Cosmetic dentistry uses state-of-the-art techniques and tools to improve the appearance of your teeth. Advances in dental technology make it easier than ever to achieve the great-looking smile of your dreams… but will it last? There are a few tried and true ways presented to you by your Chicagoland cosmetic dentists at University Dental Professionals to make sure your results last as long as possible.
Choose the right cosmetic dentist: Not every dentist is qualified to perform cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic dentistry actually is a specialization of the field, and practitioners undergo rigorous post-graduate training and education in cosmetic procedures after they complete regular dental school. You want to choose a well-trained and highly experienced cosmetic dentist, but also one who has an aesthetic eye to create beautiful restorations and results. We also recommend seeking out a cosmetic dentist with training in neuromuscular dentistry, which focuses on finding the ideal alignment of the bite and jaw, thus bringing harmony to your entire orofacial system. The dentists at University Dental Professionals have experience in both cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry.
Choose the right procedure: Certain cosmetic procedures last longer than others. For example, both a bonding treatment and veneers can be used to correct many of the same aesthetic issues with your teeth. However, veneers last longer—as long as a decade—while a bonding treatment may need to be repeated sooner. Likewise, replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant is virtually permanent if you maintain a good regimen of oral hygiene. Your Hyde Park cosmetic dentists at University Dental Professionals can perform any procedure in the field of cosmetic dentistry that you may desire.
Choose the right materials: Thanks to advances in technology, cosmetic dentistry has developed new materials that are much more durable than those used in past years. These new materials withstand a higher amount of bite force, and also are more resistant to being worn down by acidic foods and drinks. Remember that, sometimes, choosing a more durable material means a trade-off in attractiveness. This is where choosing a cosmetic dentist with experience in neuromuscular dentistry can come in handy; achieving an even bite allows you to get better functional results without compromising aesthetics.
Choose good habits: Even the latest and strongest cosmetic dental materials can be damaged and worn down over time. Make good choices to prolong their lifespan. Refrain from using tobacco in any form. Stop using your teeth as tools or chewing on non-food objects like pens, clothes, ice cubes, and fingernails. Another habit needs to be good dental hygiene on a daily basis. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Maintain this regimen, while taking special care to clean around any newly installed restorations, and you are setting up yourself for great-looking results for years to come.
Cosmetic Dentists in Hyde Park
To learn more about any of the cosmetic dentistry procedures at University Dental Professionals, or find out about the post-procedure care following cosmetic work, call our office at (773) 684-5702 to schedule a consultation.
University Dental Professionals is proud to provide state-of-the-art oral health care to patients in the Hyde Park area of Chicago.