Dentist Blog

Posts for: November, 2016

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
November 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

A broken dental veneer can be stressful, but we are here to tell you exactly how to handle this situation.

You just got dental veneers and aren’t you happy with the results? It’s amazing how these little restorations can do such big things for veneersyour smile. While veneers are made from porcelain, which is pretty amazingly durable, it doesn’t mean that it can’t still be damaged. And if you do end up experiencing a broken dental veneer, our Bolingbrook, IL dentists, Dr. Charles Crowl and Dr. Kathryn Bachinski, are here to tell you how to handle the situation.

First thing’s first: You want to handle your veneers with care. If a veneer has broken into pieces you’ll want to be careful, as you don’t want the veneer to break further and you certainly don’t want to accidentally swallow any pieces.

If the veneer has come off in one piece take a look at it and see if it’s still completely intact. A veneer that isn’t damage and has just popped off can often be rebonded by our Bolingbrook general dentist. However, as you may already be able to surmise, if the veneer has come off in pieces then the veneer is broken and will need to be completely replaced.

If a piece of the veneer still remains of your teeth this piece could be sharp and cause irritation to your gums. To prevent this from happening you can easily find dental wax at your nearby drugstore. This wax is the same kind used to prevent wire irritation in those who wear braces, but it will work just as perfectly for a broken, jagged veneer.

Regardless of whether your veneer broke off in pieces or just came off fully intact it’s important that you visit us right away so that we can either replace your veneers or bond the veneer back to your tooth. Since enamel has been removed from your natural tooth, some people experience some sensitivity. You can also apply this same dental wax to the area to protect the tooth and reduce your sensitivity until you can come into our office.

Whether you want to get cosmetic dentistry in Bolingbrook, IL or you have a dental emergency, turn to the dental experts at Hidden Lakes Dental Care. We are here to make sure that your smile stays healthy for the rest of your life.

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
November 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

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.”