Many people want to improve the appearance of their smiles, but they’re not sure exactly how to begin. How does one start to refresh and rejuvenate dental aesthetics?
Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists start by helping patients to zone in one specific cosmetic goals. So, with that in mind, read on to get more information about the top 3 cosmetic issues that may be aging your smile unnecessarily.
- Lingering Dental Damage
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our teeth develop small dental imperfections, like cracked and chipped enamel. These seemingly minor physical issues will make your smile, in general, look unhealthy and older than it really is. Treatments like dental bonding, custom crowns, and veneers are used to correct this type of damage.
- Worn Dental Enamel
While our teeth are strong, they are by no means indestructible. Dental enamel can become worn down over time due to natural chewing and biting patterns, as well as conditions like bruxism. The result is teeth that appear blunted, too short, and flat. In order to reshape and lengthen these teeth our team uses treatments like dental bonding and cosmetic veneers.
- Discolored Teeth
Dental enamel naturally comes in many different shades, but no matter what the natural tooth shade, a patient’s smile can become darker and increasingly stained over time. Sometimes this discoloration is due to environmental factors, such as foods, beverages, and tobacco products. Other times, teeth look yellow or dark because the dental enamel has thinned, or the tooth has sustained damage. Depending on the underlying cause of your discoloration you may benefit from professional dental whitening, tooth bonding, or cosmetic veneers.
If you’re unhappy with the current state of your smile, our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help! Contact our team to schedule a personal consultation with our team; we look forward to speaking with you!
The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages complete professional dental cleanings every six months. In some cases, people with ongoing health or dental issues need to see their dentists more frequently.
There are a number of reasons to prioritize semi-annual cleanings; keep reading to learn more about what happens during these appointments.
Regularly schedule professional cleanings give our O'Fallon dentists the opportunity to assess our patients’ smiles for developing issues;
- We’ll check your enamel for weak spots and cavities
- We’ll evaluate any existing restorations you may have, to make sure that they fit will and are structurally sound
- We’ll check your gum tissue for signs of disease
- We’ll complete an oral cancer screening
The sooner that we are able to identify, and begin treating, these problems, the better your long-term dental prognosis will be.
Once we have a good idea of the current state of your smile, we’ll move on to completing a thorough cleaning.
- Our team will eliminate fresh plaque on your smile; plaque is a sticky bacterial film that develops on teeth and oral tissues throughout the day.
- Then, we’ll clear away tartar, which is calcified plaque. When plaque is left undisturbed for a period of time, it hardens and bonds to the natural tooth structure; this is why patients require professional cleanings to get rid of it.
- The last step is to buff and polish the teeth. This freshens the smile and minimizes stains and discoloration.
A professional dental cleaning minimizes oral bacteria in the mouth: bacteria that lead to cavities and gum disease. So, as a patient, you’ll complete professional cleanings twice a year, and keep up with your daily dental routine in the interim to keep bacteria at bay.
Too many people avoid completing professional cleanings because they feel embarrassed that it’s been so long since they’ve seen a dentist. Our O’Fallon dentists want to assure you that we are here to help you no matter what the current state of your smile; this is a judgement-free zone!
This cold and flu season, our O’Fallon dentists are here to help you properly care for your smile when you’re not feeling your best.
When you’re sick, it can be tough to get through your daily routine; you may be confined to your bed for most of the day. However, taking even some small steps to support your oral health can protect your smile and help you feel better, faster.
If you’re having trouble keeping up with your regular habit of cleaning your smile morning and night, try keeping some floss and mouth rinse next to your bed. You can also make it a point to clean your smile whenever you do happen to be at your sink. Essentially, you want to take any opportunity you can to refresh your mouth.
This is especially true if you have the flu and you have been vomiting. The stomach acid in vomit can damage your oral tissues as well as your teeth. Try to rinse your mouth after such instances, so as to minimize the amount of time that acid is able to sit on your teeth and gums. You don’t want to aggressively brush your teeth right away, as your enamel may be temporarily weakened due to acid exposure.
It’s also important to make sure that the dental tools you’re using are fresh and clean. Do not, for example, re-use sections of floss as you go from tooth to tooth, as this can compound contaminants. You also want to switch out your toothbrush after suffering an illness, because the bristles may harbor harmful bacteria.
As always, our O’Fallon dentists are happy to answer any questions that you may have about caring for your smile day in and day out, including while you’re ill. Give us a call to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation with our team!
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