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Bad breath is a common complain among adult patients, but our O’Fallon dentists can help you take control of your oral health and beat bad breath for good. Keep reading to learn more about the causes of malodorous breath, as well as management strategies.

It is normal for people to temporarily experience bad breath after eating or drinking something that is strongly flavored. Dishes with onions and garlic, for example, can make your mouth feel stale and your breath odorous. This type of bad breath dissipates naturally as the food particles make their way out of your system. You can hasten this process by cleaning your smile thoroughly, drinking plenty of water, and using a mouth rinse.

If, however, you are battling more chronic, hard-to-treat bad breath, it could be indicative of an underlying oral health issue. Keep in mind that the same oral bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease also release unpleasant odors when they grow and multiply. So, if you are continually battling bad breath, it may be due to entrenched oral bacteria.

Unfortunately, many of the breath fresheners on the market only exacerbate the problem. Gums and mints often contain appreciable amounts of sugar. Because oral bacteria feed on sugars, these types of short-term solutions can intensify the underlying issue.

The way to defeat this type of chronic bad breath is to seek treatment for existing cavities and periodontal disease. Once you are able to minimize the amount of plaque and tartar in your mouth, you’ll find it much easier to keep your breath fresh and clean.

Our O’Fallon dentists provide the restorative care that all patients need to overcome dental cavities and gum disease. If you’re battling chronic bad breath, and you think it may be linked to underlying oral infections, please do not hesitate to seek prompt and effective treatment.

Transforming the appearance of your smile does not need to be a cumbersome or uncomfortable proposition. Thanks to advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists can quickly and efficiently improve your dental aesthetics. One treatment that delivers comprehensive results in a short period of time is LUMINEERS treatment. Keep reading to get more information about innovative LUMINEERS.

Q: Is it painful to get LUMINEERS?

A: No, the LUMINEERS treatment process is quick and comfortable. Because LUMINEERS are so thin, our dental team does not need to remove much dental structure prior to placing these aesthetic restorations. Once your teeth are prepped with will simply bond your LUMINEERS in place, and cure the bonding so that it attaches to your teeth permanently. If you are prone to suffering from sensitivity or discomfort in the dentist’s chair, we offer sedation treatments to keep you comfortable.

Q: How do I know LUMINEERS will look right on my smile?

A: Our dentist customizes LUMINEERS to ensure that our individual patients end up with smiles that they love. As part of LUMINEERS treatment we shape, size, and shade every LUMINEER to enhance the patient’s dental aesthetics. Once a LUMINEER is in place, it will look natural and blend seamlessly with adjacent teeth. If you have questions about how your LUMINEERS will look, talk to your dental team for further clarification!

Q: How long does LUMINEER treatment take?

A: One reason that so many patients love LUMINEERS is that this treatment can generally be completed in just two or three dental appointments. You will first come in for our team to prep your teeth and take an impression of those teeth that will receive LUMINEERS. Then, once the restorations have been crafted, you’ll come back in so that we can fit them and bond them in place.

To learn more about LUMINEERS, please feel free to contact our O’Fallon LUMINEER dentists. We’re here to help you find the perfect cosmetic solutions for your smile!  

Cosmetic dentistry treatments can vastly improve how your smile looks and how you feel about your smile! Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists offer a number of effective treatment options to transform your smile. Today we’re talking about some of the important considerations that we keep in mind when designing treatment plans for our patients. In this article we’re focusing on non-aesthetic considerations. Let’s get started!

Our dental team provides comprehensive cosmetic care; this dental philosophy means that we always prioritize the health and strength of your smile over anything. We will never compromise your oral health in order to achieve an aesthetic result. 

The first thing that we need to take into consideration when planning cosmetic treatment is the health and current state of your tooth. We do not recommend treatments that simply cover oral health issues—these treatments may make your smile look healthy and attractive, but they will not serve you well in the long-term.

It is also crucial that we make sure that the cosmetic treatments you undergo preserve or improve your bite surfaces. If your bite is uneven, this can put immense pressure on your temporomandibular joints. Along with TMJ damage, bite dysfunction puts you at risk of developing uneven and premature dental damage.

Finally, we need to take into account what your daily routine is like, and what kind of maintenance you’re comfortable with. Professional whitening treatments, for example, need to repeated every few months or years in order to maintain a white smile. Veneers, on the other hand, are naturally stain-resistant.

Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help you make these important decisions for your smile. To get started, reach out to our dental team to schedule a personal consultation! We offer a range of treatment options to suit a wide variety of patients’ needs.

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