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Teeth Whitening Services: Which Solution to Choose

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As we near the end of summer, Northern VA Teeth Whitening | Take-Home Teeth Whiteningit is time to start thinking about heading back to school. The very thought of the new school year prompts visits to the shopping mall for the perfect first-day outfit, and a stop at the closest office supply store for fresh school supplies. You want to look great on the first day of school, and this includes a bright, white smile. It may be a good time to look into cosmetic teeth whitening.

Today there are an overwhelming amount of options available for teeth whitening services. Over the counter teeth whitening products have flooded the market, but they might not always be the most effective option.

Which Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Service Is Right for Me?

  • In-Office Teeth Whitening – While it may be the quickest cosmetic teeth whitening option, in-office whitening can also be the most expensive. Getting your teeth whitened in a dental office generally costs around $650. The quick results come with a price, however, as in-office solutions use a high concentration of peroxide, lamps and lasers for drastic results. This oftentimes causes teeth to become very sensitive and irritable.
  • Over the Counter Teeth Whiteners – While they may be somewhat affordable, over the counter teeth whitening products see varied results. The whitening apparatus can be uncomfortable and often doesn’t fit flush with your teeth which can leave uneven results
  • Take-Home Teeth Whitening – This teeth whitening apparatus is custom fit so that your teeth rest flush against it, allowing the whitening solution to spread out evenly. The solution also uses lower amounts of peroxide so your teeth aren’t hyper-sensitive after a treatment. Lastly, the cost of a take-home professional teeth whitening product cost up to 50% less than an in-office solution. Loudoun Dental Smiles often runs seasonal specials that bring the price down even further.

Teeth whitening is a great way to boost your self esteem and have a happy, healthy smile for the beginning of the school year and the fall season. Contact Loudoun Dental Smiles to get started today or see a list of our other cosmetic and dental solutions!

What is Invisalign Dentistry?

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Summer is in full swing, causing people to head to the gym, go tanning, and believe it or not, straighten their smile. If you are an adult, improving your smile can be a difficult decision as you might feel braces are typically for children. Your local Leesburg dentist at Loudoun Dental Smiles has the perfect solution for you.

Invisalign Dentistry

For those who don’t know what Invisalign dentistry is, it is a clear plastic mold that is custom fit to your teeth. Invisalign dentistry has many benefits, especially for adults who are looking to conceal their misaligned teeth.

  • Fit: Invisalign dentistry is done by making a mold of your teeth and creating a piece that simply slides over your teeth. There are no protruding pieces like metal brackets, and over time, you will be given several Invisalign pieces that align your teeth just like a regular adjustment for traditional braces.
  • Visual Appeal: Our Leesburg Northern VA Invisalign Dentistry | Invisalign Dentist NovaInvisalign dentists will tell you that Invisalign dentistry is among the most visual appealing solutions to misaligned teeth. With a clear piece fitting over your teeth, most people won’t even notice that you are wearing anything. This allows you to continue your work, relationships and social life without feeling like everyone is looking at your teeth.
  • Cleaning and Eating: Invisalign dentistry does not involve permanent dental pieces. When you eat or are in a situation where the Invisalign pieces are in your way, you can simply take them out. Brushing your teeth is painless and hassle free.

As you can see, Invisalign dentistry is an incredible solution for those looking to continue the joys of life without the self consciousness of having traditional metal braces. Stop by our Leesburg dentist office for an Invisalign consultation, and Loudoun Dental Smiles will give you that great smile you’ve always wanted! Schedule an appointment today!

National Children’s Dental Month

Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!

National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month which means it’s time to brush up on your children’s and pediatric dentistry knowledge, and learn a few tips to keeping your children’s teeth and oral hygiene up to par.

Dental Sealants for Children

When dealing with children’s or pediatric dentistry, you may have heard of dental sealants. Sealants are thin, plastic coats that are simply brushed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants are incredibly easy to apply and also painless. After “painting” on the clear liquid around a child’s tooth or teeth, the liquid quickly hardens and creates a shield over the tooth to protect from tooth decay. Tooth decay often leads to cavities or even worse problems such as gingivitis.

Sealants protect what the fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water cannot. The constant chewing and grinding of food between your children’s back teeth means that they are being used twice as much as front teeth. This is why cavities are so common in molars. Having dental sealants applied by your children’s or pediatric dentist can help save you money on having dental fillings, caps and crowns applied due to tooth decay.

Sealants last up to 10 years but need to be checked on by your children’s or pediatric dentist to assure that there are no chips in the sealant. Any chips or natural wear and tear can be fixed by simply adding more of the sealant liquid to the damaged area.

Having dental sealants applied by your children’s or pediatric dentist can keep your child from having cavities filled at such a young age. If dental sealants aren’t right for you, use toothpaste or mouthwash that list fluoride as an ingredient. Also tap water contains fluoride as well, so constantly drinking bottled water may be healthy for your body, but it provides zero anti-cavity components. Of course, dental cleanings and checkups are always necessary.

