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By Willow Ridge Dental Group
June 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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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 Willow Ridge Dental Group
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Are you looking for a solution to your crooked teeth? This invisible orthodontic system could be it.invisalign

Do you feel self-conscious every time you open your mouth because you worry that other people are noticing that gap between your front teeth? Do you hate that your teeth are crooked or overlapping one another? Do you wish that there was a simple solution for fixing these issues without having to wear metal braces? Well, your wish has been granted because our Naperville, IL, dentists Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik are here to tell you about how Invisalign could help.

Are you dealing with?

  • Crooked teeth
  • Misaligned smiles (e.g. underbite; overbite)
  • Overlapping or overcrowding
  • Gaps in your smile

If so, Invisalign could be the best approach for fixing these common dental issues. Most people aren’t born with the perfect smile, but not everyone is able to get braces as a child. Just because you are an adult doesn’t mean that you are too old to do something about your misaligned smile. This clear orthodontic system makes it possible to finally get the results you want without the embarrassing metal brackets and wires.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

There are many factors that play into your candidacy for treatment. Anyone who is interested in getting these invisible aligners will need to visit our Naperville, IL, general dentist for a consultation. Here are some of the factors that will determine whether or not you are right for Invisalign:

Your dental issues: While Invisalign can tackle everything from minor problems to more serious adjustments, it won’t be able to take on more complicated tooth movements or realign jaws.

Your age: Invisalign is a popular option for older teens and adults who still want to get a straighter smile; however, it’s not an option for children because their teeth are still growing. Since teeth are still developing, these custom-made aligners won’t offer the proper fit they need to in order to shift teeth into the proper position.

Your health: Are you someone who really knows how to care for your smile? Do you brush twice a day and floss every day? Do you visit us for routine cleanings? Are you dedicated to wearing your aligners all day, except when eating or caring for your smile? Since aligners are removable, it might be tempting to take them off whenever you feel like it, but you have to have a strong level of dedication to your treatment in order for it to work.

If you are interested in getting Invisalign in Naperville, IL, then give us a call today to book a consultation with us. We would be happy to examine your smile and determine if you are right for this amazing orthodontic system.


By Willow Ridge Dental Group
June 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: lump  
WecanRidYouofthatLumpinYourMouthyouKeepBiting

Biting the inside of your cheek is high on the list of minor but painfully irritating occurrences like paper cuts or tongue scalding from hot coffee. A mouth bite, though, has an additional tormenting feature — there's a good chance you'll bite the same spot again.

This kind of repeated mouth injury results in an enlargement of the soft tissue that has been traumatized. They're often diagnosed and referred to as a traumatic fibroma. When you bite your cheek, lips or tongue, you create a small wound that usually heals quickly. This healing process, though, can be interrupted if you bite the area again, which can then cause excess scar tissue to form.

The fibrous scar tissue, made up of a protein called collagen, is similar to a callous. You can often feel it with your tongue — a knot of tough skin that protrudes from the otherwise flat cheek wall. Because of this prominence, it tends to get in the “line of fire” during eating or biting, so you'll bite it again — and again. If this cycle continues, then even a more prominent scar tissue forms that you're more likely to bite again.

The wound will heal most of the time, unless you continually bite it. If it becomes a nagging problem, we can surgically remove the lump. After numbing the area with local anesthesia, we'll either use a laser or scalpel to remove it. The area is easy to fix and will flatten out the cheek surface. The entire procedure takes fifteen minutes or less and in a few days to a week you won't even notice it had been there.

While the vast majority of these lesions are harmless, it's still standard protocol to biopsy the removed tissue: a pathologist examines it under a microscope for cancer cells. This is a routine part of any medical practice and not a cause for alarm.

If you've had a lump for awhile that you always seem to be biting, see us for an examination. With a simple procedure, we may be able to remove that irritation once and for all.

If you would like more information on treating mouth lumps and other sores, 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 “Common Lumps and Bumps in the Mouth.”