Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Dr. Mary Gregory
September 05, 2017

You'd like a whiter, brighter smile, wouldn't you? Sure, who wouldn't? Over time, tooth enamel retains organic materials from darkly teeth whiteningpigmented foods and beverages, tobacco and even prescription medications. Get back your dazzling, youthful smile with teeth whitening from your Arlington, VA dentist, Dr. Mary Gregory. Safe, effective and professional supervised, teeth whitening at the office or in the privacy of your own home will give your smile the cosmetic lift it needs and you, the boost in self-image you deserve.

The story behind dental discoloration

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that the one thing Americans would change about their smiles before anything else is tooth color. Older teens and adults alike often despair at how dingy their teeth look when compared with celebrities they see on TV or online. Frankly, though, few people retain a bright smile appearance as the years advance.

Why do teeth change color? The problem centers around the porous nature of tooth enamel. While the outer layer of your teeth is hard, it is also composed of a network of enamel strands, very like the threads in a piece of fabric. So, spaces in that network catch and hold whatever you put in your mouth. Common stainers are cigarette smoke, coffee, tea, cola, sports drinks, soy sauce, curry, and berries. Acidic foods such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits, while nutritious, actually soften tooth enamel, allowing stains to deeply penetrate its surface.

Teeth whitening in Arlington

While many over the counter whitening toothpastes, strips and rinses are fine as far as they go, only your dentist can produce excellent whitening results. Dr. Mary Gregory recommends professional teeth whitening to patients who have healthy gums and teeth, and she guarantees a pleasant, comfortable experience at her Arlington dental practice.

Here's how the process works. As a qualified whitening patient, you may choose from in-office or at-home whitening. Both employ a highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel which oxidizes stains, lifting them right out of tooth enamel.

In the office, gel is swabbed on the teeth and allowed to penetrate. After about an hour, the gel is rinsed off, leaving teeth up to eight shades brighter. At home, the patient uses custom-made acrylic trays to apply a less concentrated gel each day for a prescribed length of time. After a week or so of applications, the whitening results are similar to in-office treatments.

With good oral hygiene, occasional touch-ups and professional cleanings every six months with Dr. Gregory, teeth remain white up to five years. When combined with other cosmetic dental services, such as composite resin bonding or tooth-colored fillings, whitening completes smile makeovers for a totally new look that patients just love.

Are you ready for a white smile?

Achieve it with professional teeth whitening at Mary Gregory D.D.S. Family Dentistry. Contact the office today for a convenient appointment and outstanding patient care. Phone (703) 527-6495.

By Dr. Mary Gregory
July 11, 2017
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Bonding  

Bonding is a viable cosmetic dentistry procedure provided by Dr. Mary Gregory, your Arlington, VA dentist. This procedure is used in orderBonding to repair the tooth’s surface and/or structure. Bonding uses an enamel-like material that is applied directly to the tooth’s surface and sculpted to an ideal shape. From there, it is hardened and polished. The procedure itself typically takes just one visit.

More about Bonding

Bonding is usually performed to fill in gaps, change the color of teeth or to repair chips or cracks in the teeth. The results can last for years. Bonded teeth are cared for just like natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Our Arlington dentist, Dr. Gregory, can teach patients a viable oral hygiene routine that works.

Before the bonding procedure starts, the surface of the teeth is cleaned and etched with a gel that opens the pores that allows the bonding material to work better. This gel is then rinsed off before any of the composite resin material is painted on the surface of the teeth. A curing light is used to harden the material and then the teeth are polished to finish the procedure.

Bonding can be more susceptible to staining or chipping than veneers. Bonded composite resin is the most durable bonding option out there. Bonding can even be used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities or severely chipped or broken teeth throughout the mouth. Bonding can be used to change the color or shape of the teeth or to close spaces between the teeth. For instances that bonding may not be as successful, your dentist may recommend a dental crown.

For more information on bonding and if you’re a viable candidate for this procedure, contact Dr. Gregory, your Arlington, VA dentist today by calling 703-527-6495.

By Dr. Mary Gregory
January 19, 2017

Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by your dentist are are a highly effective way to brighten your smile. Over time, teeth canteeth whitening become stained, discolored and dull due to certain foods and beverages, medications, smoking and even aging. With a professionally whitened smile, you’ll always be ready to say “Cheese!” Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist are safe and effective with results lasting for up to five years. In Arlington, VA, teeth whitening is available from the dental office of Dr. Mary Gregory.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Many people choose to use over-the-counter whitening products to brighten up their teeth. Products such as whitening toothpastes, strips, gels and rinses can all be purchased at your local grocery or drugstore. While these products are convenient, they just aren’t as effective as professional teeth whitening treatments from your dentist. The ingredients in professional treatments are of higher quality and can achieve significantly whiter teeth in much less time than over-the-counter products. The results of professional whitening last much longer, as well.

In Arlington, teeth whitening can be effective for adults whose teeth have become discolored, dull or stained. Anyone interested in professional teeth whitening treatments should already have healthy teeth and gums as the bleaching agents in whitening treatments can be harsh. If your gums are infected, whitening treatments can irritate them with extended contact. This is a primary reason to have teeth whitening professionally done versus doing it yourself at home. Your dentist will take precautions to protect the gums during the whitening procedure.

Having your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist is a great way to brighten and refresh your smile and you’ll never be afraid to say cheese. Professional whitening treatments are available at the dental office of Dr. Gregory, your Arlington, VA, teeth whitening dentist. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (703) 527-6495.

By Dr. Mary Gregory
July 13, 2016

Do you feel like your dull, yellowed or stained teeth are causing you to feel self-conscious? If so, you can overhaul your smile with one of teeth whiteningthe fastest and most effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available, a professional teeth whitening session. Learn more about what teeth whitening can do for you with help from your Arlington, VA dentist, Dr. Mary Gregory.

How does teeth whitening work? 
Teeth stain on two levels: the outer enamel layer of the tooth (extrinsic) and the inner dentin layer of the tooth (intrinsic). Extrinsic stains come from outside elements like drinking coffee, tea or soda. Intrinsic staining comes from things like trauma to the tooth, using certain medications or too much fluoride. Additionally, teeth may appear more yellow in color due to the outer enamel wearing thin from everyday use and allowing the yellow-colored dentin found underneath to show through. Teeth whitening treatments use chemical reactions between the stains on your teeth and the chemicals which make up the whitening agents. These chemical reactions break the bonds which hold the stain’s molecules together, dissipating them to give the tooth a whiter appearance.

Teeth Whitening in Arlington
Professional teeth whitening sessions begin with sectioning off the teeth from the soft oral tissues using a dental dam to decrease the chance of irritation from the whitening agents. Your dentist places the whitening gel onto the teeth and directs a special light at the mouth. Most sessions last around an hour. Results are immediate and dramatic, with teeth lightening up to ten shades in a single session. Most patients schedule touch-up sessions every six months to keep their teeth bright and white.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Kits 
At-home whitening kits are widely available over-the-counter from a variety of stores or online websites. However, professional whitening sessions are monitored by Dr. Gregory, allowing the chemicals used to be stronger and more effective in a shorter amount of time. Most at-home kits only produce results after several weeks of continued use. Additionally, in-office whitening sessions decrease the risk of irritation and are generally more effective than at-home kits.

To find out more about professional teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Gregory in Arlington, VA. Call (703) 527-6495 to schedule your appointment for a professional teeth whitening session.

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Mary E. Gregory, D.D.S. - Family & Children's Dentistry

4500 Old Dominion Dr Arlington, VA 22207-3312