Procedures transcend the cosmetic, as Chicagoans realize appearance-related benefits while preventing health problems

How great does it feel to wear clothes that look tailored to you, or to get a haircut that perfectly fits your style? Even though that new haircut may be a confidence-booster, it will always grow out. Tastes can be fickle. That garment will eventually become last season's news, and can't be worn just anywhere.

Imagine the terrific feeling of a new or improved smile you can wear all the time. It's both office and eveningwear appropriate, and a great smile never goes out of season.

Of course, when you look better, you feel better. Cosmetic dentistry, though, has many implications for overall health. Consider preventing or stopping the progression of dental conditions that can turn into big medical problems a nice side effect of visiting Big Smile Dental with concerns about the appearance of your teeth.

Stained teeth

It's true you may have a twice-daily Starbucks habit to blame for your less-than-pearly whites. Coffee stains can be removed with whitening or bleaching treatments at the office, at home, or both chair-side and at-home.

Nerve or blood vessel damage can also be to blame for discoloration. Cavities may show up as brown, black, or even white surface stains, holes, and pits. We need to restore your mouth to health before prescribing whitening treatments. Along the way, possible fractures, infections, and tooth loss that can affect how you look, talk, and eat may be avoided.

Chipped, cracked teeth

Dental enamel is stronger than any other bodily substance, even bones. Imagine the stress it takes to chip, crack, and fracture teeth. Big Smile Dental corrects embarrassing chips with everything from bonding to veneers to crowns. As we improve the look of your teeth, the root cause of chips, cracks and other imperfections are diagnosed and addressed to prevent more cosmetic and medical problems.

You may clench your teeth at night. This grinding while you sleep damages the teeth. It can cause jaw, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as headaches. A night-guard protects veneers, bonding, and crowns from damage or stops further damage. Depending on the amount of wear or decay, Big Smile Dental may recommend root canal therapy and a restoration such as a crown to avoid infections, extractions, or dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Crooked teeth

Invisalign is a convenient way to straighten your teeth without anyone noticing. What you will notice over time is the effect these clear aligners have on your smile. Consider how Invisalign, veneers, and other methods to correct spacing issues make it easier for you to clean in-between and around teeth.

Straighter teeth are certainly much easier to brush and floss. The better the oral hygiene practices, the less risk of developing gum disease and cavities that require cosmetic fillings, root canals treatments, crowns, bridges, or dental implants.

By fixing your crooked teeth, you are no longer placing pressure or causing undue wear on otherwise healthy teeth. In addition, you can avoid muscle tension arising from misaligned teeth.

A pretty smile can be indicative of good health. Know that when you fix the things you hate about your appearance in the dental office, the effects are more than skin deep. For more information on how Big Smile Dental can help you call 773-772-8400.

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