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Archive for July, 2011

Porcelain veneers: A versatile cosmetic dentistry option

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Most patients would love to change one or more aspect of their smile. Some would prefer a whiter smile, others would prefer their teeth to be straighter, and still others desire less spacing between the teeth. Every smile is different, and for a cosmetic dentist, it’s also a new opportunity to change someone’s life.

Cosmetic dentistry provides patients with the opportunity to achieve the smile that they’ve always coveted. Whether your goal is to improve existing dental work or correct defects in the enamel, cosmetic dentistry is a widely accepted pathway to beauty and confidence. When choosing porcelain veneers in Chicago, our dental team has the key to improve any number of cosmetic concerns.

Porcelain veneers are possibly the most versatile cosmetic solutions available. These ultra-thin, ultra-strong porcelain shells are designed to adhere to the front surface of the front teeth and completely transform your smile. Veneers can conceal discolored and unattractive bonding, worn fillings, and permanently stained teeth. Veneers are also effective in eliminating spaces between the teeth, improving the appearance of crowded teeth, and straightening crooked teeth.

Veneers are appropriate to resolve a wide range of cosmetic concerns, but the advantages don’t stop there. Veneers are individually designed for your teeth. According to the shape and contour of your existing teeth, veneers are fabricated in the size and shape most suitable for you. The shade and anatomical details are customized to your cosmetic dentist’s specifications. Your new teeth can be designed to appear larger or smaller and shaded to look completely natural.

Since the veneers are very thin shells designed for the front surface of the teeth, the enamel is only conservatively altered to complete the process. Very little tooth structure is removed, and the tooth will remain healthy and vital.

With so many possibilities, it is simple to understand why so many patients choose porcelain veneers to make their dream smile a reality. Our team at Ora Dental Studio can help to transform your smile today. Call our office to schedule your consultation right away.

Preventative dental care: Common questions and answers

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

dentist ChicagoIn Dentistry’s earliest years, most patients came to the dental office seeking solutions. If there was pain, the local dentist could make it go away. If something was broken, the community dentist could fix it. As the dental sciences became more sophisticated, researchers were able to identify the causes of dental diseases. This realization enabled dentists to focus on preventing common dental ailments rather than simply trying to repair the damage. From this new perspective, preventative dentistry was born.

When you plan your next visit to your dentist in Chicago, make the most of the available preventive care:

How often should I have a checkup?

A routine dental visit every six months is appropriate for most patients. For patients with periodontal disease, more frequent visits may be indicated. For patients with sensitivity or pain, an appointment should be scheduled as soon as possible.

Will I need x-rays?

Periodically, x-rays can help to detect cavities and bone loss well before they can be seen with the naked eye. Wisdom teeth, existing fillings, and even the jaw joint can be surveyed for defects and irregularities through the use of routine x-rays. X-rays may be indicated once each year, or more often according to your dentist’s recommendation.

Is fluoride necessary?

Although there is fluoride in most municipal water sources and toothpastes, the concentration is typically very low. For patients who are at an increased risk for decay, a professional strength fluoride application is still very beneficial. By replenishing the fluoride layer, the enamel is strengthened and more resistant to new decay. Fluoride is also proven to help reduce tooth sensitivity.

What are sealants?

When the biting surfaces of the back teeth are covered with deep grooves, cleaning can be a challenge. It is difficult to brush and impossible to floss these areas, although they are still prone to develop cavities. To prevent cavities in these areas, your dentist may recommend sealing the grooves with a thin resin coating called a sealant.

If you have missed your last preventive dental appointment, don’t wait another moment. Call Ora Dental Studio at 312.491.9494  for your appointment today.