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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!
Find out exactly how dental crowns work and why they are beneficial.
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.
What your dentists in Williamsburg, Virginia want you to know
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!
Know the warning signs so that you get the proper, immediate dental care you need in Williamsburg.
Sure, we know that no one wants to think about getting a root canal (or having to undergo any dental procedure for that matter); however, this may be a treatment that you may have to undergo at some point during your lifetime in order to preserve a tooth from further damage. Our Williamsburg, VA, dentists, Dr. Ricky Rubin and Dr. Brett Dunnill, are here to tell you when you may want to seek medical attention for your symptoms and why root canal therapy could just end up saving your beautiful smile.
First and foremost, just because you aren’t experiencing symptoms doesn’t mean that everything is okay. While symptoms can be a good thing because they are able to tip you off to the fact that something is amiss and requires care, even if you think you are healthy you should still visit our Williamsburg general dentists every six months for routine checkups to make sure there aren’t any issues.
Sometimes problems can’t be felt or seen with the naked eye, but annual X-rays will be able to pinpoint issues that we might not otherwise find until the problem has gotten more extensive.
However, sometimes symptoms do still rear their ugly head, particularly if the dental pulp of the tooth has become infected. The pulp is found inside the tooth and it’s comprised of nerves, blood vessels and soft tissue. Since the pulp contains nerves, when it becomes damaged or infected it can lead to some pretty unpleasant and painful symptoms.
So you may just need root canal treatment if you are experiencing:
A toothache: Dental pain of any kind is considered a medical emergency. This means you need to call us right away so we can get you into the office for treatment. It doesn’t matter if the pain is mild or severe, continuous or intermittent. All toothaches need to be evaluated as soon as possible.
Tooth sensitivity: A tooth that has an infected or inflamed dental pulp may also become hypersensitive to certain elements like hot or cold. You may also notice lingering sensitivity to sweets or even acidic foods. Even breathing in cold air could be enough to trigger sensitivity in the tooth.
A darker tooth: If the roots of your teeth end up dying they will turn brown, which will also affect the overall color of the tooth, as well.
Have questions about getting root canal therapy in Williamsburg, VA? Want to find out if your symptoms warrant coming into our office? Then call Williamsburg Family Dentistry today to find out.