Cosmetic Dentistry in Washington DC
Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways cosmetic care can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth, stained or discolored teeth, and “gummy” smiles. Drs. Lopez Driscoll and Shlansky create a customized treatment plan for you, based on your age, your goals, and your financial comfort level.
Imagine a whiter, more brilliant smile! Placement of porcelain veneers is a conservative cosmetic treatment that makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth. If you have crooked teeth, chipped teeth, gaps in teeth, or dull/stained teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution. Dr. Lopez Driscoll or Dr. Shlansky will skillfully create a straight, brilliant smile that enhances your appearance and your self-esteem.
Tooth Whitening with ZOOM!®
The Zoom!® tooth whitening system is a powerful, in-office procedure that produces fast, dramatic results. Dr. Lopez Driscoll or Dr. Shlansky will apply a specialized gel to your teeth, using a customized tray similar to a mouthpiece. The customized tray is comfortable, allowing you to hold it in place for about an hour. During that time, a specialized light source interacts with the gel to break up even the strongest stains and discolorations. By the end of your appointment, you will have a stunning, white smile that looks like it did years ago!
Tooth Whitening at Home
You can have the confidence that comes from a bright, white smile. If you are happy with the alignment and spacing of your teeth, a teeth whitening procedure may be all that separates you from a dazzling smile. Teeth whitening is safe, effective, and long-lasting. Your home-whitening kit includes a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth to evenly disperse prescription whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. You can expect the entire home-whitening process to take between two and four weeks, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile.
With home whitening, you can reuse your trays to touch-up your smile whenever it needs a little boost. If you are thinking of having other cosmetic improvements done, such as crowns or porcelain veneers, or if you would like to replace old discolored fillings, consider whitening your teeth first. Then, any future restorations will be matched to your whitened teeth, giving you fantastic results.
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth? If so, you may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. However, with new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a long-lasting, brighter, whiter smile. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.
Bonding is a tooth-colored material applied and adhered to the surface of the tooth, often without reducing the structure of the tooth. The bonding material is sculpted by your dentist so that it resembles a natural tooth, correcting chipped, broken, stained, or discolored teeth and in some cases, correcting gaps. While it is less of an investment than porcelain veneers, bonding does not last as long and can sometimes become stained from foods and beverages. We encourage you to come in and talk about your options.
Do you have a “gummy” smile? If so, you may be a candidate for cosmetic contouring of your gum tissue. Dr. Lopez Driscoll or Dr. Shlansky can give you a more aesthetic appearance when you smile by shaping and sculpting your gums, using a laser to minimize recovery time. This procedure can make a dramatic difference in the look of your smile, especially when combined with other cosmetic dentistry. Contact a dentist in Washington DC like Dr. Lopez Driscoll or Dr. Shlansky for cosmetic dentistry in Washington DC.
DENTAL IMPLANT RESTORATION
Are you missing teeth? Have you postponed getting a bridge or denture? Do you wear ill-fitting, loose dentures right now? If so, Drs. Lopez Driscoll and Shlansky want to improve your quality of life with dental implants.
Sometimes effectively removing tooth decay requires the removal of a portion of your tooth. The removed portion is then replaced with a porcelain inlay or onlay. Drs. Lopez Driscoll or Shlansky will customize an inlay or onlay to fill the space left behind when a portion of your tooth is removed.