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The Lumineers that we offer in our Saint Louis cosmetic dentist office can truly change patients’ lives. Because it is a big decision to start Lumineer’s treatment, many patients reach out to our dental team with great questions about how this cosmetic option works.

Today we are going to answer some of these patient questions, right here in this article! We hope that this short overview will give you a better understanding of how Lumineers have helped so many people.

Let’s get started!

Q: What is the difference between Lumineers and dental bonding?
A: Great question! Both Lumineers and dental bonding can be used to improve the appearance and structure of a patient’s smile. The difference between these two options has to do with the material used, as well as the application process.

Dental bonding uses dental resin to resurface teeth. This resin is placed and shaped on the tooth, and then cured so that it forms a hard bond with the dental enamel. Lumineers, on the other hand, are made of porcelain. These cosmetic restorations are individually created, and then attached to the patient’s tooth with a dental grade adhesive.

Q: Once my Lumineers are on my teeth, do I take them out clean them? Like dentures?

A: No, and in fact many patients find this to a major advantage of Lumineers. Once your Lumineers is attached to your tooth, it will stay in place permanently. You’ll brush and floss your Lumineers just like you do natural teeth. With proper care they usually stay in a patient’s mouth for over a decade before they need to be repaired or replaced.

Lumineers look and feel natural—plus they can be used to achieve a wide number of cosmetic results. So, if you think that Lumineers might be right for you, please feel free to contact our Saint Louis Lumineers dentists for further information.

There are many types of substances—including popular foods and drinks—that can stain teeth over time. Plus, different types of dental damage can cause enamel to change color and become dull.

What happens when your teeth become discolored? How do stained teeth compare to white and luminous teeth? Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists are here to explain.

First of all, we need to keep in mind that young teeth generally appear pretty white and luminous. Every person has a different level of natural enamel whiteness, but young, healthy teeth are pretty luminous. This is because the dental enamel in young teeth is thick and sturdy.

As enamel ages, and discoloration compounds, the outer layers of a patient’s teeth may start to look brown, grey, and dull.

This makes a patient’s teeth appear to be dirty, even if they aren’t. As dental discoloration worsens, a patient’s smile will look dark and dingy no matter how well they brush, floss, and rinse. Your teeth may look like they are covered with cavities and plaque, although they aren’t. Stains from tobacco products are especially prone to appearing as grimy streaks.

And because young teeth are naturally white and bright, discolored teeth will make a patient look, in general, older. Discolored teeth appear to be worn down and weak.

When it comes time to rejuvenate your smile, you want to make sure that you also address any underlying dental health issues that may be affecting the appearance of your teeth. You don’t want to achieve superficial cosmetic results only to leave the underlying structure of your smile at risk.

Our Saint Louis dentists would be happy to tell you more about the cosmetic treatments we offer—including those for dental whitening—when you give us a call. You always have cosmetic options—don’t keep living with a smile that you don’t love.

When sleep apnea starts to affect your life, it can be difficult to go through your daily routine. Unfortunately, many people suffer from sleep apnea for years without even realizing it. That’s why our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists work to educate people on the intricacies of obstructive sleep apnea. When you know what to look for, you can effectively spot, and seek treatment for, sleep apnea before it takes over your life.

So, here are some unfortunate consequences and byproducts of sleep apnea:

1. Fatigue

This is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. Because sleep apnea deprives your body of adequate oxygen, you actually have to wake up multiple times throughout the night in order to jumpstart the breathing process. This interrupts your healthy REM sleep cycle: depriving of you restorative rest.

2. Concentration/Memory Problems

Along with fatigue, you may find it difficult to concentrate and remember things. Many sleep apnea patients struggle to stay attentive during the day—this can sometimes affect a patient’s ability to drive safely.

3. Disruptive Snoring

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when oral tissues fall into a patient’s airway. As the patient tries to force oxygen through the airway, a loud snoring or gurgling noise results. Many people actually find out that they have sleep apnea because their sleeping partners tell them that they have been snoring!

4. Headaches

Chronic sleep deprivation, as well as the muscle tension that often accompanies sleep apnea, can cause painful headaches. These headaches are especially likely to pop up in the morning and before bed.

If you notice on or more of these issues in your own life, talk to your dentist about the benefits of sleep apnea treatment. As always, our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists are happy to provide you with more information and advice.

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