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By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
January 21, 2019
Category: Dental Treatments

Want to whiten your teeth from your Reston, VA, dentist

Teeth WhiteningTeeth whitening procedure restores smiles and rids teeth of stains. Dental stains are usually a result of poor oral hygiene. Your dental care regimen must consist of you brushing and flossing everyday. You need to use fluoride-containing products -- toothpaste and mouthwash -- which protect teeth from decay.

Other reasons teeth darken are because of:

  • smoking
  • tobacco
  • coffee
  • aging
  • traumatic injuries
  • medications
  • fluorosis
  • natural wear and tear

There are two types of teeth-whitening procedures:

In-Office Whitening: This technique uses high-concentration bleaching gels that aren't available over the counter and offers fast results. A protective barrier is placed over gums and tooth-root surfaces to protect them from the gel, then a plastic device, a retractor, holds lips and cheeks away from bleaching gel applied on teeth. The bleaching gel consists of hydrogen peroxide and whitens teeth in about an hour.

Take-Home Whitening: This is perhaps a more convenient method for busy individuals who can't make it to the dentist's Reston office, but it will take longer, perhaps several weeks, to get results. This method involves your doctor making a custom-made mouth tray, one for the top and another for the bottom teeth. You'll fill those trays with teeth whitening gel then placed over teeth and left for an hour.

While the in-office procedure is the best, there are other teeth-whitening methods. The over-the-counter whitening system is convenient for busy people who just can't make it to their dentist's office. This option may need to be repeated several times for results.

If your teeth are pitted and badly discolored, teeth-whitening may not be as efficient. You may need to use a different dental restoration to improve the appearance of your teeth, such as:

  • crowns
  • bridges
  • dental bondings
  • tooth-colored fillings
  • porcelain veneers

If you want more information on teeth whitening in the Reston, VA, or want to make an appointment, call (703) 437-5555 today!

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 03, 2018
Category: Dental Treatments
Tags: Dental Implants  

With several options available, choosing how to replace your missing teeth can seem like a tricky task. However, dental implants, which are often referred to as the gold standard of teeth replacements, are a permanent and efficient solution to the gaps in your smile — but are they right for you? Find out more about dental implants and what they could mean for your smile by reading below, and contact Dr. Monica Neshat and Dr. Joy Jang at Reston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA, for treatment!

What is a dental implant? 

A dental implant is the most permanent and effective way to replace your missing tooth. Often touted as the “gold standard” of tooth replacement, implant dentistry fills in gaps to renew your smile and ensure that you can eat, speak, and chew just as you would with natural teeth. In addition to improved functionality, dental implants also focus on aesthetics, thereby boosting confidence levels, improving self-esteem, and easing face-to-face interactions.

What are my other tooth replacement options? 

Depending on your situation, you have several options to replace your missing teeth.

- Dental Bridges: Solutions like dental bridges use the surrounding natural teeth to anchor themselves into place via dental crowns. Implants also stand on their own to ensure that no surrounding teeth are compromised in the tooth replacement process.

- Traditional Dentures: Patients missing most or all of their teeth may consider traditional dentures. However, traditional dentures require removal while sleeping and rely mainly on suction to stay in place. Implant-supported dentures snap into place on four or more dental implants, making them a non-removable restoration which does not require the same high-maintenance care as their traditional counterpart.

Dental Implants Reston, VA

If you think dental implants could help your smile, consulting with your dentist is the best way to confirm whether they are the best tooth replacement option for you. A good candidate for dental implants is in good dental and general health, is free from teeth decay and gum disease, has minimal bone atrophy, and possesses an adequate amount of remaining bone below the gum tissue in the area of their missing tooth.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Monica Neshat and Dr. Joy Jang at Reston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA. Call (703) 437-5555 to schedule your appointment today!

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
May 30, 2017
Category: Dental Treatments
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Cracks and fractures can damage your teeth, but they don't have to permanently alter your smile. Reston, VA, dentists Drs. Monica NeshatDental Crowns and Joy Jang of Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry explain how dental crowns can repair and restore teeth.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are restorations that are designed to slide over your teeth. Because they completely encase teeth, they offer an excellent way to stabilize them or hide cosmetic imperfections. Porcelain, one of the most common materials used to make crowns, is extremely tough and is virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth enamel.

Crowns protect your teeth

Have you been told that you have a crack in a tooth? If you don't protect your tooth with a crown, that crack may widen and deepen, causing your tooth to fracture. Crowns are also a good choice if your tooth has already fractured. Placing a crown over the broken tooth prevents further damage, improves your appearance and restores your ability to bite.

Aging and dental procedures can make your teeth weak and susceptible to cracking and breaking. Dental crowns are usually recommended if you have a large filling in a tooth or have recently had a root canal procedure. Because those treatments involve removing large amounts of tooth structure, they tend to weaken teeth.

Dental crowns offer the ideal solution to cosmetic issues

Some tooth discolorations, such as those caused by the use of the antibiotic tetracycline in your childhood, actually occur inside your tooth. Unfortunately, teeth whitening treatment can only address stains in your tooth enamel. Dental crowns offer an excellent way to cover stains that can detract from your smile. Crowns can also be used to disguise the shape of unusual looking teeth or lengthen your teeth.

Are you missing a tooth? Crowns are attached to dental implants and also anchor artificial teeth in bridges. If you choose an implant, you'll need to visit our Reston office to be fitted with a crown after your implant fuses to your jawbone.

Ready to find out if a crown is a good choice for you? Call Reston, VA, dentists Drs. Neshat and Jang of Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (703) 437-5555 to schedule your appointment.