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A New Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry?

A New Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry?

When your teeth have flaws that make you self-conscious, you’re probably hesitant to smile. Maybe you have large gaps between teeth or chipped a tooth in an accident. Cosmetic dentistry can fix these little flaws and restore your confidence to smile.

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A TMJD Primer: Make It Better!

A TMJD Primer: Make It Better!

You’re just sitting there watching a movie, and happen to notice a pain in your jaw building and building until it becomes serious. TMJD affects millions of people. Here are things you can do if TMJD affects you.

read more
A New Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry?

A New Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry?

When your teeth have flaws that make you self-conscious, you’re probably hesitant to smile. Maybe you have large gaps between teeth or chipped a tooth in an accident. Cosmetic dentistry can fix these little flaws and restore your confidence to smile.

read more
A TMJD Primer: Make It Better!

A TMJD Primer: Make It Better!

You’re just sitting there watching a movie, and happen to notice a pain in your jaw building and building until it becomes serious. TMJD affects millions of people. Here are things you can do if TMJD affects you.

read more
Extra! Dental News from Around The Web!

Extra! Dental News from Around The Web!

In this month’s roundup, ways to make your oral surgery experience less nerve-wracking – the mystery behind dental biorhythms revealed – and the effects of space flight on your teeth. Plus, just what you were waiting for, the complete guide to receding gums. Enjoy!

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Extra! Dental News from Around The Web!

Extra! Dental News from Around The Web!

In this month’s roundup, ways to make your oral surgery experience less nerve-wracking – the mystery behind dental biorhythms revealed – and the effects of space flight on your teeth. Plus, just what you were waiting for, the complete guide to receding gums. Enjoy!

read more
5 Myths About Root Canals You Need to Stop Believing

5 Myths About Root Canals You Need to Stop Believing

If you’ve ever gotten information on the Web about root canals, but questioned whether it was true – or even if you’ve heard someone say they are headed for a root canal, and always wondered what that was but were too embarrassed to ask, this article is for you.

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The 5 Stages of Dental Caries

The 5 Stages of Dental Caries

Knowing just how a cavity forms isn’t just educational and good fun, it also helps you better understand why it’s important to keep your teeth clean and visit us as often as necessary. Take a look at how tooth decay works. (Gory pictures not included)

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5 Myths About Root Canals You Need to Stop Believing

5 Myths About Root Canals You Need to Stop Believing

If you’ve ever gotten information on the Web about root canals, but questioned whether it was true – or even if you’ve heard someone say they are headed for a root canal, and always wondered what that was but were too embarrassed to ask, this article is for you.

read more
The 5 Stages of Dental Caries

The 5 Stages of Dental Caries

Knowing just how a cavity forms isn’t just educational and good fun, it also helps you better understand why it’s important to keep your teeth clean and visit us as often as necessary. Take a look at how tooth decay works. (Gory pictures not included)

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5 Steps To Zoom-Friendly Dental Veneers

5 Steps To Zoom-Friendly Dental Veneers

Want to keep making a glowing impression on your video chats? If you have dental veneers, you really need to take care of them…


Veneers are a very effective form of cosmetic dentistry, making it both simple and relatively inexpensive to fix stained or chipped teeth. You may already be sporting a veneer or two. Rest assured, they should last for years, but only if you follow these five simple steps…

STEP #1:  Quit the nervous biting.


Many people absentmindedly chew on hard objects, such as pens, for whatever reason. While this is not particularly good for your teeth in any case, it’s particularly bad if you’ve got dental veneers.

Although made to be tough and hard-wearing, porcelain dental veneers are still a little more fragile than natural tooth enamel. When they face off with hard objects, they will often be the loser, with cracking and general wear a real and present danger. The same goes for harder foods – be careful when gnawing on some delicious ribs, for example. So all in all, it’s good to watch what you bite into.

STEP #2: Toothbrush and toothpaste: Choose carefully, my friend.


If you had your veneers fitted to counteract staining, you may have previously gotten into the habit of using a stiff-bristled toothbrush and abrasive paste in an effort to whiten your smile.

Once you’ve got your veneers, however, you should change to a softer brush and milder toothpaste so as not to damage the veneer surface.

STEP #3:  Color me grape: Beware the staining power of food and drink.

If you consume large amounts of naturally staining substances, such as coffee or red wine, you could find that your veneers stay white, while other parts of your smile become discolored. This uneven staining is usually very noticeable, so try and limit your consumption, or brush as soon as you can after consuming them.

While your veneers were formulated to be stain-resistant, the adhesives that bond them to your real teeth may be subject to, and certainly not of your remaining natural enamel surfaces.

STEP #4: Keep your guard up, kid.

