Category: Cosmetic Dentistry


3 Surprising Benefits of Invisalign

When you think of Invisalign, what comes to mind? For most people, they think about an alternative to traditional metal braces used to straighten teeth for cosmetic purposes. While this is true, there are several surprising benefits of Invisalign that many people are unaware of. What Is Invisalign? Before we get into the benefits of Invisalign, it’s important to understand what Invisalign is and how it works. Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to slowly move your teeth …

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Are All Toothpastes Created Equal? The Danger of Using Polyethylene Beads

Over the past 10 years, personal care products that contain small plastic beads have grown dramatically in popularity. While these products are approved by the FDA, most consumers aren’t even aware that they are using products with plastic in them. They also don’t realize the effect that these small plastic beads could be having on their bodies as well as the environment. Plastic Beads in Toothpaste Some toothpaste companies, such as Crest, have been adding polyethylene beads to their toothpaste …

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8 Foods to Eat After You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

About 90% of people have at least one of their third molars, commonly called the wisdom tooth, removed at some point in their life. Many people have all four taken out to prevent future dental problems. If you undergo this relatively minor procedure, knowing what to eat post-surgery can lead to a much smoother recovery. Try a few of these nutritious and tasty treats to help ease your recovery after a wisdom tooth extraction. Food to Eat After Wisdom Teeth …

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How Long Should I Wear My Retainer?

Often people ask us how long they need to wear their retainer after having orthodontic treatment. There are many factors that may influence how long someone needs to wear their retainer, but the best blanket recommendation we can make is to wear your retainers for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight. The Purpose of Retainers Regardless of whether you had traditional braces or Invisalign treatment, you will still need to wear a retainer in order to …

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3 Secrets to a Younger Looking Smile

Many people begin using a variety of anti-aging products as they grow older. However, very few people realize that one of the easiest things they can do is to just focus on their teeth. Check out these 3 secrets to a younger looking smile. You may be surprised at the difference they can make! 1. Take Your Oral Hygiene Seriously When it comes to getting a younger looking smile, the first step is to get back to the basics of your oral hygiene. …

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5 Reasons To Consider Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Traditionally, orthodontic treatment was something associated with the teenage years. Today, however, more and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth. There are a variety of reasons that we are seeing orthodontic treatment rise in popularity with adults, but the most important thing for you to understand is that braces aren’t just for kids anymore. 5 Reasons To Consider Adult Orthodontic Treatment 1. Confidence Self-confidence is important, regardless of your age. In fact, did you know that those with straight …

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3 Alternatives to At-Home Teeth Whitening

If you’re interested in whitening your teeth, there are many options available to you. From toothpastes to strips to rinses to professional whitening, how are you supposed to know what will work best? The general rule of thumb is that the stronger the whitening agent, the more dramatic the results will be. The only problem is that many at-home teeth whitening systems are not very strong and therefore the results are not always very noticeable. When your goal is to whiten …

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Everything You Need To Know About Professional Teeth Whitening

If you are like the majority of Americans, chances are good that you have considered whitening your teeth at some point. Maybe you have tried an over the counter whitening product, or maybe you have had your teeth professionally whitened at your dental office. But how do you know what the best teeth whitening option is for you? What are the benefits of different whitening methods, and how long should you expect the results to last? It’s normal to have many questions …

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5 Foods That Stain Your Teeth

When it comes to preserving that beautiful white smile you worked so hard to achieve, coffee and tea aren’t the only things you will need to avoid. Many times people think that it is just beverages that will stain their teeth but in reality there are a number of foods that can discolor your smile too. If you recently whitened your teeth, or if you are just trying to keep your pearly whites from becoming yellowed, stay away from these …

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Benefits of Professional Whitening

Professionally whitening your teeth is one of the easiest and quickest ways to enhance your appearance. Many people desire to whiten their teeth but they don’t want to spend the money to do it professionally. As your cosmetic dentist in Richmond, VA, we would like to provide you with information about the professional teeth whitening options that are available to you so that you can make the best decision for yourself about whitening your teeth. Whitening Toothpaste Whitening toothpaste typically …

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