March 20, 2015
Everyone dreams of having a straight, perfect smile he/she can flash whenever and wherever. Unfortunately, the main option to fix a misaligned set of teeth is the one no one wants to commit to: braces. The metal brackets and unforgiving wiring were the source of jokes throughout school, and upon reaching adulthood, they seem a little childish and ridiculous. So, how do you straighten your teeth without heading to your nearest orthodontist? The answer comes in the form of customizable, clear aligners called ClearCorrect. Lucky for you, Dr. Mears
and his team at JL Dental
are specialists with ClearCorrect.
What the Heck is ClearCorrect?
are essentially clear braces, except they are removable and virtually unnoticeable. How do clear braces work? When you schedule an appointment
at our office, we will conduct an oral examination and map out our mouth, teeth, and gums. These records will be sent to a ClearCorrect laboratory along with the information of your treatment plan, so they can create 3D models and mold the braces. The molds are formed into a series of aligners, which are sent back to the dentist. On your next visit, our team will present the series of aligners and give you a detailed plan on your new treatment.
So, I Just Wear Them?
Exactly! When you receive the entire series of aligners, the dentist will instruct you in which order to wear them and for how long. You will wear the first set, and after the instructed amount of time has elapsed (usually a few weeks), you will move on to the next set. Luckily, you do not have to wear them constantly, as you can remove them to eat, brush your teeth, etc. The dentist will monitor the progress made with the aligners and ensure a natural shift happens within your mouth.
I Think I Want to Try It.
Are you ready to straighten your teeth and achieve smile perfection? Contact us
today and schedule a consultation with our experts. Our office and friendly staff is more than happy to serve those in Arnold, MO, Imperial, Oakville, Barnhart, and the other nearby communities.
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November 17, 2014
It’s that time of year again. We can begin to imagine big family meals, tons of decorations, loads of shopping, and a long list of things to do. But before you get busy with holiday preparations, you should stop and take a look at your smile. Is it as bright as you would like it to be? If it isn’t, you should make an appointment
for holiday teeth whitening
from JL Dental
today. Their fast and convenient professional teeth whitening
system is all you need to shine bright this holiday season. Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears
are highly qualified and experienced general and cosmetic dentists. They are ready to renew and rejuvenate your teeth for the holiday season. JL Dental
proudly restores smiles throughout Arnold, MO, Oakville, Imperial, Barnhart
, and the surrounding communities.
There are many different teeth whitening
methods on the market today. But they are not equally effective, and they have many drawbacks. Teeth whitening
toothpaste is one such option. These toothpastes claim to whiten your teeth; however, they don’t contain the bleaching agents necessary to do so. In fact, they can only “polish away” shallow surface stains. Another option is over-the-counter teeth whitening
gels, strips, tray, or rinses. Although they do contain the bleaching agents necessary to whiten teeth, they’re just too weak. It can take several weeks of daily use for you to begin to see any significant results. In addition, misinterpreting the directions could lead to gum irritation and even infection. The ineffective and potentially harmful characteristics of these inferior teeth whitening
products make professional teeth whitening
your best option.
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June 3, 2014
have quickly become the preferred method of tooth replacement in the United States, allowing patients with missing teeth to enjoy the benefits of a complete smile once again. Following your dental implant procedure, you may wonder what kind of post-surgery diet to follow while you heal. At JL Dental
in Arnold, MO
, Dr. Jonathan and Laura Mears
offer both the surgical placement and restorative steps of the dental implant process, as well as helpful information regarding post-op recovery.
Oral Surgery Post-Op Diet
While our doctors will provide you with specific instructions regarding post-op care
after your surgery, there are a few fundamental aspects of recovery you can keep in mind now and following your procedure to ensure a successful recovery.
First, it is important to remember that food is the fuel your body needs to heal following any surgery, so you have to get the right nutrients into your diet every day. Because your gums will be sensitive at first, it is recommended that you stick to a diet of soft foods for the first few days following the placement of your dental implants. Smoothies, oatmeal, soups, and broths are great choices, as are mashed potatoes and yogurts. Moving on to foods like cooked vegetables and soft meats is recommended when your mouth feels capable of handling them without pain. A good rule of thumb is to avoid eating anything that hurts your gums, including crunchy snacks like chips or nuts.
