Over the years, our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists have found that many patients, of all ages, avoid perfecting their smiles specifically because they do not want to deal with the hassle of traditional metal braces. That is why our team makes it a point to offer alternatives to conventional orthodontic treatment. Perhaps the most well-known of these treatment is Invisalign; however, it is by no means the only option. Keep reading to learn more.

Invisalign, like traditional orthodontic treatment, is designed to move the patient’s natural teeth into better alignment. You may choose to use Invisalign in order to:

  • Close gaps between your teeth
  • Straighten a crooked smile
  • Improve bite problems
  • Give your smile a wider and more balanced appearance

Invisalign is a popular alternative to metal braces because it is discreet, comfortable, and easy to for patients to live with.

There are other ways, however, to achieve a perfected smile. And, many of these treatments involve actually covering your natural teeth with restorative substances, rather than moving your existing teeth.

Dental bonding, for example, allows our team to build up select areas of your smile using dental resin. The resin is custom shaded and shaped to blend with your existing smile. Because dental bonding takes only one day to complete, this option is especially popular among people who want to achieve quick result, and those patients with minor dental misalignment issues.

Porcelain veneers can also give your smile a straight and seamless appearance. Every veneer is individually crafted prior to application. These exceptionally thin restorations are then permanently adhered to the patient’s natural tooth structure. You can achieve a total smile transformation using veneers in just two to three appointments.

When you are evaluating your treatment options, you really want to think about your treatment goals, your timeline, your budget, and what type of post-care maintenance you’re comfortable with. Our Lincoln park cosmetic dentists are here to help you do all of these things, so give us a call to get started!  

We all know that, as we get older, parts of our bodies can just start to wear down and show wear and tear; teeth are no exception. The rigors of daily life can take a toll on your smile, but you don't have to settle for a diminished smile forever. Today, our Lincoln Park dentists are sharing some information about how and why teeth become compromised, so that you can better protect your smile.

As you may already know, the dental enamel is the outermost, protective covering of the tooth. Healthy enamel is shiny, pretty non-porous, and thick. While dental enamel is strong, it is by no means indestructible. Over time, your enamel can weaken, thin, and even crack due to a number of factors:

  • Acidic foods and drinks: when you consume something acidic, your dental enamel is temporarily softened due to acid exposure. This leaves your enamel susceptible to erosion. Some commonly consumed acidic substances include coffee, red wine, sodas, and fruit juices.
  • Bruxism: patients who chronically grind or clench their teeth suffer from a condition called bruxism. The tooth-on-tooth pressure caused by bruxism can wear down enamel over time.
  • Hard and abrasive substances: if you’re someone who regularly chomps on mints, hard candies, or ice, you may be inadvertently causing enamel damage that compounds over time. This habit causes micro-cracks and chips in the enamel, which, while invisible to the naked eye, undermine the very structure of the tooth.

In order to protect your teeth for the long-term it is important for you to follow all of your dentist’s recommendations when it comes to at-home and professional dental care. You also want to maintain a healthy diet, and eliminate harmful habits, like chewing hard candies, from your daily life.

Our Lincoln Park dentists can give you more information about protecting your smile. You can always reach us by calling our office, or using the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry!

We’re all busy, and sometimes our schedules can feel so jam-packed that it seems impossible to make time to care for ourselves. So many patients report that they fall behind on their preventive and restorative dental treatments because they just can’t make time.

Our Lincoln Park dentists hear you, which is why we make it a priority to provide quick, effective, and convenient treatment options here in our office. We’re making it easier than ever before for you to put your smile first. Keep reading to learn more about some of the same-day treatments we use to help our patients.

CEREC Crowns

It used to be that receiving a dental restoration required at least two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, the dentist takes an impression and shapes the tooth. Then, the impression is sent to a lab; only once the crown is back from the lab can you come in to have it permanently placed. CEREC crowns streamline the restoration process, by allowing our dental team to craft your restoration right here in our office. You can come in with a damaged tooth, and leave the same day with it completely restored.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an impressively useful treatment in the world of cosmetic and restorative dentistry, because it is so versatile. Bonding involves our dentist applying customized dental resin to your tooth structure, and then curing the resin so that it hardens and attaches to the tooth. This entire process can be completed in one day. With bonding, you can close gaps between your teeth, correct dental damage, and even lengthen short or worn down enamel.

As you can see, you don’t have to set aside weeks or months in order to transform your smile with state-of-the-art dentistry. Our Lincoln Park dentists are here to answer any questions you may have, so give us a call to get started!

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