Ask individuals to explain which procedures qualify as cosmetic dentistry, and you might be surprised by the breadth of answers you’d get. Some would highlight surgical procedures such as tooth implants or gum lifts. Others might draw attention to relatively simple treatments such whitening or straightening.
In truth, any procedure designed to make the appearance of your teeth, bite, gums, and mouth more attractive could be called cosmetic dentistry. The field covers so much territory that the American Dental Association doesn’t consider it an official type of specialty dentistry. Still, people often want to alter their smiles, and as long as it involves teeth, a Chicago dentist can help. Continue reading “What Is Cosmetic Dentistry and How Can Westend Help with Your Cosmetic Dentistry Needs?”
Receding gums tend to sneak up on you. Few dental patients simply wake up one morning and notice a frighteningly long length of tooth extruding from their mouths. Instead, year after year of changing bodies and sometimes poor habits take their toll. Gaps start to form where healthy tissue once was, and cumulative health impacts slowly start to add up. But what exactly is gum recession? How many people deal with it? And what steps can you take to treat and prevent its insidious onset? Continue reading “Understanding Gum Recession”
Pregnancy is an exhilarating time, filled with excitement and preparation for your new baby. Taking care of our teeth while pregnant can often be the very last thing on our minds and most of us have no idea just how important it is! Both for you and the new baby, maintaining optimum oral health during pregnancy is a must!
Most dental services and procedures, including dental x-rays, tooth extractions, dental fillings, and dental cleanings, can be done during pregnancy safely, with tooth extractions recommended during your second or third trimester. Fillings should be discussed with your dentist beforehand. The following infographic covers common dental service you can get while pregnant or read on to find answers to the most common questions about dental care during pregnancy. Continue reading “Dental Care During Pregnancy”
The time, care, and money you invest in your Invisalign aligners will pay off over a lifetime. For best results, you need to take care of your teeth and your aligners daily. Some patients are careless with their Invisalign trays, resulting in expensive replacements or a less than desired experience. Here are some tips for caring for your Invisalign trays to help you achieve a beautiful smile. Continue reading “Proper Care for Your Invisalign Retainer”
You have probably heard that fluoride is beneficial to building strong teeth and preventing cavities, but you may not understand how it works or when to use it. Within this article, we’ll explore the benefits of fluoride and how to use it to improve your family’s oral health. Continue reading “Should You Opt-In or Out of Fluoride Treatments?”
Most adults want perfectly aligned teeth, but they are hesitant to commit to years of wearing metal braces. Westend dental is your Chicago dentist to ask about questions concerning using the Invisalign system to align your teeth. Invisalign offers an excellent solution without changing the overall appearance of the face in the meantime. Continue reading “Invisalign 101 – The Easy Way to a Perfect Smile”
A good daily mouth care routine is necessary for your dental health. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing daily, and using mouthwash is a healthy habit for most people. But is mouthwash necessary? Let’s explore what mouthwash does for you and when you should use it.
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Is flossing really necessary? So many people skip flossing on occasion or altogether and recent news reports have cast some doubts on the value of flossing. So, we thought it a good time to address this question here. We believe that flossing is a vital step to a healthy mouth and it is often overlooked. Taking a few extra minutes every day to make sure your mouth is completely clean is worth the effort. Continue reading “Flossing Recommendations for a Healthy Mouth”
Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth can happen unexpectedly, requiring emergency dental care. They never happen at a convenient time or place, so you may have questions about what to do immediately and in the near future. Continue reading “Broken Teeth or Lost Fillings?”
Teeth sensitivity can rob you of the enjoyment of so many things. One sip of hot coffee or an iced drink can bring on immediate pain. Sometimes even a breath of air ends with pain. Here is what you need to know about pain relief for sensitive teeth after whitening, other dental procedures, or from tooth damage. Continue reading “Sensitive Teeth 101”