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Porcelain veneers are a fabulous way to repair dental flaws and achieve an attractive smile. Whether your teeth are stained, oddly shaped or chipped, cracked and gapped, veneers can upgrade your appearance and your self-image, too. Dr. Ron Kondoff uses veneers to enhance smiles in his Virginia Beach, VA office, customizing looks sure to please both patient and observer alike.
Porcelain veneers and you
Teeth grinding, heredity, smoking, accidents and more impact the size, shape, color and alignment of our smiles. And, don't forget what aging can do--wearing enamel and dulling its once bright sheen.
However, if your teeth and gums are mostly healthy, you could qualify for a porcelain veneers in Virginia Beach, tooth-shaped ceramic covers which disguise dental defects permanently and realistically. You and Dr. Kondoff will discuss how you want your smile to improve, and then, he'll inspect, X-ray and photograph your teeth to determine if veneers are the right option for you. If they are, you'll come to the office for an additional two visits for teeth preparation and placement of your new veneers.
Dr. Kondoff removes some enamel--about 1/2 millimeter--from the front of each tooth which will receive a veneer. This reduction allows for proper fit and bite. Also, the dentist takes oral impressions to send to an outside dental lab where a skilled technician individually sculpts each veneer.
The technician uses the photos to help create the proper size and color. Veneers are translucent, and with the addition of the bonding cement, the results will be amazingly natural and will blend with the rest of your smile.
At the last appointment, Dr. Kondoff will take your temporary veneers off and cement on the new ones. He cures the cement with a dental light to ensure the veneers adhere well to your tooth enamel. Plus, he takes care to fit them properly against your gums to avoid irritation.
That's it. You leave the office with an improved smile. Over the next week or so, you'll readily adjust to the new fit, feel and appearance of your teeth.
Caring for veneers
Do you brush twice a day and floss once a day as recommended by the American Dental Association? If you do, then you'll continue with the same good oral hygiene habits as you live with your new veneers.
If you tend to grind or clench your teeth, ask Dr. Kondoff about a custom-made bite guard to wear at night. Avoid abusing your veneers with caramel apples, peanut brittle, ice and other super-hard foods. And, of course, you should see Dr. Kondoff and his friendly team twice a year for a thorough cleaning and check-up. Veneers can last for ten years or more.
What a smile!
Wouldn't you like to hear that compliment? You will when you get stunning porcelain veneers from Dr. Ron Kondoff's office in Virginia Beach, VA. Call today to arrange your cosmetic dentistry consultation: (757) 493-8100.
Good oral hygiene is vital to your overall health. Good habits can help prevent serious issues like pulp exposure, which means you'll need root canal therapy, or tooth loss, which is fixed by getting a dental implant. Dr. Marshall Lyall and Dr. Ron Kondoff, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentists, recommend professional cleanings to ensure proper dental care.
Professional teeth cleaning needs vary from one person to another. A dental hygienist examines your oral tissues to determine which areas need the most cleaning.
They will use an ultrasonic scaler or curettes to remove any plaque from around your teeth surfaces. Plaque is a result of acid-producing bacteria that accumulates on teeth and around gums. An ultrasonic scaler, a hand-held tool with a tiny tip, vibrates at a high frequency to break up hardened deposits of plaque. Then a constant stream of liquid cools the tip and washes away plaque debris.
Sometimes curettes are used instead because they easily fit around and between teeth. Professional cleanings ensure removal of stubborn plaque, with the final step involving a low-speed rotary brush that polishes your now clean teeth.
You need to visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning, but, in addition to professional cleanings, your Virginia Beach dentists advise:
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas, like molars.
- Floss at least once before bed, and make sure to floss between every tooth and areas between teeth and gums.
- Fluoride treatment may also prevents issues like gum disease and tooth decay and repairs teeth if used topically, which is when it's applied directly on teeth like with toothpastes and mouthwash, or systemically, which is when fluoride is ingested by drinking or eating food and water that contain fluoride.
If you have any questions or concerns about professional cleanings, just call Dr. Lyall and Dr. Kondoff, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentists at (757) 493-8100 today!
Don’t let jaw pain be a regular occurrence when it can easily be treated.
There are many different causes for jaw pain. Of course, if you are dealing with this discomfort your number one goal is to get the problem properly assessed so that you can get the treatment you need. Find out what could be to blame for your pain and how our Virginia Beach dentists Dr. Ron Kondoff may be able to help ease your symptoms.
Whether you deal with throbbing, aching jaws or jaws that just feel overworked and tired, these are all symptoms that shouldn’t go ignored. Discomfort of any kind, no matter how big or small needs to be nipped in the bud before it causes long-term complications.
It’s important that you let our Virginia Beach general dentists evaluate and determine the cause of your symptoms so that we can create a treatment plan that works most effectively for you. Common causes of jaw pain include,
- Teeth grinding
- TMJ disorder
- Gum disease
- Dental abscess
Teeth grinding puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on certain teeth, which can lead to jaw pain. Teeth grinding may be a symptom of anxiety; however, many people don’t even know that they are teeth grinders because they do it while they are asleep. Of course, when you come in every six months for your routine cleanings and evaluations we can often pinpoint whether you grind your teeth; fortunately, there are simple measures you can take to stop this bad habit including stress-relieving techniques and wearing custom night guards while you sleep.
