If you have ever looked in the mirror and thought that your smile looks a little dark or stained, you certainly are not alone. Most adult dental patients notice dental staining at some point in their lives. The good news is that there are so many things that our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists can do to improve the appearance of your smile!

Your smile might start to look stained and dark for a number of reasons.

· Over time environmental stains—from things like red wine, juices, coffee, tea, red sauces, and tobacco—accumulate on the dental enamel. This may result in yellow teeth and/or stains that appear like streaks on the teeth.

· Dental trauma can also cause a tooth to look gray or brown.

· As dental enamel—the white outer layer that covers the rest of the tooth—wears down over time, more of the yellow dentin (the tooth layer below the enamel) shows through to the surface of the tooth.

The specific treatment that is perfect for you will depend on what type of dental discoloration you are experiencing. Here are some common treatments:

1. Professional dental whitening treatment, in which we use whitening gels to lighten existing stains, is a fast and simple way to refresh your smile.

2. Another option for whitening your smile is dental bonding. Our dentist can apply dental resin over your problematic enamel in order to resurface it.

3. Porcelain dental veneers can also cover damaged and discolored dental enamel. Many people choose this whitening option when they have other cosmetic issues that they would like to address simultaneously (like crooked teeth, dental damage, and gaps between teeth).

Our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists can answer any questions that you might have about how to whiten your smile. So give us a call, or submit your question on our Contact Us Page, in order to get started!

There are many things that you can do in order to take care of your smile. Today our Lincoln Park dentists are going to be sharing with you a few useful oral hygiene tips that you can easily incorporate into your life.

First, let’s review the basics! The foundation of a strong oral hygiene routine is twice daily brushing, flossing at night, and using a mouth rinse if necessary.

Once you have covered these bases, you can take these additional steps for an extra oral health boost.

1. Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is great for whole body health, and it is really important for your oral health, specifically. When you are drinking enough water, your body is able to produce bacteria-neutralizing saliva. A dry mouth allows oral bacteria to grow, and causes bad breath.

2. Rinse your mouth throughout the day

After you finish eating or drinking (something other than water) oral bacteria will remain active for about 30 minutes. During these 30 minutes, the bacteria in your mouth will feed off of the sugars and carbohydrates that you have consumed. In order to minimize bacterial activity, you should rinse your mouth with water shortly after eating or drinking. That way, the oral bacteria will have fewer lingering substances to feed on!

3. Don’t let stuck food stick around!

If you do get some food stuck between your teeth during the day, take the time to clean it out properly. You can do this by pulling water between your teeth, or by using a piece of floss. Just try to avoid using sharp instruments, like toothpicks, as these can actually do more harm than good.

Every day you have the chance to treat your smile well! So be thoughtful about how you are caring for your smile—you’ll notice the difference! Call our Lincoln Park dentist office for further information and to schedule a consultation.

Dental implants are becoming more and more popular among patients who need to replace teeth. If you have been exploring restorative dentistry options, you may have already heard about the benefits of dental implants. Today our Lincoln Park dentists are going to be giving you more insight into the underlying structure of the dental implant. We hope that this explanation improves your understanding of how dental implants work and whom they can help.

When you look at a dental implant in a person’s mouth, the dental implant looks like a solid, whole, replacement tooth. However, in reality, every dental implant is comprised of three distinct parts.

1. The foundation of the dental implant is called the root. Each dental implant root is made of titanium, because titanium has the ability to osseointegrate with natural bone tissue. This means that, over time, the titanium or your root (which is implanted into your jawbone) will bond with your jawbone tissue—creating a stable base.

2. A piece called an abutment is placed on top of the titanium root. The abutment is a connector piece—it is designed to hold the implant root and the restoration together.

3. The final piece of the dental implant is the crown/restoration. This piece looks like a natural tooth. This piece also allows the dental patient to chew and speak naturally. Every implant restoration is designed to hold up to the wear and tear of daily life. The crown completes the appearance and the functionality of the replacement tooth.

Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry for patients of many ages. If you are missing teeth, our Lincoln Park dentists can help you reclaim a beautiful and strong smile. To get started, give our office a call, or submit a question and your contact information on our website.

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