Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By River Forest Dental Studio
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in River Forest, Illinois can help your smile
Did you know that cosmetic dentistry can make your smile more appealing? It’s true! In fact, the world of cosmetic dentistry has revolutionized the way people feel about going to the dentist. Now, thanks to the latest tools, techniques, and dental materials, you can have a beautiful smile easily and quickly.

Dr. Gina Piccioni and Dr. John G. Hartmann at River Forest Dental Studio in River Forest, Illinois offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular different types of cosmetic dentistry:

Many people have chosen professional teeth whitening, as a way to achieve a whiter, brighter, younger-looking smile. Professional teeth whitening allows you to whiten and brighten your smile up to 8 shades, and your fantastic results can last up to 5 years too! Unlike many over-the-counter teeth whitening products, professional teeth whitening has been tested and approved by the American Dental Association, so you know it’s safe.

Another type of cosmetic dentistry provides restorative benefits to repair chips, cracks, and tooth wear, and makes your smile more attractive; it’s cosmetic bonding! This procedure uses composite, a versatile liquid filling material that can be matched to the color of your teeth, so it blends with your smile. In fact, it’s virtually undetectable when completed. The composite is sculpted into place as a liquid and then hardened with ultraviolet light. The result is a strong, beautiful restorative treatment that adds to the beauty of your smile.

Porcelain veneer treatment is yet another type of cosmetic dentistry procedure. Veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. It’s a versatile procedure that can hide large cracks, chips, tooth wear, and areas of lost tooth structure. You can have an outstanding smile in as little as two to three appointments, including a consultation appointment.

These are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry services you can think about. If your smile isn't all it could be, cosmetic dentistry can give you a smile you will love. To find out more about cosmetic dentistry and what it can do for your smile, call Dr. Gina Piccioni and Dr. John G. Hartmann of River Forest Dental Studio in River Forest, Illinois at (708) 366-6760. Call today!


Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.

Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).

Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.

So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.

There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.

And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.

Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.

If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits and their effects, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”


Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.

Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.

The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.

In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.

To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.

Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.

If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By River Forest Dental Studio
November 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

There's no need to live with discolorations, a crooked smile, or missing or damaged teeth. Cosmetic dentistry treatments offered your RiverCosmetic Forest, IL, dentists, Drs. Gina Piccioni and John Hartmann of River Forest Dental Studio, will help you transform your smile.

How can cosmetic dentistry help me?

Cosmetic dentistry services improve the way your smile looks and functions. They're an excellent option whether you want to hide a small chip in the edge of a tooth, improve the shade of discolored tooth or even restore a missing tooth.

What types of cosmetic dentistry services and procedures are right for me?

Your River Forest dentist can help you consider treatment options and choose the best procedure for your smile issues. Common services and procedures include:

  • Teeth Whitening: Whitening is one of the simplest, least expensive ways to boost your smile. Professional teeth whitening treatment lightens your teeth by three to eight shades in just about an hour.
  • Bonding: Adding a small amount of tooth-colored resin to your teeth can improve their shape and length, hide discolorations, and conceal chips, shallow cracks, and other damage. Once the resin is added to your teeth, it's cured with a special light that securely bonds the material to your tooth enamel.
  • Veneers: Veneers also hide a variety of tooth flaws. The tooth-shaped shells are attached to your teeth with dental cement after a small amount of tooth enamel is removed. Veneers are often used to hide damage, close slight gaps, keep discolorations concealed, whiten your smile, or improve the shape or length of teeth.


What options are available for missing teeth?

One of these options can help you fill the gaps in your smile:

  • Dentures: Full dentures are ideal if you've lost all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures can restore a section of missing teeth.
  • Bridges: A bridge may be an option if you've lost one or two teeth. Bridges consist of artificial teeth anchored by dental crowns on either side.
  • Dental Implants: Implants offer a versatile, long-term solution to tooth loss. The implants bond to your jawbone and serve as synthetic roots. They're attached to dental crowns that restore the visible parts of your teeth. Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth.

Enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry procedures! Call your River Forest, IL, dentists, Drs. Gina Piccioni and John Hartmann of River Forest Dental Studio, at (708) 366-6760 to schedule an appointment.

By River Forest Dental Studio
November 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

There are many different types of cosmetic dental procedures for rejuvenating your smile. Whether you need to repair a chipped tooth or just want a whiter smile, there is a cosmetic procedure that can help. A dentist can tell you about several common cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate your smile and help you select the right ones for you. At River Forest Dental Studio, Dr. Gina Piccioni and Dr. John Hartmann are your dentists for cosmetic dentistry in River Forest, IL.

Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures

There are several types of cosmetic dental procedures for rejuvenating your smile. Common cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate your smile include:

  • Veneers
  • Bonding
  • Contouring
  • Teeth whitening

Veneers are thin covers applied to the front of problem teeth to give them a completely new look. Veneers can be used to conceal a variety of imperfections, such as cracks, chips, and discolorations. Veneers can also transform the shape of teeth that are misshaped. Once in place, veneers look like your natural teeth.

Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can serve several purposes. Bonding can close gaps between teeth, repair teeth that are chipped or cracked, or correct the color of discolored teeth. The procedure for bonding involves applying a resin material to the problem area on a tooth. As the material dries, it bonds with the tooth and the problem is corrected. Once dry, the bonded material will blend in with the tooth and will be unnoticeable.

Contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure for reshaping teeth. Contouring can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are crooked, chipped, cracked, or overlap with one another. The procedure for contouring problem teeth involves gradually removing small portions of enamel from the teeth until they have been properly reshaped.

Professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment for brightening the teeth and removing stains from them. Some dental practices offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options. Both options deliver superior results to over-the-counter whitening products as they contain a professional strength bleaching agent. Professional teeth whitening can whiten the teeth by several shades with long-lasting results.

There are many cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate your smile. A dentist can help you select the right procedures to achieve the smile you desire. For cosmetic dentistry in River Forest, IL schedule an appointment with Dr. Piccioni or Dr. Hartmann by calling River Forest Dental Studio at (708) 366-6760.

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

River Forest, IL Dentist

River Forest Dental Studio