Mouthguards to protect dental veneers

However tough they are, dental veneers are still somewhat prone to cracking and chipping when subjected to shocks. If you play any contact sports, or take part in other similar activities, it’s a good idea to wear a guard to prevent damaging your veneers.

Also beware of nocturnal tooth grinding. You may do this without even being aware of it, and it is particularly harmful to veneers, so look out for the warning signs and wear a mouth guard overnight if necessary. See your dentist when the time is right!

STEP #5:  Keep it clean, people, keep it clean.

Lastly, veneers are a generally low-maintenance type of cosmetic dental treatment, but this doesn’t mean you can slacken off on proper oral care. If your standards slip, you could be storing up future problems hidden behind your healthy-looking veneers. Make an appointment to have them looked at!

Don’t neglect your regular dental check-ups, and always ask your hygienist if your veneers could benefit from a quick polish and clean on your visits to help keep them in top condition.

Here’s a fun video from vlogger, Christen Dominique, about her experience receiving dental veneers.

Despite their ease of fitting and low cost compared to many other forms of cosmetic dentistry, veneers still represent a significant investment. Looking after them in these simple ways will help ensure they continue to brighten your smile! Ask us for more valuable information about your dental veneers.

FLASH! 7 Ways Smoking Harms Oral Health

FLASH! 7 Ways Smoking Harms Oral Health

Smoking affects a person’s oral health in many ways, and most smokers are unaware of the relationship. Let’s take a closer look at the harm caused by smoking to the mouth, teeth, gums, and throat.

read more
Six Simple Questions About Your Teeth, Answered!

Six Simple Questions About Your Teeth, Answered!

Sometimes, we forget the basics and bad habits set in.

Here are some obvious questions about dental hygiene that deserve a revisit.

1. Why do I have to brush my teeth?

Brushing isn’t just a bedtime ritual you learned when you were young, it’s a crucial tool for staying healthy.

Although your teeth may look clean, they’re actually covered with tiny bacteria commonly known as plaque. Left unchecked, plaque transforms into something called calculus, a.k.a. tartar, which can only be removed at your dentist’s office. If not cleaned out, tartar often leads to tooth decay and gum infection — sounds lovely…

Depending on how good you are at it, brushing can lessen the amount of plaque on your teeth, which decreases the tartar, which leads to fewer serious issues. Phew!

Warning! Plaque starts to regrow on your teeth within three to four hours after brushing, so for optimal dental hygiene, try to brush at least twice a day. And yes, you should use toothpaste. Not only does it help get rid of stubborn plaque, toothpaste helps re-mineralize your teeth, building a stronger foundation that prevents decay.

2. Do I actually need to floss?

Yes, you should absolutely be flossing! You may have come across news reports or studies claiming that flossing has no effect in preventing tooth decay. While these may be accurate, research has proven that lack of flossing can encourage other serious issues — like gum disease and bleeding gums. How’s that?

When you eat, food particles get stuck between teeth where it’s hard to reach with a toothbrush. Since where the food lands is often close to your gums, there is likelihood of infection if nothing is done. Flossing is a great way to remove those particles before they can do real damage.

YOU SHOULD KNOW! Many floss makers add a chemical to help floss glide more easily between teeth. Research once claimed that this chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), was safe. However, a new study by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health indicates, PFOA may cause or exacerbate thyroid disease.

What to do? Use a “natural” floss that’s free of PFOA, or rinse and reuse the floss that’s currently in your medicine cabinet to help minimize the PFOA coating. Smart!

3. Can’t I just use mouthwash to keep my teeth clean?

Think of a tooth as a dirty plate. If you pour dish soap over it and rinse it, some of the dirt will come off, but the rest will stay stuck. The same goes for your teeth.

Plaque buildup needs more than just mouthwash to get rid of it, and if left for too long, it can turn into tartar, which can damage your teeth. Mouthwash should be an optional addition to your dental routine, not the star attraction.

CAUTION! Alcohol is a known carcinogen. Most mouthwashes contain large amounts of alcohol, often up to 25%. Mouthwash can remain in your mouth for up to a minute, when used according to directions. This means, alcohol is swooshing around in your mouth even longer than would a sip of wine or whiskey. Experts recommend using a non-alcohol based mouthwash to reap the benefits without all the risks.

4. Is whitening my teeth bad?

It depends. Most over-the-counter teeth whitening strips are safe to use, so long as you follow directions. Leaving the strips on for too long or ingesting large amounts of the gel is bad for your health.

People with sensitive teeth and poor enamel can experience increased sensitivity, irritation and further degradation of enamel. Whitening done in your dentist’s office can be more reassuring, because your dentist is familiar with the condition of your teeth and can weigh in on how, and whether, to proceed.

