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By Willow Ridge Dental Group
July 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

How Invisalign from your dentists in Naperville, IL, can help your smile

If you want a straight smile, but you don't want to wear conventional brackets and wires, then you are in for a treat! There's a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that can give you a straight smile more comfortably and easily than you've ever thought possible. It's called Invisalign, and it's a great way to give you the straight smile you deserve!

Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, offer a wide range of dental services, including Invisalign to improve your smile.

Invisalign is revolutionary because the Invisalign system doesn't use brackets and wires. Instead, Invisalign uses dental appliances known as aligners. These aligners offer several important benefits like these:

  • Discreet treatment; Invisalign aligners are clear plastic, which is virtually invisible to people around you.
  • Comfortable treatment; Invisalign aligners have a smooth surface, with no sharp areas to hurt your soft tissue.
  • Convenient treatment; Invisalign aligners can be removed so you can enjoy the foods you love.
  • Healthy treatment; Invisalign aligners can be removed to brush and floss your teeth normally, without using cumbersome tools.
  • Invisalign treatment is quick too; the average length of treatment is 9 to 15 months.

To begin Invisalign treatment, you will wear your first set of aligners for 2 weeks. This is followed by a second set of aligners, which you also wear for 2 weeks. You receive a new set of aligners every 2 weeks, which will gradually and comfortably move your teeth and jaws into proper position. You will visit your dentist every few weeks to check your progress.

If you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, Invisalign is the perfect choice for you. If you have crowded or rotated teeth, Invisalign can help your smile. If you have gaps between your teeth, Invisalign can close up the gaps, giving you a great smile.

To discover more about the magic of Invisalign, call Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik of Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, at (630) 420-2800. Call right now and get started on your beautifully straight smile with Invisalign!

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Don’t let tooth loss ruin your smile. We can help with dental implants.

Losing a tooth as a child was an exciting milestone, but it’s certainly isn’t something that you want to deal with as an adult. Unfortunately, tooth loss happens to millions of American adults. If you’re dealing with gaps in your smile, our Naperville, IL, dentists Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik offer dental implants to permanently restore your missing teeth.

Why dental implants?

Implants have become such a popular way to replace missing teeth because there is no other tooth-replacement option that works like implants do. This restoration is truly designed to act, look, and even feel like a real tooth. An implant also replaces the entire tooth, from crown to roots, which no other tooth-replacement option does. Why is this important? Well, the roots are integral to supporting the shape and health of the jawbone.

When a tooth falls out or is extracted, the roots are no longer able to provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs. When this happens, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. This is a common problem in those with untreated tooth loss, which is why it’s so important for our Naperville, IL, dentist to be able to treat your tooth loss as soon as possible to prevent further complications to your health.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Regardless of whether you are replacing one or all of your teeth, dental implants can help. Here are just some of the amazingly cool and unique benefits associated with getting a dental implant,

  • An implant is strong and durable enough to last the rest of your lifetime. They even fuse together with the jawbone to become a permanent structure.
  • An implant cannot develop a cavity because it is made from an artificial material that mimics the look of a real tooth.
  • An implant can fully restore chewing and speech.
  • An implant can fill gaps in your smile and prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into those open gaps.
  • An implant is a standalone restoration, which means that it doesn’t need the support of neighboring teeth, so an implant also preserves the rest of your healthy, natural smile.
  • An implant offers an extremely high success rate to ideal candidates.

Are you ready to sit down with our Naperville, IL, dentist to find out if implants are the right choice for your smile? If so, call Willow Ridge Dental Group today at (630) 420-2800 to schedule a no-risk consultation.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
November 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

Are you the ideal candidate for Invisalign?

It’s never too late to straighten your smile, especially when our Naperville, IL, dentists Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik offer more subtle orthodontic treatment options such as Invisalign. If you’ve been wondering if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, here are some of the top reasons why teens and adults get Invisalign treatment,

Eat What You Want

Most of our patients don’t want to hear that they will have to give up certain foods when they get braces. Don’t worry; this isn’t the case with Invisalign. Instead of avoiding a laundry list of hard, crunchy, chewy and sticky foods, all you have to do is simply remove your aligners prior to eating. This means enjoying that delicious summertime corn on the cob and holiday candy canes without worrying about your braces.

Easy to Care For

Who wants to tack on minutes to their oral care routine? We didn’t think so. That’s why many teens and adults turn to our Naperville, IL, family dentists for Invisalign. The aligners are easy to keep clean and you can brush and floss your teeth just as you normally would without braces. Your oral care routine doesn’t have to change with Invisalign.

Fewer Trips to the Dentist

Our dentist will need to monitor your treatment’s progress, but we also know that running back and forth to our office can also only add to your already busy schedule. The good news is that our patients with Invisalign don’t need to come in as often for quick checkups (only about every 4-6 weeks).

Provides Fast Results

Who doesn’t want to be able to show off their perfectly straight smile in a matter of months? If you are an adult you may see results in as little as 6-12 months, depending on the type and severity of the malocclusion (“bad bite”) you’re dealing with.

Snap Photos with Confidence

While this might not be a major benefit for everyone, we know our teen patients want to feel confident in their appearance even when sporting braces. They want to snap selfies and prom photos without worrying about the way they look, and Invisalign won’t show up in pictures. Invisalign can help them feel confident during those teen years while still getting a straighter smile. It’s a win-win!

If you are interested in Invisalign the next step is to sit down with our Naperville, IL, dentists to determine if this is the right orthodontic treatment for you. Call Willow Ridge Dental Group at (630) 420-2800 to schedule your consultation.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
December 30, 2019
Category: Oral Health

If you are suffering from dental pain, we know that you want relief, and you need it fast! That's why here at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, your dentists, Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik, provide root canal therapy to patients with compromised teeth. Read on to learn how this treatment could end up saving your smile!

What root canal treatment can do for you

You deserve to have a beautiful, complete smile that is free from pain—root canal treatment can help make this a reality. When you have a root canal, it eliminates tooth pain, without the unwelcome event of losing your tooth.

You may need a root canal because you have suffered trauma to your face, jaws, and teeth from an accident or injury. Trauma can happen from common causes as well, such as grinding or clenching your teeth. You may also need a root canal due to severe decay which has penetrated into the inner layer of your tooth, an area called the pulp.

The pulp is the innermost layer of your tooth, where the nerves and blood supply are located. When the pulp becomes bruised or damaged, inflammation begins, causing fluid buildup, pressure, and pain. A damaged pulp can produce painful symptoms like these:

  • Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down
  • Continuous throbbing pain when you chew
  • Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages

Root canal treatment takes away the inflammation and pain. Your dentist will make a small opening in the top of your tooth to remove the diseased, damaged pulp tissue. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth to allow any inflammation to subside, and your pain to resolve. After your painful symptoms are gone, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth. The opening is then sealed with a permanent filling, and your root canal treatment is complete.

Need care? Give our Naperville dentists a call

Root canal treatment eliminates your pain and saves your smile. To learn more about root canal therapy and other dental services, call Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, today by dialing (630) 420-2800.