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By Willow Ridge Dental Group
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental VeneersDental veneers are a great option when it comes to cosmetically improve the appearance of your teeth. Installing them doesn’t require any major modifications to your existing teeth, but they still provide significantly better results compared to other cosmetic treatments. See dentists Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL to discuss veneers.

Treating Your Smile with Veneers
When you smile, do you hesitate to show all of your teeth? Do you feel compelled to cover your front teeth with your fingers when you’re laughing or speaking to other people? If so you may be a good candidate for veneers. They are dental devices that lay on top of your damaged or discolored teeth, making them look white, straight, and well-shaped. Veneers can also close up small gaps.

Why Are Veneers Preferred?
Dental crowning is a treatment that is very similar to veneers, except crowns require a lot more dental material to be removed. Crowns are also not appropriate for fixing several teeth in a row. Veneers are preferred because they can be easily attached and shaped by your Naperville, IL dentist without too much work. Porcelain is the material that’s commonly used for veneers because it is versatile and easy to integrate with any smile for a very natural look.

A New Smile, a New Lease on Life
Don’t underestimate the impact of renewing your smile with veneers. After years of living with a smile that you feel less than proud of, this cosmetic treatment can really provide you with a major confidence boost. It can also help rejuvenate your social life and professional career. Take the time to schedule a consultation—your dentist will work closely with you to give you an idea of what your smile will look like after it is restored with veneers.

Consult a Veneer Dentist
You might just learn that porcelain veneers are the ideal way for your dentist to improve the way your teeth look. Call 630-420-2800 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Jeffrey Onik or Dr. Connie Onik at their office in Naperville, IL.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
June 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
TipstoBrightenYourSummerSmile

In summer, there is no shortage of occasions to show off your smile. Whether attending a wedding, graduation celebration, family reunion or neighborhood barbecue, you’ll want to look your best. But if your smile doesn’t shine as brightly as you’d like, a trip to the dental office may just be the confidence-booster you’re looking for. Here are some popular techniques to enhance your smile:

Teeth cleaning. A professional cleaning can make your mouth feel fresh and add sparkle to your smile. The dental hygienist uses special tools to get rid of plaque and tartar that you cannot remove during your oral hygiene routine at home. In addition, hygienists use a tooth-polishing tool that removes surface stains.

Professional whitening. Professional teeth whitening can achieve excellent results in one short office visit. But if you have several weeks before the big event on your calendar, you can also get winning results at home using custom-made whitening trays from the dental office. Either way, your smile can sparkle at summer celebrations.

Cosmetic bonding. If your teeth have small chips or cracks, cosmetic bonding may be a good option for you. In bonding, tooth-colored material is shaped to the tooth and hardened with a curing light. The procedure—generally done in one office visit without anesthesia—is relatively inexpensive, and the result is very natural-looking.

Porcelain veneers. If you are unhappy with the color, shape, size or spacing of your teeth, long-lasting dental veneers can give your smile a whole new look. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the tooth’s surface. Because they may be crafted in a dental lab, they may require two to three visits to the dental office over a few-week period.

With so many options, it’s easy to put your best smile forward at all your summer gatherings. We can help. If you have any questions about brightening your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
June 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Oral HygieneHow your dentists in Naperville can help maintain your smile

Keeping good oral hygiene habits doesn’t have to take a chunk out of your day. A great oral hygiene routine just takes a few minutes, but the benefits will make a huge difference in the health of your smile. So, how do you keep good oral hygiene habits? Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, want to share what it takes to maintain the beauty and health of your smile.

First, you need to be brushing after meals and before you go to bed. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, brush all the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline in a gentle, circular motion. Many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush because of the flushing action.

Next, make sure you are flossing every day because flossing cleans in between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. The area in between your teeth is where tooth decay and disease often starts. When you floss, be sure to wrap the floss around each tooth as you go down in between the teeth. This wrapping action helps to keep the floss next to the tooth surface. You can also use floss picks if you have dexterity issues or arthritis.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits helps remove the plaque clinging to your teeth. Why is this important? It’s because plaque contains many millions of harmful bacteria which produce toxins. These toxins can eventually cause tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease. You can do a lot to stop decay and disease from affecting your smile by keeping good oral hygiene habits.

