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Can Porcelain Crowns Improve the Appearance of Natural Teeth?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

dental crowns ChicagoYour smile is the greatest first impression of your appearance. Straight white teeth demonstrate pride in one’s appearance. Although many of us suffer from minor dental imperfections, some individuals allow major dental flaws to escalate beyond just outward aesthetic beauty. Teeth that are decayed or fractured can become hazardous to your overall health, and dental crowns are a perfect solution for those teeth.

Porcelain crowns offer many attributes not available with metal crowns. Porcelain offers a natural beauty that can be fabricated to match the shape and shade of surrounding teeth making a porcelain crown virtually undetectable.

Porcelain is stain resistant, so once a porcelain crown is placed the tooth will retain that appearance. Seeing your dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam will ensure that your crown maintains a quality appearance for many years.

A dental crown will help save a tooth. Tooth loss can contribute to problems related to eating, speaking and smiling. Keeping your natural teeth, even though they may be covered with a crown, is much more beneficial than tooth loss.

Patients that suffer from uneven or worn down teeth can enjoy the beauty of a bright smile, even if porcelain crowns are placed on the affected teeth.

A dental crown will offer strength and stability to a tooth that has been subjected to numerous fillings. And since many of those fillings might have been made from amalgam, you would actually be strengthening the tooth. Porcelain crowns look just like natural teeth, which can be beneficial to your cosmetic appearance.

An all porcelain crown is generally reserved for teeth in the smile line; however, porcelain can be added to stronger metal crowns for back teeth that must sustain the brunt of chewing pressure.

If you are in need of a dental crown and would like to know more about your options, call our Chicago Illinois dental office to schedule a professional consultation.

Aesthetic Dental Transformations

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Your smile is a direct reflection on you. If you don’t smile because you are hiding teeth that make you uncomfortable or self-conscious, there are now many affordable options to correct dental imperfections that don’t require years of treatment. 

We have a solution to resolve any aesthetic issues that may interfere with your ability to smile with confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of solutions for:

  • Stained teeth – Lifestyle habits like smoking or consuming products that have stained your teeth can be corrected with a couple of options. Even stains from medication or from fluorosis can be resolved. Teeth whitening can brighten dull teeth in a few brief hours. For a more permanent result, veneers can repair one or several teeth in a couple of visits.
  • Chipped teeth – Those small chips or breaks disappear thanks to bonding or veneers.
  • Gaps or spaces – The result of lost teeth or jaw problems can result in unsightly gaps between teeth, but can be corrected by orthodontic treatment or veneers.
  • Uneven or worn teeth – Teeth can become uneven or misshapen over years of wear and tear. But now you can cover those issues.

For those patients that are dealing with serious oral issues that require more extensive treatment, there are options available:

  • Bite problems – Whether you are dealing with an over bite, under bite or cross bite, you can obtain corrections with the comfortable, clear, soft plastic aligners that can straighten your teeth while remaining virtually undetectable.
  • Missing teeth – Dental implants offer the next best thing to retaining your own natural teeth. They are permanent, and provide strength and stability.
  • Aesthetic tooth and gum contouring – For patients that suffer from a “gummy smile”, there are ways to reduce the amount of gum tissue that appears when smiling.

We have a solution to resolve any aesthetic issues that may interfere with your ability to smile with confidence.

To find out which cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you and to finally get the smile transformation you’ve been waiting for, call ORA Dental Studio in Chicago at 312-328-9007 to schedule a consultation.

How are Lumineers Different from Traditional Veneers

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

 Lumineers ChicagoThe best way to make this comparison is to discuss the different procedures and advantages obtained by choosing Lumineers versus other corrective measures.

Like Lumineers, traditional veneers will treat many dental imperfections. The main difference is that when the time comes to finally cement the Lumineers in place, your cosmetic dentist has not removed any of your natural tooth’s structure. In addition, if needed, removing Lumineers is possible. However, a traditional veneer is permanent. If you need to repair dental decay on a tooth with a traditional veneer, the veneer must be cut off and the entire process must start over.

Since none of the natural tooth is removed to place a Lumineer, this process transforms your smile without the need to use anesthetic.

Lumineers are available to treat most dental imperfections:

•    A perfect alternative to cure dull or stained teeth
•    Correct a chipped tooth
•    Close unsightly gaps between teeth
•    Misshapen or uneven teeth are treated in two brief visits as opposed to years of orthodontic care
•    Cover virtually anything about your smile you don’t like

The product that can make this happen is an ultra-thin, tooth colored shell that is permanently cemented to the teeth being treated. You can correct one tooth or several teeth at the same time. The Lumineers are fabricated to match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth making them virtually undetectable. And because they are so thin, there is no need to remove any of the enamel from your permanent teeth. There are no need for temporaries that can come off while waiting for your final restoration.

There are no restrictions to your diet or the need to change how you eat. That is due to the strength of the bonding agent used when placing your Lumineers.

Excellent oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing daily, along with bi-annual visits to your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam are still needed to maintain good oral health.

Lumineers have been demonstrated to be a long lasting treatment to keep your smile bright for many years.

To find out how Lumineers can benefit your smile, contact the ORA Dental Studio in Chicago to schedule a consultation.