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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Would you like your Fenton, MO, dentist to fix your smile?cosmetic contouring

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.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
December 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Want a more beautiful smile?veneers

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!

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
July 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
ThreeConsiderationsforWorkingwithYourDentistonYourSmileMakeover

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.”

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS
April 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

If nature and genetics didn’t provide you with a great smile, you can do something about it. Cosmetic dental procedures can turn your cosmetic dentistryordinary 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!

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
December 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
SeeYournewLookBeforeDentalWorkwithaTrialSmile

Digital computer technology has made a big impact on cosmetic dentistry. We can now simulate on a monitor display of your face how your new smile will appear after dental work, thanks to a graphics program specifically designed for cosmetic dentistry.

While that's an amazing development, we can also take it a step further by creating the look of a new smile on your actual teeth during an office visit. We call it a “trial smile.”

To create a trial smile, we begin with composite resin, a tooth-colored bonding material, and fashion it into temporary veneers or crowns that we then temporarily place over your teeth. This gives us the chance to see what your new smile will look like in all three spatial dimensions (rather than the two-dimensional view on a computer monitor) and while your face is in motion as you talk and smile. This can give us a great deal more detail to help better evaluate your proposed look.

A trial smile also helps us in planning your new look. Like you, we want the best result possible: a trial smile allows us to see how your jaw movement interacts with your updated look and if everything works together as it should. It will also give us a better idea how much tooth structure we'll need to remove to accommodate your permanent veneers or crowns — the less, of course, the better.

Although you won't be able to take your trial smile with you when you leave, we can take a photograph you can review later, as well as show friends and family for their opinion. Trial smiles do add some cost to treatment, but the proportion of expense to the benefit of actually viewing your smile in this fashion is well worth it. It's one more way we can ensure your final new smile meets your expectations.

If you would like more information on “trial smiles,” 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 “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”