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By Family Dental Center
October 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

When you have bright, healthy teeth, the world sees you as personable and capable. Does this sound far-fetched? Well, actually, it's true. cosmetic dentistryThe American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has researched American adults, finding that your smile aesthetics projects who you are to the world. If you'd like to show off your best smile, the team at Family Dental in Glenview, IL can help. They offer a menu of cosmetic dentistry services that's second to none. One or more treatments could deliver your great new look.

First, get a smile analysis

Your cosmetic dentist in Glenview will examine your teeth and gums, looking for any health problems needing correction before addressing your aesthetic smile goals. If all is well, the doctor will discuss those goals with you to get a picture of how you want your teeth and gums to change.

You, as the patient, should be specific. Do you want brighter tooth enamel? What about tooth alignment--is your smile crooked or gapped? Do small chips and cracks detract from your appearance? Our dentists will suggest treatment options executed singly or over time as your schedule and budget allow.

Rest assured that your treatment plan will make sense for your unique needs. In other words, it will be completely individualized for your best smile.

Offered cosmetic treatments

Professional teeth whitening Family Dental offers Zoom 2 Whitening, a one-hour, in-office procedure that changes tooth color by up to eight shades. Using concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel and laser light to activate the process, Zoom 2 Whitening removes stains from coffee, tobacco and dark foods from deep in tooth enamel. Results last indefinitely with oral hygiene at home, regular cleanings at Family Dental and occasional touch-ups.

Composite resin bonding Using a mixture of glass particles and tooth-colored acrylic, your cosmetic dentist in Glenview repairs small chips, gaps, uneven tooth length and more. He or she gently prepares the enamel surface with a fine sandpaper and etching liquid. Then, the doctor adds the resin, hardening each layer with a special curing light. After achieving the desired shape, the dentist polishes the tooth to a high gloss.

Porcelain veneers Also called dental laminates, these whisper-thin shells of dental ceramic cover the cheek side of teeth marred with small flaws such as chips, dark stains, gaps and cracks. Veneers are custom-made in a dental lab according to the dentist's specific instructions. To ensure a good bond, the dentist removes a small amount of tooth enamel and takes oral impressions. A permanent enhancement, porcelain veneers take just two appointments to design and place.

Invisalign and conventional orthodontics Family Dental offers a full-range of braces for people of all ages. Our dentist delivers precise bite correction and teeth straightening for beautiful smiles that are healthy and fully functional, too.

Find that great smile

There's more to cosmetic dentistry at Family Dental in Glenview, IL. Please call the office today for your personal consultation: (847) 998-1281.

By Family Dental Center
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When your smile needs a little improvement, bonding and reshaping offer a simple, low-cost solution. Your Glenview, IL, dentists at Family dental bonding, dental reshapingDental explain how dental bonding and reshaping works and discuss several ways you can benefit from the service.

What is dental bonding and reshaping?

Small amounts of tooth enamel are removed during the reshaping part of the bonding and reshaping process. Removing enamel can change the shape or length of teeth and also correct small imperfections. During the bonding portion, a flexible composite resin is added to the teeth to repair damage or improve appearance. The material is cured with a hardening light, then polished in our Glenview office.

When are bonding and reshaping used?

Dental bonding and reshaping is an excellent option if you have:

  • Chips and Cracks: Even small chips at the bottom of teeth can affect your appearance. If the chipped surface is rough, your tooth may also cut your tongue or lips. Eliminating annoying chips and small cracks are easy with bonding and reshaping.
  • Shape Issues: If a few of your teeth are pointed or look a little crooked or uneven, you may be a good candidate for bonding and reshaping. Bonding can also add length to teeth that are a little too short.
  • Overlapping Edges: Overlapping tooth edges affect your appearance and also trap plaque, the sticky bacterial film that causes cavities. When the edges are removed, you'll be happier with your smile and will also reduce your tooth decay risk.
  • Discolorations: Teeth whitening isn't an option if your tooth is darker due to a stain deep inside it. Applying bonding material to a discolored tooth helps it blend in with your smile.
  • Bite Problems: Orthodontic treatment may be the only option for severe bite issues, but contouring and reshaping offers a simpler solution for mild bite issues.
  • Gaps Between Teeth: Adding a little bonding material to your teeth closes up slight gaps.

Would you like to improve your smile with dental bonding and reshaping? Call Family Dental in Glenview, IL at (847) 998-1281 to schedule an appointment.

By Family Dental Center
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover all there is to know about getting dental crowns in Glenview.

Our Glenview, IL dentists at Family Dental are able to accomplish a lot with dental crowns. Whether you are looking to revive damaged dental crownsor severely decayed teeth or you have a malformed or discolored tooth, dental crowns are here to the rescue.

Crowns are a versatile restoration with countless benefits. While there are many different types of crowns, we know that our patients appreciate having a crown that looks and feels as much like a real tooth as possible. That’s why we offer ceramic crowns, which are still resilient and strong but also look like natural teeth, so no one will even know that you are wearing a crown.

What should I expect when I get a dental crown?

