• April 12, 2016
wisdom_tooth_removal_1 _ |Shorewood Family Dental Care _ Shorewood, IL

 

Your teeth: love them or hate them they’re an essential part of your life. Most of us don’t think about them very often, but that doesn’t make them any less essential. Those of us who do think about them a lot probably fall into the 60 percent of adults who wish they could change something about their teeth.

If you’ve ever wanted to transform your smile you’ve probably considered cosmetic dentistry as a way to do it. We offer quite a few cosmetic services at Shorewood Family Dental Care, but all of them have one important thing in common: you have to have a healthy mouth before you can even think about getting them done!

Healthy teeth, gums, and bone are all necessary prerequisites to cosmetic work. Today we’re going to cover some of the things that we have to watch out for when you come to us for a cosmetic consultation.

 

Teeth Whitening

Nearly half of the people who want to change their smiles simply want their teeth to be brighter. We offer teeth whitening that can really get you results, but if you have cavities you’ll probably end up with something you didn’t bargain for: painful sensitivity.

Teeth whitening is well known to cause sensitive teeth. This happens because of small spaces in the enamel of your teeth. These spaces allow whitening gel to get into the innards of your teeth, which can make things seriously uncomfortable!

Add a cavity into that equation and you have a recipe for some serious pain. Before we prescribe whitening to you we’ll need to seal those cavities off. Trust us – you don’t want to experience the alternative!

Porcelain Veneers

When you want a perfect smile but don’t have months or years to wait for orthodontics to do their job you turn to veneers. These ultra-thin porcelain covers for your teeth are great at reshaping, restoring, rebuilding, and refinishing teeth. You can get some amazing results with them but there’s an important fact to keep in mind: you have to have healthy teeth before they’re placed!

Veneers cover the entire front of the teeth they’re placed on, so you have to be cavity-free to get them. Any tooth decay that’s left behind when a veneer is placed is sealed in! You might think that’s enough to kill it, but not at all. There’s a good chance you’ll end up with a cavity that spreads from the inside of a tooth outward.

A Healthy Smile Is Always Step One

No matter what kind of cosmetic work you want done there’s always a first important step to take: eliminating any health problems you might have. Teeth that look great but aren’t healthy simply won’t last, and we don’t want you to invest money in your teeth that won’t last!

We’d love to help you discover the perfect way to transform your look, and we can do so during a cosmetic consultation. Once we figure out what’s best for you we can discuss any necessary treatment that needs to happen beforehand. The result might be a slightly longer treatment but the outcome will be a beautiful, healthy smile that will last for years.

Schedule an appointment online today, or give our Shorewood office a call at 815-768-1615. We look forward to seeing you soon!