Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairfax VA
Can you imagine what it would be like to have a stunning smile that turns heads wherever you go? Do you feel like you’re stuck with a less-than-perfect smile because you can’t invest in a lot of costly cosmetic dental treatment? With the wealth of services offered at Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry, your dream smile may be closer than you think!
Your excellent oral health is our priority, and it’s the main reason we’re here. But we all want a smile that looks beautiful, too. A great smile lights up your face and attracts people to you. It can make a huge difference in the way you see yourself and the way others see you.
- I want to fix several smile flaws. What cosmetic dental services do you offer?
- What problems can you correct with cosmetic dentistry?
- How can I get started with cosmetic dentistry?
Professional Teeth Whitening
- I’m unhappy with stains on my teeth. What whitening options do you offer?
- How can I prepare for professional teeth whitening?
- What can I expect at the professional teeth whitening appointment?
Porcelain Veneers, Crowns, and Dental Bonding
- How do you use porcelain veneers?
- How long will my porcelain veneers last?
- What can you do about old silver fillings that mar my smile?
- What’s a conservative cosmetic treatment that will fit my budget?
Invisalign Clear Braces
- I have crooked teeth, but I don’t want metal braces. What do you suggest?
- How long should I wear my Invisalign trays each day?
I want to fix several smile flaws. What cosmetic dental services do you offer?
The majority of the services we offer are meant to not only improve your oral health but also enhance your smile. These include:
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Porcelain veneers
- Cosmetic bonding
- All-porcelain crowns
- Invisalign clear braces
- Professional teeth whitening
Even tooth replacements like dentures, bridges, and dental implants can improve the aesthetics of your smiling by filling unsightly gaps.
What problems can you correct with cosmetic dentistry?
We want you to love your smile, and we’ll work with you to find solutions that allow you to relax, smile with confidence, and enjoy your life. Cosmetic dental problems come in many shapes and sizes, and we can address them all:
- Stained, discolored teeth
- Uneven gaps and spaces between teeth
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Old silver fillings that show
- Worn teeth
Are any of these flaws staring back at you when you look in the mirror? If so, we want you to know that there’s always hope, no matter what the current condition of your teeth may be!
How can I get started with cosmetic dentistry?
At our Fairfax, VA dental office, we use cosmetic dentistry to help our patients feel good about their appearance. If you’re considering renewing your smile with cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Fairfax to discuss your needs.
We will be happy to perform an evaluation, learn about your goals and expectations, answer your questions, and help you decide which cosmetic dental treatment is right for you.
I’m unhappy with stains on my teeth. What whitening options do you offer?
If dull, stained teeth are causing you to hide your smile, a professional teeth whitening treatment can transform your appearance in just one office visit. We offer several options, but you'll see the fastest results with Zoom! in-office whitening, which can whiten your teeth up to six shades in about an hour.
Another great in-office option we offer is Quick Zoom!, a product that whitens your teeth up to four shades. And, for your convenience, we’re also pleased to offer a variety of take-home whitening products as well.
Both are effective, although in-office treatment usually shows more dramatic results in a shorter amount of time.
How can I prepare for professional teeth whitening?
You can either talk to your cosmetic dentist in Fairfax, VA about teeth whitening during a routine examination or make a separate appointment to discuss your needs. In either case, your dentist will talk to you about any unique health issues that must be taken into consideration.
We always recommend 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 or consistent.
What can I expect at the professional teeth whitening appointment?
Once you are ready for the whitening procedure, we will show you 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 six 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.
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!
How do you use porcelain veneers?
Another versatile treatment we offer is porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells of porcelain that we place on one or more teeth. Since veneers cover the surface of a tooth, they can be designed to conceal any flaws beneath:
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Wide or uneven gaps and spacing
- Teeth that appear too short
- Mild tooth misalignment
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Size discrepancies
After we bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth, you will no longer see these smile flaws. All you will see is a seamlessly beautiful and harmonious smile.
How long will my porcelain veneers last?
In general, high-quality veneers that are expertly placed on a healthy tooth are extremely durable. When cared for properly, your veneers can last as long as ten years. Almost half of the cases where a veneer didn’t last that long were due to fracturing
Fracturing can occur for several reasons. Biting down on hard foods like nuts or candy can chip or crack your veneer. Another common reason veneers fracture is teeth grinding, or bruxism.
Before placing your veneer, Dr. Cerina Fairfax will take the necessary steps to ensure that grinding isn’t a problem. In some cases, she may recommend a night guard that you wear during sleep to prevent grinding and clenching that could damage your veneer.
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers in Fairfax, VA and the best ways to care for them, please call Dr. Fairfax & Associates to learn more.
What can you do about old silver fillings that mar my smile?
If you want to look your absolute best, sometimes it might be as simple as improving the appearance of old silver filling that shows when you smile. We don’t typically recommend removing old fillings that are still intact, but we can conceal them using durable all-porcelain porcelain crowns.
We can create your porcelain crowns in just two or three visits to our Fairfax dental office. Whether you would benefit from a crown or another treatment, we can resolve just about any kind of dental problem that makes you feel ashamed or is affecting your self-esteem.
What’s a conservative cosmetic treatment that will fit my budget?
Every patient and their concerns are unique. We respect the fact that, in some cases, the types of treatment you can easily fit into your budget may be limited. That is why Dr. Fairfax will work closely with you and take all the time necessary to find the most appropriate, cost-effective solution that achieves the results you’re looking for.
One example is using cosmetic dental bonding in place of porcelain veneers when appropriate. There are many smile flaws we can address with bonding including:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Size or shape discrepancies
- Badly stained or discolored teeth
- Wide gaps between teeth
Take the first step and give us a call to arrange your convenient cosmetic dental evaluation!
I have crooked teeth, but I don’t want metal braces. What do you suggest?
If you are an adult who didn’t have orthodontic treatment as a child, or you did, and your teeth have relapsed, you should consider treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign at Dr. Fairfax & Associates offers many advantages over traditional metal braces:
- Comfortable – Smooth plastic trays fit perfectly over your teeth and will not irritate sensitive tissues in the mouth.
- Discreet – Invisalign trays are made of crystal-clear plastic that virtually “disappear” when they’re in your mouth.
- Convenient – Since your trays are removable, you can continue to eat your favorite foods and brush and floss easily.
- Shorter treatment times – Everyone starts with different needs, but in general, Invisalign treatment takes about 12 to 15 months for adults.
If you want to learn more about Invisalign invisible braces in Fairfax and whether or not they’re the best choice for you, please call our dental office to arrange a consultation.
How long should I wear my Invisalign trays each day?
Invisalign is a popular short-term adult orthodontic treatment because it adapts to the adult lifestyle. Patients appreciate Invisalign’s conveniences, one of which is the removable aligner trays that gently nudge your teeth into the desired position.
This offers a lot of freedom because you can remove your aligners for meals, oral hygiene, and special events. But you must wear them 22 to 23 hours per day to achieve results in the shortest amount of time.
Going for even a few hours without your trays impacts the way your teeth feel when you put them back in your mouth. The micromovements of your teeth are quickly undone when you’re not wearing your trays, and you may have to go back to the previous set to start moving your teeth all over again.