Invisalign® – A Nearly Invisible Tooth Realignment System
You may or may not know we’ve been providing orthodontic services in the office for more than five years now and recently have become certified in the Invisalign technique. Invisalign is a way to straighten your teeth without braces. It uses a series of hard plastic, computer-designed mouthguard-like trays, each giving incremental movement towards the desired result.If you’ve wanted to straighten your teeth, but haven’t wanted braces, you may want to look into Invisalign.Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.
Cosmetic Dentistry can make your smile light up a room! • Whitening: Over time many things can cause your teeth to lose their whiteness – smoking, consumption of coffee and other dark beverages and just normal wear and tear can cause teeth to appear yellowed or stained. Whitening is an inexpensive and safe option to bring back their brightness. Whitening has become a very popular procedure for enhancing smiles.
Patients who opt for in-office teeth whitening can enjoy a whiter, brighter smile in as little as one dental appointment. Using Zoom!™ tooth bleaching treatments to whiten teeth, Dr. Kidonakis can improve a patient’s smile up to ten shades whiter than their natural color. To whiten teeth, a special gel is applied to the gums, and teeth whitening product is applied to the teeth. A special light is used to activate the teeth whitening gel and can produce amazing results!
Family dentist Dr. Kidonakis also offers at-home teeth whitening trays for her patients to use in their own home in Glenview, Northbrook, or surrounding areas. These professional-grade teeth whitening trays are affordable, effective, and provide results that cannot be obtained through store-bought systems to whiten teeth. Trays are also custom-made to fit the patient’s teeth, giving them their own special fabricated teeth whitening tray to use in the privacy of their own home. Trays are filled with tooth bleaching gel given by the dentist to whiten teeth, and are worn for approximately an hour a day, and patients will often see full results in as little as two weeks.
- Crowns: There are times when your dentist will recommend crowns. A crown or cap is a metal and/or porcelain covering that is placed over the tooth surface, restoring strength and appearance. Crowns are needed when a filling is not enough to give tooth proper structure, to fix fractures, or lend support for bridges. Crowns improve the appearance and structure of the tooth.Crowns typically consist of two appointments. Impressions are made and sent to a local laboratory in order to create the custom crowns. For placement, the tooth will be numbed in order to remove any existing decay and to shape the tooth for the new crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it while the new one is being made. It is important that great care be taken with the temporary to avoid loosening. When the new crown arrives, the patient will return to the office for placement and fitting.
- Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a beautiful option for creating the smile you’ve always wanted. Veneers consist of very thin sheets of porcelain that are attached to the front of the teeth, improving shape, size and color. With the first step of the process, the existing teeth are buffed and shaped and an impression is taken. The specific color that will be used is also chosen. With the second step, bonding adhesive will be used to attach the veneer to the teeth and a light beam will set the adhesive.
- White Fillings: Previously, silver or gold fillings were used. Now Composite resins can be used. The fillings are used to fix teeth that have been damaged by decay and/or fractures. The affected portion of the tooth will be removed and replaced with composite filling. They are attractive since they match existing teeth and with proper care last for many years.Fillings can be done during one appointment. Anesthesia is necessary in order to allow the dentist to remove decay and apply medication to further protect nerve endings. The filling is shaped and smoothed to ensure an authentic look and feel.
Don’t wait any longer. Call today for an appointment and get closer to a healthy, beautiful smile!
Restoring your beautiful smile! Preventative measures will always need to part of a general oral health plan. In circumstances where damage has already been done however, more intensive procedures may be needed to bring teeth back to their healthy appearance and operation. Our staff will keep you informed on the options that will relieve pain, repair damage, improve your bite and get you back to normal function and look.
- Implants: Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost. Through a non-invasive procedure, these artificial roots, preserve valuable, irreplaceable tooth structure and bone. A tooth implant can be a substitute for a single missing tooth, or multiple dental implants can replace a few or all teeth allowing you to eat and smile with confidence. The tooth implant is not removable and feels natural. Dental implants are maintained with good, regular dental hygiene.
Implants replace teeth, restore chewing ability and improve sagging facial tissues in the process. Dental implants prevent bone absorption –- they help your body retain existing jaw bone and prevent further bone loss. This helps you look younger by avoiding a sunken look. A durable tooth implant is ‘just around the corner’ for patients in Glenview or the surrounding areas.
They are natural looking, secure and durable, and last for many years! The best tooth replacement option for a patient who has lost a tooth and considers stability important, is an implant restoration.
Your self-esteem and your diet don’t have to suffer from a missing tooth. See Dr. Kidonakis today to find out how a tooth implant can give you back your smile!
- Root Canals: A root canal may be needed to relieve severe pain or sensitivity caused by extensive decay. Many times an infection is present. The affected tissue needs to be removed, and the nerve canal reshaped and filled with a special material and finally sealed and crowned to help prevent future infection.
- Bridges: Another way to replace lost teeth, this permanent fixture is typically made of porcelain on top of metal that fits over existing teeth. Bridges are the solution to many of the same issues that implants are used for, and another option for patients, depending on their particular needs and circumstances.
- Dentures: Dentures are a removable option to replace missing teeth. They can be full appliances or partial. Natural, existing teeth may need to be prepared for dentures to fit properly. Immediate dentures are prepared in advance and put in once the teeth are removed. Adjustments for comfort and fit may need to be made once healing has occurred.After proper fit has been achieved, a patient’s smile is enhanced with easy-to-care for dentures.
Your first visit to our office will include a thorough dental exam by the dentist to order to make an initial assessment. A preventative plan will be recommended, where you will come in for regular check-ups to include:• Cleaning and polishing: The cleaning will consist of removal of tartar, which has hardened on the teeth over time, along with the sticky plaque that has formed over the teeth. Plaque is a formation of bacteria and build up that will eventually cause inflammation. The instruments and technique we use will safely remove this build up. Followed up by polishing that removes stains and enhances the cleaning.
- Gum evaluation and treatment: Your gums and the bone supporting your teeth will be checked for disease.
- Oral cancer screening: The lips, tongue, throat, neck and gums are examined for any possible signs of oral cancer.
- X-rays: A full set of safe, low radiation digital x-rays are performed and are crucial for giving the dentist information such as state of bone loss (if any), development deviations, abscesses, teeth coming in at the wrong position, tumors and other issues hiding within the teeth and gums. Early detection is important in treating many oral health issues.
- Evaluation of existing work: Checking current crowns, bridges, fillings, etc. are done to check for any damage or need for replacement.
What is Periodontal Disease?Periodontal disease is something that effects a large portion of the population. It is a disease that causes pockets or spaces in the gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter. The build up of plaque causes the gums to become inflamed and form these pockets. Normal brushing cannot reach this build up and over time the pockets continue to get deeper. Symptoms may include bad breath, red and puffy gums, bleeding gums and loose or sensitive teeth.
- Diagnosis: Gingivitis is the beginning stages of periodontal disease. Bleeding when brushing is a sign of this, as is inflammation and tenderness. We will measure between the tooth and gums to determine the depth of any pockets that may be present.
- Treatment: Gingivitis and periodontal disease must be treated to prevent further destruction of teeth, gums, and bone, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Depending on the extent of the disease, a deep cleaning and scaling will be recommended and will typically be done with local numbing. When the build up has been removed from below the gum line, the tissue will heal in a short time.
- Maintenance: Follow-up appointments will be recommended to keep an eye on the healing progress. Medicated rinses, consistent flossing and using an electric toothbrush are some of the home treatments suggested. We will discuss a thorough in-home follow-up care program for you.