Our dentists and team encourage you to care for your smile and protect your oral health. Some patients, however, struggle with smile issues outside of their control, such as gaps, crooked teeth, stains, and fractures. Many of these issues can be treated and improved at Oak Dental Associates. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry in Oak Lawn, Illinois, or a nearby area, we are happy to answer the questions you may have, including:

What is cosmetic dentistry? [Developer’s note: use H2 tags for underlined text]
Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dentistry that focuses on the beauty and appearance of your smile, while other areas of dentistry focus primarily on your oral health. However, many cosmetic procedures can enhance your oral health by straightening and strengthening your teeth.

Why should I see a cosmetic dentist?
Cosmetic dentists are specially trained and know how best to improve your smile. Dr. Pallotto and Dr. Osmolinski will carefully evaluate your teeth to determine which treatments are in your best interest. We can help you design a personalized treatment plan to transform your smile.

How long do cosmetic procedures take?
The treatment period will vary depending on the specific treatment and your own unique situation. Some treatments can be completed in as little as one visit to Oak Dental Associates.

Will my insurance cover my cosmetic treatments?
Insurance coverage depends on your insurance plan. Our team will work with your insurance provider to help you receive the maximum benefits available. We will also provide the treatment costs and payment options upfront so that you can make the best possible financial decisions.

Is teeth whitening right for me?
You may be an excellent candidate for teeth whitening if you have good oral and physical health, maintain good oral hygiene, and have areas of your teeth where shade and coloring can be improved. Before beginning a teeth whitening treatment, our dentists will ensure that you are in proper health for the procedure.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is considered a safe and effective procedure that should not be accompanied by any serious side effects. Some patients experience mild reactions, such as increased tooth sensitivity, white spots on the surface of the teeth, gum sensitivity, or gum irritation. Please contact our office if you have any concerns about receiving teeth whitening.

Can Invisalign® help me?
Invisalign® is an excellent choice for many patients, and is especially popular among adults who wish to straighten their smiles. Invisalign utilizes clear aligners, which are virtually undetectable, to address mild to moderate alignment issues. Our dentists can help you determine if Invisalign is right for your smile.

Will dental veneers make my smile look unnatural?
Dental veneers are designed to match the size, shape, and shade of your surrounding teeth for an aesthetic and natural-looking smile. If you are receiving multiple veneers, you may wish to select a shade lighter than your teeth for a brighter appearance. Dr. Pallotto or Dr. Osmolinksi can help you determine the optimal appearance of your dental veneer(s).

We hope you have found this information helpful. Please contact Oak Dental Associates if you have further questions about our cosmetic dental services.