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 COSMETIC DENTISTRY

COSMETIC DENTISTRY
This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.


We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening at home or in the office, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.


WHITENING - This is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses two methods: in office passive tray whitening, and at home tray whitening.
The in office tray whitening is safe, effective, and fast. In just 30minutes at two separate visits, your teeth will be whiter. The convenience of in office whitening in comparison to days of using strips or weeks wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. The in office Whitening procedure is simple.  The clinician takes impressions of your teeth at the first appointment. Then you return a week later and they apply the high strength professional whitening gel into the trays made to form fit your teeth. Teeth typically become two to three shades whiter at this time. Then, the clinician demonstrates how to use the at home gel in your tray along with toothpaste and fluoride recommendations.  In most cases, teeth will get much whiter in the first few days after the procedure using the trays with gel. The trays are best because you are able to maintain your whitening overtime with touch ups and it is not simply a one time procedure.

The at home tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for at least 2 hours a day, or overnight. The entire process takes 1-2 weeks of daily use. Two different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth the trays should be used every once a year to every 5 years for some. 

The end results whether using trays with in office gel strength or at home strength is the same. The tray method  usually causes less post-treatment sensitivity than other whitening options. Dr. Williams always recommends using a sensitive toothpaste for two weeks prior to whitening treatments as based on current clinical research. The best time to whiten your teeth is after a prophy(cleaning) in the dental office.

VENEERS
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

INVISALIGN
Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.  Dr. Williams also fabricates Invisalign retainers strictly for retention.

 


 

801 N Quincy St
Suite 110
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 778-7610
Kristen Bowling Williams DDS    |     801 N. Quincy Street Suite 110, Arlington, VA 22203    |     (703) 778-7610