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Your Local Cosmetic Dental Care Experts, Serving Palatine, IL.

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Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized area of dental care focused on providing optimal dental health and functionality while creating a perfect, aesthetically pleasing smile. At Meadows Dental Care, we specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Our dentists are equipped with the highest levels of training and technology to provide quality, efficient cosmetic dental care. Learn more about our cosmetic dental procedures below.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most basic and widely known cosmetic dental procedures is teeth whitening. It’s no secret that your teeth begin to tarnish and lose their clean, white appearance over time. The food and beverages we consume, like coffee, soda and tea, along with taking various medications, using tobacco or not practicing good oral hygiene can all lead to enamel breakdown and discoloration of your teeth. Restoring your natural, white smile is our dental whitening team’s top priority. Our trained whitening professionals utilize the most effective, industry-approved methods to whiten teeth. Many people look to over-the-counter solutions for teeth whitening, but the truth is, those products just don’t work. Our gently hydrogen-peroxide gel-activated solution whitens your smile in one visit. Nothing improves your confidence more than knowing your smile is clean and bright!

Veneers

Once regarded as a “celebrity” dental treatment, veneers are now widely accessible and affordable. Veneers are thin, semi-translucent “shells” attached to your front teeth. Created from a durable porcelain material, they are customized and bonded directly to your teeth. The great thing about veneers is they are an effective alternative to some very painful dental and orthodontic procedures. Veneers can correct:

  • Spaces and gaps between teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Severely stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

This aesthetic solution can eliminate the need for orthodontic braces and other treatments that create a beautiful smile. Further, we can complete a veneer procedure in two easy visits to our Palatine, IL office.

Crowns And Bridges

A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over a decayed or damaged original tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, like gold, silver, porcelain, acrylic resin, or even a composite of those materials. Porcelain looks the most natural, but it can weaken gradually over time. If you are getting a dental crown, you can expect these steps during your treatment:

  • Local anesthesia applied to tooth to numb it for removal of decay in or around it.
  • Re-sculpting of the tooth to create an ideal fit for the crown.
  • Creating impressions of your teeth to make the custom crown in the exact shape of your teeth.
  • Creating a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth while the permanent crown is being made.
  • After the custom crown is received from the lab, we will remove the temporary crown and fit the permanent crown into place.
  • We will make sure the permanent crown has the proper look and feel. When the dentist determines it does, it will be cemented into place.

This process can take two to three visits over a three to four week span. Once the procedure is complete, proper dental hygiene, including flossing, is required to maintain the restored dental health. Given the proper care, your crowns will last a lifetime.

Dental Bridges

A bridge is a dental device that fills a space a tooth previously occupied. If you leave a gap or space created by a missing tooth, it puts you at severe risk for severe shifting by your other teeth and further damage to the overall dental function and aesthetic of your smile.

  • A fixed bridge, which is the most popular, consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns that fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
  • The “Maryland” bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth. It consists of filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands consist of a white composite resin that matches the existing tooth color.
  • The cantilever bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are artificial tooth replacements. Dental Implants, initially created by a Swedish scientist to fill a patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures around 100 years ago, have advanced tremendously in terms of technology and engineering. They are now one of the most useful dental treatments, beyond cosmetic dentistry. Today, dental implants provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions, including:

  • Replacing a single missing tooth.
  • Anterior tooth replacement.
  • Posterior tooth replacement.
  • Full replacement of the upper teeth.

Post Dental Implant Care

Proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining optimal dental health, but it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria attack sensitive areas in the mouth where teeth and gums aren’t properly cleaned, thus causing the gums to swell and the jawbones to recede. Jawbone recession will weaken the implants and eventually make it necessary to remove the implant. Patients should visit their dentists twice a year after having dental implants to ensure they are healthy and functional. With proper dental care, implants will last a lifetime.

Composite Bonding

Bonding is a common solution for many dental issues, including:

  • Fixing chipped or cracked teeth.
  • Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth.
  • Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface.

Composite bonding is often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. Bonding consists of a composite material, either a plastic or resin, being bonded to the existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding doesn’t require the removal of part, or all, of the existing tooth.

Both dentists and patients like bonding as a solution because:

  • It is fast. Treatment typically takes less than one hour.
  • It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure.
  • It is relatively inexpensive compared to crowns and veneers.
  • Composite resins come in different shades to better match the color of the existing teeth.
  • Composite bonds aren’t as strong and durable as long-lasting veneers or crowns, and may need to be retouched or replaced.

Again, optimum dental hygiene is essential to preserve the composite bond. Bonds stain easily, so regular cleanings are a must with bonds, along with daily flossing and brushing.

Contact Meadows Dental Care Today

If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry or any of the procedures discussed on this page, contact us today. We are always here to help answer questions and book an appointment for you.