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    A Look at Your Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve or restore your smile. Your dentist can offer a variety of treatment options to whiten, reshape, rebuild, and replace teeth for a natural and functional smile you’ll love. If you have questions about improving your smile, your cosmetic dentist will be happy to evaluate your needs and suggest the best course of treatment.

    Veneers
    Veneers correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues to create your ideal smile. Made of strong yet thin porcelain, veneers are fitted over the front surfaces of your teeth. They can improve the size, shape, spacing, and color of one or many teeth. In some cases, your dentist may even be able to correct minor tooth misalignments with veneers, making your teeth look straighter.

    Tooth-Colored Fillings
    Your cosmetic dentist can replace old metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin that will last for years and are virtually invisible when you open your mouth. Many people replace older dental work with tooth-colored restorations because of their natural look. 

    Tooth Whitening
    Whitening your teeth can take years off your appearance and boost your self-confidence. Tooth whitening is fast and easy; your dentist can lighten your teeth in under an hour during one dental visit. You can touch up tooth whitening treatments at home or with subsequent dental visits to maintain your bright, vibrant smile.

    Invisalign
    Invisalign is an easy and comfortable way to correct most malocclusions for a straighter smile. This system uses clear aligner trays so that you can smile and speak comfortably during your treatment. No one will need to know that you are straightening your teeth!

    South Riding Family Dentistry offers numerous cosmetic services to improve your smile for greater confidence and enjoyment of life. Contact us today at (888) 802-1571 to schedule an appointment and ask about your cosmetic options, including veneers, whitening, and Invisalign treatment for a beautiful smile. Check us out on the web for more information about the many benefits of cosmetic dentistry.

    Protect Your Teeth Against Decay by Checking Out These Links

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your dentist can help you protect your teeth against decay and other things that may be harmful to your teeth. Contact us today at South Riding Dentistry to set up an appointment or if you have any questions. We offer services in cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry, you can learn more about these services by visiting us on the web. Check out the resources below to learn more.

    • Find out more about dental sealants by reading this fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that dentists place on children’s teeth to protect them from decay. Read this article for more information about dental sealants.
    • Only 20% of children in poverty and 40% of higher-income children receive dental sealants, despite the fact that sealants offer the benefit of protection against tooth decay. This article from NBC News has more information on this topic.
    • “White scars” are among the disadvantages of metal braces. This article explains the aftermath of wearing traditional braces and gives some reasons why patients may choose Invisalign instead.
    • The American Dental Association has found that diseases of the body have been linked to bacteria buildup in the mouth due to poor oral hygiene. 

    How Can Your Child Benefit from Dental Sealants?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Tooth decay in children most often occurs on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. While brushing and flossing can help get rid of plaque and food debris, a toothbrush often can’t reach into the grooves of the teeth. So how can you help protect your child’s teeth from cavities and tooth decay? Dental sealants protect your child’s teeth from decay, avoiding the cost and discomfort of fillings. Find out more about dental sealants by reading below.

    What are Dental Sealants?
    Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that your dentist applies to the surfaces of the back teeth. Usually, dentists recommend sealants for the permanent molars. The dental sealant is painted onto the surface of the tooth after the tooth has been cleaned. Your dentist may also shine a light onto the sealant to make it harden quickly.

    How Do Dental Sealants Work?
    The dental sealant acts as a barrier to keep food and plaque from getting into the depressions of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Applying a dental sealant is a protective measure that will discourage the development cavities. Your child’s teeth will be protected as long as the dental sealant remains.

    How Long Do Sealants Last?
    Your dentist will check on your child’s sealants at his or her regular dental visit. Sealants can last as long as five to 10 years. Your dentist will reapply the sealant if it is needed, but sealants are designed to withstand the impact of chewing for several years.

     Sealants offer a great way to prevent tooth decay in children. By using dental sealants, along with a regular brushing and flossing routine, you can be sure that your child’s teeth are healthy and happy. If you’d like more information about dental sealants, call South Riding Family Dentistry at (888) 802-1571. We offer comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages in the South Riding, Chantilly, Herndon, Reston, and Centreville areas. 

    What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    In the past, patients with missing teeth didn’t have many options besides removable dentures. But now, if you’ve lost a tooth or multiple teeth, you don’t have to choose dentures or bridges that may damage the jaw or adjacent teeth. Since dental implants have become more common and routine, patients are choosing this option over dentures to replace teeth.

    Dental implants offer a more permanent way to replace missing teeth, and the surgery required to place dental implants has become routine for many dentists. Dental implants are more stable than removable dentures, and the implantation process has come a long way since its inception. Watch this video to find out more about dental implants.

    South Riding Family Dentistry offers dental implant services in South Riding, Herndon, and Chantilly. Call (888) 802-1571 for more information about dental implants and other cosmetic dental options.

    Sleeping Danger: Is Apnea Putting Your Health at Risk? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your health could be in danger, and you might not even know it. Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, and most of them don’t even know they have it. If you’re struggling with fatigue you can’t explain, sleep apnea could be to blame. The good news is that your dentist can help you get your sleep disorder under control. This infographic, created by South Riding Family Dentistry, explains the risks of sleep apnea and the devices your dentist can use to help. Share it with everyone you know to help educate them about the dangers of this often-silent condition. 

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