Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

A beautiful smile can be a confident booster and an aid in career growth. People who are happy with their smile are known to be more active and approachable in daily life. On the contrary, people who are unhappy with their teeth tend to hide them when smiling. The results of surveys have shown many Americans stating they wish to change the appearance of the teeth as a cosmetic enhancement. Cosmetic dentistry is the field of dental medicine which is dedicated to making artistic changes in teeth and gums, such that the esthetics of the smile is improved. Dr. Hasken has been offering dental care to the people living in McHenry, Crystal Lake and surrounding communities with the advanced training received at the Dawson Academy. We are happy to tell you that we have successfully created wonderful smiles for our valuable patients.

Problems with esthetics of teeth

Beauty is a subjective; there is no doubt about that. The appearance of a smile, however, can be gauged based on the proportions, color and shape of teeth and gums. It is these factors which can make a smile more or less attractive. Cosmetic dentistry aims at transforming these factors. Following are some of the conditions that are treated under cosmetic dentistry.

  • Discolored teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Short front teeth

There are a number of procedures for treating these problems. A cosmetic dentistry treatment plan may involve one or more of these processes.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures

Dental veneers: These are thin shells made of porcelain. They are used to mask the errors in front teeth. Gaps between teeth, chipped teeth, discolored teeth and other visible problems can be masked using these shells. The cosmetic dentist bonds the shells over front teeth.

Teeth whitening: Teeth whitening is a process that clears stain and brightens the teeth. Whitening agents are used to clear stain from the porous enamel layer.

Bright natural teeth are successful in bringing out an attractive smile. During a survey conducted in the United States, when asked about the changes people wanted to make in their smile, many of them replied that they were willing to brighten their teeth. Brightness of teeth is believed to be a strong factor that can increase the beauty of the smile. This is one reason why tooth whitening is popular among cosmetic procedures. Although there are over-the-counter whitening products, the in-office treatment is safer and highly effective. At our dental office, we have successfully given life to smile desires of many of our patients who visit us from McHenry, Crystal Lake and other nearby localities. Thanks to our tooth whitening, our patients are proud owners of healthy smiles today.

There are several factors that can cause teeth discoloration. Poor oral hygiene, smoking and certain medications are few contributing factors. People who are more into consumption of dark colored fluids such as wine, cola and coffee are at higher risk of teeth discoloration. Aging can be another factor which causes the teeth to look dull. This is primarily because of reduction in thickness of enamel layer which causes the yellow dentin layer to be visible. Poor oral hygiene can increase the formation of plaque over teeth surface. This can mask the natural color of teeth.

Teeth whitening procedure

Teeth whitening done in an office setup involves examination of natural teeth. The dentist gauges the color of teeth using shade scale and takes pictures before the treatment begins. Hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are the most widely used whitening agents for the purpose. These agents can enter the porous enamel layer of teeth and clear stain through oxidation. This helps in unmasking the natural color of teeth. The dentist ensures to use a protective gel over soft gum tissues before applying whitening agents over natural teeth. A special light is used during the process to accelerate oxidation. The dentist takes pictures after the treatment is complete to show the transformation in brightness. A diet that is free from dark colored fluids can retain the brightness for long.
Dental Bonding: Tooth bonding can be an alternative to dental veneers. Bonding cements are used to treat errors of front teeth. The bonding may not last as many years as dental veneers.
Tooth colored fillings: Decayed tooth can be restored using tooth colored fillings. These fillings not only support the natural functions of teeth but also fuse esthetically with the teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry treatment plan

Cosmetic dentistry treatment requires active participation of patients. Dr. Haksen will do his very best to bring patient’s ideas of the smile to reality. For this purpose, the first consultation will involve thorough examination and question and answer session. Patients can make a note of what they expect from the treatment and what exactly they do not like about the teeth. Dr. Hasken sets a feasible plan and explains it to patient. Any infection is treated, if required based on the process. Dr. Hasken’s dentistry treatment plan may be a single procedure or a combination of different procedures. The pictures of the teeth before and after the treatment are taken to show the difference.

Contact Us Today!

Our Cosmetic Dentistry dental team in McHenry is committed to providing exceptional care and empowering our patients with information about their dental health. If you have any questions about our dental services or would like to schedule an appointment, we invite you to give us a call at 815-385-0777. Advanced dental equipment, the experience of our Dentist Dr. James A. Hasken, and the skills of our staff have helped us in successfully treating oral problems in many of our patients who visit us from different parts of McHenry and Crystal Lake.

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