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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a component of the dental field that uses dental procedures that improve the appearance of the teeth. Teeth whitening, inlays and outlays and veneers are just some of the many painless procedures that can help restore the look of one’s smile. A professional Dekalb Illinois dentist such as Dr. Sejal Patel can help decide what dental treatments each patient could benefit from.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Teeth whitening is a dental procedure that focuses on improving a patient’s smile. This procedure is used in order to lighten the teeth and to remove any discoloration or stains on the surface of said teeth. Discoloration can occur because of aging, genetics, smoking and certain foods and drinks. In-office teeth whitening is a painless, quick and very successful treatment used regularly for this reason.

Dental veneers are another common dental procedure that covers up damaged teeth with custom-made covers placed over the teeth. A cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Sejal Patel bonds these veneers to the front of the teeth, which allows the dentist control over the shape, size, color and length of these teeth. These veneers can be made of porcelain or composite resin. These are ideal for cosmetic dental repair but are used less for function purposes.

Lastly, inlays and outlays are another cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses the existing tooth or teeth as a base to improve upon. These partial dental crowns are used to restore the shape and to strengthen teeth. A professional dentist such as Dr. Sejal Patel can help decide what cosmetic dentistry procedures are needed. To schedule a consultation today, call 815-758-4797 or visit

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Wanting straight, ordered teeth isn't just a vanity issue. In fact, research shows that straight teeth may have potential oral health benefits. For example, crooked teeth can be more difficult to clean, resulting in an increased risk of developing cavities and even gingivitis. Perhaps you've been investigating braces but don't want to invest in the conventional wired variety. At Patel Family Dental in DeKalb, IL, Dr. Sejal G. Patel, DDS and Dr. Frederick D. Peltz, DDS are specialized in providing Invisalign, or clear, "invisible" braces, for patients who wish to straighten their teeth with minimal alteration in their overall appearance.

Benefits of Invisalign
Aside from the fact that invisible braces work just as well as conventional braces, it should be noted that Invisalign offers some additional benefits to users. Adults, for instance, enjoy this teeth straightening option as it provides an approach that doesn't affect appearance or day-to-day activities. Additional benefits include:
  • Custom fit, providing improved comfort during wear
  • Clear and invisible, offering improved quality of life and self esteem
  • No food restrictions
If you have mild to moderate spacing or crowding of your teeth and are looking for a comfortable, easier-to-manage approach to teeth straightening, then you may want to check out Invisalign. Our team at Patel Family Dental will assess your situation to determine if this option is right for you. For this orthodontic treatment, we utilize a computer program that allows us to generate multiple aligners, each aligner featuring small alterations that enable efficient and effective straightening. For more information regarding Invisalign or any of our other orthodontic services, please call our office at (815) 758-4797.