23Jul

When you are ready to improve your dental aesthetics and take your smile to the next level our Orland Park cosmetic dentists are here to help. We offer a number of effective and patient-friendly treatment options, so that you can achieve your dream smile. Keep reading to learn more about the types of treatments offered in our practice:

Dental whitening: this treatment is designed to minimize existing stains on the tooth structure, so as to restore the tooth to its natural color. Our office uses the gentle ZOOM 2 whitening system for dramatic results. Professional treatments are much more effective than over-the-counter whitening options.

Veneers and LUMINEERS: both of these treatments cover the natural tooth structure with a thin porcelain restoration. We customize veneers and LUMINEERS to suit the patient’s appearance; this means that the shape, size, and color of the restoration will be tailored to you.

Snap on Smile: this unique aesthetic solution is actually a stand-alone mouthpiece, which snaps into place over your current smile. Once Snap on Smile is in place, you’ll enjoy a brand new, perfected smile! Snap on Smile is designed be worn when you’re out and about; you can simply pop it out of your mouth once you’re back home.

Dental bonding: using custom-shaded composite resin, our dentist resurfaces teeth, repairs damage, and even closes gaps between a patient’s natural teeth. One of the major advantages of bonding is that it takes only one dental appointment complete.

Laser gum reshaping: if you have an overly gummy smile, gum tissue reshaping will help to bring your smile into balance. This treatment is fast, effective, and comfortable.

Every cosmetic case is different. When you meet with our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of the types of treatments that may be right for you!

02Apr

Your at-home oral hygiene routine is designed to keep your smile as clean and healthy as possible between dental cleanings. Today our Orland Park dentists are going to be talking about some simple things that you can do to improve the efficacy of your dental hygiene routine. It’s easier than you think!

Take a look at your toothbrush

You may not be using the correct type of toothbrush for you, and you might not even know it. The first thing to ensure is that the head of your toothbrush is appropriately sized to reach your back teeth. Then, consider the type of bristle you’re using: bristles come in everything from soft to extra firm. Most patients will actually do well with a soft-bristled brush, as these bristles clean effectively without being too abrasive.

You can also talk to your dentist about whether an electric toothbrush is right for you.

Rinse with water throughout the day

Bacteria build-up on your smile and feed on sugars continuously throughout the day. The more that you can do to disrupt this cycle, the healthier your smile will be. One simple step that you can take is to rinse your smile with water during the day. This achieves two things at once: it clears away plaque and dental debris, and it prompts saliva production. Saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria.

Add a mouth rinse into your routine

Talk to your dental team about whether you could benefit from incorporating a mouth rinse into your daily oral hygiene plan. There are a number of formulations on the market, designed to do everything from freshen breath to whiten teeth. This is an easy addition to your daily dental cleaning that can make a big difference over time.

As always, if you have any questions for our Tinley Park dentists, we are here to help you. Call our office, or use the Contact Us page on our website to get started today!

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! 

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