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By Mapledale Family Dentistry, PC
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Mapledale Family Dentistry, PC
November 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you think your smile is too damaged to retrieve? Do you think you'll never speak or eat normally again because of large smile gaps? dental implantsDon't despair but have hope in the innovative dental prosthetics delivered by the five caring dentists at Mapledale Family Dentistry. With their precise dental implants placed right at their Woodbridge, VA office, your smile can return to natural-looking appearance and excellent functionality. Read the details here on these amazing artificial teeth.

What is a dental implant?

The single-tooth implant has helped more than three million people to date, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and more are added to that number each year. So what's the big deal about a dental implant in Woodbridge, VA and why is it a better choice than traditional bridgework or partial dentures?

The answer lies in the amazing strength and realism of this artificial tooth. Made of three distinct parts (a titanium implant screw, a metal alloy extension post and a beautiful porcelain crown), a dental implant resides in the patient's jaw bone below the gum line. After insertion during a simple oral surgery at Mapledale Family Dentistry, the implant screw and bone bond through a natural process called osseointegration.

Because of osseointegration, the dental implant strengthens over time. Gum tissue and bone actually exercise as the patient bites and chews, avoiding the deterioration which happens after tooth loss.

What if a patient has big gaps?

The dentist in Woodbridge, VA evaluates each prospective implant patient carefully, ensuring he or she has enough jaw bone to accept an implant and is healthy enough overall, too. If more than one--or even all--teeth have been lost, the dentist may recommend bridgework or full dentures as needed. Multiple implants support these prosthetics, allowing the patient normal oral function, great smile aesthetics and ease of care, too.

No longer does a partially or fully edentulous patient need to use messy denture adhesives or soak his or her prosthetic overnight. Following American Dental Association guidelines, the individual brushes twice a day and flosses once a day carefully around the implant or implants. Good oral hygiene keeps implant sites free of harmful plaque and tartar and avoids the biggest enemy of dental implants--peri-implantitis. This is a devastating infection very similar to periodontitis, or advanced gum disease.

Complete your smile

See if dental implants could help your gapped smile. Contact Mapledale Family Dentistry for an implant consultation with one of our highly skilled and caring dentists. They will tailor a treatment plan uniquely suited to your needs. Please call our office today for your appointment: (703) 580-9900.

By Mapledale Family Dentistry, PC
November 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

The holidays are a time for getting together with family and friends from near and far. The memories you make at these joyful celebrations are the ones you’ll treasure forever, but it can be hard to show good cheer if you’re not happy with the way your teeth look. If you’re keeping that grin under wraps, we may be able to perk up your smile with some quick and economical in-office treatments.

A professional teeth cleaning is one of the best values in dental care. In just minutes, we can remove the buildup of hardened tartar that can make your teeth look dull and yellowed. Tartar can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease—two kinds of trouble you don’t need! While you’re in the office, you will also have a thorough exam that could prevent minor issues like small cavities and bleeding gums from becoming more serious dental problems. When you leave, your teeth will look and feel sparkly clean.

If your smile doesn’t look as bright as you’d like, ask about teeth whitening treatments. In-office whitening is a safe and effective way to lighten your teeth up to 10 shades in a single visit! If you have more time, you can get similar results from a take-home kit that we can provide—one that’s custom-made just for you.

Are chips or cracks making your teeth look less than perfect? Cosmetic bonding could be the answer. Translucent, tooth-colored bonding material can be applied to your teeth to repair minor cracks, chips or spacing irregularities. This in-office procedure usually requires just one visit and can make a dramatic difference in your smile.

So as holiday celebrations draw near, why not give yourself a reason to smile? Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth cleaning, teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding could give your smile some holiday sparkle! You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”