Protein, calcium, and iron are all integral factors of healing after surgery. Eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, beans, and leafy greens like spinach and kale are ideal sources of these vital nutrients. Talk to our doctors if you have any questions about your diet or your surgical site following your procedure.
Your Healthiest Smile Yet
Whether you have recently undergone dental implant surgery or you are planning your procedure for the near future, we are here to help you along every step of the way. Contact our office
in Arnold, MO
today to schedule your consultation with our experienced, caring doctors. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health and a more beautiful smile with dental implants
. Our family-friendly office happily serves patients from throughout Arnold
and the surrounding areas, including Oakville, Barnhart, Imperial
, and beyond.
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April 14, 2014
Straight teeth and a symmetrical smile are widely considered to be attractive features, but did you know that there are a substantial number of other benefits to having crooked teeth corrected? At JL Dental
in Arnold, MO
, Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears
specialize in helping teens and adults achieve the healthier, more beautiful smiles they want and deserve with comprehensive orthodontic treatment
Orthodontic Treatment for Healthier Teeth and Gums
While many patients tend to focus on the cosmetic role that orthodontic treatment
plays, straightening your teeth actually helps improve and preserve your oral health. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean and leave less room for bacteria and plaque to accumulate. Crowded teeth can be difficult to thoroughly clean, even with regular brushing and flossing.
At JL Dental
, our experienced, skilled dentists understand that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to restorative, cosmetic, and orthodontic
treatment. That’s why we treat each and every one of our patients as an individual, catering to their unique needs with a variety of services with one goal in mind: your optimal oral health and wellbeing. We offer both traditional orthodontic braces
clear plastic aligners, giving our patients the advantage when it comes to teeth-straightening treatments.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Whether your child needs orthodontic braces
to correct misaligned or crowded teeth, or you’re interested in ClearCorrect clear braces
for yourself, Drs. Laura and Jonathan Mears
want to help! At your one-on-one consultation in our Arnold, MO family dental practice,
we’ll assess your teeth, gums, and overall oral health to determine which orthodontic treatment
best suits your needs and lifestyle. We also proudly serve patients from families in the nearby areas of Barnhart, Oakville, Imperial
, and more. Contact us
today to reserve your appointment. We can’t wait to become your partners in your journey to a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile!
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March 12, 2014
Dental imperfections – including yellow teeth, gaps and misalignment – can leave you feeling self-conscious and embarrassed when you smile. This can affect your sense of confidence and self-esteem, whether it’s at work, at family gatherings or in social situations. Fortunately, there is a solution to common smile flaws that may fit your case perfectly: porcelain veneers
from JL Dental
in Arnold, MO
. Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears
provide patients just like you with advanced cosmetic dentistry
solutions every day, revealing happier, more aesthetically pleasing smiles.
How Can Porcelain Veneers Help Me?
are durable, ultra-thin sheaths of finely crafted porcelain that are precisely affixed to the front surfaces of your natural teeth. They look and feel natural, even reflecting light the same way that enamel does. Some of the cosmetic dental flaws that are frequently corrected using porcelain veneers
Cracks and/or chips in enamel
Unsightly gaps between teeth
Mild to moderate crookedness
Teeth that appear too crowded in the front of the mouth
Deep, persistent stains and discoloration
Teeth that are worn down
Teeth that are too small, too large or misshapen
Perhaps one of the most desirable features associated with porcelain veneers
is how quickly they can be completed. Following your initial consultation and assessment, you’ll only need one more appointment at our office before you’ll enjoy your brand new smile!
If you’re ready to take the first step toward a vibrant, more beautiful smile today, contact our office
in Arnold, MO
and schedule your appointment now. Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears
look forward to helping you realize your vision of a bright, confident smile with porcelain veneers
. Our office also welcomes patients from surrounding communities in Barnhart, Oakville, Imperial,
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