Think Twice Before Using Mail-Order Aligners

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We get it. It sounds simple. It sounds affordable. It sounds convenient.

You order a kit online. It is delivered to your door. You take an impression of your teeth in the comfort of your home. Or you stop by the clinic and have the impression taken. The company sends you clear aligners to straighten your teeth. And it costs a lot less than orthodontist-supervised Invisalign!

In 2013, SmileDirect Club became the first company to offer self-directed teeth straightening. The fact that they are being sued by customers all over the U.S. should tell you something.

Everything that’s wrong with at-home aligner systems

The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have released warnings about the perils of direct-to-consumer orthodontics.

“Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material, which if not done correctly could lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues.” American Association of Orthodontists

SmileDirectClub was the first company to offer DIY aligners. They provide custom clear aligners without regular office visits. They tout an average cost savings of over 50% of the price of traditional aligners administered by an orthodontist. They report that the average length of treatment is 6 months.

All aligner systems require a 3D image of your teeth. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, your orthodontist creates the scan in their office.

With SmileDirect, you can visit one of their “SmileShops” to get a scan. SmileDirect advertises that there are SmileShops in every U.S. state. They also provide the option of taking your own impression using their at-home kit.

You can send a selfie of your teeth. Think about that. Selfies are for vacations. Are they a substitute for the skill of a specialist who attended dental school and several years of orthodontics training?

Is it worth the risk?

Don’t take chances with your smile. Many orthodontists have patients whose self-directed treatment completely messed up their teeth. Some of these individuals end up losing some of their teeth because of mail-ordering treatment gone wrong.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Feel Like A Movie Star With A Smile Makeover

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Most celebrities flash stunning smiles that don’t appear to have any flaws. Some may be natural. Some may be Photoshopped.

Have you ever noticed that some famous individuals with perfect smiles didn’t have the best teeth early in their careers? Those that wanted to improve their smiles took advantage of cosmetic dentistry. Whether it’s porcelain veneers or a complete smile makeover—cosmetic dentistry can improve any smile.

Can ordinary people obtain a celebrity caliber smile? Absolutely!

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the accessibility of state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry.

The truly amazing thing about cosmetic dentistry is that it’s one Hollywood perk that is available to almost everyone.

Whether it is a relatively minor alteration, such as teeth whitening, or a more involved procedure such as a complete smile re-design, more and more dentists are giving people just like you the beautiful teeth they have always wanted.

If you are looking for a quality restorative and cosmetic dental care, give us a call here at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. Ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, clear braces, and smile makeovers.

Most of us will never star in a movie or walk the red carpet at the Oscars. But all of us can have a smile every bit as beautiful as our favorite actor, singer, or supermodel. (Who wants to constantly be harassed by annoying paparazzi anyway?)

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Healthy Baby Teeth For Toddlers

Healthy Baby Teeth For St. Louis Toddlers

Though we don’t often think about it, toddlers as young as 9 or 10 months of age can be infected with cavity producing bacteria, which can cause tooth decay. Koch Park Dental, your dentist in Florissant MO, reminds you how serious a problem this can turn into.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 20% of children 2-5 have untreated cavities, and the number rises in kids over six. Tooth decay can result in poor eating habits, delayed speech development, and create an unhealthy environment for permanent tooth development. Healthy baby teeth lead to healthier permanent teeth later in life.

Mothers who adhere to preventive dental and oral care during prenatal and postnatal periods can better safeguard her child from dental caries. Parents and care providers should not prop a bottle for their baby in a crib or car seat, avoid nighttime bottle or breast feeding, and go over their child’s teeth with a cloth or soft baby toothbrush as soon as they erupt.

Pediatric dentists advise taking your child to his initial dental appointment when the first tooth erupts. He will be examined and you can begin discussing fluoride prescriptions and other preventative measures.

Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO provides general dentistry, and cosmetic services such as dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Avoid Sports Injuries: Protect Those Teeth!

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It is estimated that over 5 million teeth are knocked out yearly and a significant portion of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth requires several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration expenses. Not to mention pain!

I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit of Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS and I want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. I advise my patients to think of mouthguards as an important part of their protective gear. Most parents require their children to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer. I encourage parents to emphasize the importance of mouth protection from your child’s very first 5 year-old T-ball game. And we all need to practice what we preach.

The main types of mouthguards include: ready-to-wear, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. Stock mouth protectors are pre-formed, but are definitely not one-size-fits all, and probably provide the least amount of protection. (Though they are better than nothing.)

You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores. Soften them in water before forming them to your mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).

Some dentists offer custom sports mouthguards that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Mouth protectors that are comfortable are more likely to be worn by kids who complain about wearing a mouthguard. Ask your dentist about custom mouthguards.

Mouth protection is extremely important for patients with braces or fixed bridge work. Some orthodontists recommend mouth protectors for lower teeth as well.

If you or your child has a sports-related dental emergency, call my Florissant office immediately at 314-837-7744. I will do everything in my power to save the tooth but every second counts. Make sure you save all pieces of the tooth and bring them with you.

 

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Bright And Healthy Smiles For Florissant

No one disputes the fact that bright and healthy smiles are more attractive. Everybody likes to see a great smile, and having a great smile is not only healthy for your mouth, but healthy for your self esteem as well.

I’m Martin Buchheit, DDS. We call our practice ‘Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS‘, and we are located in Florissant, Missouri. I provide dental services to the greater St. Louis area from our comfortable and friendly dental office.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Florissant area, including Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, or St. Charles, please contact us. I am currently accepting new dental patients and would love to serve all of your dental needs including restorative dentistry, dental implants, and root canals.

