13Oct

When our Orland Park cosmetic dentists put together a treatment plan we always begin by talking to our patients and identifying their key aesthetic goals. What kinds of improvements do they want to make? What bothers them about their smiles as they are? This kind of information helps to ensure that you end up with a post-treatment smile that you truly love.

Here are a few of the aesthetic factors that our patients often want to focus on:

Shade

If your previously white and bright smile is starting to look stained and aged, dental whitening can help turn back the clock. You may choose to pursue treatment that whitens the natural shade of your smile, or you may decide to use a dental-grade material, like porcelain or composite resin, to cover unattractive enamel.

Size & Shape

Teeth that are toot angular or too rounded can throw off the balance of a patient’s smile. Likewise, poorly shaped gum tissue may make your teeth look shorter or smaller than they really are. Our dental team can build up diminished enamel using porcelain restorations or composite dental bonding. We can also shape your gum tissue to frame your smile perfectly.

Alignment

Many patients are unhappy with teeth that crooked, crowded, are spaced too far apart along the gum line. Orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign, actually moves poorly aligned teeth into more attractive positions. You could alternatively use veneers or dental bonding to resurface your enamel and make your smile appear straighter; this is an especially good option for those patients who need to transform their smiles quickly.

When you come in for a consultation with our Orland Park cosmetic dentists, we will be able to give you a better idea of what type of treatment suits your needs. The easiest way to get started is to give our team a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site.

11Aug

The things that you eat and drink every day can make a big difference in the health and appearance of your smile. Our Orland Park dentists are here to help you make the best possible choices for your oral health. Let’s get started by talking about how you can spot problematic foods and beverages.

It All Comes Down To Ingredients

We are used to consulting ingredient labels to assess how many calories are in any given food or beverage that we consume, but it is just as important to review these labels for the sugar content of snacks and drinks. The more sugary a substance is, the more fuel it will give the oral bacteria in your mouth; fuel that bacteria use to grow and multiply. 

So, when you are looking at mints, hard candies, and gum, take special care to pick products that are low in sugar, or that use sugar substitutes, like Xylitol as sweeteners.

Minimize Oral Health Risks

There are a few additional things that you can do to help protect your smile from damage related to sugary treats…

First of all, make sure not to chew on any candies that are hard, this includes mints. Although it may seem like your teeth are unaffected by this habit, the truth is that every time you chomp on something hard, you risk developing imperceptibly small cracks or chips in your enamel.

The next thing that you can do is to consume sugars at specific times, rather than continuously throughout the day. Treat sugar consumption as a special occasion, rather than an all-day long diet staple.

Finally, take special care to rinse your mouth with water directly after consuming something with sugar. It is also a good idea to carry floss with you, so that you can dislodge any food particles that become stuck between your teeth: especially sticky gum remnants that can hang around for a while.

If you have any questions about the ways in which your diet affects your dental health, give our Tinley Park dentists a call. 

21Jul

Improving your smile doesn’t have to be a costly or lengthy process. There are a number of effective treatments that achieve results in just one appointment. Today, our Orland Park cosmetic dentists are talking about three aesthetic treatments that can be completed in one day. Let’s get started!

Dental Whitening

Professional dental whitening lifts stains from the surface of your smile, helping to restore your teeth to their natural shade. Many patients see dramatic results after just one application. However, the process can be repeated over time in order to maintain or improve results. The formulations that our dentists use are much more powerful and potent than those that are available over-the-counter.

Dental Bonding

This treatment is used to repair teeth, resurface enamel, close gaps in the smile, and even lengthen worn down teeth. Our dental team begins with custom-shaded composite resin. We then apply the resin and shape it to achieve your desired results. Finally, we cure the resin so that it hardens and bonds to the tooth surface. All of this is completed in one appointment!

Laser Gum Tissue Reshaping

Laser dentistry allows our team to correct bulky or uneven gum tissue, giving the smile a better proportioned appearance. The laser that we use seals healthy tissue as it moves across the gums. This reduces post-treatment healing time as well as the risk of infection.

If you want to learn more about these cosmetic treatments, or dental transformations in general, please feel free to reach out to our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists. We are here to help you find the perfect treatment for your smile, and for your life. 

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