Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Despite your best intentions to plan ahead, the holidays have sneaked up on you. And what good intentions you had: presents to buy, halls to deck, parties to throw. Perhaps you even aspired to a little something for yourself to prepare for all the festivities—a more attractive smile!
But, alas, the calendar bell tolls and it tolls for thee—and now you have little time for any major work on your smile. But fear not! Although a full makeover might not be possible right now, there are a few smile enhancements you can get in a single dental visit. And that might be just what you need for a “merry” smile this holiday season.
Here then are three things you can do to get a little smile pizzazz right before the holidays.
Dental cleaning. The main purpose for a dental office cleaning every six months is to prevent disease by removing any plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) you might have missed during daily hygiene. But ridding your teeth of yellowing plaque deposits followed by a bit of polishing can also improve your smile appearance. You can do your dental health and your smile some good with a dental cleaning before the holidays.
Teeth whitening. A whitening procedure can turn a dull, yellowed smile into a bright and beautiful one. Although you can use a whitening kit at home, you can enjoy better results with a trained dentist. A professional whitening tends to last longer, and there's more control over the level of brightness. With a fine-tuned whitening, we can help you get a smile that's subtly natural or Hollywood dazzling.
Bonding. You might think repairing a chipped tooth requires veneers or crowns that could take weeks to get. But we may be able to rectify mild to moderate dental flaws in just one visit with dental bonding. This technique uses a dental material called composite resin that's applied in layers to a tooth in paste-like form. After shaping, it's then hard-cured with a special light to produce a durable finish that looks and feels like a normal tooth.
These simple one-visit procedures could make a big difference in your smile and your confidence this holiday season. Now, about that smile makeover…sounds perfect for a New Year's resolution!
If you would like more information about improving your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Repairing Chipped Teeth.”
Mike Tyson made a splash when he faced off against sharks during the Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2020. But there's bigger news for fans of the former undisputed world heavyweight champion: After a 15-year absence, he will enter the ring again for two exhibition matches in the Fall. However, it's not just Tyson's boxing action that made news during his 20-year career. His teeth have also gotten their fair share of press.
Tyson used to be known for two distinctive gold-capped teeth in the front left side of his mouth. He made headlines when he lost one of the shiny caps—not from a blow by a fellow pugilist but from being headbutted by his pet tiger as Tyson leaned in for a kiss. Tyson's teeth again garnered attention when he had his recognizable gold caps replaced with tooth-colored restorations. But the world champion may be best known, dentally at least, for his trademark tooth gap, or “diastema” in dentist-speak. Several years ago, he had the gap closed in a dental makeover, but he soon regretted the move. After all, the gap was a signature look for him, so he had it put back in.
That's one thing about cosmetic dentistry: With today's advanced technology and techniques, you can choose a dental makeover to suit your individual taste and personality.
An obvious example is teeth whitening. This common cosmetic treatment is not a one-size-fits-all option. You can choose whether you want eye-catching Hollywood white or a more natural shade.
If your teeth have chips or other small imperfections, bonding may be the solution for you. In dental bonding, tooth-colored material is placed on your tooth in layers and then hardened with a special light. The material is matched to your other teeth so the repaired tooth fits right in. This procedure can usually be done in just one office visit.
For moderate flaws or severe discoloration, porcelain veneers can dramatically improve your appearance. These thin, tooth-colored shells cover the front surface of the tooth—the side that shows when you smile. Veneers are custom-crafted for the ideal individualized look.
Dental crowns can restore single teeth or replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge. Again, they are manufactured to your specifications. With restorations like crowns and veneers, the smallest detail can be replicated to fit in with your natural teeth—even down to the ridges on the tooth's surface.
And if, like Mike Tyson, you have a gap between your teeth that makes your smile unique, there's no reason to give that up if you opt for a smile makeover. Whether you would like a small cosmetic enhancement or are looking for a more dramatic transformation, we can work with you to devise a treatment plan that is right for you.
If you would like more information about smile-enhancing dental treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”
In case you missed it, September is Self-Improvement Month. Don't fret if you weren't aware—we're not sure how the ninth month acquired this celebration of positive human development either. But as long as we're celebrating, do something good for yourself—like improving your smile.
If this doesn't seem like a lofty enough self-improvement goal, remember this: There's much more to a smile than its looks. Smiles “speak” a social language, allowing us to wordlessly communicate acceptance, happiness, or even sympathy. A smile is a valuable part of beginning and maintaining relationships, be they familial, social or professional.
So why not go all out and enhance your smile during Self-Improvement Month? To that end, here are a few options:
Teeth whitening. Maybe your teeth are a little yellowed. If you have mild to moderate enamel staining, consider undergoing a professional whitening procedure. We use a safe but effective solution to give you just the level of brightness you want. And with proper maintenance and occasional touch-ups, you can have a brighter smile for years.