Use of Fluoride

Fluoride is delivered in many forms. The most common is in toothpaste and mouthwash. You should always use toothpaste or mouthwash that list fluoride as an ingredient. Water is another form of fluoride delivery. Most municipalities in the area put fluoride in the drinking tap water. This is not true for well water or bottled water. Drinking bottled water may be healthy for your body, but it provides zero anti-cavity components. Many families may not know that bottled water does not contain fluoride and by only drinking it can cause the enamel on your teeth to become weak and susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Well water should be tested for its fluoride content because it often does not contain the minimum required by the ADA to be effective. In these cases, fluoride supplements may be used as they attract minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and fight cavities. A final way is to have your dentist apply it at your child’s 6 month check up right after the cleaning.  This fluoride is of far greater strength than what is in in over the counter dental products. Therefore it must be applied by a dental professional and is more effective.

Of course, regular 6 month dental cleanings and checkups are always necessary.

Visit us at Loudoun Dental Smiles and we will be happy to speak with you about dental sealants, and fluoride as a way to start establishing healthy habits and practices for your children’s dental needs. Schedule an appointment with Loudoun Dental Smiles today. Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Holiday Wish List

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Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well.

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Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more.

Following are ten important reasons to maintain our recommended schedule of dental cleanings. Consider this our wish list for the Holiday season.

 

  1. To Prevent Oral Cancer
    According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer, every hour of every day in the United States alone. When you have your dental cleaning, we also screen you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early.
  2. To Prevent Gum Disease
    Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings and checkups, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease.
  3. To Help Maintain Good Physical Health
    Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, resulting from poor oral hygiene. A dental cleaning every 6 months helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes.
  4. To Keep Your Teeth
    Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, regular dental checkups, cleanings, and brushing and flossing are vital to keeping as many teeth as you can. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and ultimately, better health.
  5. To Detect Dental Problems Early
    Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.
  6. To Maintain Good Oral Health
    A visit to our office will help to ensure that you are maintaining your good oral health by allowing us to visually examine your mouth and compare your previous dental checkups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene we will help put you back on the right path.
  7. To Use Your Dental Insurance Plan
    Dental insurance plans usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and checkups every six months. Take advantage of this and save a lot of money in the long run by avoiding costly dental procedures that can result from poor oral hygiene.
  8. To Create a Treatment Plan
    If we diagnose any problems in your mouth, we will recommend a treatment plan. This treatment plan will have the cost of each procedure that you will need, so that we can discuss financial arrangements to accommodate the cost of getting your mouth healthy again.
  9. To Have a Bright and White Smile
    Our hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains. During your cleaning, we will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile!
  10. To Prevent Bad Breath
    Dental studies show that about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis have a dental problem that is to blame. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing bad breath. Regular checkups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.

Halloween

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Stay Safe Out There!

MonsterEnjoy the fun adventure of dressing up, walking around the neighborhood with your friends and family, collecting all that wonderful candy. It always feels like a boatload of candy when you get home and dump it out to inspect your haul. Remember to inspect your child’s candy to ensure that it hasn’t been tampered with. Also remember that too much candy and not enough brushing could cost you all in the long run! Rationing candy, or donating some of it are both great ideas.

Pick out your favorite candy for yourself and bring the rest to us.  We would love to buy it from you and send it to those less fortunate than us like those who many not be able to afford it, or soldiers deployed overseas.  It’s part of our philosophy to give back to the community that has given us so much.

Our dentist office in Loudoun County is also well-known for the way we treat our patients and the personal care that we offer. If you are looking for a local, caring dental office in Loudoun County, Loudoun Dental Smiles is a perfect fit for you and your family.

Most importantly, we hope that all of our patients and local residents stay safe this Halloween. We hope to see you in our dental office in Loudoun County soon!

Knowing the risk factors causing tooth decay could help you improve your oral health and avoid a truly spooky toothache.

So, in the spirit of Halloween and helping you avoid future cavities, here’s a list of the many risk factors

  • Already having cavities? If you’ve already had cavities, you’re more likely to have cavities in the future.
  • Eating lots of sugary or acidic foods
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Lack of fluoride
  • Poorly done fillings and crowns
  • Family history
  • Dry mouth
  • Eating disorders
  • Not visiting the dentist regularly

It may seem like there’s no way to win against toothaches and cavities, but many of your risks can be lowered by making certain choices. Cutting back on sugary foods, using tooth care products that contain fluoride, and regularly visiting your dentist are some simple steps that make a big difference. Don’t let yourself get caught with a toothache! For all of your dental needs, but especially if you get a toothache, call the dentists at Loudoun Dental Smiles today!  We promise, no ghouls allowed!

 

Happy Halloween everyone!

 

 

 

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