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What is the difference between a dental veneer and a dental crown?

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

porcelain veneers ChicagoPorcelain veneers are very thin shells that are used to cover dental imperfections.

A dental crown is most often used for therapeutic purposes such as:

  1. Repair a broken tooth.
  2. Cover a tooth that has been afflicted with dental decay.
  3. Complete root canal therapy.
  4. Anchor a dental bridge.
  5. Final restoration for dental implant.

Porcelain veneers are a much less invasive cosmetic enhancement that can correct many dental maladies:

  1. Intrinsic stains – Stains resulting from some medications, aging, or excessive discoloration.
  2. Worn or uneven dental enamel – Misshapen teeth from grinding.
  3. Chipped teeth – Teeth appear whole again.
  4. Gaps between teeth – Those spaces disappear.
  5. Gum recession – Brushing improperly or recession due to aging can be repaired not only improving appearance, but relieving occasional zings that might be felt.

Your cosmetic dentist will perform a thorough dental exam to provide the best treatment to meet your needs. Once dental veneers have been determined your best course of action, treatment will be initiated. At your first appointment, impressions will be taken while teeth are prepped to provide the most accurate veneer in size and shape. The shade closest to your neighboring teeth’s natural color will be selected to provide the most indiscernible treatment available.

In most cases, about two weeks later you will be ready to have your dental veneers placed. Veneers will be tried on to make sure they are a comfortable fit and aesthetically perfect. Your cosmetic dentist can make small adjustments at this time, if needed. Teeth to be treated are etched, veneers are cemented into place, and a laser or curing light is applied to speed up completion.

Your smile makeover is complete by covering one or more teeth with veneers. An added benefit is treated teeth are now stronger than before.

Caring for veneers is similar to caring for your biological teeth. Daily flossing and brushing coupled with twice yearly visits to the dentist will keep your teeth looking their best. It is advisable to avoid biting into hard or sticky foods to prevent the unlikely event that you might break or dislodge your veneers. And although porcelain is stain resistant, avoiding those things such as tea, red wine, cola, berries, dark sauces, and beets will help keep your teeth looking beautiful for many years to come.

Contact our cosmetic dentistry team at Ora Dental Studio to learn more about your options today.

The New Era of Cosmetic Dentistry

Friday, February 14th, 2014

cosmetic dentistry ChicagoThere are multiple dental procedures in many price ranges that promise excellent results from teeth whitening to more complex enhancements like dental veneers or implants. Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years making a smile makeover more attainable.

Zoom in-office teeth whitening combines the expertise of a cosmetic dentist and the most powerful whitening agents available to complete your new smile in one brief dental visit. This is also one of the most economical dental enhancements providing a major improvement. 

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years making a smile makeover more attainable.

Intrinsic dental stains due to medications or lifestyle; chipped teeth; uneven or worn dental enamel; gaps between teeth … all of these conditions can be corrected using dental veneers. Porcelain veneers offer many advantages. Porcelain is naturally stain resistant so treated teeth will look their best; adding veneers to teeth can actually strengthen them; but most of all this mildly invasive procedure is permanent allowing you to keep your smile looking great for many years.

A dental malocclusion occurs when the upper teeth do not align properly with the lower arch. A cross bite, overbite, or under bite can occur which creates a couple of problems. First, your appearance may discourage you from smiling, eating or speaking in public. But more importantly, crooked teeth are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria which can lead to dental decay and gum disease. Straightening teeth with Invisalign provides a virtually invisible way to treat the malocclusion to improve your appearance and provide a solution to better dental health.

There are other treatments that are clearly necessary such as dental crowns that offer improvements to your appearance but are often not performed for cosmetic purposes. Broken teeth or teeth permeated with dental decay; to complete root canal therapy; or as a means to affix a dental bridge, dental crowns are a perfect solution. Materials available today make dental crowns appear lifelike providing an aesthetically pleasing result while correcting a dental problem.

There are many options to replace missing or lost teeth; however, a permanent solution that provides a return to the feeling, function, and appearance of your natural teeth is with dental implants. This process requires a review of your dental and overall health to make sure you are a good candidate for a successful result.

Cosmetic dentistry today provides many affordable ways you can enhance your smile and appearance.  Call 312-491-9494 today for more information.

Top Teeth-Staining Foods and Beverages

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

teeth whitening ChicagoMany dark colored foods and liquids have the ability to stain anything they come in contact with for just a couple of minutes. Think of a wine spill on your white linen … if not cleaned immediately, there will be a stain. The enamel covering on your teeth is very similar. When contact occurs, the potential for staining arises especially when repeated. These stains are usually topical, and can be treated in one brief dental visit with teeth whitening.

The teeth whitening process performed by your dental professional is safe and effective. The patient is advised to have their teeth cleaned to remove plaque build-up and some stains. A brief dental exam will determine if the patient is qualified to undergo teeth whitening.

At your whitening appointment, the patient will be prepped with all the safeguards to prevent soft tissue burns. Precautions also include safety glasses. The whitening agents used by your cosmetic dentist are the most powerful in the teeth whitening industry so having a dental professional perform the procedure guarantees optimum results with safety and comfort a priority.

The whitening gel is applied and enhanced with the use of laser technology. One or two applications are usually sufficient to lighten teeth up to eight shades in one appointment. Teeth continue to lighten up to two weeks after treatment so the final result might not be apparent immediately following treatment.

The best way to maximize your teeth whitening experience is to avoid or limit the things that stained your teeth. These include coffee, tea, red wine and sugary beverages like cola and many sports drinks. If you know you are going to imbibe, use a straw to let liquid bypass teeth and plan to brush or rinse as soon as possible following consumption to prevent the beverage from sitting in your mouth.

Foods like beets, tomato based products like pasta sauces, other dark sauces like soy, berries, and many fruits that are dark or brightly colored have the capability to stain. Acidic foods like many citrus fruits can soften dental enamel allowing the foods and beverages we consume to penetrate enamel resulting in stains.

Other staining products include tobacco (smoked or chewed) and some flavored chewing gums like grape (many brightly colored gums can stain teeth).

Teeth whitening is a wonderful solution that promises a smile makeover in one dental visit. Contact our team at Ora Dental Studio to reserve your appointment today.