Glencoe Cosmetic Dentist Educates on Porcelain Veneer Materials

We spoke last week about porcelain veneers, and how this cosmetic procedure can help you attain the smile you’ve been dreaming of. High quality veneers will include a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to determine the shape, color, and size of the materials used to make-over your teeth. Specifications are sent off to a dental lab where the extremely thin veneer material is fabricated to be customized just for you. The results are high-quality and natural if you have chosen an experienced dentist that guides you in the right direction. However, there are certain types of veneers that you might want to educate yourself on, as they don’t work for all cases. Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, your Glencoe dentist, explains the details of something called Lumineers.

What Are Lumineers?

A brand name for a widely marketed veneer product, Lumineers are manufactured in one specific dental lab. According to advertisements, they have many pros that make patients interested. Lumineers distinguish themselves from traditional veneers as being less invasive and pain-free. They also claim to be reversible, so if you aren’t happy with your results, or change your mind and want a different look, starting over can theoretically be much easier.

Issues with Lumineers

The problem that some find with Lumineers is that they are a mass marketed brand of veneer. Their lab production practices have the potential to be detrimental to quality control, as the experience level of the technicians generally varies. Rarely will you find a master ceramist among them. Additionally, Lumineers are reversible at a price. Taking off adhesively bonded veneers will involve the removal of at least some tooth structure which can set you up for further dental procedures and issues with tooth decay when protective enamel is stripped away.

The truth is, you will be hard-pressed to find an experienced, high end cosmetic dentist that strongly recommends Lumineers. A more reliable way to achieve quality is to find a dentist that has a long-standing relationship with a master-ceramist that they trust, and a portfolio of before & after photos of actual patients.

Schedule a Porcelain Veneer Consultation in Glencoe

If you would like to arrange a consultation to discuss porcelain veneer options with Dr. Engelberg, schedule an appointment with our 60022 dentist office by calling 847-259-8030. We are happy to serve patients in Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, Northwest Chicago Suburbs, and Northern Chicago Suburbs.

Deerfield Cosmetic Dentist Explains Immediate Dental Implants

Have you ever heard of “teeth in a day?” Another commonly heard procedural term is “all-in-four” teeth replacements. For people that are embarrassed by the look of missing teeth, the idea of immediate results is very attractive. This is also an alluring concept for people with deep anxiety over going to the dentist. Thoughts of being able to get in and out without the dentist’s office starting to feel like a second home will entice many patients to look into these procedures. Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, your Deerfield cosmetic dentist, will explain the details of immediate implants, and who qualifies as a good candidate for the procedure.

Dental Implants Can Take Several Visits

Dental implants are an advanced and complex procedure that should be performed by capable implant surgeons.  Small titanium rods are placed into the jawbone to act as replacement tooth roots. Dental implants are a great way to keep the jawbone healthy (without them, you lose bone when teeth are missing) and have replacement teeth that function almost exactly as natural teeth. However, a successful dental implant procedure requires healthy gums and enough bone density to support the implants. Sometimes preliminary procedures are necessary to deal with tooth decay, gum disease, and unhealthy or insufficient jawbone, which then requires healing time before the next step can be implemented. (more…)

Two Types of Beautiful Teeth Whitening in Northern Chicago

In yesterday’s blog, we discussed how to avoid stains on teeth from red wine. We also mentioned two types of teeth whitening – in the dentist office, and at home. Both options have various features and benefits that might speak to your personal needs. Your Northern Chicago dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, is here to give you an overview of both types.

In-Office Teeth Whitening: Leave it to Your Dentist

Powerful names like Zoom! and Boost seem accurate for teeth whitening procedures that can make your teeth as many as six shades brighter. Results can vary, depending on the initial color of the patient’s teeth, but these in-office whitening treatments are done by an experienced dental team that will do all they can to get the best possible results. Beginning with a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, your lips will next be covered to avoid direct exposure to the bleaching gel. This dental-grade hydrogen peroxide gel will be applied to your teeth, and then exposed to the light from a laser. The light helps activate the bleaching gel to deeply penetrate stains. Once your dentist is satisfied, the gel will be removed, and you’ll receive a mineralizing fluoride treatment to keep teeth from developing sensitivity from the process. (more…)

Chicago Dentist Offers Tips to Avoid Red Wine Teeth

Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments people ask for. Whether you opt for in-office whitening, or at-home bleaching, a brighter, whiter smile will make you look younger, and give you more confidence in your smile. But just because you have newly whitened teeth, does that mean you have to avoid that tempting glass of red wine at your next holiday party? Your Chicago dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, has some great tips for you to be able to have your white teeth, and drink your red wine, too.

Enjoying Red Wine without Teeth Staining

  • Brush Before You Drink:  When you see someone with a purple smile at a party, the stains are actually a result of wine’s dark color sticking to the plaque on their teeth. If you give yourself a good brushing before drinking a glass of wine, your teeth will be much less susceptible to discoloration. However, don’t brush immediately after you drink wine. The high acidity of vino will soften tooth enamel and put your teeth at risk for damage. Wait 30 minutes to an hour before brushing and flossing. (more…)