After your consultation, where we determine that your smile can benefit from getting a dental crown, there are several steps that need to happen before you can get your new restoration.

Step 1: We will need to take impressions of your mouth. After all, how can you get a custom-fitted crown without us first knowing the shape and size of your teeth? Impressions are the best way for the dental lab to know the exact specifications and measurements to create a crown that fits properly.

Step 2: In order for the crown to fit we will also need to shave off some enamel from your tooth. Anesthesia is administered to the area prior to removing the enamel, so you won’t feel a thing. Since enamel has to be removed we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it from damage while your permanent crown is being made.

Step 3: It can take up to a week (and sometimes more) to get your new crown. Once your crown has arrived you will come back in to have it cemented over your old tooth to improve the health and look of your smile.

Family Dental in Glenview, IL is here to make sure that your smile always looks great. Whether you need a dental crown to replace a damaged tooth or you want to get a whiter smile fast, we are here to help you achieve your smile goals.

By Glenview Family Dental
December 31, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

There are many reasons people become dissatisfied with the way their teeth look. If you feel your teeth are crooked, discolored, or oddly shaped, there are cosmetic treatments that can change the look of your smile and make you proud to show it off again.

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a wide range of treatments, but there are several common procedures that can solve the most Cosmetic Dentistpressing concerns you may have about your appearance.

Whitening: Tooth whitening treatments can brighten up teeth that have become discolored over time. The teeth tend to become more yellow with age, and frequent consumption of beverages like red wine, coffee, or tea can accelerate the process. Professional whitening treatments are a simple way to improve the look of your smile.

Contouring: If your teeth have uneven surfaces or slight overlaps, contouring can help you make minor changes. Using sanding instruments and abrasive strips, your dentist removes small amounts of enamel to change the shape of your teeth.

Bonding: This is a simple way to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. Bonding uses the same composite material used in fillings to achieve cosmetic changes.

Veneers: Thin shells of porcelain or ceramic are custom-made to your preference and permanently bonded to your teeth. This is a quick way to achieve whiter teeth, change the shape of your teeth, or improve mildly crooked teeth without the hassle of braces.

Cosmetic Dentist in Glenview, IL

People often believe that they're stuck with the teeth they have, whether they like it or not. The truth is that many cosmetic dentistry procedures are quite simple, yet can make drastic changes in the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic procedures can solve a variety of common complaints with minimal time and discomfort.

Enjoy the confidence that comes from showing off a smile you really love. If you’ve been wanting to change the look of your smile, our dentists at Glenview Family Dental can help. Request your appointment online or call (847) 998-1281 today.

By Family Dental Center
April 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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Australian heartthrob Hugh Jackman has won international recognition for his work on stage, screen and television, including his long-running portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men film series, and his Academy-Award-nominated starring role in Les Miserables. Oh, and did we mention he was named the “sexiest man alive” by People magazine in 2008? So when Jackman once said “I have shocking teeth”… what did he mean?

“[My dentist] looked at my teeth and went, ‘Oh, my God, you've got gray teeth,’” the actor stated. The proposed cure: tooth whitening. But what if the action hero's teeth were brightened too much — would his look still convey his trademark rugged charm? To see how that issue was resolved, let's look a little closer at various methods of tooth whitening.

All Whitening Isn't the Same
Everyone has seen the kind of over-the-counter tooth whitening strips advertised in magazines and sold in drug stores. Most dentists agree that, given enough time, they can work in many cases. But there may be problems, too.

One is that unless you know what's actually causing the darkening, you can't be sure if there is an underlying issue that needs treatment — a root-canal problem, for example. Bleaching a diseased tooth is like painting over a rusty car: it camouflages the problem, but doesn't fix it. That's one reason why, before any whitening treatment is attempted, it's important to have a complete dental examination, with x-rays.

Another is that without professional supervision, it's more difficult to control the degree of whitening you will end up with. For safety reasons, over-the-counter whitening products have the least concentrated bleaching agent, and will probably require weeks of use to produce noticeable results. The next step up — a custom-designed, at-home bleaching kit from our office — will likely produce results twice as fast.

The Professional Advantage
At-home bleaching done under our supervision uses stronger whitening agents with a flexible plastic tray that's custom-made to fit your teeth. It's a cost-effective way to achieve several shades of whitening in a relatively short time. Plus, with the advantage of our experience and guidance, you can get excellent results safely and efficiently.

If you want the fastest and most controllable whitening, however, in-office whitening treatments are the best way to go. According to one study, using the most concentrated whiteners in a safe clinical setting produced a six-shade improvement in just three office visits! This would have required a week or more of at-home bleaching, or upwards of 16 daily applications of the over-the-counter whitening products!

In-office whitening also offers the greatest degree of control over the outcome. That's why it was the method Hugh Jackman chose for his treatments. By adjusting the concentration of the bleaching solution and the treatment time, Jackman's dentist made sure his teeth were pleasingly light — but still looked completely natural. And in our office, we can do the same for you.

So whether you're looking for a dazzlingly bright smile or a more subtle enhancement, the best way to start is to call our office for a consultation. For more information, see the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”