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Find out how this simple porcelain restoration can enhance your appearance.
We know that there are a lot of people out there that aren’t happy with their smiles. Luckily, our Herrin, IL, cosmetic dentists offer many ways in which to revamp, reshape and improve your smile with help from cosmetic dentistry. Find out why more and more people are turning to dental veneers to get the smile they’ve always wanted.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the front of one or more teeth to hide cosmetic flaws and defects to improve the overall appearance of your smile. Porcelain is most commonly used to create veneers because of their translucent quality, which mimics the look of natural tooth enamel. Since everyone’s teeth are different sizes, veneers are custom-made to cover each individual tooth.
What problems can veneers hide?
Veneers can hide a variety of cosmetic imperfection such as:
- Stains and discolorations
- Chips and cracks
- Small gaps between teeth
- Minor twisted or crooked teeth
- Worn or misshapen teeth
What goes into getting dental veneers?
Getting dental veneers in Herrin, IL, is surprisingly easy and in as little as 2-3 visits you could have a completely new and improved smile. In order to get veneers, a couple of things need to happen first:
Consultation: We need to make sure that not only are your teeth healthy enough for treatment but also that your goals align with what dental veneers can offer. This is also the perfect time to ask us any questions you might have about getting dental veneers.
Tooth preparation: We want your new smile to look as natural as possible, which will require us to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for these porcelain shells. This process isn’t painful and is often performed without even needing local anesthesia.
Impressions: Once your teeth are prepped we will need to take impressions of your teeth so that the dental lab knows the exact measurements from which to create perfectly fitted veneers.
Placing your veneers: It can take a couple of weeks to get your veneers. Once they are complete you will come back in for a final fitting, where you will get a chance to see what your smile looks like with your new veneers. Once you are satisfied we will permanently bond the veneers to your teeth using a bonding resin.
Do dental veneers sound like the cosmetic treatment you’ve been looking for in Herrin, IL? Are you ready to take the next steps to find out if they are right for you? If so, call Hughes Dental Arts Centre today to schedule a no-risk consultation with your cosmetic dentist.
Do you need to fill a gap in your smile? Innovative dental implants offer a long-lasting restoration option and look and feel completely natural. Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes offers dental implants and other treatments and services that improve, repair or restore your smile.
What are dental implants?
The loss of even one tooth leaves a very noticeable gap in your smile. In a perfect world, replacing a lost tooth would be as simple as growing a new one. Since that's not an option, dental implants offer an ideal solution. Titanium implants bond to your jawbone and serve as secure, sturdy foundations for dental crowns, artificial teeth that fill the gap in your smile above the gum line.
Before you receive a dental implant, you'll visit your Herrin dentist's office for an evaluation. An examination of your mouth and a CT Scan of your jaw will help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
The first step in the implant process involves making openings in your jawbone during minor oral surgery and placing the implant inside. Implants bond to your jawbone in about three to six months. A crown may be added to your implant the same day you receive your implant, or you may need to wait until bonding is finished. In that case, you'll receive a temporary crown or bridge that will fill the gap in your mouth while you wait.
After bonding is complete, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth which will be used to create your crown. A few weeks later, the crown will be connected to the implant.
Why should I consider dental implants?
Dental implants feel like your natural teeth because they're firmly rooted to your jawbone. When you chew, your new tooth won't slip, slide or irritate your gums. Implants also keep your jawbone strong by stimulating the bone, helping you avoid bone loss. Have you lost more than one tooth? Although dental implants are often used to replace single missing teeth, they're a good choice no matter how many teeth you've lost. Implant-supported dentures offer a more comfortable alternative to traditional dentures and don't significantly decrease your biting power like removable dentures do.
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes at (618) 993-3100 to schedule your appointment.
How your cosmetic dentist in Herrin, IL, can renew your smile
If you want a whiter smile, there’s good news! Modern teeth whitening can help you achieve a brilliant smile quicker and easier than you ever thought possible. Even if you are a smoker or coffee drinker, you can have a gorgeous smile. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Christopher H. Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, wants to introduce you to the magic of professional teeth whitening.
Aging can make your smile yellow because your enamel thins out as you age, allowing you and others to see the yellowish layer underneath, known as dentin. That’s why your teeth can develop a yellowish cast as you get older. Tobacco use including smoking, and drinking coffee, tea or red wine can cause dark brown stains to develop on your teeth. These are just a few of the reasons why your teeth don’t look as white as they used to.
The good news is:
- You can renew your smile by whitening your teeth from 4 to 6 shades whiter with professional whitening.
- You can see remarkable results in just one treatment with professional teeth whitening.
- You can maintain your beautiful results with a take-home whitening kit.
Treatment begins with a thorough dental exam to make sure your teeth are healthy enough for teeth whitening. If your smile is healthy, your in-office whitening treatment can begin. A professional bleaching gel is applied to the surfaces of your teeth every 20 minutes. This initial treatment whitens your smile from 4 to 6 shades whiter depending on the individual characteristics of your tooth enamel.
