Blog Archive

4 Benefits of a Smile Makeover Feb 10th, 2021

If problems with your teeth have you hiding your smile, Amanda Darling, DDS, and the team at Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, can help you stop hiding and start smiling with a smile makeover!  People often wait to treat dental conditions as they appear, one by one. At Legacy...

Why You Don't Want to Ignore Persistent Jaw Pain Jan 24th, 2021

Do you wake up each morning with a sore jaw? Has your jaw caused you pain for weeks or even months? You’re not alone. Between one-third and 40% of Americans struggle with chronic orofacial pain — including chronic jaw pain.  At Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, experienced dentist Amanda...

What People Love Most About Veneers Dec 2nd, 2020

Your smile is one of the first things people see, and you want it to be memorable for the right reasons — not your dental flaws. Issues like cracks, chips, spaces, and discoloration can make you feel self-conscious even when you aren’t smiling.  Dental veneers from Amanda Darling, DDS, at...

How Long Do Dental Implants Last? Nov 8th, 2020

If you’re tired of dealing with dentures or are missing some or all of your teeth, dental implants are a great solution. They look and work just like your natural adult teeth. Getting dental implants is a big decision, and if you’re considering them, you’re probably wondering — do they...

Let Your Smile Shine With Versatile Veneers Oct 6th, 2020

Are you tired of covering up your less-than-perfect smile? Dental flaws can make even the most normal activities, like eating, laughing, or talking with other people, an embarrassing event.  At Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, Amanda Darling, DDS, and our care team understand the negative impact embarrassing tooth issues...

Is Invisalign Right for Your Child? Sep 3rd, 2020

It’s true that more than 8 million people choose Invisalign® to straighten their teeth. But just because something’s popular doesn’t make it the right choice for your child’s orthodontic care. Amanda Darling, DDS, and the team at Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, can help you determine the right smile-straightening...

5 Healthy Tips to Prevent Gingivitis Aug 13th, 2020

If you’re worried about gingivitis and gum disease, you’re right to be concerned. Nearly half of American adults over age 30 and over 70% of seniors have some form of periodontal disease.  Amanda Darling, DDS, and the team at Legacy Dental Care want to help you and your gums stay...

What Causes TMJ and How Can it be Treated? Jul 24th, 2020

Are you worried that the pain in your jaw or your chronic headaches could be TMJ? If so, you’re not alone. Research indicates over 10 million Americans may be affected by temporomandibular joint disorders, commonly referred to as TMJ.  If you’re concerned about TMJ, Amanda Darling, DDS, and the team...

How to Help Calm Your Child's Dentist Chair Nerves Jun 24th, 2020

Is your child nervous about making the twice-yearly trip to the dentist? If so, they’re in good company. Anxiety-related to visiting the dentist can range from simply being nervous about receiving care to a strong phobia that makes visits almost impossible. At least 20% of school-age children have dentist chair...

10 Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth Mar 20th, 2020

Your teeth were created to last your lifetime. But in today’s world of sugary treats and processed foods, tooth decay is all too common. In fact, according to a recent survey from the American College of Prosthodontics, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.  At Legacy Dental Care...

Sealants, Regular Cleanings, and Fluoride Treatments: Learn How We Keep Your Kids' Teeth Healthy Feb 26th, 2020

Your kids may be busy making Valentine’s cards for their classmates, but with all of the chocolate and candy the holiday brings, you might be busy worrying about their oral health. If so, you’re not alone. Early childhood cavities (ECC) is the most common chronic pediatric disease, affecting more than...

Start the New Year Right With Dental Checkups for the Entire Family Jan 1st, 2020

There’s no better time to get started on good health habits than the start of a new year, when many of us make new wellness resolutions. Begin 2020 right with a focus on good oral health for the whole family.  At Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, Amanda Darling, DDS,...

Combining Dental Procedures for Your Perfect Smile Makeover Dec 1st, 2019

Are you feeling less than satisfied with the appearance of your smile? People who feel insecure about their teeth or the way they look when they smile can experience self-confidence and self-esteem issues. Fortunately, there’s a solution.  A smile makeover can completely rejuvenate or restore your smile, lightening color, increasing...

