Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could correct a few tooth-related issues? Cosmetic dentistry services offered by your Fenton, MO, dentist, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage can help you makeover your smile.
Revitalize your smile with one of these Fenton cosmetic dentistry options
Cosmetic dentistry services and treatments improve the function and appearance of your smile. If you've lost a tooth, want to change the appearance of a few teeth, or need to strengthen or restore a damaged tooth, one of these choices may be right for you:
- Contouring: Contouring is one of the least expensive ways to improve the way a tooth looks and is often used to change the shape or length of a tooth or smooth uneven surfaces. During contouring, your dentist removes tiny amounts of tooth enamel to reshape teeth. Contouring can be combined with bonding, which involves adding small amounts of tooth-colored composite resin in strategic locations.
- CEREC Crowns: CEREC crowns offer same-day convenience if you need a crown. Hollow crowns are used to hide discolorations, change the shape or length of teeth, or protect, strengthen and restore damaged teeth. CEREC crowns are created in the Fenton dental office and only require one appointment.
- Dental Implants: Restoring missing teeth with dental implants offers a long-term tooth loss solution. Small titanium posts implanted in your jawbone bond to the bone, becoming a permanent part of your jaw. The posts act as roots for your new teeth and are topped with dental crowns to complete the restoration of your missing teeth.
- Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is an excellent option if your teeth have become dull and stained. Whitening can lighten teeth by three to eight shades and lasts for several years.
- Veneers: Veneers offer a simple, yet ingenious, way to conceal tooth imperfections. Thin tooth-shaped shells cemented to the fronts of your teeth hide chips, cracks, discolorations, uneven surfaces, and other flaws. Veneers can also change the shape of teeth, add length to short teeth, close gaps, or whiten all of your teeth.
Renew your smile with cosmetic dentistry! Call Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage in Fenton, MD, of Kemlage Family Dentistry, at (636) 225-1777 to schedule your appointment.
Would you like your Fenton, MO, dentist to fix your smile?
Are you self-conscious about your teeth? Are there dents, grooves, and chips you want to rid yourself of?
First-impression smiles are important for interviews, dates, weddings, and many other big events, which is why Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage offer tooth contouring and reshaping to patients.
Tooth Contouring and Reshaping
Your Fenton dentists offer contouring and reshaping of teeth, which is a simple, cosmetic procedure that will save you plenty of time and money, and give you an improved smile.
This procedure helps fix dental issues like crooked, chipped, cracked, fractured, overlapping or crowded teeth and pits and/or grooves in enamel.
Contouring and Reshaping Process
Your doctor will first examine your teeth by visually scanning them, then assess if these two procedures are right for you.
He will then use an x-ray to ensure there aren't any hidden problems. Serious issues, like severe tooth decay, are dealt with first, then some enamel is removed to straighten your teeth. Your Fenton doctor will then smoothen out and polish your teeth.
If some dental issues are too severe, your doctor will provide restorations such as dental crowns or veneers.
Dental Hygiene and Care
- Brush your teeth: Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush for a whole two minutes twice a day at the very least.
- Floss between teeth: Floss your teeth thoroughly every night before bed.
- Dental Night Guard: Get a mouthguard to prevent serious wear and tear caused by bruxism (grinding teeth).
- Eat healthily: Maintain a healthy diet by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, like apples, that will scrape plaque off your teeth, and drink water that will wash away food particles and debris.
If you have any questions or concerns about tooth contouring and reshaping, then call Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage at their Fenton, MO, office at (636) 225-1777.
Want a more beautiful smile?
Your Fenton, MO, dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, have a great solution that's both cost effective and time saving. If you're interested in finding out more about veneers and how they can help you, then you've come to the right place!
Who needs veneers?
Think of veneers as a resurfacing process. Your Fenton, MO dentists eliminate the flaws ruining your smile. Here are some examples of what veneers can cover:
- Dents, grooves, cracks and fractures found on the surface of your teeth that may have been caused by injury, for example.
- Slight gaps, overcrowdedness, and crooked and misshaped teeth can be fixed. These issues can simply be hereditary, but cause issues with bite and chewing function.
- Discoloration and stains can be removed to give you a brighter smile. Discoloration could be due to age or other factors like smoking or drinking tea and coffee.
What's the process like?
