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Dental patients who want to refresh their smiles have more options than ever before! It’s our job, as dentists, to guide you through your treatment options and help you choose the cosmetic procedure that’s best for you. Here are some things that our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists consider when matching patients with specific cosmetic treatments…

1. The health of your teeth

The most important thing is to improve and maintain the health of your smile. Before pursuing cosmetic treatment we have to make sure that your teeth are healthy—if you do have existing dental decay, you may need restorative dental treatments prior to cosmetic procedures.

2. Your cosmetic goals

Do you want to straighten your teeth? Lighten dental enamel? Correct chips and cracks in your teeth? We’ll help you find the cosmetic treatment that meets your needs exactly.

3. How can we meet your cosmetic needs conservatively

Our dental team aims to use the most conservative, least invasive treatments to help you get the smile of your dreams. Preserving healthy tooth structure and oral tissues protects your smile for the future.

4. Your timeline

Certain cosmetic treatments deliver results much faster than others. Teeth whitening treatments, for example, can refresh your smile in only one or two appointments!

5. Your overall facial structure and appearance

If you’re getting dental veneers, we’ll craft your veneers to suit your face shape and overall appearance. Porcelain veneers can be shaped, sized, and shaded to look naturally stunning!

6. Your budget

We’ll help you find a cosmetic treatment that meets your budgetary guidelines.

As you can see, in order to choose the correct cosmetic treatment you have to balance a number of different factors and priorities. Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists are here to help you through this process! Give us a call to schedule your consultation and get started!

Can sedation dentistry help you get the dental care you need? For a majority of patients the answer to this question is a resounding yes! The modern sedation dentistry our Saint Louis dentist office uses is more effective, less invasive, and more easily tolerated than ever before. So what can sedation dentistry do for you?

Sedation dentistry can help you calm down!

Both nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation allow patients to calm down and feel relaxed before and during dental treatment. This is really important, since many adult patients avoid regular dental treatment out of fear or anxiety. Long-term dental neglect usually just leads to more severe problems down the road—dental decay, gum disease, and other oral diseases.

Sedation dentistry can help you avoid pain.

Perhaps the most well known use of sedation dentistry is to prevent or ameliorate pain. Sedation dentistry can numb your mouth and help to block pain receptors. This keeps you comfortable during treatment, and it’s the reason that sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “gentle” or “painless dental.”

Sedation dentistry is used for lengthy dental treatments

Some patients require a number of dental treatments to restore their smiles to ideal health and beauty. Oral conscious sedation is often used so that patients can have a number of treatments completed in one appointment session. With oral conscious sedation we can often perform many treatments, which would have traditionally been broken up over several appointments for the patient’s comfort, in one session.

Our Saint Louis sedation dentists will walk you through your sedation dentistry options when we meet with you. Together develop a treatment plan that works for your dental goals, timeline, and comfort level. Give us a call or schedule online here to get started—the smile of your dream is closer, and easier to achieve, than ever before!

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!

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