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By Miswak Dentistry
November 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Dental veneers in Chicago, IL (Ukrainian Village) are a standard treatment Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski use at Miswak Dentistry to correct imperfections with your teeth. Today, veneers are a durable and aesthetically-pleasing treatment for people with dental stains, gaps, worn-down or misshapen teeth. Here are some frequently asked questions about veneers to help get you started.

Can Veneers Restore My Smile?


Porcelain veneers are a proven and widely-used treatment dentists use to restore the smile of people with cracks, gaps, chips, or discolored teeth. In just a few visits, many people who haven't smiled in years because they're embarrassed by their teeth find they can't stop smiling.

What are Veneers Made From?


Most veneers in Chicago, IL (Ukrainian Village) that Dr. Riyal and Dr. Kaminski of Miswak Dentistry use today are made from porcelain. However, some are made from resin composite materials. Porcelain is the preferred choice of dentists and patients since it resists stains better than resin veneers. Additionally, porcelain has light-reflecting properties, which are similar to natural teeth.

Do Dental Veneers Have Limitations?


Almost all dental restoration procedures have limitations. For example, before dentists can fit patients with veneers, they must remove a small layer of enamel. This can make teeth more sensitive to anything hot or cold. Additionally, people with gum disease or failing teeth are not good candidates for veneers.

How Difficult Is it to Care for Veneers?


Practicing good oral hygiene and using the proper toothbrush and toothpaste is all it takes to take care of your veneers. Dentists recommend you use a soft toothbrush and avoid toothpaste with harsh abrasives. Additionally, some of your teeth may be at risk of tooth decay if they're not protected by porcelain veneers.

To learn more about how veneers in Chicago, IL (Ukrainian Village) can restore your smile and your confidence, schedule an appointment with Dr. Riyal and Dr. Kaminski at Miswak Dentistry by calling (773) 661-0330. Our dental team is ready to answer all your questions about veneers and how this simple but effective treatment works.

SeeYourDentistFirstBeforeUsingaHomeTeethWhiteningKit

Are your stained teeth bumming you out? There's good news—you can transform that dull and dingy smile yourself with a tooth whitening product.

There are dozens of over-the-counter whitening kits that allow you to brighten your own smile. Although not as controlled and long-lasting as a dentist's professional whitening, these DIY kits can still give you effective results.

But since these products involve chemical solutions that bleach tooth enamel, there's a common concern about their safety. Could you be harming your teeth by using a home whitening kit?

The answer is no—as long as you follow the manufacturer's directions for using the product. These kits have been formulated with a lower percentage of bleaching agent (usually 10% carbamide peroxide) than whitening solutions used by dentists. They've also been subjected to several clinical studies gauging both their effectiveness and safety.

That said, though, exceeding a product's recommended directions and frequency of use could cause you problems. If not used properly, a bleaching solution can erode tooth enamel—and this protective tooth layer doesn't grow back! As long as you whiten "within the lines," so to speak, you shouldn't encounter this kind of situation.

With that said, though, there are good reasons to consult your dentist before using a whitening product, or have them perform the whitening for you.

For one thing, an over-the-counter whitening product won't work if the staining originates from inside a tooth. It's wise, then, to have a dental examination first before using a whitening product to uncover this or any other underlying dental problems that should be addressed first.

You may also find a professional whitening will give you a more desirable result. A stronger professional bleaching solution under a dentist's expert control can produce a brighter, longer lasting smile than a home use product. A dentist may also be able to control the level of brightness better to help you achieve the smile effect you desire, from subtle white to ultra-bright.

Whichever way you go, your dentist can advise you on your options and make sure your teeth are in good shape for whitening. The end result can be a brighter smile—and a brighter mood.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

HughJackmanIsAllSmilesforHisNewBroadway-InspiredShow

To anyone immersed in the “X-Men Universe” Hugh Jackman will always be Wolverine, a role he played in seven movies. But there’s more to this Australian actor than mutant bone claws and mutton chops that would make Elvis envious. Jackman has also starred in over 20 non-superhero films, including Les Misérables, for which he won a Golden Globe. He is also a Tony award-winning Broadway performer—with a winning smile.

With his famed character Logan/Wolverine fading in the rearview mirror, Jackman has returned to his musical roots. He will play Harold Hill in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, set to open in Fall 2020. And since May 2019 he’s been on world tour with Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show., featuring Jackman and a supporting cast performing songs from favorite shows and films, including Les Misérables and the 2017 hit The Greatest Showman.

