to schedule a personal consultation!

Few of us are lucky enough to be born with perfect dental alignment. The simple truth of the matter is that most of us experience some level of tooth crowding, dental gaps, and crooked teeth. The good news is that there are treatments from our Saint Louis dentists that can help to improve your dental alignment. And the reasons for doing so go far beyond aesthetics.

While it’s certainly true that a straight and seamless smile is attractive, properly aligned teeth can also help you protect and maintain your oral health.

Consider, for example, how difficult it is to thoroughly clean between crowded teeth. When your smile is misaligned, there are a multitude of hard-to-reach spaces in which plaque and tartar can colonize. All of this increases your risk of suffering from dental cavities as well as gum disease. A straight smile is easier to floss, and more effectively cleaned by brushing and using mouth rinse.

There are also a number of structural maxillofacial issues related to dental misalignment. If your top and bottom teeth, for example, do not come together in a natural and comfortable way, you will likely shift your lower jaw in order to compensate.  Unfortunately, this puts pressure on your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), and can actually create additional oral health issues. Patients with poorly aligned bite surfaces are at risk of developing head/jaw/face/neck pain, as well as temporomandibular joint damage. These patients may also find that certain teeth are wearing down prematurely, as they tend to favor one side of their smile over the other.

With proper treatment, you can improve our dental alignment and minimize your risk of suffering from related health issues. Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need—give us a call to schedule an appointment, or submit a question for our team through our Contact Us page!

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