Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry


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.

By River Forest Dental Studio
August 30, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By River Forest Dental Studio
March 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Would you like to improve your smile but aren't sure which cosmetic dentistry procedure will help you achieve your goals? Our River cosmetic dentistryForest, IL, dentists, Dr. Gina Piccioni and Dr. John Hartmann of River Forest Dental Studio, discuss several procedures that can transform your smile.

Cosmetic bonding

Bonding allows your dentist to change the shape or length of your teeth or hide imperfections by applying flexible composite resin, which is then hardened with a curing light. In addition to lengthening teeth, cosmetic bonding can also make crooked or twisted teeth look straight, hide discolorations, close gaps, and conceal chips, cracks, and other imperfections.

Teeth whitening

A dull smile can detract from your appearance and also make you look older. Fortunately, it only takes about an hour to whiten your smile with professional whitening treatment. Whitening generally lightens teeth by about three to eight shades. Results usually last several years and can be easily maintained with at-home whitening kits offered by our River Forest office.


Veneers provide an alternative to teeth whitening treatment. Because they're available in many shades of white, you can choose just how white you want your smile to be. The tooth-shaped porcelain shells are applied to the fronts of your teeth. Veneers are also used to hide small flaws, such as chips and cracks, and can change the shape and length of teeth and fill gaps. The restorations are highly resistant to stains and can be maintained simply by brushing and flossing your teeth.

Tooth-colored fillings

There's no hiding your dental history when you have silver amalgam fillings. Your dental work is on view every time you open your mouth. Tooth-colored fillings blend in with your teeth and actually help strengthen them. The fillings are made of composite resin tinted to match the color of your teeth.

Dental implants

Missing teeth can be permanently restored with dental implants. Implants may not look like your natural roots but they accomplish the same function. The titanium posts are implanted in your jawbone, where they begin to bond to the bone. Once they're firmly attached to the bone, they're topped with a crown, an artificial tooth that you'll use to bite and chew foods. Dental implants feel very much like real teeth, help keep your jawbone strong, and will probably never need to be replaced if you practice good oral hygiene.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures can help you look your best. Call our River Forest, IL, dentists, Dr. Piccioni and Dr. Hartmann of River Forest Dental Studio, at (708) 366-6760 to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options.

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

River Forest, IL Dentist

River Forest Dental Studio