Sherman Oaks Dental

Dr. Bryan Weyneth

1100 N. Sherman Ave., Suite 103
Naperville, IL 60563

Everything You Need To Know About Lumineers

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If you have misaligned, worn down, discolored or chipped teeth, Lumineers might be exactly what you’re looking for. Made of a tooth-colored composite, dental Lumineers provide a shell that fits over the tooth. Extremely thin and white, these shells imitate the appearance of enamel and do an amazing job of brightening a smile. Carefully designed exactly for the shape of your tooth, a lumineer fits perfectly over the tooth and corrects any chips, gaps, or tooth defects. They also whiten teeth that are discolored or stained. Remarkably, these shells usually last for about 20 years.

What’s it like to get the procedure?

This treatment usually takes two visits to be completed. The first time you come in we’ll consult with you to understand what you’re hoping to get out of the procedure. As your Naperville cosmetic dentist, we want you to feel 100% satisfied with your smile! For that reason we pay close attention to our patients’ concerns and try to help them understand their options. In this first visit we’ll also create an impression of your teeth. This impression, along with any other necessary records, gets sent to a laboratory where they craft the shells.

A couple weeks later, your Lumineers will have come back from the laboratory and we’ll call you to come in for your next appointment. We’ll make sure that they fit correctly, and once that has been confirmed, we’ll lightly etch the contours of your teeth so that the Lumineers can be placed. After that, we’ll bond the Lumineers to your teeth, you’ll be all done!

Benefits of Getting Lumineers:

  1. No more chipped, cracked, or stained teeth! A bright, even smile does wonders for self-confidence.
  2. Unlike other options, minimal tooth etching and reshaping is necessary in order to place Lumineers. This makes the procedure significantly less complicated, and it ensures that your visit will be an easy, comfortable experience.
  3. Lumineers offer great durability. They’re extremely hard to crack or chip, and they typically last at least two decades! And in the case that you would like to have them redone or removed, they’re quite easy to take off since they don’t require any tooth-reshaping in order to be placed.

We hope that this article has helped you understand why we love Lumineers! Please know that if you have any other questions or concerns, we would be more than happy to speak with you. Schedule an appointment today!

Does Teeth Whitening Help or Hurt Teeth?

We have the secret to a brighter smile: Teeth whitening!

Will Whitening My Teeth Damage Them?

As a leading cosmetic dentist in Naperville, one of the most the most frequently asked questions to Dr. Weyneth is: “Will whitening my teeth do more damage than good?” The short and simple answer to this question is, no. Teeth whitening gel will not cause damage to the enamel of your teeth or the overall health of your teeth.

Interestingly enough, enamel is the hardest tissue produced by our bodies!  Even though enamel is the outermost layer of your teeth, there are tiny tubules that allow stains to penetrate through the enamel to the dentin tissue layer below the enamel. A successful whitening product will be one that passes through the enamel and begins whitening the stained dentin layer below.

What Should You Expect During Whitenings?

Some whitening products are more intense than others and may cause sensitivity for a short amount of time. The whitening gel will undergo a natural process from inactive to active, and as it does, the tubules that make up your enamel are left in a dehydrated state where they sit open and exposed. The saliva produced by your mouth contains a rich mineral solution that will reseal the tubules very quickly. Because of the cleaning process, it’s important not to eat or drink any foods that could potentially stain your teeth. Your tooth will quickly absorb and colored food or drink it comes in contact with until the enamel has fully re-hydrated. Due to the exposed dentin, it’s also highly advisable to stay away from extremes in hot or cold fluids.  Contact with extremes in temperature could lead to undesirable discomfort. If you experience sensitivity while whitening, discontinue until sensitivity is no longer an issue.

How Do You Avoid Staining Your Teeth?

Tooth staining occurs any time the tooth is allowed to dehydrate. Whitening gels use the same process to whiten your teeth instead of staining them. As saliva flow is restricted your teeth begin to dehydrate. This can occur on a daily basis through a number of different means including; breathing through your mouth, smoking, certain medications, radiation treatments, autoimmune diseases and other underlying medical conditions. It’s important to be aware of this process since dehydration can occur in a matter of minutes but can take hours to re-hydrate them. If you’re not sure your teeth are being dehydrated, check for the telltale white spots on your teeth. As the tooth becomes, re-hydrated, the white spots will disappear.

Schedule Your New Smile Today!

If you’re looking for teeth whitening in the Naperville area come can visit our highly skilled staff at Sherman Dental. We’re proud to be the home of one of the best cosmetic dentists in Naperville! We can’t wait to show you how we can give you a smile you will absolutely love showing off!