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When you are ready to improve the appearance of your smile, it is time to start exploring the cosmetic treatments available in dentistry today. Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help you do just that. We’re kicking it off with a thorough overview of one of the most versatile options in aesthetic dentistry: the dental veneer.

What are veneers?

Dental veneers are thin porcelain restorations that are designed to bonded to the patient’s natural tooth. Once a veneer is in place, it totally transforms the appearance of the tooth. Veneers are always shaped, sized, and shaded to coordinate with the patient’s existing smile.

Veneers vs teeth whitening

If you are dealing with dark, discolored, or dull enamel, there are a few ways that you can achieve a whiter smile. Professional dental whitening treatment lifts stains from the tooth structure; this helps to restore the tooth to its previous shade of white. Veneers, on the other hand, cover the enamel, so they can be made in any shade. Veneers are also useful people who also have irregularly textured or damaged enamel.

Veneers vs dental bonding

Dental bonding utilizes composite resin to resurface or repair natural enamel. Like veneers, composite resin is customized to match the patient’s smile. However, generally speaking, veneers deliver more dramatic results than bonding. Keep in mind that bonding can be repaired if it becomes damaged, while veneers need to be replaced.

Veneers vs orthodontic treatment

Orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign is designed to move a patient’s natural teeth into better alignment. Many patients can achieve similar visual results, in a much shorter period of time, using aesthetic veneers. In this respect, veneers are most effective when the patient’s misalignment is not severe, and when the patient does not have prominent bite dysfunction.

Can veneers help you achieve your dental goals? Give our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists a call to schedule a personal consultation and get started! 

Battling dental damage and tooth loss? Now is the time to seek treatment and take control of your oral health. Our O’Fallon restorative dentists offer a range of treatment options to fit your life and your dental goals. Keep reading to learn more, and, remember, you can always schedule a personal consultation with our team to get personalized guidance.

  • Bridges

Dental bridges replace missing teeth—either single teeth or multiple teeth in a row—with custom-crafted resin or porcelain restorations. Bridges stay in place because they are attached to adjacent teeth with small brackets. Some bridges are removable, while others stay in place permanently. 

  • Dentures

These dental prostheses are used to replace many consecutive missing teeth or a full complement of top or bottom teeth. Traditionally, dentures stay in place due to the custom-molded base, which fits snugly over the patient’s gum and jaw tissue. Additionally, patients can use denture adhesive to increase stability.  

  • Dental Implants

Dental implants are the latest innovative in the world of tooth replacement dentistry. These restorations are actually permanently anchored in the patient’s smile with a titanium root (which is shaped like a small screw or post). Once the dental implant tooth is in place, the titanium begins to bond with the patient’s natural jawbone tissue. Dental implants provide exceptional stability, oral health advantages, and natural looking results. 

  • Implant-Grounded Prostheses

We’ve already talked about dental prostheses like dentures and bridges, so we know that these appliances have traditionally been designed to sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. However, our team can now permanently anchor larger prostheses in place using a few strategically placed dental implant roots. For example, it usually takes only three or four implant roots to hold a full denture in place.

When you meet with our O’Fallon Implant Smiles dentists we’ll be able to give you a better idea of what type of treatment is appropriate for your smile. Get started by scheduling a consultation today!

In many cases, making small adjustments to your daily routine can make a big difference to the overall health and appearance of your smile. This is especially true when we take a look at the beverages our patients consume on a daily basis. This short article is all about decisions you can make to protect your smile from harmful drinks; keep reading to learn more from our O’Fallon dentists! 

  • As you may already know, the best drink for your smile, and your health as a whole, is undoubtedly plain old water. Water is sugar-free, and doesn’t leave color deposits on your dental enamel. Additionally, water keeps you hydrated, and prompts saliva production. Any time that you are able to replace a different drink with water, you are helping your smile. 
  • Many of us start our days out with coffee or tea. Unfortunately, both of these drinks can lead to dental staining over time. In order to minimize coffee and tea-related damage, try to consume these beverages in moderate amounts, and in short period of time, rather than continuously throughout the day. 
  • Wine is another indulgence that should be enjoyed sparingly. Wine is quite acidic, so not only does it discolor your smile, but it can also weaken your enamel over time. Try rinsing your smile with water after enjoying a glass of wine; this will rinse away wine traces and simultaneously prompt saliva production.
  • Soft drinks are not a healthy choice for your smile, but, you may be surprised to learn that energy drinks are just as bad. Both of these types of beverages are absolutely packed with sugars; the harmful oral bacteria in your mouth feed on these sugars, and thus grown and multiply. 

Swapping out a few problematic drinks with water every day will leave your smile looking and feeling fresher for years to come. As always, our O’Fallon dentists are happy to answer any questions that you may have—give us a call! 

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