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Smile Bright Like A Diamond

Having a nice smile is something that a lot of people strive for. Many times, it’s the first thing people see when they meet you.

A very common condition that many people have is underdeveloped teeth. We will commonly see this with the lateral incisors. My son was born with these underdeveloped teeth.

The lateral incisors are the teeth right next to your two front teeth. They are sandwiched between the the two front teeth and the canine or as some people call it your “fang” teeth.

Many times, these underdeveloped teeth have spaces between between them. Sometimes people will close those spaces with braces.

In my opinion, closing the spaces with braces, addresses the spacing issue but does not address the lack of symmetry with the teeth size. It may look smaller or shorter than the other teeth.

I believe a better esthetic result is to straighten the teeth with braces but leave some spacing with the undersized teeth. Then with bonding, close those spaces and create a more appropriate sized tooth.

I included a photo of a patient that we did just that. This patient has a beautiful smile but did not like the smaller lateral incisors and the spacing. We added bonding to close the spacing and to also create a more appropriate sized lateral incisor.

Let me emphasize that we did not take any tooth structure away. We only added bonding (tooth colored material) to modify her smile.

The blue material you see is a rubber dam or a barrier that I use on all my patients. I use it to protect the tooth and it helps me get the best result possible. I would have taken the photo before I put the rubber dam but once I started I thought that this would make a nice post. So that’s why you see the rubber dam.

Also, the after photo you see is immediately finishing the procedure. That’s why you see the gums looking tender and slightly bloody. At completion, we polish the bonding material to get the smoothest and best shine possible.

This process can cause some minor gum irritation, but that quickly goes away. The patient felt slight discomfort that day and reported no discomfort the following day.

Within a few days, the gums are completely normal.

As I told you, my son was born with these type of underdeveloped teeth. He has begun orthodontic (braces) treatment.

My treatment for him will be exactly the same as I did for this patient.

Which is as follows: the orthodontist will straighten the teeth and leave some spacing between the laterals. Then I will close the spacing with bonding and create a more appropriate sized tooth that blends better with the shape of his other teeth.

If you are ready to upgrade your smile, visit us at or call 773-292-1911 today!

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Emilio “Making Smiles Beautiful” Couret

World-Class Chicago, IL, Dentist, Dr. Emilio Couret for Exceptional Dental Care
“I’ve been seeing Dr. Couret for my dental needs for years–before he began his own office even. From Day 1–he was amazing. After years with no dental insurance, I needed a lot of work done, and was insanely anxious. Dr. Couret is an expert at putting you at ease and making you feel at home. And he seems to take the time needed to ensure his staff does the same. My teeth look amazing, and you will not find a more caring, comforting team in Chicago. They take the time to not just check your teeth, but to check of any issues that might arise, including cancers that other doctors may overlook. My husband and I are in the middle of planning a long-distance move, and I can’t even begin to think about finding a new dentist. Especially one that can live up to the standard Dr. Couret and his team have set.”
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