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Archive for September, 2012

Complimentary Consultation Leads to Smile Enhancements

Monday, September 24th, 2012

A complimentary consultation is a no charge, brief exam with your cosmetic dentist to determine the options available to correct or improve your smile through dental treatment.

Our cosmetic dentist can propose the many options available to achieve the desired results.

This complimentary visit provides the perfect opportunity for the patient to reveal exactly what changes to their smile they would like to experience. Our cosmetic dentist can propose the many options available to achieve the desired results.

Teeth whitening is often the quickest way to obtain a “wow” smile. Zoom in-office teeth whitening can brighten teeth eight shades in one brief dental appointment. Through the use of the most powerful whitening agents available and laser accompaniment, our cosmetic dentist can provide the latest whitening technology available. Touch-up kits are available for use at home if needed.

For patients that are dealing with more severe staining due to diet, tobacco use, medications or advanced age, porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth colored shells that are permanently affixed to the front of teeth that require treatment. Veneers are fabricated to match the shape and shade of surrounding natural teeth making them virtually undetectable.

Lumineers are veneers that are fabricated in the cosmetic dentist’s office and placed immediately without having to deal with temporaries and a waiting period while veneers are sent out to a dental lab.

Dental veneers are not just for stained teeth. They can resolve chipped teeth, uneven teeth, spaces or unsightly gaps between teeth, teeth subjected to wear and tear – many dental imperfections can be corrected with veneers made from porcelain or composite resin.

A malocclusion occurs when the top teeth do not match up properly to the corresponding bottom teeth. When this happens the patient might have to deal with a cross bite, over bite or under bite. During your consultation, Invisalign might be suggested as the recommended course of treatment.

Invisalign is a series of clear, soft plastic aligners that are designed to be replaced approximately every two weeks. Each new aligner will slowly and gently shift the teeth into proper alignment. The beauty of Invisalign aligners is the fact that they are transparent, which makes wearing them an attractive alternative to conventional bands and brackets to straighten teeth.

Thanks to this complimentary consultation, your dental provider can address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the options available to help you obtain that much desired new smile makeover.

Schedule your complimentary consultation by calling the Chicago office of ORA Dental Studio at 312-328-9007 today!

Tooth Enamel: What causes eroding?

Friday, September 14th, 2012

dentist 60604Tooth enamel is the hard outer covering that protects teeth. Your dentist can explain the many reasons why erosion of the dental enamel may occur:

  • Genetics – If weakened enamel is a known factor due to family history, patients should take extra care to avoid acidic foods and beverages. Brushing with a non-abrasive tooth paste or gel and soft bristle tooth brush is recommended. Also avoid biting on hard objects that could chip enamel like ice or fingernails plus wear a mouth guard if you are known to grind your teeth.
  • Diet – Acidic foods and beverages like soda can result in premature enamel erosion. Avoid brushing your teeth within one hour of consuming these acids to prevent damage to the teeth’s enamel. Rinsing teeth with water is much more beneficial than brushing at this point.
  • Medical conditions – Patients that suffer from acid reflux deal with stomach acids regurgitating to the throat and mouth and settling on teeth’s surface which can damage enamel.
  • Brushing – Using too much pressure or a hard bristle tooth brush along with an abrasive tooth paste or gel can damage enamel. Alleviate using too much pressure by switching to an electric tooth brush where the pressure is more controlled. In addition, most electric or battery toothbrushes have a timer built in that encourages brushing the full recommended two minutes each time you brush.
  • Wear and tear – Grinding can result in worn enamel. Being fitted by your dentist with a mouth guard will help prevent damage to teeth from clenching and grinding that often occurs subconsciously during sleep.

Dental enamel is not something that can be replaced once lost or damaged. Patients that have incurred damage to the enamel of their teeth must seek alternative treatment or be faced with the side effects of worn enamel, which may include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tooth discoloration – worn enamel allows the next layer of the tooth’s surface to be seen. This is the dentin which generally appears as a yellow color on the teeth.
  • Decay – Loss of enamel can contribute to plaque build-up and eventual decay.

Daily flossing and brushing with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel, a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam twice per year are the best tools available to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on the treatment options for eroding tooth enamel, call the office of ORA Dental Studio, serving the 60604 area, today to schedule a consultation.

Treatment Options to Strengthen Weak Enamel

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Many patients suffer from ailments due to weakened enamel. Chipped teeth, excessive wear and tear and discolored teeth can occur for many reasons, one of which is weakened enamel. One treatment that will resolve all of these problems is porcelain veneers.

A patient with weakened enamel will benefit from dental veneers since the outer protective covering on the front of the tooth is now made from porcelain.

A veneer is a tooth colored, wafer thin covering that is made to attach to the front of one or several teeth that require repair. Your cosmetic dentist will match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth making your dental veneers virtually undetectable.

Enamel is the hard protective outer cover of the tooth. The enamel can be damaged for many reasons. Genetics can play a role, but typically an acidic diet; excessive consumption of soda; some medications; tobacco or drug abuse; grinding/clenching teeth; or the manner in which you brush and the products used to brush – all these factors can impact the tooth’s enamel. Unfortunately, once the enamel is damaged there is nothing one can do to get enamel back.

A dental veneer is a thin shell like cover that is permanently cemented to the front of the tooth adding the strength of porcelain to each treated tooth. In addition porcelain veneers are stain resistant and can be customized to alter the size and shape of each tooth as desired.

A very small amount of the tooth’s enamel must be removed to attach a dental veneer. This makes dental veneers one of the least invasive cosmetic dental procedures available today. A patient with weakened enamel will benefit from dental veneers since the outer protective covering on the front of the tooth is now made from porcelain.

Are all patients with weakened enamel good candidates for dental veneers? An exam with your dental provider will offer a specific answer based on your circumstances. Patients with dental decay or suffering from periodontal disease will usually require additional treatment before moving forward with veneers. In addition, patients that grind their teeth might be advised to wear a mouth guard to help prevent damage to their dental veneers.

Once veneers have been placed, a professional cleaning and exam twice per year will help ensure they stay bright. Excellent oral hygiene habits of daily flossing and brushing will help to maintain your new smile and maximize the life of your porcelain veneers.

For more information on the treatment options available for weak enamel, contact ORA Dental Studio in Chicago at 312-328-9007 today to schedule an appointment.