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Posts for: December, 2020

By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

When your teeth are dull and stained, smiling may be the last thing you want to do. Fortunately, your Reston, VA, dentists, Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang can brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening treatment.

Advantages of professional whitening

If you'd like to whiten your smile but aren't sure if you want to visit the dentist or try a do-it-yourself (DIY) method, you'll want to consider these professional whitening benefits:

  • Professional Whitening Offers Uniform Results: It's not always easy to use whitening kits. Strips or trays may not fit your teeth exactly, leaving your teeth looking two-toned. Luckily, that won't be a problem when you choose professional whitening. The whitening gel will be carefully applied to ensure that it covers your teeth completely.
  • Whitening Only Takes About an Hour: If you don't have the time or patience to apply DIY whiteners for weeks or even months, you'll love the speed of professional whitening. The entire process takes just about 60 minutes. While you wait for the whitener to work its magic, you can relax, catch up on a little work or watch videos on your phone.
  • You'll See a Noticeable Improvement in Your Teeth: It's not always easy to see a difference in your teeth after trying an over-the-counter product. With professional whitening, the results are noticeable and often dramatic. The whitening gel your dentist uses contains a stronger formulation of hydrogen peroxide than DIY products contain. Hydrogen peroxide safely and effectively breaks apart the pigments that cause stains. Once the whitening gel is removed, you'll probably see a three- to eight-shade improvement in your teeth.
  • Office Whitening Isn't the Only Option: If you'd rather whiten your teeth at home, your dentist also offers take-home kits. Your kit includes whitening gel and trays molded to fit your teeth. You'll use the kit several times a week for two or three weeks. Take-home kits can also be used to touch up your teeth from time to time, whether they've been whitened at home or in the Reston dental office.

Revitalize your smile with teeth whitening! Call your dentists in Reston, VA, Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang at (703) 437-5555 to schedule your appointment.


By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

You need to practice meticulous daily oral hygiene if you wish your dental implants to last your lifetime. Although implants are not prone to decay like your natural teeth, if you don’t take care of your mouth, gum disease can affect implants just as severely as natural teeth. Dr. Monica A. Neshat and Dr. Joy C. Jang are dentists at Reston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. They are dedicated to providing their clients with high-quality dental service and can help you with advice on how to care for your dental implants at home.

What Are Dental Implants

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that is comprised of three parts:

  • A titanium post is implanted in the jawbone where it will fuse with the bone.
  • An abutment that is placed on top of the post.
  • A porcelain crown that is cemented to the abutment.

Dental crowns look perfectly natural and can be custom made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth comfortably.

Dental Implant Care

Reston dental patients should follow these instructions to care for their dental implants:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice each day: wait at least twenty minutes after eating or drinking.
  • Floss your teeth at least once each day. Make sure that the floss gets all the way around the crown. If you find it difficult, use a water flosser. Don’t forget to floss under the bridge.
  • Use the right toothpaste: Toothpaste that contains fluoride is fine, but you should avoid abrasive toothpaste, such as those that contain baking soda.
  • Visit your dentist: Maintain your usual 6-month checkups so you can have a professional cleaning.

If you live in Reston and you have questions about dental implants, call Dr. Neshat and Dr. Jang at (703) 437-5555 to request an appointment.


By Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Treatments

Crowns are one of the best ways to restore damaged teeth. Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang of Reston, VA, are more than happy to tell you more about crowns and their benefits at Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

What are dental crowns:

Crowns are tooth-like dental appliances made of porcelain. The crown has a hollow interior to fit over teeth and is custom made. Your Reston dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to a lab where it's made in about a week or two. In the meantime, you're given a temporary crown.

So why get a dental crown anyway?

Crowns protect exposed teeth vulnerable to decay. They also reinforce teeth to help them withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating your favorite foods without worry. Crowns also protect teeth that have undergone restorative procedures where a significant amount of natural tooth is removed, like a root canal.

They're also used for other procedures like attaching bridges, covering dental implants, covering an existing filling that may be dislocated, and covering stained or discolored teeth.

How do I take care of my crowns?

  • You need to brush twice a day and floss before bed. Make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown to avoid plaque and reduce the chances of cavities forming.
     
  • Dieting can contribute to your crowns lasting up to 8 years, or more. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars are food for bacteria that produce plaque. So try eating healthy foods, like apples and carrots, scrape the plaque off your teeth.
     
  • Drink plenty of water to wash away food debris.
     
  • Visit your dentist for your biannual checkup and professional dental cleaning.
  • Bruxism, teeth grinding, can reduce how long your crowns last so opt for a mouth guard or splints.

Do you need a consultation with a dentist?

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Drs. Monica Neshat and Joy Jang of Reston Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA, by calling (703) 437-5555.