Posts for: July, 2018
No two smiles look alike, nor should they. However, some smile features stand out more than others--tooth color, alignment, and amount of gum tissue as examples. At North Creek Dental Care of Naperville, Dr. Jordan Simonovich places dental veneers to correct flaws which detract from smile aesthetics. Learn here about how these translucent porcelain shells enhance appearance and increase self-confidence.
What are porcelain veneers?
Also called dental laminates, porcelain veneers designed by your Naperville dentist are tooth-shaped covers which disguise defects such as:
- Small gaps
- Mild overcrowding
- Stains which cannot be removed with professional whitening
Your Naperville dentist bonds veneers over the prepared tooth surfaces to create a new, refreshed image and to reinforce tooth structure.
Are veneers right for you?
A lot depends on how what changes you'd like. Also, Dr. Simonovich does a complete oral examination to ensure you have no active decay or gum disease. The dentist wants your input on how you want your smile to change. Would you like your teeth to look bigger or smaller? Are stains and cracks your main concern? Do you desire a more well-aligned smile without having to undergo orthodontic treatment?
All things considered, many people make great candidates for dental veneers. X-rays, photos, and oral impressions, along with a detailed care plan, help the dental technician sculpt the veneers in just the right shape, size, and color.
The dental veneer procedure takes two to three visits to North Creek Dental Care of Naperville. An important part of the treatment is gentle enamel reduction. Dr. Simonovich removes about 1/2 mm of enamel from the cheek-side of each tooth. Resurfacing allows the veneers to fit comfortably and to feel natural. After this, the dentist places temporary veneers which you'll wear until the permanent ones are placed.
When the new veneers are placed, Dr. Simonovich uses a special bonding cement which he varies in color. This variation, combined with the translucency of the veneers, achieves a very natural appearance.
Keep your veneers shining
Oral hygiene is easy. Just brush twice a day and floss daily as recommended by the American Dental Association, and see Dr. Simonovich twice a year for cleanings and exams. Although veneers resist stains, avoid excessive amounts of coffee and dark foods such as curry, soy sauce, and berries. Also, stop tobacco usage in all forms.
Finally, while your laminates are very strong, excessive biting forces can crack or dislodge them. So, employ common sense: use scissors and bottle openers, rather than your teeth, to open plastic packaging and your favorite beverages. Don't chew ice, peanut brittle, or hard candy.
Enjoy that perfect smile
Porcelain veneers can give you one. Call North Creek Dental Care of Naperville for your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Simonovich in Naperville, IL: (630) 983-9877.
Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.
Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?
Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).
Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.
Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.
With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”
Some moviegoers have been known to crunch popcorn, bite their fingers or grab their neighbor’s hands during the intense scenes of a thriller. But for one fan, the on-screen action in the new superhero film Black Panther led to a different reaction.
Sophia Robb, an 18-year-old Californian, had to make an emergency visit to the orthodontic office because she snapped the steel wire on her retainer while watching a battle scene featuring her Hollywood crush, Michael B. Jordan. Her jaw-clenching mishap went viral and even prompted an unexpected reply from the actor himself!
Meanwhile, Sophia got her retainer fixed pronto—which was exactly the right thing to do. The retention phase is a very important part of orthodontic treatment: If you don’t wear a retainer, the beautiful new smile you’re enjoying could become crooked again. That’s because if the teeth are not held in their new positions, they will naturally begin to drift back into their former locations—and you may have to start treatment all over again…
While it’s much more common to lose a removable retainer than to damage one, it is possible for even sturdy retainers to wear out or break. This includes traditional plastic-and-wire types (also called Hawley retainers), clear plastic retainers that are molded to fit your teeth (sometimes called Essix retainers), and bonded retainers: the kind that consists of a wire that’s permanently attached to the back side of your teeth. So whichever kind you use, do what Sophia did if you feel that anything is amiss—have it looked at right away!
When Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan heard about the retainer mishap, he sent a message to the teen: “Since I feel partly responsible for breaking your retainers let me know if I can replace them.” His young fan was grateful for the offer—but even more thrilled to have a celebrity twitter follower.
If you have questions about orthodontic retainers, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Bonded Retainers.”
Some things in life look worse than they really are. A condition known as “geographic tongue” is a good example: while it may look serious, it’s not a cause for real concern.
If you’ve never heard of geographic tongue it’s because it’s not a common ailment: it only affects one to three percent of the population. The name comes from patches of redness on the top surface of the tongue surrounded by grayish white borders, which gives the red patches a look similar to land masses on a map.
It’s known formally as “benign migratory glossitis,” which tells us more about the condition: “benign” means the patches aren’t cancerous; “migratory” indicates the patches tend to move and take different shapes along the surface of the tongue. In fact, it’s possible for them to appear, disappear, and then reappear over the course of a few days.
The exact causes of geographic tongue haven’t been fully substantiated. Researchers believe emotional stress, psychological problems or hormonal disturbances (especially women during pregnancy or ovulation) could be triggers for its occurrence. Certain dietary deficiencies like zinc or vitamin B, or acidic foods are also believed to be factors.
While geographic tongue isn’t painful, it can leave your tongue feeling more sensitive with a mild burning or stinging sensation. If you’re prone to having geographic tongue, there are some things you can do to reduce the irritation. Try to avoid eating acidic or spicy foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits or mint, as well as astringent substances like alcohol or certain mouthwashes. We may also prescribe anesthetic mouthrinses, antihistamines or steroid ointments to help ease any discomfort.
The good news, though, is that this harmless condition is more irritating than anything else. With a little care and forethought you won’t even know you have it.
If you would like more information on geographic tongue, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Geographic Tongue.”