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Language may differ, but smiling is a universal communication tool, so be sure yours looks its best

Universal Smile

Technology and the ease of travel have bridged the miles. In this global environment, you can count on certain basic emotions being understood by savvy Chicagoans and isolated villagers in southwest Africa alike. Researchers have found reactions of amusement, anger, terror, and sadness are interpreted the same way by wildly different cultures across the world. Laughter is a particularly well-understood as it is universally associated with tickling, playful communication, and happiness. Usually, laughing is also associated with genuine smiles. That said, considering if smiling is universal comes down to also considering this facial feature as among those expressions interpreted differently … Continue reading

Chicago dentist discusses factors behind: “Crowns or fillings — which is a better choice?”

Big Smile Dental offers fillings and crowns that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The team will select the best option for you and your long-term needs. The best option is usually the one that requires the least extensive procedure. When considering crowns versus fillings, the most conservative procedure is the filling because it retains more natural tooth structure. Not every patient is a good candidate for a filling. Some patients may need a crown to restore the tooth to its natural function and beautiful appearance, so the question of: “Crowns or fillings — which is a better choice?” … Continue reading

Invisalign combines the best of traditional braces with the latest technology for a better smile

Dr. Theodore M. Siegel Describing How Invisalign combines the best of traditional braces with the latest technology for a better smile

You can straighten your teeth without the discomfort and obvious appearance of conventional metal braces. Get a more symmetrical and beautiful smile by wearing dental appliances customized to your mouth. Since these appliances are customized to your mouth, they fit teeth snugly and comfortably for the best results and most pleasant experience possible while straightening. Known as Invisalign aligner trays, these powerful tools are made from BPA-free plastic. They won’t irritate delicate gums like traditional brackets and wires. The “Invisalign” part of the name comes from the aligners being nearly invisible because the plastic is clear. All that others see … Continue reading

Don’t like dentures? Chicago dentist discusses what are your other options

Don’t like dentures? You may be wondering what are your other options. If you think of these dental appliances as bulky, ill-fitting, and fake-looking, your perception may need a makeover. Dentures are often associated with replacing all of your teeth, but you may not need a complete denture. Partial dentures replace some missing teeth. Rethink conventional dentures It’s normal for dentures to feel a little strange at first. When paired with skilled professionals, modern technologies and materials result in dentures as comfortable as they are realistic. Prosthetic teeth and a gum-colored base are designed to securely fit in the mouth … Continue reading

Chicago patients ask, “Does healthy teeth help maintain a healthy heart?”

It’s been said that your oral health is a window into the health of the rest of your body. It wouldn’t be a complete discussion about the “mouth-body connection” without exploring one of the most powerful consequences of healthy teeth, which is a healthy heart. Accordingly, if your teeth are not at their best, you may be at greater risk for conditions beyond the teeth and gums. How can teeth affect the heart? The problems with decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria and inflammation. Of course, you can’t avoid bacteria. It’s estimated 500 to 650 different bacterial species … Continue reading

Chicago dentists discuss short-term and long-term cost savings of braces

Dr. Theodore M. Siegel discuss short-term and long-term cost savings of braces

Very few people have perfectly straight teeth, but Big Smile Dental can help you achieve what for so many doesn’t come naturally. With modern methods to correct alignment, you avoid complications that require time-consuming and costly treatment. Upper teeth should fit slightly over lower teeth. The molars’ points should fit the grooves of opposing teeth. Misalignment arises when there is a big difference between the size of the jaws or between the jaw and the teeth. Prolonged pacifier use and other early childhood habits are risk factors. Misalignment can also develop over time as fillings and other restorations become worn. … Continue reading

Chicago dentist offers 5 tips to make the most of your visit

  Maintaining oral health is a shared responsibility between Big Smile Dental and the patient. As such, Dr. Siegel and his team offer 5 tips to make the most of a dentist visit. Keep regular checkups An underlying problem may exist, even if you don’t have bleeding or red gums, discomfort, or other symptoms. Only your dentist will know for sure. For this reason, it’s important to keep appointments as recommended by the dentists at Big Smile Dental. They will examine your teeth and mouth and identify appropriate treatments if you have an underlying condition. Importantly, these appointments help prevent … Continue reading

Insurance, payment options ease cost fears for Invisalign patients in Chicago IL

Dr. Theodore M. Siegel Providing Insurance, payment options ease cost fears for Invisalign patients in Chicago IL

Big Smile Dental patients who straighten their teeth with Invisalign enjoy the benefits of conventional braces while avoiding associated drawbacks. Like conventional braces, the cost of Invisalign treatment is typically covered by dental insurance plans. While benefits differ significantly from one to policy to the next, the level of coverage for Invisalign is typically comparable to coverage for conventional braces treatment. You can get relief from expenses that aren’t covered by dental or medical insurance courtesy of ongoing promotions, and pre-payment and senior discounts. The office team is proud to offer financing that stretches the balance of your payment over … Continue reading

Many people ask, “Is chewing gum good or bad for teeth?”

There are food and drink “good guys” and “bad guys.” Gum can be a “good guy” or a “bad guy” depending on the type of gum you are chewing. Some types may actually protect your teeth from decay and disease, while others contribute to the development of these destructive conditions. What you eat and drink affects your oral health because the naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth flourish on the sugars in foods and beverages. If sugars aren’t removed with diligent, consistent brushing and flossing, a sticky acidic film forms. The acids in plaque carve a destructive path through your … Continue reading

Our Chicago dentist discusses the benefits of in-house teeth whitening

There is a dizzying array of whitening products, some of which you may have tried and found they failed to live up to the marketing hype. While it is possible to see modest improvements with some store-bought whiteners, these products frequently do not contain enough of the active whitening agent to make a difference in the appearance of your teeth. The dentists at Big Smile Dental are equipped to prescribe powerful whiteners. Since these treatments contain higher concentrations of whitening agents, it is possible to achieve a smile that is many shades whiter and to achieve these dramatic whitening results … Continue reading



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