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November 15, 2017

Are Invisible Braces Better than Wires and Brackets?

Could invisible braces boost your self Esteem? Is your crooked smile making you self-conscious? Is your closed mouth smile preventing you from that promotion, if you are shaking your head up and down, maybe it’s time you scheduled an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer for invisible braces.

Conventional braces have changed with dentists and orthodontists fitting patients with colored and clear wires and brackets, but are they really that much different than they were before?

According to Dr. David Schaefer, there are a few things to remember if you are considering conventional braces:

Tooth Decay

Old school wires and brackets can cause tooth decay. With Invisalign®, you remove your clear plastic aligners when you enjoy a meal and before you brush and floss. It is impossible to remove braces when you brush and floss. This can cause bacteria and food particles to collect under the wires and brackets leading to tooth decay. People who wear braces are in the high-risk category when it comes to dental caries.

Discomfort

Because your dentist or orthodontist doesn’t have to push and pull your clear plastic aligners, you will be more comfortable during your Invisalign® treatment. Although the discomfort will wear off after a month or so, wires and brackets will cause more discomfort than clear braces. Invisible braces are the comfortable way to a beautiful smile.

Oral Appliance Problems

Just like any other appliance, things can go wrong with conventional braces. Some of things that you may experience include:

• Broken Wires
• Broken Braces
• Loose Braces
• Loose Bands
• Wires That Stick Out

Although a spacer may be able to be repaired on the spot, loose or broken wires, loose bands, or broken brackets will take some time to repair. Although your dentist may be able to reattach the brackets and wires or reposition the braces, they may need to be replaced.

With Invisalign®, you never have to worry about broken wires or brackets as the clear plastic aligners are pliable and resistant to wear and tear.

More Time

Conventional braces can take up to two years to do what they are supposed to do. Invisalign® patients can expect to see results in as little as 6 months with the average Invisalign® patient enjoying a straighter smile in 12 to 18 months.

Visability

Even if you choose clear brackets and clear wires your braces will show. Every time you smile people will see your conventional wires and brackets. Invisalign® uses a series of between 11 and 31 sets of clear plastic aligners that are almost invisible. Nobody will know you are wearing your invisible braces unless you tell them.

If you would like more information regarding clear braces, call or click and schedule a no obligation Invisalign® consultation with Dr. David Schaefer today.

Just think, this time next year you could have the smile of your dreams. Call or click now.

October 15, 2017

Teeth Whitening Can Do Wonders for your Smile

Teeth Whitening can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades, and if you are one of those people who would rather not smile, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer who can determine if tooth whitening is the best solution for your stained or yellowed smile.

According to Dr. Schaefer, not all people are good candidates for professional teeth whitening. If you have stained teeth that have been restored or severe intrinsic or interior staining, tooth whitening may not be your best option. If Dr. Schaefer doesn’t recommend teeth whitening there are other cosmetic dental solutions such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding or dental implants.

If you are a good candidate for tooth whitening, Dr. Schaefer will fit you with custom-made whitening trays that you will take home and use with a whitening gel that your dentist has prescribed. According to your teeth-whitening plan, you may wear your new whitening trays at night, or for thirty minutes each day. Because the trays are made to fit your teeth, the gel will penetrate into the tooth more deeply, unlike those pastes, strips, and gels that you find at your local pharmacy. If you are diligent about wearing your trays according to Dr. Schaefer’s instructions, you will see results in as little as two weeks.

Dr. Schaefer may recommend other cosmetic dental procedures, such as crowns or veneers. If the two of you agree, your teeth will be whitened first so that the new cosmetic dental restorations can match the rest of your smile.

It is important to remember that if you have dental restorations, such as dental implants, porcelain veneers, tooth colored fillings or cosmetic dental bonding, tooth whitening will not work.

If you would like more information regarding teeth whitening, or any other cosmetic dental treatment, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.

September 15, 2017

Porcelain Veneers or Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Porcelain Veneers and dental bonding are two cosmetic dental procedures offered by Dr. David Schaefer; however, unless you are a dentist yourself, you probably don’t know which procedure would be best for you. Thankfully, Dr. Schaffer does.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are custom made to fit over the top of your teeth. Because a portion of the tooth needs to be removed to allow for the dental veneer, porcelain veneers are permanent, and depending on how unsightly your teeth are after the enamel removal, may require temporary veneers while your permanent porcelain veneers are being made.

