If you have ever considered improving the appearance of your smile using cosmetic dentistry, then you may have already heard about dental veneers. This type of treatment is efficient, comfortable, and transformative.

Today, our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists are here to answer some questions about veneers. We hope that you find this information helpful as you continue your journey toward your dream smile!

What are veneers made of?

Dental veneers are crafted from porcelain. This is an ideal material because porcelain is strong and stable, so, although dental veneers are only as thin as a contact lens, they are still durable and capable of standing up to daily wear and tear. Additionally, porcelain mimics the appearance of natural enamel, and thus helps to create a seamless, natural aesthetic result.

How does veneer treatment work?

The first step in the treatment process is a dental assessment; at this point our dental team will check your smile for signs of damage. If you do have ongoing infections or damage, we may need to correct these issues before moving forward.

Then, we’ll prep your tooth, and reduce some of your natural dental structure in order to make room your veneer. We’ll then take an impression of your prepped tooth—it is from this impression that your restoration is made.

Once your dental veneer is complete, you’ll come back into the office so that we can fit and place it. We’ll bond the veneer to the relevant tooth, and cure the bonding so that it forms a strong and stable connection with your tooth. At this point, you’re all done! You’ll enjoy a tooth that looks attractive and that functions optimally.

If any of this information seems confusing or intimidating, please feel free to reach out to our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists for additional information and guidance. We really are here to help!

Every day, you take the time to care for your smile, and clean it thoroughly. But, are you doing everything you can to get the most out of your at-home oral hygiene routine? This short article is going to help you answer this question. Our Lincoln Park dentists are here with some tips on how to effectively clean your smile, and care for your teeth day to day. Let’s get started!

So, most patients already know that they need to brush their teeth at least twice a day. The best time to do this is in the morning, after you wake up, and at night, right before your go to bed.

Here’s one thing that few patients do, and many people don’t even realize that they’re supposed to do: you really should brush your teeth for at least two minutes every time you brush. Try setting a timer or listening to a two-minute-long song to keep track; you may be surprised at just how long two minutes really is.

In order to protect the health of your smile for the long-term, you also want to pay attention to how much pressure you’re applying as you clean your teeth. Brushing too firmly can actually lead to dental damage, like enamel thinning and gum tissue recession. In that same vein, make sure that you’re using a toothbrush with appropriately soft or firm bristles for your dental needs; most patients will actually do well with a soft bristled brush.

The ADA also recommends that patients floss between their teeth every day. In general, the optimal time to do this is at night, right before you brush your smile. This allows you to dislodge compacted plaque and bacteria before promptly brushing it away.

As always, our Lincoln Park dentists are here to give you any additional information or recommendations that you may need. Give us a call to schedule a consultation with our team—we look forward to seeing you!

At some point in our evolutionary history, we probably needed our wisdom teeth in order to extract enough nutrients from our food. Now, however, these teeth can end up being more of a nuisance than an advantage. That is why so many patients need to have these teeth removed in a timely manner.

Our Lincoln Park wisdom teeth dentists recommend that you undergo an oral health evaluation, so that your dentist can help you make a plan on how to deal with your wisdom teeth.

The problem for many patients is that our jawbones no longer have enough space for our wisdom teeth to comfortably and completely emerge. This can lead to a number of oral health problems, including:

  • Wisdom teeth developing cavities, because they are so hard to reach and effectively clean
  • The area around your wisdom teeth becoming susceptible to developing gum and jawbone tissue infections
  • Dental misalignment due to your emerging wisdom teeth putting pressure on your existing your smile
  • Pain and discomfort around your wisdom teeth, as the gum tissue becomes damaged, and your wisdom teeth put pressure on your other teeth

It is ideal to have your wisdom teeth removed before they start to lead to discomfort and infections. Sometimes, our dental team is able to simply pull wisdom teeth, as we would pull any other teeth. Often, however, wisdom teeth become impacted in the jawbone tissue, and so our Lincoln Park wisdom teeth dentists surgically remove the patient’s third molars.

The best way to get started with wisdom tooth treatment is to come in for a thorough assessment. This initial appointment allows our team to determine how your wisdom teeth are positioned, and the ideal extraction method.

You can always contact our team by giving us a call, or using the Contact Us page to submit a question for our dentist.

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