Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Sometimes all it takes is a cracked or stained tooth to damage an otherwise healthy and attractive smile. Damage can happen suddenly as a result of an accident or sports injury, slowly over time due to tooth decay, or even through the normal wear and tear of the aging process. Dental crowns cover a damaged or decayed tooth to restore function. Crowns and bridgework are also a popular method to replace missing teeth. Dr. Ron Kondoff, a dentist in Virginia Beach, VA, offers cosmetic and general dentistry services for children and adults.
Restore Your Smile With Dental Crowns in Virginia Beach, VA
In some cases, a crown may be the only option available to save a significantly damaged or decayed tooth from extraction. If a cavity is too large to be repaired with a standard dental filling, a crown can cover the remaining portion of the tooth and improve the aesthetic appearance of the tooth as well.
Other situations where a dental crown may be appropriate include:
- Strengthen a cracked or fractured tooth
- Replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge
- Cover a broken tooth
- Cosmetic improvements to permanently stained or discolored teeth
Cover Damaged and Unattractive Teeth with Dental Crowns
Crowns are also referred to as "caps" because they literally cap or cover a damaged or unattractive tooth. Crowns are a minimally invasive and durable option to improve your smile and overall oral health with just a few simple visits to the dentist's office. At the first appointment, an impression (mold) of the tooth will be taken and sent to an offsite lab where the crown will be created. You will be provided with a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent restoration.
Find a Dentist in Virginia Beach, VA
For more information about dental crowns and other restorative and cosmetic dentistry options, contact our office today by calling (757) 493-8100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kondoff.
The arrival of spring often serves as inspiration to clean house and create an environment that’s bright and fresh. Here at the dental office, we can do the same for your mouth as well! Having clean teeth, healthy gums and fresh breath helps you look and feel your best. Here are some ways we can help you freshen up your smile:
Dental Exam. The best place to start is with a dental exam. Finding and treating tooth decay in its earliest stages will help you avoid more costly and invasive dental treatments later on. It could even save a tooth that might otherwise be lost! Plus, oral cancer screenings are important for everyone—even young, non-smokers. Regular dental exams also give you a chance to bring up any issues you may be concerned about, and to ask for pointers on hygiene.
Professional Cleaning. Having a good oral hygiene routine at home goes a long way towards keeping your mouth healthy. But routine professional cleanings are still very important. Your dental hygienist uses specially designed tools to reach into places where your brush and floss can’t, and remove disease-causing dental plaque and tartar. A polishing provides the finishing touch for a squeaky-clean feeling.
Teeth Whitening. Teeth tend to get duller with age; that’s why teeth whitening treatments can give you a more youthful appearance. Bleaching your teeth is safest when supervised by a dental professional. We recommend two methods: either a professional treatment at the dental office, or a take-home kit we can provide, which includes custom-fitted bleaching trays. The first way will give you the fastest results, while the second is more economical.
Smile Makeover. Sometimes whitening alone is not enough to fix what’s keeping you from flashing a big, bright smile. For example, maybe your teeth aren’t straight, or they have been worn down over the years. Perhaps a tooth is chipped or is missing entirely. Or maybe there are multiple cosmetic issues. If this is the case, we can help you figure out what’s really bothering you about your teeth and how you can achieve the smile of your dreams.
Imagine having a perfect smile gleaming back at you when you look in the mirror. While most of us don't have perfect teeth, porcelain veneers can make it appear as though you do! These amazing cosmetic restorations, offered by Dr. Ron Kondoff in Virginia Beach, VA, are an excellent choice for almost anyone who has looked at their reflection and wished they could have a nicer smile.
The versatility of veneers
While other cosmetic dental procedures only fix one flaw at a time, veneers from your Virginia Beach dentist are designed to be a "one stop shop" for almost all the blemishes in your smile! Veneers do an excellent job of filling in gaps, covering overlaps, lengthening short or misshapen teeth, and erasing discolorations. It's no wonder that they're the preferred dental restoration of the best and brightest in Hollywood!
Porcelain and powerful
Veneers are crafted in a dental laboratory using measurements taken at your Virginia Beach dentist's office. They are individually carved, polished and painted to be as realistic as possible. Each veneer is made to perfectly fit over the front of each corresponding tooth; for a natural and comfortable look, they are approximately half the width of a dime. However, they're not just for looks...you can eat, brush and floss as you normally would. You should, however, refrain from biting down on excessively hard foods or using your veneers as a way to open packages.
Many patients of Dr. Kondoff are eligible for veneers, but your Virginia Beach dentist will first perform an evaluation to make sure your teeth have healthy enamel. This is because in order to ensure a proper fit, a small layer of the enamel will need to be buffed away. Other problems, like cavities, may need to be treated before the placement of your veneers.
If you'd like to hear more about porcelain veneers, we encourage you to contact your Virginia Beach, VA dentists, Dr. Kondoff, to schedule a consultation!
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
If your tired teeth are in need of a major makeover, you could benefit from dental veneers. This cosmetic dentistry procedure can give you a completely new smile in just a few appointments with your Virginia Beach, VA dentist. If you want to find out more about dental veneers and what they can do for you, Dr. Ron Kondoff can help.
How do veneers work?
Veneers work to renew your smile by covering imperfections in your teeth. These shells of porcelain lie over the surface of the tooth to give it a different appearance. Veneers require preparation of the tooth. Removing a very small amount of enamel from the surface makes room for the thickness of the veneer and helps the bonding agents adhere to the tooth.
Do I need veneers?
Veneers are versatile and often used alongside other restorative or cosmetic dentistry procedures to achieve different effects. Some of the most common uses for veneers include:
- changing the color or a discolored or yellowed tooth
- repairing chips or cracks in the teeth
- improving the appearance of slight overlaps or gaps
- straightening small misalignments in the teeth
- straightening uneven tooth lengths
- improving the appearance of a misshapen or abnormal tooth
Dental Veneers in Virginia Beach, VA
Veneers’ process begins with a consultation with your dentist to ensure that veneers are the right procedure for you. The dental laboratory requires an impression of your mouth. When they receive the impression from your dentist, they can begin designing and creating your veneers. Due to the time required for the dental laboratory’s work, most veneers need two dental appointments to complete. If your dentist prepares your teeth for the veneers at your first appointment, they may place temporary restorations until the lab completes your permanent veneers. At your second appointment, the permanent veneers replace the temporary restorations to complete your procedure.
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Kondoff in Virginia Beach, VA. Call (757) 493-8100 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!