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Are you ready to have a more beautiful and attractive smile?
Do gaps between your teeth, chips and cracks, or yellowing teeth keep you from flashing your smile? Do you feel embarrassed by your appearance because of your smile? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions don’t despair. Our Naperville, IL, cosmetic dentist Dr. Joon Sun can help turn your smile around with one of these popular cosmetic treatments:
If you are looking for a simple and non-invasive way to make small alterations to your smile then dental bonding could help you. A tooth-colored resin is matched to the shade of your tooth and then applied over minor problem areas like chips, cracks and even small gaps between teeth to improve the shape, size or alignment of your smile.
While bonding won’t be able to handle more moderate-to-severe imperfections it can be a great way to hide little problem areas without the need for drilling or local anesthesia. It can be completed in one visit and it only takes about a half hour to complete.
Tooth or Gum Contouring
Tooth contouring is another easy and inexpensive cosmetic treatment that often goes hand in hand with dental bonding. Our Naperville, IL, dentist will shave down small amounts of enamel from one or more teeth to even out a tooth or to smooth down an excessively pointy or sharp tooth.
If you hate that your smile has become dull, yellow and lifeless then you may be desperately looking for a fast and effective way to get a whiter smile. While at-home whitening kits could give you subtler changes it won’t be able to actually alter the shade of your teeth and it can take several weeks to see those changes. If you are looking for a quick, easy way to a whiter smile then it’s time to talk to us about professional in-office whitening. In just one whitening session we would get your smile several shades whiter.
Some imperfections are just too much for bonding or contouring to handle. Plus, if you have more widespread issues it’s sometimes easier to find a solution that can easily address all of these problems. This is where dental veneers come in. These thin custom-made porcelain shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve the shape, size, color and alignment of your smile in just two visits. It can hide everything from chips and cracks to severe discolorations to small gaps between teeth.
If you think your smile could benefit from a cosmetic makeover then it’s time to call White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL, today to schedule an initial consultation with us. A beautiful smile could be yours; cosmetic dentistry can help.
You can get a bright white smile with the help of teeth whitening in Naperville, IL, from White Eagle Family Dentistry. Sometimes it seems that no matter how well you take care of your teeth, they look stained. This can be due to aging, tobacco and certain foods and beverages. If you feel that your teeth are looking less than their best, at-home teeth whitening may be the answer.
About Teeth Whitening in Naperville
Teeth whitening is a process where a bleaching solution is applied to the teeth with a custom fit tray to whiten discolorations. Discoloration can be caused by medications or trauma in the most severe cases. Using these custom-fit trays at home will yield whiter teeth in just 10 to 14 days. The type of whitening that is chosen for you will determine how often you apply the solution.
The teeth may need to be touched up a few applications, a few times a year. To maintain the whitest shade possible, avoid tobacco, tea and coffee in excess. Also, a regular brushing and flossing routine will help teeth look and feel their best too.
At-home teeth whitening uses peroxide, which breaks down and allows oxygen to enter the enamel and the dentin, which dissolves stains. The tooth structure remains the same while the teeth become lighter. Tooth whitening is safe and effective.
Teeth whitening in Naperville, IL is just a phone call away. Call our dental office today in order to schedule a comprehensive appointment at 630-978-9005. We can discuss the many options available to whiten your discolored teeth and how to get started. A simple smile makeover is just around the corner. We at White Eagle Family Dentistry can’t wait to help give you a white smile once again.
Vanna White has been a household name for the last 27+ years and is best known as the first female co-host of the game show, Wheel of Fortune. She radiates a warm, friendly, down-home appeal and says when describing herself, “what you see is what you get!” While this is quite true, there is so much more to her. She has received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame, has starred in an NBC movie and written a book. She is even featured in The Guinness Book of World Records as TV's most frequent clapper, and most recently started her own line of yarn called Vanna's Choice with half of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. And while any one of these accolades could serve as the highlight of a lifetime for most, for Vanna they fall slightly short. Her favorite job is being mother to her son, Nicholas, and daughter, Giovanna.
The following are excerpts taken from an exclusive interview in Dear Doctor magazine, the premier oral healthcare resource for patients and consumers.
What is the secret to her dazzling smile?
Vanna's oral healthcare routine is the same today as it has been since her childhood — and one everyone can follow. She brushes her teeth at least twice a day (morning and at bedtime) and flosses her teeth daily. She also has strong feelings about flossing. “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.”
What about bleaching, has she done it?
Absolutely! Vanna bleaches her teeth once or twice a year to help retain her naturally white teeth and to offset any discoloration from coffee and an occasional glass of red wine. “I have done over-the-counter and professional bleaching, but I do like the trays my dentist made because they fit perfectly.” She also states, “Anything you can do professionally is probably better because I would assume that a dentist's ingredients are stronger than over-the-counter products.”
Has she had any cosmetic dentistry?
When it comes to answering a question about cosmetic dentistry, Vanna is just as open and honest as she is about everything else — a trait for which she is known. “I had a bridge put in probably 30 years ago, where I had a tooth pulled and there was a space. And I did have a little tiny chip on one of my front teeth years ago that my dentist fixed. But that is it. Again, I feel very fortunate to have good teeth. The braces [from her childhood] straightened them out and there has been no need for any cosmetics since then.”
