Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
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.
A poll conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) found that Americans want a whiter smile to improve their physical attractiveness, to feel younger, and because they have upcoming social events to attend. The easiest way to whiten up your smile is to let a dentist at North Creek Dental Care of Naperville, IL handle the job. Professional teeth whitening is fast, reliable, pain-free, and gives you long-lasting results.
Your Smile Whitening Options
The options for whitening your smile may seem endless. The choices include whitening strips, toothpaste, and take-home bleach whitening trays. Over-the-counter products make a lot of promises, but they don’t always deliver. You could use these products for weeks or even months without seeing any significant improvement. Most patients want their teeth to look whiter overnight—especially when they have an important date on their upcoming calendar.
Let a Dentist Whiten Your Smile Instead
If you want a whiter smile now, the only choice is to see your Naperville dentist for a professional teeth whitening treatment. Your dentist has access to high-grade whitening products that you can’t buy in stores. Your mouth will be carefully retracted to protect your gums and the soft tissue in your mouth, then the whitening bleach is applied. After about an hour of waiting, the gel is removed and your whiter smile is revealed.
A Brighter Smile for Years
When you let a dentist whiten your smile, you don’t have to keep using whitening products every day or every week. It’s a “one-and-done” procedure that will provide you with whitening results for several years. Your goal after the treatment is to strengthen your tooth enamel and protect it from food and beverage stains. Drink beverages using a straw, avoid biting hot foods with your front teeth, brush your teeth twice per day, and go to the dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Give Your Smile a Boost
Your smile can look better, and all it will take is one short visit to North Creek Dental Care of Naperville, IL. Call (630) 983-9877 today to schedule a teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Jordan Simonovich.
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”