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By Advanced Dental Arts
October 01, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Advanced Dental Arts
March 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Advanced Dental Arts
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you unhappy with your smile? Dental bonding can give you the perfect smile you've always wanted. Advanced Dental Arts, which isdental bonding located in Saint Louis, MO, offers a full range of dental services, including dental bonding. Dr. Aaron Schertzer is one of the top dentists in the country. Read on to find out if dental bonding would work for you.

What is Dental Bonding?

Composite bonding is the application of tooth-colored resin materials using a light source, which bonds the materials to the teeth to enhance a person's smile. Composite bonding is used to repair chipped teeth, decayed teeth and cracked teeth. Bonding is also used to improve the appearance of discolored teeth and close gaps between teeth. 

The Benefits of Bonding

Bonding can usually be done in a single office visit unless many teeth are involved. Very little tooth enamel is removed with this procedure, which gives it an advantage over options like permanent crowns and porcelain veneers.

Ideal Candidates for Bonding

In order to be considered a suitable candidate for bonding, you must be in good oral health. Bonding is not an appropriate treatment for teeth that are structurally compromised to the point that they require restorative work. Bonding is not an appropriate treatment for people with gum disease or other conditions that require immediate dental care. Once these conditions have been addressed, then a patient’s candidacy for bonding may be reassessed.

Dental Bonding Consultation

During your dental bonding consultation, your Saint Louis dentist will talk to you about the changes you would like to make to your smile. During your consultation, your dentist will discuss if you are a candidate for the smile problems that composite bonding can correct. Your dentist will conduct an examination of your gums and teeth that may involve x-rays.

Ready to make a change in your life? Give yourself a smile you love. Say yes to dental bonding! Call Advanced Dental Arts at (314) 892-2120 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Saint Louis, MO. Dental bonding will dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile. Remember, it's never too late to beautify your smile.

What you need to know about cosmetic fillings

Cosmetic fillings, also called tooth-colored fillings, improve the look of your smile by blending naturally and seamlessly with your existingcosmetic fillings teeth. They also improve your chewing function by repairing damaged and broken teeth. They are one of the most versatile dental treatments available to restore your smile to greatness. Dr. Aaron M. Schertzer, of Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, Missouri, wants you to know how cosmetic fillings can help you and your smile.

Your Oakville dentist wants you to know cosmetic fillings are the perfect dental treatment to improve the look and function of teeth that are:

  • Decayed from bacterial plaque and inadequate oral hygiene
  • Damaged and broken from trauma or injury
  • Chipped and cracked from aging and overuse
  • Badly stained or discolored from coffee, smoking or medications

Cosmetic fillings can replace ugly, old, broken, metal (amalgam) fillings with a completely natural-looking, completely beautiful look that matches your existing tooth color. They also help the function of your teeth, because the filling material will actually hold your tooth together, much like cement. In contrast, metal fillings can weaken your tooth by creating a wedge between different sections. When you bite down, the metal filling can break, taking a piece of your tooth with it.

Cosmetic fillings are created with composite, a liquid resin material that Dr. Schertzer can sculpt and mold to match your teeth perfectly. The composite material is hardened with a special ultraviolet light, and your new filling is then polished to perfection.

This procedure has many advantages when compared with other dental fillings. Cosmetic fillings will provide you with years of excellent service and these great benefits:

  • Beauty: because they are created from composite, a material that looks just like your natural teeth
  • A natural look: because Dr. Schertzer will color-match the composite to your teeth perfectly
  • Strong protection: because composite bonds broken parts of your tooth together

You and your smile deserve an improved look and function . Don’t settle for old, unsightly metal fillings that will detract from your smile. Now, thanks to cosmetic fillings, you can have beauty and function together in the same dental treatment. When you replace the broken down metal fillings, your friends will notice your smile and not your fillings! It’s time to call Dr. Aaron M. Schertzer of Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, Missouri today for a dental appointment to improve the look of your mouth!

By Advanced Dental Arts
March 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

A cosmetic dentistry procedure might not be something you've ever considered, even if your teeth are showing signs of wear. If you've dental bondingalways assumed cosmetic dentistry equals pain and expense, you've likely never heard of cosmetic dental bonding! At Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, Missouri, many patients have received cosmetic bonding from Dr. Aaron Schertzer. Curious about how bonding could improve your smile? Read on.

What is cosmetic bonding?

Bonding is a very versatile cosmetic dental procedure. Using a plastic-based resin material, your Oakville cosmetic dentist applies it to surfaces of teeth that have gaps or sustained chips and cracks. Resin, which starts out soft and is then cured (hardened) with a specialized light, is designed to be the same color as your teeth, so it fills in these areas of imperfection seamlessly. In most cases, no anesthesia is required to place bonding on your teeth, which means no discomfort or dental anxiety. It's also a very affordable procedure.

What can cosmetic bonding repair?

Teeth can naturally come in smaller than normal or misshapen and can be distracting, particularly if you have an otherwise perfect smile. Bonding from your Oakville cosmetic dentist reshapes these teeth to match the others in your mouth. In the same manner, cosmetic bonding can fill in gaps that otherwise might require orthodontics to fix. Bonding is also an excellent way to repair teeth that have sustained damage. Even large chips can be filled in with bonding resin, which not only gives you a beautiful smile, but smooths out the rough edges that can result from a chip. Some patients also want to replace their old metal fillings with less noticeable "white" fillings. Bonding is used in these instances as well.

As you can see, cosmetic bonding offers solutions to a variety of different cosmetic dental problems. To learn more about bonding and to see if your situation could benefit from this procedure, contact Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, Missouri to set up a consultation with Dr. Aaron Schertzer.