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Learn More About Aesthetic and Structural Dental Problems Our Elmhurst Invisalign Dentists Treat

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Improving the appearance and the health of your smile is easier than ever before thanks to state-of-the-art treatments like Invisalign. This versatile and effective treatment can optimize your smile without disrupting your life. Keep reading to learn more from our Elmhurst Invisalign dentists

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic system that incrementally moves teeth into better alignment using clear plastic aligners. Invisalign is completely metal-free and removable.

Can Invisalign Help Me?

Invisalign is designed to improve dental alignment, so, it might be right for you if you want to:

  • Close gaps between your teeth
  • Straighten crooked or crowded teeth
  • Correct an overbite, underbite, or crossbite
  • Widen your smile

What many people do not realize is that making these aesthetic changes to your smile can also improve the health of your mouth. It is easier to clean between straight, properly aligned teeth, for example. Additionally, research shows that properly structured bites wear better over time than underbites, overbites, and crossbites. By taking steps to refine your smile now, you can protect your oral health for the future.

How long does treatment take?

As you might imagine, the answer to this question varies greatly on a case to case basis. The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12-18 months. Your treatment timeline may be different depending on the current state of your smile as well as the dental goals you want to achieve.

The best way to get an accurate idea of how long treatment would take for you is to schedule a consultation with our Elmhurst Invisalign dentists. Once we take a look at your smile, and talk to you about your dental goals, we can give you a better idea of whether Invisalign is right for you, and what your treatment process would look like.

Give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page on our website to get started, today! 

Maintain A White And Bright Smile With Our Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentists

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Almost every patient that we speak to wants to show off a white, bright, and luminous smile. However, for many of us, this gets harder to achieve as time goes on. Daily life, and the realities of aging dental enamel, can make our smiles start to look dark, dull, and stained. The good news is that our Elmhurst cosmetic dentists have the tools and treatments necessary to refresh your smile again!

The first step in the treatment process is to determine precisely why your smile is looking discolored or dull. This type of aesthetic change can occur due to:

  • Enamel thinning, which allows more of the yellow dentin to show through the surface of the tooth
  • Accumulated environmental stains from foods, drinks, and especially tobacco products
  • Damaged teeth, especially if the nerves or roots of the tooth have been damaged
  • A buildup of unsightly plaque or tartar on the dental surface

Understanding why your smile looks discolored allows our team to personalize our treatment recommendations to suit your specific situation. You may end up using one of these treatment solutions, or combining a few for maximum results:

  • Professional dental whitening treatment—using a concentrated topical gel, our dental team lifts discoloration from the tooth surface. This type of treatment is especially effective in combating environmental stains.
  • Dental bonding—this treatment option actually covers unsightly enamel with a fresh layer of custom-shaded dental resin. Bonding takes only one day to complete, delivers immediate results.
  • Porcelain veneers—this is another option that actually covers your natural enamel to achieve results. Every dental veneer is individually crafted to the patient’s specifications. Once the veneer is bonded in place, it completely transforms the visible tooth structure.

There is absolutely no reason to continue living with a smile that looks older or duller than you want it to look. Thanks to advances in the world of cosmetic dentistry, we now offer a range of solutions to dental discoloration! Remember, you can always call our Elmhurst cosmetic dentists to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation!


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