Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”
How cosmetic dentistry from your Batavia, Illinois dentist can improve your smile
Are you unhappy with your smile? If so, have you ever considered cosmetic dentistry? Modern cosmetic dentistry combines both art and science to give you a smile that is uniquely yours, and uniquely beautiful. John C. Koechley, D.D.S. in Batavia, Illinois wants to introduce you to some common cosmetic dental procedures that can have a huge impact on your smile.
Consider these common cosmetic dental procedures:
A professional teeth whitening treatment if you want to have a brighter, whiter smile; professional teeth whitening can remove stains from tobacco use, drinking coffee, or eating darkly-pigmented foods. Professional teeth whitening can turn a dull, yellow, aging smile into a dazzling white smile. Your professional treatment can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, with results that can last an astounding 5 years.
Dental bonding and reshaping if you want to repair chips, cracks, or defects in your teeth; dental bonding uses a composite resin which can be matched perfectly to the color of your existing teeth. That means your bonding treatment will be invisible to people around you. Reshaping is completed along with bonding to round sharp edges, creating a more harmonious, beautiful smile.
Tooth-colored fillings also use composite, so if you have old, bulky, damaged metal fillings, you can replace them with fillings that are virtually invisible. All people will see are your beautiful teeth, not your fillings.
Porcelain veneers if you want a celebrity-perfect smile; Porcelain veneers are thin sheaths of sparkling porcelain cemented to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can hide cracks, chips, defects, and wear on your teeth. They can also cover up discolorations from medications and other issues. The can even cosmetically close gaps between your teeth or hide bad tooth alignment and overlap.
You can also consider a complete smile makeover which uses multiple cosmetic dental procedures to recreate and reinvent your smile. Through careful treatment planning, Dr. Koechley will give you the smile you’ve been waiting for, all in-line with your schedule and your budget.
You don’t have to live with a smile that is less than you want. It’s time to investigate cosmetic dentistry by calling John C. Koechley, D.D.S. in Batavia, Illinois. Start smiling again by calling (630) 406-9441 today!
Are your teeth yellowed, crooked, cracked or chipped? Do you wish you could improve the appearance of your smile? If so, you could benefit from one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, available at your Batavia, IL dentist’s office. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry, what it is and what it can do for you with Dr. John Koechley at Batavia Smiles.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry specializes on the appearance of your smile, improving it and helping you look and feel great. Rather than focusing on restoring a damaged tooth, such as restorative dentistry, or improving its functionality, cosmetic dentistry focuses mainly on making your smile straighter, brighter or more beautiful. Cosmetic dentists specialize in these aesthetic procedures, but also perform other, more standard dentistry procedures like dental fillings and root canals. Dr. Koechley focuses on cosmetic, implant and esthetic dentistry.
How can cosmetic dentistry help my smile?
Cosmetic dentistry procedures can help your smile in more ways than one. For example, misaligned or crooked teeth can benefit from orthodontic treatment like braces or Invisalign. Discolored or yellowed teeth may need a good round of teeth whitening to look their best. Dental veneers help improve the appearance of chips, cracks, discolorations or even uneven or misaligned teeth. Dental bridges can replace one missing tooth, while dental implants can replace all of your teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Batavia, IL
Dr. Koechley is your best source of information when it comes to determining which cosmetic dental procedures could best benefit you and your smile. However, some procedures fall under other dentistry specializations and end up improving the functionality of your smile as well. If you think you could benefit from cosmetic dentistry, you should consult with your dentist to solidify your treatment plan and get on the track to a beautiful smile.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Koechley at Batavia Smiles in Batavia, IL. Call (630) 406-9441 to schedule your appointment for a cosmetic dentistry procedure today!
Would you like to improve your smile, but aren't sure if there's an effective way to address your problem? Dr. John Koechley, your Batavia, IL, dentist, explains how cosmetic dentistry can help you look your best.
Your teeth are dull or stained
It's not unusual for your teeth to lose their luster after years of use. Thanks to the natural effects of aging and stains caused by darkly colored foods and beverages, your previously bright smile may now look more beige than white. Luckily, professional teeth whitening can remove those stubborn stains and give you back the smile you remember. Both in-office treatment and take-home kits are available.
If professional whitening doesn't get your teeth quite as white as you prefer, there's another option. Your Batavia, IL, dentist can apply dental veneers to the fronts of your teeth for all-over whiteness. The thin porcelain shells are stain resistant and available in a variety of shades.
You don't like the way a tooth looks
Do you have one tooth that you would like to change? It may be chipped, discolored or just unattractive. Both veneers and crowns can cover these imperfections. Crowns are shells that slip over teeth and help stabilize them. They're a must if a tooth is cracked, fragile or broken. Veneers not only conceal flaws, but can also close up small gaps and lengthen short teeth. If your gap is large or your tooth is very short, crowns may be a better option than veneers.
Composite bonding is another option if you're concerned about the appearance of a tooth. Your dentist shapes composite resin to fit your tooth, then hardens it with a curing light. Bonding is used to repair defects and make alternations to the length and shape of teeth.
You have missing teeth
Missing teeth aren't just an appearance issue. Failing to replace a lost tooth can make it difficult to chew or speak and even cause trouble with your bite, which may lead to painful temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Replacing missing teeth with bridges, dentures or dental implants offer an excellent way to restore your smile.
Could you benefit from a cosmetic dentistry treatment? Call Dr. Koechley, your Batavia, IL, dentist, at (630) 406-9441 to schedule an appointment.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”