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Cosmetic Dentistry

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?Woman sitting in dental exam chair smiling

Cosmetic dentistry can range from teeth whitening to replacing missing teeth. Today, cosmetic dentistry is one of the most sought-after areas in dentistry. At Ashland Dental Center, we have a wide variety of tools and techniques to help improve the overall appearance of your smile.

Tooth-colored restorations ensure chips, cracks, discoloration, and tooth damage are repaired with materials that create a seamless appearance. Composite resin, porcelain, and zirconia are some of these materials. These match the natural luminosity of your teeth and display almost the same strength. Crowns, veneers, bonding, and other prosthetics can all be made out of this advanced material for optimal aesthetic results.

The team at Ashland Dental Center in Chicago Heights is here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Call us today and make an appointment and learn more about cosmetic dental services.

Some of the other cosmetic services we offer include:

  • Botox
  • Teeth whitening
  • Invisalign
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants

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What Are Veneers?

These custom shells typically made from porcelain can be created in a variety of shapes and colors and cover the front sides of the teeth. Our team will take an impression of your tooth, so an accurate prosthetic can be made. We gently buff the tooth before cementing the veneer in place, so that it looks and feels natural. A light beam helps to harden the cement that secures the veneer. Veneers can improve your teeth if you have space between teeth, have a chipped or crooked tooth, and if your teeth are permanently stained.

What are Crowns?

Crowns completely cover the tooth and sometimes are called caps. Crowns restore the original shape and appearance of a damaged tooth. The crowns can be made of metal, fused metal porcelain, resin, or ceramic materials. The dentist prepares the tooth for the crown, creates a mold or impression, and then places the permanent crown after it has been fabricated by our expert lab technicians. If you take good care of them, permanent crowns can last a very long time.

Do I Need A Crown?

You make need a crown if you have a weak tooth that needs extra protection, a discolored tooth, a broken tooth, or if you need to cover a dental implant. Crowns are also used after a tooth has had a root canal. The crown protects the remaining tooth structure and preserves the tooth root which supports jaw bone health.


Botox

Botox injections block certain nerve chemical signals, mostly muscle-contracting signals. These injections are most commonly used to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. Botox injections are also used to treat conditions affecting the functioning of the body.

Although most people think of Botox for cosmetic treatment like wrinkles in the face, it has been shown to help certain oral health conditions as well. Botox is a minimally invasive procedure and shows promising results in the management of muscle - generated dental disorders such as temporomandibular disorders, bruxism, clenching, and masseter hypertrophy. It can be used to treat functional or esthetic dental conditions such as deep nasolabial folds, radial lip lines, high lip line and black triangles between teeth.

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side by side view of before and after teeth whitening results

Professional Teeth Whitening

Over the years, your teeth can become stained. This can be caused by smoking, drinking coffee or tea, and even taking certain medications. The enamel of the tooth is less solid than you could expect. Small particles can pass through your teeth's slightly porous surfaces, leaving traces under the enamel. These stains build up over months and years, gradually shifting to noticeable discoloration.

In-Office Whitening

A whitening session starts with a simple cleaning, followed by an assessment. We place the coloring of your tooth on a color chart so that you can determine the difference in the shade before and after treatment. We put a specialized bleaching gel on your teeth once you've been prepared. This gel reaches under the enamel surface to break down stains deeper in the tooth, removing staining years in as little as one session. Because the bleach concentration used for in-office whitening is stronger than other methods of whitening, more visible results will be achieved.

Take-Home Whitening

Our office can provide whitening kits for take-home use for those with more demanding life schedules. These kits include custom bleaching trays fitted to your teeth, as well as a safe bleaching gel designed to whiten the tooth enamel with minimal sensitivity. It can be great to use a take-home kit for timely bleaching, or to use it to touch up your smile after a whitening in-office.

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What is Invisalign?Girl With Clear Aligner

Invisalign aligners are used to change your teeth's position by applying accurate controlled pressure. The clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and are designed to fit closely against your teeth. They can be an effective alternative to traditional braces.

How Does Invisalign Work?

