Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.
Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?
Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.
But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.
With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.
Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.
A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.
If you would like more information on trial smiles, 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 “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”
A small imperfection in your smile can pack a big punch when it comes to feeling self-conscious. Luckily, your dentist can help you recover the smile you once had, repairing your teeth so you feel great about the way you look and can smile freely with cosmetic dental bonding. Find out more about dental bonding and how cosmetic dentistry can help your teeth with Dr. Tara Moshiri at Artiste Dentistry in Sterling, VA.
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a treatment which provides fast, easy results in a single visit to your dentist. The procedure uses cosmetic resin materials bonded directly onto the tooth and molded into the appropriate shape to achieve the look the patient wants. The process takes only a few minutes and provides big results. Dental bonding is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures like crowns, bridges, or veneers.
How can dental bonding help my smile?
Though dental bonding is often used to correct small imperfections in the smile, it can also repair more complex issues. Some of the most common uses for dental bonding include:
- chipped teeth
- cracked teeth
- narrow teeth
- overlapped teeth
- uneven teeth
Dental Bonding in Sterling, VA
Your dentist must first correct any dental issues present before performing a dental bonding procedure. If necessary, your dentist may suggest a root canal, dental filling, or other dental procedures before your bonding treatment. The treatment itself will take about 15 minutes and, in some cases, may not even require your dentist to numb your mouth prior to the procedure. Your dentist first prepares the tooth with an etching solution to roughen its surface and ensure the bonding materials are permanently secured to the tooth. Then, your dentist places the moldable resin materials directly onto the tooth and forms them into the best shape for the tooth being repaired. Then, a special UV light directed at the tooth hardens and sets it permanently.
For more information on dental bonding, please contact Dr. Moshiri at Artiste Dentistry in Sterling, VA. Call (703) 434-3286 to schedule your appointment for dental bonding with Dr. Moshiri today!
Your dentist in Sterling, VA Dr. Tara Moshiri, knows her patients want to have better-looking smiles, but sometimes the cost can be too high. For that reason, Dr. Tara Moshiri suggests dental veneers.
Veneers are used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged.
Here are some things veneers can help with:
- Stained teeth or discolored, due to poor hygiene, drinking coffee and tea, smoking, chewing tobacco or even antibiotics containing tetracycline.
- Mishappened teeth, which includes: crooked, worn or chipped teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, uneven surfaces and uneven spacing, like overcrowdedness.
When you come into the Sterling office, your doctor will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If she decides it is, then any underlying issues, like cavities, will need to be resolved first. Then a model of your teeth will be sent to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.
When your veneers finally arrive, your dentist will remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth then cement the veneers. Because your dentist removes some enamel, which is an irreversible process, and because veneers are made out of thin porcelain, you won't feel like your teeth are protruding. On the contrary, they will feel smooth, even and properly aligned with the rest of your teeth.
Other advantages of veneers, besides them concealing the faults mentioned above, is that veneers last longer than dental bondings and have an impressive color stability which makes them highly resistant to staining. So you'll be able to sip your tea or coffee without any worries.
In order to take proper care of your veneers, you need to brush twice a day and floss at least once before bed. It's important to prevent the buildup of plaque which may result in cavities and other serious issues.
For more information on veneers, contact your dentist in Sterling, VA, by calling (703) 434-3286. Dr. Tara Moshiri will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!
Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.
You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.
Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.
Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.
Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.
Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.
Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.
Are you looking to brighten up your teeth?
Here at Artistic Dentistry, Dr. Tara Moshiri has what you need. Forget those days of you covering up your smile because of yellow and/or stained teeth. With your Sterling, VA, dentist, your smile can become several shades whiter.
But how did they become yellow and stained anyway?
Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is because of age but some other reasons include lifestyle choices, such as:
- Chewing tobacco
- Drinking coffee and/or tea
- Eating certain foods, such a blueberries
So how will my Sterling dentist make my teeth whiter?
A device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed in your mouth. This device will ensure that the sensitive tissue in your mouth does not come in contact with the gel the dentist will use to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth.
The in-office procedure is convenient and doesn't take long. The gel is left on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a laser is used to speed up the process. Dr. Tara will remove the gel, then reapply the teeth whitening gel several times throughout the one-hour treatment.
Forget those over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. They don't contain high concentrations of vital components such as peroxide. Dr. Moshiri and her team, on the other hand, know exactly how to handle, use and oversee the effects of teeth whitening gels containing these materials. This will allow you to have whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time compared to the home kits, and you'll have the added benefit of it being in safe hands since dental experts will be taking care of you.
If your dental stains are severe, however, you may need more than one session. This decision will depend on what your doctor's assessment of your teeth is.
If you have you have any questions or concerns about getting a whiter smile, call your Sterling, VA, dental office today at (703) 434-3286.