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By All Smiles
August 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.

As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”

Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.

When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.

You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?

We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.

Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”

By All Smiles
August 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Having a big Hollywood smile can help you look and feel great. However, for many people, getting to that point takes some help from an invisalignorthodontist. Luckily, straightening your teeth no longer requires traditional metal brackets and wires. With Invisalign, you can straighten your smile discreetly, eat the foods you love, and more. Learn more about Invisalign with your dentist at All Smiles in Worth, IL.

How does Invisalign work? 
Rather than using traditional metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic and comfortable aligner trays. Patients wear each tray in the series for about two weeks. Worn one after the other until the end of treatment, the trays place pressure onto the teeth to slowly move them into their new positions. Most Invisalign treatments last about a year though the length of treatment varies from patient to patient.

Why choose Invisalign over traditional braces?

  • Removable: Invisalign’s trays are completely removable. This means that, if necessary, patients may remove Invisalign for a big event like public speaking or prom. Traditional metal braces require wearers to avoid certain foods for fear of breaking or damaging the wires or brackets. Simply remove Invisalign’s trays before eating and enjoy all the foods that you love.
  • Appearance: Invisalign makes the term “brace face” a thing of the past. With virtually invisible trays, you can rest assured knowing that your look doesn’t have to change with your smile.
  • Easy Care: Traditional braces require the use of special threading floss and water picks to floss between and under every wire and bracket in your mouth. This time-consuming process may not fit well in your daily routine. However, Invisalign makes caring for your smile during orthodontic treatment easy. Simply remove Invisalign trays before brushing and flossing to keep your teeth healthy during treatment.
  • Know Your Results: Before beginning treatment, Invisalign’s laboratory sends your Worth dentist a video containing the route on which your teeth move during treatment. The video involves your final results. Traditional metal braces keep your end result a surprise.

Dentists recommend Invisalign for teens over the age of 12 and adults with a strong at-home oral care routine and a commitment to wearing their trays for at least 22 hours a day. For more information on Invisalign, please contact your dentist at All Smiles in Worth, IL. Call (708) 448-0333 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!

By All Smiles
August 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: chipped tooth  

A tooth that's been chipped doesn't mean it's no longer healthy. The same, unfortunately, can't be said about the attractiveness of your smile, especially if it's one of your front teeth. A chipped tooth can be quite noticeable and make you self-conscious.

The good news is a chipped tooth can be restored cosmetically to look just as normal and attractive as your other teeth. Depending on the application there are two different materials we commonly use: porcelains, a type of oven-fired ceramic most often found in veneers or crowns; or composite resins, a mixture of glass and plastic substances we apply in liquid form that hardens in built-up layers on the tooth's surface to ultimately resemble normal tooth shape and color.

So, which of these two materials is the best option for your tooth? That depends on the extent and location of the tooth damage. Composite resins are most often used for mild to moderate chipping or breaks in the enamel (and somewhat for the underlying dentin) or decayed areas in the front teeth. Porcelain veneers or crowns are better for more extensive damage or discoloration.

Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages. Composite resins can be applied in one office visit, but they require a skillful technique and an artistic eye to achieve a life-like appearance; although their strength has improved over the years, they're also limited in their durability and longevity compared to porcelain. Porcelain, on the other hand, is quite durable and has an excellent tooth-like appearance; they do, however, require removal of more tooth material than a composite resin to accommodate the new veneer or crown, along with more than one visit and the services of a dental lab to create the restoration.

The best way to find out which option is best for you is to visit us for a thorough dental examination. From there we can review with you our findings, our recommendations and the costs associated with each option. But whichever material we use, porcelain or composite resins, you can look forward to a new smile you'll be proud to display.

If you would like more information on cosmetic treatments for teeth, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”