Posts for tag: Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry has been described as both an art and a science, with several procedures that can improve both the function and aesthetics of damaged teeth. Whether your teeth could use a professional whitening treatment or you have gaps and spaces between your teeth, there are several options available to makeover your smile in a just a few office visits to the dentist. The dentists at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman, and Dr. Maria Hodas, offer cosmetic and general dentistry services for the entire family.
Get the Smile You Want with Cosmetic Dentistry Alexandria, VA
Cosmetic dental procedures deal with more than surface improvements to your teeth. In addition to aesthetic improvements, cosmetic procedures can strengthen and improve the function of your teeth. Some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures available for common problems like stains and discolorations, chips and cracks, gaps and spaces, and missing teeth include:
- Professional teeth whitening treatments
- Crowns and bridgework
- Dental implants
- Cosmetic bonding
- Porcelain veneers
What Cosmetic Dentistry Can Do For You
Many people spend years or even decades living with dental issues that can often be improved in one or two short office visits to the dentist. From the effects of diet and lifestyle, the natural aging process, to accidents or genetic issues, even healthy teeth can become dull and unattractive over time despite your best efforts. You can also choose to make cosmetic improvements to your smile if you are just unhappy with the size, shape or color of your teeth. Studies have shown that whiter teeth can make you look younger and make a much better first impression in social and professional situations. Cosmetic dentistry can pick up where genetics and your own oral hygiene habits and oral health leave off.
Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Alexandria, VA
For more information about your cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact Gibberman Dental by calling 703-823-6616 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.
If you have ever seen someone’s smile transformed by veneers, you are probably aware of their obvious results. Find out more about the benefits of dental veneers and how they can help your smile with Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman, and Dr. Maria Hodas at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA.
What are dental veneers?
Made from porcelain, dental veneers are a true game-changer when it comes to overhauling the appearance of your smile. These dental restorations fit over the front of your teeth to completely change their appearance into the smile of your dreams. Though veneers can change the length, shape, width, and color of your teeth, they are also often used to subtly correct a single tooth to blend better into your smile. Thanks to their versatility, porcelain veneers can provide a variety of results depending on your preferences and expectations.
Can veneers help my smile?
A good candidate for porcelain veneers is, first and foremost, in good dental health with no signs of teeth decay or gum disease. Your dentist must first correct these types of issues before they place any veneers onto your teeth. Additionally, a good candidate should have a strong at-home oral care routine paired with a commitment to seeing their dentist twice a year for preventative care visits and professional dental cleanings.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers in Alexandria, VA
The most obvious benefit of dental veneers is the results they provide. Veneers also allow patients to tailor their results to their particular wishes and needs since each veneer is carefully custom made in a dental laboratory. In some cases, veneers can help patients who have misaligned, overcrowded, or undercrowded teeth avoid orthodontic treatment. Consulting with your dentist is the best way to see how veneers can benefit you and your smile.
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman, and Dr. Maria Hodas at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA. Call (703) 823-6616 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”
Dental bonding is an effective and affordable option for correcting cosmetic imperfections in teeth. Chipped teeth can be made whole again, cracks and discolorations can be covered, and gaps between teeth can be closed. Dental bonding can be performed right in the dental office of your Alexandria, VA family dentist. Dental bonding is available at Gibberman Dental, where Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas can transform the appearance of your teeth and give you the smile you desire.
There are a variety of cosmetic dental procedures for correcting or improving the appearance of teeth that are cracked, chipped, gapped, discolored or misshaped. Of the different options available for transforming your smile, dental bonding is one of the most affordable. The procedure for applying the dental bonding material to the teeth is also quicker and less complicated than some other cosmetic dental procedures. Your Alexandria family dentist can discuss your situation and help you decide if dental bonding is the right option for you.
A composite resin material is used for dental bonding. The material is color matched to your surrounding teeth for a completely natural look. The material is applied directly to the problem area of the tooth in need. As the material dries, it becomes bonded to the tooth. Once completely dry, it will be part of the tooth and no one will be able to tell that any bonding material was applied. Dental bonding can address a variety of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Repairing chipped teeth.
- Conceal discolorations.
- Repairing cracked teeth.
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Reshaping teeth that are irregular or oddly shaped.
- Replacing silver amalgam fillings.
- Covering and protecting roots exposed by receding gums.
Dental bonding can repair and correct a variety of cosmetic dental concerns. It is a convenient, affordable and effective option for transforming your smile. To learn more about dental bonding and find out if it’s right for you, schedule a consolation with Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas, your Alexandria, VA family dentists, by calling Gibberman Dental at (703) 823-6616.
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.”