Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry

 

 

Patient-Focused Dentistry

Thank you for choosing Dr. Fairfax & Associates. We believe that dental health is key to overall health, and our primary mission is to deliver the best and most comprehensive dental care available.

The Whole Person

We take into account the whole person when caring for our patients. From routine check-ups and cleanings to emergency care, we are committed to giving you our undivided attention.

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

From the moment you walk into our office, you can expect to feel at home. We foster a relaxed, inviting atmosphere with professional, knowledgeable, and friendly staff. Sit back, relax, and trust that your smile is in exceedingly good hands.

 
 
 

A Caring and Thorough Team

We do not believe in ‘factory-style’ dental care where patients are shuttled in and out and only see the dentist or hygienist for a few minutes during an appointment. Each appointment with us is time reserved specifically for you.

Applying the Latest Technologies

Our team is highly trained in the latest dental approaches and technologies, which allows us to provide every patient with truly personalized attention.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cosmetic Dentistry

How can we help you?

We're experts at what we do so you don't have to be. But there's a lot to consider when making decisions about dental treatment, and you have a right to feel fully informed and have all your questions answered.

At Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry, we're firm believers in educating our patients about the benefits of a healthy smile, so your questions are very important to us. We encourage your questions because we believe that an informed patient is a happy patient!

Here are a few of the questions we hear most frequently. Please give us a call if you're looking for other answers that you don't see here. A friendly member of our team will be happy to help you.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening in Fairfax | Woman in Whitening Not everyone was born with a smile as bright and white as they would like it to be. There are a lot of factors that can dull the color of your teeth, including genetics, aging, and lifestyle.

The good news is that there is a simple, affordable procedure that can give you a smile many shades whiter than it is today. Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures around.  But are you a good candidate for professional teeth whitening? Let’s take a look at some of the common questions people have about professional teeth whitening.

How can I prepare for professional teeth whitening?

You can either talk to your dentist about teeth whitening during a routine examination, or you can make a special appointment to discuss it. In either case, your dentist will talk to you about any unique health issues that must be taken into consideration.

It is always recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned before you undergo teeth whitening treatment. If your teeth have plaque and tartar on them, the whitening effects will not be as dramatic.

Is in-office or at-home teeth whitening better?

At Dr. Fairfax and Associates Family Dentistry, we offer in-office or at-home professional teeth whitening. Both are effective, although in-office treatment usually shows more dramatic results in a shorter amount of time.

What can I expect at the professional teeth whitening appointment?

Once you are ready for the whitening procedure, you will be shown a shade guide to first closely match the current color of your teeth. Then you can decide what your goal color will be—whether it is two shades lighter or 10 shades lighter. When the procedure is finished, you can compare the chart to your teeth after whitening to see if you have achieved the results you had hoped for.

How should I care for my teeth after the teeth whitening appointment?

You’ll want to avoid any kind of “staining” foods and beverages for a few days after your whitening procedure. It’s important to remember that the more of those types of foods and drinks you avoid, the longer your whitening results will last. Make sure you brush regularly to help resist any staining in the future.

What if I have other questions about professional teeth whitening?

Call Dr. Fairfax and Associates Family Dentistry for more information on teeth whitening cosmetic dentistry in Fairfax, if you would like your smile to be its whitest, brightest best! We look forward to meeting you!

Smiling Woman | Veneers in FairfaxPorcelain veneers are a great investment in your smile. But like many other cosmetic dentistry restorations, their lifespan depends on how well you take care of your general oral health. With conscientious oral hygiene and regular checkups at our Fairfax, VA dental office, you can expect your veneers to last up to fifteen years!

Lifespan of Veneers

In general, veneers that are expertly placed on a healthy tooth are extremely durable. The National Institutes of Health indicates that, when cared for properly, porcelain veneers have a 94% success rate over ten years. Almost half of the cases where a veneer didn’t last were due to fracturing. 

Veneers are made of porcelain, which is a glass that is strong but brittle. Fracturing can occur in several ways. Biting down on hard foods like nuts or candy can chip or crack your veneer. Likewise, you can easily fracture a veneer if you use your teeth to open packages or in other ways in which they weren’t intended to be used!

Another reason that veneers fracture is teeth grinding, or bruxism. Teeth grinding is harmful enough to your natural teeth, so you can imagine how damaging this habit can be to a veneer. Before placing your veneer, Dr. Fairfax will take the necessary steps to ensure that grinding isn’t a problem. But if you start to experience pain or tension in your jaw, you may be suffering from bruxism and need to have it corrected to protect your veneers.

Please Call to Learn More

At our Fairfax, VA dental office, we use cosmetic dentistry to help our patients feel good about the appearance of their smile. If you’re considering veneers and have questions, please contact our office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Fairfax to discuss your needs. 

We’re so glad you asked! At Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to transform your smile and take your confidence to the next level. 

No matter which aspects of your smile you’re unhappy with, you can improve your looks and enhance your teeth with cosmetic dentistry. 

My Teeth Are Too Yellow

If you want whiter teeth, look no further than our profession teeth whitening in Fairfax.

Supervised teeth bleaching treatments can remove years of surface stains, making you look instantly younger, and your smile instantly brighter.

My Teeth Are Crooked

If crooked teeth are the problem, we offer Invisalign clear braces that will straighten your smile while allowing you to maintain a professional appearance and enjoy all the foods you love.

My Teeth Are Unattractive

Our porcelain veneers can solve all your smile problems—from stained teeth to small-looking teeth to everything in between. 

Veneers are a highly popular type of cosmetic dentistry that can transform your smile for a dramatic improvement. 

My Teeth are Chipped or Cracked in Places

Cosmetic dental bonding and dental crowns can solve these problems! Dr. Fairfax can restore beauty and function through cosmetic dentistry treatments such as tooth crowns and bonding.

If you have damaged teeth, let us repair and restore what’s broken while also designing a smile that’s beautiful to look at!

When you have questions about cosmetic dentistry in Fairfax, VA, we invite you to contact our dental office today by calling (703) 273-1033. 

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We hope that you and all those dear to you are safe and healthy. Thank you all so much for your outreach over these last few weeks. We have been so encouraged by every call, email, appointment rescheduled, and the support you continue to send us with your account payments. Our practice depends on you!

This has been a challenging time for everyone, but the good news is that we’ll be here! We are weathering this well and we plan to resume regular office hours and routine patient care on May 18th. We are monitoring news and updates from the CDC, VDH, VDA and remain committed to following their recommendations and maintaining a safe environment for you and our staff.

We are hard at work developing the new procedures that will be in place when we return.  Your continued patience and grace as we navigate our new normal has not gone unnoticed and we are immensely grateful for your support.  Please take care of yourselves and your smiles. We can’t wait to see you again!

Our online practice portal is always open. You can log in at www.patientconnect365.com to look up past appointments, pay your bill, and access our office forms and documents. We wish you all good health. Please know that we will get through this together!

In the meantime, if you are having a dental emergency or concern, I’m available via text or call directly on my personal cell (703-582-8059).
 
Warmly,

Dr. Fairfax