Cosmetic Dentistry in Webster Groves, MO

Our teeth endure wear and tear just like the rest of our body, and over time they lose their natural "youthfulness." If you are concerned about the look of your smile, we provide several excellent and painless cosmetic dentistry solutions in Webster Groves, MO to restore your smile and give you renewed confidence.

There are several reasons why people seek cosmetic dentistry. It can be anything from a life event on the horizon like a wedding to a simple need to boost your emotional well-being. At Webster Groves Dental, our cosmetic dentist will help you achieve the results you’re looking for to help you achieve your best life.

If you would like to schedule an exam to see if you’re a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry, contact our dental office at (314) 918-9666.

Meanwhile, check out some of the questions we hear most often about cosmetic dentistry in Webster Groves, MO.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry relies on technologies, procedures, and treatments to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Today, much of general dentistry is also cosmetic—tooth-colored fillings, for example.

At Webster Groves Dental, we offer a variety of cosmetic dental options to fit most budgets and lifestyles, and Dr. Matthew Wenzel, our experienced cosmetic dentist in Webster Groves, MO, can help you make the right choices to reach your smile goals.

Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

To learn whether you’re a candidate for cosmetic dentistry, it is essential to contact our dental office to schedule an examination with Dr. Wenzel. Not only can he determine whether you’re a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry, but he can also help you plan your smile.

During this exam, Dr. Wenzel takes his time to answer your questions, make suggestions, and address your concerns.

The good news is that with so many cosmetic dentistry options available, you can usually find the right combination of treatments and procedures to enhance your smile. Considerations for cosmetic dentistry may include the condition of your teeth and gums and specific health-related issues.

What are cosmetic veneers?

Veneers are permanent porcelain covers placed on the front side of your teeth for cosmetic reasons such as stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers can also help with gummy smiles and are often worn by celebrities.

Veneers in Webster Groves, MO usually require two appointments. The first appointment will entail conservatively reshaping the surface of your tooth to fit the veneer, taking impressions, and deciding on the veneer shade. The impressions are then sent to a lab where it takes about two weeks for your veneer to be custom made to match your teeth. People often elect to visit the lab so they can match their shade exactly.  When your veneer (or veneers) arrives, Dr. Wenzel will bond it to your tooth.

With proper oral hygiene and regular dental check, veneers can last for many years—sometimes up to twenty years or longer.

Will cosmetic bonding work for me?

Cosmetic bonding in Webster Groves, MO is an inexpensive way to hide flaws in your teeth, but Dr. Wenzel will assess your smile to make sure cosmetic bonding is the best option for you.

At Webster Groves Dental, we only use tooth-colored filling material for bonding, also referred to as composite resin. With a variety of tooth shade options, we are able to quickly and easily bond the filling material to match your teeth. Bonding is a great alternative to porcelain veneers. It is also attractive to patients with busy schedules since it can usually be accomplished in only one appointment.

How can I brighten my yellow teeth?

Stained teeth can be disheartening and sometimes results from coffee, tobacco, and even certain medications.

For a long-lasting result, there is no substitute for bleaching your teeth by using either whitening strips or a bleaching tray that is custom-made to fit your teeth. At Webster Groves Dental, all we need to do is take a few impressions in order to make you a tray that will be ready to use in about a week. If you store your tray in a safe area, it can last for years, and you will be able to get refills on your bleach as the need arises.

Our system gives patients dramatically whiter teeth, and it is very easy to use. Additionally, if you have questions after you take your teeth whitening kit home, never hesitate to call our dental office.

Is your teeth whitening treatment better than store bought?

There are a lot of ways to whiten your teeth. Unfortunately, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. For example, toothpaste that claims to whiten your teeth is not in contact with your teeth long enough to have any noticeable effect. Typically the faster the treatment whitens your teeth, the quicker the results fade. This is why offices that advertise “same day” whitening also provide you with a bleaching tray so you can bleach on your own at home too. They know that if you don’t bleach at home, the results of their expensive whitening treatment will fade very quickly.

Additionally, store-bought products may lighten your teeth but are not able to lift away deep stains that collect in the pores of your enamel.

When whitening your teeth, it is always better to be under the discretion of a dental professional for optimal results and a safer whitening experience.

Do you offer dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss and mimic your natural teeth better than any other choice available today.

Dental implants are thin posts implanted in your jaw. These posts bond with your jawbone over time to create a strong foundation for a replacement tooth.

Dental implants sustain your jawbone and keep it from shrinking away, which is a consequence of tooth loss. Additionally, dental implants require no special care other than the care you would provide for natural teeth:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Regular exams
  • Regular dental cleanings

At Webster Groves Dental, we provide quality dental implants in Webster Groves, Shrewsbury, Rock Hill, Glendale, Maplewood, Brentwood, Kirkwood, and the surrounding St. Louis communities.

Are dental crowns considered cosmetic?

Dental crowns are both tooth-saving and cosmetic.

When your tooth has suffered a trauma or you’ve undergone a complex root canal, a dental crown can save that weakened tooth and return it to viability.

A dental crown can also conceal flaws in a tooth and close minor gaps.

A dental crown is shaped like a natural tooth, goes on over an existing tooth, and is always designed to match your smile.

Can I have more than one cosmetic dentistry procedure?

At Webster Groves Dental, you can plan your smile according to your lifestyle and budget. Provided you’re a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry, it is easy to schedule cosmetic treatments and procedures on a timeline that works for you.

Sometimes people opt for a professional teeth whitening, for example, prior to restorations so they can choose a whiter material.

We would be happy to discuss all your cosmetic dentistry options with you. Give us a call to schedule your appointment at Webster Groves Dental.