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!

08Jan

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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