Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Randall Oaks Dental
February 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

 

Dental Implants Smile

From advanced gum disease to a car accident, there are many reasons an adult may end up losing one or more permanent teeth. While we know that this issue can be damaging to your appearance and your oral health, our Carpentersville, IL, dentist Dr. Dan Adamo is here to help restore your smile with the help of dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

While a dental implant is composed of three different parts, the main part is the implant itself, which is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth’s roots.

The implant itself won’t be visible. It will stay within the jawbone and provide a fixed foundation from which to support a false tooth or even multiple teeth. That’s right; even if you are missing an entire row of teeth, implants can still give you your smile back, as they can also support a dental bridge or even full dentures.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Most healthy adults are great candidates for implants. To find out whether or not implants are right for you, you’ll need to sit down with our Carpentersville, IL, restorative dentist for a consultation.

During the consultation, we will examine your teeth and take X-rays to make sure that the jawbone is healthy enough to support the implant and that you aren’t dealing with other oral health problems that could affect the treatment process.

Randall Oaks Dental in Carpentersville, IL, wants you to know that no matter what issues you are facing its dental team is here to help you improve your oral health and your appearance. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants then call us today.

OrthodonticsCouldbeinYourSmileMakeoverPlan

When considering “smile makeover” options, it’s easy to focus on whitening, veneers or implants — techniques and materials focused mainly on the teeth and gums. But if you don’t also consider the bigger picture of how your upper and lower teeth come together to form your bite, these efforts may be a lot like picking out paint colors for a house with foundation problems.

That’s why orthodontics, the dental specialty concerned with the bite, could be a consideration in your smile makeover plan. Moving teeth into better positions not only improves your teeth’s function and health it could also help facilitate any cosmetic changes that follow.

The first step, of course, is to visit an orthodontist, a dentist with advanced training and experience in tooth alignment and function, for a comprehensive evaluation. Orthodontists are also knowledgeable in the growth and development of the bite, and so can develop a treatment approach that reflects the patient’s needs, whether a child or adult.

Treatments vary, depending on your particular needs. Fixed appliances like metal or clear braces that can’t be removed by the patient are the standard treatment for most malocclusions (bad bites). Clear aligners, removable trays that fit over the teeth with programmed incremental movements of the teeth, find the greatest application with adults. Orthodontists may also use specialized appliances, like temporary anchorage devices (TADs), which work to isolate teeth that need to be moved from those that don’t.

In comprehensive makeovers, orthodontists will work with a team of other dentists and specialists, including periodontists (specializing in the gums, bone and other supporting structures of the teeth) and oral surgeons. In these cases, orthodontic treatment may occur before or after other treatments with the overall goal of producing a beautiful, transformed smile.

If you would like more information on how orthodontics can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics: The Original Smile Makeover.”

By Randall Oaks Dental
November 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if this simple cosmetic dental treatment is the treatment your smile has been craving.dental bonding

Are you dealing with minor chips or cracks in your teeth that make you feel a little self-conscious about your smile? Is there a small but noticeable discoloration or gap between your front teeth? If you have minimal cosmetic flaws in your smile they may still feel rather significant to you. After all, a smile is one of the most noticeable features you have. Find out how dental bonding from our Carpentersville, IL, dentist, Dr. Dan Adamo can help your smile.

What is dental bonding?

This cosmetic treatment can help reshape one or more of your teeth. During dental bonding, our Carpentersville cosmetic dentist uses a tooth-colored resin to cover over minor flaws in one or more teeth.

The resin is moldable so that it can easily be shaped over these problem areas to mask them completely. Not only that but before the resin is applied we will go through a shade guide to find the color of resin that will most closely match the tooth. No one will be able to tell which tooth has been treated with dental bonding.

What can’t dental bonding do?

Dental bonding is a great option for people looking to make minimal tweaks to their smiles; however, it’s not meant for more severe cosmetic issues. Remember that this procedure is the least expensive and least invasive option you can get to improve the shape, size or color of one or more teeth, so it won’t be able to tackle more serious flaws.

Bonding is a great option for those patients who want to hide minor discolorations, gaps between teeth, chips and cracks, or to lengthen a tooth.

Randall Oaks Dental in Carpentersville, IL, is here to meet all of your smile needs. Whether you are only looking for subtle cosmetic changes or a full-blown makeover, we can provide you with the individualized dental care you need to enjoy your smile again.

By Randall Oaks Dental
January 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
JasonDerulosIdealMatch

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Randall Oaks Dental
August 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
DentalMagicTransformsSmiles

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”