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Once you achieve the smile of your dreams through cosmetic dentistry, you want to make sure that you take steps to maintain your smile. Today I’m going to outline some tips from our Saint Louis cosmetic dental office for patients with dental veneers.

Dental veneers—thin porcelain restorations that are placed over teeth—can completely change the appearance of your smile in only two or three appointments. Once you have your dental veneers, you’ll be able to eat and drink normally for the most part. Read on to learn more…

The first thing to do when you have dental veneers is to maintain a regular dental hygiene routine. You can care for your veneers by brushing, flossing, and using non-abrasive mouthwashes. A diligent dental hygiene routine will keep your veneers looking fresh, and it will help prevent gum disease, which can undermine the strength of your cosmetic veneers.

When you get porcelain veneers, you’re still able to eat and drink your favorite foods. There are some eating habits that should be avoided however—these habits are the same activities that can damage natural teeth.

· Don’t chomp on ice

· Try not to chew hard seeds and nuts with your front teeth

· Don’t open wrappers or bags with your teeth—this can put unnecessary strain on you veneers

· If you notice sings of bruxism (chronic chewing or grinding of teeth), seek prompt treatment. Because this may happen as you sleep, let your dentist know if you’re experiencing jaw stiffness or pain, headaches upon waking, or muscle stiffness.

While dental veneers are generally simple and straightforward to care for, there are some specific steps that you should take to protect your veneers. Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists can give you more information about dental veneers and the veneers placement process at your first consultation—just give us a call!

When choosing a tooth replacement option, you want to find a treatment that fits you, specifically. Patients have different needs and preferences, so the best thing that you can do is to gather information about many different treatments and then work with a dentist to determine which is best for you.

Our Saint Louis dental office offers both dentures and dental implants for patients who have missing teeth. Today I’m going to explain some of the differences between dental implants and dentures. I hope that at the end of this blog entry you’ll feel better informed about your tooth replacement options, and comfortably discussing them with your dentist.

Now both dentures and dental implants allow you to resume natural functioning after tooth loss. But there are some key differences….

Fit and Stability

Dentures sit on top of the gum line and held in place with dental adhesive. Some patients may experience some slippage when they speak, eat, or drink. Dental implants, on the other hand, are actually surgically implanted into the jawbone. Consequently they are not removable, and they won’t shift during the day.

Dental implants can actually be used—placed in a few strategic spots—to anchor existing dentures. If you find that your dentures are not as stable as you’d like, talk to your dentist about the possibility of adding a few dental implants to secure them.

Keeping Them Clean

Because dentures are removable, you’ll actually take them out to clean them. During the night you’ll soak your dentures in a special solution to keep them clean and fresh. Because dental implants are embedded in the jawbone, patients clean dental implants as they’d clean natural teeth. You’ll need to brush and floss your dental implants to maintain them.

Our Saint Louis dental office can help you decide what kind of tooth replacement option works best for you. When you come in for your consultation we’ll review the options in greater detail and walk you through the treatment process—just give us a call!

Samantha called our office and spoke to our Saint Louis Cosmetic dentists about wanting to change her smile—she just felt that her smile wasn’t looking as perfect and luminous as she wanted. Samantha had considered a number of cosmetic treatments, but she had pretty much decided that she was interested in pursuing dental veneers. We schedule a consultation with Samantha, so that we could review her treatment process and help her understand what the dental veneers process is like.

When Samantha came in for her consultation, we spent some time explaining how the dental veneers process progresses. Although Samantha knew that she wanted the clean, perfected look that dental veneers provide, she wasn’t sure how this is accomplished.

We told her that to begin treatment we’d determine her dental goals and make sure that veneers were suitable for her given the current state of her teeth and gums.

Proceeding with treatment, our team will shave off some of the patient’s existing dental enamel. This is crucial for ensuring a good fit—if the tooth is not shaved down before the veneer is placed, the veneer will stick and look and feel bulky in the mouth.

Once the tooth has been altered, we’ll be able to take a final impression of the tooth. This impression will be used to craft the permanent veneer. The permanent veneer will be designed, therefore, to fit exactly on top of the altered tooth. Once the veneer is crafted and complete, we simply affix the veneer to the tooth with dental adhesive.

Samantha chose to pursue dental veneers treatment, and she’s been thrilled with the results! In just three appointments she was able to transform her smile completely. If you’d like more information about dental veneers, give our Saint Louis cosmetic dental office a call—we’re here to help you realize your dream smile!

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