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June 15, 2020

Cosmetic Dental Bonding is Less Invasive

Cosmetic dental bonding may be the best choice, especially if you do not want to commit to porcelain veneers or cosmetic dental crowns.

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According to your dentist in Independence, dental bonding is a procedure that takes place in the dental office. Cosmetic dental bonding does not require multiple dental appointments and takes a single office visit.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding Instead of Veneers

While porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental bonding take two or three dental appointments to complete, dental bonding takes one office visit. Dr. David Schaefer explains that dental bonding is also less invasive than crowns or veneers as well.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of dental porcelain that are made to fit on the fronts of your teeth. Because a portion of the enamel is removed for a good fit, the procedure is permanent.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Just like dental veneers, cosmetic dental crowns require some enamel removal making them just as invasive as porcelain veneers. If you aren’t ready to commit to a permanent solution for cracked and chipped teeth, cosmetic dental bonding is probably your best solution.

Of course, if you are looking for a permanent solution to your badly stained, cracked, and chipped teeth, you will probably opt for porcelain veneers or cosmetic dental crowns.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding Process

If you decide on dental bonding, your Independence dentist will choose a color from the chart for your new restoration before prepping the tooth or teeth. After etching, Dr. Schaefer will apply dental resin before shaping it to match the rest of your smile. After the bonding is applied, it will be cured or hardened with a light or laser and then polished to perfection.

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns or any other type of cosmetic dentistry procedure, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. David Schaefer today.

May 15, 2020

Your Independence Dentist for a Dental Exam

If you haven’t seen your dentist in Independence in some time, call Dr. David Schaefer. Toothaches and bleeding gums are a sign that something is definitely wrong with your oral health.

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According to your Independence dentist, regular dental checkups prevent gingivitis and cavities, even if you are diligent about oral hygiene. While brushing twice and flossing once each day are necessary for healthy teeth and gums, regular dental checkups are also essential.

Why You Need to See Your Independence Dentist

Regular dental checkups help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but they also detect other problems that may be going on with your overall health. White patches on the roof of your mouth, sores that won’t go away or lumps and bumps could all be signs of something more serious.

During a regular comprehensive dental examination, your dentist in Independence will check for any abnormalities and if Dr. Schaefer detects something, will recommend a biopsy or a visit with your primary care physician.

What Happens if You Don’t See Your Dentist?

Of course, tooth decay and gingivitis will eventually develop if you don’t visit your dentist on a regular basis. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Without regular dental visits, cavities will get worse, requiring root canals. Gingivitis, which is curable, will become periodontal disease. Periodontitis can be controlled, but can never be cured.

Other problems can also occur without regular comprehensive exams. When you catch oral problems in their earliest stages, you could be preventing more serious health issues including diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure, oral cancer, and heart disease.

Don’t Wait Until it is Too Late for a Dental Exam

Call and schedule your next comprehensive dental exam with your dentist in Independence today. Dr. Schaefer is ready to take care of your dental problems, don’t let them get worse. Call and schedule your comprehensive dental exam in Independence today.

April 15, 2020

Good Oral Hygiene Helps Prevent Tooth Loss

Dr. David Schaefer explains that taking care of your oral health is imperative, especially if you want to keep your teeth for the rest of your life.

Brushing twice, flossing once each day and following a healthy diet that is rich in calcium and vegetables goes a long way in tooth decay and gum disease prevention. Of course, regular checkups with your dentist in Independence are also a vital part of the puzzle.

Why You Need Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene keeps your teeth and gums free from food particles. If you don’t brush after meals those food particles will convert to bacteria and acid that eat away at the enamel on your teeth.

If you don’t brush and floss that bacteria turns into plaque. Plaque is that sticky film that is left on your teeth after you eat and when you wake up in the morning. If you don’t remove the plaque, it turns into tartar. Tartar is that hard substance that is impossible to remove without professional help.

