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Our Elmhurst Dentists Help Patients Take Manage And Improve Bad Breath

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Nobody wants to deal with bad breath, but the unfortunate truth is that this is a pretty common problem in the dental world. In order to effectively treat bad breath, you have to first understand why it develops. Keep reading to learn more from our Elmhurst dentists

We all deal with bad breath occasionally, when we consume something particularly odorous, like garlic or onions. This type of bad breath is temporary, and not something to be particularly concerned about.

More chronic bad breath, on the other hand, is pretty inconvenient, and can actually indicate a larger oral health problem.

The same harmful oral bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease release unpleasant odors as they grow and multiply. So, if you are noticing frequent bad breath, it may actually be a sign that there are too many bacteria in your mouth.

One reason this occurs is because you are dealing with dry mouth. Saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria freshening your breath, so you really want to encourage saliva production day to day. It is crucial that you drink enough water to stay hydrated. You can even get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after eating, as this flushes away dental debris while prompting saliva production.

There are many different breath freshening products on the market today, but you want to take a look at the ingredient list before you pop that mint or chew that gum. Generally speaking, you should look for a sugar-free formulation, since bacteria are actually strengthened when they’re able to eat sugars. Chewing a sugary piece of gum may actually compound your bad breath problem in the long-term.

Our Elmhurst dentists can give you more information about how to manage bad breath and care for your smile day to day at home. Contact our team by phone or through the Contact Us page when you are ready to get started!

Our Elmhurst Dentists Improve Dental Aesthetics And More With Invisalign Treatment

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Our Elmhurst dentists are always looking for ways to improve our practice, as well as the patient experience. We know that using state-of-the-art treatments and technologies allows us to deliver exceptional results, in the most comfortable and convenient way possible.

To that end, we are happy to offer Invisalign orthodontic treatment to our teen and adult cosmetic dentistry patients. Keep reading to learn more about all that Invisalign has to offer.

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that offers a welcome alternative to traditional metal braces. This system uses clear plastic aligners to incrementally move teeth into alignment.

With Invisalign you can:

  • Close gaps between your teeth
  • Straighten crooked or crowded teeth
  • Improve bite problems, like underbites, overbites, and crossbites
  • Widen your smile so that it looks more balanced
  • Lessen TMJ and bruxism problems by refining your bite

Invisalign is quite different than conventional orthodontic treatment, because these aligners are:

  • Completely clear, and thus practically invisible once in place
  • Removable, so that you can take your aligners out to clean your smile every morning and night
  • Metal-free, and more comfortable than metal brackets and wires
  • Designed to fit snugly over your smile; they are less bulky than traditional braces

When you come in for a consultation with our Elmhurst Invisalign dentists, we’ll take a look at your smile to determine whether Invisalign can help you meet your dental goals. We’ll also talk to you about your oral health goals. If Invisalign is a good treatment option for you, we’ll take an impression of your smile to serve as the “starting point” for your aligners.

During the treatment process, you will upgrade to a new aligner every two to three weeks. Each aligner moves you a little closer to your dream smile!

Our Elmhurst Invisalign dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, so don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or through our Contact Us page!


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