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From overconsuming sugary foods to maintaining poor oral hygiene habits and techniques, children are at an increased risk for tooth decay for a number of reasons. Additionally, back molars can be particularly difficult for children to reach with a toothbrush, thus increasing the risk of decay. Fortunately, dental sealants can help protect these hard-to-reach areas from decay by leveling and evening out their surfaces, making them easier to brush and more plaque-resistant. Dr. Scott Szatkowski, your dentist in Elk Grove Village and Melrose Park, IL, recommends sealants for children and teenagers—read on to learn more about this valuable, preventative treatment.
Protect your child's teeth with dental sealants
An uneven biting surface creates a number of opportunities and places for bacteria to grow. By creating a layer on the surface of teeth, sealants make problem-areas to brush and more resistant to decay. Just think of sealants as a protective coating that absorbs the effects of wear-and-tear, residual food, and bacteria so that the tooth enamel doesn't have to.
Sealants are perfectly clear, offering up discreet protection that looks and feels natural, and has the ability to last for up to ten years. They are made from composite resin (a combination of plastic, glass, and other dental materials) and should be checked periodically for cracks and chips. Even with sealants, your child will still have to brush and floss as recommended, as well as receive regular dental check-ups and cleanings to prevent tooth decay and other oral health issues.
Want to boost your child's oral health? Call one of our offices in Elk Grove Village or Melrose Park today!
For more information about the benefits of dental sealants and how they can protect your child's oral health, contact one of our offices today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Szatkowski: dial (847) 437-8366 for Elk Grove Village or (708) 450-4533 for Melrose Park.
Teeth whitening gives you confidence in one appointment by delivering a smile that is several shades whiter. If your teeth have become dull over time or have been stained by certain foods or beverages, professional teeth whitening treatment can rejuvenate your smile. At Dental Pointe, Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Fariha Querishi, and Dr. Amir Danesh are your Naperville, IL, dentists for professional teeth whitening.
Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening
Many teeth whitening products are available over the counter. However, those products typically cannot deliver the same level of results as professional teeth whitening treatments available through your Naperville, IL, dentist’s office. Teeth whitening treatments provided by a dentist utilize a professional quality and strength bleaching agent to whiten and brighten the teeth. You can achieve a whiter smile with longer lasting results when you choose professional teeth whitening treatments.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The fastest way to whiten your teeth is with in-office teeth whitening. In most cases, you can enjoy a smile that is several shades whiter with just one appointment. In-office whitening treatments take about one hour and can whiten the teeth by up to eight shades. Further, the results can last for several years before additional whitening treatments are needed.
During an in-office teeth whitening treatment session, whitening gel is carefully applied to the teeth by your dental professional. The gel remains on the teeth for about an hour, during which time the bleaching agent penetrates the tooth enamel and lightens any stains or discolorations. Prior to applying the whitening gel, special precautions will be taken to protect the lips and gums from coming into contact with the gel since it can be potentially harsh to those sensitive areas. Afterward, your teeth will be significantly whiter and brighter.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
A convenient alternative to in-office whitening treatments that still delivers professional results is take-home whitening. With take-home teeth whitening, you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home when it is convenient for you. Take-home teeth whitening involves whitening gel and custom trays that fit over the top and bottom teeth. Simply add the whitening gel to the trays and place a tray over each row of teeth. After a few weeks of utilizing professional take-home teeth whitening treatment, your smile will be significantly whiter.
Rejuvenate your smile and gain confidence all in just one appointment with professional teeth whitening. For teeth whitening in Naperville, schedule an appointment with Dr. Seeth, Dr. Querishi, or Dr. Danesh, by calling Dental Pointe at (630) 333-9571.
What would you do for a brighter smile? It's not as difficult as you think. At Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Fariha Quereshi, and Dr. Amir Danesh offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening. Their whitening patients enjoy smiles several shades brighter, and they trust their dentists' professional skill and expertise to deliver whitening that is safe for their oral health.
How Whitening Works
The American Dental Association says that most professional whitening systems use carbamide peroxide, a bleaching chemical very similar to hydrogen peroxide. When applied by the dentist in Naperville, IL, or at home with customized acrylic trays, you know your teeth, dental restorations (such as fillings, implants and crowns), and tender gum tissue will be safe.
The peroxide gel actually lifts organic stains out of the tooth enamel matrix. Tooth enamel, though super-hard, is porous and retains particles of food, tobacco, and beverages, particularly deeply colored drinks such as coffee, tea, and cola. Add factors such as age or poor brushing and flossing habits, and extrinsic, or surface, staining impacts smile aesthetics.
