Chicago Cosmetic Dentistry

Chicago cosmetic dentistry has been steadily growing in popularity.  A beautiful smile is something everyone wants and can create a lasting first impression.  Because of that, more people are opting for cosmetic dentistry to create the smile they've always wanted.  And because there are several procedures that can make a huge visible improvement in appearance with a minimal amount of time involved, more people are deciding to whiten ad brighten their smile.

Types Of Chicago Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

The most common types of Chicago cosmetic dentistry procedures include teeth whiting, porcelain veneers, bonding, dental implants, crowns, bridges and bonding.  Finding a qualified dentist and discussing your options is the first step.  And if no reconstructive work is needed, tooth whitening techniques may be the first type of procedure you want to try.

Teeth Whitening

The most simple type of teeth whitening usually takes around an hour and is typically used to remove stains or discoloration due to aging, drinking certain beverages or staining.  You could opt for an over the counter gel kit and do it at home.  But that method can take weeks and may only get you about four shades lighter in color.  At a cosmetic dentist's office you can get up to eight shades whiter in an hour or so with one treatment. 

Basic Bleaching

Basic bleaching can be done in the dentist's office, but there is a quicker and more effective way with a whitening gel and laser treatment.  The gel is applied to your teeth and a laser light is used to help the gel to remove stains and discoloration that goes deeper than typical bleaching can reach.  This cosmetic dentistry treatment can take up to two hours, but is still much faster than a multi-step bleaching at home.  The results are immediately noticeable and will last for a significantly long time, depending on what you consume and if you smoke.

Porcelain Veneers

Another widely used Chicago cosmetic dental treatment are porcelain veneers.  The veneer is a very thin porcelain material that is custom cut and fit for each individual patient and is then bonded to your tooth or teeth.  This can cure any discoloration, chips or uneven surfaces immediately and will last as long as 15 years. 

You'll have to first go and have a cast or mold of your teeth made so the porcelain veneers can be made.  Usually no adjustment or removal of your existing teeth will have to be done.  The next visit will entail your cosmetic dentist actually applying the veneers to your teeth. 

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is another quick fix similar to porcelain veneers.  It involves applying a type of resin or plastic that is used directly on your existing teeth to whiten, repair damage and make them more even.  This material is layered on, but is done in only one visit to the dentist.  It is less expensive than porcelain veneers but it will stain and will have to be redone in 5 to 10 years.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are another form of cosmetic dentistry.  With implants, one or more implants are attached to your jawbone with surgical screws.  This is probably recommended when you only have one or two teeth that need repairing, although it can be used for more.

Actual Dentures

With actual dentures, you will have a set of usually acrylic resin teeth to replace your missing teeth.  You can get partial dentures and complete dentures, depending on your needs.  More than one visit will be required as casts or molds will have to be taken to make the dentures and sometimes parts of or entire teeth will have to be removed.  Dentures are typically removed and cleaned by the wearer and last several years.

Crowns & Caps

Crowns and caps are added to damaged teeth in a procedure similar to bonding and are a good quick cosmetic dental fix, especially when most of the problem tooth is salvageable.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery

Patients can even opt for cosmetic gum surgery now.  If your gums appear to be too large so to speak or have become weak because of gum disease you may have this procedure done.  With gum surgery, the teeth are lengthened by removing excess or diseased gum tissue, thus making your smile seem more natural.

Brighten Up Your Outlook And Life As Well

The professionals who practice Chicago cosmetic dentistry offer every type of procedure available and can not only brighten your smile, but brighten up your outlook and life as well.  Be sure to check credentials and get references if possible.  The best recommendation a cosmetic dentist can give is a smiling patient.