A Good Diet

Everyone knows that sugar is bad for teeth. Sugar causes cavities and creates serious problems for enamel. If you are a fan of sugary drinks, rinse with water after enjoying and remember to brush after you consume hard candies as those types of foods are like bathing your teeth in a bath full of sugar.

Regular Dental Checkups

Regular dental checkups with Dr. David Schaefer are essential for healthy teeth and gums. Without regular examinations and professional cleanings, tooth decay and gum disease will worsen if left unattended. Sadly, dental problems won’t cure themselves.

When you schedule regular dental checkups, you will also be given and oral cancer screening to detect any abnormalities you may have.

If you would like more information regarding oral hygiene, call or click and talk with a team member from Dr. Schaefer’s office today.

March 15, 2020

Mail Order Braces Not the Next Best Thing

If you have been thinking about mail order braces, think again. According to Dr. David Schaefer, a preferred and licensed Invisalign® provider, mail order braces may seem like a good idea at the time, but for most patients they are anything but.

What are Mail Order Braces?

Invisalign_dentist_IndependenceMail order braces are meant to provide a low cost solution to clear plastic aligners. While they are less expensive, the damage they can cause could be permanent and very expensive.

The Mail Order Braces Process

Most clear braces companies provide you with an impression or mold kit along with a special putty for about $100.00. You may also be asked to take photos of your smile.

Once the company receives your order, an orthodontic professional will review and decide on treatment for your mild to moderate crooked teeth. The company will mail back your aligners with instructions requiring you to wear your aligners for one to two weeks before swapping for a new set.

The Invisalign® Process

Like mail order braces, Invisalign® is a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that you wear for 22 hours every day. Unlike mail order braces, you get to see Dr. Schaefer in person. This eliminates any guesswork in the process.

After digital pictures are taken, they are sent to the Invisalign® software for your dental blueprint. Once your aligners are ready you will wear as you would mail order braces, however, you will see Dr. Schaefer every 6 weeks to make sure everything is going to plan. With mail order braces, you never see anyone.

Invisalign® and Issues Online Braces Don’t Address

Many issues exist below your gumline and in the jaw. Those issues can’t possibly be addressed using the mail order braces systems. Mail order braces can’t widen your jaw or align your bite. Without professional advice, you could cause permanent damage.

If you are considering clear braces, get a professionals advice and schedule an Invisalign® consultation with Dr. David Schafer today.

February 15, 2020

Porcelain Veneers the Next Best Thing

Porcelain veneers are a wonderful alternative to cosmetic dental crowns and will make you shine, and last longer than cosmetic dental bonding.

One of the best cosmetic dentistry solutions on the planet can repair chipped and cracked teeth and even fill small spaces between teeth. Dental veneers really can change the look of your smile and when taken care of can last for ten to 15 years.

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What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers fit over the fronts of teeth. Made from dental grade porcelain, your dentist in Independence will match your new veneers to the rest of your smile. Because veneers are made to fit your tooth or teeth, some of your natural tooth will need to be removed to make way for your new wafer thin dental veneer.

What is the Dental Veneers Process?

If you and Dr. David Schaefer agree that dental veneers are a good fit for you and your smile, digital pictures and x-rays are taken. Once your images are in the computer, your cosmetic dentist in Independence will remove some of the natural tooth before creating temporary veneers. Your permanent veneers will be ready to place in about two weeks.

Because of the tooth removal, porcelain veneers are permanent, just like cosmetic dental crowns. If you are not sure you want a permanent solution, talk to Dr. Schaefer about cosmetic dental bonding, as this procedure is reversible.

Do Dental Veneers Look Real?

Porcelain veneers look better than your natural teeth, especially if your smile was less than perfect. Veneers can lengthen short teeth, fill gaps, and make your teeth whiter. Best of all, dental veneers really do look real, just ask your favorite celebrity.

If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers, call and schedule a no obligation dental consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Independence. Dr. Schaefer really can make you smile again.

Call for a porcelain veneers consultation in Independence today.

January 15, 2020

Cosmetic Dentistry for Your Unhappy Smile

If you have been unhappy with your smile, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in Independence. A new smile not only boosts your confidence, but can also help your overall health.

