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4AffordableWaystoTransformYourSmileforaOnce-In-A-LifetimeMoment

People improve their smiles for a lot of reasons: to better their career prospects, to put some juice in their social lives or just to do something special for themselves. But you may have an even stronger reason: a once-in-a-lifetime event—maybe your wedding day—is coming up soon.

You have several options for transforming your smile for the big day—and some are even quite economical. Here are 4 affordable ways to make your smile beautiful for that forever moment.

Cleanings. While dental cleanings should already be part of your regular dental care, scheduling one right before a big event can do wonders for your smile. Not only can your hygienist remove any lingering dull and dingy plaque and tartar, but they can polish your teeth for a brighter shine. Remember, though: dental cleanings support your own hygiene efforts, they don't replace them. Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile.

Teeth Whitening. You can also get an extra boost of brightness with a tooth whitening procedure. Using a professional bleaching solution and other techniques, your dentist can lighten your smile to your tastes, from a more natural hue to dazzling white. The whitening effect, though, is temporary, so plan to see your dentist no more than a few weeks before your big day.

Bonding. Perhaps a tiny chip is all that stands between you and a knockout smile. Your dentist may be able to repair that and other minor defects by bonding tooth-colored materials to the chip site. These composite resin materials have the shine of enamel and can be color-blended to match your tooth's natural shade. Composite resins are also fairly rugged, although you should avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.

Veneers. Although more expensive than the previous options mentioned, veneers are still affordable compared to crowns or bridgework. Usually made of thin layers of dental porcelain, dentists bond veneers to the front of teeth to mask mild to moderate problems like heavy staining, disfiguration and minor gaps. But because veneers are custom-fabricated by a dental lab, you'll need to plan them with your dentist at least six months before your event. The resulting change to your smile, though, may well be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on transforming your smile for a special event, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileCosmetic dentistry has helped numerous patients experience a smile renewal—even after years of coping with their smile imperfections. Cosmetic treatments can reduce the appearance of spaces between the teeth, change their color, smooth out ridges, and add stability. Find out how Dr. Hartej Sood, a dentist serving patients in Chicago, IL, can add vitality and newness to your smile.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
One specialty offered at many dentist offices is cosmetic dentistry. Its focus is on beautifying, restoring, recoloring, and rearranging the teeth so that the patient has a better-looking (and feeling) smile. Some patients only need a minor treatment, while others may require a full smile makeover. The demand for cosmetic dentistry has been strong since ancient times in human history when people tried to fix their smiles using stones, shells, and bones. Thankfully, the technology has advanced significantly since then.

Common Treatments
When you visit your Chicago, IL, dentist for a cosmetic consultation, you’ll have an X-ray taken along with a visual examination of your smile. Based on this exam, which should only take about 30 minutes to an hour, Dr. Sood will recommend the best way to improve your smile. These are some of the most common treatments:

  • Veneers, to cover imperfections.
  • Crown Restorations, to secure and strengthen damaged teeth.
  • Dental Implants, to replace missing or loose teeth.
  • Dentures, to replace a full row of teeth.
  • Gum Surgery, to reduce the appearance of a “gummy” smile.
  • Invisalign Braces, to update the positioning of the teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry Has Many Benefits
Statistics published by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) shows that there’s a consistent demand for cosmetic procedures. If you’re still unsure if cosmetic dentistry is the right choice for you, consider these benefits:

  • A nice smile can inspire you to be more social and improves your overall appearance.
  • When your teeth are more favorably aligned and closely placed, they give you better support when chewing.
  • Many cosmetic treatments are quick and easy. Some only require one relatively short dental visit.

Improve Your Smile
Take some time to explore the various benefits of having your Chicago, IL, dentist fix up your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Call (773) 327-0011 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sood today!

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsHow dental implants from your dentist in Chicago, IL, can help you regain your smile

Have you lost your smile because of missing teeth? Are you tired of having large gaps because of missing teeth? If so, you need to discover the benefits of dental implants! Your dentist, Dr. Hartej S. Sood, in Chicago, IL, offers dental implants that will replace your missing teeth, fill in the large gaps, and help you regain your smile.

Dental implants are popular, and for good reason. They provide the most natural-looking, fully-functioning tooth replacement available today. They offer benefits that other tooth replacement methods like dental bridges, removable partials, and dentures can’t provide. Consider these amazing benefits:

  • Dental implants look just like natural teeth; the dental implant crown is made of light-reflective materials that closely resemble tooth enamel.
  • Dental implants are completely stable; they won’t ever move because they are surrounded and embedded in bone.
  • Dental implants are easy to maintain; you can just brush and floss them with your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are permanent; they resist stains and will never decay. They can last a lifetime. with proper care.

Dental implants also help you maintain bone, because your body will produce more bone to fuse with the dental implants. This means a firmer jawline and more youthful facial contours for you.

You can replace a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth with dental implants. You can also provide a strong foundation for a denture, which is snapped in place over the implants. No matter how many teeth you have lost, you can regain your smile with dental implants.

When you choose dental implants to replace lost teeth, you are choosing the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

If you need to regain your smile, choose the best, dental implants! Find out more about the benefits of dental implants by calling your dentist, Dr. Hartej S. Sood, in Chicago, IL. Call now and get started on your new smile!

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
November 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
JasonDerulosIdealMatch

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
March 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Let’s help you figure out how you can get the smile you’ve always wanted.cosmetic dentistry

We know that not everyone is confident in or happy with their smiles; however, most people just go about life offering up close-lipped smiles and shying away from social gatherings and conversations as a result. There’s no reason to hide your smile from the world. Our Chicago, IL cosmetic dentist, Dr. Hartej Sood, is here to tell you the many ways your smile could benefit from cosmetic dentistry.

Dental Veneers

If you want a straight, more symmetrical smile but certain flaws are preventing you from having it, then porcelain veneers could be the cosmetic restoration you’ve been waiting for. These extremely thin, custom-made porcelain shells are bonded to the front of each tooth to hide everything from chips and stains to misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth, and other minor misalignment issues.

Teeth Whitening

Sometimes all those years of smoking or coffee drinking finally catch up with you (or your smile, at least). If your once brilliant teeth are now dull and yellow and you want a quick, fast, and effective way to get a visibly whiter smile then in-office whitening is the cosmetic treatment for you. You may even be able to get your smile five shades whiter (or more!) in just a single one-hour session.

Dental Crowns

Sure, most people think of dental crowns and think that they are only used to protect damaged teeth or a tooth after root canal treatment, but you can also choose to get dental crowns to cover a cosmetically flawed tooth. In this instance, it’s ideal for a tooth that has extensive and severe discolorations or is malformed or badly misshapen. A crown can easily cover the tooth to hide the imperfections and to give you a more attractive smile.

Dental Bonding

Sometimes you are only dealing with minimal flaws in your smile and you don’t want to undergo more extensive cosmetic dentistry. We completely understand. That’s why dental bonding is a fantastic option for someone who has small cracks, chips, gaps between teeth, and discolorations. During bonding, our Chicago dentist will apply a moldable tooth-colored material (also known as composite resin) to the tooth, shape it and then harden it permanently to the tooth with a dental laser.

Has one or more of these cosmetic treatments piqued your interest? Want to find out if you are the perfect candidate? Then let’s sit down and talk about your options. Call our Chicago, IL dental office today.