18Aug

Dental technology is always changing and evolving; our Tinley Park dentists are committed to providing our patients with the most state-of-the-art care available. You can learn more about the latest treatments and technologies that we use by reading on…

LUMINEERS

LUMINEERS improve on what traditional porcelain veneers are able to do, because they are crafted from an exceptionally durable type of ceramic, Cerinate Porcelain. Because of the structural integrity of Cerinate Porcelain it is now possible for our dentists to place aesthetic LUMINEERS that are only about as thick as a contact lens.

Importantly, LUMINEERS are so thin that they do not require our cosmetic dentists to remove very much natural tooth structure in order to make them fit.

Dental Implants

Most of the older tooth replacement treatments with which we are familiar—dentures and bridges—are crafted to sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. Dental implants are different; every dental implant has a visible dental crown that replaces the tooth above the gum line and a titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root. As a patient, you will enjoy an exceptionally stable and natural feeling replacement tooth.

Invisalign

While conventional braces move teeth with metal brackets and wires, Invisalign makes these inconveniences obsolete. Invisalign is orthodontic treatment that is completed over a number of months or years. The Invisalign system utilizes clear plastic aligners to shift your teeth—not metal required. Many patients rave about the comfort and discretion that Invisalign makes possible.

Modern aesthetic and restorative dentistry treatments make it easier, faster, and more affordable than ever before to achieve your dental goals. To learn more, please contact our Orland Park cosmetic dentists by phone or through our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you! 

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. 

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