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February 15, 2018

Cosmetic Dental Bonding a More Affordable Option

Cosmetic dental bonding could be just what you need if you have cracks, chips, or broken teeth. Bonding also works for teeth that are too long, too short, or teeth that cannot be lightened with traditional teeth whitening treatments. If you have a small gap between your teeth that has made you unhappy for years, cosmetic dental bonding can make you smile again by filling that space.

Dr. David Schaefer has been providing patients with 21st century cosmetic dentistry procedures for decades and can do the same for you.

When you schedule a no obligation cosmetic dental bonding consultation with Dr. Schaefer, your teeth and gums will be checked for tooth decay or gum disease. If you have either, those will need to be treated before any type of cosmetic dentistry treatment can take place.

Once your mouth has been given the heads up and is healthy enough for cosmetic dental bonding, a shade or resin will be chosen to match the rest of your teeth. The resin is a strong material that can be molded and shaped to give you a beautiful smile.

After Dr. Schaefer has chosen a shade, he will etch the surfaces of the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded. This helps the bond adhere to the tooth. After a solution or conditioning liquid is applied, Dr. Schaefer will work his magic by applying resin. After he is satisfied, the bonding material will be cured with a laser or light to harden the resin before final shaping and polishing.

Cosmetic dental bonding is much more affordable than cosmetic dental crowns or porcelain veneers. However, the procedure will not last as long as either of the above mentioned treatments and will need to be retouched from time to time. Cosmetic dental bonding is also more apt to staining.

Of course, you need to look after your restorations with regular brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly dental checkups.

If you would like more information regarding cosmetic dental bonding, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Schaefer 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.

November 15, 2016

Porcelain Veneers for a New Smile

Porcelain Veneers could be the answer if you are tired of spending hundreds of dollars on over the counter tooth whitening products that aren’t doing what was promised.

People all over the globe are spending millions of dollars every year trying to whiten teeth that cannot be whitened with non-prescription and professional tooth whitening products. However, the bottom line is that not all teeth can be whitened and need to be restored using other restorative or cosmetic procedures.

Tooth whitening works great if you have exterior stains from tobacco, red wine, tea, coffee or age. However, if you have stains on previously restored teeth or stains on the inside of your teeth, you may want to consider porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are the perfect option if you have chipped or crooked teeth. If you want to fill that gap between your front teeth or unhappy with your eye teeth, talk to Dr. Schaefer about porcelain veneers to give you the smile that you deserve.

What are Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that your dentist will custom create to cover your damaged or stained teeth. Porcelain veneers are permanent and do require some removal of your natural enamel to make way for the veneer for a natural looking fit.

Before Dr. Schaefer determines your candidacy for cosmetic veneers, he will check your teeth and gums to make sure that you are free from gum disease and/or tooth decay. If you are given the all clear, molds or impressions will be made so that your porcelain veneers will be an exact fit.

Once your veneers are ready, they will be permanently bonded to your teeth before polishing to match the rest of your teeth.

If you are tired of your smile and would like more information regarding porcelain veneers or any other cosmetic dental procedure, call or click and schedule a no obligation consultation with Schaefer Dental 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.

Comfort

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.

December 15, 2015

Christmas Facts that You Probably Don’t Know

It’s not uncommon to forget about the dentist during the holidays. However, if you neglect toothaches and bleeding gums, you could be spending the entire month of January at the dentist’s office. Start 2016 off on the right foot and schedule an appointment with your dentist for your annual checkup, and in the meantime, Schaefer Dental would like to share some interesting little known Christmas facts with you.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer didn’t start off as the star of a song or a kid’s television series. In fact, Rudolph was the brainchild of copywriter Robert L. May who was hired by Montgomery Ward to write a story about Christmas hoping to entice customers during the holiday season. Written in 1939, the story was such a hit with May’s brother in law, radio producer, and songwriter Johnny May that he wrote a song about it that was recorded by Burl Ives in 1949.

Because of the various time zones around the world, Santa Claus has just 31 hours to get his presents delivered. Santa must have fast Reindeer as that means he has to visit 823 houses every second.

If you think that the post office is hurting for business, take into consideration the fact that the United States Postal Service is responsible for delivering over 20 million packages and cards between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

You may be proud of your Nutcracker collection, but it probably does not rival the world’s largest nutcracker collection. The Löschner Family from Neuhausen, Germany is said to own the largest nutcracker collection on the planet with 4,334 nutcrackers to date.