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According to Dr. David Schaefer, there is a connection between oral and overall health. Having healthy teeth and gums keeps your body healthy too. Restorative and cosmetic dentistry can bring your smile back to health and boost your confidence as well.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

While cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry procedures sometimes overlap, think dental implants, both bring your smile back to health. Cosmetic dentistry procedures in Independence include;

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Cosmetic Dental Bonding
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Clear Braces
  • Cosmetic Dental Crowns
  • Dental Implants
  • Professional Tooth Whitening

While some procedures are less intrusive than others, every treatment will give you a beautiful smile. Depending on your needs, all you may require is a couple of professional tooth whitening sessions to correct your less than perfect smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry Helps Your Whole Smile

Missing, chipped, and cracked teeth cause problems for your other teeth as well. Missing teeth allow the other teeth to move where the missing tooth was. If you have more than one missing tooth your other teeth will shift and move as well. If that isn’t bad enough, cracked teeth make it difficult to brush and floss properly. If you can’t take care of your teeth, gum disease and tooth decay will definitely be an issue.

A healthy and happy smile does wonders for your confidence and even more for your overall health.

A New Chapter Starts with a New Smile

If you are unhappy with your smile, call and schedule an appointment with your Independence cosmetic dentist. Dr. David Schaefer is ready to boost your confidence and help you smile again.

Call for a no obligation cosmetic dental consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Independence today.

December 15, 2019

Regular Dental Checkups for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Regular dental checkups with Dr David Schaefer help prevent problems that are more serious. Avoiding regular dental checkups with your family dentist in Independence will only make things worse if you have a cavity or gum disease.

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From dental phobia to no time, people are always finding excuses not to see their Independence dentist regularly. Unfortunately, cavities and gum disease will not get better on their own.

What Happens if You Avoid Regular Dental Checkups

Gum Disease

If you avoid the dentist, you could be asking for periodontal disease, the more serious form of gum disease. Gum disease in its earliest stages can be treated, but once it develops into periodontitis, it cannot, as there is no cure for periodontal disease. While periodontitis can be controlled, it cannot be cured.

If your gums are red and swollen and/or bleed when you brush and floss, you could be dealing with gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can cause more serious issues, including tooth loss. If you follow Dr. Schaefer’s dental blog, you will also know that research shows a link between gum disease and overall health.

Regular professional cleanings help avoid gum disease. If you do have gum disease Dr. Schaefer may recommend root scaling and planing to help heal your gums.

Tooth Decay

Small cavities will eventually get bigger. The larger the cavity, the more time it will take to fill. If you leave tooth decay to its own devices, you may require root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is necessary if the tooth has become so damaged that it kills the roots of the tooth.

According to your family dentist in Independence, tooth decay is easily avoided with regular dental checkups.

Regular Dental Checkups are Essential

Other ways to avoid tooth decay include brushing twice and flossing once a day, eating a healthy diet and scheduling regular dental checkups with Dr. David Schaefer.

If you haven’t scheduled an appointment with your dentist in Independence do it today. It could mean the difference between a small filling and root canal therapy.

Call and schedule your appointment with Dr. Schaefer today.

November 15, 2019

Cosmetic Dentistry Makes the Perfect Gift

If you are having a tough time completing your holiday gift list, talk to your dentist in Independence. Dr. David Schaefer is the best and can help you cross those names off your list with dental experiences that will last much longer than the latest video game.

Cosmetic Dentistry for the Holidays

One of the best gifts you can give someone is a smile. Your Independence cosmetic dentist has the skills and the experience to whiten or completely change your daughter’s crooked smile. From clear braces to professional tooth whitening, the gift of dentistry is something that everyone will love.

