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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!

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental stains can quickly make you feel as though your smile is not up to par. Luckily, you can quickly and easily take care of your stains teeth whiteningand improve the appearance of your smile. But how does teeth whitening work? What can you expect? Find out with Dr. Ricky Rubin and Dr. Brett Dunnill at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA.

Can teeth whitening help my smile? 
If you feel as though your smile could use a boost or wish that you could snap your fingers and be rid of the stains on your teeth, a professional whitening treatment can help you. Patients considering teeth whitening should be in good dental health with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Additionally, whitening does not work on porcelain restorations like veneers or crowns. Whitening patients should be over the age of 18 and have realistic expectations for their results.

What can I expect during a teeth whitening procedure? 
Your dentist will begin with sectioning off the teeth from the rest of the mouth using a dental dam. This will help reduce any instances of irritation of the oral tissues. Then, your dentist places the whitening gel directly onto the teeth. The gel remains on the teeth for about an hour. Depending on the whitening system your dentist uses, they may direct a special light at the gel to help with the whitening process. After the allotted amount of time, your dentist removes the whitening gel and ends your treatment.

Teeth Whitening in Williamsburg, VA 
Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to give your smile a boost. Some patients report mild tooth sensitivity after their treatment which normally resolves itself after one or two days. Teeth whitening is not permanent as it cannot prevent your teeth from becoming stained once again. Most patients see their dentists every six months for touch-up whitening treatments.

Say goodbye to your dental stains for good. For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Rubin and Dr. Dunnill at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA. Call 757-345-5500 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
April 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
November 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth whitening treatments are an excellent way to quickly transform your smile. Several teeth whitening options are available, from teeth whiteningconvenient and affordable over-the-counter products to highly effective professional whitening treatments. Professional treatments performed by your dentist deliver the best results and can give you a brighter smile in less time. Professional teeth whitening treatments are available at the offices of Dr. Rick Rubin and Dr. Brett Dunnill, your Williamsburg dentists.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

There are many reasons to consider having professional teeth whitening done. For many patients dealing with stained or discolored teeth, professional teeth whitening has not only given them a whiter smile, but also a confidence boost. Teeth can become stained from certain types of foods and drinks and even from smoking. Discoloration can also occur with age or from the use of some medications. Whatever the cause, a dull smile can be quickly brightened with professional teeth whitening.

Many patients enjoy the convenience of over-the-counter teeth whitening products. However, the amount of bleaching agent present can differ from one type of product to the next, as well as across brands. For instance, whitening toothpastes and whitening strips are two at-home whitening products that can deliver completely different results depending on the product and the brand. In general, it takes longer to achieve the desired results with over-the-counter products and the results don’t last very long.

Professional teeth whitening treatments performed by your dentist are of higher quality than over-the-counter products. Professional treatments can deliver better results in less time. In short, you can achieve a whiter smile faster. Additionally, the whitening results of professional treatments tend to last much longer than those of over-the-counter products. In some cases, professional whitening results can last for up to five years.

Having your teeth professionally whitened is also safer than doing it yourself. All whitening treatments have the potential to irritate the gums or other sensitive areas of the mouth. Over-the-counter treatments done at home provide no means of protecting the gums. When you have professional whitening done, your dentist can apply a protective gel to the gums to prevent irritation. Additionally, dentists are highly skilled at applying whitening agents and can ensure more even results without gum irritation.

There are many reasons to consider professional teeth whitening. From a brighter smile to a boost in confidence, professional teeth whitening can be transformative. For professional teeth whitening in Williamsburg, VA contact Williamsburg Family Dentistry at (757) 345-5500.

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
October 27, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
JasonDerulosIdealMatch

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”