5. What is a tongue brush?

A tongue brush is designed specifically to — well — brush your tongue. Above is a demo of how to use it. Alternatively, you can try using the bristles on your toothbrush to gently buff over the surface of your tongue. Just rinse your toothbrush thoroughly to ensure that your teeth don’t get an unnecessary dose of bacteria (you can also disinfect your toothbrush in a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide).

6. Why do I need to worry about my teeth? Can’t I just get new ones?

Funny you should ask. You can’t regrow a tooth once you’ve lost it — at least not yet.

Most humans get their full set of permanent teeth around age 13. After that, if you lose or crack a tooth, you’ll have to get a prosthetic from your dentist. But be warned — new teeth cost a pretty penny. Best to take care of the ones you already have.

We hope you enjoyed these tips. Hopefully, there’ll be less drilling and filling at your next dental visit. Be sure to schedule one soon as you’re able!

How to Look Younger – Instantly!

How to Look Younger – Instantly!

Most people wouldn’t mind being mistaken for five or ten years under their real age. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is a smart way to look younger in the long run — but what if you want to look younger right now?

Now that Covid-19 is quasi-under-control, you may want to turn back the clock and look your best for an event like a vacation, wedding, class reunion, or a special night out. Here’s your primer for making simple changes to instantly defy your age.

Ensure your teeth look their best.

That missing tooth – that misaligned bite – discolored bicuspid — You may have grown used to some of the abnormalities going on in your mouth, but as you age, bad teeth can make you look years older. Not surprisingly, research shows the most remembered aspect of a person when they meet someone new is the condition of their smile.

If you want to seem younger than your age, book a dental appointment with us for regular cleanings and cosmetic work that can maintain your youthful appearance. Watch as your family and friends take notice and perhaps stop avoiding you! 🙂

Clean your face the right way.

Unfortunately, damage from the sun, your environment, and your diet can cause your face to look old before its time. Keeping it clean is one way to keep it fresh and young. But are you washing your face the right way, or too often?

The American Academy of Dermatology advises you to wash your face no more than twice a day to avoid stripping away the natural oils that keep your skin subtle. They also recommend against scrubbing, which could irritate your skin and cause inflammation.

Instead, wet your face, and then use your fingertips to massage a gentle cleanser into your pores. Rinse your face with lukewarm water. Moisture is key to healthy skin, so be sure apply a light moisturizer. Once a week, swap your regular facial cleanser for an exfoliating cleanser. This will remove dead skin cells from your face, making your skin look young and vibrant.


If you want to get fancy-schmantzy (is that the proper spelling?) with washing your face, watch this great video from Teen Vogue. They’ve got it down!


Try some youthful makeup tricks…

  • If you already wear a lot of makeup, simply wearing less can make you look younger, or at least more natural.
  • Put moisturizer on before foundation so your foundation won’t settle into your skin’s creases.
  • Choose a light foundation with a little yellow in it, which can give your skin a warm glow.
  • Cover your under-eye circles with a creamy concealer. The color of your under-eye circles will determine the color of your concealer — for yellowish circles, use a pinkish concealer. For blueish circles, use a concealer with a yellow tinge.
  • Instead of powdered blush, try a blush cream. Apply just a bit to the apples of your cheeks.
  • When it comes to eye shadow and eyeliner, dark colors can be aging. Instead, try neutral colors for eye shadow, and swap black eyeliner for soft brown or navy blue.
  • Don’t skip the mascara. Curl your eyelashes, and then apply an even coat of black mascara. Your lashes will draw attention away from under-eye circles and wrinkles.

We like video blogger Anne-Marie’s tips for using makeup to make you look younger – she echoes many of the tips we mentioned.


Want to look younger in photos? Look surprised!

A study from the University of Western Ontario found that adopting a surprised expression made study participants perceive models as younger. Participants thought the models looked the youngest when smiling. One reason for this finding may be that looking surprised causes you to open your eyes wider and stretches out wrinkles.


We love photographer and video blogger, Parmita! She has some really amazing tips on looking better in pictures, and she’s lovely to watch. Trust us, it’s worth the 10 minutes.


Choose your clothing wisely.

Trying to hide your body under shapeless clothing can make you look old and frumpy. Classic, well-fitted pieces will make you look cool and modern. Here are some ways to dress your body to look younger.

  • For pants, high waists and “mom jeans” are a definite no-no. Instead, wear mid-rise pants with straight legs.
  • Check your skirt length. Pick your skirt length based on your height and body type, rather than age. Knee-length skirts look good on many body types. When you choose a skirt, take appropriateness for the event into consideration.
  • A monotone color scheme doesn’t look young or fun. Stay away from all black or all gray. These colors can drain your face of youthful vigor, making you look tired. Find colors that make your skin pop, and choose tops in these hues.
  • Does your handbag scream, “old lady”? Update your purse with a sleek, modern bag. Gold accents can be perceived as older than silver, so go for a silver buckle instead.

