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When considering what type of cosmetic dentistry treatments to pursue, it’s important to consider not only your ideal post-treatment smile, but also what kind of maintenance routine you’d like to follow once you’ve achieved your ideal smile. Different cosmetic treatments require different types of daily cleaning and upkeep—today we’re going to be talking about one treatment in particular, dental veneers.

Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists often correct damaged or unsightly teeth with porcelain dental veneers. Veneers have the amazing ability to completely transform a dull or damaged smile in only two or three appointments. But what is it like to live with veneers after treatment?

Carry on with your regular dental hygiene routine

Dental veneers are permanently affixed to your natural teeth. This means that you’ll care for them by brushing and flossing normally as well as maintaining your regular schedule of bi-weekly professional dental cleanings. You won’t have to soak your veneers in any special solution or use additional tools to preserve them.

Enjoy your white smile

Porcelain veneers are not affected by professional whitening treatments—these treatments lighten natural enamel only. However, porcelain veneers are naturally stain-resistant. So with proper dental cleaning your veneers can stay bright and white for years.

Enjoy your favorite foods

With veneers you’ll be able to eat your favorite foods again. Although you should avoid chewing ice or hard candies, you can otherwise enjoy a normal daily diet.

As you can see veneers are an ideal cosmetic treatment, because they can give you a perfected smile without disrupting your life in the long term. If you’d like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in general or veneers specifically, give our Saint Louis cosmetic dentist office a call. You can schedule a personal consultation with our dental team to get a better idea of how cosmetic treatment can help you!

The mini dental implant is a relatively new innovation in dentistry, but it has already made a huge difference for patients seeking restorative dental treatment.

In this short article our Saint Louis mini dental implant dentists will be giving you some information about how mini implants work, and what they can do for patients suffering from tooth loss.

A mini dental implant is very similar in concept to a full-sized dental implant. Every mini implant has a small titanium root that sits in the patient’s jawbone. This mini implant root is made of titanium, and it designed to fill the hole left by the missing tooth root. Over time, mini implant roots bond with the bone tissues around them,

Sometimes mini dental implant roots are capped with tooth-like restorations, so as to create stand-alone replacement teeth. Mini dental implants can fit into tight spaces along the patient’s gum-line, and they do not require as much jawbone density as full-sized dental implants do to stay in place.

Mini implants are frequently used to hold other dental prosthetics—like dentures—permanently in place. In this case, our dentist inserts a few mini implant roots into strategic places along the patient’s gum-line. Each one of these mini implant roots will be capped with a restoration that looks similar to the ball in a ball and socket joint. The bottom of the patient’s prosthetic is retrofitted with sockets that will lock into place over the ball joints. Once a denture is secured with mini dental implants, the denture is not removable.

Mini dental implants have increased the number of tooth replacement options that we are able to offer in our Saint Louis dental implant dentist office. Our dental team would be happy to give you more information about all of your restorative dentistry options—just give us a call or submit a question on our Contact Us page.

We see our teeth everyday—you probably take a look at your teeth when you brush and floss, when you check your appearance in the mirror, and after a meal when you check for food stuck in your teeth! Since you’re constantly aware of the appearance of your teeth, you may not notice small aesthetic changes that accumulate over time. Your teeth, like the rest of your body, change with age. Over time your teeth can become darker, stained, and with dull enamel.

Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentist office offers a number of different treatments to lighten and refresh the appearance of your smile. There are a number of factors that can improve the appearance of your smile…

1. color—obviously white teeth are younger and cleaner looking than dark or stained teeth, so you cosmetic treatment should give the outside of your teeth a bright, white appearance

2. luster—young enamel is luminous and it reflects light. Cosmetic treatments that bring luminosity back to dull teeth can give your smile a radiant appearance.

3. texture—smooth enamel is both attractive and easier to keep clean. If your enamel is grooved or pitted, you may consider cosmetic dentistry that will smooth the appearance of the enamel.

The leading cosmetic treatments used to refresh patients’ smiles are…

Professional teeth whitening treatments—these treatments lighten natural enamel. This is a great option for patients with healthy teeth who want to eliminate surface stains.

Porcelain dental veneers—veneers are often used to correct more severe cosmetic problems such as irregular enamel surface texture, and whitening-resistant stains and discoloration.

Which one is right for you? You can learn more at your cosmetic consultation. During this meeting our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists will walk you through your treatment options and get a better understanding of your unique dental goals.

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