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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
July 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth whitening treatments are offered by your Naperville dentist at Willow Ridge Dental Group. Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik provide in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening kits to eliminate stained teeth. Why? Because a sparkling, white smile is a great first impression.

More About Teeth Whitening

Your dentists at Willow Ridge Dental Group provide a safe and effective way to brighten your smile. Depending on the whitening method chosen, results can be dramatic. In-office professional teeth whitening uses high-concentration bleaching gels to lighten teeth 3-to-8 shades brighter. At-home teeth whitening kits also work well but may need to be repeated to get the desired results.

More About the Professional Whitening Methods

  • In-Office Whitening works fast and produces powerful results quickly. Your Naperville dentist first protects sensitive tissue, gums, and tooth-root surfaces by covering them. Next, he/she uses a retractor to keeps lips and cheeks away from bleaching material applied on teeth. Finally, after an hour, you're done and go about your day.

  • Take-Home Whitening may be convenient for people with hectic work schedules. Your dentist creates custom-made molds of your teeth to have two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays made — one for the top teeth and one for the bottom — to fill with whitening gel and then position over teeth. Leave trays for about an hour at a time until you get the desired results.

Caring for Your Whitened Smile

Preventive care is essential to keep teeth white and clean. Brushing and flossing daily go without saying, but also avoid drinking too much coffee and tea. Avoid eating food that stains teeth, like berries or beetroot, and stop smoking and chewing tobacco. Talk to your Naperville dentist about other ways to avoid teeth staining.

Who to contact?

If you have more questions about professional teeth-whitening options and what best suits you, then call Drs. Jeffrey or Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville IL at (630) 420-2800 today!

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
July 08, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Dental veneers are a great way to upgrade your smile, providing whiteness, straightness, and evenness to your teeth. But while you want to improve your smile, you also want it to look natural.

With custom veneers from dentists Drs. Jeffrey Onik and Connie Onki at Willow Ridge Dental in Naperville, IL, you can feel confident showing off your fabulous grin.

What are veneers?

Veneers are sturdy, thin coverings attached to the surface of your original teeth, concealing any gaps, cracks, chips, or crookedness. Veneers are bonded securely to your teeth so you can eat, talk, and brush without any worry about them budging or shifting. They are one of the most popular services at your Naperville dentist.

How can my veneers be customized?

Veneers from your Naperville dentist are customized to fit your mouth and aesthetic. Your dentist will take a mold to ensure the size is appropriate and comfortable. Together, you collaborate on the tint and shape of your veneers, with varying levels of whiteness and translucency to choose from.

You can select veneers with rounded or squared edges to craft the look you want. Feel free to show your dentist pictures of teeth that you like for reference. Your finalized veneers will be attractive yet inconspicuous, so no one will know that they aren't your natural teeth. As a bonus, veneers also help repel stains from drinks and foods like wine and coffee, keeping them whiter and brighter.

How do I take care of my veneers?

Veneers are durable and permanent, so they require no removal for cleaning, sleeping, or eating. You can brush, bite, and chew like you would with your original teeth. It is best to avoid biting especially hard or sticky objects so as not to disrupt or chip your veneers, which are strong but can still be damaged. If you do crack or chip a veneer, contact your Naperville dentist right away.

Feel great about your smile with veneers from Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville IL. Call us today at 630-420-2800 to make an appointment.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
April 14, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Diet  

Here are some ways to keep your smile radiant from the comfort of your own home.

Whether you’ve just turned to our Naperville, IL, dentists Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik recently for teeth whitening or you’ve been whitening at home, you want your results to last as long as possible. Of course, this involves amping up your current routine and following these habits to ensure that your teeth stays radiant,

Alter Your Diet

Assess all the typical foods and drinks you consume in a day and see which ones could be causing you the most stains. Remember, dark foods and drinks are the likely culprit. This includes:

  • Coffee and tea
  • Wine
  • Dark sodas and sports drinks
  • Berries and citrus fruits
  • Dark condiments and sauces such as mustard, soy sauce, and ketchup
  • Tomato sauce and paste

If you do drink something that may cause stains, you should consider using a straw. It might seem silly but using a straw will limit how much of the dark liquid comes in contact with your teeth.

Brush Thoroughly and Often

While we can limit the amount of stain-causing foods and drinks we consume it is challenging to avoid them completely. So, if you do decide to indulge in a slice of blueberry pie or a heaping bowl of tomato pasta, just make sure that you brush your teeth immediately afterwards to prevent stains from forming.

Use Whitening Toothpaste

If you’ve just turned to our Naperville, IL, cosmetic dentists recently for professional teeth whitening then you definitely want tips for making your results last. If you haven’t been doing it already, it’s a good idea to start using whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste contains safe but effective abrasives that can polish teeth and scrub away surface stains. It’s also great for preventing new stains from forming.

Use an At-Home Whitening Kit

That whitening kit that perhaps wasn’t giving you life-changing results months ago may actually be a great way to help you maintain your professional results longer. Whitening strips and trays, along with whitening toothpaste, can also be great ways to support your radiant smile and keep it looking fresh and radiant.

Here at Willow Ridge Dental Group, your health, safety and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us. That’s why we are only treating urgent and emergency dental problems until the lockdown is over. Until you can turn to our Naperville, IL, dentists for teeth whitening treatment or even dental veneers for a brighter smile, try the tips above to keep your smile sparkling (because we could all benefit from smiling more).

If you are dealing with an urgent dental matter don’t hesitate to call us at (630) 420-2800.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
February 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If damage, decay or wear and tear have taken a toll on your teeth, it can affect both your confidence and your comfort. A healthy smile is not only attractive, but makes eating and brushing easier. If you are looking to restore your smile to its absolute best, it's time to consider dental implants from Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is essentially an inconspicuous and fully functional replacement for a missing tooth. The implant itself is formed like a screw, which is secured into your jawline beneath the gums to serve as the root for an artificial tooth. Implants can replace one or more of your original teeth, and are designed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

First, dental implants from our Naperville, IL, are attractive and natural-looking. We use an artificial tooth tinted and shaped to match your natural teeth so it is undetectable. Secondly, dental implants are permanent, unlike dentures, making them convenient and easy to care for. You won't need to worry about any slipping or shifting in your mouth.

Dental implants can also improve your oral and overall health, by keeping your jawline supported and strong and allowing you to eat crunchy, healthy foods like apples, carrots and nuts which provide you the valuable nutrients your body needs.

Are dental implants painful?

Your dentist at our Naperville, IL office will keep you as comfortable as possible during your dental implant procedure by applying a local anesthetic to the area. After making a small incision in your gum line and place the dental implant. Over the next several weeks and months the implant will begin to bond with the jawbone.

Call Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL today to learn more about dental implants, and how they can restore your smile. Reach us at 630-420-2800.

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