Our practice understands the difficulties people face when they have to live with a visibly imperfect smile. Having stained, broken, and misshapen teeth can take a toll on our wellbeing by affecting our self-esteem and mood. Fortunately, people no longer have to suffer in silence. Cosmetic dentistry offers stunning solutions for dental imperfections that will look and feel natural. With cosmetic treatments, we can turn even the most problematic smile into a beautiful one. Dr. Kuban offers popular treatments like teeth whitening services, porcelain veneers, and white restorations.

Teeth Whitening

A professional teeth whitening produces results that are more effective than store-bought toothpaste and whitening strips. This is because professional treatments contain prescription-grade whitening solutions that are powerful enough to penetrate deep into teeth without damaging tooth enamel.

Receiving teeth whitening treatments are not uncomfortable or invasive. Moreover, they produce long-lasting, noticeable results.

Teeth Whitening by Pekin, IL Dentist

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are cosmetic enhancements made for teeth. They are bonded over the front surfaces of teeth to conceal noticeable flaws like stains, chips, cracks, and spacing issues. A veneer is a razor-thin, tooth-shaped enhancement made from porcelain. The reason veneers are made from porcelain is because this material is nearly indistinguishable from biologic tooth structure. To place veneers, tooth structure is slightly but permanently altered. This is necessary to create a “bed” for which veneers can lay flat against. Fortunately, receiving veneers is not uncomfortable or overly invasive. With veneers, a person can enjoy a permanent, total smile makeover.

White Restorations & Bonding Treatments

White restorations are a great way to improve one’s appearance while also strengthening natural tooth structure. While restorations are commonly used to repair broken teeth or strengthen damaged teeth, they can also be used for cosmetic reasons. For instance, a porcelain dental crown is great for covering a noticeably flawed tooth. With white restorations, patients can enjoy stronger, more beautiful teeth. We offer porcelain custom restorations and composite resin for fillings and bonding treatments.

Bonding treatments are a cost-effective way to mimic the results that porcelain veneers can provide. The difference, however, is that bonding treatments do not have near as long a lifespan as veneers. Bonding can be used to hide stains and chips discreetly.

If you desire a more aesthetically pleasing smile, we invite you to schedule a smile makeover consultation with Dr. Kuban. During your visit, our team will help you decide the best treatment(s) for your unique needs.

Composite Fillings

A composite filling is a tooth-colored filling that is meant to repair a tooth affected by cracks, fractures, or decay. If there is a decayed portion of the tooth, it will be removed before filling. We have many different filling materials available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings are most well suited to visible teeth. They are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced, though they are quite durable.

There are several reasons you might want a composite filling, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth

Worn Teeth

During a single appointment, we will numb your tooth and remove any decay. Next, we will clean the space and prepare it for the new filling. We then place it, shape it, and polish it. You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold following the placement of a composite filling, but this will subside quickly. Be sure to follow all care instructions and practice good oral hygiene.

Common Questions about Cosmetic Dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry?

The objectives of cosmetic dentistry are to improve the appearance of teeth, and subsequently one’s smile by doing so. Cosmetic dentistry can involve treatments like professional whitening, which does not permanently alter tooth structure, along with placing cosmetic enhancements and restorations so that noticeable flaws are concealed. Popular cosmetic dental treatments include professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, and white restorations.

Performing cosmetic treatments involves a customized approach. Treatment plans are developed specifically for the unique circumstances a person faces.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a type of restoration. This restoration fits over all a tooth’s structure above the gum line. Like a cap, a crown will cover the biting surfaces and sides of teeth. Dental crowns can make teeth appear much more attractive when white materials are chosen for the fabrication of this restoration. While dental crowns can be used to protect broken and diseased teeth, they also produce the appearance of a healthy, properly shaped tooth. When patients choose porcelain crowns, they will enjoy a very natural looking complement to their smiles. White crowns can conceal everything from chips and cracks to deep, dark stains.

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a cosmetic enhancement. Tooth-shaped and made from porcelain, a veneer is used to conceal dental imperfections. Veneers are bonded over the most visible anterior teeth so that people with noticeably imperfect smiles can reap the benefits of a white, proportionate looking smile.

Porcelain veneers are micro thin and only require a little tooth preparation for their placement. Each veneer is custom made to fit a specific tooth. This is accomplished by utilizing the latest technology and software, which is used to develop the specifications necessary to fabricate custom enhancements and restorations.

Will a tooth extraction hurt?

If you have sensitive teeth, it is understandable that you might be afraid to whiten them or subject them to anything that might increase tooth sensitivity. Those with sensitive teeth should avoid using over the counter whitening products. These products typically have harsh abrasives to assist with removing surface stains. Sometimes, over the counter products can have unstable formulas, too, that might increase sensitivity. Fortunately, receiving a professional whitening treatment from our dentist is safe for teeth, including sensitive teeth. If you have tooth sensitivity, be sure to bring this up with our team when you inquire about our cosmetic services.

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