Did you have braces when you were an adolescent or teenager? You certainly weren’t alone when you did. The standards of orthodontic care and technology available during your coming-of-age may vary from generation to generation, but many recipients of traditional orthodontic treatments in recent decades were forced to deal with a cumbersome mouth of uncomfortable metal brackets and wires that pinched, irritated, and downright hurt when they got tightened. Your Wilmette dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will explain how we have more attractive orthodontic options in modern day.
Forgot to Wear Your Retainer?
Those beautiful, straight teeth that resulted from your two or so years of flashing a tin grin were a labor for all involved. Your parents assured you would thank them for your straight teeth one day, and perhaps you have. However, many people didn’t heed the advice of their orthodontist regarding the amount of time they needed to wear the retainer designed to keep those newly straightened teeth in place. Alas, the results of braces do not necessarily last forever. Thankfully, these days, there are new options, including nearly invisible braces such as Invisalign. (more…)
Have you ever seen someone with jewelry on their teeth? This might seem like a harmless form of self-expression, until you talk to a dentist. While jewel adhesion with FDA-approved glue is safely offered by the rare dentist, bejeweling one’s teeth can actually cause a great deal of tooth damage. The American Dental Association (ADA) hopes that such a trend will not ever take off on a grand scale, as tooth jewelry can trap food and bacteria. This presents a great opportunity for tooth decay to fester and create long term damage to teeth. Your Deerfield dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, discusses some of the most unusual cosmetic dental trends in the last few years.
Widening One’s Gap
Model and former talk-show host, Tyra Banks, made news in 2010 when she suggested that one of the contestants on the show America’s Next Top Model undergo a pretty extreme cosmetic dental procedure. The contestant was a twenty-two-year-old girl by the name of Chelsey Hersey. She appeared on the show with a small existing gap in between her two front teeth. When patients opt to close gaps, dentists usually recommend dental bonding. On the advice of Tyra Banks and the producers of the show, however, Ms. Hersey turned to a cosmetic dentist to shave off 0.25 millimeters of each tooth to make her gap wider. (more…)
Many people put off even getting a consultation for cosmetic dental work because they assume that the procedures necessary will be too invasive and time consuming. However, if discoloration, chips, crooked, or misshapen teeth are your issue, you may be a great candidate for a relatively conservative, but very effective procedure called cosmetic dental bonding. Dr. Brent Engelberg, your Northbrook cosmetic dentist, will explain more about the procedure of dental bonding, so you can discern if it might be right for you.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding utilizes composite resin to sculpt teeth and cover over imperfections that will you’re your smile look straighter, whiter, brighter, and practically flawless. The tooth-colored resin is the same material that is used for most fillings these days, and is extremely versatile. Composite resin can be dyed to match the color of your surrounding teeth, and shaped to give you a beautiful, uniform smile. The material can be buffed and polished after it hardens so that the way light reflects off of your new teeth will look natural. (more…)
We really do live in a fast-paced, fast food, short-on-time society. People work long hours, take little time off, and want everything they want as quickly as possible. With dental work, patience is sometimes a necessity, as a fast-food pace and price is going to get you fast-food results. This means that your dental work might look pretty good, but the results won’t have the same high-quality as something that you spend a little more time and money on, and you might find yourself a lot less satisfied. Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, your Northwest Chicago dentist, will tell you about one particular cosmetic procedure that can provide nearly instant results, however, while still maintaining quality: porcelain veneers.
Multi-tasking Porcelain Veneers
Are your teeth stained, worn, broken, worn-down, and/or full of gaps? You may dream of a gorgeous, natural looking smile that makes you proud to flash your grin. Porcelain veneers are the multi-taskers of cosmetic dentistry. Thin ceramic shells that can be placed over damaged or unattractive teeth are an effective treatment for a multitude of dental issues. If you have several things wrong, porcelain veneers may be able to make over your smile in as little as two visits to the dentist. (more…)