Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Do the flaws in your teeth stop you from smiling? If so, a cosmetic dental procedure may finally give you something to smile about! Your Alexandria, VA, dentist, Dr. George Solier, offers a variety of procedures that can help improve the appearance of your teeth.
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to renew your smile. It's an excellent option if your teeth have become stained by years of drinking coffee, tea, or cola and eating berries or other darkly pigmented foods. This is possible thanks to how the hydrogen peroxide-based whitening agent that your Alexandria dentist uses breaks apart the microscopic pigments that cause stains. After the hour-long treatment, your teeth will be several shades whiter.
If whitening doesn't brighten your teeth as much as you would like, veneers offer another option. Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells made of porcelain or plastic that cover the fronts of your teeth only. In addition to whitening, veneers also change the shape and length of teeth, close slight gaps, and keep imperfections, like chips and cracks, out of view.
Do you have a tooth that's broken, crooked, or too short? Adding a crown can change the shape and length of your tooth. Crowns are hollow inside and can be made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. They slide over the top of your tooth and may be used to change a tooth's appearance, prevent it from cracking, or restore it if it has broken.
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign clear aligner trays are practically invisible. The trays fit your teeth snugly and gradually realign them. Trays are worn for 20 to 22 hours per day and are swapped for the next set in the series after two weeks. They're a comfortable, discreet alternative to traditional braces and are just as effective for mild to moderate bite problems.
Dental implants restore missing teeth starting with the roots. The implants are tiny titanium posts that bond to your jawbone, eventually becoming as strong as your original roots. They're connected to dental crowns that fill the gaps in your smile. Dental implants feel very much like natural teeth and don't require a special care routine. In fact, you'll simply brush and floss as usual.
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Revitalize your smile with a cosmetic dentistry procedure! Call your Alexandria, VA, dentist, Dr. George Solier, at (703) 360-4500 to schedule an appointment.
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
How your dentist in Alexandria can enhance your smile
If you weren’t born with a great looking smile, you can improve it, thanks to cosmetic dentistry! No matter what bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dental procedure guaranteed to give you a smile you can be proud of. Dr. George Solier in Alexandria, VA, wants to share just a few of the many services to enhance your smile.
If your smile is becoming yellow due to aging, you can take back what the years have done to your teeth. You can choose a professional teeth whitening treatment. A professional teeth whitening treatment is one of the most popular procedures available because it is easy, painless, inexpensive, and fast. You can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter, and your beautiful results can last up to 5 years.
To find out more about professional teeth whitening, please visit the Teeth Whitening page on the website at http://www.solierdds.com/library/7756/TeethWhitening.html
If your teeth are cracked, chipped, or broken from everyday wear-and-tear or bad habits, you can restore your teeth by choosing cosmetic bonding. This procedure uses a liquid resin material, known as composite, which can be matched to the color and molded into the shape of your natural teeth. The result is a strong restorative treatment that is virtually identical to your natural teeth.
To find out more about cosmetic bonding, please visit the Cosmetic Tooth Bonding page on the website at http://www.solierdds.com/library/7761/CosmeticToothBonding.html
If you want a smile that is perfectly beautiful, you can achieve it by selecting porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin sheaths of translucent, beautiful porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can hide fracture lines, discolorations, uneven contours and other major aesthetic issues with your smile. You can even close small gaps between your teeth, or cosmetically realign your teeth to camouflage tooth overlap.
To find out more about porcelain veneers, please visit the Porcelain Veneers page on the website at http://www.solierdds.com/library/7735/PorcelainVeneers.html
You can get started on a new beautiful smile that is uniquely yours by calling Dr. Solier in Alexandria, VA. Don’t wait to get a smile you can be proud of. Call today!
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
For some time now, you’ve noticed things about your teeth and gums — your overall smile — that you would like to change. But you’re in unfamiliar territory: you don’t know where to begin.
Here, then, are a few basic cosmetic dentistry questions you should ask yourself and us to get you moving in the right direction.
Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry? Invariably, the answer is yes — there’s always a way to enhance your appearance, starting with basic hygiene or whitening. But whether you’re a candidate for a particular procedure will depend on a full examination of your mouth — a “smile analysis” — to assess its current condition and needs, and what cosmetic options would best fit those needs.
Are my expectations realistic? That will first depend on what we find with your smile analysis. It will, however, also include studying the bigger picture — how certain changes might affect not only your smile but your overall facial appearance. Your wants and desires are extremely important in this process, but they should also be balanced with a dose of reality — some things may not be in your best interest health-wise to undertake, or are not in keeping with basic aesthetic principles of beauty.
Will I be able to have an idea beforehand how the changes will look? We’ve come a long way in providing patients ways to preview their new smile before undertaking a procedure. It’s often possible to “see” your proposed smile through computer simulation, or in some cases “test drive” it with temporary (provisional) crowns or veneers. For restorations involving porcelain crowns, it may be possible to take your input and fine-tune the shape and color of the permanent crown before it’s completed.
What will it cost? This will depend on the treatment plan we develop. Some treatments like teeth whitening are relatively inexpensive, while procedures like dental implants or orthodontics are major investments. You should also consider the costs to your time — some treatments require only a single visit, while others may take months or even years to complete. Depending on your financial means and comfort level, cost will need to be factored into the final plan, as well as your expectations.
If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for a Change.”