Porcelain veneers can last a decade or more if you practice good oral hygiene. Veneers look just like natural teeth and can give you a beautiful smile.

You may be a good fit for porcelain veneers if you have chipped, cracked, or misshaped teeth or if you have stained teeth that cannot be brightened with professional tooth whitening.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic Dental Bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be completed in a single dental appointment and unlike porcelain veneers does not require removal of the enamel.

Dental bonding is used for chips and cracks, and for teeth that are too long or too short. Dental bonding is also used to cover stains.

During your cosmetic dental bonding appointment, Dr Schaefer will prepare the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded. He will roughen up the tooth before coating with a liquid that will allow the cosmetic dental resin to bond to the tooth. Dr. Schaefer will mold the materials for a natural look before using a laser or light to permanently bond the material to your teeth. Once the tooth or teeth have been bonded, Dr. Schaefer will polish and buff.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding can last for years as long as you brush and floss, and see your dentist regularly, however, it may need to be touched up from time to time.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding is more affordable than porcelain veneers, however, it really is up to you, and your dentist to decide what procedure is best for your needs.

If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.

You will be amazed at the results, call or click now.

August 15, 2017

Dental Checkups for Kids and Teens

If your kids have started school, or about to, and you neglected, or just plain forgot about dental checkups for your kids, call Dr. David Schaefer and schedule a dental exam for your children and your teens. Regular dental checkups, Dr. Schaefer recommends twice a year for healthy children and teens will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Scheduling regular checkups can also help Dr. Schaefer keep any eye on your kids and teens bite. If a problem is detected, your kids or teens may be referred to an orthodontist for a further evaluation.

According to the American Dental Association, regular dental checkups for kids and teens can also detect any other oral abnormities. If you follow the Schaefer Dental Blog, you will know that oral cancer can be caught and even cured if detected early on.During the checkup, your kids and teens teeth and gums will be checked for tooth decay and gum disease. If gum disease is present, Schaefer Dental may recommend root planing and scaling. If cavities are present, a simple filling may be all that is needed, however, if the cavity is too deep and has damaged the pulp root canal therapy may be necessary. Scheduling twice-yearly dental appointments with Schaefer Dental can help prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and the more serious periodontal disease.

If your child or teen has been complaining about oral pain, but is cavity and gum disease free, it may have something to do with his or her bite. Dr. Schaefer and his team will be able to determine if your children or teens require orthodontic treatment.

Scheduling regular dental appointments with Schaefer Dental is a necessary part of life, and if you haven’t made your checkups, call or click. Schaefer Dental can determine if your kids and teens have dental problems and get them back on the road to healthy teeth and gums.

Call or click now.

July 15, 2017

An Oral Cancer Screening Can Save your Life

If you cannot remember the last time you had an oral cancer screening, it is time to call and schedule an appointment for a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. David Schaefer. Dr. Schaefer and his team will give you a complete and thorough dental checkup that will not only detect tooth decay and gum disease, but can also alert your attending physicians if there is anything unusual about your mouth, including your teeth, gums, neck, tongue, and throat.

When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Schaefer and his team for an oral cancer screening your tongue, throat, the roof of your mouths and your gums will be examined to check for anything unusual.

According to the American Dental Association, an astonishing 75 percent of all neck and head cancers start in the oral cavity. With early detection, you have a much better chance of survival.

Although there is no conclusive evidence, scientist believes that certain factors could increase your risk of any type of oral cancer. You may be in the high-risk category if you:

  • Use any type of tobacco including pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco cigarettes and a Hookah pipe
  • A heavy alcohol drinker
  • Have been diagnosed with oral cancer in the past
  • A history of sun exposure, which increases lip cancer risk

Signs that you may have Oral Cancer include:

  • Sores that don’t heal
  • Sores that bleed
  • Lumps or growths in your mouth
  • A lump or growth on your cheeks, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Loose teeth
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Teeth pain
  • Jaw stiffness or pain
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing
  • Persistent sore throat

Oral cancer can develop on your:

  • Gums
  • Lips
  • Tongue
  • Cheeks
  • Roof of your mouth
  • Floor of your mouth

If you would like more information regarding an oral cancer screening, or would like to schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening with Dr. David Schaefer and his team, call or click.

Early detection really can save your life. Call or click now.

June 15, 2017

Oral Hygiene More than Brushing and Flossing

Oral hygiene is imperative if you want to maintain your overall health. According to the Dr. David Schaefer from Schaefer Dental, practicing good oral hygiene can actually keep your heart healthy.

Although the jury is still out, researchers are beginning to see a link between gum disease and other health problems including stroke, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s.

Brushing twice and flossing once each day is just part of good oral hygiene, however, good oral hygiene is much more than brushing and flossing.

What is Plaque?

Your dentist explains that bacteria cause tooth decay and gingivitis and lives in your mouth. Plaque, that layer of film that everyone has on their teeth, will eventually eat away at the enamel on your teeth causing cavities and gum disease.

What causes Plaque?

Your mouth is loaded with bacteria, both good and bad. The foods you eat will cause bacteria buildup in your mouth producing acids. Sugary and starchy foods are notorious for plaque accumulation. The substances that are produced by plaque will irritate your gums. If left untreated, plaque accumulation will cause gum recession forming pockets in between your teeth and gums. If you do not see a dentist for gum disease, the bone that surrounds your teeth could be destroyed, which will cause tooth loss.

How to Remove Plaque

The best way to get rid of your plaque is to brush and floss every day. Use a soft bristled brush and a good fluoride antimicrobial toothpaste that has been recommended by the American Dental Association, this will help with tooth decay. Floss first and brush second to remove all of the debris. Watch your diet as certain foods can cause plaque accumulation. Use a mouth rinse and schedule regular dental checkups and professional cleanings.

Oral hygiene is an important part of overall health, and if you cannot remember the last time that you saw your dentist, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer from Schaefer Dental today today.

May 15, 2017

Root Canal Therapy is it Necessary?

Root canal therapy may be necessary if you have been ignoring that small toothache. Unfortunately, tooth decay will not go away, and if you have cavities, you could be asking for problems.

According to Dr. David Schaefer, root canal therapy removes the dead nerves and tissue. Called, pulp, those nerves and tissue are what tells you that you have tooth decay. However, not all cavities will present themselves, making it nearly impossible to detect the need for root canal therapy. Only a dentist can determine if therapy is necessary.

Endodontic treatment is necessary if the pulp in your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. There are a variety of issues that could cause the problem, including chips or cracks in a tooth or teeth, repeated dental procedures, large cavities, and teeth that are deeply decayed.

Avoiding root canal treatment could cause infection and even an abscess. If left untreated an abscess could cause serious problems and even death.

The Treatment

If Dr. Schaefer recommends root canal therapy, the infected nerves and tissue will be removed using special instruments to thoroughly clean the area. After the inside has been cleaned, the tooth roots will be disinfected and cleaned before filling and sealing. In some cases, a dental crown may be recommended to strengthen the damaged tooth.

Front teeth have one root canal while your back teeth have multiple root canals. Root canal therapy usually requires between one and three visits dependent on which tooth requires the treatment. If you have curved roots or more canals, you may need additional dental appointments to complete your root canal therapy.

A healthy mouth starts with regular dental checkups, and if you have been skipping your dental visits because of a nagging toothache, it is time to call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer.

Don’t risk infection or a dangerous abscess, call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. Schaefer today.

April 15, 2017

Custom Made Mouthguards Facial Protection Month

Custom made mouthguards are highly recommended for all sports, including non-contact sports.

April is Facial Protection Awareness month and if you and your family like to participate in recreational sports, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer. Dr. Schaeffer will custom make mouth protectors for your entire family giving everyone much better protection than other types of mouthguards.

According to the American Dental Association, there are three types of mouth protectors:

  • Stock
  • Boil and Bite
  • Custom made

Stock-Although much cheaper than custom made mouthguards, stock mouth protectors are designed to fit everyone, and that’s where the problem starts. There is not a one-size fits all solution and that means a bulky uncomfortable fit that can make it difficult to talk and even breathe

Boil and Bite-Available at your local sporting goods store, boil and bite mouth protectors are warmed up with hot water and placed in the mouth to mold to your teeth. Although slightly better than stock mouth protectors, boil and bite will not last as long and can prove to be just as uncomfortable as the stock mouthguards you bought from the pharmacy.

Custom Made-These types of mouth protectors available from Dr. Schaefer are the best option when it comes to facial protection. Dr. Schaefer will make a mold of your teeth before creating comfortable plastic custom made mouthguards that you will actually want to wear. Although they are a bit more expensive, custom-made mouth protectors will last longer and offer much better protection.

Mouth protectors should be worn for all sports including mountain biking, tennis, squash, water polo, football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. If your son is an avid surfer, or your daughter is on the gymnastics team, a custom-made mouth protector should be part of the uniform.

It’s Facial Protection Month. Protect your entire family and call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Schaefer for custom made mouthguards. After all, wouldn’t you rather enjoy the spring instead of waiting for the doctor because of a blow to the head? Call or click today.

March 15, 2017

Is Tooth Whitening Bad for your Teeth?

Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure, but overdoing it can cause serious problems for your teeth and gums.

Big Business

According to the American Dental Association, more than 1.4 billion dollars is spent each year on non prescription tooth whitening products, and while there are dozens of over the counter tooth whitening products available that will give you a beautiful smile, overdoing it with those gels, strips, pastes and mouth rinses could make your smile transparent.

Permanent Damage

Peroxide and other tooth whitening agents can actually cause oversensitivity and even gingivitis. Use too much, and you also run the risk of wearing away the enamel on your teeth. Your Independence dentist explains that too much tooth whitening can also lead to tooth decay.

According to your dentist in Independence, MO, tooth whitening can brighten your smile while giving you back your self-confidence. However, not all patients will have success with tooth whitening.

Think Before you Whiten

Tooth Whitening will not work on people who have gray stains caused from too much fluoride or tetracycline use. The cosmetic dental procedure will not alter the color or dental restorations such as tooth colored fillings, dental bonding or porcelain veneers. If you have not been successful with tooth whitening, you may want to schedule an appointment with your Independence dentist who can recommend other types of cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a brighter smile.

Even if you are using an over the counter at home bleaching system, you should have your dentists okay and supervision. Those mouth rinses, strips, gels and pastes that you buy at your local pharmacy are not as strong as professional tooth whitening products, and may need to be used for a longer period of time.

If you are longing for the perfect Hollywood Smile, but want to avoid over the counter tooth whitening products, call or click and schedule an appointment with your Independence dentist today.

February 15, 2017

Straighter Teeth in Less Time with Invisalign®

Having a beautiful smile really is possible, and when you schedule an appointment with a preferred Invisalign® dentist, you can be one-step closer to achieving the perfect toothy grin that you have always dreamed of having and best of all, it won’t take two years to complete your treatment program.

Invisalign® is the clear alternative to braces, and if you have always wanted straight teeth, Dr. David Schaefer, your Independence MO dentist, can help.

With Invisalign®, you no longer have to resort to wearing bulky metal braces that can be uncomfortable and downright unattractive. Metal braces have changed, but are still more cumbersome than Invisalign®.

Invisible braces have revolutionized the world of orthodontics using trays that are custom made. After wearing a series of plastic aligners your teeth with begin to shift into their proper position giving you that Hollywood Smile that has been eluding you for years.

Manufactured out of the highest-grade polyurethane resin, Invisalign® is nearly invisible and extremely comfortable. With reduced enamel wear, Invisalign® really is a great option if you are considering braces.

When you wear the aligners, without metal wires and brackets, your teeth will gradually begin to shift based on the movement that Dr. Schaefer has planned for you.

Every week, or depending on your progress, your Dentist in Independence will give you a new set of Invisalign® aligners that will not interfere with your daily life. In fact, friends, family members, and complete strangers will have no idea that you are in the process of having your teeth straightened.

Because your aligners are removed when you eat, you can enjoy the foods you like without restrictions. Metal braces often prevent you from eating certain types of food and can be quite troublesome.

Brushing and flossing is easy with Invisalign® and because they are removable, you can clean your teeth as you normally do.

Dr. Schaefer recommends wearing your new aligners 20 to 22 hours every day. Throughout your entire Invisalign® treatment, you will see your dentist for regular checkups every six weeks depending on your particular treatment protocol.

Schedule a no obligation consultation with your Independence, MO Dentist who can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®. Call or click today.

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