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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.

September 15, 2016

Men and Womens Oral Health Differences

Men and Women’s oral health can be described in one word, different. One would assume because a man and woman’s mouth look exactly the same, lips, tongue, cheeks, teeth and gums, that oral health would be the same, but there are some differences. Just like means and women’s bodies differ, so do men and women’s mouths.

Dr. David Schaefer explains that noth men and women are susceptible to oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath; however, the biggest men and women’s oral health differences lie in the female anatomy.

Unlike men, women go through life changes. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause affect all women and have a profound effect on oral health, and although men are less likely to look after their teeth and gums, research indicates that men don’t floss, as often, they don’t have to be concerned about women’s life changes and oral health.

Women need to brush at least twice each day. Floss daily or more if you need to. Make sure you use a good oral rinse and schedule regular checkups with your dentist. If you notice anything suspicious, get to the office as soon as you can. Research shows that oral cancer has a higher cure rate if detected early. During your regular checkups, ask your dentist to do an oral cancer screening.

Puberty

Puberty brings on the sex hormones and in girls and that means swollen gums. If you or someone you know is going through puberty watch for red and bleeding gums.

Menstruation

Some women suffer from Menstruation Gingivitis. This condition causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums a week before a period begins and usually stops after it starts.

Pregnancy

The only thing that changes in a man when his partner is pregnant is his stress levels. He may gain some weight and, “Pretend,” that he is expecting, but he won’t experience the gingivitis that occurs in a high percentage of pregnant women. If you are pregnant, pay close attention to your teeth and gums and if you notice any swelling or bleeding call your dentist. If left untreated, gingivitis and periodontal disease can cause premature and low weight births.

Post menopause

Women deal with serious hormonal fluctuations during post menopause including dry mouth, burning sensations and a change in taste. When women are in post menopause it can affect oral health. Schedule frequent dental appointments if you are affected by post menopause.

Both men and women need to take good care of their teeth and gums. Call or click and 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.

August 15, 2014

Dental Bonding Could Be the Answer

Dental Bonding is a Cosmetic procedure that can improve your smile by filling in gaps or repairing chips and cracks. If your teeth are shorter than you would like, Dental Bonding can also make your teeth appear longer. Your dentist can determine if Dental Bonding will work to repair decayed teeth or whiten discolored teeth. If the roots of your teeth have been exposed because of gum disease, Dental Bonding may be the perfect solution. Unlike Dental Veneers, Dental Bonding can usually be done in one dental appointment. Veneers can sometimes take up to three dental visits.

According to Colgate, there is little preparation required for Dental Bonding. Thankfully, anesthetic is usually not required unless Dental Bonding is being used to replace a silver amalgam filling or repair a cavity.

If your dentist has determined that you are a good candidate for Dental Bonding, a shade guide will be used to select a resin color that closely matches the color of your natural tooth. After a color has been chosen, your dentist will etch or roughen the surface of the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded. Etching allows the resin bonding material to adhere to your tooth or teeth. After your tooth or teeth have been etched, your dentist will apply a conditioning liquid to allow the resin bonding material to adhere directly to your tooth.

Once your dentist has applied the conditioning liquid, a putty like material that matches the color of your teeth will be used before being molded into its desire shape. Much like a sculptor, your dentist will smooth the resin before a laser or light is used to harden or cure the Dental Bonding material. Once the resin has hardened, your dentist will continue to shape and trim before polishing.

Each Dental Bonding application takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete and is the least expensive Cosmetic Dental Restorative procedure available. Unlike Dental Veneers or Dental Crowns, Dental Bonding is the least invasive as there is little or no enamel removal required.

Dental Bonding is best for small cosmetic procedures as it is not as strong as regular fillings, Dental Veneers or Dental Crowns. If you do have Dental Bonding, your dentist recommends that you never chew on ice or anything else as the bonding material can break or chip.

If you would like more information regarding Dental Bonding, schedule an appointment with your dentist who will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for Dental Bonding.

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