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Archive for September, 2015

Dental Myths: All Teeth Whitening Options Are the Same

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

teeth whitening ChicagoContrary to popular opinion, not all teeth whitening products and whitening treatments are created equal. The notion that all teeth whitening products and treatments are similar is a commonly held misconception caused by claims made by over-the-counter products. While these products may claim to lighten permanent stains, it is important for patients to remember that these products only contain mild bleaching agents and lack the clinical level of potency that our cosmetic dentist can prescribe. Furthermore, our practice offers Zoom! teeth whitening treatments which can brighten a smile up to ten shades in just under an hour.

Why Over the Counter Products Disappoint

Store bought whitening toothpastes, strips, and rinses only contain a small percentage of the active ingredients used to whiten teeth. To make up for a lack of potency, harsh abrasives are often added to remove surface stains. Abrasives, over time, can weaken tooth enamel and cause permanent damage to teeth.

How Zoom! Teeth Whitening Works

Zoom! teeth whitening is a system that utilizes a laser beam to deepen and accelerate the bleaching process. This procedure is safe and effective. First, a soft oral appliance is inserted into the mouth to hold it open. Then, our caring staff will place protective gauze and liquid dam over sensitive, soft oral tissues and then apply a prescription strength whitening solution over the front of teeth. Patients simply relax in our lush examination chairs while the laser activates the whitening gel. Within about 45 minutes, treatment is complete.

Before and after treatment, our cosmetic dentists will use shade indicators to measure the level of progress provided by the Zoom! system. Our patients who have received this treatment are incredibly happy with the results it provides. By practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding dark colored foods and beverages, you can preserve your newly whitened smile for a year or longer.

We offer a number of cosmetic treatments. To schedule a consultation, call our friendly team at Ora Dental Studio today.

How stain resistant are Lumineers?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Lumineers ChicagoAre you considering transforming your smile with porcelain veneers? Lumineers, a brand of ultra-thin veneers are one popular method for concealing any type of smile imperfection without sacrificing a natural looking appearance. Not only are Lumineers beautiful, they are durable. Unlike teeth, veneers are not porous and therefore are very resistant to staining. Moreover, veneers have a long lasting glaze coating, which protects them from darkening.

How can Lumineers improve my smile?

Sometimes, patients with many types of smile flaws feel hopeless. This is because multiple procedures may be needed to truly transform one’s appearance. Lumineers, however, address all kinds of flaws and imperfections in just one procedure. Made from super thin pieces of high-quality porcelain, Lumineers are bonded over the outsides of teeth. This means that these tooth-shaped and lifelike cosmetic enhancements can conceal misaligned teeth, cracked and fractured teeth, and permanent discoloration. After veneers are bonded to teeth, our patients leave our office with a brand new, red carpet-worthy smile.

Do Lumineers require special care?

Since Lumineers are permanently bonded to teeth, they are brushed and flossed like biological teeth. Practicing oral hygiene is very important—especially because the backsides of teeth are still susceptible to decay. Lumineers are quite durable but when eating, patients should be mindful of twisting motions when tearing food, as it can loosen the bonding material with time.

What can I expect during the procedure?

Receiving Lumineers only requires two visits to our office. During the first visit, one of our cosmetic dentists will slightly reduce tooth enamel to provide a flat bonding surface. This process is minimally invasive and does not produce discomfort. Then molds will be taken to determine the proper size and shape of each cosmetic enhancement. Once the Lumineers are ready, patients will return to our office for the bonding process. Most people do not require local anesthesia or sedatives for this procedure.

To schedule a smile makeover consultation with our caring team, call us today.

Will I need a dental crown after root canal treatment?

Friday, September 4th, 2015

dental crowns ChicagoWhile teeth are very strong, they are not indestructible. Teeth are unlike other parts of the body in the sense that they cannot regenerate new tissue like a tendon or bone can. When a tooth becomes damaged by a crack, fracture, or an infection, it must be professionally repaired and restored by a dentist. Sometimes, root canal treatment is necessary if oral bacteria infect the inside of a tooth. Treating an infected root canal literally saves a tooth from having to be surgically removed. Since root canal treatment typically accompanies significant damage, dental crowns are often placed after treatment to preserve a tooth’s structure and restore oral function. Following are some helpful facts about dental crowns and root canal therapy.

What is the root canal?

The root canal is a hollowed area deep inside the tooth where the nerve endings come out. This part of the tooth also contains dental pulp (cellular material). In a healthy tooth, the root canal is protected by the outer layers of teeth—the dentin and tooth enamel—from harmful oral bacteria and debris from food and beverages.

What is root canal therapy?

In simple terms, root canal therapy is a procedure that treats the inside of an infected tooth. Since an infected root canal typically produces great discomfort, the nerve and pulp is removed. Removing the nerve and pulp will prevent the infection killing the tooth as well.

Why are dental crowns necessary after root canal treatment?

Compared to fillings, dental crowns are a more extensive restoration. Like a cap, a crown will cover the entire visible structure of a tooth. If the exterior of a tooth has been damaged by a deep cavity or crack, a crown is used to hold the tooth together and prevent its structure from further deterioration. These custom made restorations can be constructed from lifelike white materials or metals.

To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule a visit with one of our specialists, contact Ora Dental Studio today.