Posts for tag: teeth whitening

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
September 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By River Forest Dental Studio
February 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how professional teeth whitening could make your day even more memorable.
Weddings are often considered one of the most important days in a person’s life. Don’t let the only white in the room be the wedding teeth whiteningdress. It doesn’t matter if you are the bride or the groom, professional teeth whitening is perfect for everyone when it comes to brightening smiles before a special occasion. Before you say “I do” to the one you love, say “I do” to your River Forest dentists Drs. Gina Piccioni and John Hartmann about teeth whitening.

What is teeth whitening?

The purpose of teeth whitening is to lighten the color of your teeth and remove external stains and discolorations. While you can also get at-home whitening treatments, if you are looking to brighten your smile before you walk down the aisle, then you’ll want to get professional whitening from your River Forest dentists.
In just one 45-minute session, we can get some smiles up to eight shades brighter. Even though one session can often get the results you want, some patients love getting subsequent whitening treatments every few months to maintain their results.

How is teeth whitening performed?

We will first evaluate the health of your smile to make sure no gum disease or cavities need to be treated beforehand. Once we’ve deemed your smile right for professional whitening, you will then schedule your whitening session. When you come in for your treatment, we will first clean your teeth. This will help to remove any buildup or food that could be causing your stains. Once this is complete we can start whitening.

During in-office whitening we can use a stronger bleaching gel than any at-home system, so you’ll get more radiant results faster. We will first apply a substance that will protect the gums during your treatment, and then the whitening gel will be painted on the teeth.
Some whitening treatments require a laser in order to activate the gel. We will tell you if this step is required. If you are interested in continuing with teeth whitening at home we will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth to create your whitening trays. These custom-fitted trays will allow the bleaching gel to cover more areas of your smile to give you better results.

Is the big day coming up? Luckily, teeth whitening takes less than an hour to complete. Get a radiant smile when you choose teeth whitening in River Forest. Call the dental experts at River Forest Dental Studio to schedule your whitening session.

By River Forest Dental Studio
December 19, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: teeth whitening  

There are many reasons why teeth may need a whitening treatment to achieve an appealing brightness: what we eat and drink, natural aging, genetics, and the lack of dedication to oral hygiene can all play a role in how we look.

For vital (living) teeth, there are basically three different options for teeth whitening, and we’d be happy to help you decide which is right for you:

  • In-office tooth whitening: The fastest way to get your smile radiant. A high concentration of a peroxide gel solution is applied directly to the tooth surface. Gums and other soft tissues are completely protected for your safety. This technique is excellent for whitening deep surface stains as well as general tooth whitening. This professional treatment requires the least amount of time to achieve the desired whiteness.
  • The professional take-home option: Custom-made bleaching trays are prepared by our office. This technique is convenient and less expensive, but the desired whiteness will take longer to achieve than the in-office option.
  • Over-the-counter products: These offer the least expensive option but use weaker whitening agents. For example, whitening strips, like the ones advertised on television, are popular and easy to use but will generally take the most time to achieve the desired success. Also, even agents that are not the strongest available may cause damage to teeth if used inappropriately and without professional supervision.

While there are normally no serious side effects after professional whitening treatments, there is a potential risk of tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. If either one or both of these occur, it should disappear within a few days.

It should come as no surprise that bleaching is not permanent. The whiteness will fade eventually depending on your diet, habits, hygiene, etc., but it usually will last at least six months — more often up to two years. Obviously, if you avoid drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, don’t smoke, and have a diligent oral hygiene routine your results may last longer.

Advertisements for teeth-whitening products are everywhere. If you have any questions about what you see, or simply want to do a reality check on their claims, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter...,” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Dr. Hartmann D.D.S
February 26, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Your smile is one of the first things people notice, but if your pearly whites have lost their luster, chances are you might be hesitant to show them. As we age, our teeth naturally darken, and certain substances can leave teeth stained or discolored, making you appear older. One easy way to turn back the clock is to have your teeth whitened; a safe, painless, and non-invasive way of achieving a young, healthy-looking smile.

Causes of Tooth Discoloration: Exposure to high-levels of fluoride and taking tetracycline antibiotics during childhood can stain the teeth's structure. Smoking cigarettes and using chewing tobacco can also cause tooth discoloration, as well as foods containing tannins such as red wine, coffee and tea. In addition, poor brushing techniques and not flossing regularly cause bacteria to build on teeth resulting in yellow stains.

The Whitening Process: Our office can help you to achieve a brighter smile using either an in-office procedure or an at-home whitening kit. We can help determine the best treatment for your budget, time frame and individual needs. If you choose to have professional whitening done in our office, we will utilize a prescription strength gel sometimes even activated by a concentrated light source. This procedure offers immediate and long-lasting results in less than an hour. After a single treatment, teeth are typically six to ten shades lighter and with proper maintenance, can last five years or longer.

At-Home Results: For those seeking more gradual results, another option is to use custom-fit trays, which our office will make for you to use at home to whiten your teeth. This is generally less expensive, and is very effective at lightening teeth several shades, although it may take a week or longer to see optimal results.

Choosing the Best Procedure: For some people, teeth whitening may not offer adequate results. If you have thin enamel, chipped, uneven or crooked teeth, we may recommend applying porcelain veneers to restore your damaged teeth. Veneers are bonded to the front of teeth to give your smile a straighter, more uniform appearance.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss any questions you may have regarding teeth whitening. Read more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter.”

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

River Forest, IL Dentist

River Forest Dental Studio