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By George A. Solier, DDS, LTD
September 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
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Mike Tyson made a splash when he faced off against sharks during the Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2020. But there's bigger news for fans of the former undisputed world heavyweight champion: After a 15-year absence, he will enter the ring again for two exhibition matches in the Fall. However, it's not just Tyson's boxing action that made news during his 20-year career. His teeth have also gotten their fair share of press.

Tyson used to be known for two distinctive gold-capped teeth in the front left side of his mouth. He made headlines when he lost one of the shiny caps—not from a blow by a fellow pugilist but from being headbutted by his pet tiger as Tyson leaned in for a kiss. Tyson's teeth again garnered attention when he had his recognizable gold caps replaced with tooth-colored restorations. But the world champion may be best known, dentally at least, for his trademark tooth gap, or “diastema” in dentist-speak. Several years ago, he had the gap closed in a dental makeover, but he soon regretted the move. After all, the gap was a signature look for him, so he had it put back in.

That's one thing about cosmetic dentistry: With today's advanced technology and techniques, you can choose a dental makeover to suit your individual taste and personality.

An obvious example is teeth whitening. This common cosmetic treatment is not a one-size-fits-all option. You can choose whether you want eye-catching Hollywood white or a more natural shade.

If your teeth have chips or other small imperfections, bonding may be the solution for you. In dental bonding, tooth-colored material is placed on your tooth in layers and then hardened with a special light. The material is matched to your other teeth so the repaired tooth fits right in. This procedure can usually be done in just one office visit.

For moderate flaws or severe discoloration, porcelain veneers can dramatically improve your appearance. These thin, tooth-colored shells cover the front surface of the tooth—the side that shows when you smile. Veneers are custom-crafted for the ideal individualized look.

Dental crowns can restore single teeth or replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge. Again, they are manufactured to your specifications. With restorations like crowns and veneers, the smallest detail can be replicated to fit in with your natural teeth—even down to the ridges on the tooth's surface.

And if, like Mike Tyson, you have a gap between your teeth that makes your smile unique, there's no reason to give that up if you opt for a smile makeover. Whether you would like a small cosmetic enhancement or are looking for a more dramatic transformation, we can work with you to devise a treatment plan that is right for you.

If you would like more information about smile-enhancing dental treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”

By George A. Solier, DDS, LTD
August 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
SomeSimpleCosmeticTechniquesCouldHelpYourSmileAgeGracefully

We all want to look young and vibrant, or at least “age gracefully.” If you're seeking to reduce the visible effects of aging for a more youthful appearance, be sure you include one very important feature—your smile.

Like other aspects of body and health, our teeth and gums can be affected by aging. Even if you've managed for the most part to avoid the ravages of disease or injury, teeth will still naturally wear from a lifetime of biting and chewing food. The attractive shine of young teeth can also give way to yellowing and other discolorations later in life.

But there are ways to turn back the clock, so to speak, through cosmetic dentistry. And you won't necessarily break the bank to gain a more youthful smile: Many cosmetic procedures are quite affordable and minimally invasive.

If your teeth have become worn and edgy, for example, we may be able to soften those sharper edges with a dental drill. Known as enamel contouring (or reshaping), the single-visit procedure is relatively minor and inexpensive, usually without the need for anesthesia. For heavily worn teeth, you may need to step up to veneers, thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain, or crowns that cover the teeth and make them appear longer.

Mild enamel yellowing and staining often responds well to professional teeth whitening. Using a safe bleaching solution, we can temporarily restore brightness to your teeth that you may be able to maintain for a few years with proper care and occasional touchups. For a more permanent solution you can also turn to veneers, crowns or dental bonding for a brighter smile, especially for discolorations that don't respond well to teeth whitening.

While these techniques can restore a youthful appearance to your smile, don't discount the effect of daily care and regular dental visits. Brushing and flossing are fundamental to healthy teeth and gums—and health and beauty go hand in hand.

Age can take its toll on all of us, especially our smiles. But with proper care and perhaps a little cosmetic magic, you can have an attractive smile throughout your lifetime.

If you would like more information on improving your smile as you age, 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 “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”

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 cosmetic smileAlexandria, VA, dentist, Dr. George Solier, offers a variety of procedures that can help improve the appearance of your teeth.

 

Teeth Whitening

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.

 

Veneers

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.

 

Crowns

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.

 

Invisalign

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

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.

 

Give Us a Call!

Revitalize your smile with a cosmetic dentistry procedure! Call your Alexandria, VA, dentist, Dr. George Solier, at (703) 360-4500 to schedule an appointment.

By George A. Solier, DDS, LTD
November 09, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
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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.”

By George A. Solier, DDS, LTD
July 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How your dentist in Alexandria can enhance your smilecosmetic dentistry

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!



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