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By Miswak Dentistry
February 18, 2020
Category: Oral Health

How Invisalign treatment from your dentists in Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL helps your smile

Did you know there is a new orthodontic treatment that can straighten your smile comfortably, quickly, and discreetly? It’s called Invisalign. Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski at Miswak Dentistry in Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL offer Invisalign treatment to help your smile.

Invisalign is different from conventional orthodontic treatment. Instead of using brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic trays called aligners. You receive your first set of Invisalign aligners, which you wear for two weeks, and then you move up to a new set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks. You progress to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. You will visit your Ukranian Village, Chicago, IL dentist every few weeks to monitor your progress.

There are many reasons why adults and children alike love Invisalign:

-It's discreet. The aligners are clear and virtually unnoticeable to people around you.

-They work quickly. The average length of treatment is between nine and fifteen months.

-The aligners are very comfortable. They are smooth plastic with no sharp parts to irritate your tissue.

-Lastly, they are convenient! You remove the aligners to eat, brush, and floss your teeth.

Invisalign aligners look delicate, but they are strong enough to correct many of the same issues as conventional brackets and wires. Invisalign is the perfect choice for correcting overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. You can also close up gaps between your teeth, correct tooth overlap, and even out crowding. 

You and your smile deserve the new and improved way to straighten your teeth. Repair your smile the comfortable way with Invisalign. To find out more about this amazing new orthodontic treatment, call Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski of Miswak Dentistry in Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL at (773) 661-0330. Call today!

By Miswak Dentistry
February 11, 2020
Category: dental appliances
Tags: Dental Implants  

Implants from our Ukrainian Village office offer some amazing restorative benefits for patients with tooth loss.

If you are looking for the next best thing to a real tooth, dental implants are the closest you can come. After all, implants are designed to feel, function, and even look like real teeth, allowing you to have a restoration you can feel confident in. Our Chicago dentist, Dr. Tariq Riyal of Miswak Dentistry in Ukrainian Village, IL, is proud to offer dental implants because they provide a lifelong solution for people facing tooth loss—read on to learn what this treatment can do for you.

Fully Restored Chewing

As anyone with missing teeth knows, it certainly isn’t as easy to chew food. As a result, you may not be able to eat all the foods you’ve loved or you may end up dealing with digestive issues because you aren’t chewing your food properly. Since implants function like natural teeth, the implant can easily take on the full chewing forces of your jaws. This means that you can eat what you love without worrying about your implant!

Very High Success Rate

When it comes to any dental work, you want a restoration that is going to last. Dental implants offer an extremely high success rate of up to 98 percent. Before undergoing implant treatment, your dentist will perform an x-ray screening of your mouth to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Healthy individuals will have the highest success rates when it comes to the health and longevity of their implant.

Prevent Bone Loss

This is probably one of the most unique advantages of receiving dental implants. After all, untreated tooth loss eventually results in bone loss, as well. However, by placing an implant into the jawbone (where it will effectively take the place of the missing tooth roots) we can provide the bone with the necessary stimulation it needs to stay healthy.

It’s a Long-Lasting Solution

If you want a restoration that will be able to last a long time, then nothing will come close to dental implants. Since they naturally fuse together with the jawbone, this means that the implant itself could last the rest of your life. In fact, it’s possible for implants to last as long as natural teeth with proper care.

Interested? Give Us a Call

Miswak Dentistry, located in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, offers a full range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry services. If you want to discuss whether dental implants are right for you, then schedule an appointment by calling (773) 867-1154.


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
January 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: gum recession  

Your gums play an important role in dental function and health. Not only do they help anchor teeth in the jaw, the gums also protect tooth roots from disease.

But you can lose that protective covering if your gums recede or shrink back from the teeth. An exposed tooth is more susceptible to decay, and more sensitive to temperature and pressure.

Here are 4 causes for gum recession and what you can do about them.