No oral hygiene program is complete without a yearly visit to your dentist for an exam and state-of-the-art digital x-rays. Your smile also needs a professional cleaning at least every six months, and more often if you have periodontal disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist want to partner with you to keep your smile looking great.

For more information about keeping good oral hygiene habits and other dental topics, call Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL. Get started protecting your smile by calling today!

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
February 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cracking a tooth is a common phenomenon. It can happen from chewing on hard foods or objects like hard candy, nuts, or ice. Dental dental bondingbonding is a dental procedure that is routinely used to repair cracked teeth. Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, offer a full range of dental services. Read on to find out how bonding can help a cracked smile.

Dental Bonding Overview

Bonding is the application of a resin material using a light, which bonds the material to the teeth to improve a person's smile. Bonding is used to repair cracked teeth, chipped teeth, and decayed teeth. Bonding is also used to improve the appearance of discolored teeth and fix gapped teeth.

Benefits of Dental Bonding

Bonding can usually be done in one visit. Very little enamel is removed during the procedure, which gives it an advantage over other options like veneers and crowns. Bonding is an affordable cosmetic dental procedure. The cost of dental bonding ranges from about $100 to $400 per tooth.

Dental Bonding Procedure in Naperville

Bonding is a simple dental procedure that doesn't require anesthesia. First, your dentist will roughen the surface of your tooth and apply a liquid bonding agent. This helps the material adhere to the tooth. Next, your dentist will apply adhesives to the tooth followed by a resin. After shaping the material to look like your natural teeth, your dentist will use a laser or light to harden the bonding material. 

Ideal Candidates for Bonding

If your mouth is healthy, you may be a viable candidate for bonding. Bonding is not an appropriate treatment for you if you have oral health problems that require treatment. Once these oral health problems have been treated, then your candidacy for bonding will be reassessed. When you meet with your dentist for a consultation, he or she can determine if you're a candidate for bonding.

Get your cracked smile fixed fast. Call Willow Ridge Dental Group at 630-420-2800 today to schedule an appointment in Naperville, IL. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available. We want all our patients to have healthy smiles that look great too.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
December 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that even small changes in a person's smile impact how he or she feels and how teeth whiteningothers perceive their personality, approachability and possibility for interpersonal and professional success. That's why Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik of Willow Ridge Dental Group offer several aesthetic dental services. Applied singly or in a complete smile makeover, these treatments virtually change lives. Teeth whitening in Naperville, IL, is an especially popular smile enhancement.

Why get professional teeth whitening in Naperville, IL?

The better question may be "Why wouldn't you?" People with healthy teeth and gums qualify for it, and it makes such an amazing difference, erasing years of stains from foods, drinks, medications and tobacco.

In addition, professional teeth whitening is safely supervised by your dentist and may be applied as a quick one-hour treatment at Willow Ridge Dental Group or in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Either way, teeth change from dull and dark to a stunning eight shades brighter.

Finally, teeth whitening is cost-effective--less costly than other cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers, composite resin bonding or dental crowns. Results last indefinitely provided you brush twice a day, floss daily, get semi-annual check-ups with your dentist and limit staining foods, darkly pigmented beverages and tobacco.

How teeth whitening works

The dentists at Willow Ridge Dental Group use a powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to bleach stains out of tooth enamel. In the office, your dentist applies the gel to the front side of healthy teeth and allows it to penetrate as the patient relaxes in the dental chair. After about an hour, the gel is removed to reveal a remarkably brighter smile.

With the at-home version, patients apply a less concentrated gel using customized acrylic trays. They wear the trays for a specified amount of time daily for up to two weeks. The results are equal to in-office whitening.

A word of caution

Store-bought pastes, strips and rinses cannot brighten smiles as effectively or as safely as professional whitening can. Also, over the counter methods frequently produce uncomfortable dental and gum sensitivity, but in the office, your dentist knows if your teeth are healthy enough for whitening. He or she applies the gel properly to avoid harming soft oral tissues.

Whiten up your smile

Find out if teeth whitening in Naperville, IL, is right for you. Contact Willow Ridge Dental Group for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with one of our highly skilled doctors. Call (630) 420-2800.