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By Joseph & Nina Zeigler, DMD, PC
June 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

You've reached a decision—that old, unattractive smile has to go. You're ready for a complete makeover—and the field of cosmetic dentistry has the materials, techniques and equipment to make it happen.

But it could be a major undertaking requiring a fair amount of time and money. And once all the procedures are complete, what if you're not happy with the results?

Fortunately, you don't have to wait with nervous apprehension until the end of the dental work to see what your smile will look like. We can give you a realistic preview of your new smile before we even begin—and not on a computer monitor. We can actually create a trial smile applied directly to your actual teeth so you can see your new look up close and personal, and in all three spatial dimensions.

That's not to put down enhanced computer presentations. State-of-the-art imaging software can display an accurate representation of your future smile transposed onto an image of your face. But it's still a two-dimensional image, like any other photograph. It can't present the full range, movement or feel of the real thing.

A trial smile can. We shape and sculpt composite resin to resemble the finished dental work and temporarily bond it to your teeth. Once applied, you'll then be able to see what your appearance will look like from different angles and movements. Although we'll have to remove the trial smile before you leave, we can photograph it so you can show it to family and friends for their reaction.

While it's an added expense, a trial smile has two great benefits. First, it helps both of us "test drive" your new look and see how it performs in different ways: as you speak, when you're relaxed and, of course, when you smile. This allows us, if necessary, to fine-tune your planned dental work. Perhaps the biggest benefit, though, is that it can reassure you you've made the right decision to remake your smile. 

With a trail smile, there are no surprises—you'll know what the end result will look like before any work is done. And that can be a great motivator toward obtaining the smile you've dreamed of having.

If you would like more information on restoring your smile, 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: The Reassurance of a Trial Smile.”

By Joseph & Nina Zeigler, DMD, PC
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Transforming your smile with veneers, crowns or other restorations could be a life-changing decision. To help make that change a successful one, it’s possible to fit you with a kind of temporary restoration that allows you to “try out” your new look and even make modifications before you receive the permanent one.

Referred to as a prototype or provisional restoration, it’s different from other temporary, “one-size-fits-all” restorations that serve mainly a functional purpose until the permanent restoration is ready. By contrast, a provisional restoration is a customized “blueprint” of the final restoration so you can better communicate with your dentist to get what you want.

Provisional restorations are test runs — they help both patient and dentist evaluate three key areas critical to ultimate success:

Your  Smile — with provisional restorations you can get input from others (and from what you see in the mirror) regarding tooth coloring and how it blends with other teeth, the attractiveness of the crown shapes, and whether the teeth appear proportional and balanced with the gums.

Your Facial Appearance — changing the look of teeth may also alter overall facial appearance. Do the new teeth fit well with the lips and other facial features? Do they change the smile line, and does it appear harmonious with the rest of the face?

Your Mouth Function — There’s more to teeth, of course, than how they look. Teeth are essential for biting, chewing and speaking. So, can you perform these tasks comfortably with the provisional restoration?

While you’re wearing the provisional restoration, we’ll discuss these and other areas, what might look or work better, or if you feel we’ve hit the mark just right. We can then modify or verify our specifications with the dental lab creating the final restoration.

Of course, a provisional restoration will allow you to function normally like other temporary options. But their custom detail serves a higher purpose — to help us improve your future smile.

If you would like more information on customized temporary restorations, 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 “Concepts in Temporary Restorations.”

By Joseph & Nina Zeigler, DMD, PC
December 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The holidays are a season for giving. At this time of year, lots of us spend hours rushing around, looking for the perfect gifts for people we care about. But sometimes, amidst all the hustle and bustle, it doesn’t hurt to step back and think about yourself a little. If a better-looking smile has been on your list but you haven’t taken the first steps, the holiday season might be the right time to give yourself a gift.

Many smile problems, like discolored, chipped or uneven teeth, can be resolved with veneers—wafer-thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are custom-made just for you: They can have a pearly luster to match your existing teeth, or be Hollywood-white for a dazzling red-carpet smile. In just a few visits to the dental office, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted—and a whole new look for the New Year.

If damaged or missing teeth are what’s bothering you, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of good options for replacing them. If the tooth’s roots are still in good shape, a crown or cap could be the answer. This is a sturdy replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth that not only looks great, but also functions well in your bite—and can last for years to come.