Gum disease. The most common cause for gum recession is a bacterial infection called periodontal (gum) disease that most often arises from plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles accumulating on teeth. Gum disease in turn weakens the gums causes them to recede. You can reduce your risk for a gum infection through daily brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing plaque.

Genetics. The thickness of your gum tissues is a genetic trait you inherit from your parents. People born with thinner gums tend to be more susceptible to recession through toothbrush abrasion, wear or injury. If you have thinner tissues, you’ll need to be diligent about oral hygiene and dental visits, and pay close attention to your gum health.

Tooth eruption. Teeth normally erupt from the center of a bony housing that protects the root. If a tooth erupts or moves outside of this housing, it can expose the root and cause little to no gum tissue around the tooth. Moving the tooth orthodontically to its proper position could help thicken gum tissue and make them more resistant to recession.

Aggressive hygiene. While hard scrubbing may work with other cleaning activities, it’s the wrong approach for cleaning teeth. Too much force applied while brushing can eventually result in gum damage that leads to recession and tooth wear. So, “Easy does it”: Let the gentle, mechanical action of the toothbrush bristles and toothpaste abrasives do the work of plaque removal.

While we can often repair gum recession through gum disease treatment or grafting surgery, it’s much better to prevent it from happening. So, be sure you practice daily brushing and flossing with the proper technique to remove disease-causing plaque. And see your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups to make sure your gums stay healthy.

If you would like more information on proper gum care, 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 “Gum Recession.”

By Miswak Dentistry
January 28, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Cleanings  

Wondering just how important those six-month dental checkups truly are?

It’s important to put some time aside to care for your smile. Besides the oral routine you go through daily to keep teeth clean, you also want to visit the dentist every six months for checkups. After all, during these professional cleanings, our Chicago dentist, Dr. Tariq Riyal, can detect problems early on, provide effective treatment, and ensure that you have a beautiful smile that lasts.

Read on to learn five long-term smile benefits:

Preventing decay and gum disease

Most people have some degree of dental decay; however, decay can continue to eat away at enamel until it causes a cavity. It’s common for most people to miss certain spots between and around teeth when brushing and flossing, which leaves plaque and tartar buildup to damage enamel. By coming in twice a year for cleanings, we can remove the plaque and tartar buildup that you missed, and detect decay early on to prevent it from spreading further.

Treating problems early to prevent complications

Unfortunately, many common problems like gum disease don’t cause symptoms until the more advanced stages. So, how are you supposed to detect it early on before it causes permanent damage to your smile? By turning to our family dentist in Chicago every six months. While you might not notice subtle changes in your teeth or gums, that’s what we’re trained to do. By catching problems like gum disease early we can prevent issues such as tooth loss.

Screen for oral cancer

With the increase in mouth cancers over the last few years, it’s now more important than ever to be able to detect early signs of oral cancer when it’s still highly treatable. The best way to catch oral cancer? During a routine dental checkup. Our hygienist can look for lesions, lumps, and other changes to the soft tissue that could indicate oral cancer.

Provide comprehensive and preventive care

Besides cleaning your teeth and gums to reduce your risk for decay and gum disease, Dr. Riyal and his team are focused on all the ways in which they can prevent dental problems from happening. Therefore, we can provide dental sealants to children at risk for cavities or make custom mouthguards for patients who grind their teeth at night. These simple preventive measures can preserve your smile in the long run.

Save time and money

If you skip out on these dental cleanings now at some point you’re going to deal with some pretty nasty problems that could have had a much easier and cheaper solution. We want to save you from needing extensive dental work, procedures, and surgeries by giving your smile the ultimate care it needs every six months.

Contact us

If you are looking for a dentist in Chicago that can provide your whole family with routine dental cleanings twice a year, then turn to Dr. Riyal and his team at Miswak Dentistry. We can work with your schedule to ensure that everyone gets the care they need. Call our office today at (773) 661-0330.

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