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Independence, MO 64055
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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.

October 15, 2016

Invisalign for Straight Teeth

Invisalign® is the 21st century way to straighten your teeth without conventional braces. These days the only people who need to know that you are wearing an oral appliance are you and your dentist thanks to the remarkable invisible solution to wires and brackets.

If you want straighter teeth, Invisalign® can help. Rotated, tipped, and crooked teeth along with small spaces between the teeth can all be fixed with the clear alternative to conventional braces.

With Invisalign® you can have a beautiful new smile in as little as six months with the average time being 12 to 18 months, however, there are a few other reasons that you may want to consider clear plastic aligners for straight teeth.

Time Factor

Conventional braces need to be worn up to two years. With Invisalign®, you don’t have to wait months or even years to have a Hollywood Smile. The clear plastic alternative to braces requires dental visits every six weeks. With conventional braces, you need to see your dentist every couple of weeks for adjustments.

Oral Health

Because old school braces cannot be removed, it makes it difficult to brush. Invisalign® is removed when you eat, brush and floss, making you less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.


Conventional braces are uncomfortable. Wires and brackets need to be adjusted, which can cause pain. Invisalign® aligners are made from clear plastic and are very comfortable; in fact, you may even forget that you are wearing them.

If Dr. Schaefer gives you to the go ahead for straighter teeth, pictures and impressions will be taken of your teeth. Once your aligners are ready, you will take them home. You may receive anywhere between 11 and 31 sets of aligners for your customized Invisalign® plan.

Having a beautiful smile is easy with Invisalign®. Call or click and schedule your appointment for straighter teeth with Dr. Schaefer today.

July 15, 2016

Professional Tooth Whitening for Dramatic Results

Professional tooth whitening is the most popular and affordable cosmetic dental procedure, and if you have always thought your smile could use a boost, call and schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental who can determine if you are a good candidate for tooth whitening.

Your local pharmacy is filled with dozens of over the counter tooth whitening products, but those gels, pastes, strips, and mouth rinses will never do as good a job as professional tooth whitening will.

According to the American Dental Association, over the counter whitening bleaches do not have the same amount of hydrogen peroxide as professional tooth whitening products and will not give you the same results.

If your dentist has given you the okay for professional tooth whitening, if you have tooth decay or gum disease that will need to be taken care of first, you will be fitted for a custom set of thin plastic bleaching trays and bleaching solution. The custom fitted trays allow the gel to penetrate deep into the tooth helping to get rid of stains while strengthening your teeth. Your dentist recommends whitening each day for about 2 weeks to achieve the desired result.

Tooth whitening works great on yellow or stained teeth, but will not work on dental restorations such as cosmetic veneers, dental crowns, dental bonding, or dental implants.

After you have completed your tooth whitening procedure, your dentist may want to combine other cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, braces, or crown and bridge therapy. Your dentist may even suggest dental implants if you have one or more missing teeth.

Having a beautiful smile boosts your self-confidence while improving your self-esteem. People who like to show off a healthy grin are more inclined to be outgoing and happy with the way they look and feel.

If you would like more information regarding tooth whitening or any other cosmetic dental procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental today.

March 15, 2015

Dental Veneers for a Brand New Smile

If you are afraid to flash your pearly whites because of crooked, misshaped, cracked or chipped teeth, your dentist may be able to help with affordable cosmetic dental restoration techniques that really will turn your frown upside down. Invisible braces, dental bonding, dental implants, tooth colored fillings and dental veneers are just a few of the procedures that your dentist may recommend to help improve your smile.

A beautiful smile is the first thing people see when they meet you, and if your smile is less than appealing it could affect your self-esteem. In a recent study, a nice smile was what people found most attractive when it came to members of the opposite sex.

According to the American Dental Association, Dental Veneers also called dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers are custom made to fit over the top of your teeth. Made from tooth colored materials Dental Veneers are wafer thin and are bonded directly to the front of your teeth in order to change the length, size, shape, or color.

Dental Veneers can be manufactured out of resin composite materials or porcelain. Porcelain Veneers are designed to resist staining better than resin and actually mimic the reflecting properties of natural light much like your own teeth. Resin veneers are much thinner and require less removal of the surface of your natural tooth. Your dentist will be able to determine what type of Dental Veneer is best for your particular situation.

Dental Veneers usually require three trips to your dentist, which includes a consultation, preparation, and application.

After your initial consultation, your dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth for the Dental Veneer removing about a ½ millimeter of the enamel on the surface of your tooth. Once an impression has been made, it will be sent to a dental lab. This usually takes one to two weeks. If your teeth are unsightly, temporary Dental Veneers may be placed.

When your Dental Veneers are ready to go your dentist will temporarily place the veneer to examine for color and fit. Once satisfied, your Dental Veneers will be permanently bonded to your natural tooth or teeth. After bonding, a special light or laser will be used to harden or cure the veneer. Because of the enamel removal, porcelain veneers are permanent.

For more information regarding Dental Veneers or any other cosmetic dental restoration procedure, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

3904 South Lynn Court, Independence, MO 64055 USA
David A. Schaefer, DDS Independence MO dentist (816) 252-0055