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

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Characteristics of Award-Winning Smiles

A truly award-winning smile is often not the smile you would have naturally. Many of the stunning smiles we see in movies and television programs are a result of a smile makeover, made possible by cosmetic dentistry procedures.

An award-winning smile has characteristics that allow it to stand above the rest - evenly shaped teeth and gums, straight white teeth with no obvious dental work, and a healthy bite.

We are proud to offer our Chicago and Glenview, Illinois patients with the most advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures available. In-office teeth whitening is an excellent start. Then, matching your new bright color, we can replace old metal fillings with white porcelain fillings. Porcelain Veneers can cover an array of minor defects in front teeth.

Any missing teeth can be replaced using dental implants for the replacement roots. By being permanently embedded in the jawbone, an implant can anchor one or more teeth for a lifetime.

In order to have an award-winning smile, you need to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists. We will listen to your goals, expectations, and desires and will make suggestions for how to get the smile you want.

Sometimes, gaining an award-winning smile takes multiple visits to our office. If you live in the Glenview or Chicago, Illinois area and want to gain an award-winning smile, please schedule an initial consultation with the Colonial Dental Group today.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What Problems do Porcelain Veneers Fix?

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry procedures we perform at our Glenview, Illinois office. With porcelain veneers, we can perform a complete dental makeover; transforming your smile so that it’s as straight and white as you want it.

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain custom-made to match the color of your natural teeth. They are permanently bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, covering any aesthetic problems that have been marring your smile. Some of the most common problems we correct with porcelain veneers are:

  • Chips and surface fractures
  • Mild misalignment
  • Slightly misshapen teeth
  • Worn Teeth
  • Slight crookedness

To begin the porcelain veneers process, you need to first schedule an initial consultation. One of our experienced cosmetic dentists will talk with you to determine exactly what you want to accomplish, and will answer questions. Often times, porcelain veneers are just one option available to you. You may be able to have dental bonding, porcelain crowns, or porcelain fillings placed to improve your smile.

If you are in the Glenview, Illinois area and would like to know more about porcelain veneers, please schedule your initial consultation with the Colonial Dental Group today.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Broken Teeth

Teeth can break for many reasons - from an accident or trauma, from biting on hard foods or non-food items, from old metal fillings, and from extensive decay. We have many cosmetic dentistry options available if you are dealing with broken teeth.

Broken teeth can inhibit you from smiling, eating, and even living the way you want to. In order to help you regain the function and appearance of your smile, the Colonial Dental Group offers:

  • Porcelain Veneers - Thin pieces of porcelain that fit over the front surfaces of your teeth to correct the appearance of chips or cracks, small gaps, stains, or mild crowding. Porcelain veneers quickly provide new shapes and surfaces for front teeth to transform your smile.
  • Porcelain Crowns - Porcelain crowns are used for more seriously broken teeth. After the tooth has been cleared of all decay and damage, the crowns are placed over the remaining tooth structure so that you can smile and eat the way you want to.
  • Dental Bonding - Dental bonding is a soft white material matched to the color of your teeth. It is permanently attached to your teeth to correct small chips, breaks and cracks, gaps and slight misalignment. It is an alternative treatment to porcelain veneers.
  • Dental Implants - When a tooth becomes too broken to be repaired with the above restorations, it may need to be removed. A replacement tooth can be anchored by a dental implant – an artificial tooth root embedded in the jawbone.


If you are in the Glenview or Chicago, Illinois area and would like to learn more about how our experienced dentists can correct any broken teeth, please call or email our cosmetic dentistry office to schedule a consultation.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

LVI and TMD

If you are like many of the TMD or neuromuscular dentistry patients who visit our cosmetic dentistry office, you may be wondering how LVI trains neuromuscular dentists to identify and treat TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).

LVI stands for the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. This post-graduate training center provides rigorous and extensive training for general dentists to qualify them as cosmetic and neuromuscular dentists. This enables them to diagnose and treat TMD and other neuromuscular dentistry problems.

TMD occurs when the jaw joint comes out of alignment. This misalignment could be a result of trauma, dental work that failed to take the joint alignment into account, or chronic tooth grinding and clenching.

The jaw joints are in front of each ear. When they become misaligned, there can be serious dental and other painful problems like worn or sensitive teeth, jaw pain, severe headaches, and facial pain. Dr. Dooley has been trained at LVI to treat these TMD symptoms so that you can get back to living your life more comfortably.

If you are suffering from TMD pain and live in the Glenview, Illinois area, please schedule an initial consultation with the LVI-trained neuromuscular dentists at the Colonial Dental Group.

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