5 Reasons Why Dental Implants are the Gold Standard in Replacing Missing Teeth Nov 1st, 2019

Have you ever met someone who smiles without showing any teeth? Chances are, they are hiding missing teeth and are so embarrassed that they’ll do anything not to reveal the gaping hole where their teeth should be. Missing teeth are a fact of life for millions of Americans. In fact,...

How to Help Your Child Overcome Dental Anxiety Oct 1st, 2019

Regular dental care is essential to your child’s oral and overall health. So if a trip to the dentist evokes fear, it’s important to help them overcome this fear.  As a parent, you are instrumental in preparing your child for laying the foundation for a long lifetime of good dental...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Sep 4th, 2019

Crooked teeth and gaps in your smile can be real confidence busters. But perfectly straight teeth tend to boost your self-image. No wonder so many people invest in orthodontics to achieve the ideal smile. More than 4 million Americans wear braces and that number continues to climb annually. But the...

Gum Disease Impacts More Than Just Your Oral Health Aug 9th, 2019

When you think of a healthy mouth, you probably look to your teeth. But oral health is about more than shiny, white teeth. Your gums play an important role in the health of your mouth. They act as a shield against bacteria and protect against oral inflammation. It turns out,...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Trays Jul 24th, 2019

You’ve been through your consultation, completed your 3D imaging, and now you have your Invisalign® trays in hand. No doubt, all of your thoughts are focused on getting your new smile.  But before you lose yourself in your future look, we here at Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, including...

Everything You Need to Know About Laser Dentistry Jun 20th, 2019

Dentistry is always evolving, and we’re constantly seeking out new, state-of-the-art tools and treatments to make procedures easier and less painful. Laser dentistry has the amazing ability to treat both medical and cosmetic conditions. It’s been used by dentists since 1994 and can work wonders. At Legacy Dental Care in...

Teeth Whitening is the Quickest Way to Look Years Younger May 13th, 2019

As you get older, there are so many factors over which you have no control, but with today’s aesthetic technology, there are many things you can do to defy the aging process. When it comes to your teeth, a yellow or dingy smile could be contributing to your “looking older...

5 Super Cool Facts About Invisalign That You Didn't Know Apr 5th, 2019

The Invisalign system relies on modern technology for its groundbreaking advances in straightening teeth. Following are five interesting facts about Invisalign that you might not already know. Invisalign has created the world’s largest 3-D printing process Invisalign has led orthodontics from using only the older method of metal braces to...

How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Oral Health Mar 6th, 2019

Most people are concerned about having their teeth look nice when they smile, but how often do you think about the impact your teeth have on your oral health? If you’re missing teeth, and you can’t chew the foods you love, or talk without extra effort, how nice your teeth...

What Is a Smile Makeover and Why It May Be Right for You Feb 6th, 2019

If you’re less than happy with the way your teeth and smile look, you’re not alone. Every year, lots of men and women turn to cosmetic dentistry to fix a wide range of aesthetic issues to improve their smiles and feel more confident about their appearance. In some cases, all...

5 Great Reasons to Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened Jan 11th, 2019

Are your pearly whites closer to yellow in color? Does showing your teeth make you feel self-conscious? Fortunately, help is available. With professionally whitened teeth you'll be grinning from ear to ear in no time. At Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri we provide personalized dental care for all our...

5 Smile Flaws Veneers Can Fix That You Didn't Know About Dec 18th, 2018

Veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells made of porcelain or composite materials which attach directly and permanently to your present teeth. While you probably know at least a few people with veneers, you may just think of them as a last-resort for damaged teeth. But veneers do so much more than...

Your Headache Could Be TMJ: Learn How a Night Guard Can Help Nov 16th, 2018

Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ, affects an estimated 10 million Americans. If you’re experiencing TMJ symptoms, the team at Legacy Dental Care, under the direction of Amanda Darling, DDS, in Ballwin, Missouri, can help. Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of TMJ syndrome, so if...

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt? Oct 1st, 2018

Tooth loss occurs for many reasons from gum disease to accidents. In fact, according to the American College of Prosthodontists, 120 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth and 36 million of them don’t have any teeth at all. The good news is, there’s never...