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Office Hours

Monday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Wednesday 3:00 PM8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday Closed Except Emergencies
Saturday 8:00 AM1:00 PM
Sunday Closed Except Emergencies

At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and prognosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry McHenry

A beautiful smile can be a confident booster and an aid in career growth. People who are happy with their smile are known to be more active and approachable in daily life. On the contrary, people who are unhappy with their teeth tend to hide them when smiling. The results of surveys have shown many Americans stating they wish to change the appearance of the teeth as a cosmetic enhancement. Cosmetic dentistry is the field of dental medicine which is dedicated to making artistic changes in teeth and gums, such that the esthetics of the smile is improved. Dr. Hasken has been offering dental care to the people living in McHenry, Crystal Lake and surrounding communities with the advanced training received at the Dawson Academy. We are happy to tell you that we have successfully created wonderful smiles for our valuable patients.

Problems with esthetics of teeth

Beauty is a subjective; there is no doubt about that. The appearance of a smile, however, can be gauged based on the proportions, color and shape of teeth and gums. It is these factors which can make a smile more or less attractive. Cosmetic dentistry aims at transforming these factors. Following are some of the conditions that are treated under cosmetic dentistry.

  • Discolored teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Short front teeth

There are a number of procedures for treating these problems. A cosmetic dentistry treatment plan may involve one or more of these processes.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures

  • Dental veneers

    These are thin shells made of porcelain. They are used to mask the errors in front teeth. Gaps between teeth, chipped teeth, discolored teeth and other visible problems can be masked using these shells. The cosmetic dentist bonds the shells over front teeth.

  • Teeth whitening

    Tooth whitening is a process that clears stain and brightens the teeth. Whitening agents are used to clear stain from the porous enamel layer. More about the procedure is explained under Teeth Whitening section.

  • Bonding

    Tooth bonding can be an alternative to dental veneers. Bonding cements are used to treat errors of front teeth. The bonding may not last as many years as dental veneers.

  • Tooth colored fillings

    Decayed tooth can be restored using tooth colored fillings. These fillings not only support the natural functions of teeth but also fuse esthetically with the teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry procedure

Cosmetic dentistry treatment requires active participation of patients. The cosmetic dentist tries the best to bring patient’s ideas of the smile to reality. For this purpose, the first consultation will involve thorough examination and question and answer session. Patients can make a note of what they expect from the treatment and what exactly they do not like about the teeth. The dentist sets a feasible plan and explains it to patient. Any infection is treated, if required based on the process. The Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment may be a single procedure or a combination of different procedures. The cosmetic dentist starts treatment after explaining all options and receiving patient’s approval. The pictures of the teeth before and after the treatment are taken to show the difference.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

Not all cosmetic dentistry procedures are recommended for improving oral health. Some procedures like tooth whitening and smile makeover using veneers are purely esthetic procedures. Nevertheless, cosmetic dentistry procedures can improve the quality of life by giving you more self-confidence.

You can have a brand new smile once you visit our dentist’s office. Before deciding to undergo any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it is very important to know the benefits and risks and what you can expect during the dentistry process. Make sure you are clear about how a cosmetic dental procedure can transform your smile. Make a note of what you do not like about your teeth, gums or lips. Be aware of what all post-operative measures are necessary to protect the new smile.

Inlays, Onlays, Teeth Whitening, Direct Bonding & Veneers