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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.
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Find out if either of these dental restorations could makeover your smile.
When you hear the term restorative dentistry what do you think of? Maybe it’s a simple whitening treatment or maybe even something as life-altering as dental implants. The purpose of restorative dentistry is to fix any damaged or missing teeth and to improve your oral health. Your Alexandria, VA cosmetic dentist Dr. Paul Gibberman is here to do just that. Find out more about crowns and bridges and when they are used.
About Dental Crowns
Are you dealing with a broken, worn down or damaged tooth that a dental filling isn’t able to effectively restore? If decay, an infection or trauma has left you with a weakened tooth you’ll want to protect it from further damage by opting for a dental crown. Also, teeth that require root canal treatment will also more than likely need a dental crown.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that goes over the entire crown of a tooth to bring it back to its full strength and function. A damaged tooth cannot function at 100 percent without the possibility of incurring further damage. The purpose of a dental crown is to become the new, stronger structure for the tooth.
About Dental Bridges
If you are missing a tooth this not only affects the overall look of your smile but also your oral health. Missing teeth need to be treated as soon as possible so that further issues do not affect your smile. If you are missing a tooth your Alexandria, VA dentist may suggest getting a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a restoration that not only replaces your missing tooth with an artificial one but also prevents other teeth from shifting out of place as a result of the gap.
A dental bridge, just like a dental crown, is custom-made based on impressions taken of your teeth. A dental bridge contains two dental crowns on either side with a false tooth in the middle. The two teeth surrounding the gap will be prepared to receive these dental crowns. In essence, these two teeth help to anchor the bridge into place.
Have questions about dental bridges or crowns? Want to know if either of these restorative treatments is right for you? Then turn to our Alexandria, VA dental expert at Gibberman Dental today.