The quality and overall health of your smile is an important aspect of your health in general, especially when it comes to conditions which cause tooth loss, such as dental caries and gum disease. However, broken, damaged, or decayed teeth often go untreated or even unnoticed. A dental crown can help preserve a tooth with these issues, preventing extraction, and keeping your tooth in your mouth where it belongs. Find out more about dental crowns with Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, and Dr. Omar Hasham at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap made from porcelain which fits over the tooth to protect it. Though it is most often used after a procedure, which leaves behind a large filling — such as a root canal — crowns can also serve other important purposes:
- Stabilizing a damaged tooth
- Renewing a broken tooth
- Improving the appearance of a tooth
- Holding a dental bridge in place
- Used as part of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
What is a crown made of?
In the past, dental crowns have been created from many different materials: stainless steel, metal composite, or even resin. However, most dental crowns are now made of porcelain, a tooth-colored, durable material that can easily withstand everyday use for upwards of 15 years before requiring replacement.
Do I need a crown?
If you have a broken or damaged tooth, your Williamsburg, VA, dentist may recommend a dental crown. Additionally, your dentist may suggest a crown to stabilize a tooth with a large filling or to hold another dental restoration in place. If your dentist recommends a dental crown, they will first treat the tooth for any decay or gum disease present. Then, they prepare the tooth by removing enamel from its sides and top to make room for the crown. After this process, your dentist places the crown — which a dental laboratory customizes especially for your smile — permanently onto your prepared tooth.
Porcelain Dental Crowns in Williamsburg, VA
Dental crowns make sure that your damaged or decayed tooth remains ought to — right alongside the rest of your smile. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Rubin, Dr. Dunnill, and Dr. Hasham at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA. Call (757) 345-5500 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Find out what your options are for getting a straighter smile in Williamsburg, VA.
We know that there are many people out there just dying to get a straighter smile. If you are one of them, you’ve come to the right place! Our Williamsburg, VA, family dentists, Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, and Dr. Omar Hasham, can help you fix that crooked or misaligned smile based on your specific needs. Here are the different orthodontic treatments from which to choose,
Traditional Metal Braces
These are the types of braces you may picture when it comes to getting orthodontics; however, these braces have also certainly changed for the better over the years. In fact, these metal braces are now thinner and lighter, making them more comfortable to wear. Stainless steel brackets are bonded to the front of teeth and are interconnected with a thin wire, which provides the teeth with just enough pressure to shift them into the proper position.
Often called clear braces, ceramic braces use the same bracket-and-wire system as traditional metal braces, although there is a major difference: ceramic braces are tooth-colored, making them less visible when you smile. This is a great option for teens and adults who are dealing with more complicated dental issues that traditional braces would more effectively address while also minimizing the appearance of your braces.
Invisalign uses a very different system from traditional braces and ceramic braces. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners that are custom-made to cover teeth and move them around. Invisalign doesn’t use any metal and it’s one of the least noticeable braces available. Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks at a time, with the number of aligners depending on the severity of the dental issues you are correcting. Invisalign is a great option for both older teens and adults.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Whether you have questions about the different orthodontic treatments we offer or you are ready to schedule a consultation with us, the team at Williamsburg Family Dentistry is ready to help. Call our Williamsburg, VA, dental office today at (757) 345-5500 to schedule your free consultation!
Drs. Rick Rubin, Brett Dunnill, and Omar Hasham understand the difficulty some adults and older teenagers have with their crooked teeth. It doesn't help that people this age also usually want to have a beautiful smile but simultaneously want to avoid getting braces. This common desire is why the dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry provide their patients with Invisalign treatment at their Williamsburg, VA, office!
Invisalign treatment consists of clear aligner trays made of plastic that are worn by patients. The custom-made aligners are made using 3-D computer imaging technology. The plastic aligners are also transparent and shift the teeth into place by applying pressure on each of them until they are straight or in the desired position.
Each set of trays needs to be worn for at least 22 hours a day. You can remove them to brush and floss your teeth, to eat or drink, and to attend a special event, but remember just that the longer they are not worn, the longer the treatment will be delayed
The treatment can last approximately 9 - 15 months, while the average number of trays you may use may be around 18 - 30. How long your treatment will take depends on your initial examination and the treatment plan you and your Williamsburg dentist have agreed upon.
