Cosmetic Dentistry in Downers Grove Leaves Patients Smiling
At our cosmetic dentistry office in Downers Grove, Dr. Albert and Dr. Snow offer a host of procedures to meet the needs of our patients because each person is unique. If you are interested in improving your smile, a cosmetic dental procedure may be for you. Having beautiful teeth can improve your confidence and your self-esteem, and it has a real, long-term positive impact on your life. We are proud to offer cosmetic dentistry procedures at our Downers Grove practice because we have witnessed firsthand the effect it has on our patients' lives.
To schedule a consultation with our experienced dental staff, please contact Esplanade Dental Care today. Dr. Albert can discuss your goals with you in person and recommend a course of action based on your needs and dental history.
Porcelain veneers are ceramic coatings that are placed on the outside surfaces of crooked, stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth. Because the ceramic in porcelain veneers is slightly translucent like the enamel of a natural tooth, veneers give off a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance. In fact, the color of veneers can even be matched to your existing teeth so that the veneer blends in and is completely inconspicuous. Applied with a dental cement or resin bond, the veneers are placed after a small amount of enamel has been removed from the surface of the tooth (temporary veneers will serve as placeholders while the permanent veneers are being fabricated). Once in place, the veneers can be expected to last for 10 years or more with little difficulty, assuming they are properly maintained. At our cosmetic dentistry office in Downers Grove, we believe that porcelain veneers are a great solution for individuals who are looking to improve the aesthetics of their smile or repair superficial flaws.
When you’re in need of a dental crown, inlay, onlay, or other restoration to correct an imperfect tooth, Esplanade Dental Care offers high-quality materials that are beautiful and free of potentially harmful metals. Your new smile addition will have the same translucent qualities as natural tooth enamel and even reflect light in the same way. It also won’t react as strongly to hot and cold temperatures, resulting in more long-term oral comfort, and even patients with strong allergies to dental metals will be able to receive them safely.
Though cosmetic bonding and the placement of porcelain veneers at first appear to be very similar procedures (veneers are also bonded to the teeth with a dental cement or resin), they are in fact quite different. Cosmetic bonding involves applying a dental composite that is made of various synthetic materials such as silicon dioxide directly to the teeth in a malleable form, at which point it is hardened - or cured - with a high intensity lamp. Veneers on the other hand are ceramic shells and thus solid pieces that are affixed to the teeth. Because the dental composite is applied and shaped rather than placed, it is ideal for repairing a broken tooth front or filling in gaps caused by cavities and chips. It can also be used to eliminate discolorations or spots in a manner that is more natural than placing a veneer.
Dental composite is blended specifically for the patient, which means it can be mixed to match the natural shading and color of the patient's teeth. It is applied after the surface of the recipient tooth has been lightly distressed (as the bonding agent holds better to a rough surface) and is then sculpted to the proper shape. Because the composite has a paste-like consistency before it is cured, it is an ideal solution for a multitude of dental flaws.
If you want to improve the look of your smile, one of the easiest and simplest ways to do so is with cosmetic teeth whitening. Modern teeth whitening procedures can whiten the teeth by several shades, providing a healthier, more youthful appearance. As we age, our teeth begin to become stained and discolored as a result of eating habits, grinding, chips, the aging process, and other lifestyle choices, such as smoking. With teeth whitening, an individual can reverse this process.
With our in-office teeth whitening procedure, we can significantly change the color of a patient's teeth in a short period of time. Applying a concentrated peroxide gel directly to the teeth over several 15 to 20 minutes sessions often yields the results the patient is looking for, though in some severe cases, a patient may be asked to return for another round of sessions to maximize the results. It should be noted that though teeth whitening can take years off of a patient's teeth and make them appear several shades whiter, the longevity of the results will depend on the patient's oral hygiene regimen and eating habits.