The Show, with 90 planned stops throughout Europe, North America and Oceania, is a decidedly different “universe” from the X-Men. As Wolverine, Jackman could get away with a scruffier look. But performing as Jean Valjean or the bigger-than-life P.T. Barnum, he has to bring a vastly different look to the role, which brings us to Jackman’s teeth…

Once upon a time, Jackman’s teeth were an unflattering gray—definitely not a good look for stage or film. So with the help of his dentist, Jackman set about upgrading his smile with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a great way to take a dull, stained smile and turn up the volume on its brightness—and attractiveness—a notch or two. A dentist applies a bleaching solution that stays in contact with the teeth for a few minutes. The process is often aided by special lighting.

A professional application is especially desirable if, like Jackman, you want “Goldilocks” brightness: not too little, not too much, but just right for you. Dentists can precisely control the tint level to get a brighter but more naturally looking white. Of course, you can also get a dazzling “Hollywood” smile if you so desire.

And although the effect of teeth whitening isn’t permanent, a dental application can last a while, depending on how well you manage foods and beverages that stain teeth. With a touchup now and then, you may be able to keep your brighter smile for years before undergoing the full procedure again.

One important note, though: This technique only works with outer enamel staining. If the discoloration originates from within the tooth, the bleaching agent will have to be placed internally, requiring access to the inside of the tooth. An alternative would be porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration, an option that also works when there is ultra-heavy enamel staining.

If you’re tired of your dull smile, talk with us about putting some pizzazz back into it. Teeth whitening could be your way to get a smile worthy of Broadway.

If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Miswak Dentistry
June 26, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningIf your smile is dull, yellow, and unattractive, it’s time to revitalize it with professional teeth whitening. With this tried-and-true treatment from Miswak Dentistry, you can achieve a brilliant smile more easily and quickly than you ever thought possible!

Located in Ukrainian Village and led by Dr. Tariq Riyal, Miswak Dentistry offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including professional teeth whitening to give you a smile you can be proud to show off—read on to learn more!

What teeth whitening can do for you

There a number of factors that lead our teeth to become stained as time goes on. Some of them include:

  • Tobacco usage
  • Drinking staining drinks, such as coffee, tea, cola, and red wine
  • Eating pigmented foods, such as curry and blueberries
  • An inevitable thinning of tooth enamel over time

If you are tired of looking at your dull smile, professional teeth whitening can help make your teeth look brighter, whiter, and younger than you ever thought possible! Consider that professional teeth whitening is:

  • Effective, because you can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter than before, with results lasting up to an amazing 5 years (many over-the-counter whitening products are minimally effective and the results you achieve may not last long enough)
  • Quick, because the in-office treatment takes only about an hour (over-the-counter products can take weeks, even if they are used daily)
  • Safe, because professional teeth whitening products are rigorously tested for safety and approved by the American Dental Association (many over-the-counter products contain highly abrasive chemicals that can cause significant tooth sensitivity over time)
  • Budget-friendly, because professional teeth whitening is far less expensive than other cosmetic dental treatments

Interested? Give us a call!

If you want a brilliant, white smile, choose professional teeth whitening. For more information about professional teeth whitening and other dental services, call Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Ukrainian Village today at (773) 661-0330.

By Miswak Dentistry
January 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about teeth whitening from your Chicago dentist.

Do you desire a radiant smile? Professional teeth whitening will give you a whiter, brighter smile. Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in teeth whiteningChicago, IL, your Ukrainian Village Dental professional, offers state-of-the-art teeth whitening treatments to their patients. Here are the top six reasons why your teeth are so yellow.

#1- Smoking

If you smoke or use tobacco products, your teeth will darken over time. Smoking is a common cause of tooth discoloration and can turn the teeth brown, black or yellow. Chewing tobacco also contributes to yellowing of the teeth.

#2- Food

Dark-colored foods, including dark sauces and various fruits, such as pomegranates, blueberries, raspberries and grapes also have the potential to discolor teeth. These foods contain chromogens, pigment-producing substances with a penchant for sticking to enamel.

#3- Beverages

Pigments from dark-colored beverages such as wine, soda, coffee, and tea also cause permanent stains on your teeth. There are several ways to prevent staining of the teeth, such as drinking water after consuming dark-colored drinks and drinking dark-colored drinks with a straw.

#4- Medications

Certain medications such as drugs for high blood pressure, antipsychotic medications and antihistamines stain teeth. Minocycline, a tetracycline antibiotic, also causes tooth discoloration.

#5- Genetics

Some individuals people are more likely to have stained teeth. Amelogenesis Imperfecta and Dentinogenesis Imperfecta are genetic defects that cause the teeth to develop improperly and could lead to teeth yellowing.

#6- Poor Health

Poor health can play a large factor in teeth color. Sickle Cell Disease can cause teeth discoloration and other tooth abnormalities. Tooth discoloration can also occur after suffering a high fever at a young age.

Say goodbye to those less-than-perfect pearly whites. Call Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL, at (773) 661-0330 right now to schedule your next dental appointment. Professional teeth whitening won't just improve your smile; it will also change your life for the better.



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