Does she do anything to protect her teeth?
While she admits to occasionally forgetting to use her nightguard, a protective mouthguard worn during sleep, she firmly believes in their need. “I do sleep in a nightguard because I grind my teeth. I have a filling in the back that probably has been filled five times from grinding.” She added, “Both of my children do have mouthguards that they wear for their sports.”
Want a smile like Vanna's?
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about bleaching, cosmetic dentistry or mouthguards. You can also learn more about Vanna by reading the entire interview in the Dear Doctor article, “Vanna White — The Smile Defining America's Favorite Game Show — Wheel Of Fortune.”
Australian heartthrob Hugh Jackman has won international recognition for his work on stage, screen and television, including his long-running portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men film series, and his Academy-Award-nominated starring role in Les Miserables. Oh, and did we mention he was named the “sexiest man alive” by People magazine in 2008? So when Jackman once said “I have shocking teeth”… what did he mean?
“[My dentist] looked at my teeth and went, ‘Oh, my God, you've got gray teeth,’” the actor stated. The proposed cure: tooth whitening. But what if the action hero's teeth were brightened too much — would his look still convey his trademark rugged charm? To see how that issue was resolved, let's look a little closer at various methods of tooth whitening.
All Whitening Isn't the Same
Everyone has seen the kind of over-the-counter tooth whitening strips advertised in magazines and sold in drug stores. Most dentists agree that, given enough time, they can work in many cases. But there may be problems, too.
One is that unless you know what's actually causing the darkening, you can't be sure if there is an underlying issue that needs treatment — a root-canal problem, for example. Bleaching a diseased tooth is like painting over a rusty car: it camouflages the problem, but doesn't fix it. That's one reason why, before any whitening treatment is attempted, it's important to have a complete dental examination, with x-rays.
Another is that without professional supervision, it's more difficult to control the degree of whitening you will end up with. For safety reasons, over-the-counter whitening products have the least concentrated bleaching agent, and will probably require weeks of use to produce noticeable results. The next step up — a custom-designed, at-home bleaching kit from our office — will likely produce results twice as fast.
The Professional Advantage
At-home bleaching done under our supervision uses stronger whitening agents with a flexible plastic tray that's custom-made to fit your teeth. It's a cost-effective way to achieve several shades of whitening in a relatively short time. Plus, with the advantage of our experience and guidance, you can get excellent results safely and efficiently.
If you want the fastest and most controllable whitening, however, in-office whitening treatments are the best way to go. According to one study, using the most concentrated whiteners in a safe clinical setting produced a six-shade improvement in just three office visits! This would have required a week or more of at-home bleaching, or upwards of 16 daily applications of the over-the-counter whitening products!
In-office whitening also offers the greatest degree of control over the outcome. That's why it was the method Hugh Jackman chose for his treatments. By adjusting the concentration of the bleaching solution and the treatment time, Jackman's dentist made sure his teeth were pleasingly light — but still looked completely natural. And in our office, we can do the same for you.
So whether you're looking for a dazzlingly bright smile or a more subtle enhancement, the best way to start is to call our office for a consultation. For more information, see the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
Christie Brinkley's world-famous smile has graced the covers of countless magazines for over 30 years. In fact, in her own words from an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, the supermodel said, “I think my smile was really my passport to success in the modeling industry.” And while most of her smile's appeal comes naturally, Christie does give it a boost with good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups and tooth whitening. As Christie says, “When it comes to teeth, keep it as natural as possible. Do not go overboard on whitening. You want your teeth to compliment your faceÃ¢Â€Â¦your friends should not be required to wear sunglasses when you smile!”
Aside from some potential minor side effects such as tooth sensitivity, whitening teeth through bleaching is a relatively inexpensive way to brighten your smile conservatively and successfully. There are three common methods, as described below:
- An external or vital approach where “vital” (living) teeth are bleached through direct contact to the tooth's surface.
- An internal or non-vital approach where the tooth is whitened from the inside during a root canal treatment.
- A combination approach in which both internal and external bleaching techniques are used.
But what causes teeth to become discolored?
Tooth discoloration can be caused by a traumatic blow to your teeth resulting in nerve tissue (pulp) death. However, there can be many other causes: consuming or using products that stain the teeth such as coffee, tea, cola, tobacco products and red wine, to name just a few. Aging is another factor, as it results in changes in the mineral structure of the tooth as the enamel, the outermost layer, loses its beautiful and youthful translucency. Other causes include exposure to high levels of fluoride; tetracycline, an antibiotic, administered during childhood; inherited developmental disorders and jaundice in childhood; and tooth decay.
The good news is that we routinely brighten smiles through tooth whitening. To learn more about brightening your smile, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.” Or if you are ready to have your teeth professionally whitened, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and discuss your whitening treatment options. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Christie Brinkley, continue reading “The Secret Behind Christie Brinkley's Supermodel Smile.”