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Improving your Smile
Jul 06, 2017

Improving your Smile

The Smile Checklist is courtesy of Family Dental Care™ in Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park, IL. This is endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Look in the mirror.

  • Do you like the way your teeth look?
  • Do you dislike the color of any of your teeth?
  • Are there spaces between your teeth?
  • Do you have any chips or cracks on your teeth?
  • Are you missing any teeth?
  • Do you have any crooked teeth?
  • Do you feel your teeth are too long or too short?
  • Are you pleased with the shapes and position of your teeth?

If your answers show that you might want a change in your smile, talk to your dentist about Improving Your Smile. You can request an appointment on-line at Family Dental Care™ by visiting their website at www.FamilyDentalCare.com and choosing a dental office nearest you.

A great smile can be the most attractive feature of your face. A smile helps you express health, success, youth and sincerity. It is a great asset in your personal, business and social contacts. So it’s important that you are happy with how your smile looks. But if you are like many people, you may not be.

Your dentist has many different techniques to shape, sculpt, and make your smile more beautiful. With a few simple steps, you can have a smile you feel great about. And treatment may be more affordable than you think.

Example of an Improved Smile

Example of an Improved Smile

Options for improving your smile include:

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Your dentist can use natural-colored materials to restore teeth that have cavities. Options include composite materials, such as resin, as well as lab-made porcelain inlays, inlays and crowns.

Tooth Whitening

Teeth become stained for many reasons – drinking coffee, tea or wine; smoking; and even aging can discolor teeth. Tooth whitening is a process that makes discolored teeth whiter. The bleach used for in-office (chair side) whitening is stronger than the bleach found in at-home whitening kits. Keep in mind that not everyone’s teeth can become movie-star white. Your dentist can recommend the whitening treatment that is right for you.


Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are bonded, or cemented, to the front of your teeth. They are custom-made of ceramic or composite resin, and look like natural teeth. Veneers can be used to fill spaces between teeth and to cover teeth that are stained, poorly shaped, or a bit crooked.


Braces can help correct crowded or crooked teeth or an uneven bite. Braces have become much smaller and less noticeable over the years. Brackets, the part of the braces that attach to each tooth, can sometimes be attached to the back of the tooth to make them less noticeable. Some brackets are clear or tooth coloured-which help braces blend in.

In some cases, treatment may be done without using braces at all. A series of clear, removable aligners are used to move your teeth over time. These aligners are more discreet than traditional braces.

Enamel Shaping

Your dentist can “reshape” your teeth by contouring tooth enamel, the outer layer of the tooth. When teeth are a little crowded or uneven, or when teeth appear too long, your dentist can use enamel shaping to improve how the teeth look.


If a tooth needs more a dramatic change than veneers or enamel shaping can provide, crowns are an option. The outer part of the tooth is removed and a crown is placed over it. The crown can be made to fit in with your other teeth. It’s like a fresh start for your tooth.

First Steps to a New Smile

Once you decide to improve your smile, the first step is to visit your dentist. At this visit, you will talk about the best plan for you. If you have any signs of dental disease, your dentist may recommend treatment for this. It’s important to have a healthy mouth before starting cosmetic treatment.

These treatments and others can help you have more natural-looking and attractive teeth. What are you waiting for? Call Family Dental Care™ today about how to make your smile the best it can be. For Evergreen Park residents call (708) 425-1134 and for Oak Lawn residents call (708) 425-9101.

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One Visit Dentistry!

Esthetic ceramic crowns or partial crowns in a single visit. Ask Family Dental Care™ about CEREC®.


This new technology is in your neighborhood! Family Dental Care™ offers the availability of tooth-colored fillings and crowns, formed to exact tooth dimensions in a single office visit. The new approach to tooth restoration is made possible by innovative CEREC® CAD/CAM technology that designs and mills a custom ceramic restoration in less than 10 minutes. It means that in just 2 hours you can have a crown! There are no temporaries and no need for a second visit. It’s a precise fit.

No unpleasant impression material

Say goodbye to biting on impression material for several minutes, having a numb mouth and jaw ache. Your dentist now has a camera that can do this for you in seconds and then transfer this to the computer.

No bothersome temporary crown

Temporary crowns are exactly what the name suggests: temporary. With CEREC®the final crown is inserted directly without any temporary compromises needed.

No follow-up appointment in most instances

CEREC® enables your dentist to insert esthetic ceramic crowns or partial crowns in a single session.

The advantage of this is that only one appointment is necessary, which means only one injection, and then you can deal with other things than visits to the dentist.

Long-term stability

More than just a theory: With CEREC® you can rely on quality that has been proven millions of times over in the practice. Furthermore, thanks to your new dental crown made by CEREC®, your smile will be just as lovely many years later as it is directly after receiving the crown.

Like a real tooth

  • Due to the translucency of ceramics, the dental crown looks like a real tooth.
  • In a ceramic dental crown, no dark edges are visible as is so often the case in conventional crowns.
  • Ceramic is very close to the hardness of the natural tooth, thus preventing wear of the tooth, which unfortunately so often occurs with other materials.
  • Ceramic is very well tolerated so allergic reactions are largely excluded. This is not the case with other methods and materials.
  • The CEREC® method is a gentle treatment for your teeth. Only the decayed tooth surface is removed. The remaining healthy tooth substance is preserved.

All-ceramic fillings

The esthetic alternative to gold, amalgam, and tooth-colored fillings.

All Ceramic Fillings

Before and After (shown above)

All-ceramic crowns

The most esthetic solution for treating severely destroyed individual teeth.

All-ceramic crowns

Before and After (shown above)

  • Conventional metal crowns are associated with other disadvantages than just inferior esthetic appearance. Gum irritation and impairment of taste or other sensations occur very frequently.
  • All-ceramic crowns not only allow the perfect restoration of individual teeth, they also give you renewed self-confidence.

All-ceramic veneers

The most esthetic solution for chipped or discolored anterior teeth.

All-ceramic veneers

Before and After (shown above)

All-ceramic veneers are ultra-thin, highly esthetic veneers that are placed directly onto the visible surfaces of natural teeth, mainly at the front of the mouth.

Optically, no difference can be detected between all-ceramic veneers and the adjacent natural teeth. You’ll see: Your entire appearance will improve dramatically.

  • Family Dental Care™, located at 2803 W. 95th Street in Evergreen Park (across from Little Company of Mary Hospital), staffs experienced and certified CEREC® dentists. For immediate assistance and more information, contact them at (708) 425-1134. Weekend and evening appointments are available for your convenience. The website for Family Dental Care™ iswww.FamilyDentalCare.com

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