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Dr. Ronald Widen's
Smile Update


Refer A Friend

       Referrals are the life-blood of our practice.  I want to personally thank all of our guests who have referred their friends and family. It is the highest compliment that I could receive. I appreciate your confidence and trust. For those who are happy with the treatment they have received and have not referred anybody, please refer your friends, co-workers and family members! They will enjoy the same dental treatment that you are accustomed to in a warm, gentle, caring and friendly office. Our hi-tech diagnosis and treatment will provide them with beautiful long lasting restorations that are something to smile about.     Some things are too good to keep to yourself, so refer a friend today!


April Showers Bring May Smiles!!

    Hopefully mother nature got the email informing her that spring has arrived and the weather will continue to be be as nice as it was last weekend!

    Spring is upon us and with it a new season for you to feel and look your best!

It is also time to change your toothbrush.  Your toothbrush should be changed every 3 months to keep the brush working effectively. Feel free to stop by and pick up a new soft toothbrush.

Do you have any sensitive teeth or bleeding gums?  These are signs you should not be ignoring.

Schedule an appointment today!

    Most importantly, prompt treatment can avoid more extensive and more expensive dental procedures. What is simple now, can turn into a more severe problem later. We would hate for you to have a problem arise at an inconvenient time.

First Impressions
    Your dazzling smile can be one of your best assets. The first thing people see when you walk into a room is your smile. Don't you want to make your best first impression? Treatments are fast and more affordable then ever before. Porcelain veneers can transform your dull, worn and fractured teeth making you look years younger. A beautiful and uninhibited smile increases confidence and self esteem! This is an investment that you can see every time you look in the mirror. Your smile will look so natural that your friends will wonder what has changed! Click on the link below to see what we did for our featured case.

See Before and After Pictures

  Spring has arrived

      This means we have another season of the White Sox and the Cubs.  The Blackhawks squeaked into the playoffs and thankfully the Bulls are playing awesome, have clinched home court and we hope to see them as World Champions this year.

   Maybe Next Year is the frequent mantra used to help the fans of Chicago sports teams. Unfortunately, I have many guests that have been putting off needed work, citing we will do it next year.

Maybe Next Year will be This Year!

      I want to give our guests and friends a heartfelt thank you for your loyalty and friendship. 

    I still  want to help each and every one of our guests get the needed care during these tough times.  We will work with you to allow you to afford the treatment without hardships.  Contact Nichole to see what we can do for you.
    I wish everyone a Happy Easter and Happy Passover.  

We look forward to seeing you at the office in the near future.


Dr. Ron Widen and Nichole

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Halsted Dental Aesthetics
2001 N. Halsted Suite 202
Chicago, IL 60614

Office Hours
Monday.......... noon - 8 pm
Tuesday......... 7 am - 2 pm
Wednesday.... noon - 8 pm
Thursday........ 7 am - 2 pm
Friday............ By appointment
Saturday........ By appointment

Contact Information
Office (312) 266-0044
Fax(312) 266-8772
Web Site: www.halsteddental.com
Office Team: Nichole 

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Don't be afraid to ask us questions!

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 Snoring &
Sleep Apnea

    Snoring is caused by air trying to get through a narrowed air passage in your throat while sleeping. Snoring on it's own is not harmful but if it a symptom of OSA it could be deadly.
OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been getting more press. Obstructive sleep apnea is when you stop breathing for a period of time while sleeping because something is blocking the airway.

The following may increase your risk for OSA.

A soft palate that is elongated
Large tonsils and adenoids in children

Large neck 17+" -men & 16 -women)

Large tongue, which may fall back and block the airway

Retruded or small chin

If untreated, your are at greater risk from a motor vehicle accident from falling asleep while driving, high blood pressure and even stroke.

There are treatments ranging from dental appliances to wearing a CPAP mask while sleeping  to treat the condition successfully.


  If you think you may have OSA please call Nichole at 312-266-0044 so we can get you treated.

April is
Stress Awareness Month!

        According to recent surveys, 33% of Americans are living with extreme stress.  Whether it be from the ecomomy, losing a job or the housing crisis it is important to reign it under control.  The increase use of stimulant containing drinks, such as Red Bull, 5-hour Instant Energy and even coffee,  don't help the situation.

Stress is your body's reaction to anything that disrupts your normal routine.  In small doses, its ok, but large doses are harmful to your body.

Some symptoms include,  jaw clenching and grinding.  Grinding or bruxism can be temporary and cause headaches and a poor night's  sleep or can cause lasting effects. Loss of appetite, over-eating, upset stomach, memory problems and irritability are also common symptoms.

Chronic stress can lead to obesity, immune system weakening, anxiety, depression, increase in blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate which can progress to heart disease and stroke. 

The best way to combat stress is to learn how you body reacts to stress and recognize the signs.  Then find the source of the stress and try to get it under control.  Eating healthy foods, eliminating bad habits like  smoking and drinking, exercising, getting a good nights sleep and finding a relaxing hobby are all great ways to eliminate excess stress.  Feel free to talk to friends and family about your stress and how they have handled theirs.  If you need further help a trained practioner may help you further.

Most importantly if you have a night guard,  please wear it.  If you don't talk to Dr. Widen about the benefits of wearing one.  It will protect your teeth and help lessen the effects of grinding.

 Call us at 312-266-0044 if you want to discuss a problem you may be having.


  Dentistry in the News!
What we have
that may benefit you!

Stop Wining?

    Ever wondered which wine stains the most?  It is apparent that red wine stains teeth immediately, but white wine allows teeth to stain later on.

   The red pigments visibly stain teeth on contact but the white wine is more acidic and actually etches the teeth and creates small pores which will stain later.  So you must be careful not to follow white wine with any dark liquids or smoking.  The pigments will inhabit the pores and will cause staining.

     It is also imperative that you do not brush your teeth immediately after drinking white wine or any acidic beverage, because you wear down the weakened enamel quicker.  Allow time for your saliva to neutralize the acid and strengthen the enamel.

    If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth please call us at 312-266-0044  to discuss your options.

No More Unsightly White Spots ! 

    Do you have white spots on your front teeth left by braces and want to get rid of them without shots and frequently without drilling?

    There is a new treatment, called Icon, that will eliminate the white decalcifications left by braces and early cavities. A simple painfree procedure will eliminate those ugly white spots without any shots or damage to the natural tooth. This will also seal those areas to prevent future decay!

    If you are interested in learning more about this procedure please call the office at 312-266-0044.

Experience the

Tired of having to wait weeks for your new crown!

Gag on impressions?

Temporaries keep falling off?

Short on time? Don't want to have to come in for a second visit! 

 Porcelain inlays, onlays and crowns can be manufactured in the office in a little over an hour.

  Watch as your restorations is being milled right in front of you.  Then they are bonded in and do not require a second visit.

Read more ...

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About this newsletter

Smile Update is published twice a year, sometimes more frequently, as a free service to Halsted Dental Aesthetics' guests.
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