A crooked or poorly aligned smile can pose a number of problems—aesthetic and otherwise—for dental patients. For those of us who are unsatisfied with imperfect smiles, there are a number of effective and accessible treatment options available when we’re ready to achieve smile transformations.
Today, our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists are going to be giving you some more information about treatments you can use to straighten your smile. When you meet with our dental team, we’ll talk about which option may be best for you: taking into account your oral health, ideal timeline, and budget. Let’s get started!
Many people already know that traditional braces, which move teeth with metal brackets and wires, can straighten and perfect smiles. The problem is that many people do not want to deal with the hassle and appearance of metal braces.
That is why Invisalign was created as an alternative to braces; this orthodontic treatment moves teeth using clear plastic aligners. Generally speaking, patients find Invisalign to be more comfortable, convenient, and attractive than conventional braces.
There are also cosmetic treatments available to give your smile a straighter appearance without actually moving your teeth:
- Dental veneers: these individually crafted porcelain restorations are attached to the natural tooth structure in order to transform the appearance of the affected tooth. Because veneers are only about as thick as contact lenses, they are unobtrusive and exceptionally natural looking.
- Dental bonding: this treatment uses custom-shaded composite resin to resurface and repair existing dental enamel. One reason that so many people love dental bonding is that this treatment can be completed, from start to finish, in just one dental appointment.
Depending on your situation, you may benefit from one or multiple of these aesthetic treatment options. Get started by contacting our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists to schedule a personal consultation!
No one wants to be struck by unexpected and unpleasant bad breath, but it happens to all of us at some point. The good news is that there are things that you can do to minimize your risk of developing bad breath, and to refresh your smile when you do notice an odorous problem. Keep reading to learn more from our Saint Louis dentists!
The first thing to understand is that there are different types of bad breath. When you eat a smelly food, like seasoned meat, onions, or garlic, you will probably notice that your breath is temporarily impacted by these foods. This type of bad breath is generally not something to worry about—the smells will dissipate naturally as the foods go through your system.
More worrisome is bad breath that is related to bacteria build-up in the smile. When harmful oral bacteria grow and feed on sugars in the mouth, they produce unpleasant odors as a result. In order to get control of this type of bad breath, you really need to address the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth.
- Follow the instructions of your dental team when it comes to brushing and flossing your smile at home
- Keep up with your dentist-recommended schedule of professional cleanings and treatments
- Drink plenty of water so that your body is able to produce saliva, which is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria and strengthening teeth
- Get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after you eat or drink something other than water
- When you do use mints or gum to combat bad breath, make sure that they are sugar-free, as sugary treats can actually strengthen bacteria and intensify the problem
- Incorporate healthy and water-rich snacks into your diet, like carrots and celery, as these foods scrape away plaque and prompt saliva production
Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to give you more information and support, so that you can kiss bad breath goodbye for good. Give us a call to get started!
So many of us think about things like cavities and gum disease when we consider oral health issues, and, undoubtedly, these are serious issues. However, there are other, less prominent dental issues that can be just as harmful over time. Keep reading to learn more from our Saint Louis dentists about one of these conditions, bruxism.
To quickly review, bruxism is a condition that is characterized by chronic dental grinding and clenching. This can manifest during the day, during times of stress, or at night while the patient is asleep.
When bruxism is left untreated, you will probably notice that your teeth start to:
- Look shorter, with blunt ends
- Develop cracks and chips
- Shift in alignment; you might be able to feel that your bite changes as well
- Feel more sensitive, as dental enamel thins, and becomes more porous
Additionally, many patients with chronic bruxism find that:
- Their gum tissue starts to recede and pull away from their teeth
- They develop TMJ disorder
- They suffer from headaches, jaw, ear, or neck pain
The best thing to do as a patient is to keep your eyes out for signs of bruxism, so that you can seek prompt treatment for this condition before it becomes severe. Our Saint Louis dental team will perform an assessment on your smile, to help pinpoint the underlying causes of your bruxism.
Once we understand why you’re dealing with bruxism, we can make some treatment recommendations that fit your unique needs. This may involve refining your bite through restorations, dental bonding, orthodontic care. If your bruxism is stress-related, you may benefit from relaxation techniques to minimize jaw tension. Additionally, our team uses customized oral appliances to ease bruxism symptoms, especially at night.
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