Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
The signs of aging aren't just apparent in your face, but also in your smile. After years of wear and tear, teeth can become dull or damaged. Porcelain veneers offer a simple way to turn back time and improve your smile. Des Plaines, IL, dentists Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise' of Suburban Family Dental explain how veneers work.
Veneers conceal stains and imperfections
Porcelain veneers are designed to hide the small flaws that can affect your smile. They consist of a very thin layer of porcelain attached to the fronts of your teeth. Veneers are made from an impression of your teeth to ensure that they look and feel natural.
Porcelain veneers offer versatility
Because veneers conceal issues with the appearance of teeth, they can be used to correct many minor imperfections, including:
- Changes in Tooth Color: Whether one tooth has changed color, or you would like to lighten your entire smile, porcelain veneers offer a very effective solution. Porcelain closely resembles natural tooth enamel and is available in many shades of white.
- Damage: Chips and cracks can occur if you've experienced a blow to your face or bitten into a very hard object. Although minor chips and cracks may not affect the structure of your teeth, they can be unattractive. Veneers hide damaged teeth, improving the uniformity of your smile.
- Imperfections: Sometimes teeth aren't completely smooth or straight. Veneers hide uneven surfaces and improve the appearance of crooked or oddly shaped teeth.
- Gaps: Do you dislike the gap between your front teeth? Getting rid of slight gaps between teeth is easy with porcelain veneers.
Veneers don't require extensive dental work
Unlike crowns, restorations that require filing down your teeth, veneers don't require extensive dental work. In fact, only a very small amount of tooth enamel is removed to ensure that the veneers fit properly. After the enamel is removed, we'll make an impression of your teeth in our Des Plaines office, then send it to the dental laboratory that will make your veneers. About two weeks later, you'll return to be fitted with your brand new veneers.
Enhance your smile with porcelain veneers! Call Des Plaines, IL, dentists Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise' of Suburban Family Dental at (847) 640-0778 to schedule your appointment.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”
If you've ever found yourself browsing through a celebrity magazine or website, you might have noticed how almost every single person has a dazzling smile. This isn't just good luck; many celebrities have had veneers custom made for their teeth. It might surprise you that it's not just Hollywood dentists offering these cosmetic restorations. Your dentists at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, Illinois - Dr. Roman Dziubyk, Dr. Mark Miller and Dr. Lorelei Grise' - have the training and expertise necessary to give their patients a smile worthy of the silver screen. Here's just a few of the ways veneers can improve your smile:
Many people are unhappy with the length or shape of their teeth. Some teeth appear too short, others are irregularly shaped or asymmetrical to the other teeth. This is a common problem that veneers can fix. By placing wafer-thin veneers directly over your natural teeth, your Des Plaines dentist evens out your smile and your teeth will have a natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing shape.
Veneers also offer a permanent solution to discoloration. With the help of your Des Plaines dentist, the porcelain is crafted to be a beautiful, natural but radiant shade of white that covers up any stains, even those resistant to traditional whitening treatments.
If you've had braces but are starting to notice some imperfections returning, veneers from your Des Plaines dentist could be your solution! Small gaps and overlaps are easily masked by veneers. They fill in spaces caused by receding gums or teeth that have begun to crowd together. A light buffing of the natural teeth's surfaces will prepare the teeth for placement of the veneers.
A consultation with one of our skilled dentists at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, Illinois is your first step on your journey to a beautiful new smile. Contact our office today to set up an appointment!
Transforming your smile can be a huge undertaking. And while we have the technical skills, experience and understanding of aesthetics to perform a smile makeover, your input is just as necessary to achieve a satisfying result.
Your part really has to do with expectations — what do you see when you look in the mirror — and what do you want to change?
Here are 3 questions to help guide you in shaping your expectations for that new, beautiful smile.
What do you dislike about your teeth? This is really about specifics and not just a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Are your teeth misshapen, chipped or missing? Are they discolored or stained? Is the spacing off or do you have a poor bite (malocclusion)? Getting a sense of what you perceive as unattractive will help us formulate a plan to improve the appearance of those problem areas.
Are you concerned with how much your gums show when you smile? Your teeth may be perfect, but if your gums seem to steal the spotlight when you smile (known as a “gummy” smile), you may need some remedy like veneers, crowns or even corrective surgery. Which procedure depends on whether the crowns of your teeth are too short in proportion to the gums, or the muscles in your upper lip are allowing the lip to rise too high when you smile. A dental examination will tell all.
Do you want a “Hollywood Smile” — or just a more attractive, natural you? Smile makeovers aren’t just about clinical alterations — it’s just as much about your personal perceptions of beauty. Some patients want the perfectly shaped, aligned and dazzlingly white smile that’s the epitome of Hollywood. Others want only to enhance their smile, perhaps even keeping a few unique imperfections they’re comfortable with. It’s important to know which person you are, and to communicate that with us when we’re putting together your makeover plan.
Changing your smile is a big step in your life. You can help make the process more satisfying and successful if you understand what you want to change — and why.
If you would like more information on smile analysis and makeover, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”