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

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

At the Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, Illinois, we have transformed hundreds of smiles so that people can face the world more confidently and feel good about the way they look. Many people come into our office with large misconceptions about their cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Two of the common cosmetic dentistry myths we correct daily are:

Cosmetic Dentistry is Painful
This couldn't be further from the truth. We want to make sure that all our patients are completely comfortable both during and after their procedure. We will handle your procedure delicately and make sure your mouth is completely numb while we work. If you are feeling especially anxious about having dental work done, we will be happy to offer a mild sedative to help you relax.

Cosmetic Dentistry is Expensive
Not necessarily. Everyone's cosmetic dentistry needs are different, and your procedure will have a different cost than another person's will. We will work with your insurance company to determine if the procedure is all or partially covered. If you need additional financing help, we provide cosmetic dentistry financing through CareCredit so you can have the smile you want, no matter what your budget is.

If you live in the Chicago or Glenview, Illinois area and you would like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and how it can improve your smile, please schedule an initial consultation at the Colonial Dental Group today.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Basic Dental Hygiene

Our foremost goal at the Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, Illinois is to make sure you have healthy teeth, gums, and bite. Dental health is the foundation of dental attractiveness and before we can do cosmetic enhancements of your smile, we need to establish solid dental health.

The best way to maintain the health of your teeth is to keep up with basic dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day (preferably after each meal), flossing daily, and scheduling routine check-ups will go a long way towards keeping your mouth healthy and your smile bright.

To maintain the appearance of your cosmetic dentistry work like porcelain veneers, porcelain fillings, and dental bonding other things you can do are:

  • Avoid large amounts of staining agents like cola drinks and coffee
  • Make sure to not clench or grind your teeth
  • Avoid chewing on hard objects like pens or ice
  • Avoid abrasive ("whitening") toothpastes and brushes that are too harsh on your gums


If you are considering cosmetic dentistry and live in the Glenview or Chicago, Illinois area, please call or email us to schedule your initial cosmetic dentistry consultation today with our experienced dentists.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

How to Prepare for your Consultation

Your cosmetic dentistry consultation is very important for a variety of reasons. It is your opportunity to meet with your new cosmetic dentist, learn about how our office functions, and find out more about the procedures you are considering.

Whether you are thinking about getting porcelain veneers, neuromuscular dentistry, or porcelain fillings to replace your old metal fillings, the initial consultation is the first step.

When you come to our office for your initial consultation, we want you to feel confident in our ability to satisfy you. We will ask you questions about your smile, what you want to correct, and what you would like to see when we are done with our procedures. It may help for you to look at different smiles in magazines so that you can show us pictures of what you'd like your teeth to look like. Please see our Before and After Gallery for the results of various cosmetic procedures.

An initial consultation isn't just a "meet and greet." We will take X-rays of your teeth and perform an oral exam so we can determine how healthy your teeth and gums are and what procedures would be best for you.

If you would like to learn more about any of our procedures and you live in the Glenview or Chicago, Illinois area, please contact our cosmetic dentistry office today to schedule your initial consultation.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cavities Behind Porcelain Veneers

Some of our patients have been concerned about getting cavities behind their porcelain veneers. Cavities are caused by the acid excretions of bacteria in the mouth, and by food particles left to break down on the teeth. Anything acid wears down the tooth enamel and that is why daily brushing and flossing is central in maintaining your beautiful smile.

When we place a porcelain veneer onto the front of a tooth, we use a strong adhesive that keeps it in place permanently. There are no spaces between the teeth and the veneers. However, the backs of those teeth are exposed to bacteria and decaying food particles. When you brush, be sure to brush the back sides of your teeth so that no cavity can form there and penetrate into the tooth's interior from behind the veneers.

Porcelain does not decay, so you can be sure that your porcelain veneers will be durable as well as beautiful.

The best way to maintain the strength and appearance of all your teeth is daily dental hygiene to remove bacteria, their excretions, and food particles. Bacteria cannot be eliminated, but their numbers can be kept down. Plaque is the name for bacteria and their excretions, and if you leave it on your teeth for long enough it will harden into tartar, also called calculus. Brushing and flossing cannot remove tartar, but our dental hygienist can.

If you are in the Chicago or Glenview, Illinois area and are interested in porcelain veneers, please call or email our porcelain veneer dentists at the Colonial Dental Group today, for an initial consultation.

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Glenview, Illinois 60025-2969

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