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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.

January 15, 2016

Cosmetic Dental Procedures You Can Afford

If you are constantly covering your mouth to hide your teeth, it’s time to schedule a no obligation smile makeover consultation with your dentist.

These days you do not have to put a second mortgage on your home to afford cosmetic dentistry. Thanks to modern 21st century dentistry, you can have the smile of your dreams for less than you would expect.

When you schedule an appointment with your dentist for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, you will be given a thorough exam making sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for any type of cosmetic dental procedure. If you have gum disease or tooth decay, those issues will need to be addressed first before any type of cosmetic dental treatment can proceed.

During your consultation, you and your dentist will discuss what you do and don’t like about your smile and what can be done to improve it. Sometimes all that you may need is a professional tooth whitening to give you that red carpet smile.

Another affordable way to improve your grin is with cosmetic bonding. Cosmetic bonding, also known as dental bonding, is an amazing cosmetic dental procedure that can fix chips and cracks or change the shape of your teeth. With cosmetic bonding, you can also fill the gap between your teeth, make them longer or shorter, or replace your old silver amalgam fillings.

If your dentist decides that you are a good candidate for dental bonding, the entire procedure can be taken care of in as little as one appointment depending on how many teeth are being bonded.

Because dental bonding requires little if any enamel removal it can usually be done without the need for anesthesia. Anesthesia is usually only needed for fillings or to replace your old silver amalgam fillings.

Before the procedure begins, your dentist will select a color from the shade guide that best matches your natural tooth color. Once selected your dentist will etch or roughen up the surface of the tooth or teeth that are being bonding before applying a liquid conditioner. These procedures help the dental bonding material adhere to your tooth. After the conditioner is applied, your dentist will mold and shape the bonding material before smoothing and sculpting into the desired size and shape. Once satisfied the material will be hardened with a laser or ultraviolet light. After the resin has hardened your tooth or teeth will be trimmed and polished to match the rest of your natural teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for tooth whitening or dental bonding.

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.

January 15, 2015

Tips for a More Appealing Smile

An attractive smile not only boosts your self-confidence but can also make you more appealing to others. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of those who responded felt that an attractive smile made the person more appealing.

Of course, your dentist explains that good oral health goes beyond your smile. Your mouth is literally the gateway to your entire body meaning that the condition of your teeth and gums will affect your overall health.

Brushing regularly is the first step when it comes to good oral health as it helps remove the bacteria loving food particles, freshens breath, and cleans your teeth. Use a fluoride toothpaste recommended by the American Dental Association and be sure to brush at least two minutes twice each day. If you have a tough time, consider purchasing an electric toothbrush with a built in timer.

Flossing once a day helps to remove the bacteria that your toothbrush can’t get to. Flossing helps prevent gum disease and when you floss before bedtime, you are helping your mouth become less vulnerable to bacteria. When you sleep, your mouth produces less saliva making you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

Only your dentist can spot gum disease in its earliest stages. Schedule twice-yearly cleanings and checkups with your dentist. If you are more prone to cavities and gingivitis or periodontal disease, consider seeing your dentist quarterly. In addition, if you have diabetes, cancer or other immune disorders, ask your dentist how often you should schedule appointments.

Examine your mouth regularly checking for any irregularities. If you have a sore that just won’t heal, bleeding or sensitive gums schedule an appointment with your dentist as quickly as possible.

Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin C can help boost your immune system. Because your teeth are mostly made up of calcium, dairy foods and other calcium rich foods such as kale and sardines can keep your tooth enamel strong. In addition, vitamin C can help prevent gingivitis as it helps keep your gums healthy.

Avoid sticky and sugary foods and keep starchy foods to a minimum as they can stick to the crevices in your teeth. Bacteria will feed off the sugars while releasing cavity-causing acids. If you must indulge, rinse or brush as soon as you can.

Kick the habit and you are less likely to be diagnosed with gum disease. Your teeth will be noticeable whiter and your breath won’t scare others away if you give up tobacco products.

Your dentist also recommends tooth whitening, dental veneers, and other cosmetic restoration procedures for a healthier and more attractive smile.

For more information regarding cosmetic dental restorations or a total mouth makeover, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

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David A. Schaefer, DDS Independence MO dentist (816) 252-0055