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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, listen up! Reassess your healthy oral habits for a brighter, better smile

Healthy Oral Habits

You probably know brushing at least two times a day, along with daily flossing, is a healthy oral habit. However, did you know technique and floss matters? We want you to keep up the good, healthy habits that you have mastered, with some potential adjustments to do even better. Don’t rush it. Brush for at least two minutes. Resist the temptation to shortchange yourself. Consider brushing your teeth in four segments, for 30 seconds each segment. Pick a song you like on your iPhone and brush to it. Better to overdo it time-wise than to underdo it. That said, use … Continue reading

Ten ways to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Chicago

Improve Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry in Chicago

Here’s a simple question that some people would rather not answer. Do you love your smile? If you answered “no,” don’t worry, it’s fixable. How do we know? Because smiles are our business, and there is no such thing as “beyond repair.” After all, the worst-case scenario for a smile is being without teeth, and even that’s fixable! Yes, you can love your smile, and here are six ways cosmetic dentistry can make that happen: Teeth whitening – This is the fastest, most economical, and most requested cosmetic procedure. Teeth whitening can be accomplished in-office with a single treatment, or at home … Continue reading

Makeovers and reasons to smile

  Click on the image to view the video Do you avoid looking in mirrors, eating out, or speaking in public? Do you cover your mouth when you smile, and keep your lips closed tight when there is a camera around? Do you simply hate your teeth? Well, maybe they don’t like you much either. Your hair gets its special day at the salon, and your skin gets all kinds of fancy creams. The kitchen got a new coat of paint, and the car got some wax. Yet your poor teeth just sit there, accumulating stains, decaying, and mourning their … Continue reading

Dental implants: A solution for the hole problem

Your smile matters You probably wouldn’t go to a class reunion, job interview, big date, or holiday dinner with holes in your clothes. However, believe it or not, the cuff of your jacket isn’t the first thing people notice. It probably isn’t even the second or third. According to psychologists, people form “first impressions” within seconds after meeting a stranger. Many judgments are made before someone notices every detail, but one thing you can count on everyone noticing (for good or bad) is your smile. A hole in your smile can put a hole in your image, and if you … Continue reading

Need smile perfection fast for a job interview in Chicago? Think porcelain veneers!

Chicago is the city that works. World Business Chicago reports that our July 2013 unemployment rate is down compared to the previous month, and that the metro area currently employs about 4,443 million residents. New employment opportunities are popping up in the windy city in sectors like education, health and social services, professional services, arts and entertainment, tourism, real estate, finance and insurance, and manufacturing. If you are being interviewed for one of those coveted position, the hiring manager (or, gulp, hiring TEAM) is assessing every aspect of your appearance . . . including your smile. Why? Because your grooming, … Continue reading

The tooth of the matter: Not all Chicago cosmetic dentistry is created equal

There was a time when a dentist was no more than a tooth repair-person, but those days are long gone, and today’s patients expect more from dentistry. You want to love your smile, and attract attention for all the right reasons every time you open your mouth. For your most beautiful smile, you need a cosmetic dentist. What certification? You might assume that anyone in Chicago calling herself or himself a cosmetic dentist has received specific training and passed cosmetic dentistry certification to earn the right to that title. You would be wrong. Cosmetic dentists are not required to have … Continue reading

Smile Confidently with Veneers

Opting for one or more of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures or treatments in Chicago to improve the appearance of a person’s smile will offer them a lot of benefits, and these benefits significantly outweigh the drawbacks. A smile that is white, straight, and youthful gives that person an appearance that is younger and more appealing. Among the most ideal and permanent ways to get a stunning, eye-catching smile is to opt for veneers. If a person has been looking for a way to get that Hollywood smile, they can do so by opting for veneers. A person who undergoes a … Continue reading

Whiten Away Stains with Zoom! Whitening

A person who has teeth that are stained, discolored, or yellowed are normally reluctant to smile. With the current lifestyle and age, it is difficult to keep a person’s teeth from turning yellow or grey, or from being stained or discolored. A person normally refrains from smiling in order to keep any stained or discolored teeth hidden from other people. Nowadays however, a person can opt for a special procedure which will restore their smile and give them the liking to smile again in just 45 minutes. A person who wants to get rid of stains or discolorations can opt … Continue reading

Your smile holds the wisdom of regenerative medicine

We hear a lot about stem cell research in the news today, but the subject is still hazy for most people. Stem cells are not yet programmed for muscle, bone, cartilage, or other specialized uses. By watching stem cells develop, researchers learn how these tissues grow. That knowledge builds an understanding of how to guide the body into producing healthy cells to replace diseased ones. Your wisdom teeth could play an important role. About 65 percent of the global population develops wisdom teeth, the four “third molars” furthest back in the mouth. It is believed that the other 35 percent … Continue reading



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