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Healthy Smiles, Inc.

 COSMETIC DENTISTRY
COSMETIC DENTISTRY
This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.
 
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options including:
WHITENING
Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Bleaching can be used to whitening stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, tooth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure ideal for most patients.  Our office offers three methods of whitening: in-office whitening, at home tray whitening or Treswhites.

Our office uses Boost Whitening by Opalescence. This in-office whitening procedure is ideal for anyone wanting immediate results.  Because the entire procedure takes place in our office in about an hour, it is the perfect choice for busy individuals.  Opalescence Boost is chemically activated, so it starts working as soon as it is placed on your teeth, and it doesn't require a hot uncomfortable light for efficacy. 

Another method of whitening includes at home whitening trays. Tray whitening is a slightly less expensive whitening treatment you can use while in the comfort of your own home to gradually whiten teeth.  We will first take an impression of your teeth to create a customized clear tray that you will wear to whiten your teeth.  Within a few days your trays will be ready to be picked up and we will show you how to apply the special whitening material to the trays.  The whitening gel trays should be worn 30-60 minutes up to twice a day.  At the end of this period, you will see maximum whitening results that are nothing short of dazzling.  Occasional treatments can be used at your convenience to maintain your new smile. 

Opalescence Treswhites are prefilled, disposable trays that allowing you to whiten on the go.  Treswhites are more effective and easier to use than supermarket tooth whitening products.  It offers affordable, prescription-strength tooth whitening on the go.   Back to top

ORTHODONTICS
Orthodontics is the art of using appliances to straighten and align teeth.Most commonly it involves the use of braces to move teeth into their proper positioning. In this method, brackets are bonded to the teeth and arch wires are threaded through the brackets. The arch wires act as a track, and guide each tooth to its proper position. There are several types of orthodontic braces available to consumers, including the more traditional metal braces, ceramic "tooth colored" braces, as well as clear plastic braces.


The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear, snap-on, custom fit, removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, allowing them to shift. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but since the trays are made of clear plastic, they are virtually invisible. In addition, because Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.

The Invisalign System begins by first creating a series of trays that will each move your teeth gradually until the end result is achieved. At the end of each two-week period, you will switch trays. Throughout the process, you will visit your dentist every six weeks to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Once your treatment is complete, you will likely wear a clear retainer to ensure your new smile stays in place.

As with all orthodontic appliances, the cost of Invisalign varies according to the complexity of the case. However, Invisalign is generally more expensive than traditional braces. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.   Back to top

ORTHODONTIC RETAINERS
Orthodontic Retainers are appliances made from plastic and stainless steel to custom fit your mouth.  They act as a guide to hold your teeth into place after braces are removed.  The retainer holds your teeth in place so your surround gums and bone can adjust around them – allowing you to maintain your realigned smile.  Although the time you must wear a retainer will vary, many orthodontists recommend retainers are worn into the early 20s until the bone in your jaw and mouth has stopped growing.  Back to top

 

VENEERS
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a composite or porcelain covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and the result is a beautiful and life-like smile.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.  Back to top



 
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G-West
Chicago, IL 60618
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