Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Dr. David L. Carlson
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileCosmetic Dentistry Remakes Your Smile

How cosmetic dental procedures from your dentists in Wheaton, Illinois, can give you an outstanding smile

You can have the smile you want and deserve, even if you have damaged teeth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can remake your smile, changing your smile from dull to dazzling. Whatever bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help. Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling in Wheaton, IL, offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services to help you and your smile.

Not everyone is born with a great-looking smile. If you are one of the many people with a damaged, dull smile, you can remake it. Consider just a few of the many procedures available to rejuvenate your smile:

  • Professional Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening treatment is effective and quick. In fact, the in-office treatment takes only about an hour, and you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter. Your fantastic results can last up to 5 years too! Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, which may contain harmful chemicals, professional teeth whitening products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings: If you have old, crumbly metal fillings that are ruining your smile; tooth-colored filling material can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth. The filling material is hardened with a dental light, giving you a filling that is virtually invisible. Tooth-colored fillings enhance your beautiful smile and protect your teeth.
  • Porcelain Veneers: If you have large or small chips, cracks, fracture lines, and other signs of damage; porcelain veneers can hide what everyday wear-and-tear and aging have done to your smile. Veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain, which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain veneers hide defects and damage, giving you a perfect smile!

To find out more about these services and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Dr. Carlson and Dr. Schuiling in Wheaton, Illinois, at (630) 653-9002 today and start remaking your smile!

Dental Crowns And BridgesSaving a damaged tooth or replacing a missing one preserves a smile for best personal appearance and oral function. If you have smile gaps or worry about the health of a particular tooth, Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling can help you with crowns and bridges. In their Wheaton dental practice, these highly skilled and experienced dentists see many patients who wish to improve their oral health and feel better about how they look.

Restoring teeth and filling gaps

Many times, your dentist restores a cracked, decayed, heavily restored or infected tooth with a dental crown, or he may fill a smile gap with a customized bridge. Both services aim to preserve smile appearance, boost self-confidence, restore full oral function or avoid problems with remaining natural teeth. A complete oral examination and digital X-rays help Dr. Carlson or Dr. Schuiling recommend the restorations just right for you.

The details on porcelain crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped jacket which fits over the healthy portion of a damaged tooth. Oral impressions and a detailed instructions tell the dental technician how to shape and shade your porcelain crown. For proper fit and bite, your dentist removes the unhealthy enamel, shapes the tooth and places an interim crown to protect and support the tooth. When your new crown is finished (usually within a week or so), Dr. Carlson or Dr. Schuiling will cement it into place permanently.

Crowns function and look great for many years--ten or more--when you carefully brush and floss every day. You should see your dentist semi-annually for cleanings and examinations, too.

Finally, crowns restore dental implants and cover teeth spared from extraction by root canal therapy. This versatile restoration supports fixed bridgework as well.

The details on bridgework

Bridgework does just what the name implies: it bridges, or spans, a smile gap created by one or more missing teeth. Typically, the dentist utilizes one or more crowns on both sides of the gap to anchor the artificial, or pontic, teeth. The number of crowns depends on the number of pontics.

Just as with single-tooth crowns, X-rays, impressions and instructions from your dentist tell the dental lab how to customize your dental prosthetic. When it's ready, your dentist will bond it over your existing teeth, ensuring its proper fit and bite with the opposing arch of teeth.

Bridges require meticulous oral hygiene to avoid plaque and tartar build-up. So, follow American Dental Association guidelines for in-office and at-home cleanings, and enjoy your bridgework for many years.

Learn more

For more information on dental prosthetics, such as crowns and bridges, and on the other restorative services Dr. Carlson and Dr. Schuiling provide, call the Wheaton, IL office for an appointment: (630) 653-9002.

PlanAheadtoMakeYourSmiletheBestitcanbeforYourBigDay

The big day you've waited for all your life is just around the corner — your wedding day! And to make that day as special as possible you've been working on making yourself more attractive.

In all your preparations, don't forget your smile. There are many ways to make it shine, some requiring little time or effort. A professional dental cleaning and polishing, for example, can do wonders for brightening your smile. If you have above normal staining, you can also undergo professional whitening to remove stains and enhance your teeth's natural color.

