Nature isn’t so accommodating as to provide us all with straight and seamless smiles; thankfully, there’s cosmetic dentistry for that!

If you’re dealing with crooked teeth, gaps in your smile, or bite dysfunction, there are effective and accessible treatments that can transform your smile. Keep reading to learn more from our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists

  • Traditionally, misaligned teeth have been treated with metal braces. In these cases, metal brackets are temporarily bonded to the patient’s enamel, and then a metal wire is used to connect these brackets and create torque. Over a period of months or years, a patient’s natural teeth move into better positions.
  • Conventional braces are absolutely still effective for improving dental alignment, however, they are not the only option. Invisalign offers a welcome alternative to metal braces; Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to move teeth over a period of months. Patients love Invisalign treatment because it is discreet and comfortable. Additionally, because these aligners are removable, it’s very easy to care for your smile as you perfect your dental alignment.
  • So far we’ve discussed treatments that move a patient’s natural teeth into better alignment. However, you could alternatively cover and build out your existing enamel in order to make your smile appear better aligned. You could do this by using composite resin, and a process called dental bonding, or you could transform your smile with porcelain veneers. Both of these treatments are applied to natural enamel in order to close gaps between teeth and fill in crooked spaces in the smile. Dental bonding offers the fastest way to improve alignment, as it takes just one appointment to complete. Veneers are usually completed in two to three appointments.

Few of us are born with perfect smiles, but that doesn’t mean we can’t create them! Give our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists a call, or use the Contact Us page on our website, to get started. 

Choosing the right dental treatments for you doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. Our Lincoln Park dentists are here to walk you through all of your treatment options, so that you are able to move forward with treatment confidently. With that in mind, we have put together this explanation of how dental veneers and dental bonding compare. Let’s get started!

Dental bonding and veneer treatment are somewhat similar in that they both use restorative dental materials to cover natural enamel; this effectively transforms the appearance of the treated tooth.

However, to that end, bonding uses composite resin, while veneers are crafted from porcelain. Both of these materials are customizable, so they can be shaded to match the patient’s specific tooth shade. Something to keep in mind that is the composite resin that we use in dental bonding, can be repaired if it becomes damaged, while porcelain veneers need to be replaced completely.

The process for placing veneers is also quite different than dental bonding. During dental bonding our dentist applies malleable resin to the tooth surface, and then shapes and refines it to look natural. Once it’s perfect, we cure the resin so that it hardens and bonds to the tooth structure. Porcelain veneers are individually crafted before they are applied. These restorations are about as thin as a contact lens. So, once we place the veneer on the tooth it looks natural and unobtrusive.

Because porcelain veneers are individual restorations, it takes longer to complete veneer treatment than it does to complete dental bonding. Dental bonding is actually done, from start to finish, in just one appointment. You’ll need two to three appointments to have your veneers placed, as we have to wait for your veneers to be made prior to placing them.

As always, our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists are happy to answer any additional questions that you may have about cosmetic dentistry treatments, including veneers and dental bonding. Give us a call to speak to our team! 

Improving the appearance of your smile easier than ever before, thanks to advancements in the world of cosmetic dentistry. With a range of treatment options from which to choose, it can sometimes be overwhelming for patients to figure out how to move forward. That is why our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists are here to help! In this article, we’re going to be talking about some of the commonly experienced dental issues that may be making you smile appear older than it really is. Let’s get started!

  • Dental discoloration: If your teeth have developed stains, or have turned dull and yellow, you have treatment options to refresh and whiten your smile. Professional dental whitening is designed to lift stains from the dental enamel and help return the tooth to its previous level of whiteness. This type of treatment is especially effective on environmental stains, which are color deposits left over from food, drinks, and tobacco products.
  • Accumulated damage: Small cracks and chips in the dental enamel can make your teeth look older and poorly cared for. Dental bonding repairs damage and rebuilds tooth structure using custom-shaded composite resin. Personalized crowns and porcelain veneers can also cover damaged teeth: improving the smile’s appearance and safeguarding teeth from further damage.
  • Short or blunt enamel: The wear and tear of daily life causes dental enamel to wear down at the ages over time. Certain conditions, like bruxism, can speed up this process. In order to treat this issue, our dental team applies composite resin to the natural tooth structure, or uses cosmetic veneers to completely resurface the enamel. With these treatments, you are able to bring your smile back into balance.

The first step to improving your smile is to complete a consultation with our dental team; this assessment allows our dentist to understand the current state of your smile, and formulate personalized treatment recommendations. Give our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists a call to speak to a member of our team! 

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