If teeth are missing or can’t be saved, we offer several options for replacement, including fixed (non-removable) bridgework and dental implants. A tried-and-true method for replacing one or more missing teeth, bridges are firmly supported by healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. These teeth must be prepared to receive the bridge by having some of the tooth’s surface removed.

Dental implants are today’s premier option for tooth replacement. In this high-tech system, a root-like titanium insert, placed directly into the bone beneath the gum, forms a solid anchorage for the visible part of the replacement tooth. Implants look and feel completely natural, and can last for many years. Plus, they don’t require any work to be done on nearby teeth.

What kind of smile makeover is right for you? Just ask us! We will be happy to take a look at your smile and recommend a treatment plan. And in this season of generosity, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than a bright new smile.

You can learn more about smile makeovers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Joseph & Nina Zeigler, DMD, PC
December 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental issues don't have to be major to affect your smile. Even the smallest imperfections can make you feel self-conscious every time you veneersopen your mouth. Luckily, veneers offer a simple way to transform your smile. St. Louis, MO, dentists Drs. Joseph and Nina Zeigler discuss the benefits of veneers.

How can veneers help my smile?

Veneers are very effective in concealing imperfections that only affect the fronts of your teeth. They're constructed of a thin layer of porcelain and applied to your teeth with dental cement. Because porcelain veneers are opaque, they do an excellent job of keeping flaws hidden from view. The restorations are created from a mold of your mouth, which ensures that they fit your teeth perfectly and look completely natural.

Do you have small chips in your tooth enamel? Chipped areas can be distracting when you smile and may cut your lips or tongue if they're rough. Veneers are often used to hide chips and other dental flaws, like cracks or bumpy or uneven tooth surfaces.

Veneers are also a good choice if one of your teeth has changed color. The problem can occur if you took tetracycline to treat a bacterial infection when you were a child, have a large filling or had an infection that darkened your tooth. Because veneers are available in a range of colors, it's simple to match your veneer to the color of your other teeth when you visit our St. Louis office.

If you're tired of whitening your teeth or aren't happy with the results of whitening, veneers offer another whitening option. When they're applied to all of your teeth, they offer an instant and dramatic transformation. You can even choose the optimum shade for your new smile.

Gaps between teeth are particularly noticeable, even if they're small. Adding veneers to your teeth completely eliminates the spaces. Although you may need orthodontic treatment if the gaps are severe, veneers offer a simple solution to a common cosmetic dental issue.

Would you like to find out if your smile can be improved by adding veneers? Call St. Louis, MO, dentists Drs. Zeigler at (314) 872-7590 to schedule an appointment.

By Joseph & Nina Zeigler, DMD, PC
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Often, people find themselves wishing they had an entire smile makeover. In these cases, complex procedures like veneers or orthodontic cosmetic dentistrycare may best suit patients’ needs. However, sometimes, the smallest changes can produce the biggest results. Tooth contouring and reshaping procedures use small, subtle changes to improve the appearance of your smile. Find out more about tooth contouring and reshaping with Dr. Joseph Zeigler and Dr. Nina Zeigler in St. Louis, MO.

What is contouring and reshaping? 
Contouring and reshaping reshape the outer enamel of the teeth. These small adjustments can make a big impact and are often enough for many patients to feel as though they have undergone a full smile makeover without in-depth or draw-out procedures.

What can I expect during a contouring and reshaping procedure? 
Your dentist will start your procedure by examining the teeth and determining which areas will require contouring. They may isolate the tooth to prepare it for the procedure. With the tooth prepared, your dentist will begin shaping the tooth. After the procedure, your dentist will polish the tooth and clean up any problem areas.

What issues do contouring and reshaping treat? 
This procedure is versatile and can help in many different situations. Mostly, dentists use contouring and reshaping for teeth which are uneven and too long or too wide. However, contouring and reshaping can also treat teeth which are pointy to even them out and help them better blend into the smile. In some cases, your dentist can even treat slight overlaps in the teeth using contouring and reshaping.

Am I a good candidate for tooth contouring and reshaping? 
A good candidate for this procedure should be in good dental health. Their teeth should have no evidence of tooth decay and gum disease. A good at-home oral care routine helps keep the teeth healthy and clean along with regular dental examinations and cleanings.

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping in St. Louis, MO
For more information on tooth contouring and reshaping, please contact Dr. Joseph Zeigler and Dr. Nina Zeigler in St. Louis, MO. Call 314-872-7590 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!