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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.

August 15, 2019

Laser Dentistry for Outdated Dentists Drills

If you asked 100 people if they liked the dentist’s drill, 100 would probably say no. That noisy uncomfortable dentist’s drill that emits a nasty odor when it hits your decayed teeth isn’t pleasant. In fact, some people avoid the dentist all together because of the dentist’s drill.

Thankfully, your Independence dentist Dr. David Schaefer has eliminated dentist’s drills with laser dentistry.

What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry is accurate and pain free. Your Independence dentist uses laser dentistry for all sorts of procedures as it minimizes infection and recovery time. With pinpoint accuracy, Dr. Schaefer recommends laser dentistry, especially for patients who have a fear of the dentist’s drill.

What is Laser Dentistry Used For?

Dentists in Independence use laser dentistry for tooth decay and filling placement. Lasers penetrate the enamel without damage to the healthy part of the tooth. This is especially helpful for root canal therapy. If you are a good candidate for laser dentistry, you won’t have to deal with the dentist’s drill or a needle either.

Dr. Schaefer may recommend laser dentistry for gum disease therapy. Because the laser is so precise, the diseased tissue is lasered away eliminated further bacteria growth. You’ll also keep more of your healthy gum tissue with laser therapy for periodontal disease.

Why Doesn’t Every Dentist in Independence Offer Laser Dentistry?

Because laser dentistry takes further education, not all Independence dentists offer the service. Make sure the dentist you have your eye on offers laser dentistry in Missouri if are searching for this type of service.

Dr. Schaefer and his team are preferred laser dentistry providers in Independence, and have helped thousands of people all over Missouri, with pain free dentistry.

If you would like more information regarding laser dentistry in Independence, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. Schaefer and his dental team today.

July 15, 2019

Chronis Halitosis isn’t Healthy or Pretty

Oral hygiene is important, not only for the health of your teeth and gums, but also for your breath.

In the first place, chronic halitosis is embarrassing. In the second place, it could prevent you from that coveted promotion, especially if you got a little to close to your boss.

What Causes Chronic Halitosis?

The main reason people have chronic halitosis is gum disease. Plain and simple, gingivitis and periodontal disease are food particles that convert to bacteria. Old food debris will smell causing chronic halitosis. When you brush twice and floss once each day, you are keeping your teeth free from debris.

Although periodontal disease and gingivitis are at the top of the list when it comes to chronic halitosis, some other things could be making your breath smell as well.

Certain types of food, such as curry, onions, and garlic will leave you with bad breath. In fact, onions and garlic will stay in your system for 3 days.

Dry mouth, certain types of prescription and over the counter drugs, smoking, alcohol and tooth decay will also lead to chronic halitosis.

Curing Chronic Halitosis

The first step in the fight against chronic halitosis is oral hygiene. Dr. David Schaefer tells his patients to brush twice and floss once a day eat a good diet and schedule regular dental appointments.

If your dentist in Independence gives your teeth and gums, a clean bill of health a trip to the doctor would be in order as chronic halitosis could be an indication and an early sign of cancer.

Patients who are deemed healthy by both the dentist and the doctor need to monitor diet, as that is most probably the cause of your chronic bad breath.

Restore your Friendships with a Healthy Smile

If people are avoiding you like the plague, it could have something to do with your breath. Call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Independence. Dr. Schaefer will determine if your teeth and gums are the cause and if so, recommend chronic halitosis treatment options.

Schedule your dental appointment in Independence today.

June 15, 2019

Invisalign® for Straight Teeth and a New You

If you know someone who looks like they have had their teeth straightened, but you never saw them in braces, they have probably just completed an Invisalign® treatment.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a clear braces system that is nearly impossible to see. In fact, the only people who will know you are wearing Invisalign® will be you and your dentist in Independence.

Invisalign® utilizes 11 to 31 sets of clear plastic aligners. Dependent on your prescription and plan, you could wear your clear braces between 9 and 18 months. Some patients have great results after just six months. Old school braces may need to be worn as long as two years before results are seen.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

According to Dr. David Schaeffer, a preferred Invisalign® dentist, Invisalign® is a system used to straighten teeth. Instead of pushing and pulling like conventional wires and brackets, the invisible clear aligners gently move your teeth into position. Because you swap out your aligners every 7 to 14 days, you won’t have to see your Independence cosmetic dentist as often.

With Invisalign® you will only need to schedule dental appointments in Independence every six weeks. If you are wearing conventional braces, you will need to see your dentist or orthodontist every two weeks for uncomfortable adjustments.

Is Everyone a Candidate for Invisalign®?

Not everyone is a good candidate for invisible braces. People who have severely tipped or rotated teeth, or a serious under or overbite, see better results with conventional wires and brackets. Dr. Schaeffer will be able to recommend the procedure that would be best for you.

People with slightly rotated or tipped teeth and teeth with small gaps are perfect candidates for Invisalign®.

If you would like more information regarding clear braces, call and schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Independence.

Dr. Schaeffer is ready to give you the smile you deserve. Call and schedule an appointment today.

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