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!


In order to maintain a healthy, attractive, and strong smile, it is crucial that you combine at-home oral hygiene with professional care. The general recommendation from the American Dental Association is that patients complete professional cleanings every six months or so. As you will see, these appointments are important for a number of reasons. Keep reading to learn more from our Orland Park dentists!

The first step in the process is to assess your smile for any signs of damage and illness. For example, we’ll screen your mouth for signs of:

  • Cavity development
  • Failing or aging crowns and restorations
  • Diseased or infected gum tissue, indicating periodontal disease
  • Cancerous tissues

This assessment gives us a comprehensive view of the current state of your smile, so that we can make treatment recommendations moving forward. It also allows us to collaborate with you to optimize your at-home dental hygiene routine.

After the assessment phase, it’s time for us to clean and refresh your smile. We’ll get started by clearing away newly developed plaque and calcified tartar. Tartar is actually plaque that, having been left to sit undisturbed, has hardened and bonded to the tooth structure. Because tartar is a calcified material, it takes a professional cleaning to clean it off your smile.

Once these harmful substances are out of your mouth, our team will polish your teeth and give your mouth a final rinse; these steps help to brighten smile, and give you a boost!

By completing professional cleanings on a regular basis, you’re able to minimize bacterial build-up over time, and help your smile stay healthier, longer. However, if you have fallen behind on your schedule of professional treatments, our Tinley Park dentists are here to help you get back on track. Please don’t think that it’s too late to achieve a smile you love!

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