FAQs about Teeth Whitening
Does it really work? Yes, professional teeth whitening works wonders. Most people experience a color change of about 8 shades. However, keep in mind that few people have super white teeth to begin with. Most tooth enamel varies in shades of brown, grey, and yellow. While you may not experience Hollywood white, you will see a striking improvement in brightness.
How do I know my teeth will be OK afterwards? Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums carefully before recommending teeth whitening or any other cosmetic treatment. You may feel some mild dental or gingival sensitivity afterwards, but this goes away quickly.
How long does whitening take? The in-office version takes an hour or so. The at-home treatments take about a week of daily applications because the whitening gel is less concentrated.
Will it brighten my crowns or veneers? In general, porcelain crowns and veneers do not stain the way natural enamel does. So, these restorations will not whiten. However, the Academy of General Dentistry states that composite resin fillings may brighten a bit.
Does teeth whitening cost a lot? The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that teeth whitening is the most economical aesthetic treatment offered by dentists.
Will my smile remain white? A lot depends on what you consume in terms of food and tobacco and how diligently you brush and floss. Drink plenty of water daily, stay away from all tobacco products, and drink your coffee, tea, and colas with a straw. See your friends at Dental Pointe for a check-up and cleaning every six months. They may recommend a whitening touch-up, too.
"Wow, you have a wonderful smile!"
Expect to hear that compliment when you whiten your teeth at Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL. Call today for a consultation with one of our dentists: (630) 333-9571.
How dental crowns from your dentists in Naperville, Illinois can strengthen your smile
Dental crowns have a number of uses, ranging from restoring a damaged smile to replacing old, large metal fillings. If your teeth could use a little touching up, Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Fariha Querishi, and Dr. Amir Daneshat at Dental Pointe Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in Naperville, IL, offer dental crowns and other restorative/cosmetic dental services to strengthen your smile!
More about Dental Crowns
You may need dental crowns if you have:
- Teeth that are badly broken or cracked
- Large, leaking metal or tooth-colored fillings
- Teeth that have had root canals
- Excessively worn down, eroded teeth
If you have had substantial damage and lost a lot of tooth structure, your dentist may need to place a metal post in your tooth to create a metal foundation for your new crown. This procedure is known as a crown build-up.
A crown can protect even badly damaged teeth, giving you back the strong chewing function that will allow you to enjoy the foods that you love. At Dental Pointe Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, you can choose a few different materials for your crown. Consider:
- Full porcelain, if you want the most natural-looking, beautifully aesthetic dental crown material; porcelain is light-reflective and looks virtually identical to natural tooth enamel. A full porcelain crown blends perfectly with your smile.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal, also known as a PFM crown, if you want the additional strength of metal. PFM crowns lose some of the light-reflective quality of full porcelain because of the metal, so they are an excellent choice for posterior teeth.
To find out more about what dental crowns can do for you, just pick up your phone and call the dentists at Dental Pointe Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in Naperville, IL. Dial (630) 333-9571 today to get started on your new smile!
How oral surgery from your dentists in Naperville, IL, can help you and your smile
If you are suffering from tooth pain, having oral surgery can relieve your pain and save your smile. There are many reasons why you might need oral surgery, both painful and non-painful. The dentists at Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, offer oral surgery services to heal your smile.
So, what may cause you to need oral surgery? Pain is often the main reason people turn to oral surgery. Tooth pain can be acute and can disrupt your life. Some of the main causes of tooth pain which lead to oral surgery include:
- Deep dental decay which can’t be relieved with root canal therapy
- Extensive damage to tooth structure which can’t be corrected with a dental restoration
- A severe dental infection or abscess which can’t be healed with other treatment
There are also many non-painful reasons to have oral surgery, including:
- Upcoming orthodontic treatment to create more space by removing teeth
- Severe bone loss and tooth mobility related to periodontal disease
- Wisdom tooth removal due to lack of space or incomplete tooth eruption
Dental implants are also another common cause of needing oral surgery. Dental implants replace missing teeth, renewing the appearance of your smile, and restoring your full chewing function.
You may also need oral surgery to heal soft tissue. Periodontal disease attacks both the hard and soft tissue, resulting in periodontal pockets full of bacteria around your teeth. Periodontal surgery is often recommended to correct periodontal pockets, and make your mouth healthier.
Oral biopsies are also performed on soft tissue, to determine whether abnormal tissue changes or precancerous or cancerous tissue is present. An oral biopsy is a very important oral surgery service which can protect your health and your life.
Chances are you will need oral surgery treatment at some point in your life, but don’t worry. Oral surgery procedures are state-of-the-art and your dentists at Dental Pointe are dedicated to creating a stress-free, comfortable visit for you. To find out more about oral surgery and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call the dentists at Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, today!