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Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Veneers don't just give your favorite celebrities Hollywood smiles, but can actually address a variety of cosmetic issues. Dr. Frederic veneersMrugala of Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, explain how veneers can transform your smile.

What do veneers do?

Veneers don't change the structure of your teeth but cover the flaws visible in the front surfaces of your teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers don't require an extensive preparation process. If you decide to hide an imperfection with a crown, your tooth must be filed on all sides to ensure that its small enough to accommodate your restoration. When you choose veneers, only a very small amount of enamel will be removed from the fronts of your teeth.

Will veneers help me?

We may recommend veneers when you visit our Westmont or Hickory Hills office if:

  • You don't like the way one or more teeth look. Smile issues, even if they're small, can affect your self-esteem. Luckily, minor cosmetic problems can be improved by attaching veneers to your teeth. When you want to keep cracks, chips, bumps, or pits under wraps or make crooked or oddly shaped teeth look more uniform, veneers are an excellent option.
  • Years of wear and tear have had an impact on your smile. If your teeth have shortened a little due to wear or nighttime grinding, adding a veneer will eliminate the height discrepancy between your teeth.
  • You don't like the spaces between your teeth. Although you'll need braces if the gaps are large, small gaps can be easily concealed with veneers.
  • Your smile is dull. Veneers can brighten all of your teeth or ensure that a discolored tooth blends in with the rest of your smile.

What happens during the veneer process?

After a small amount of tooth enamel is removed during your first veneer appointment, we'll make an impression of your tooth or teeth and send it to the dental laboratory that will create your veneers. When you return to our office two weeks later, we'll check the fit of your veneers and make adjustments as necessary. The final steps involve applying a special etching solution to your teeth to improve bonding and attaching the veneers with dental cement.

Transform your smile with veneers. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mrugala by calling (630) 963-8680 for the Westmont, IL, office or (708) 598-8363 for the Hickory Hills, IL, office.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If you have smile problems, porcelain veneers may be the answer. Veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored materials designed to veneerscover the front of the teeth. Dr. Frederic Mrugala offers a full range of dental services, including veneers. He has dental offices in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL. Here are five types of dental issues that veneers can fix.

#1- Chipped Teeth

Falling or biting down on something hard can cause a tooth to break or chip. If your front tooth is chipped, a veneer can make it look whole and healthy again. These porcelain shells are bonded to the front of teeth changing their size, shape or length. 

#2- Gapped Teeth

Self conscious about that gap between your teeth? Your Westmont or Hickory Hills dentist can fix that — for a price. It is possible to fix gaps cosmetically through the use of veneers. Veneers can close the gap between your teeth and give you the perfect smile you desire. 

#3- Stained Teeth

Dental veneers can give you a whiter, brighter smile. Veneers are routinely used to fix that are stained — because of excessive fluoride; root canal treatment, stains from medications; or the presence of large resin fillings that have stained the teeth. 

#4- Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth makes people feel self-conscious about their appearance and affects their self-esteem. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of crooked teeth. Remember, it's never too late to straighten your smile

#5 Worn Down Teeth

Over time, the enamel on your teeth may become worn down. Dental veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are worn down. If you have worn down teeth, veneers can protect your teeth from further damage. Veneers are very strong and durable.

Are you ready for a brand new smile? Get the smile you've always dreamed of. Say yes to porcelain veneers! If you live in the Westmont, IL area, call us at 630-963-8680 to schedule an appointment. If you live in the Hickory Hills, IL area, call 708-598-8363 to schedule an appointment. Veneers will improve your smile and your life!

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
April 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Your mouth may be healthy--free of gum disease, cavities, and other issues. However, you feel embarrassed to laugh and smile broadly in public. Why? it's those gaps, stains, and one or two small chips. They mar the overall appearance of your smile and lessen your self-confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry is that branch of dental care that remodels the appearance of teeth and gums. Composed of many dental treatments, Veneerscosmetic dentistry fixes small aesthetic problems or can remake an entire smile. Dr. Frederic Mrugala in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL works to reach a patient's aesthetic goals for his or her smile. Among other treatments, he offers porcelain veneers, a reliable, natural-looking and beautiful way to improve the look of teeth in the "smile zone" at the front of the mouth.

Westmont and Hickory Hills Veneers

Porcelain veneers, also called dental laminates, are thin jackets of dental-grade ceramic bonded to the front side of one or more teeth. Custom-fabricated in a specialty dental lab according to a 3-D model of the patient's mouth, veneers disguise imperfections such as:

  • heavy discolorations from smoking, foods, prescription medications or injury
  • chips
  • hairline cracks
  • uneven or odd tooth shape
  • spaces between teeth
  • minor overcrowding

Veneers strengthen teeth and beautify with natural-looking shape, size and color that compliment the patient's overall appearance.

The Veneer Process

To successfully place porcelain veneers, Dr. Mrugala first determines if teeth are healthy enough for this cosmetic treatment. He performs a comprehensive oral exam and takes x-rays, photos and other imaging to help formulate a care plan. This plan includes how the patient wants his or her finished smile to look.