TMJ disorder is another very common reason for jaw pain, stiffness and discomfort. This condition can be the result of misaligned jaws, trauma to the jaw joint or teeth grinding. Besides jaw pain, an audible popping sound when opening the jaws is also another common symptom of TMJ disorder. While the problem often resolves itself, we can offer you conservative ways to manage your symptoms and reduce your jaw pain.
While teeth grinding and TMJ disorder are standard reasons for jaw pain, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t other reasons why this problem can surface. Referral pain can also occur if you are dealing with a toothache, infection, gum disease, or a dental abscess.
If you are dealing with jaw pain then isn’t it time you had it assessed by our Virginia Beach general dentists? Call our office today to find out more about the TMJ disorder treatments we have to offer. We believe that all of our patients should live pain-free!
It’s important to check in with your oral care routine regularly to see if it’s still up to par.
Caring for your smile really isn’t difficult, but you would be amazed at how many people don’t give their teeth and gums the proper attention they deserve. If you want to protect yourself from decay and gum disease, as we all know you do, then our Virginia Beach, VA dentists, Dr. Ron Kondoff, have cooked up some easy yet effective ways to keep that smiling both looking and feeling its best.
Brushing and Flossing Regularly
It’s pretty obvious that your oral health would quickly go downhill if you didn’t brush and floss your teeth. Of course, you may not realize that in order to effectively care for your smile you will want to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Here are some rules to follow:
- When you do brush, make sure to set a timer for 2 minutes. This is how long you should be brushing every time you do.
- Flossing should also be done at least once a day and preferably before going to bed.
- Make sure to replace your toothbrush head immediately after sickness and at least every 3 months (frayed bristles is a telltale sign that it’s time to toss that toothbrush).
- Consider brushing after every meal.
A Healthy-Eating Lifestyle
Your gums, teeth and bones require proper nutrients to function optimally and to remain strong. Following a diet that offers up lots of healthy whole grains, lean meats, fruits and vegetables while avoiding processed foods and sugar is the ideal diet for your smile. Remember, sugar can have a pretty nasty affect on your teeth and can lead to decay.
Stay Away from Cigarettes
It seems like something we shouldn’t have to mention but it bears repeating: tobacco can cause a lot of issues for your oral health. If you smoke it’s time to quit. Prevent bad breath, tooth loss, tooth discolorations, cavities, gum disease and oral cancer by quitting now.
Visit the Dentist
Remember that your smile wouldn’t be as healthy as it possibly could be without visiting your Virginia Beach family dentist every six months. These routine visits might not seem very important if you aren’t dealing with issues, but preventive dentistry such as these checkups can prevent decay, gum disease and other issues from affecting your oral health in the future.
Having a family dentist in Virginia Beach, VA that you can trust is important when it comes to your oral health. Turn to the dental experts, Dr. Kondoff, for everything from regular dental cleanings to cosmetic dentistry to complete makeovers. Book an appointment with us today!
Find out the main culprits responsible for the development of dental cavities.
Cavities are still the most common dental disorder that affects both children and adults. Learn more about how you can prevent cavities and what could be causing them from your Virginia Beach, VA dentists Dr. Dr. Ron Kondoff.
What causes dental cavities?
Cavities are the result of bacteria. The bacteria in your mouth live off the foods and drinks we consume such as carbohydrates (e.g. white breads, cereals and cakes) and sugar (e.g. candy, sodas, juices and energy drinks), which they quickly turn to acid. And as you can imagine, acid isn’t very good for your teeth. In fact, these acid attacks can wear away healthy tooth enamel, causing cavities.
What are the signs that I have a cavity?
Most of the time you won’t even know you have a cavity. The only way is to come in every six months so our Virginia Beach, VA general dentists can perform our routine checkups. We will use special instruments to check for soft spots in your teeth or X-rays might be used to detect the presence of a cavity.
However, those who have had a cavity for a while might experience dental pain, particularly when eating or drinking something hot or cold.
How can I prevent a dental cavity?
One of the surefire ways to prevent cavities is to stay away from processed carbohydrates and sugar as much as possible. Unfortunately, sugar is most foods that we eat. This means spending a little more time shopping for wholesome veggies, lean protein sources, low-fat dairy and other healthy food items that don’t come from frozen dinners or prepared meals. Opt for smile-friendly snacks like nuts, fruit or even cheese instead of a candy bar from the vending machine.
Your oral care routine is also important for a healthy smile. You must be dedicated to brushing and flossing regularly and thoroughly if you want to protect your teeth from decay. While we know that avoiding sugar altogether might be a big challenge, brushing at least twice a day and flossing right before bedtime can often reduce exposure to these detrimental acid attacks.
Of course, no dental care regimen is complete without coming into our Virginia Beach dental office every six months for routine care. Prevention is key to keeping your smile healthy. Call Dr. Kondoff today to schedule your next appointment.