• August 13, 2017

Millions of people change their smiles every year.

Millions more would like to, but they aren’t sure where to begin.

If you are in the latter group and you live in or near Shorewood, IL, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We offer a range of cosmetic dental service that can be used individually or combined as part of a smile makeover.

To do that, either call 815-768-1615 or contact us online.

Our dental professionals have decades of combined experience helping patients create the smiles that they want to see in the mirror each morning.

Today we want to discuss some of the most common changes that patients want to make as well as how you might be able to make those changes happen.

 

★ You Want Whiter Teeth

This might be the most common request in all of cosmetic dentistry. We aren’t just saying this because of all the different self-proclaimed “whitening” products you can find in the toothpaste aisle.

Most people would agree that having white teeth makes your smile look nicer. It also makes you appear younger. Unfortunately, there are plenty of reasons your smile doesn’t look like it should: coffee, tea, soft drinks, doughnuts, spaghetti, tacos, cake, pie ….

Our point is that practically everything you eat can add a little bit to the stains on your teeth. Over time, that adds up and becomes more noticeable.

And we haven’t mentioned tobacco. Any tobacco use will only speed up the discoloration of your smile. (In other words, don’t use tobacco if you want to keep your smile looking bright.)

HOW TO GET A BRIGHT SMILE: You have a couple options. The first is professional teeth whitening.

This is stronger than the commercial products you will find in any retail store. Professional whitening is also faster and more effective.

Another way to create a white smile is a set of dental veneers. Rather than removing the stains, veneers are like small shells that cover the front of your teeth. Getting veneers is sort of like changing the facade of a building, only instead you are changing the appearance of your smile.

 

★ You Want To Fix Broken Or Chipped Teeth

We won’t attempt to list all the different way your teeth can become broken or chipped. We will say that it happens often and to all kinds of people.

Fixing those teeth has become easier with improved cosmetic and restorative options. If you want your teeth (and your smile) to look complete again, just stop by Shorewood Family Dental Care so we can show you what we can do.

HOW TO FIX YOUR BROKEN TEETH: In this case, you have at least three options depending on how bad your break is.

Dental bonding is a way to apply a composite resin to your teeth to fill in what’s missing. After the resin hardens, it can be polished to look like part of your natural tooth.

Again, you can get dental veneers. A single veneer can be made to repair a single tooth, or you can get a set of veneers to fix multiple teeth at the same time.

Last but not least, you may want to consider a dental crown. Generally, this is considered a restorative procedure, but we also have seen how well modern dental crowns restore the natural look of our patients’ smiles.

 

★ You Want To Change Your Gummy Smile

Whether you have more gum tissue than you would like or teeth that look “short” because they may not have erupted fully, your gums can dominate your smile.

When this happens, you might be reluctant to share your smile with other people. It’s also a good reason to talk to our dentists.

HOW TO SHOW OFF MORE OF YOUR TEETH: At one time, oral surgery may have been your only option to address this issue. Today, however, you can try gum reshaping instead.

Thanks to advances in laser dentistry, we can precisely remove some of your gum tissue to reveal more of your pearly whites. And since no cutting is involved, you can heal faster from the procedure and start showing off your new smile!

 

What Would You Like To Change?

Whether you want to make one of the changes we mentioned above or you want to correct something else that you don’t like about you smile, we are here and we can help.

Call 815-768-1615 today or fill out our online form if you would like to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry that we offer at Shorewood Family Dental Care.