A series of comfortable custom made Invisalign aligners are made of smooth virtually invisible plastic, which are removable and designed to wear over your teeth. Each aligner incrementally moves your teeth and is worn for approximately two weeks. That aligner is then replaced in the series by the next one until the final outcome is reached. Total treatment time may vary from six to 24 months, with office visits every six to ten weeks to make sure your treatment progresses as planned.


Dental Implants

Dental implants are an innovative and permanent solution to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Unlike dentures, which simply provide a facade of natural teeth, implants serve as an actual replacement. This is a long-term solution for tooth loss, and they don’t require removal, special cleaning, or the use of adhesives.

Advantages

  • Dental implants can last for decades, and with good care, they could last a lifetime.
  • Implants are as easy to care for as regular teeth.
  • They stimulate the jaw and promote bone growth.
  • Dental implants have a high success rate.
  • Implants preserve the integrity of the facial structure and jawbones.

Disadvantages

  • In the short term, implants are more expensive than dentures. However, if considered over the life of the implant, maintenance costs for people with dentures could be higher than those who have implants.
  • Implants need healthy bones and gums to secure properly to the jaw. Bone and tissue grafts can be done, which will add to the cost of the implant.

Both dentures and implants are great solutions to replace missing teeth to give you better health and looks. The first step in deciding between dentures or implants is to call for an appointment in our Chicago Heights office. Dr. Joseph Noetzel, DDS and his team can help you decide which treatment is the right one for you.

How Can Dental Implants Improve Oral Health?

Having missing teeth not only affects your smile and but also hinders you from daily tasks such as chewing and eating. Dental implants can restore the natural appearance of your smile, and allow you to return to proper chewing, eating, and speaking functionality. Aside from these benefits they can also have a positive impact on your oral health.

Protect Bone Density - a major benefit to dental implants is that they preserve bone and prevent further deterioration of the facial structure. Teeth put pressure on the jawbone into which they are naturally embedded, and it is this pressure that keeps your underlying bone mass healthy and strong. After a tooth loss, bone matter gradually re-absorbs into your body. Implants stimulate the jaw and will preserve bone density keeping the facial structure from collapsing and helping to preserve your appearance for many years to come.

Reduce the Risk of Cavities - Bacteria can easily attack the empty spaces between your teeth and form plaque. This thin layer of plaque creates harmful acids in the mouth which leads to the possible decay of remaining teeth. Newly restored teeth with an implant are a great solution to this problem because it covers up the empty area and at the same time restores your smile. You’ll be able to brush and floss the restored teeth just like your normal teeth which keeps your entire mouth healthy.

Improve Periodontal Health – The gums are delicate and if the reason for your tooth loss was gum disease, you more than likely to experience it again. The problem of cleaning around dentures or bridges will affect gum health as it does tooth health. The same is true for areas which have missing teeth because the open spaces act as breeding grounds for bacteria. These gaps are more difficult to clean, so plaque buildup is likely.

Stop Teeth from Shifting (Malocclusion) – Losing a tooth creates a gap, and the surrounding teeth will begin to shift to fill the space. This can potentially harm your bite, cause excessive tooth wear, teeth grinding, or even TMJ disorder. Crowded or crooked teeth which have shifted are more difficult to keep clean and disease free. Besides affecting your oral hygiene, drifting teeth could require braces or other corrective measures.

Lastly, dental implants don’t require reducing or altering surrounding teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does.  Nearby teeth are not affected to support the implant, so more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health and hygiene.


Bridges

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth, sometimes called a fixed partial denture. Bridges may consist of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a mixture. After preparing the teeth for crowns, dentists anchor them on the surrounding teeth. Then the crowns are joined by a false tooth and the bridge is cemented onto the prepared teeth. Only a fixed bridge can be removed by your dentist. Your bridge's success depends on the foundation. Remember that oral hygiene is especially important if you wear a bridge to keep the remaining teeth healthy.

Contact Us for More Information

Contact Ashland Dental Center today to see how we can improve the appearance of your smile. We look forward to answering your questions and planning a cosmetic examination for your appointment. If you're ready to smile more brightly, schedule an online appointment.

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