Understanding Porcelain Veneers

August 31, 2020

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 6:33 am

Feeling self-conscious of your smile may cause you to constantly monitor your facial expressions. This is no way to go through life. Thankfully, one common solution for many patients who feel self-conscious of their smile is porcelain veneers. If you’ve been looking for a way to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, look no further than veneers.

Start by Planning

Like most things in life, planning the shade and type of veneer that you will be getting is a great place to start! Your initial visit for veneers at Pure Dental Spa will consist of discussing your available options and answering any lingering questions that you may have. While porcelain is one of the more common materials for this procedure, you can also opt for veneers made from composite.


The next step is preparing your teeth to take the veneers. Our team will work to remove a thin layer of your tooth’s natural enamel to make room for the new addition(s) to your smile. We can use a local anesthesia if it will make you feel more comfortable, but it is not a mandatory part of the procedure.

Temporary Veneer Placement

Once the details are sorted, we will then place temporary veneers on the teeth we will be working on. This is a temporary step that helps make your teeth more aesthetically pleasing before the veneers are placed.

Final Veneer Placement

The last and final step is placing the veneers that were custom-made for your smile. We use a strong bonding material to keep your veneers secured in place.

One of the best parts about veneers in Chicago is that they are custom-made for your needs. Our team at Pure Dental Spa is happy to help you feel confident about your smile once again. Contact us today to schedule your reservation.

Are TMJ and Bruxism the Same?

August 17, 2020

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 10:25 am

Many patients often ask our dentist in West Loop and Bloomingdale if TMJ and bruxism are one in the same. While they both have an impact on your smile, they aren’t the same. TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD, involves pain due to the improper functioning of the joints and muscles that attach the lower jaw to the skull. While bruxism may develop as the result of TMJ, bruxism can also make TMJ worse.

Defining Bruxiusm

Those who suffer from bruxism grind their teeth on a consistent basis without realizing it. The grinding typically occurs at night but may also occur during the day. Underlying stress is often a common factor in the development of bruxism. Our dentist in West Loop may suspect bruxism in patients if they notice abnormal wear and tear, significant enamel wear or overall tension or pain the jaw or ears. The specific cause of bruxism is difficult to pinpoint, but stress, anxiety or the misalignment of the teeth. Left untreated, bruxism can cause damage to the tooth enamel or even cause the loss of a tooth.

Defining TMJ Disorder

There is a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that is similar to a sliding hinge in your mouth. This joint is responsible for connecting your jawbone to your skull. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include pain in the ears, face or jaw, tension in the neck or shoulders, persistent headaches and teeth grinding.
Because the symptoms of bruxism and TMJ are so similar, patients are often concerned that they are suffering from both. While they are often related to one another, it’s important to schedule a reservation with our dentist in West Loop or Bloomingdale to ensure you get the treatment that you need. Contact us to get started!

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