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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Monday, December 29, 2008

Benefits of Smile Makeovers

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. It can light up your face making you appear happy and confident and can leave a lasting impression on people. You always want that lasting impression to be a good one, so it is important to have a smile that will "wow" them.

If you are one of the many people who feel self-conscious about your smile, a smile makeover might be the right option for you. A smile makeover can have a life-changing effect on you. Besides giving the you more confidence and self-esteem, a smile makeover can help reverse serious dental problems, such as:
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Mouth pain
  • Discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Missing teeth or gaps
  • TMD related symptoms such as migraines, neck, shoulder, and back pain

Our experienced cosmetic dentists will take your needs and expectations into consideration when working on your smile makeover. We not only consider what you want your end results to be, but we also make sure your smile fits with your face shape, bone structure, and mouth size. The smiles we create are natural looking and beautiful. No one will ever know you weren't born with that perfect smile.

If you live in Chicago and are considering an extreme smile makeover, there are many benefits to doing so. Please contact our office for a complimentary consultation and we can help you achieve that smile you've always wanted.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Why Consider White Fillings?

Porcelain fillings, also referred to as white fillings, are the modern alternative to the silver fillings used in the past. Not only are they safer than the mercury (amalgam) based fillings, they are also extremely durable and natural looking.

Our office uses porcelain onlays and inlays on our patients and they perform and look just like natural teeth. In the past, porcelain fillings weren't durable enough to be used on the back teeth, but with the help of new technology, they can be used on all teeth.

There is really not much difference between getting a white filling and an amalgam filling. The procedure can be done in two office visits. The steps include:
  • First, your tooth will be prepared. This involves removing any decay in the tooth and then “etching” the tooth so that that porcelain will properly adhere to the tooth.
  • Second, once your tooth has been prepped, we will make a mold of the tooth cavity and it will be sent to a dental lab to be custom created for you.
  • Third, we will place a temporary filling in your tooth to allow you to live a normal life while your custom filling is being made.
  • Lastly, you will come back to the office to have the temporary filling removed and the permanent filling placed.

If you are considering white fillings, call or email our office, which serves Chicago and surrounding areas, to schedule a personal consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Natural Smile Aesthetics

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. However, if you suffer from discolored, crooked, broken, or stained teeth, then you may not smile as much as you could. You may be self-conscious about your smile and lack the confidence you need to live life to the fullest. What are some of the things that make a perfect smile?

A great smile is made up of:
  • White, straight teeth
  • No gaps or missing teeth
  • No cracks or chips on the teeth
  • No metal fillings or noticeable crowns
  • Proper jaw alignment so the teeth fit together properly when the mouth is closed
  • Teeth that fit the shape of the person's mouth and facial structure
Most natural smiles do not have all aspects of a great smile. However there are procedures available that can give you the smile you have always wanted:

If you are one of the many people who feel self-conscious about their smile, contact our Chicago cosmetic dentists. During your consultation we will assess your specific condition and expectations to develop a cosmetic dentistry treatment plan that is right for you. With a little help from us, you too can have a smile you can be proud of.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

What is TMD?

The terms TMJ and TMD are often used interchangeably for the same conditions. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that attaches the lower jaw to the temporal bone if your skull. TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, which refers to the actual medical condition caused by a misaligned jaw.

TMD can have many symptoms, such as:
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Pain or clicking in the joint
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Problems chewing or swallowing

It is often unclear what causes TMD, but some possible causes include:
  • Accidents involving a blow to the face or whiplash from a car crash
  • Clenching or grinding teeth while sleeping or during stressful situations
  • Arthritis in the TMJ

If you are one of the many people who suffer from pain related to TMD, it's time for you to visit one of our Chicago neuromuscular dentists. We serve the northern suburbs of Chicago and provide treatment for TMD. Call or email us today because there is no reason to go through life in pain when we are here to help.

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