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Porcelain Veneers: Affordable Luxury?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Porcelain Veneers ChicagoFor discolored, stained or misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers can offer an effective solution without the need to undergo oral surgery.

Indeed, a cosmetic dentist may recommend porcelain veneers as a solution to several oral deficiencies in order to improve a patient’s smile. Porcelain veneers are thin ‘jackets’ which are customized to fit a patient’s individual teeth and designed to cover the front of the tooth.

Veneers can be used to correct flaws in a tooth’s shape, size or color and are created following dental impressions taken by a cosmetic dentist. The impressions are used to create the veneers using ultra-thin layers of dental porcelain, which are then bonded onto the patient’s teeth to provide a perfect looking smile. Veneers can also be used to conceal chipped or damaged teeth and to close gaps and straighten teeth.

Once fitted, veneers look and feel perfectly natural, so others will be unawares that the patient is even wearing them; and, as the porcelain is highly resistant to staining, they will help to maintain the brightness of the smile throughout the veneers’ lifespan.

Porcelain veneers treatment is typically quick, with the full treatment taking only a couple of visits to complete. The first visit will involve preparation of the teeth to be treated and the taking of impressions in order to properly craft the veneers. The second visit involves the placement and bonding of the veneers to the patient’s teeth, and so restoring the smiles natural appearance and brightness.

And, such is the versatility of porcelain veneers, patients can build the perfect smile by using veneers to conceal any imperfections that may exist in their teeth, or address areas in which the patient is not happy with and would like altered – all the while retaining the tooth and avoiding cosmetic surgery.

Problems such as chipped teeth, tooth discoloration and misaligned teeth are all candidates for treatment via porcelain veneers, and the results of the treatment are both immediate and dramatic. Porcelain veneers are a perfect solution to giving you the smile you deserve.

Contact our experienced team at Ora Dental Studio, serving Chicago IL, to learn more about how you can benefit from porcelain veneers.

When is a Porcelain Bridge Recommended?

Friday, June 15th, 2012

For patients who have a less than perfect smile due to lost teeth, a dentist can use several methods to restore the appearance of the smile. Using a dental bridge is a popular method of dental reconstruction and can be recommended for use where there are one or more teeth missing that impact one or more areas. 

Porcelain bridges offer an aesthetically natural appearance to the patient’s smile and can assist in reinforcing the patient’s bite by helping to maintain the bites alignment between upper and lower sets of teeth.

These areas can include:

  • The appearance of the patient’s smile
  • The patient’s bite, which may be compromised by teeth shifting as a result of the gap left behind by the missing teeth
  • The patient’s speech, which may be altered depending on the location of the lost teeth

Dental bridges are typically crafted from porcelain, but can occasionally be all-metal or a combination of the two. There are three common types of dental bridge, with the most common type being the fixed bridge which consists of dental crowns that are affixed to treat neighboring teeth which act as supports for the bridge. As the name suggests, these are a permanent solution and cannot be removed by the patient.

Porcelain bridges offer an aesthetically natural appearance to the patient’s smile and can assist in reinforcing the patient’s bite by helping to maintain the bites alignment between upper and lower sets of teeth. This is because the dental bridge prevents teeth from shifting into the gap left behind by missing teeth. The treatment is easily performed by a dentist and no surgery is required.

The procedure for fitting a dental bridge involves the dentist modifying the supporting teeth on either side of the gap before an impression of the teeth is taken. The impression is then used to make the dental bridge – usually in a dental lab.

In the interim period, while the porcelain bridge is being made, a temporary bridge is fitted to protect the exposed teeth and gums. When it comes to fitting the permanent bridge, the dentist will first cement it into place for a few weeks in order to check and made adjustments to ensure a perfect fit before it is fitted permanently into place.

And, with good aftercare, dental bridges can last a patient for many years, making it a popular restorative treatment for damaged smiles and other oral problems caused by missing teeth.

If you are missing one or more teeth in the Chicago vicinity, contact our dental team at 312-328-9007 to learn more about your tooth replacement options.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Monday, June 4th, 2012

teeth whitening ChicagoFor many years, teeth whitening treatments have been a popular method of improving a person’s smile, and nowadays there are many treatments available to help restore a smile’s natural white appearance. Treatments range from specially formulated teeth whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter home bleaching kits to professional treatments performed by a cosmetic dentist.

Anyone considering teeth whitening treatments is sure to have questions, and one of the most common questions asked of a dentist is ‘is teeth whitening safe’? In most cases, the answer is yes, although some types of treatments may not be suitable for certain categories of patient, such as expectant mothers and teenagers under the age of 16.

And, patients who have significant dental damage, such as worn enamel or cavities, or gum disease may be discouraged from teeth whitening treatments until underlying problems have been dealt with. Those patients who have tooth-colored dental crowns, such as those fitted during dental implant treatment won’t be affected by bleaching.

Teeth staining occurs because tooth enamel is porous with microscopic channels which feed down through the tooth. These channels allow staining agents to enter the tooth. This in turn leads to the tooth appearing stained and discolored. Tooth whitening agents, typically peroxide, unblock these channels and cause a chemical reaction within the staining agents to break them down and effectively rinse the staining out of the tooth.

For most people who undergo dental whitening, a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity is the worst they will experience after treatment. This heightened sensitivity is caused by the bleaching agent used in the treatment entering the teeth and clearing the microscopic channels of staining agents. Sensitivity usually passes relatively quickly, but for prolonged sensitivity, over-the-counter painkillers are sometimes recommended. However, if sensitivity persists even after treatment has concluded, consult a dentist for advice.

Gum irritation may also occur, but this is easily treatable with oral gels that can be purchased from a pharmacy or given by a dentist to reduce the irritation.

If you have additional questions about teeth whitening in Chicago Illinois, please contact Ora Dental Studio today and schedule your professional consultation.