You will take home a professional teeth whitening kit containing prescription strength whitening gel and custom-fit trays so you can touch up your beautiful results whenever you wish.
Don’t wait to get the white smile you deserve. Enjoy the quick and easy solution to a beautiful white smile by calling Dr. Christopher H. Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL. Call your cosmetic dentist today and renew your bright smile!
Cosmetic dentistry in Herrin, IL, helps patients achieve their dream smiles. At Hughes Dental Arts Centre, we're known for our five-star aesthetic services which focus on your oral health and cosmetic goals. Dr. Christopher Hughes is a fellow in the International Society of Dento-facial Esthetics. He delivers the simplest of treatments--such as teeth whitening--to complex smile makeovers. Always, he focuses on your best possible smile.
Your smile can show the real you
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile says something about your personality. However, cosmetic flaws may overshadow your image. The good news is that cosmetic dentists, such as Dr. Hughes in Herrin, can fix flaws, realign crooked teeth, and simply rejuvenate your smile for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance that impresses you and those around you.
In short, cosmetic dentistry improves the shape, color, and arrangement of your teeth. An added benefit is additional durability--in other words, a smile that lasts.
Consultation and offered services
Your cosmetic dentistry consultation at Hughes Dental Arts Centre is complimentary. Just make an appointment, and be prepared for an open, friendly discussion of your smile goals. Dr. Hughes is not only interested in the biomechanics and health of your teeth and gums, but he wants to know what you'd like to see change.
For instance, do you want to close a gap between two front teeth and also whitening your enamel? Are amalgam fillings visible when you smile, and you'd like them replaced? Has your smile always been crooked, and you desire healthier, straighter teeth? Bring your concerns and Dr. Hughes and his team will show you a way to a renewed smile.
Offered aesthetic services include:
- In-office and at-home teeth whitening which brightens teeth by up to six shades
- Porcelain veneers which disguise the front side of flawed teeth
- White fillings for seamless restoration of tooth decay
- Porcelain crowns to support and protect damaged teeth
- Invisalign clear aligners, a discreet alternative to conventional braces
- Composite resin bonding to repair chips, hairline fractures, gaps and more in one short visit
- Botox Cosmetic to limit the movement of selected facial muscles and smooth lines and wrinkles
- Juvederm dermal fillers to fill deep lines between the brows, at the sides of the mouth and more
Each cosmetic dentistry consultation includes a comprehensive examination, digital X-rays and other sophisticated imaging as required. Together, you and your Herrin cosmetic dentist will arrive at a treatment plan perfect for your goals and oral health. Then, he'll guide you step-by-step through the process as you change your smile and your outlook, too.
Then, we'd love to see you at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL. Call to arrange your one-on-one consultation: (618) 993-3100.
Does the idea of going to the dentist make your heart race and your palms sweat? Do you postpone even routine dental check-ups because you're just too afraid to go? Then, sedation dentistry from Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL may be for you. Fully credentialed in IV sedation, Dr. Christopher Hughes and his dedicated team deliver the care you need while completely eliminating the fear factor.
What causes dental anxiety
Many people fear dental procedures for a variety of reasons. Many adults avoid the dentist completely because they feel so anxious.
Reasons for their fear can include:
- Past bad experiences at a dental office
- Dislike of needles, drills or other dental instruments
- Inability to sit still for extended periods of time
- Apprehension about pain
- Embarrassment over the condition of their teeth and gums
The way out
You can handle your dental fear. In fact, Dr. Hughes can help you eliminate it completely with his kind attitude, careful explanations and gentle touch. Additionally, Dr. Hughes offers local anesthetic to numb areas of the mouth, and for extensive dental procedures or for people who are very nervous, he recommends IV sedation.
IV sedation is a fully monitored way to deliver medication which allows the patient to relax or even sleep through his or her procedures. To qualify for IV sedation dentistry in Herrin, Dr. Hughes will review your medical history and current medications. He'll also ask you to bring an adult relative or friend along to drive you home after your treatments.
During your procedures
Your vital signs (breathing, heart rate and oxygen levels) will be monitored carefully. You'll relax in the dental chair, and the dentist will introduce your anti-anxiety medication into a thin needle inserted into your arm. Your level of consciousness and comfort will be watched as well, and the medication may be adjusted up or down as needed.
When your treatments are complete, you'll wake up easily. However, you likely will have little memory of your dental procedures. You'll go home to rest accompanied by your adult driver.
What procedures qualify?
Your dentist may use IV sedation for most any preventive, restorative or cosmetic treatment. Much depends on what triggers your anxiety and of course, on how complex your procedures are. Dr. Hughes fully explains IV sedation to his patients ahead of time so they fully understand what medication they will receive and how they will feel during and after their treatments.
Forget the stress
And, get the healthy smile you deserve. If sedation dentistry in Herrin, IL sounds like something you wish to explore, call Hughes Dental Arts Centre for a personal consultation: (618) 993-3100.