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In the quest to keep your smile looking fresh, young, and healthy, minimizing dental discoloration is key. In this short article, our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are going to be reviewing some of the most common causes of dental staining. We hope that this gives you a good idea of you can protect your smile day to day.

We all have different tooth shades naturally, and when our enamel is healthy, our teeth look bright and shiny. However, over time, our enamel can become compromised for a number of reasons:

Staining Substances

Deeply colored foods and drinks—red wine, coffee, tea, red sauces, and more—can leave color deposits on your teeth over time. Additionally, tobacco products of all kinds are highly staining. It is important to rinse your smile after eating or drinking, and keep up with your at-home oral hygiene routine in order to minimize environmental stains.

Enamel Deterioration

The layer of tooth under the enamel is called the dentin, and it is naturally darker and yellower in color than enamel. So, as the outer layer of your tooth begins to wear down, more of your dentin may show through, thus making your smile look darker. Acidic substances and oral bacteria are the key culprits when it comes to enamel thinning. 

Dental Damage

You may notice that your tooth starts to look dark if you suffer from dental trauma, like an accident, or if you develop a dental cavity. If you notice spots developing on your teeth, it is time to talk to your dental team about restorative treatment and future preventive measures you can take. 

Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists will tailor your treatment protocol to address the root cause your type of discoloration. The best way to get started is to give our office a call to schedule a personal consultation. You can also use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry. We look forward to speaking with you!

If you are looking to achieve restorative and cosmetic dentistry results that will stand up to the tests of time, it is truly necessary to have your restorations customized to suit your needs. Our O’Fallon dentists are meticulous when it comes to crafting customized restorations. We’ve put together this quick overview of dental crown treatment, to help you get a better idea of how this process works, and why it’s important to pay attention to the details when it comes to restorations!

As you probably already know, dental crowns become necessary when a tooth is damaged due to infection or injury. Crowns are meant to rebuild missing tooth portions, and protect vulnerable tooth layers from further damage. Crowns are permanently bonded to the patient’s enamel structure, so that, once they are in place, the patient can eat, speak, and care for their smiles normally.

The first thing that we consider when creating a crown is how large or small it needs to be. It’s critical that the crown fits on the patient’s tooth naturally, and looks appropriately scaled in comparison to the patient’s other teeth. Additionally, the size of the crown is important, because a poorly sized crown can actually disrupt the patient’s bite, and lead to TMJ problems.

We will also shape the restoration to mimic the patient’s natural dental shapes. Some of us have more angular teeth, while other people have teeth with rounded shapes and edges. Your existing teeth will give us all of the information that we need when it comes time to shape your restorations. 

The final step in creating an attractive crown is to refine the fit of the restoration and permanently bond it in place. We ensure that the crown is both stable, and working in harmony with your existing smile.

Our O’Fallon dentists are always here to answer any questions that you may have, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call or use the Contact Us page to submit a question and we’ll get back to you shortly.

 

New Year! New smile?

If you are ready to improve, and even transform, your smile this year, our O’Fallon dentists are here to help you. We have put together this short overview of some simple things that you can do to re-prioritize your smile in 2020. Keep reading to learn more…

Upgrade your at-home oral hygiene routine

Now is the time to review your daily dental routine and make any helpful adjustments. Because plaque is continually building up on your smile, it is crucial that you stay on top of maintaining a clean smile. Here are some things you can do:

  • Refresh your dental tools—the ADA’s general recommendation is that patients replace their toothbrushes every three to four months, and after recovering from an illness. If you’re using an electric toothbrush, you want to replace the brush head on this schedule. 
  • Make sure you’re using the right toothbrush—it is also important to choose a brush that is appropriate for your smile. Take a look at bristle stiffness/strength; using a firm-bristled brush may actually be too abrasive for your dental enamel and gum tissue. The head of the brush also needs to be small enough to reach your back molars.
  • Implement some simple oral hygiene hacks—add some smile-boosting steps into your daily routine in order to minimize plaque build-up and keep your breath fresh. Get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water or a mouth rinse after every meal and after snacking. Also, try keeping a water bottle handy morning and night; when you are able to stay hydrated, your body produces plenty of saliva to help your enamel re-mineralize.

This is also the perfect time to get your semi-annual cleanings and assessments on the books for 2020. Give our O'Fallon dentists a call, or use the Scheduling page on our site to get started! 

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