Bonding, veneers or crowns. If your teeth have chips, heavy discolorations or other mild to moderate defects, we can offer a variety of solutions. We can bond special dental materials to repair slight defects that make a tooth look good as new. For moderate flaws, heavy staining or slight gaps, we can bond a custom-made veneer to the front of teeth to hide these imperfections. We can also cap teeth with natural-looking crowns to cover larger disfigurements.
Orthodontics. Misaligned teeth can detract from an otherwise attractive smile. Orthodontics can help—and as long as you're in good oral and general health, you can undergo bite correction at any age. Braces aren't your only option: Removable clear aligners are nearly invisible to others, and because they're removable, they make it easier to keep your teeth clean.
Dental implants. Missing teeth can definitely dim a smile. And while there are a number of restoration options, dental implants are one of the top choices. Implants not only look and feel lifelike, they're exceedingly durable. Although they may be more expensive up-front, they have been shown to last longer and tend to require less maintenance than other restorations. Dental implants are a worthwhile investment in a long-term smile.
Cosmetic enhancements like teeth whitening or bonding may require only one or two visits, while other options like orthodontics or implants can take much longer. But you can still get the ball rolling now. Make an appointment this month for a full dental exam and consultation to start your journey toward improving your smile.
If you would like more information about enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”
Dealing with a less-than-perfect smile? Veneers have you covered!
It’s amazing how much our smiles affect not just our appearance but also our confidence. If your smile could use a little cosmetic spruce thanks to discolorations, chips, gaps between teeth, and other issues then it’s time to turn to our River Forest, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch to find out how dental veneers can transform your smile.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that are designed to look just like real tooth enamel. They are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide common imperfections while also improving the color, shape, and alignment of your smile. Veneers are common among Hollywood stars, as this simple restoration can help you achieve a straighter and more ideal smile quickly.
What’s involved in getting dental veneers?
There are several stages involved in getting dental veneers; however, the treatment process is fairly simple. Most patients will get veneers in just 2 or 3 visits. Here’s what’s involved in getting veneers,
Consultation: Our River Forest, IL, cosmetic dentists will need to perform an oral exam and take X-rays of your mouth to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough and strong enough to support veneers. We will also sit down and discuss your treatment goals to help determine whether dental veneers are right for you.
Tooth preparation: In order to get veneers, we will need to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front surface of your teeth. This will ensure that there is room for the veneers to fit without it looking bulky or unnatural. This step can usually be performed without the need for local anesthesia. After teeth have been prepped then we will take impressions of your mouth.
Fitting the veneers: It will take at least a week for a dental lab to create your veneers, so our dentist will decide whether or not we will need to place temporary veneers over your teeth in the meantime. Once your veneers have been made you will come in so that we can check the look and fit before bonding them to the front of your teeth using a special dental resin.
Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL, is dedicated to providing you with the cosmetic treatment you’re looking for to get the smile of your dreams. If you are ready to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you then call our office today to schedule your no-risk consultation.
Want to find out how these long-term restorations could replace your missing teeth?
There is a reason so many people are turning to these small metal restorations after tooth loss. After all, they are the closest thing you can come to real teeth because they act just like tooth roots and provide a stable foundation to support a false tooth or teeth. Sure, nothing beats a natural smile, but when tooth loss occurs it’s a real comfort to know that our River Forest and Chicago, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch can help you get your smile back on track.
Here are some of the amazing benefits of getting dental implants:
The Next Best Thing to Real Teeth
We know you never wanted to lose a permanent tooth but isn’t it comforting to know that dental implants are as close as you can get to natural teeth? They look and even function just like the real thing. The secret lies in the fact that an implant is an artificial tooth root, which means that when it’s surgically embedded in the jawbone it will become a permanent structure within your mouth to support the false tooth (or teeth).
Bolster Your Appearance (and Confidence)
We all know that gaps in your smile can make you feel rather embarrassed by the way you look. Your appearance is important when it comes to how confident you feel. Your smile should make you feel self-assured, not embarrassed. By getting a full smile back thanks to dental implants you’ll also enjoy a boost to your self-esteem.
A Lifelong Restoration
While dental bridges and dentures will need to be realigned, refitted and replaced every few years, this same situation doesn’t apply to an implant. Once the metal post is placed within the jawbone and naturally fuses together with bone and tissue, you can rest assured that with the proper oral care and hygiene in place that you could have this new tooth for the rest of your life.
Preserve the Jawbone
One serious and inevitable complication of untreated tooth loss is bone loss. The only way to prevent bone loss is to place a dental implant because it is the only tooth replacement that functions as a tooth root, providing the jawbone with the perfect amount of stimulation it needs. The sooner you turn to your River Forest and Chicago restorative dentists for a tooth replacement the sooner they can stop bone loss from occurring.
Are you interested in learning more about getting dental implants? Do you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for treatment? If so, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Lynch Dental Center. We have dental offices in both River Forest and Chicago, IL.