Of course, if you really want to spoil that certain someone, talk to Dr. Schaefer about porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers for a New Smile

If you follow Dr. Schaefer’s blog, you will know that porcelain veneers are thin sheets of dental porcelain that are placed on the fronts of teeth. Veneers are perfect for teeth that are cracked or chipped, teeth that cannot be whitened with professional tooth whitening and teeth that are too long or too short. Patients can opt for one, two, or an entire set of porcelain veneers. Just be aware that porcelain veneers are a permanent treatment and may not be right for everyone.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Unlike porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding is reversible and can correct a multitude of issues just like veneers. However, because there is no enamel removal the treatment is not permanent. Dental bonding takes a single dental appointment and can brighten stained teeth while repairing chips and cracks. The bonding session takes about an hour and is completely safe.

If you want to spoil that certain someone or a family member or friend, call and talk to a team member about cosmetic dentistry. After all, wouldn’t you rather receive an experience than a box of chocolates?

Call and talk to Dr. Schaefer today.

October 15, 2019

Don’t Overindulge on Holiday Goodies

The holidays will be here before you know it and that means lots of food you wouldn’t normally indulge in. Of course, there is the good stuff that isn’t bad for your teeth, such as the Thanksgiving turkey, and fresh green beans, but other holiday foods can cause serious problems for your teeth and your gums.

According to your dentist in Independence It’s okay to indulge, just be careful, and when in doubt pass those caramels over for something healthier for your body and your teeth.

Plan Ahead for Healthy Teeth and Gums

While you won’t know, what every holiday food table will be like you can plan ahead. If your company is having dinner at a local restaurant, there will probably be a set menu. Ask your boss or call the eatery in advance, especially if you are avoiding sticky, sugary, starchy, or acidic foods.

If you wear dentures and are worried about an unfortunate accident, know what’s on the menu. The last thing you want is to endure jokes at next year’s family Christmas party.

If you do wear dentures, talk to Dr. David Schaefer about dental implants. Dental implants are just as strong as natural teeth and will allow you to eat what you want and smile when you like.

Still Time for Cosmetic Dentistry

While you may want to start the dental implant procedure after the holidays, you can still have a brighter smile with other cosmetic dentistry treatments. Professional tooth whitening can happen chair side or in a couple of weeks depending on what you decide. Dental crowns and porcelain veneers take two appointments, but there is still plenty of time.

If you would like a healthy smile, call and schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Independence. The holidays are almost here and you want to be ready with a smile that can’t be beat.

Call for a no obligation consultation with your Independence cosmetic dentist today.

September 15, 2019

Porcelain Veneers or Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Cosmetic dental crowns and porcelain veneers do virtually the same thing. Repair chipped, cracked, and stained teeth. However, as your cosmetic dentist in Independence explains, there is a difference between porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental crowns.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns and Porcelain Veneers

While both veneers and crowns are used for restoration, they also improve function and appearance. The biggest difference between the two is tooth removal, how thick the dental material is, and how much of the tooth is covered. Both veneers and crowns improve your smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are made from dental porcelain and are very thin. Matched to the color of your natural teeth, veneers only cover the fronts of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are strong, but they can be brittle. If you grind your teeth, veneers may not be the best option as repeated impact could cause cracks and breaks in the veneer.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Dental crowns cover the whole tooth and are manufactured out of porcelain, metal or a combination of the two. Crowns are twice as thick as porcelain veneers and are much more durable. Cosmetic dental crowns are also more resistant to cracks, chips, and breaks.

Tooth Preparation for Porcelain Veneers

While porcelain veneers are more conservative than cosmetic dental crowns, they are still permanent, as some of the enamel has to be removed for a natural fit. Dr. David Schaefer will only remove a thin layer of enamel not touching the back or the core of your tooth.

Tooth Preparation for Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Because a crown literally caps the tooth, about 60 to 75 percent of the tooth that is visible is trimmed before the crown is placed. This means up to four times as much removal as porcelain veneers.

Choosing Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns

If you have minor cosmetic issues that need to be addressed, your Independence cosmetic dentist will probably recommend veneers. However, if you have more serious issues, such as badly damaged teeth, Dr. Schaefer may recommend cosmetic dental crowns.

If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers or cosmetic dental crowns, call and schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Independence today.

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