Are you a “smiley” person, or do you avoid smiling because of embarrassment over the way your teeth look? When you aren’t comfortable smiling, you are going to lead a much more guarded life. Smiles express so much beyond happiness. In fact, certain smiles can be a cover for someone that is lying and deceiving. Rolling Meadows cosmetic dentist, Dr. Engelberg, will speak more about different types of smiles.
Smiles are so versatile, and can happen for a multitude of reasons. The obvious is when you are happy, and you can identify this smile because it generally takes place during a joyous time, and accompanies an organic feeling. An attentive smile is more of an expression to show the person that’s talking to you that you are plugged in and listening to them. Not as pleasant would be an embarrassed smile. You’ve probably experienced this one when you do something unintentionally mortifying, such as tripping and falling, or even just saying something that has you sticking your foot in your mouth. (more…)
Your dentist might advise you to stay away from too many cookies, cakes, and even breads. These high sugar/high carbohydrate edible treats can contribute to a battle with tooth decay. However, there is one ingredient in most baked goods that can actually add a small amount of shine to a dull, yellow, stained smile: baking soda. You’ve probably seen, or even tried toothpaste infused with baking soda in your local grocery or drugstore. Your Vernon Hills dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, will explain how applying baking soda directly to teeth can actually act as a homemade solution to deal with minor stains on teeth, or maintain professional teeth whitening.
All About Baking Soda
Sodium bicarbonate, AKA baking soda, is most known as a main ingredient in most baked good recipes. Baking soda melds with acid-containing ingredients that create gas bubbles to make certain recipes rise to fluffy perfection. Without this chemical reaction, your cookies would look more like little pancakes, and your cakes would sink down in the middle while they were baking. (more…)
Most patients don’t have vast knowledge of dentistry. That’s what you rely on your dentist for, right? There can be a lot of confusing dental terms. You may be familiar with some, but have never heard of others. Some procedures may even get confused with others. Knowledge is power as you pursue good dental health. Your Glencoe dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, will provide you with an overview of several restorative procedures that sometimes have a cosmetic spin.
When you go to the dentist for a regular checkup, you will always be examined for tooth decay, also known as cavities. If you should present with some level of decay, your dentist will want you to schedule an appointment to remove the infected and decaying portion of your tooth. You can’t go about your life with a gaping hole in your tooth, and you need to protect the roots from future bacterial infestation. For this reason, your tooth will be filled with either silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite-resin. The latter material is most often chosen these days by patients and dentists alike, because of aesthetics and functionality. (more…)
Sometimes patients are unhappy with subtle shape issues in their teeth. In these cases, tooth reshaping, also known as dental contouring, is a technique that can remove small amounts of the outer covering of the tooth (tooth enamel). This can change the shape and size of, or surface of, one or multiple teeth, and works well in conjunction with dental bonding. Your Winnetka dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, will explain about the pros and cons of dental contouring.
Pros of Dental Contouring
Of all of the cosmetic dental procedures available, dental contouring is amongst one of the more conservative approaches to altering the appearance of teeth. Here’s a look at some of the pros of this procedure: (more…)