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By Douglas Pennino, DDS
June 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
TipstoBrightenYourSummerSmile

In summer, there is no shortage of occasions to show off your smile. Whether attending a wedding, graduation celebration, family reunion or neighborhood barbecue, you’ll want to look your best. But if your smile doesn’t shine as brightly as you’d like, a trip to the dental office may just be the confidence-booster you’re looking for. Here are some popular techniques to enhance your smile:

Teeth cleaning. A professional cleaning can make your mouth feel fresh and add sparkle to your smile. The dental hygienist uses special tools to get rid of plaque and tartar that you cannot remove during your oral hygiene routine at home. In addition, hygienists use a tooth-polishing tool that removes surface stains.

Professional whitening. Professional teeth whitening can achieve excellent results in one short office visit. But if you have several weeks before the big event on your calendar, you can also get winning results at home using custom-made whitening trays from the dental office. Either way, your smile can sparkle at summer celebrations.

Cosmetic bonding. If your teeth have small chips or cracks, cosmetic bonding may be a good option for you. In bonding, tooth-colored material is shaped to the tooth and hardened with a curing light. The procedure—generally done in one office visit without anesthesia—is relatively inexpensive, and the result is very natural-looking.

Porcelain veneers. If you are unhappy with the color, shape, size or spacing of your teeth, long-lasting dental veneers can give your smile a whole new look. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the tooth’s surface. Because they may be crafted in a dental lab, they may require two to three visits to the dental office over a few-week period.

With so many options, it’s easy to put your best smile forward at all your summer gatherings. We can help. If you have any questions about brightening your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Put away that at-home whitening kit and read this if you want a whiter smile.teeth whitening

If you want to get a brighter smile but find that whitening toothpaste and other at-home methods just aren’t doing the trick, then you may be frustrated that you can’t get your smile whiter. This is where our Barrington, IL, family dentists Drs. Douglas, Chase, and Connor Pennino come in. Discover the difference that professional in-office whitening can make for your appearance.

Yellow and even light brown stains can certainly make your smile fizzle and affect your self-esteem; fortunately, this simple cosmetic treatment can turn that all around in about one hour. Depending on the severity of your stains, our in-office whitening system could give you a smile that’s several shades whiter in just one quick and easy session.

So, what goes into professional teeth whitening?

We are so glad you asked. Once our Barrington, IL, dentists have examined your teeth and gums to make sure that teeth whitening is the best approach for whitening your smile, the next step will be to give your smile a thorough clean. Removing plaque and tartar buildup first is to key to more even results.

From there, a device is placed into the mouth to keep it open and to provide a barrier for the gums and lips so the bleaching agent doesn’t come in contact with delicate soft tissue. This device also reveals your teeth, making it easy for us to paint the whitening gel evenly over the front surface of your teeth.

The whitening gel is left on for up to 15 minutes so that it has time to break down those stubborn stain molecules lying within the enamel and dentin layers. Sometimes a dental laser is directed over the teeth to speed up the effects of the gel. Once the 15 minutes are up, we will remove the gel and apply a fresh new gel layer over your teeth. Most whitening sessions require multiple applications and in about one hour you’ll walk out of our office with the visibly brighter smile you’ve been looking for all along.

Are you ready to get whiter results through professional teeth whitening? If you said “yes,” then it’s time to call Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, to schedule your free cosmetic consultation with us to find out if teeth whitening is right for you.

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
December 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
GiveYourselftheGiftofaNewSmile

The holidays are a season for giving. At this time of year, lots of us spend hours rushing around, looking for the perfect gifts for people we care about. But sometimes, amidst all the hustle and bustle, it doesn’t hurt to step back and think about yourself a little. If a better-looking smile has been on your list but you haven’t taken the first steps, the holiday season might be the right time to give yourself a gift.

Many smile problems, like discolored, chipped or uneven teeth, can be resolved with veneers—wafer-thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are custom-made just for you: They can have a pearly luster to match your existing teeth, or be Hollywood-white for a dazzling red-carpet smile. In just a few visits to the dental office, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted—and a whole new look for the New Year.

If damaged or missing teeth are what’s bothering you, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of good options for replacing them. If the tooth’s roots are still in good shape, a crown or cap could be the answer. This is a sturdy replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth that not only looks great, but also functions well in your bite—and can last for years to come.

If teeth are missing or can’t be saved, we offer several options for replacement, including fixed (non-removable) bridgework and dental implants. A tried-and-true method for replacing one or more missing teeth, bridges are firmly supported by healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. These teeth must be prepared to receive the bridge by having some of the tooth’s surface removed.

Dental implants are today’s premier option for tooth replacement. In this high-tech system, a root-like titanium insert, placed directly into the bone beneath the gum, forms a solid anchorage for the visible part of the replacement tooth. Implants look and feel completely natural, and can last for many years. Plus, they don’t require any work to be done on nearby teeth.

What kind of smile makeover is right for you? Just ask us! We will be happy to take a look at your smile and recommend a treatment plan. And in this season of generosity, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than a bright new smile.

You can learn more about smile makeovers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

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 smile.dental 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
HereisHowYoucanImproveYourWeddingDaySmile

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.