Get a new bra.

You’ve heard this before — even though hardly anyone will see it, your bra is important to the way you look. This is particularly true when it comes to age perception. According to an international survey, 64 percent of women aren’t wearing the right size bra. Bras that don’t fit can make you look heavier and older. Get professionally fitted for a bra every six months to a year.

Get your hair cut.

A study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology found that hairstyle has a lot to do with perceived age. Looking at a model from the back, study participants were asked to judge the model’s age based on her hairstyle. Overly curly hair and a layered bob were judged the oldest. Straight hair was the youngest-looking hairstyle.

Dated hairstyles can also make you look old. When was the last time you changed your hair? A simple trim can do wonders for helping you look your best. Highlights can also give you a youthful look if they appear natural.

A self-driven, one-day makeover can help you look younger for a special event or for your everyday life. Try the simple tweaks in this article, and you’ll turn heads wherever you go!

Contributed by: Amy Robleski
Edited by: Clifford Yurman

5 Steps To Zoom-Friendly Dental Veneers

5 Steps To Zoom-Friendly Dental Veneers

Want to keep making a glowing impression on your video chats? If you have dental veneers, you really need to take care of them…


Veneers are a very effective form of cosmetic dentistry, making it both simple and relatively inexpensive to fix stained or chipped teeth. You may already be sporting a veneer or two. Rest assured, they should last for years, but only if you follow these five simple steps…

STEP #1:  Quit the nervous biting.


Many people absentmindedly chew on hard objects, such as pens, for whatever reason. While this is not particularly good for your teeth in any case, it’s particularly bad if you’ve got dental veneers.

Although made to be tough and hard-wearing, porcelain dental veneers are still a little more fragile than natural tooth enamel. When they face off with hard objects, they will often be the loser, with cracking and general wear a real and present danger. The same goes for harder foods – be careful when gnawing on some delicious ribs, for example. So all in all, it’s good to watch what you bite into.

STEP #2: Toothbrush and toothpaste: Choose carefully, my friend.


If you had your veneers fitted to counteract staining, you may have previously gotten into the habit of using a stiff-bristled toothbrush and abrasive paste in an effort to whiten your smile.

Once you’ve got your veneers, however, you should change to a softer brush and milder toothpaste so as not to damage the veneer surface.

STEP #3:  Color me grape: Beware the staining power of food and drink.

If you consume large amounts of naturally staining substances, such as coffee or red wine, you could find that your veneers stay white, while other parts of your smile become discolored. This uneven staining is usually very noticeable, so try and limit your consumption, or brush as soon as you can after consuming them.

While your veneers were formulated to be stain-resistant, the adhesives that bond them to your real teeth may be subject to, and certainly not of your remaining natural enamel surfaces.

STEP #4: Keep your guard up, kid.

Mouthguards to protect dental veneers

However tough they are, dental veneers are still somewhat prone to cracking and chipping when subjected to shocks. If you play any contact sports, or take part in other similar activities, it’s a good idea to wear a guard to prevent damaging your veneers.

Also beware of nocturnal tooth grinding. You may do this without even being aware of it, and it is particularly harmful to veneers, so look out for the warning signs and wear a mouth guard overnight if necessary. See your dentist when the time is right!

STEP #5:  Keep it clean, people, keep it clean.

Lastly, veneers are a generally low-maintenance type of cosmetic dental treatment, but this doesn’t mean you can slacken off on proper oral care. If your standards slip, you could be storing up future problems hidden behind your healthy-looking veneers. Make an appointment to have them looked at!

Don’t neglect your regular dental check-ups, and always ask your hygienist if your veneers could benefit from a quick polish and clean on your visits to help keep them in top condition.

Here’s a fun video from vlogger, Christen Dominique, about her experience receiving dental veneers.

Despite their ease of fitting and low cost compared to many other forms of cosmetic dentistry, veneers still represent a significant investment. Looking after them in these simple ways will help ensure they continue to brighten your smile! Ask us for more valuable information about your dental veneers.

FLASH! 7 Ways Smoking Harms Oral Health

FLASH! 7 Ways Smoking Harms Oral Health

Smoking affects a person’s oral health in many ways, and most smokers are unaware of the relationship. Let’s take a closer look at the harm caused by smoking to the mouth, teeth, gums, and throat.

read more

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MEET DR. JOHN J. KELLY

Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook.

He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing, including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain. MORE ON DR. KELLY

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