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Dental discoloration can make your smile look older, weaker, and dirtier than it really is. The good news is that there are steps that you can take to minimize aesthetic changes to your smile. Our Saint Louis dentists have put together this short article outlining common causes of staining and discoloration. We hope that after reading this you feel more empowered to safeguard your smile.

Now, keep in mind that our smiles are naturally different shades of white. The goal of topical whitening treatment is to restore your smile to its natural level of whiteness, while dental bonding and porcelain veneers cover enamel, and can thus be crafted to suit your desired shade.

You may notice that your smile is looking stained or dull due to:

  • Environmental stains: foods, drinks, and especially tobacco products will leave color deposits on your natural tooth surface over time. Basically, if a food or drink is dark or richly colored, it may be staining. Acidic substances are even more likely to stain, because they temporarily weaken enamel upon contact.
  • Thin dental enamel: the shade of your smile is very much linked to the health of your dental enamel, the outermost layer of your tooth. Under your enamel is a tooth layer called dentin, which is darker and yellower in color. As your enamel becomes thinner the dentin will show through and change the shade of your smile.
  • Tooth damage: if you notice a sudden darkening of a tooth or spots of discoloration, this could be due to dental trauma or infection. In these cases, you should reach out to your dental team for an assessment, as prompt treatment may be necessary.

As you can see, the shade of your smile is closely connected to the overall health of your smile. Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists are here to help you make the right decisions for your dental health, so give us a call to learn more!

Not all dental restorations are created equal. If you truly want to achieve attractive results that will stand up to the tests of time, then it is imperative that you pursue customized crowns. Every restoration that comes out of our Saint Louis dental office is personalized to suit the patient’s needs. Keep reading to learn more about the restorative process, and what you can expect!

When a tooth is damaged, either due to infection or physical trauma, you will probably require a dental crown to restore the tooth’s appearance and functionality. These restorations stay in place permanently, and you’ll be able to treat them just like your natural teeth.  

It is so important to have your restoration designed to suit your needs:

In terms of aesthetics, our team will use your natural teeth as guides as we craft your crown. Some people have rounder edges to their teeth, while others have sharper angles to their dental enamel. We use your existing smile as the blueprint when making your crown. Likewise, your restoration will be shaded to blend with your real enamel.

It is also crucial that your crown is custom-fit to work harmoniously with adjacent teeth. When a restoration is not refined and properly placed, your whole smile can be thrown out of alignment. A poorly fitting crown may lead to premature enamel deterioration as well as TMJ dysfunction. 

Our Saint Louis dentists use high-quality, customizable ceramic to repair damaged smiles. This material mimics the appearance of natural dental enamel, and has been shown to hold up to the wear and tear of daily life.

No matter what the current state of your smile, our team can help you achieve lasting oral health and a smile that shines.  Give us a call to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation!

Ready to take your smile to the next level this year? Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help. Keep reading to get an idea of some things to consider as you make 2020 dental plans… 

Toothbrush

As you are making long-term goals for you smile, now may be the perfect time to replace your toothbrush with a fresh one. The ADA actually recommends that you swap out your brush every three to four months. Another thing to look out for: make sure the bristles in your brush aren’t too firm, as this can actually cause your enamel to thin faster.

Oral Hygiene At Home

Your daily oral hygiene routine is crucial when it comes to keeping your smile attractive and healthy. If you feel like brushing twice a day and flossing at night isn’t doing enough, then you may benefit from adding a mouth rinse or special oral hygiene tool, like a Waterpik into your routine. Your dentist is there to help you refine your at-home dental care.

Diet

As you make decisions on what to eat and drink throughout the day, keep in mind that oral bacteria use sugars and refined carbohydrates for fuel to grow. Additionally, acidic substances lead to tooth de-mineralization; you want to consume these foods and drinks in moderation, and avoid sipping or snacking on them throughout the day.

Professional Care

As you make your plans for the new year, get your semi-annual dental cleanings on the books right now. Keeping up with professional cleanings will help you minimize cavity and gum disease development, as well as dental discoloration. These appointments also allow our team to spot signs of emerging oral health problems before they become serious.

Even if it has been years since you have undergone dental treatment, 2020 can be your year to get back on track. Contact our Saint Louis dentists by calling our office or submitting an inquiry through our Contact Us page.  

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