Everyone loves a good gingerbread man, however, the humble cookies that you make for the family pale in comparison to the world’s largest gingerbread man. Weighing a bit more than 466 pounds, the gingerbread man was baked in Rochester Minnesota by the Gingerbread House on February 21, 2006.

This holiday season stay safe and don’t forget to schedule your dental appointment for the New Year with Schaefer Dental.

July 15, 2015

Don’t Use your Teeth for That!

Most people are aware that teeth are meant for biting and chewing, but unfortunately, there are some folks who use their teeth for a multitude of things. Those things, including chewing on pen caps, can cause serious damage to teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association explains that good oral health habits, such as brushing twice, flossing once each day, seeing your dentist regularly and a enjoying a healthy diet are all part of taking good care of your teeth and gums, but what you do when you are not eating, brushing or flossing can cause real problems.

You use your teeth to chew and tear food, however, there are quite a few people who have forgotten or simply neglect what they should or shouldn’t be using their teeth for.

Although it may sound ridiculous, there are plenty of folks who have attempted to open a glass bottle, or even a plastic one, with their teeth. This party trick could end up with a trip to your emergency dentist. Although teeth are just as strong as bones, you should never use them to open a bottle. Your teeth may not chip the first time you attempt this, but they will eventually. Grab the bottle opener and try something else for your next party trick.

That bag of potato chips can be annoying to open, especially if you have been struggling for a second or two. It may be tempting to open the bag up with your teeth, but if you do, you could injure yourself. Paper cuts and cuts on your gums can happen because of the sharp edges on the package. The same goes for any type of package. Grab a pair of scissors or a knife and leave your teeth alone.

Professional and even recreational sporting activities can get rough. Even individual sports such as skateboarding, surfing, and gymnastics can be dangerous to your teeth and gums. Your dentist recommends that you schedule an appointment for a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth if you participate in any type of sporting activity. Mouth protectors are especially helpful if a fist or tennis racquet should connect with your mouth or jaw. Without a custom-made mouthguard, you could end up knocking a tooth out.

One of the worst things that you can do to your teeth is chew on ice. Ice is meant for your mouth, but should never be chewed. Chewing and chomping on ice will eventually chip your teeth, or cause problems for your fillings.

If you would like more information regarding what you should and shouldn’t put in your mouth, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

June 15, 2015

Pulp Disease is More Serious than You Think

Pulp Disease is a serious condition that needs to be taken care of by your dentist as soon as possible. If you suffer from poor oral health, it could lead to pulp disease that may require a root canal or even tooth removal.

Web MD explains that poor oral hygiene is the number one contributor to tooth pain, tooth decay and other tooth and gum conditions. Without good oral hygiene, habits that include brushing twice and flossing once each day, plaque, that sticky film that comes from food particles and other debris, could begin to develop. Plaque will cause dental caries and gum disease.

If cavities are left untreated, the tooth decay can affect the pulp, or center of your tooth. Tooth pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and tissue and if infected will eventually result in pulp disease. If you do not schedule an appointment with your dentist for pulp disease, you could eventually suffer from tooth loss.

According to your dentist you may be suffering from pulp disease if you have any of the symptoms below, which could vary in intensity, however, if the nerves inside your tooth have already died, you may not have any symptoms at all. Symptoms include,

  • Tooth or teeth pain when eating or drinking something cold, hot, or sweet
  • Intense and sudden mouth pain
  • Mouth infections

If you have not seen your dentist for quite some time, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can give you a clean bill of health when it comes to pulp disease.

There are several types of pulp disease,

  • Reversible Pulpitis
  • Irreversible Pulp Disease
  • Dental Pulp Calcification
  • Dental Pulp Exposure

A mild inflammation, also known as reversible pulpitis can be offset with good oral hygiene; however, a filling may be necessary.

Severe inflammation is a sign of irreversible pulpitis and usually needs a root canal. If a root canal is unsuccessful, tooth removal may be necessary.

Dental nerve compression causes dental pulp calcification. Also called dental pulp stones, root canals are usually the only treatment for this type of pulp disease.

If you have damaged the external covering of your tooth because of a crack or cavity, the pulp may be exposed to bacteria and food particles. A trip to the dentist is imperative to avoid a serious infection.

Although some pulp disease is caused by trauma or injury because of a broken tooth, the majority of pulp disease is normally caused by poor oral hygiene. If you see your dentist regularly, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies and brush and floss regularly, you may be able to avoid pulp disease all together.

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.

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