Your Cosmetic Dentist in Jefferson Park
The ability to flash a beautiful smile makes you more confident and improves your quality of life. High-quality cosmetic dentistry can help you smile openly and feel better about yourself. At the Chicago practice of William James Millon DDS, we help you reach for your smile goals and strive to improve the appeal of your smile.
Our highly qualified team builds stunning smiles with advanced dental technology and our commitment to safety. If you want to change the way your smile looks, schedule an appointment to start your journey to a beautiful and unique smile.
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Which Cosmetic Option is Right for Me?
Cosmetic dentistry procedures not only improve your smile’s aesthetics but can also have a therapeutic impact. With the many cosmetics options available, choosing the right treatment is key to attaining the smile you desire. The best cosmetic choice will depend on your dental situation.
Dr. Millon will listen carefully to your goals and assess your oral health. He will then take you through each of the available options so that you can understand what every treatment involves. Together we will work out a customized treatment plan to address your unique needs.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, or gaps between your teeth, our team can help you decide if Invisalign is right for you. Invisalign applies gentle pressure to your teeth gradually causing your bite to adapt to the pressure. These braces are much more comfortable and attractive than traditional options. If you are an adult embarrassed about wearing braces, you can rest easy as they are nearly invisible.
Are Invisalign Braces a Good Choice?
The benefits of clear aligners include:
- They are more attractive than traditional braces as they are made to precisely fit your smile and are barely noticeable.
- They are removable and you can easily apply a new aligner without the help of a dentist.
- These braces are safer and more comfortable as they do not contain any wires or brackets that can harm your gums.
- Invisalign provides quick results and typically take less time than traditional braces for mild and moderate cases.
- They are easy to clean and allow you to brush and floss your teeth normally with no special equipment.
Teeth Whitening for a Dynamic Smile
If your smile isn’t looking as fresh and bright lately, you can efficiently and effectively fix the problem with professional teeth whitening. We provide teeth whitening solutions to brighten your discolored teeth and give you a more confident smile.
You can benefit from our in-office teeth whitening treatment for quicker results or whiten your teeth at the comfort of your home with our take-home teeth whitening kits. Regardless of the option you choose, our treatments freshen your teeth to your natural shade to give you a stellar smile.
Why Do Teeth Get Stained?
The most common culprit for stained teeth is dark foods and drinks. Consuming highly pigmented food like coffee, soda, tomato sauce, and wine may lead to stained enamel. A buildup of plaque due to poor hygiene, as well as habits like smoking, can also lead to discolored teeth.
Other causes of tooth stains include:
- Medication like antibiotics
- Trauma on the tooth
- Too much fluoride
In-Office Whitening (Chair-side)
In-office whitening, also known as chair-side treatment, is a quick way to whiten your teeth. We use Opalescence, which is a combination of hydrogen peroxide and potassium nitrate, to whiten your teeth in as little as 45 minutes. The bleaching gel does not need UV light for activation, and the potassium nitrate strengthens your enamel and reduces sensitivity after treatment. Our highly experienced team supervises the procedure to ensure safety and that you get even results.
Professional Take-Home Kits
If you would like to whiten your teeth at home, we have professional take-home kits for you. These include a custom whitening tray along with the whitening gel so you can whiten your teeth at your own pace. Dr. Millon will give you the instructions on how to use the kit effectively and achieve a stunning smile.
If you are treating a cavity, covering up damage from teeth grinding, or repairing a broken tooth, composite fillings help you save and discreetly protect your tooth. They offer both restorative and cosmetic benefits, allowing you to have stronger and healthier teeth without compromising your smile’s appeal.
Composite fillings are a popular choice due to their numerous benefits. The most significant advantage of composite fillings is that they are tooth-colored and blend effortlessly with the rest of your enamel.
Here are four more reasons why composite fillings might be right for your smile:
- Bonds to the enamel – Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, making it stronger.
- They can fill small spaces – Composite fillings can effectively repair minor chips and cracks.
- They preserve more of your natural teeth – They don’t require much removal of the tooth’s structure before placement.
- Composite fillings prevent new decay – They create a tight seal to protect your tooth from further decay.
Porcelain Veneers from a Skilled Chicago Dentist
Veneers are a versatile cosmetic option that can help address multiple cosmetic dentistry needs at once. They are thin shells shaped like teeth that fit onto the front surface of your tooth to conceal any imperfections. Veneers can be applied to address cracked or chipped teeth, discolored teeth, and gaps.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in the lab to achieve the perfect fit. The dentist shapes the enamel on the front of your teeth a little so that the veneers can fit snugly and seamlessly. With proper care, porcelain veneers can serve you for up to fifteen years.
Am I The Right Candidate for Veneers?
Most adults can get veneers to enhance their smile. The most important factor is the state of your oral health. If you suffer from certain health issues, such as gum disease or tooth decay, we’ll provide targeted treatment to address them before your cosmetic procedure.
You must also have sufficient tooth enamel to ensure your teeth are sturdy enough for veneer treatment. Dr. Millon can evaluate your oral situation and recommend the best cosmetic option for your specific case.
When it comes to safeguarding your smile’s aesthetics, porcelain crowns are an effective option. Crowns help protect and reshape broken, worn, or badly decayed teeth and also enhance the appearance of your smile.
Porcelain crowns, in particular, can closely mimic your natural tooth, making them indistinguishable in your smile. They are also bio-compatible, which means they pose no risk of allergies or gum irritation.
With proper care and maintenance, porcelain crowns can last up to fifteen years or more. Caring for your veneers includes practicing good oral hygiene, wearing mouth guards when engaging in impact sports or intense physical activity, avoiding grinding your teeth, and going for regular dental check-ups.
Do I Need a Crown?
Crowns are highly versatile and can be used for various treatments. Some of the reasons you may require a crown include:
- Deep cracks or fractures in your tooth
- Tooth decay or cavities
- To support a tooth after a root canal treatment
- To strengthen a tooth with a large filling
- To reshape a misshapen tooth or cover discoloration
Veneers Vs. Crowns
Although both veneers and crowns restore your tooth’s shape and improve their appearance, they work in different ways. Veneers are more conservative as less of the tooth is removed during the preparation.
Crowns require more shaping of your tooth before placement because they cover the entire tooth. This complete coverage provides more overall strength and protection. It also makes the crown more durable, so they last longer and can be used on any tooth.
Veneers are ideal if you have healthy teeth and are looking to address minor aesthetic issues like discoloration, chipped or cracked teeth, small gaps, and slight misalignment. If you have fundamental problems like cavities or you need root canal therapy, crowns are your best option.
Solve Your Dental Imperfection Today!
Our cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your teeth and contribute to a more appealing smile, higher confidence, and better overall health. At our practice, William James Millon, DDS and our team are committed to helping you find the cosmetic solution that works best for you.
Contact us today for cosmetic dentistry in Chicago and let us help you achieve the beautiful smile that you deserve.
CALL US: (773) 286-2800 REQUEST APPOINTMENT