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DURAthin Veneers

Posted in Veneers

DURAthins are a different type of dental veneer that helps patients preserve their natural teeth underneath. Completely reversible, DURAthin veneers provide a non-invasive treatment that does not require drilling or alteration of the healthy teeth that they go on. This also allows the treatment to be completed quicker and more comfortably than traditional porcelain veneers.

Entire smiles can be redesigned thanks to DURAthin veneers, which correct tooth discrepancies such as:

  • Discoloration
  • Misshaped, short, narrow teeth
  • Minor crowding
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped edges

During the design process, each DURAthin veneer is designed to accommodate the specific requests of the patient, including the size, color, and shape of each tooth. When placed side by side across the front teeth, DURAthin veneers make your smile look completely white, straight, and brand-new. Once they’re applied, they look, feel, and function just like natural teeth! No one will even be able to tell that they are not real tooth enamel.

It’s important for your mouth to be disease free before completing a cosmetic dental procedure like dental veneers. Any existing tooth decay or gum disease should be treated and eradicated first. This helps your DURAthin veneers look and function the way they should. Caring for your teeth is exactly the same: just brush and floss as directed!

If you’ve wanted to change everything about your smile, but don’t want to undergo lengthy or multiple appointments that last for months, then DURAthin veneers may be the best option for you. Most treatments are completed in just 2 appointments, and are very comfortable. To find out more about improving your smile and whether or not this type of cosmetic treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD


One Hour Teeth Whitening

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If you’ve researched teeth whitening treatments, you know that most take home kits can take a week or longer to give you the full teeth whitening results of the product. Some people don’t mind this, but for those of us with busy lifestyles, it’s easy to forget or keep up with a daily treatment. Instead, these people look to in-office one hour teeth whitening.

In-office teeth whitening uses some of the same whitening ingredients in take-home professional kits, but is amplified thanks to the equipment available inside of the dental office. These solutions naturally disrupt and lift years of stain from the porous enamel, leaving teeth multiple shades whiter after just one treatment. It’s simple: just sit back and relax, and let your dentist do the rest. After the whitening solution is applied, a light catalyst amplifies the results while you wait for 15 or 20 minutes. For best results, some patients get 2 or 3 applications in the same visit, depending on the severity of their stain.

It just takes one hour. One hour to a whiter, brighter, new smile. What other ways can you think of that change your entire appearance in just one hour? Maybe a haircut or new outfit, but it’s your smile that most people notice first. If you want to make a great first impression, then a great smile is a must.

Quit dreaming of a whiter smile and do something about it! Teeth whitening is so easy to have done, and gives you the instant change that you want without the need for additional cosmetic treatments. Contact your cosmetic dentist today to schedule an in-office teeth whitening visit.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry


Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is the area of dentistry that relates to the appearance of your mouth. While not all cosmetic dental procedures are done just for esthetic purposes, most people are hoping to achieve a more pleasing look through cosmetic dentistry.

People are very aware of their smiles. Think of all of the times you have noticed someone who smiles but keeps his/her lips closed so as not to show the teeth. Self consciousness, insecurity, and low self esteem can all be related back to the way a person feels about himself or herself. Cosmetic dentists are aware of how a person’s life can be affected by their smile and is able to offer many different procedures to enhance one’s appearance.

Teeth whitening is the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry, and it is also the least invasive. From over the counter products to short dental visits, people can achieve a whiter smile in very little time. Braces are also a common form of cosmetic dentistry. Braces help to align the teeth and jaw for a straight, ideal smile. There are also forms of veneers, dental bridges, implants, and crowns that can help a person achieve the smile he or she desires. All procedures come with their own pros and cons, so it is always helpful to talk with your dentist about the outcomes you hope to achieve and what you are willing to do to get those outcomes.

There are also many people who undergo cosmetic dental procedures to help improve the function of their mouth. Severely crooked teeth, large gaps in the teeth, missing teeth, exposed gums – all of these can lead to health concerns for people as bacteria and infection tend to grow in mouths with exposed spaces and misaligned teeth.

If you are self-conscious about your smile, talk to your dentist to see what options are available to you. A new smile can be just around the corner!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group



Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Just as with other forms of “cosmetic” services, cosmetic dentistry is that which improves the appearance of a person’s teeth or bite, without actually improving their function. This can include the addition of dental material, such as bonding, veneers or crowns; the removal of tooth structure or gum; teeth whitening; gum depigmentation; straightening (braces) for the improvement of facial appearance; tooth reshaping or sculpting, to correct chips or cracks; dental bridges; and bite reclamation.

Porcelain veneers are wafer thin laminates that fit directly on the teeth and are used to cover gaps or discoloration. However, to apply a crown or cap to a tooth, the original tooth must first be filed down in order for the crown to fit over it. Bonding is composite material, much like enamel,  that is applied to the tooth and then shaped, before hardening and polishing. Dental bridges are false teeth fused between crowns to fill areas where teeth are missing. Bite reclamation restores an individual’s vertical dimension by opening up their bite, which had been reduced through excessive wear or acid reflux.

Due to some media attention and concern over the potential danger of mercury tooth fillings, many today are visiting their local dental professionals to ascertain their options for removal and replacement of those old silver (amalgam) fillings. Today’s fillings can be made of porcelain or composite materials that look similar to natural teeth in structure and color. At your next routine dental appointment, ask your dentist about new procedures and materials. Your personal dentist should be able to provide you with the latest services available, to meet your needs and your budget.


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