With the determination made to place laminates, Dr. Mrugala removes a very thin slice of enamel from the front surface of each teeth needing refurbishment. This is a quick procedure, sometimes requiring local anesthesia. Dr. Mrugala takes impressions of the patient's mouth and places temporary veneers. He sends instructions and patient images to a dental lab where a ceramist crafts the veneers using a 3-dimensional model of the individual's teeth and gums.

At the next dental appointment, Dr. Mrugala tries the veneers on the individual's teeth and etches the tooth enamel with a chemical that helps the bonding process. He applies special cement that can be color-adjusted as necessary to create a natural look that fits in with the rest of the teeth. He cures the cement with a special light and checks the porcelain veneers for fit and bite.

Caring for Veneers

Porcelain veneers last for years when patients brush and floss daily and get semi-annual cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Mrugala. The ceramic is stain resistant, but of course, patients should limit staining dietary choices and smoking and avoid biting fingernails, plastic packaging or other non-food items.

Learn More

Call (630)963-8680 in Westmont or (708)598-8363 in Hickory Hills for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Mrugala. Find out how your smile can change for the better with porcelain veneers.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
January 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

When you look in the mirror, do you see the imperfections in your teeth before anything else? If this is the case, dental veneers restore both your teeth and your confidence. Veneers change the shape, length and color of your teeth, and provide you with the ideal smile. With help from your Westmont, IL dentist, you can find the right treatment plan to fix your teeth’s imperfections for good.Veneers

What are veneers? 
Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain or composite resin permanently affixed to the front of your teeth. If they are made from composite resin, only one appointment is necessary. If they are made from porcelain, your veneers are usually placed during a two-phase process. At your first appointment, your dentist takes a mold of your teeth. They then send the mold to a dental laboratory where a lab technician customizes each veneer. Molded directly onto the teeth, composite resin veneers eliminate the laboratory step. No matter the material, before veneers can be placed, your dentist must first prepare the teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel. This creates room for the width of the veneer. An etching solution slightly roughens the teeth to create a more textured surface for the adhesive to grasp onto. Once your dentist confirms the fit, they bond the veneer to the tooth using dental cement.

What can veneers repair? 
Veneers cover imperfections in your teeth such as:

  • chips
  • cracks
  • uneven teeth
  • discolored teeth which do not respond to whitening treatments
  • gapped or overlapping teeth

Veneers have the same light-reflecting qualities as real teeth, providing the most natural appearance possible. Each veneer is carefully color-matched to the surrounding teeth, adding to the natural appearance.

Am I a candidate for dental veneers? 
Good candidates for veneers have healthy teeth and gums with no signs of gum disease. If decay is present, dental work to remove it is necessary before placing the veneers. A good bite is also needed for veneers, as your teeth should line up correctly so as not to damage or wear down the veneers over time. Patients who grind their teeth or clench their jaws habitually are not good candidates for veneers. Additionally, healthy tooth enamel is crucial to supporting the veneers once they are placed.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S. in Westmont, IL. Call 708-598-8363 to schedule your consultation or veneers today!

By Frederic J. Mrugala, D.D.S.
April 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  
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Find out more about how dental veneers can boost your smile’s appearance.

What are dental veneers?

These thin shells made from porcelain are designed to cover the entire surface of your tooth to hide minor dental flaws and imperfections.

What can dental veneers do for my smile?

Dental veneers are a great, non-invasive way to improve your smile’s appearance. Here are some dental problems that porcelain veneers can easily hide:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chips and cracks
  • Overlapping and crookedness
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

Dental veneers are ideal for those who have internal stains or stains that won’t respond to professional teeth whitening. Veneers can also offer a straighter smile without having to opt for braces for years. Get a straight, more radiant set of teeth in only two procedures.

What does the dental veneer procedure entail?

The first part of the procedure requires a minimal amount of tooth preparation. During tooth preparation we will remove up to 1 millimeter of tooth enamel to make room for the extra volume that wearing dental veneers will offer. However, since only a small amount of tooth enamel is removed, this doesn’t require anesthesia.

Once enough enamel has been removed, we will then choose a set of veneers that match the rest of your smile. We will have you approve the look of your veneers before we permanently adhere them. Then will apply special resin between the veneers and your teeth and use a laser to harden the resin.

Are dental veneers right for me?

Dental veneers are great for someone looking to brighten and straighten their smile with one simple cosmetic procedure. However, dental veneers aren’t ideal for everyone. If you are an avid nail biter you may be prone to veneer damage. Therefore, to keep your veneers from breaking you will want to fix any bad habits like opening packages or bottle caps with your teeth.

Also, keep in mind though that since tooth enamel is removed, the treatment is considered irreversible. Dental veneers offer a healthier-looking smile for life!

If you want to find out how dental veneers could transform your smile, schedule a consultation with your Westmont, IL dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala.