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Choosing to undergo cosmetic dentistry treatments will not only improve the beauty of your smile, it will also enhance your overall appearance. Many cosmetic dentistry treatments can even improve your oral health by making it easier for you to keep your teeth and gums clean. Talk to a cosmetic dentist about whether the following treatments might be right for you.
If you’ve been considering undergoing orthodontic treatment, yet are hesitant because of the way metal brackets would look on your teeth, you might consider using the Invisalign system instead. Cosmetic dentists often recommend this treatment for adults because the clear plastic aligners are virtually undetectable on your teeth, allowing you to discreetly achieve a straight smile. The Invisalign system is capable of effectively correcting many different types of abnormal bite patterns, known as malocclusions. After your teeth are in their proper positions, you’ll likely notice that it’s easier to remove plaque and food debris.
If you’re looking for a very fast smile makeover, consider talking to a cosmetic dentist about having dental veneers. Many people choose veneers because there isn’t a long wait time; you can enjoy a more beautiful smile in just a couple of office visits. Plus, veneers can resolve a comprehensive range of cosmetic concerns, making them ideal for many patients. They can camouflage imperfections such as chips and cracks, they can close gaps between the teeth, and they can instantly brighten up your smile!
Having one or more missing teeth can be socially embarrassing. With dental implants, there’s no need to hide your smile any longer. Dental implants replace your missing teeth with a completely natural-looking substitute. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like real teeth. They’ll also prevent the complications that can arise from having missing teeth, such as the loss of underlying bone structure.
The team at Northern Virginia Dental Associates is dedicated to helping you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve! Call our cosmetic dentistry practice in Springfield at (888) 862-0095 to schedule a visit. Our cosmetic dentistry treatments include Invisalign, veneers, implants, and teeth whitening.
Last updated 8 days ago
A filling is a type of dental restoration that your family dentist can use to repair a decayed, cracked, or broken tooth. Before you undergo this procedure, your dentist applies a local anesthetic to numb the area. You can expect the numb feeling to persist for about two to four hours. During this time, you’ll need to exercise caution with your mouth. Since you’ll be unable to feel pain, avoid scratching at the area, biting, or poking it. Avoid drinking or eating hot beverages and foods; you can test the temperature first by touching your finger to the food item.
While you wait for the anesthesia to wear off, it’s a good idea to avoid eating or drinking where others can see you. You might be unable to properly control chewing and drinking movements. Fillings are quite durable; however, you should avoid chewing on your fingernails, pen caps, and similar objects because this behavior can lead to damage.
If you have any questions about an upcoming dentistry procedure, call the friendly team at Northern Virginia Dental Associates. Springfield residents can reach us at (888) 862-0095.
Last updated 10 days ago
There are many dental conditions that you could have and not even realize it, such as tooth decay and gum disease. But did you know that you could be grinding your teeth while you sleep without being aware of it? This condition is called bruxism, and it can take quite a toll on your dental health. It’s a good idea to schedule regular check-ups at your family dentist’s office to check for signs of bruxism. While you’re there, ask the dentist about the typical symptoms of bruxism and your treatment options.
If you’ve noticed increased tooth sensitivity when you consume hot or cold beverages, it means that the enamel on your teeth is wearing down. This could be the result of teeth grinding. Other typical symptoms of bruxism include tired and sore jaw muscles, jaw pain, headache, and earache. Bruxism can damage your teeth, causing chips, cracks, fractures, and flattened areas. Bruxism can also damage the soft tissues of your mouth. You may notice indentations on your tongue or areas of damage on the insides of your cheeks, for example.
Causes and Risk Factors
Dentists aren’t sure yet exactly what causes bruxism; more research is needed in this area. However, dentists have noted that many patients with bruxism are under high levels of chronic stress, which can lead to jaw clenching and teeth grinding. It is also possible that bruxism is a result of other sleep conditions or that it is a complication of an underlying medical problem, such as Huntington’s disease. More rarely, it may be a side effect of medications, such as psychiatric drugs. Additionally, some patients with bruxism have malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth.
Dentists highly recommend wearing a sleep appliance to protect your teeth while you sleep. Some patients may benefit from wearing a splint, from correcting malocclusion with orthodontic care, or from stress management techniques.
At Northern Virginia Dental Associates of Springfield, we offer a range of preventative dentistry options, including sleep appliances. If your teeth grinding has damaged your teeth, ask us about our restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments. To schedule an appointment, call our friendly staff at (888) 862-0095.
Last updated 15 days ago
You probably already know that chronic stress isn’t good for your health. It can elevate your blood pressure and contribute to poor eating habits. Unfortunately, it can also contribute to oral damage. When you’re stressed out, you may be more likely to grind your teeth, a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism can damage your teeth, causing chips, cracks, and fractures. Plus, you’re likely to suffer from headaches, jaw soreness, and jaw pain.
As you’ll learn by watching this video, presented by the American Dental Association, there are treatment options available to you. This expert explains some of the treatments your family dentist may recommend.
If you experience jaw pain or chipped teeth, visit the family dentists of Northern Virginia Dental Associates. Springfield residents can reach our dentistry office by calling (888) 862-0095 or by using the contact form on our website.
Last updated 17 days ago
Kids tend to have other issues on their minds than orthodontic treatment. If your child’s pediatric dentist mentions the need for orthodontia, your child may be resistant at first. However, you can talk to him or her about the benefits of having a beautiful, straight smile, and about the benefits of undergoing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. Pediatric dentists also recommend discussing the importance of treatment compliance with your child. Keep reading for some tips on getting started.
Discuss the Benefits of Straight Teeth
Adolescence can be an awkward time for many children. Your child may become more enthusiastic about orthodontic treatment if he or she realizes how having a straight smile can improve his or her overall appearance. Plus, pediatric dentists note that having straighter teeth means it will be easier for your child to brush and floss.
Talk about the Benefits of Invisalign
Pediatric dentists often recommend Invisalign for kids because teens often don’t care for the way traditional metal braces look. With Invisalign, no one else needs to know that your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment. Your teen can play sports, play musical instruments, and eat favorite foods throughout the Invisalign treatment.
Explain the Importance of Treatment Compliance
After you and your child discuss the benefits of Invisalign, discuss how he or she can get the best results. Treatment compliance is the primary factor in determining the success of the Invisalign treatment. That is, your child will need to wear the aligners almost all the time – except during meals and oral care routines. Fortunately, the Invisalign aligners are so comfortable to wear, your teen shouldn’t have a problem complying with the treatment protocols.
The pediatric dentistry office of Northern Virginia Dental Associates offers state-of-the-art Invisalign treatment for children and adults. Schedule a consultation for your child by calling our Springfield practice at (888) 862-0095. We also invite parents to click through to our blog for more information about dentistry topics.