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By Mill Pond Dental Group
March 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Adult Invisalign BracesIf you're considering braces, congratulations! You'll achieve a more pleasing, healthier set of teeth. Statistics from the American Association of Orthodontists show children aren't the only ones who need braces. Frequently, older patients use Invisalign clear aligners to achieve their best smiles. Learn the benefits of Invisalign from Dr. Eric Young, your dentist at Mill Pond Dental Group in Mokena.

What is Invisalign?

This FDA-approved orthodontic system corrects a variety of smile alignment problems such as:

  • Protruding front teeth
  • Tooth rotation and tipping
  • Gaps
  • Crowded and overlapping teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite

Invisalign consists of a custom-made series of thin, acrylic aligners which snap snugly over both top and bottom arches. Just like metal, ceramic or lingual braces, Invisalign appliances place pressure on selected teeth, moving them to improve their position, function and appearance. However, Invisalign appliances differ from traditional braces in many ways--one of which is their discreet appearance. That's right. No one can tell you're wearing Invisalign aligners!

Treatment with Invisalign

To begin treatment, you'll see your dentist at Mill Pond Dental Group in Mokena for a complete oral examination and special scans. This information will qualify you for Invisalign treatment and help Dr. Young formulate your care plan. A technician at the Invisalign lab will craft your aligner pairs--18 to 30 in all, depending on your particular needs.

As you go through treatment, you'll wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours daily, moving on to the next pair in sequence every two weeks or so. You'll remove your aligners to brush, floss and eat, and if you wish, you may take them out for a special event such as a professional presentation or wedding.

When you complete treatment, you'll have a healthier, more attractive smile. To keep it well-aligned, you'll wear a special appliance called a retainer--typically at night.

Additional benefits of Invisalign

  • Oral hygiene is simple. Just remove the aligners, and clean them with a soft brush and toothpaste. Brush and floss as usual, and replace the appliances.
  • There are no uncomfortable wires, brackets, or bands to irritate your lips or gums.
  • Progress checks at Mill Pond Dental Group happen every four to six weeks, and they, too are quick and easy.
  • Invisalign aligners address many orthodontic problems. So, likely you are a candidate for this innovative system of clear appliances.

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A healthy, beautiful smile can be yours through Invisalign invisible aligners. For your individualized consultation with your dentist, Dr. Eric Young, please call Mill Pond Dental Group in Mokena, IL, at (708) 722-1600.

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You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.

Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.

Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening. The bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.

Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.

Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.

These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.

If you would like more information on cosmetic answers to aging teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Mill Pond Dental Group
August 17, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Mill Pond Dental Group
November 22, 2017
Category: Implant Dentistry

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Mokena, IL dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Mokena, IL Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Mokena, IL dentist to schedule an appointment.