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Improving the appearance of your smile is easier than ever before thanks to a number of advancements in dental technology. With so many options available to you, it’s important to take the time assess all of the possibilities, and how they will respectively meet your needs. 

When our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists meet with our patients, we encourage them to keep a few key considerations in mind.

The first thing to share with your dental team is whether you are wanting to achieve aesthetic results in time for a special event, like a wedding or a reunion. We offer a number of cosmetic treatments that deliver results in just one or two appointments, so it is certainly possible to meet tight deadlines.

The next thing to consider is whether using one versatile treatment is more efficient for you than undergoing multiple individual treatments. The dental veneer is a prime example of a versatile dental option; with veneers, you can close gaps between your teeth, make a misaligned smile look straighter, and cover damaged or unsightly enamel. So, for many patients who want to achieve smile transformations, versatile, efficient treatments are hugely beneficial.

It’s also important to keep in mind that different treatments age differently, and require various levels of upkeep in order to maintain results. If you whiten your smile with professional dental whitening, for example, be prepared to repeat this procedure semi-annually or annually in order to keep your smile looking white and fresh. Other whitening options, like bonding and veneers, will not require this type of post-treatment care.

Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help you gather all of the information and you need, and weigh the pros and cons of each treatment. Together we can build a treatment plan that truly works for you and your smile!

More and more patients are becoming interested in how their eating and drinking habits may be affecting their smiles. We’re here to help you optimize your oral health in every way, and that includes being thoughtful about your diet. So, keep reading to learn more from our O’Fallon dentists about what types of foods and drinks to look out for.

The primary culprit when it comes to harmful foods and drinks is sugar. The oral bacteria that live in your mouth feed on sugar, so when you consume a sweet treat, these bacteria go into a frenzy. The more they are able to feed, the faster they are able to grow and multiply. And, when you eat something sugary that is also sticky, so it gets caught between your teeth, the bacteria can stay active even longer. It’s a good idea to limit the amount of sugar you consume, and to only indulge in short intervals, rather than continuously throughout the day. You can also get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after consuming something sweet.

Another threat to your oral health is acid. Acidic beverages like soda, fruit juice, coffee, and red wine, all temporarily soften dental enamel. During this period of time, which lasts for about twenty minutes to a half hour, your enamel is at risk of thinning and damage.

Whenever you consume something acidic, try to drink some water, and rinse your mouth with water. Also, be sure to wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking to brush your teeth, as brushing during this period of time may inadvertently wear away enamel.

If you’re looking for a way to boost your oral health, it may be time to look at your diet, and make some small adjustments. As always, our O’Fallon dentists are here to give you additional information and guidance, so just give us a call to get started!

 

So many of our cosmetic dentistry patients are looking for a reliable, fast, and long-lasting solution to aesthetic dental problems; that’s where LUMINEERS come in. With LUMINEERS patients are able to achieve true smile transformations in a very short period of time. Want to learn more about how this treatment works? Keep reading for information from our O’Fallon LUMINEERS dentist:

Q: What are LUMINEERS made of?

A: LUMINEERS are made of a specific type of porcelain called Cerinate porcelain. This material is very strong, which means that LUMINEERS can be thin, even thinner than traditional veneers, and still be durable enough to stand up to day to day wear and tear.

Q: How long does LUMINEER treatment take?
A: Generally, the entire treatment process can be completed in two or three dental appointments. In the first phase of treatment, our team will prep your teeth and take a mold of the teeth that we’re treating. Then, once the LUMINEERS are crafted, you’ll come back in to have them fitted and attached.

Q: What do LUMINEERS look like?

A: Once your LUMINEERS are in place, they will look just like natural teeth. A LUMINEER covers the entirety of the visible portion of the existing tooth, so it will completely transform the appearance of the relevant tooth. LUMINEERS are made of porcelain specifically because porcelain mimics the appearance of real enamel; the end aesthetic result is seamless.

Many people choose to pursue LUMINEER treatment because they are able to address a number of aesthetic issues at once using LUMINEERS. If you want to correct dental damage, close gaps between teeth, lengthen short enamel, or cover discoloration, then LUMINEERS might be right for you.

The best way to get started is to call our O’Fallon LUMINEER dentists for more information and to schedule a personal consultation!

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