Your Cosmetic Dentist in Vienna, VA
When it comes to dentistry, improving your smile is just as much a part of dental care as the basics of oral health. Cosmetic dentistry is the combination of art and science. It provides Dr. Ellenbogen with options to repair and improve your smile. It is the perfect union of preventative and restorative dental care. If your teeth are chipped, discolored, misshapen, or missing, the dentist can provide treatments to fix these problems.
When it comes to dentistry, improving your smile is just as much a part of dental care as the basics of oral health. Cosmetic dentistry is the combination of art and science. It provides Dr. Ellenbogen with options to repair and improve your smile. It is the perfect union of preventative and restorative dental care. If your teeth are chipped, discolored, misshapen or missing, the dentist can provide treatments to fix these problems.
Common cosmetic dental procedures include:
If you just want to improve how your smile looks or want a complete smile makeover, Dr. Ellenbogen is the top cosmetic dentist in Vienna, VA and can provide the services you require. Advances in cosmetic dentistry mean this is the perfect time for you to consult with Dr. Ellenbogen about the options available to you.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
If your teeth are stained or discolored, they can be restored to a more natural white. Dr. Ellenbogen uses custom-fitted trays and whitening gels with his patients. This whitening process usually takes up to two weeks to see the full results. Otherwise, you can talk to him about in-office whitening for more immediate results.
Contouring and Reshaping
Contouring and reshaping the enamel of your teeth to make your teeth appear more evenly spaced and uniform in size and shape, can be combined with bonding to fix small imperfections like overlapping, minor bite problems and irregular teeth.
Dr. Ellenbogen can use a tooth-colored resin material to repair teeth following damage or decay to restore chips or cracks or to fill in gaps and make teeth appear proportionate in shape and size with each other. The treatment involves the removal of very little or no healthy tooth enamel. We then apply a small amount of etching material, and place the composite resin directly onto the tooth. Once we have the bonding material shaped, we use a curing light to harden the material. The resin material creates a strong, durable bond with the naturally porous enamel strengthening the tooth.
If your teeth are slightly chipped, fractured, or misshapen, custom veneers could be a possible solution. They are a small layer of porcelain or sometimes plastic, bonded directly to the surface of the teeth to improve appearance.
Digital Imaging & Virtual Smile Design
For those patients who aren’t sure what procedures they need to achieve their smile goals, we can assist in the decision making process with virtual smile design. The process is simple. We capture digital images of patients’ smiles that we can alter to display potential results of various cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic procedures. Best of all, patients take these images home with them to show their friends and family. Once we determine what outcome patients are after, we begin the treatment planning process, and create a personalized cosmetic smile design to meet patients’ needs.
Dental crowns or caps are used to replace fractured or severely decayed teeth. Crowns are also used in connection with root canal therapy, bridges, and dental implants. These restorations look, feel and function just like the rest of your natural teeth.
A dental bridge consists of an artificial crown supported by two “abutting” crowns on either side to replace missing teeth. The materials often used for bridges include gold, porcelain, resins, and other alloys.
Missing teeth are a common problem for many patients and can lead to other conditions related to the poor and inadequate functioning of the mouth. For example, some people experience digestive problems due to improperly chewed food or muscle strain when other areas of the mouth try to compensate for the missing tooth. The condition can even contribute to malnutrition because people may have to avoid eating certain foods because they simply can’t chew them. Dental implants provide a stable, long-term, natural-looking and -functioning replacement for missing teeth.
Which Cosmetic Dental Procedures Are Right for Me?
Only Dr. Ellenbogen will be able to help you answer that question. After examining your mouth and asking questions about your desires for treatment and your medical history, Dr. Ellenbogen will discuss all the available treatment options with you including the costs and length of treatments that restore or enhance your smile. A comprehensive plan may involve more treatments than the ones listed and described above depending on the condition of each patient’s mouth.
Some Questions to Ask a Cosmetic Dentist
- Am I a candidate for cosmetic dental procedures?
- Are my expectations realistic?
- What are the risks of cosmetic dental procedures?
- Are there any alternatives to the treatment I am considering?
- How much does the recommended cosmetic dental treatment cost?
- How much time will full treatment take?
Choosing Dr. Gary Ellenbogen for Cosmetic Dentistry
Selecting Dr. Ellenbogen for cosmetic dentistry means you are choosing the right cosmetic dentist who has your best interests in mind. Finding the right cosmetic dentist is an important decision, and Dr. Ellenbogen and his staff pride themselves on providing the best possible care, treatment options and results for each patient. We know how to take care of your smile.
Take a look at our cosmetic dentistry gallery, and if you have any further questions about cosmetic dentistry and the treatments we provide, please contact us at (703) 734-1095.
You deserve an incredible smile. Let us help you get it! Schedule an appointment today.