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3 Cosmetic Dental Procedures to Improve Your Smile

Monday, January 25th, 2016

cosmetic dentistry ChicagoIf you’re dissatisfied with your smile’s appearance, you’re not alone. Countless patients want to improve the shade or shape of their teeth or enhance the contours of the teeth or gums. Fortunately, a number of cosmetic dentistry interventions can help patients achieve these goals.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments address a range of aesthetic flaws in the smile. Here is an overview of some of the most popular treatments:

  1. ZOOM! Teeth Whitening – Teeth whitening treatments that you get from your dentist tend to produce more consistent, visible results than over-the-counter products, and this particular method gives you the most noticeable results in the shortest amount of time. The bleaching gel is applied to the patient’s teeth and then activated using lasers to help it achieve the desired effects in a little over an hour. Patients can walk away with their teeth up to 10 shades whiter.
  2. Porcelain veneers – These versatile tools can help your dentist to correct or conceal a number of relatively minor flaws in the teeth. The thin tooth-shaped shells are bonded atop the biological teeth to hide defects like chips, cracks and deep stains that don’t respond to other whitening treatments. Additionally, a porcelain veneer can cover up an unsightly undersized tooth or create the appearance of proper alignment in slightly crooked teeth.
  3. When the gums are problematic, aesthetic contouring can help. Your dentist can use lasers to re-shape the gum tissue and remove excess tissue that gives the patient an unattractive, gummy smile. Similarly, the teeth can be contoured as desired using ultra-fine diamond impregnated burs and discs. This procedure can be completed on a single tooth or multiple teeth, as needed.

All of these treatments can be provided in our dental office with state-of-the-art technology. They’re convenient for patients and they require minimal recovery time and therefore minimal disruption to the patient’s routine.

With so many cosmetic dentistry options, there’s likely to be one that can benefit you. Call our team at Ora Dental Studio to schedule an evaluation and learn about the various treatments that can significantly improve your smile.

Dental Myths that Could be Damaging Your Teeth

Friday, January 15th, 2016

dentist Wicker ParkUnfortunately, many patients buy into dental myths that may harm their oral health. If you’ve heard something that doesn’t sound quite right to you, check in with our dentist to see if it’s fact or fiction.

Here are some of the more common misconceptions that we hear:

You really don’t need to see your dentist every six months: Professional care at regular intervals—ideally every six months—helps to preserve your oral health and complements your home oral hygiene efforts. A hygienist has a better angle to clean your teeth thoroughly and access to specialized instruments that can help to remove any plaque that lingers along your gum line. Additionally, routine exams will catch any problems early, when they are treated more readily.

Bleeding gums are normal, especially if it happens when you’re brushing your teeth: Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, which can be readily treated if diagnosed early. However, it can progress into periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease, if you ignore it. Always bring up this symptom to your dentist so that you can get the appropriate treatment.

Sugar is the only thing that causes cavities: Technically, the acid produced by bacteria is what causes tooth decay. However, those bacteria produce acid as a waste product after consuming their energy source. Often that is sugary residue left behind after someone enjoys a sweet treat, but other carbs can provide nutrition for those bacteria, as well.

Only kids get cavities: Just because you’re legally able to vote, it doesn’t mean that you’re free and clear from tooth decay. Adults can get cavities just like children can, and from the same causes. In fact, senior citizens who take medications that give them dry mouth are at an increased risk for cavities because they don’t make enough saliva to clear away oral bacteria.

Whiter teeth are healthier: Not necessarily. Teeth that are stained or that have yellowed with age can be just as healthy as bright, white teeth. Furthermore, perfectly white teeth are still susceptible to plaque and decay, which are detrimental to your oral health.

Don’t let dental myths damage your teeth. Contact our practice today to check in with one of our professional experts and see if you are buying into something that isn’t true and learn the real facts!

How long before I start to see results with Invisalign?

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Invisalign clear braces ChicagoOne of the many benefits of Invisalign clear braces is that patients can see their results in real time. They don’t have to wait for months while their smile is obscured by metal appliances to enjoy their new smiles. Because Invisalign uses clear plastic trays to apply the forces necessary to move the teeth, patients are able to view their pearly whites throughout treatment.

Patients do need to have some patience, however, as it does take some time to reposition the teeth into the correct alignment. Give the treatment at least 4-6 weeks before examining your smile for any changes. Furthermore, you won’t see drastic changes initially. Rather, your smile will evolve in a more subtle way.

Although you may be able to see your teeth begin to straighten relatively quickly in comparison to conventional braces, it’s still essential for you to follow through with wearing all of the Invisalign trays according to the schedule provided by your dentist in order to get your desired results. Additionally, patients should be sure to wear the trays for the recommended amount of time each day, usually 20-22 hours.

Of course, others will be able to notice your new smile as it develops, too, which is an additional benefit of the Invisalign system. You don’t have to feel like you need to cover up your smile so that co-workers, friends, family and even strangers won’t be able to notice your braces.

In addition to being less intrusive on your smile’s aesthetics, the Invisalign trays tend to be more comfortable as well. While patients still may experience some discomfort as the teeth shift into their proper positions, they won’t be poked by wires or run the risk of having a bracket’s sharp edge cut into the soft oral tissues.

Patients who choose Invisalign clear braces will begin to see results much more quickly than those who opt for standard braces, in addition to enjoying many other benefits. Talk to our dental team at Ora Dental Studio to see what you can expect in your specific case.