During Invisalign treatment, you will need to see your doctor once every six weeks. He will want to make sure that your teeth are being straightened according to the plan and will assess if any changes need to be made according to your progress.
If you're a teenager or adult who needs their teeth straightened but would like to avoid traditional metal braces, then you need to contact one of your Williamsburg, VA, dentists, Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill and Dr. Omar Hasham. They will help determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment and get you started on the right path. Just call them at (757) 345-5500 to make an appointment today!
Discover how this completely clear orthodontic system is able to straighten adult smiles for good.
It’s never too late to get a straight smile, even as an adult. In fact, more and more adults are turning to our Williamsburg, VA, dentists Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill and Dr. Omar Hasham to find out whether or not braces could get them the beautifully straight smiles they want. Dealing with gaps between teeth? Crowding? Then you’ve come to the right place. Find out how this unique and completely clear orthodontic system could provide you with the results you need and the discreet treatment you want.
We understand that most teens and adults don’t want to wear braces; however, it’s a fact that straight teeth are also healthier teeth. After all, misaligned smiles can lead to cavities, gum disease and dental damage. This is why it’s important to fix your smile, no matter your age. Of course, our Williamsburg, VA, family dentist knows that one of the most important factors for getting orthodontic treatment later in life is that it’s not immediately obvious to the whole world. This is where Invisalign comes in.
Invisalign employs a series of custom-crafted, completely clear aligners that fit tightly against the teeth. Each aligner, which looks similar to a mouthguard, is unique to the patient who’s wearing them to help them achieve the results they want. In order to do this we will need to determine your goals for treatment and from there use special computer software that will help us determine which teeth need to move and precisely how much they need to move in order to give you that perfectly straight smile.
Once each tooth movement is accounted for, this information is sent to an Invisalign-approved dental lab, which will create the aligners to our exact measurements and specifications. The aligners fit tightly across the upper and/or lower teeth and provide the proper amount of force needed to safely and gradually move teeth into the proper and final position. This won’t happen all at once but as you continue to replace your aligners every two weeks you will start to see subtle shifts and movements in your smile.
The average length of treatment for adults is about one year, which is much shorter than those who get traditional braces; however, the length of treatment for teens who get Invisalign is comparable to those who get traditional braces (about 18-24 months).
If you are an older teen or adult living in Williamsburg, VA, who has been dreaming of getting a straighter smile then it’s time to make that dream a reality. Call Williamsburg Family Dentistry today to schedule an orthodontic consultation with us.
Let us help you determine whether your smile could benefit from orthodontic treatment.
While it might seem obvious to some people that they need to get braces, it isn’t always obvious to others. Sure, a crooked smile can certainly be improved by orthodontic treatment; however, did you also know that a straighter smile can improve your oral health, too? Our Williamsburg, VA, dentists Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill and Dr. Omar Hasham are here to explain.
Teeth that are crowded, twisted or misaligned in some way are more difficult to brush and remove plaque, which puts them at an increased risk for developing cavities. By getting orthodontic treatment, our Williamsburg, VA, general dentist can get you a straighter smile that’s also less likely to develop decay.
How do you know whether or not braces are right for you?
Orthodontic treatment can be great for patients of all ages, from children to adults. In fact, you are never too old to get braces. Your smile could benefit from braces if you are dealing with:
- Crooked or twisted teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Cross bites
- Open bites
There are also a variety of orthodontic treatments that we offer to provide you with fast, effective results no matter whether you are dealing with small issues or more serious problems. Of course, traditional metal braces are the most effective option for fixing more serious and complicated issues, including complex tooth movements or cases in which we need to realign the jaws.
Of course, if traditional braces are the most effective approach for handling your dental problems but you want a subtler option then ask us about tooth-colored traditional braces, which work the same way as metal braces but are less obvious when you smile.
Teens and adults who might be concerned about wearing braces can also turn to nearly invisible systems such as Invisalign, which use a custom-made set of clear, plastic aligners that fit over teeth to gradually shift teeth into the ideal position. These aligners are completely removable so that you can take them off prior to eating or brushing your teeth.
Are you living in Williamsburg, VA, and thinking about getting braces for yourself or your child? If so, then look no further than Williamsburg Family Dentistry. Our family dentistry practice provides you with quality, trustworthy orthodontic treatment no matter your age.
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