Answering Your Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

Are you looking for a way to address discolored, crooked, or damaged teeth? Ask us about our cosmetic dentistry services in Deerfield, IL. Cosmetic dental care enhances the aesthetics of the smile and can also prevent further tooth damage or oral health issues. With cosmetic dentistry, our patients can receive brighter, more balanced smiles. Cosmetic dental treatments can also improve self-confidence and patients’ satisfaction with their smiles.

Answer cosmetic dentistry questions in Deerfield, IL

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs in Long Grove, IL

Have you been considering cosmetic dental care but want answers to your questions about treatment? Below we answer popular questions about cosmetic treatments:

Who is a good candidate for minimal-prep veneers?

We recommend minimal prep veneers for patients who are already missing some of their natural enamel. Patients who also only want to address small changes to their smiles benefit from these veneers. For example, patients who solely want to fix a tooth gap or discolored tooth are good candidates for treatment. We do not recommend minimal prep veneers for patients with crooked or large teeth, as they will require more tooth preparation.

When will I see teeth whitening results?

Patients who choose in-office Zoom whitening will begin to see changes in their smiles after treatment. If patients choose take-home whitening, it can take one to two weeks to see results.

Can you whiten veneers or bonded teeth?

Bonding resin and porcelain do not react to whitening agents like hydrogen peroxide. If you have an old or stained bonded tooth or veneer, we will recommend a replacement. To prevent discolored veneers or bonded teeth, you can avoid smoking, eating foods, or consuming drinks high in chromogens (like wine, coffee, berries, and tomato sauces), and brush and floss your teeth daily.

Why do you need a retainer after Invisalign?

Retainers keep teeth straight and prevent problems like an orthodontic relapse. Orthodontic relapse occurs when teeth begin shifting to their previous positions. Patients who do not wear retainers after Invisalign treatment may experience tooth gaps or crooked teeth.

How do veneers compare in price to dental bonding treatment?

Tooth bonding can be a more affordable option for patients than dental veneers. However, veneers can address all of the teeth in the smile line and can last longer than bonding treatment.

What are intrinsic and extrinsic tooth stains?

Intrinsic tooth stains occur when particles enter the tooth, discoloring the teeth within. Extrinsic tooth stains occur on the tooth’s surface. We recommend professional teeth whitening for patients with extrinsic tooth stains and will often recommend veneers or bonding treatment for patients with intrinsic tooth stains.

Do you have any more questions about your cosmetic dental care? Schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Brent Engelberg online or call AH Smiles at (847) 230-9703. You can discuss your cosmetic goals with Dr. Engelberg at your next consultation.