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By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
April 15, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns are hollow caps that fit over natural teeth. A crown is needed when a tooth is damaged or decayed. The crown strengthens and protects the affected tooth. A dental crown can also improve the appearance of a tooth with cosmetic imperfections, such as discolorations. Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos, the skilled dentists at Carolyn Bronke Wind and Associates in La Grange, IL, can strengthen and improve your smile with dental crowns.

How Dental Crowns Help

Dental crowns look just like natural teeth but fit over them so the natural tooth is completely encased inside. Since they look natural, dental crowns blend in with the rest of your smile. Each crown is custom-made, as well, for the best look and fit.

Dental crowns can serve several purposes. A primary function is to strengthen teeth that are weak or damaged. Since the natural tooth is encapsulated inside, the crown gives the tooth a strong, new exterior. Additionally, biting and chewing activities are restored in teeth that were previously too weak and damaged to perform these functions. Dental crowns also protect teeth from enduring additional wear and tear.

Another purpose of dental crowns is to transform the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues. Teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained, discolored, or misshaped can be given a flawless new look. Since the crown fits over the tooth, imperfections are hidden inside and only the unblemished exterior of the dental crown is visible.

Dental crowns can also restore smiles affected by tooth loss. A crown can be placed over a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth. Crowns can also help fill in large gaps where several teeth are missing by holding a dental bridge in place.

There are so many ways dental crowns can help your smile, from strengthening it to improving its appearance. The experienced dentists at our office in La Grange, IL, can help you decide if dental crowns are right for you.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns deliver multiple benefits to your smile. Some of the main benefits include:

  • Strengthen weak or damaged teeth
  • Protect teeth from further wear and tear
  • Restore biting and chewing functions
  • Improve the appearance of unattractive teeth
  • Fill in the gaps caused by tooth loss
  • Durable and long-lasting with proper care
  • Look completely natural

You might need a dental crown if you have a damaged or decayed tooth that is too weak to perform normal biting and chewing activities. Additionally, crowns could benefit your smile if you have teeth with cosmetic issues. To find out if a dental crown is needed, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bronke or Dr. Castellanos, the exceptional dentists at Carolyn Bronke Wind and Associates in La Grange, IL, by calling (708) 354-1335.

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
January 29, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Even small flaws in teeth can affect your appearance. A chip on the bottom of a tooth or a small gap between your front teeth may not affect your oral health, but these imperfections can certainly make you feel a little self-conscious. Veneers, a type of dental restoration offered by your La Grange, IL, dentists, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos, hide flaws, improving your smile.

What veneers can do for your smile

Veneers are designed to conceal the most visible imperfections. The thin, tooth-shaped shells are cemented to the fronts of teeth, keeping flaws out of sight. Veneers look just like tooth enamel because they're made with porcelain or plastic, two materials that closely resemble enamel. The restorations can be tinted to match any tooth shade, making them a particularly versatile cosmetic option.

Veneers may be a good choice for you if you have any of these issues with your teeth:

  • You have minor tooth damage: Chips and cracks can occur due to wear and tear. If the damage is minimal and doesn't affect the health or structural integrity of your teeth, veneers offer a simple way to conceal damage.
  • Your tooth is rough: Covering a bumpy or uneven tooth surface with a veneer smooths the tooth and improves the uniformity of your smile.
  • You have an unusually shaped tooth: When you have a tooth that just doesn't look like it belongs in your mouth, a veneer can help. Veneers make crooked or twisted teeth look straight and can improve the shape of any tooth.
  • Your tooth is too short: Veneers also lengthen teeth that are a little too short.
  • You have a discolored tooth: Discoloration can occur due to childhood use of the antibiotic tetracycline, tooth damage or shadows cast by large silver fillings. During your visit to the La Grange dental office, your dentist will choose a veneer shade that matches the color of nearby teeth.
  • You have a gap between your teeth: Veneers close slight gaps between teeth. (Orthodontic treatment may be a better option for larger gaps.)
  • You want a movie star white smile: Most actors and actresses don't come by their bright white smiles naturally. In fact, many of them rely on veneers to keep their teeth white. Veneers are stain-resistant and last for 10 to 15 years or longer.

Makeover your smile with veneers! Call your dentists in La Grange, IL, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos, at (708) 354-1335 to schedule your appointment.

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Smile   Invisalign  

Wearing metal braces used to be a requirement for straight teeth. Fortunately, that's no longer the case, thanks to Invisalign, an innovative orthodontic system offered by your La Grange, IL, dentists, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of removable aligner trays that fit snugly over your upper and lower teeth. Your aligners are custom-designed to meet your orthodontic goals. In fact, your La Grange dentist creates a 3D image of your mouth that helps plot the course of your treatment.

Will people be able to tell that I'm straightening my teeth?

Your aligners are made of clear plastic to make them practically invisible. Your friends and acquaintances may not realize that you're improving your smile unless you tell them.

Do I have to wear the aligners constantly?

For best results, the aligner trays should be worn 20 to 22 hours per day. You'll take them out when you eat, brush, and floss your teeth. You can leave the aligner trays in when you drink water but should remove them when you consume other beverages. After about two weeks, you'll stop wearing your current set of aligners and replace them with the next set in the series.

