When you invest in a teeth whitening treatment, you’re going to want to be careful about what you eat and drink afterwards if you want your results to last. Black coffee is one of the most obvious offenders. Unfortunately, so many of us are addicted to that morning java. Tea is thought of as a milder alternative, but your teeth don’t discriminate in terms of which warm beverage stains them more. If you can’t say no to your caffeine, consider adding milk to lighten up the color, for your teeth’s sake. The calcium and vitamin D won’t hurt, either. Your Libertyville cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will begin a three part blog series that will offer more tips about what foods and drinks to avoid if you want your smile to be as white as possible.
Are you a Wine or Soda Drinker? Or Both?
Red wine may be potentially good for your heart, but if you’ve ever looked in the mirror after a couple of glasses and seen a purple grin smiling back at you, you know that wine can be bad for the brightness of your teeth. Think you’re doing yourself a favor at a party by saying no to the vino, and opting for a soda pop instead? Dark sodas (even the diet varieties) are especially bad for your teeth because of their staining color coupled with the acidic nature and extreme coldness. On top of that, the sweeteners in regular soda promote cavities. Consider seltzer at your next soiree, rather than wine or cola, and you’ll be able to keep your teeth whitening results much longer lasting. (more…)
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure that we highlight frequently in this blog. The reason is that this treatment is one of the most versatile, helping to cover up chips, fractures, stains, crookedness, overlaps, and really any cosmetic issues. Porcelain veneers are customized and color-matched to fit your mouth, match surrounding teeth, and give you the smile of your dreams. To celebrate this amazing innovation, Dr. Brent Engelberg, your Lincolnshire cosmetic dentist, will educate you on the history of veneers.
A dentist in California by the name of Charles Pincus is the inventor of veneers. Initial trial and error was inevitable, so these first veneers were applied to the teeth using denture adhesive. Unfortunately, this resulted in a very temporary dental veneer. In fact, the bond between the shells and tooth enamel generally only lasted a few hours. This made them a very temporary solution most appropriate for actors and actresses that needed to change their appearance for a role in a film or television show. Thankfully, in 1982, researchers took Dr. Pincus’ work a step further by creating a permanent bond between veneers and teeth through the use of composite resins. They also figured out that porcelain material could be bonded to teeth directly when etched with acid. (more…)
You are in your brother’s upcoming wedding, and you want your teeth to be brighter than they ever have. Plenty of pictures are going to taken, and you’ve been hearing about how teeth whitening makes you appear years younger. Your ex is supposedly going to be there, so you want to look as young, vibrant, and great as possible.
You could go with the fast and furious Zoom! Bleaching that brings your smile many shades whiter after just one short appointment. However, you were hoping to be able to do your whitening at home. Your Vernon Hills cosmetic dentist, Dr. Engelberg, can provide you with customized whitening trays, and all you have to do is decide the where’s and when’s of your bleaching sessions. (more…)
Do you have trouble smiling without feeling self-conscious because of deep chips that go past the enamel and into the dentin of your teeth? Chipped teeth can happen for a number of reasons, but if you find them embarrassing, your smile confidence can be completely ruined. Chips can also expose you to a higher risk for cavities. If you are curious as to how cosmetic dentistry can make you feel better about the way your smile looks, take this quiz from your Lincolnshire dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg.
Q1. True or false – Dental bonding is an extremely invasive procedure.
Q2. True or false – Teeth that are bonded will not look natural.
Q3. True or false – Porcelain veneers can cover up a multitude of dental issues. (more…)