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Archive for March, 2014

Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

invisalign clear braces chicagoWhile many people associate a straight smile with attractiveness, properly aligned teeth also promote optimal oral health. Straight teeth are easier to clean than crooked and overlapped teeth. In fact, patients with crowded and crooked teeth hold a higher risk for developing periodontal disease and tooth decay because they cannot properly brush and floss between teeth. Even though many patients received orthodontic treatment during adolescence, the eruption of wisdom teeth during adulthood and other factors contribute to a crooked smile later in life. Sadly, many adults shy away from orthodontic treatment because they do not want to wear conspicuous metal and wire braces. Fortunately, our dentist officers Invisalign clear braces, a viable alternative to traditional orthodontic appliances that is both discreet and comfortable. 

Using a patented system of clear aligners, Invisalign applies pressure to shift teeth to a healthier position over time. 

Using a patented system of clear aligners, Invisalign applies pressure to shift teeth to a healthier position over time. Patients will wear a series of custom fitted aligners over the course of a few months. Unlike traditional wire braces, Invisalign is removable so that patients can brush and floss their teeth as they normally would. Invisalign clear braces are also removed during meals, allowing patients to chew their favorite foods more comfortably.

Made from soft and slightly pliable plastics, these aligners are more comfortable when compared to traditional braces because their structures do not scrape or cut soft tissues in the mouth. Invisalign also does not require metal brackets or the attachment of metal anchors to support orthodontic movement. Because these braces are clear, this orthodontic system is incredibly discreet and practically unnoticeable to others.

Invisalign was designed to serve patients in need of inconspicuous and comfortable orthodontic care—especially adults. If you desire a straighter, healthier smile, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our friendly, experienced dentist. At your consultation, our team will determine if Invisalign will benefit your smile after conducting an oral examination. If our dentist feels that you are a candidate for clear braces, impressions (molds) of your teeth will be taken to create your custom aligners.

To schedule an appointment for an Invisalign consultation, contact our office at 312-328-9000 today.

How Durable are Lumineers?

Friday, March 14th, 2014

lumineers chicagoDo you dream of a straight, white smile? Perhaps your teeth are stained and crooked. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you probably avoid smiling and laughing around others because you feel embarrassed by your teeth. Fortunately, with cosmetic dentistry, you can achieve a flawless, beautiful smile. One method for achieving a uniform and attractive smile is the placement of Lumineers.  With proper care including routine checkups and cleanings, Lumineers can last up to 20 years.

Unlike traditional porcelain veneers, placing Lumineers requires less tooth preparation. This non-invasive procedure takes only two visits to our cosmetic dentist. During your first visit to our office, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be used to determine the exact size and shape of your Lumineers so that they will complement your teeth and facial features. At your first appointment, you will also choose the best shade of white to improve the color of your smile.

When your Lumineers are sent back, you will return for the placement process, which usually takes about an hour’s time. The bonding of Lumineers to the teeth does not produce discomfort and does not require anesthesia.  Each veneer will be placed individually with a special bonding process that ensures durability. Our team will also make sure that your cosmetic veneers align properly with your bite so that when your mouth is closed your veneers do not scrape against each other. Because Lumineers are durable, you can enjoy your favorite foods. You will floss and brush your teeth as normal to maintain a clean, healthy mouth.

To determine if this cosmetic procedure is right for you, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with our team. At your consultation, our dentist will evaluate your needs and the current condition of your teeth. During your consultation, we welcome you to ask questions about the procedure and long-term care of your cosmetic enhancements.

Contact Ora Dental Studio today to reserve a cosmetic dentistry consultation with our skilled and compassionate dentist.

The Important Role Saliva Plays in Oral Health

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

dentist chicagoSaliva is your mouth’s natural defense against acid, debris, and bacteria. In fact, saliva plays an integral role in diluting harmful particles that contribute to dental caries and periodontal disease. Between brushings, your mouth is hard at work to protect your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria that feed on sugar and strong acids that erode minerals in tooth enamel. Saliva also keeps your mouth moist to protect soft oral tissues such as your gums. 

Saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against acid, debris, and bacteria. 

When a patient consumes starches and sugars, oral bacteria present in the mouth feed off these food particles. As bacteria feed on sugars, they release acid as a byproduct. While thriving off sugar, bacteria begin to colonize throughout the mouth where they will later form as plaque buildup. These colonies of bacteria typically form along the gum line, between teeth, and at the back of the mouth. After you eat a meal, the glands in your mouth will begin to excrete saliva to help rinse away leftover food particles.

The acidic byproduct of bacteria and acidic foods and beverages such as citrus also threaten oral health by weakening tooth enamel. Surrounding teeth, tooth enamel is a protective barrier that protects teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. Made of strong minerals, tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the body. Although enamel is strong, it is not immune to damage. Acid exposure strips away important minerals and will erode enamel over time. Like rinsing away food particles, saliva also defends oral health by diluting and weakening acidic compounds.

Although saliva naturally defends teeth, patients must still practice thorough oral hygiene to maintain a healthy mouth along with regular dental cleanings and checkups. Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day or after meals and floss once a day to remove plaque buildup and debris from food. Regular cleanings are essential to removing tartar buildup, too. With routine examinations, our dentist can treat decay and gum disease early on before these conditions advance to more problematic oral health issues.

To schedule an appointment for a checkup with our experienced dentists, contact our office 312-328-9000 today.