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Cosmetic Dentist Serving St. Peters

woman smiling in mirrorIt’s no secret that brighter smiles look great in pictures, but recent employment studies show that the appearance of smiles may be a factor in hiring and promotion practices. A UC Berkley study revealed that those patients with attractive smiles smiled more, lived longer, and were happier. At Cayo Dental Care, we want our patients to have smiles they’re proud to share. Our team is happy to work one on one with patients to create their dream smiles, offering a number of cosmetic dentistry services to conceal or correct any number of oral flaws. Contact our team to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation today.

Porcelain Veneers

One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services, porcelain veneers allow patients to essentially hit the reset button, concealing years of dental wear, cracks, and chips. Veneers are thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain that are cemented into position over the fronts of teeth in order to hide any number of smile irregularities. The process typically takes two visits. During the first appointment, a small amount of surface enamel is removed from teeth in order to allow the veneer to fit seamlessly into the natural smile line. Impressions are captured and sent to a dental lab where a custom veneer is crafted. Until the personalized veneer is completed, a temporary is placed to protect the prepared teeth. Once the final veneer is completed, patients return to exchange their temporary for their permanent veneer.

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Metal-Free Restorations

Traditional materials used for dental restorations include gold, silver, and porcelain bonded to metal. These restorations had two drawbacks. They didn’t restore the appearance of smiles, and patients who have sensitivities to metal are unable to restore teeth with these materials. Some dental practices recommend all-ceramic restorations, but our team utilizes an even more cosmetically and restoratively superior material – Zirconia. Zirconia restorations are easily shaded to blend into patients’ smiles, and the strong material provides durable, long lasting results.

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Direct Bonding

In some cases, we are able to conceal or correct minor smile flaws in a single visit with direct bonding. With the same composite resin material used in tooth-colored fillings, Dr. Cayo fills in cracks, reshapes chipped teeth, and conceals staining and discoloration. The process is simple. The dentist shades the composite resin to blend seamlessly into the smile and applies it to teeth, restoring the shape and stability of natural tooth enamel as well as improving the appearance of previously damaged or flawed teeth.

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At-Home Whitening Kits

Store bought teeth whitening pastes, rinses, strips, and gels promise dramatic results, but in most cases, they are unable to deliver. Teeth whitening from our St Peters practice combines professional grade whitening gel and custom crafted application trays for more predictable results. We use the Opalesence whitening system. We are able to customize treatment plans to meet each patient’s unique needs, adjusting dosage, wear times, and length of treatment to achieve the desired results.