Veneers are porcelain shells that are installed to the surface of your teeth. They have color stability, which means they are resistant to staining.
This is what the process is like:
- The dentist will examine your teeth and make sure you have no severe issues, like cavities, that may need to be treated first. Then he will assess whether veneers are right for you.
- If you're a good fit, the dentists will remove some enamel off the surface of your teeth. This is a permanent procedure, so make sure veneers are something you are comfortable with. The enamel is removed so the veneers align properly with the rest of your natural teeth or other veneers that will be installed as well.
How to care for veneers?
Porcelain veneers are strong, but it's important to take proper care of them. Brushing and flossing are essential, and don't skip your bi-yearly exam with your doctor.
Veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile, so call Kemlage Family Dentisty in Fenton, MO, today!
Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is filled with a varied array of procedures, materials and techniques that can address any shortcoming with your smile. Whatever your condition, there’s a means to correct or enhance your smile.
The real question, though, is whether we’re both, patient and dentist, on the same page as to what’s best to enhance your smile. Dentists have a different perspective on smile outcomes than the average layperson. We’re clued into aspects like tooth alignment with facial features or gum-to-lip distance influenced by our professional training and experience. You, though, may see your smile in terms of other features that define beauty like mouth expressions or lip shape.
Bridging these differing points of view requires open and honest communication. Here are three considerations to make that happen.
Build trust between you and your dentist. It’s natural for us to have differing views on what constitutes proper smile aesthetics based on the perspectives previously mentioned. Working through those perspectives to arrive at a unified plan requires trust that both of us desire the same outcome: a beautiful smile you’re happy to display to the world.
“Seeing” your future smile can help ease your misgivings. It’s one thing to try to imagine a certain treatment outcome — it’s quite another to actually see it beforehand. And you can, through computer simulation that takes a picture of your current face and smile and then augments them digitally so you can see how your smile will appear after proposed treatment. It’s also possible in some cases for you to wear temporary or “provisional” restorations so that not only can you see how they look, but also how they feel and function in the mouth.
Understand what “type” of restoration patient you are. Although everyone is different, we can usually characterize patients and their expectations in two ways. Some patients are “perfect-minded” — they want restorations that offer the maximum symmetry, regularity and tooth brightness. Others are more “natural-minded” in that the changes they seek don’t drastically alter their natural appearance, but are just enough to look different and create a sense of character. Knowing what you really want — a drastic change or a subtle enhancement — will help you communicate your desires more clearly and help us design the treatment options that best fit your expectations.
If you would like more information on fostering communication between dentists and patients, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”
If nature and genetics didn’t provide you with a great smile, you can do something about it. Cosmetic dental procedures can turn your ordinary smile into a spectacular statement about you. Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kelmage at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, want to tell you about three important cosmetic dental procedures that can enhance your smile.
Dental bonding uses a material known as composite. In liquid form, composite can be shaped and sculpted perfectly to match your existing teeth. A color of composite is selected to match your tooth color, creating a virtually invisible restorative treatment. After the composite is placed, the material is hardened using a high-tech curing light. Composite bonding is the perfect choice to fix these unsightly dental issues:
- Cracks, chips or breaks in your teeth
- Discolorations and stains from medications or smoking
- Excessive wear due to aging or bite problems
- Abnormally shaped teeth due to genetics
Contouring is a procedure that can be done independently or combined with bonding. Contouring can reshape teeth to create a harmonious, aesthetically beautiful smile.
Veneers can make a dramatic difference in your smile. They are thin shells of porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are a conservative treatment because your dentists only remove a minimal amount of tooth surface, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Veneers can correct aesthetic issues such as:
- Cracks, chips, fracture lines and enamel defects
- Discolorations and stains
- Slight gaps or overlaps between teeth
- Abnormally shaped teeth
These are just a few of the services available at Kemlage Family Dentistry. For a complete listing of treatments, please visit the services page on the website at http://www.kemlagefamilydentistry.com/services.html
To view amazing before-and-after photos of Kemlage Family Dentistry patients, please visit the smile gallery page on the website at http://www.kemlagefamilydentistry.com/gallery.html
Bonding, contouring and veneers can renew, reshape and rejuvenate your smile, so call Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kelmage at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, today and get started on your great new smile!