19Feb

Not all dental damage is created equal. Our Orland Park dentists offer restorative treatments to correct all types of damage; when you meet with our team, we’ll tailor your restorative plan to address the type and severity of damage you’re dealing with, as well as your ideal timeline. Keep reading to learn more about some of the ways our smiles become injured.

Discrete Instances of Trauma

For many of us, when we think about dental damage, we think about problems that arise suddenly, due to injury or accident. Maybe you didn’t wear your protective mouth guard when playing a contact sport, or you were in a bicycle or car accident. Patients also chip or knock out teeth due to falls on ice or slippery floors.

This type of damage occurs instantaneously, and necessitates prompt treatment. Especially if your tooth has been knocked out of your mouth, it is crucial that you seek emergency dental treatment—your tooth is only viable for a few hours after it has been dislodged.

Acid Erosion

Your dental enamel may also weaken and degrade due to acid exposure. Acidic foods and drinks—including soft drinks, wine, fruit juices, and coffee—all temporarily soften dental enamel (this is call demineralization). It takes about 20 to 30 minutes after exposure for your enamel to remineralize, and become stronger again.

If your teeth have been effected by acid erosion, you may notice that you experience more dental sensitivity than you used to. Your enamel may also start to look dull and yellow, while accumulating cracks and chips.

Bruxism

Bruxism is a chronic dental condition characterized by grinding and clenching of the teeth. Bruxism may occur due to increased stress, or due to structural imbalances with the patient’s dental alignment.

Essentially, bruxism causes immense tooth-on-tooth pressure. Enamel thus develops cracks and chips so small they are invisible to the naked eye, but over time these imperfections expand and become more severe.

Our Tinley Park dentists encourage you to stay alert for any signs of emerging damage or infection in your own smile. Reach out to our team to learn more, and to schedule a personal consultation! 

05Feb

Very few of us are lucky enough to naturally develop perfect smiles, but that doesn’t mean that we have to settle for subpar dental aesthetics. There are a number of treatments that can be used to improve dental misalignment; keep reading to learn more from our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists.

Before we get started, let’s quickly review what we mean by dental misalignment. If you are dealing with alignment issues you may have large gaps between your teeth, crooked or crowded teeth, and bite issues (such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite).

Invisalign is one of the most popular treatments that patients use to straighten and perfect their smiles. This orthodontic system uses clear plastic aligners to incrementally move individual teeth into better respective positions. When you choose Invisalign, you will wear an aligner for about two to three weeks, and then switch to a new aligner; this process generally takes a year to a year and a half to complete; as a patient.

Another orthodontic option is traditional or metal braces; this type of treatment uses metal brackets and wires to move teeth over months or years. Conventional orthodontic treatment is effective, and delivers predictable results. However, many patients dislike the aesthetics and the inconvenience of this type of orthodontic treatment. Metal braces can be especially useful when treating severe misalignment and bite dysfunction.

Dental Bonding differs from the orthodontic treatments we have discussed in the sense that this aesthetic treatment covers natural teeth with composite resin, rather than actually moving the teeth. For this reason, dental bonding is best suited for patients with minor alignment issues.

LUMINEERS can also be used to transform dental aesthetics. These individual-crafted restorations are exceptionally thin. Once they are applied to teeth they stay in place permanently. With LUMINEERS you can close gaps between your teeth, and cover crooked teeth with straight restorations.

As we begin the treatment process, our Orland Park cosmetic dentists will help you thoroughly evaluate all of your aesthetic options. Give us a call to schedule a personal consultation and get started! 

22Jan

We all want to enjoy attractive smiles, but it can sometimes difficult to determine exactly how to go about achieving this goal. Our Orland Park cosmetic dentists help our patients assess their dental goals, so that we can match them up with the treatments that fit their needs, specifically. With that in mind, we’ve put together this short article explaining some top aesthetic issues that may be making your smile look older than it really is. Let’s get started!

Discoloration And Staining

No matter how well we care for our teeth, we’ll likely develop some kind of discoloration over time. In many cases, this is the result of staining substances, like foods, drinks, and tobacco products. Additionally, teeth may start to look yellow or dark because the enamel is thin or because the tooth is damaged. Discoloration can make your smile look older than it really is, and unhealthy. Our dental team offers treatments that whiten natural teeth, as well as treatments that cover unsightly enamel with restorative materials.

Incremental Dental Damage

Even the smallest structural damage to a tooth—meaning dental cracks and chips—can age the tooth prematurely. Sometimes this type of damage occurs due to an accident or dental trauma; in other cases, chronic dental grinding undermines the structure of the tooth over time. Dental grinding may actually cause certain teeth to become shorter over time, as the enamel wears away and the teeth are blunted. Depending on the extent of damage you experience, you may benefit from composite dental bonding, customized crowns, or aesthetic veneers.

No matter what the current state of your teeth, our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists can help you restore and refresh your smile. The easiest way to get started is to call our dental team to schedule a personal consultation. You can also use the Contact Us page on our website in order to submit a question for our dentist!

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