Are Caffeinated Beverages Making Your Smile Dull?

CoffeehouseCaffeine is technically a drug, so it isn’t any wonder that so many Americans feel truly addicted to coffee, soda, and other caffeinated beverages. Are you one of the many that doesn’t feel like you’ve truly woken up until you have your morning coffee? Or do you stop at the corner mini-mart multiple times each day for a gargantuan soda just to get through the day? Even if you don’t drink caffeinated beverages to excess, and aren’t bothered by caffeine in any way, there’s one common problem with these drinks (even tea) if you want white, bright teeth. If you are thinking of opting for professional teeth whitening, but want to make sure you have lasting results, you may want to consider giving up the coffee or soda habit beforehand. Your Winnetka cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will offer some tips.

Educate Yourself

Many drugs and substances seem to be double-edged swords. If you search the internet for caffeine information, you may see multiple articles that talk about health benefits including a possible decrease in heart disease. However, you can find just as much information to the contrary, and including many other issues including anxiety and high blood pressure. Some research has indicated a gene that makes (more…)

Chipped Dental Crown? Highland Park Cosmetic Dentist Can Assist You

Chipped CrownPorcelain is an amazing material. To combine such strength with a delicate appearance makes it the perfect material for dental restorations such as crowns. However, not even teeth (which are covered in the second strongest compound in the entire world – enamel) are impervious to damage. So you may wonder what you should do if you chip a porcelain dental crown. Your Highland Park cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will educate you now so that you’re ready to deal with this situation, should it ever occur for you.

Porcelain Crowns

The dental industry has made the effort over the years to come up with the best, strongest, most cost-effective, but also cosmetically accurate materials to use for cosmetic and restorative dental treatments. At one point, layered porcelain was the trend. However, it became clear that pressing the material produces a much stronger crown. Pressed porcelain actually looks better, as well, offering superior translucence to give you a bright looking smile. But what happens if your high-quality, beautiful dental crown chips?

Chipped Crown Advice

Just like teeth, accidents can happen, and restorative dental work can be compromised. First and foremost, if you chip a crown, you should call your Highland Park cosmetic dentist and explain your situation to decide if (more…)

Deerfield Cosmetic Dentist Wishes You A Happy 4th of July

FireworksAre you ready to celebrate the “red, white, and blue” tomorrow? Independence day (4th of July) is a sacred American holiday. It’s also a great chance to enjoy time with family and friends in the sunshine. Good food, fun, and fireworks are sure to abound. In honor of July 4th, your Deerfield cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, would like to discuss some reds, whites, and blues of dentistry.

Red Gums

There are sometimes no obvious symptoms with early gum disease, which is unfortunate since it effects such a large portion of our population. Nearly 80% of adults in America are thought to have some level of periodontal disease. One of the very earliest markers of gingivitis, however, is red, puffy, and possibly bleeding gum tissue. If you notice any of these issues, make an (more…)

Northbrook Cosmetic Dentist Offers History of Porcelain

PorcelainWhile you may not give a lot of thought to porcelain (used in several dental procedures) the versatile material has a fairly fascinating history. It all started with the Tang dynasty in China. Ceramic materials had quite the learning curve due to the high temperatures necessary to harden them in the firing process. Porcelain is a clay comprised of kaolin and petuntse. Did you ever hear your mother or grandmother speak about her “fine China?” The origination of porcelain in China is where that phrase came from. Northbrook cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will speak more about porcelain, which is extremely important to cosmetic dentistry.

Porcelain In Your Household

Beautiful, delicate looking vases, dishes, and decorative items have been made out of porcelain for all of those years since the Tang dynasty. As time went on, the practice of using porcelain to create all of these household items began to spread throughout the world. In spite of branching out, fine Chinese porcelain is still considered to be the measure of high quality. Eventually, the decorative nature combined with the strength of porcelain saw the material used in American bathrooms, for everything from the tiles on the floor and shower, to sinks and bathtubs, and of course, the ever important toilet.

Porcelain in Dentistry (more…)