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”
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?”
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”
There are many afflictions that can affect the health and function of our teeth. That’s why oral hygiene is so important! Whether it’s smiling at an acquaintance or biting into a delicious meal, our teeth are used for so many purposes.
To keep your smile healthy and your teeth strong it’s important to follow a regular brushing and flossing routine. Continue reading “Periodontal Disease”
Tooth discoloration can happen naturally over time as food and drinks create stains on and within our teeth. If you’re smiling less because of this discoloration, teeth whitening is a simple, straightforward procedure that you can embrace that will give you a more confident smile and return your teeth to their original brilliance. Continue reading “How Does Teeth Whitening Work?”
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, made up of water, organic matter and 96% calcium phosphate crystals. Enamel is also free from nerves and blood vessels. For this reason, regeneration and repair is impossible, so it’s important to care for the enamel you have! Caring for your enamel is also important because it acts as an excellent first line of defense against bacteria, acid and other threats to your teeth.
Continue reading “Tooth Enamel 101”
Establishing good dental hygiene at an early age can set your child up for dental success! Even though baby teeth are bound to fall out, it’s still really important that you take steps to brush your child’s teeth (before they are able) and supervise the brushing habits of toddlers and young children.
Continue reading “Developing Healthy Dental Habits for Kids”