There are many affordable procedures that will allow you to achieve a bright and healthy smile. Ask us about dental implants and porcelain veneers.We focus on high-quality personal dental care in a relaxing, attractive environment. To schedule a consultation, exam, or cleaning, call us at 314-837-7744 today – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS

“You don?t know dental family until you?ve been here.”

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS: 314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


It’s A Great Time To Have Ugly Teeth!

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Huh? Yep, it’s true. It’s a great time to have ugly teeth because cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry provides several procedures to turn ugly to unbelievably beautiful.

Teeth whitening can benefit almost every adult. Years of staining can be magically erased in a day at your Florissant dentist’s office or over a few months with competitively-priced at-home kit. This popular treatment gives you a lot of bang for your cosmetic dental buck.

If your teeth are slightly crooked or have small chips or cracks, minimally-invasive porcelain veneers could be the answer. A veneer is a translucent, wafer-thin cover that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. Many people get veneers on the upper front teeth for a fabulous smile renewal. Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 314-837-7744 to learn more about marvelous veneers.

Have your gums receded and thereby exposed the metal base of an old dental crown? Soft tissue grafts and/or crown replacement can correct this common problem. Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 314-837-7744 to schedule a gum-contouring consultation.

A missing tooth detracts from your smile, even if your other teeth look great. Many Florissant people have benefited from dental implants. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the natural-looking crown. Dental implants can also anchor full or partial dentures and significantly improve life for denture wearers.

If your teeth have severe alignment problems, we encourage you to consider braces. Florissant dental patients of all ages are undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth and transform their smile. The newest braces are faster, less noticeable, and more comfortable than ever before.

Other cosmetic dental procedures available at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant are inlays/onlays, dental crowns, and white fillings. If you have an ugly smile, the Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS team of superior dental professionals is committed to making it beautiful. Call 314-837-7744 today!

 


What Can Veneers Do For St. Louis Smiles?

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Hello, and welcome to our Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS cosmetic dentistry blog. Today we are taking the time to answer a common question that many dental patients have. The question is, “What exactly are veneers and how are they used in cosmetic dentistry?”

Veneers are thin shells made from durable, translucent porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made for each patient and are used to improve the appearance of teeth. Unlike a dental crown which covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, a veneer covers just the front part of the tooth. They are generally used to correct teeth that have been chipped, stained, decayed, or that are slightly crooked.

If you visit your dentist for veneers, he or she will first make a model of your teeth. Next, a dental technician will use the model to create the veneers, so you can be sure of a custom fit.

Since a small portion of the enamel on the tooth has to be removed so the veneer can be placed, this process is usually irreversible.

I hope that this blog entry has helped you to understand a little more about veneers and how they can help you to improve your smile. Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS offers all the services you need to create your very best smile. Ask us about gum contouring, smile makeovers, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces.

If you are looking for a dentist with expertise creating beautiful porcelain veneers, give Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS a call. My name is Dr. Martin Buchheit and I have been practicing dentistry since 1987.

Please call 314-837-7744 and a member of our friendly staff can schedule an appointment for you and answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry.


The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on September 4, 2013


5 Smile Makeover Questions For Florissant Smiles

How Much Does A Smile Makeover Cost In Florissant

If you are considering a multi-procedure smile makeover or extensive restorative dental work, here are four considerations:

All At Once Or Over Time?
At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, our Florissant smile makeover patients can often receive several (or all) procedures in one visit. It all depends on the specific procedures necessary to achieve your perfect smile. Dr. Martin Buchheit develops a unique treatment plan for each patient after an extensive consultation and examination.

Oral Sedation?
Many Chesterfield and Maryland Heights cosmetic dental patients benefit from sedation or ‘sleep’ dentistry. Conscious sedation is especially helpful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

Cost?
We know that cosmetic dentistry is a substantial investment for most St. Louis dental patients. Some procedures are covered by dental plans, so if you have dental insurance, be sure to find out exactly what is covered. Many Florissant residents use flex spending accounts for dental work and reap the tax advantages. Call us at 314-837-7744 to discuss dental financing options in Florissant.

Healing Time?
With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing times are often minimal. However, some treatments such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants often require a short healing period. Consider how the timing of your dental visits and the necessary healing periods will affect your job and family responsibilities.

Aesthetic Results?
At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant our patients experience terrific results when doing smile transformations in phases, however, porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS today at 314-837-7744 to schedule a no-pressure cosmetic dental consultation.


What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has occurred.

An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its previous dimension.

The procedure begins with a thorough evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to perfectly fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and preserve the vulnerable area.

Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to carry out the process.

Inlays and onlays protect the tooth from further degeneration, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

Dr. Martin Buchheit has been restoring teeth since 1987 for patients of all ages. Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS is located in Florissant though we treat patients from the surrounding communities of Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, and St. Charles. Our dental services include cosmetic dentistry, and general dentistry. Make your appointment today!


Mouthwash Facts In Florissant

Mouthwash Facts In Florissant

Hi, I am Dr. Martin Buchheit.  Thanks for visiting my Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Missouri residents use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good oral hygiene starts with thorough tooth brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.

It is important for Missouri residents to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.

If you are one of the Florissant residents that suffers from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. But Missouri men and women also need to use caution when using mouthwashes because many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.

Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.

In addition to preventative dental care, Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile talk to Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS about teeth whitening. Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS also provide cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry.

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS we have been improving the smiles of residents in Florissant, St. Louis and the surrounding areas since 1987. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Martin Buchheit
Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS
2149 Charbonier Rd.
Florissant Missouri
314-837-7744
https://www.kochparkdental.net/about-us/