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Cosmetic Dentistry

Brandon Bice here, dentist and adBice blogger for Grand Dental. Did you know that Grand Dental has an orthodontic team? I did. However, I’ve been avoiding them, even though I have minor crowding of my lower teeth that I’ve always wanted to straighten. Like many of you, I pushed off orthodontic treatment for years. Why you may ask? The reason was that naughty four letter word – FEAR.

What was I afraid of? Well quite simply, I thought it would hurt. However, as a dentist, I felt bad that I frequently recommend orthodontic solutions to my patients, yet I wasn’t willing to undergo treatment myself. In other words, I needed to “walk the walk” if I was going to “talk the talk”.

So I channeled my tough-guy, football player alter ego and finally scheduled my consultation with our Grand Dental Orthodontist, Dr. Kenneth Sandler. After discussing my goals, expectations and FEAR, together we developed a plan that was perfect for me. I was also nervous about looking like a teenager in traditional braces so we decided that Invisalign aligners were a good choice for me. In my case, my crowding was minor and Dr. Sandler assured me that I could achieve the results I was looking for in just 28 weeks. He even showed me a virtual model of how my teeth will move. Seeing the projected results trumped any fear I was having!

I have had the aligners for a few months now, and I can report that Invisalign has been an amazing choice! Honestly, its easy peasy! While I did experience some mild discomfort the first day of wearing my aligners, it was nothing a little ibuprofen couldn’t handle. Soon my teeth seemed to adjust more easily to each new set of custom aligners. I have grown accustomed to wearing the aligners day and night; having them on has become second nature. Starting orthodontic treatment with Dr. Sandler has given me the opportunity to share my experience with patients. Orthodontic treatment is truly nothing to fear!

So take some adBice from me – if you are unhappy with your smile, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sandler and our Grand Dental Orthodontic Team. They will help you find a solution that is perfect for you.

While having extra-pointy canine teeth, sometimes called vampire teeth, isn’t dangerous to your health, it’s not uncommon for patients of our dental offices in Franklin Park, Channahon, Aurora, Sycamore, Lake Zurich, and Wilmington to express concern, or even embarrassment, about their sharp, spiked teeth. But we’ve got an easy solution that can transform your smile quickly – tooth recontouring.

Why are Canine Teeth Pointy in the First Place?

Canine teeth are the four teeth (two on top and two on bottom) that are pointy and slightly resemble dogs’ teeth. The canines’ purpose is mainly to help us eat, as they serve to help us hold and tear food. While all canine teeth are pointy in nature because of this purpose, some people have canines that appear much pointier. Nothing about having sharp canines is dangerous, however some people can be uncomfortable with the appearance of their superior spikiness.

What is Tooth Recontouring?

Tooth recontouring, also known as tooth reshaping, is a cosmetic dentistry solution that shows instant results. This procedure is often used to change the shape, length, or surface appearance of teeth and can be helpful in fixing crooked teeth, chipped teeth, and yes, “vampire” teeth.  

The procedure can typically be completed in one to three visits, depending on your individual needs, and without any pain. Basically, your dentist will use his artistic eye to sand away any extra enamel that is contributing your specific problem. With just millimeters of enamel removed, your tooth will be transformed immediately. This treatment can also be paired with bonding, which uses tooth-colored material to sculpt and reshape a tooth.

What Are the Benefits of Tooth Recontouring?

Besides helping with your cosmetic concerns, there are a variety of benefits of tooth recontouring. Tooth recontouring is a conservative cosmetic dentistry treatment and a cost-efficient way to easily transform your smile. The treatment is generally painless, and often times, no anesthesia is necessary since only surface enamel is being removed. But tooth recontouring can not only improve your appearance, it can also improve your oral health. By removing areas such as overlaps and imperfections where bacteria and tartar can build up, you’re greatly reducing your chances for decay and gum disease.

If you have extra-pointy canines or other cosmetic concerns, give our Franklin Park, Channahon, Aurora, Sycamore, Lake Zurich, or Wilmington dental office a call today. We’ll talk about your concerns, what your smile goals are, and the best treatments for you. We’re sure to get you happy about showing off your pearly whites!

Serving patients in Franklin Park, Channahon, Aurora, Sycamore, Lake Zurich, and Wilmington.