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By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
August 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

After the eyes, the teeth are one of the first things that people notice when they look at a person's face. In an ideal world, seemingly minorveneers cosmetic issues like dull or even chipped teeth would not have much of an effect on how people perceive someone they are meeting for the first time. But the truth is that while it may not be fair, studies have shown that people do judge and make assumptions about someone based on the appearance of their teeth, which can naturally affect a person's confidence, self-esteem and quality of life (there is only so much you can do after all if you are afraid of showing the world your teeth). But cracked, chipped or stained teeth do not have to be permanent. The dentists at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla recommend dental veneers to improve your teeth and make your smile look better than ever.

Get A New Smile with Dental Veneers in Bolingbrook, IL

Chances are that you already know at least one or more people who can thank veneers for their perfect smile. Because they can change the color, size and shape of a tooth they are one of the most common and popular cosmetic dental treatments for anyone whose smile can use a little (or a lot) of improvement. Veneers are also appropriate for small to medium gaps and spacing between teeth (larger spaces and bite issues may require orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign). Because they are made of a paper thin layer of porcelain or composite resin, veneers are among the most subtle and natural looking cosmetic treatments. Veneers are also very durable.

Find a Dentist in Bolingbrook, IL

Dental veneers can give new life to your smile. To learn more, contact Hidden Lakes Dental Care by calling (630) 759-0077 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathryn Bachinski or Dr. Christine Petrilla today.

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   Dentures  

Understanding the different dental procedures offered by your dentist can help you determine which treatments are best for you, what to dental proceduresexpect when you see your dentist and help put your mind at ease during your procedure. Find out about some common dental procedures like veneers and dentures with Dr. Charles Crowl and Dr. Kathryn Bachinski at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL.

Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are an important cosmetic procedure in improving the appearance of your smile and helping you feel great about the way you look. The process for veneers usually requires at least two dental appointments. The first appointment will consist of your dentist preparing your teeth to receive the veneers and taking an impression of your mouth to aid in the design process. Your second appointment will occur after your dentist receives the final restorations from the dental laboratory. At this appointment, your dentist will fit and attach each veneer to your tooth.

Dentures
Dentures can also change the appearance of your teeth but focus more on the functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can cause the bone underneath the gum tissue to atrophy, causing sagging facial muscles and premature aging. Dentures help to fill out the smile, restoring the mouth’s bite to allow eating, chewing and speaking and giving you a smile you love. Traditional dentures fit into the mouth and use gravity or suction to stay in place. Other options, like implant-supported dentures, use dental implant technology to integrate into the mouth permanently, holding the denture in place and eliminating the need to remove the denture for cleanings or overnight.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Bolingbrook, IL
The key to keeping any dental procedure healthy and functional is committing to a strong, at-home dental care routine in between regular, twice-yearly dental examinations and cleanings. These two elements can keep your teeth and restorations healthy and clean for years to come. Brush twice daily and floss at least once. If necessary, use any special tools your dentist recommends to further clean your teeth. See your dentist at least every six months to ensure that problems with your smile are caught early and that a dental hygienist removes any plaque and tartar from your teeth to prevent tooth decay.

For more information on these procedures and ore, please contact Dr. Crowl and Dr. Bachinski at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. Call (630) 759-0077 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
January 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

You’re not happy with your smile. Maybe you’re missing teeth; maybe you have minor gaps or chips. Maybe you’ve even thought about veneersyour options. Should I get veneers? Would dentures be better? If you live in Bolingbrook, IL, these are questions you should get answered at Hidden Lakes Dental Care.

If your teeth and gums are basically healthy but have minor flaws, chips or discoloration issues, veneers are a popular option for several reasons. For one, the option is designed to improve the look of your existing teeth. In a veneer procedure, your Bolingbrook dentist removes a tiny portion of the enamel from the front surface of your teeth then permanently cements an ultra thin tooth shaped and tooth colored cover to the front surface of each tooth. The veneers are shaped and designed to your particular specifications. Veneers are minimally invasive, usually, do not require anesthesia and can be done in one sitting at the dentist office. They last for many years as well.

In a small percentage of cases, people who have undergone a veneer procedure have reported some heightened sensitivity to heat and cold, but, generally, complications are very minor, if they occur at all.

However, veneers are most effective for people who have healthy teeth and gums and who are trying to correct minor flaws. They do not replace missing teeth nor are they usually recommended for people with severe tooth decay or advanced gum disease.

However, for people who have lost teeth or may lose teeth due to various issues, dentures can be an effective option. Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth designed and manufactured for you. They are relatively inexpensive compared to other treatment options and they are designed first to help you eat, chew and speak clearly as well as restore your smile. If you are already missing teeth or you are in a situation where you may need to have a tooth or teeth extracted, dentures can be an effective replacement.

Whereas veneers are permanent, you wear your dentures whenever you wish.

Whatever your situation, the qualified, caring dentists on staff with Hidden Lakes Dental Care can help you make the best choice for you. For more information contact Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, at (630) 759-0077.

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
May 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

If you feel that your smile has begun to lack in its luster, you are not alone. Many people consider their smile to be their best first impression and feel that it is important and confidence-boosting to have teeth they love. Luckily, dental veneers can renew your teeth and give new life to your smile. Learn more about dental veneers with help from your Bolingbrook, IL dentists at Hidden Lakes Dental VeneersCare.

The History of Veneers
Veneers were originally created in the 1930s for Hollywood movies, allowing actors to truly get into character, all the way down to their teeth. Actors then began to use veneers to craft the perfect Hollywood smile for short-term public appearances, covering the imperfections in their teeth to seem more glamorous for the red carpet. The process was perfected in the 1980s, which allowed dentists to bond the veneers to patients’ teeth to improve their smiles permanently.

How do veneers work? 
Veneers are super-thin wafers of porcelain which fit over the front of the teeth to mask their imperfections. A dental laboratory needs several weeks to fabricate the veneers, meaning the process usually requires two dental appointments. Veneers fix many problems, including:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • stained teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • slightly overlapped teeth
  • slightly gapped teeth

Though veneers correct these problems, they cannot take the place of orthodontic treatment when teeth are severely over or under crowded. They also cannot replace proper treatment for tooth decay or other dental problems. Your dentist can help you determine if veneers are right for your situation.

The Veneer Process
Dental veneers begin with tooth preparation where you Bolingbrook, IL dentist shaves a tiny amount of enamel from the surface of the tooth to make room for the porcelain restoration. The preparation process makes porcelain veneers a permanent, non-reversible dental procedure. A dental laboratory creates the veneers individually, customizing them based on a mold of your mouth and color-matching them to your surrounding natural teeth.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Charles E. Crowl, and Dr. Kathryn Bachinski, at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. Call (630) 759-0077 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for veneers today!