If you're playing sports and need to wear a mouthguard or are planning a special evening out, you can leave your aligners at home. Going without your aligner trays for a few hours every once in a while won't harm your results, but you'll want to stick to the schedule recommended by your dentist as much as possible.

Is Invisalign a good choice for me?

Invisalign corrects orthodontic issues in older teens and adults. If you have severe issues, you may need traditional braces instead. Although you'll need to visit your dentist to determine if you're a good candidate for the Invisalign treatment, the system is great for those with a mild-to-moderate dental problem.

How long will Invisalign treatment take?

Adults may only need to wear aligner trays for about six to nine months, depending on the severity of the problem. If you're a teen, you'll most likely wear the trays for about the same time you would have worn metal braces.

Makeover your smile with Invisalign. Call your La Grange, IL, dentists, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos, at (708) 351-1335 to schedule an appointment.

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
December 30, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Your dentists in La Grange, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos offer their patients an impressive menu of preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments to protect and restore their smile. One such service is porcelain veneers. Shells of fine ceramic which disguise dental flaws, veneers transform smiles from dull to sensational.

A beautiful smile

You know one when you see it. So do other people. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile gets noticed before any other physical attribute.

The components of a beautiful smile include:

  • Bright tooth color
  • Even size and shape
  • No gaps and crowding
  • Intact tooth structure: no chips, cracks, craze lines or pits
  • A shiny surface

Additionally, your thoughts on how you wish to look are very important. Your dentists in La Grange take your smile goals seriously. After a comprehensive health examination and imaging of your teeth and gums, you'll decide on a cosmetic treatment plan. Often, Dr. Bronke or Dr. Castellanos suggest porcelain veneers as a stand-alone service or in combination with other treatments such as bonding, whitening and more.

How veneers work

Your dentist takes precise oral impressions so your veneers fit and bite properly. They'll remove one-half millimeter of enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer. (Your dentist also offers qualified patients no-prep Lumineer veneers.)

After the enamel reduction, you'll wear temporary veneers until the dental lab finishes the permanent ones. Your dentist will work closely with the lab to ensure precision crafting of your veneers. Color is varied for a natural look.

When you return to the dental office, Dr. Bronke or Dr. Castellanos will remove the temporary veneers and use a tooth-colored cement to bond the new ones in place. She'll adjust the placement carefully so the veneers do not irritate your gum tissue. Finally, the dentist uses a special light to harden the cement.

Veneer care

Porcelain veneers rarely come off, chip or lose their sheen. However, you must brush twice a day and floss daily so veneer margins remain clean. Also, it's important to keep those six-month cleaning and exam appointments.

Finally, don't abuse your veneers by eating hard foods (candy apples as examples), tearing open packaging with your teeth or grinding or clenching your teeth. If you do clench or grind habitually, talk to your dentist about an occlusal guard, a customized acrylic appliance which can protect your teeth as you sleep.

Get that fabulous look

A smile improvement is easy in the hands of your experienced cosmetic dentists, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos. Book a cosmetic dentistry consultation, and ask about porcelain veneers or amazing no-prep Lumineers. You'll love the way your smile looks. Call today: (708) 354-1335.

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
August 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Decayed teeth, loose fillings, smile gaps—they're all serious oral health problems. To rebuild smiles, your dentists in La Grange, IL, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos offer porcelain crowns and fixed bridgework. These strengthen and beautify weak teeth while spanning gaps. These dental prosthetics are realistic, durable, and highly functional, giving patients just like you smiles that really work.

What is a dental crown?

It's a tooth-shaped cap which covers a tooth from the gum line up. Made from lifelike and long-lasting porcelain, a crown blends in with the rest of your smile and preserves your weak or ailing tooth.

A complete oral examination and digital x-rays help your La Grange dentist determine if you would benefit from a porcelain crown. Here are the situations which may be resolved with a crown:

  • Deep decay
  • Multiple fillings
  • Dental abscess (tooth is first treated with root canal therapy)
  • Large fracture or chip from thinned tooth structure or oral injury
  • Odd tooth shape or length

Dental crowns are custom-made according to oral impressions. Expect your crown procedure to take two dental appointments.

What is a fixed bridgework?

Bridgework does just what its name implies—it bridges or spans a smile gap consisting of one or more teeth. Pontic, or artificial teeth, attach to adjoining natural teeth with dental crowns. Custom-made to blend in with your smile and to facilitate natural biting, chewing, and speaking, your new bridgework eliminates the embarrassment, poor oral function, and misalignment that tooth loss creates. A durable bridge keeps your remaining teeth from moving toward the gap, giving you a complete smile.

Maintaining porcelain crowns and bridges

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that these lifelike restorations require routine at-home maintenance—brushing and flossing at least once a day. Don’t forget your six-month examinations and cleanings with Dr. Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos. Good care keeps your new smile bright and clean! A daily dental hygiene routine prevents plaque and tartar build-up at the gum line. While your crown or bridge cannot decay, periodontal disease remains a danger; so preventive dental care is key to a long-lasting smile.

Your renewed smile

Don't suffer from gaps and failing teeth. Instead, improve your smile and self-confidence with beautiful crowns and bridges from Dr. Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos. Call the office in La Grange, IL, for an appointment or to learn more. Phone (708) 354-1335.