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By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
June 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Made from beautiful porcelain, veneers are wafer-thin shells that are placed over the front surface of teeth to create a completely dental-veneersrejuvenated look for your smile! Located in La Grange, IL, Dr. Carolyn Bronke D.D.S. offers veneers to help their patients cover up a variety of cosmetic concerns—read on to find out what this treatment can do for you!


1. Veneers can fix your smile flaws: Porcelain veneers can improve your smile instantly! Handcrafted to perfectly cover the front surface of the teeth, these shells are used to fix teeth that are chipped, crooked, gapped, cracked, worn down, misaligned, or irregularly shaped. Once bonded to the front of teeth, they are able to change the color, shape, size, and length

2. Veneers can give you a strong smile: Some patents have weak teeth, and as a result, they have lots of problems with their smile. When your teeth are weak, they're more prone to decay and damage. To counteract this, veneers provide the strength of porcelain to each treated tooth!

3. Veneers can brighten your smile: If you use tobacco products or drink lots of coffee, your teeth will darken over time. Certain medications such as antihistamines and drugs for high blood pressure can also cause major teeth stains. Luckily, porcelain veneers can whiten your teeth and keep them looking their best for years to come. Unlike natural teeth, veneers resist stains remarkably well!

4. Veneers are natural looking: These days, there is a growing demand for customized, natural-looking dental veneers created by professional dental ceramists. Porcelain veneers look completely natural and will give you a true smile makeover. Your veneers will have the same look, feel, and luster as your natural teeth. With veneers, you will enjoy the confidence of having a beautiful smile.

5. You will look better for longer: With veneers, you can enjoy a fresh smile for years to come. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your veneers could last for many years—up to 15, in fact!

A bad smile can keep you from living the life you love. Don't wait—call our La Grange office today at (708) 354-1335 to schedule a dental consultation either Dr. Carolyn Bronke or Dr. Josephine Puleoat!

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
June 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”