Some problems, though, like chipped, slightly misaligned or heavily stained teeth may require more than a cleaning or whitening session. In these cases, you might consider covering these less attractive teeth with porcelain veneers to transform their appearance. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of tooth-colored, translucent porcelain custom designed for you and bonded permanently to the visible tooth.

While veneers can significantly change your smile, it can't fix every appearance problem. Some teeth require more extensive dental work, like a porcelain crown that completely covers a tooth, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. In more complex situations you may want to look at orthodontics to repair an unattractive bite, or plastic surgery to change the look of a gummy smile.

Keep in mind, though, many of such treatments take time: installing dental implants can take months and some orthodontic treatments, years. As soon as you can, you should discuss your smile appearance with your dentist and what can be done to enhance it in the time you have.

With the help of your dentist, orthodontist or other specialist, you can change your smile. And that, along with all your other preparations, will help make that once in a lifetime day even more special.

If you would like more information on undergoing a smile makeover, 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 “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Dr. David L. Carlson
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

VeneersDo you have stained or damaged teeth? Do you want to rejuvenate your Hollywood smile back to its glamour days?

Your dentists in Wheaton, IL, Drs. David Carlson and Michael Schuiling, know patients want to have better-looking smiles, so they provide an economical solution: veneers.

More About Veneers

Veneers are an aesthetic fix for unsightly teeth. They are made of thin porcelain and are used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged. They fix a variety of issues, such as:

  • Stained or discolored teeth, usually as a result of:
    • Drinking coffee or tea
    • Poor hygiene
    • Smoking
    • Chewing tobacco
    • Tetracycline-containing medicine
  • Crooked, misshapen, or overcrowded teeth
  • Teeth that have been damaged in an accident

More About the Procedure

When you come into the Wheaton office for your new veneers, your doctor will:

  1. Examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If they decide that you are a good candidate, they'll first deal with any underlying issues, such as cavities.
  2. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.
  3. They'll remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth and cement the veneers (your dentist removes this enamel) so that you don't feel like your teeth are protruding.

Caring for Veneers

In order to take proper care of your veneers, you need to:

  • Brush twice a day while holding your brush at a 40-degree angle
  • Change your toothbrush when it's frayed
  • Use fluoride-containing toothpaste, mouthwash, and water
  • Eat healthy food like carrots that scrape teeth clean
  • Floss at least once before bed

Consultation

For more information on veneers, contact your dentists, Drs. David Carlson and Michael Schuiling, in Wheaton, IL, by calling (630) 653-9002. They will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!

By Dr. David L. Carlson
June 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers   Dentist  

Cosmetic DentistryDo you wish your teeth were whiter, straighter, or generally more beautiful? Does the size, shape, length, or width of your teeth bother you? Have you ever been embarrassed by your smile? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry, your cosmetic options, and how they can benefit you with Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling in Wheaton, IL.

Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options in Wheaton, IL

  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening can quickly and effectively help give your smile a boost and help improve the appearance of your teeth. The whitening session takes only about an hour. You can go right back to your daily activities after your whitening treatment.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers cover the tooth to change its appearance. Veneers can change the shape, size, length, width, or color of a tooth and are especially successful in providing total smile makeovers to patients with serious cosmetic issues with their teeth.
  • Dentures: Dentures replace all or most of the teeth on an arch. Full dentures replace all the teeth on an arch, partial dentures replace most of the teeth on an arch, and implant-supported dentures use dental implant technology to anchor into place in the mouth.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which straightens the teeth and corrects bite issues using a different method than traditional braces. While traditional braces use non-removable metal brackets and wires to move the teeth, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays. Patients remove the trays to clean their teeth and eat, allowing for superior ease of use and effective results.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants permanently replace a missing tooth by surgically placing a replacement root and tooth. The implant sits in the jawbone, which grows around it to anchor it into place. Implants stand alone and do not require the surrounding teeth to stay in place, making them one of the best options for teeth replacement.
  • Bonding: Dental bonding uses composite resin materials molded directly onto the teeth to change their appearance. This procedure takes just minutes and can subtly change a tooth to fit better into your smile.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling in Wheaton, IL. Call (630) 653-9002 to schedule your appointment with your cosmetic dentist today!