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Like other aspects of our lives, aging can take a toll on our smile. Over a lifetime the effects of disease, teeth wearing and the foods we eat can cause our teeth and gums to look unattractive.
Here are 3 of the most common age-related dental problems and how we can help you "turn back the clock" on each one.
Discoloration. Teeth can dull and grow darker over time. And not just from what we eat or drink—age-related structural changes in the tooth can also cause discoloration. We can often alleviate external staining temporarily with teeth whitening. If the staining is heavy or it originates inside the tooth, then we can install life-like porcelain veneers or crowns to cover the discoloration. We can also use composite dental materials to alter the color of one darkened tooth so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of your teeth.
Wearing. Our teeth naturally wear down over time. If the wearing is excessive, though, teeth can look shorter and less youthful. Again, we can use veneers or crowns to change a tooth's outward appearance and make them look longer. We can also employ enamel contouring and reshaping that smoothes out sharper edges caused by wearing to give your teeth a softer, more youthful look.
Receding gums. On the other end of the spectrum, gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can make them look much larger and unattractive. Our first step is to treat any gum disease present—the most common cause of recession—which often helps the tissues to regenerate. If your case is more advanced, though, you may also need grafting surgery to restore lost gum tissue. Using in-depth microsurgical techniques, surgeons attach grafted gum tissue at the recession site. Over time new tissue will grow, restoring adequate gum coverage.
You can also improve your appearance at any age with orthodontics. Besides a more attractive smile, properly aligned teeth tend to wear more slowly and evenly. This and proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care can keep your teeth looking younger even in your later years.
If you would like more information on gaining a more youthful smile, 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 “How Your Dentist can help you Look Younger.”
Have stained teeth? You don't have to go through life with them, professional teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile and erase years of dental stains! Willow Ridge Dental Group, located in Naperville, IL, offers a full range of dental services, and our practitioners, Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik, are some of the top dentists in the state! Read on to find out how teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile.
1. It will give you a white smile.
Professional teeth whitening is offered through two processes that both give you the bright-white smile you've always wanted. Take-home whitening involves custom-fitted dental trays filled with tooth whitening gel that you can use at home. For in-office bleaching, your dentist will combine tooth whitening gel with a special light to speed up the process. After either professional teeth whitening treatment, your teeth will be dazzling!
2. You will get dramatic results.
Many over-the-counter teeth whitening products and systems are readily available to you, including whitening toothpastes, mouth rinses, strips, and gels. However, most people will not see good results with these items. The bleaching solutions dentists use, on the other hand, are much stronger than these over-the-counter whitening kits and will provide you with the results you desire.
3. You will see results quickly.
Professional teeth whitening is the quick and easy way to whiten your smile without the hassle. A take-home teeth whitening treatment provides wonderful results in one or two weeks of use, while the in-office treatment can whiten your smile in just about one hour.
4. You will take years off your look.
Professional teeth whitening can take years off your look—no wonder it's such a popular procedure among Hollywood stars! Despite our advancing age, many people want to look younger, and according to a recent survey conducted by Oral B, most people feel that a healthy-looking smile makes adults look younger. The study even showed that teeth whitening is more effective in restoring a youthful appearance than facelift surgery!
Want a beautiful smile? Start your journey today! Call Willow Ridge Dental Group at 630-420-2800 today to schedule a dental consultation in Naperville, IL. Professional teeth whitening can improve your smile- and the quality of your life.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that even small changes in a person's smile impact how he or she feels and how others 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.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) whitening kits are a popular option for restoring a healthy shine to stained and dulled teeth. They're relatively safe and generally live up to their packaging claims.
But a home kit might not always be your best option. Here are 4 reasons why DIY whitening might not be right for you.
You're on the early side of your teen years. Tooth whitening at home is quite popular with teenagers. For older teens it doesn't really pose a dental risk as long as you use the product appropriately (more on that in a moment). However, the immature enamel of younger teens' permanent teeth is still developing and can be vulnerable to damage by whitening processes.
You don't follow instructions well. Not to say you have this particular character quirk — but if you do you may run into trouble with DIY whitening. Home kits are safe if you follow their instructions carefully. If you use them to excess as one 13-year old boy was reported to have done, you could severely (and permanently) erode your teeth's protective enamel.
Your teeth are in need of dental work. Tooth whitening can't fix everything that may be contributing to an unattractive smile. It's always better to have issues like dental disease or chipped teeth addressed first before whitening. And, if your tooth discoloration originates from inside your tooth, a whitening kit won't help — they're only designed for staining on the enamel's outside surface. You'll need a special dental procedure to whiten internal (or intrinsic) tooth staining.
You want to control the amount of brightness. Home kits don't have the level of fine-tuning that a clinical procedure can achieve. While the bleaching agent in a professional whitening solution is much stronger than a home kit, your dentist is trained in techniques that can vary the amount of bleaching, from a softer white to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. And clinical whitening usually takes fewer sessions and may last longer than a home kit.
If you're interested in teeth whitening, see your dentist for a dental examination first before purchasing a DIY kit. Even if you decide to do it yourself, your dentist can give you buying advice for whitening kits, as well as how-to tips.
If you would like more information on tooth whitening, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”