At some point, you may consider options for improving your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. After all, your smile’s a dominant part of your appearance, and it’s natural to want it took as attractive as possible. With a wide array of treatment options, Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas can help you address the issues that affect your smile’s physical appearance. From teeth whitening to dental implants, your smile makeover will entail only what you need to bring out your smile’s natural beauty.
Common Cosmetic Options
The term “staining” may automatically make you think of obvious, odd-colored areas on your tooth, which are common. However, staining can also be more discreet, involving the discoloration of your entire tooth, or all of your teeth together. Teeth whitening describes the process of chemically oxidizing your tooth’s structure (underneath the enamel) to erase teeth stains and brighten your smile’s countenance.
Chips and Cracks
Chewing on ice, pens, pencils, and other inedible objects, grinding your teeth more often than you should, or minor accidental trauma can cause your teeth to chip or crack. If severe enough, such damage can constitute an emergency and require immediate attention. To repair a cracked tooth (after the infection is resolved, if necessary), Dr. Loukas can place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it from further injury and restore its appearance.
Crowding and Odd Spacing
When teeth are crooked, braces are the typical go-to treatment for straightening them. Sometimes, though, teeth misalignment may look worse than it is. If your problem is cosmetic, Dr. Loukas may be able to improve your smile without the need for orthodontic braces. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of lifelike dental porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, reshaping the entire contour of your smile, if necessary.
Missing teeth are more complicated to restore than stained or chipped teeth. They’re also much more than a mere cosmetic issue. Tooth loss leads to a host of complications, including increased risks to your remaining teeth and possible jawbone deterioration. Replacing lost teeth with dental implants will restore the ranks of your smile while helping preserve your oral health, and the improved support provides a more comfortable and realistic fit for your replacement teeth.
About Your Park Ridge Dentists:
Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas are highly-skilled restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentists serving the Park Ridge and surrounding Chicago communities. To schedule an appointment, call Loukas General Dentistry today at (847) 696-1919.