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By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
September 10, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign   Clear Braces  

Discover how this completely clear orthodontic system is able to straighten adult smiles for good.

Invisalign

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.

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
July 13, 2018
Category: Oral Appliances
Tags: braces  

Let us help you determine whether your smile could benefit from orthodontic treatment.Braces

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
  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • 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.

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
April 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Your jaw is an important part of what makes up your facial structure. It defines the shape of your face and allows you to chew and bite intojaw pain your food. When there is intense pain in the jaw, ignoring it is not always an option. Jaw pain interferes with your ability to eat, talk, and sleep comfortably. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, find out what your dentists Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, and Dr. Omar Hasham at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA, can do to give you some relief.

Jaw Pain Symptoms
Jaw pain may start off as mild, but soon it can become difficult to even open your mouth. If you feel hesitant to chew your food thoroughly, you should be concerned. Jaw pain may be accompanied by clicking and popping sounds when you open and close your mouth. In some cases, there may be swelling around the point where the jaw hinges come together.

TMJ Disorder 
One of the most common causes of jaw pain is a condition called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. It affects between five to 12 percent of the population according to statistics published by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. It is an irritation of the joints that connect the upper and lower jaws. It is often caused by an injury, such as whiplash. Grinding and clenching the teeth (bruxism) also affects the stability of the jaw. TMJ disorder may also be caused by opening the mouth too wide to yell or take a bite out of something. Any joint problem is also common in patients who struggle with arthritis. TMJ problems can be resolved by a dentist at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA.

Relieving Jaw Pain
The method of healing your jaw pain will depend on the severity of the problem and the cause. In many cases, patients get some relief by simply wearing a dental device that supports and balances the jawline at night. It prevents jaw clenching. It also gives the joints a chance to heal and restore themselves. An orthodontic treatment to adjust the bite might also help.

Simple Dental Solutions for Jaw Pain
You may have been putting up with TMJ jaw pain all this time for no good reason. A dental device could be the best solution. Call 757-345-5500 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, or Dr. Omar Hasham at their office in Williamsburg, VA.

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out exactly how dental crowns work and why they are beneficial.dental crowns

Most people have seen or at least heard of a dental crown, a hollow restoration that looks just like the natural crown of a tooth. Our Williamsburg, VA, dentists, Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, and Dr. Omar Hasham, might recommend this dental “cap” for many reasons. No matter if you’ve been told that you need a dental crown or you’re just curious about this restoration, we are here to explain more about what dental crowns do and how they help.

When might I need a dental crown?

It isn’t always easy to tell when restorative dentistry could help you. After all, while there are people out there who experience symptoms when problems arise, not everyone will. This is one reason why it’s important that you continue to visit your Williamsburg general dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. During these exams, we can discover dental problems that could benefit from a crown.

A dental crown is most often placed over a tooth that is:

  • Weak or worn down
  • Significantly damaged by decay
  • Has an infection or is undergoing root canal treatment
  • Weakened or damaged by trauma
  • Cracked or fractured
  • Discolored, misshapen, or poorly formed

As you can see, the purpose of a crown is to be able to cover the entire visible portion of a tooth in order to protect it from further damage while also boosting its strength and durability. After all, a tooth that has significant decay, an infection or is fractured is often pretty weak even after the problem is treated. In order to restore the tooth to full function, we will need to place a dental crown.

Of course, dental crowns can also be instrumental in tooth loss treatment. That’s right! A dental crown can be made to cover a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth or it can be used to hold a dental bridge in place. As you can see, dental crowns can certainly get your smile back on track after an infection, decay, or damage.

If you have questions about getting dental crowns in Williamsburg, VA or you want to find out if you could benefit from this restoration then call Williamsburg Family Dentistry today to learn more.

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
January 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Williamsburg, Virginia want you to knowteeth whitening

Your smile is your trademark, and if you have a smile that is uninspiring, it can affect how you feel about yourself. If you smoke or drink coffee, chances are you have dark stains you would like to get rid of. Now, there’s a great way to help your smile quickly and inexpensively. The answer is professional teeth whitening! Your dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, Virginia Dr. Ricky Rubin and Dr. Brett Dunnill want to introduce you to what teeth whitening can do for your smile.

Drinking coffee, tea, or red wine can give you a smile full of dark stains. Smoking or using other tobacco products can also cause your smile to darken. For stains caused by foods and beverages, professional teeth whitening can help.

If you have an aging smile, you may have noticed the yellow look of your teeth. That’s because your enamel becomes thinner as you age, and you can now see through to the layer underneath, which is yellow. This layer, called dentin, becomes even darker and more yellow as you age. For an aging smile, professional teeth whitening can help.

At Williamsburg Family Dentistry you can choose from:

  • In-office whitening, which takes about an hour; this is a great choice for people on the go, or if you have a special event coming up.
  • Take-home whitening, which is a kit containing everything you need to whiten your smile at home; this is a great choice for people who want the convenience and privacy of whitening at home.

Professional teeth whitening provides benefits that can’t be matched by over-the-counter treatments. Consider that professional teeth whitening offers:

  • Dramatic results because it can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter
  • Long-term results because your white smile can last up to 5 years
  • Inexpensive results because teeth whitening costs far less than other cosmetic dental treatments

You don’t have to settle for a dull, uninspiring smile when a dazzling smile is just a phone call away. To schedule your new white smile, call your dentists Dr. Rubin and Dr. Dunnill at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, Virginia today!





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