Posts for: November, 2016

By River Forest Dental Studio
November 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   celebrity smiles  

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By River Forest Dental Studio
November 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how cosmetic dentistry can get you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

If we were to ask people if they are happy with their smiles as they are right now, a lot of people would say “no.” If you feel like you aren’t cosmetic dentistrysatisfied with the way your smile looks and wish there was something you could do about it, it’s time you turned to our River Forest, IL dentists Dr. Gina Piccioni and Dr. John Hartmann for cosmetic dentistry.

From more subtle changes to larger improvements, cosmetic dentistry is able to do it all to help you get the smile you’ve always imagined having. There are many cosmetic dentistry options here in River Forest and it’s important that you truly understand all your options before you decide on the right treatment for you. Here are some of the most popular ways to improve your smile:

Teeth Whitening

If you want to remove surface stains and get your smile several shades whiter then it’s time to find out if you are a good candidate for our amazing in-office whitening system. Are you not so keen on sitting in our chair to get a whiter smile? Then you can also talk to us about our at-home professional whitening system. It won’t be quite as fast but you will still achieve brilliant results in a couple of weeks.

Dental Bonding

Bonding is a pretty amazing option because it is able to fix small flaws. During bonding, we will apply a tooth-colored resin over the problem areas of your tooth or teeth, shape the resin to get the desired look and then harden it with a dental laser. Bonding can help cover small stains, chips or even gaps between teeth without ever needing anesthesia.

Reshaping and Contouring

This could be a great option for you if you want to change the length or shape of your teeth. Sometimes this treatment goes hand-in-hand with dental bonding. During this procedure, we buff out chips, improve the shape of teeth and even fix minor overlapping. This is a great option for someone with a healthy smile that only wants to make minor cosmetic alterations.

Dental Veneers

These thin layers of porcelain are specially created and crafted for each individual to cover the front of their teeth to hide discolorations, cracks and chips, poor spacing between teeth, crookedness and malformed teeth. What bonding and reshaping can’t handle, veneers can address.

Do you want to get cosmetic dentistry in River Forest, IL? Want to discuss your options with us? Then call River Forest Dental Studio today to schedule an appointment.

By River Forest Dental Studio
November 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear aligners  

Braces can change a person's life — not just their appearance but their dental health as well. To be honest, though, wearing braces are, well, kind of a drag — especially for teenagers.

Braces can be restrictive and confining; you'll also have to give up certain favorite foods for a while. But more than any of that, they're just plain unattractive. Even being able to choose colors for the brackets and elastic bands can't fully ease a teenager's embarrassment when they smile.

There is, however, an alternative to braces: clear aligners. And they could make orthodontic treatment during this difficult phase of their life much easier to handle.

Clear aligners are a set of clear plastic trays that can be taken in and out of the mouth. Each of the custom-designed trays is slightly smaller than the previous one in the series. After wearing the first tray for a couple of weeks (at least 20 to 22 hours a day), the patient switches to the next tray in the series. They repeat this process until they've worn all the trays. The gradual change from tray to tray moves the teeth to the desired position.

Clear aligners have some distinct advantages over braces, especially for younger patients. They can be removed for cleaning or for a rare special event. They don't limit movement as much as braces. And, they're nearly invisible — other people may not even notice them. And newer aligners are now designed with tiny “power ridges” that increase their movement capabilities. This has made them more useful for teenagers with complicated bite problems and other issues.

There are cases, though, where braces may be the better choice: where you need more control over tooth movement or the patient needs jaw surgery to achieve proper tooth alignment. And their removability could be an issue if the patient won't leave them in their mouth for the necessary time each day.

To find out if clear aligners might be a viable option for your teenager, visit us for a complete orthodontic examination. We can then discuss your best option — clear aligners or braces — to achieve the most desirable outcome for your teenager.

If you would like more information on treating bite problems in teenagers with clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners for teens.”

Gina Piccioni, D.M.D. and John G. Hartmann, D.D.S.

River Forest, IL Dentist

River Forest Dental Studio