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By Douglas Pennino, DDS
November 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

This simple treatment could be all you need to enhance the shape and symmetry of your bonding

Most people don’t realize that they can improve the appearance of their smile without having to undergo expensive or long, drawn-out cosmetic dental treatments. Our Barrington, IL, cosmetic dentists, Drs. Douglas, Chase and Connor Pennino, are here to tell you how a simple, non-invasive solution known as dental bonding could finally turn your smile around without breaking the bank.

What is dental bonding?

This easy cosmetic solution uses a tooth-colored resin (the same material used to fill a cavity), which is easily moldable and can be applied and shaped around dental imperfections to improve the color, shape, size or overall appearance of one or more teeth.

It’s important to acknowledge that because dental bonding is an easy, inexpensive and non-invasive approach to cosmetic dentistry it won’t be able to tackle more serious dental problems; however, minor cracks, chips, stains and other imperfections that affect the appearance of your smile can be addressed with this aesthetic option. Bonding can even fill little gaps between teeth and make short, worn teeth appear longer to give you a more even smile.

How does bonding work?

Once our Barrington dentists have examined your mouth and determined that not only is your smile healthy enough for treatment but also that the dental flaws you are looking to fix can be improved through this technique, we will choose the shade of the resin so that it blends in with the rest of the tooth.

Once the resin color is chosen we will apply and sculpt it over the front of the tooth. After shaping and trimming the resin, once it’s thoroughly blended in we will use a special dental light to harden the bonding resin into place. Once this happens, the resin and tooth have become one.

How long does bonding last?

A major factor with regards to the longevity of your dental bonding resin has to do with your oral care. Besides making sure that you maintain good oral hygiene, it’s also important that you visit us every six months so that we not only thoroughly clean teeth and remove plaque and bacteria but also to check your bonding resin to make sure that it doesn’t need to be replaced. The average longevity of bonding resin is about 10 years.

Dental bonding is a great option for many people who want to make subtle changes to their smile. Are you next? Let’s find out! Schedule your no-risk consultation with Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, today.

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
November 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.

You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.

Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.

Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.

Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.

Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.

Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry for lifetime events, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.├é┬áRecently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”