July 13, 2017
Finding a cosmetic dentist is a little different than finding a general dentist. You’ll need to consider a special set of skills that make specific dentists better suited to creating cosmetic dentistry plans. Before you choose a dentist to transform your smile, read this blog to find out what makes a dentist qualified to provide flawless cosmetic dental care.
January 24, 2017
You value the health of your teeth and gums. You practice diligent home hygiene and never miss a dental appointment. As a result, you have great check-ups. Yet, you are disappointed with your smile. You cover your mouth when you laugh or smile broadly in public. Stains and a chip in a front tooth mar your smile. Don’t despair. Your cosmetic dentist in Northern Virginia, Dr. Wayne Myles, has the expertise to give you a wonderfully beautiful smile. Here are the details.
May 25, 2014
So, you’ve been fitted with new porcelain veneers and your teeth look beautiful. Where do you go from here? Your journey doesn’t end with the placement of your veneers – without good aftercare, you could find yourself back at square one before you know it. Dr. Wayne Myles, DDS, knows that the porcelain veneers patients at his Reston office need proper aftercare instructions.
How Can I Take the Best Care of My Porcelain Veneers?
Taking good care of your porcelain veneers is not that different from taking care of natural teeth. As long as you keep these points in mind, your veneers should last for years to come:
- Practice Good Dental Hygiene – Having porcelain veneers placed is no excuse to let dental hygiene fall by the wayside – your natural teeth are still there behind each porcelain veneer, and they are still just as susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup as they were before. Be sure to keep up with a daily regimen of brushing and flossing to prevent cavities and other signs of decay from forming.
- Have a Gentler Touch – When dealing with your porcelain veneers, especially in the first few weeks after placement, a gentler touch is often required. Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush and be thorough but not overly aggressive with your brushing.
- Follow Up With Your Dentist – This is one of the most important tips of all. It is important to keep up with routine visits to your dentist, who can assess your teeth and spot any early signs of decay before they evolve into major problems.
What Not to Do When You Have Porcelain Veneers
Now that you know what to do when you have porcelain veneers, it’s also important to remember that there are some things you should never do when you have porcelain veneers:
- Don’t Chew on Excessively Hard or Sticky Items– It’s important to always keep in mind that your porcelain veneers are not your natural teeth, and that their thin shell is not as strong as tooth enamel. Chewing on hard items, like ice cubes, pen caps, or your nails, can crack a porcelain veneer or shatter it completely. Sticky foods like hard candy or caramel apples, meanwhile, can pull a porcelain veneer off your tooth base.
- Don’t Grind Your Teeth– Chronic tooth grinding, also known in the dental world as bruxism, can cause serious damage to natural teeth and porcelain veneers alike. The constant pressure and friction of tooth grinding can take years off the lifespan of porcelain veneers. If you suffer from tooth grinding, talk to your cosmetic dentist – he or she may be able to outfit you with a mouth guard that you can wear at night to protect your teeth. If possible, talk to your dentist about bruxism before having porcelain veneers placed.
You may also want to avoid smoking or eating and drinking foods and beverages with staining properties – while they won’t break your veneers, they do pose a risk of staining them. Since teeth whitening treatments are ineffective on veneers, your only choice to correct a stained veneer is to replace it.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers Aftercare
If you have porcelain veneers or are just considering them, getting the facts is important. Contact the office of Wayne Myles, DDS, today to schedule an appointment and learn more about porcelain veneers from start to finish.
March 25, 2014
Do you desire a more beautiful smile, but worry your teeth reveal too many imperfections? Has your dentist discussed the benefits of porcelain veneers with you, but you are unsure whether you can afford this wonderful cosmetic treatment? Fortunately, at our Reston practice, Smiles By Myles, your dentist makes porcelain veneers available to all patients through financing. Because Dr. Myles believes every patient deserves the same beautiful, top quality dental treatments, he goes above and beyond to ensure you can achieve the smile of your dreams.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
This cosmetic treatment includes custom-crafted, extremely thin ceramic shells that fit over the visible portions of your teeth. You will discuss your aesthetic preferences with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Myles, to determine your goals for your new smile, including tooth color, tooth shape, and tooth length. We will take impressions of your top and bottom teeth, and send the impressions to a lab, where a master ceramicist will follow your preferences, while crafting your veneers. You will return to our office, so Dr. Myles may carefully adhere the veneers to your teeth, for a beautiful smile transformation. The process is comfortable, and may require little to no prep work.
Are They Worth The Investment?
Yes. Porcelain veneers offer a world of beautiful benefits to your smile. Unlike most individual cosmetic treatments, veneers offer a complete smile makeover. You will pay one price for an extensive array of improvements. In addition, veneers offer incredible durability, for long-term results and a wonderful return on investment. Rather than resorting to a wide variety of treatments to suit your needs, choosing porcelain veneers may provide you with the following benefits in only a couple visits:
- Whiter teeth
- A straighter, uniform smile, if you suffer from mild misalignment
- Veneers fill in spaces and gaps
- Improved tooth length
- Customized tooth shape and size
- Camouflaging of serious staining, surface damage, chips, and cracks
- You can continue to enjoy your favorite foods, and practice your usual daily hygiene – veneers are almost as durable as your natural teeth
Because they are crafted out of porcelain, veneers offer a translucent appearance that mimics the look of your natural teeth. This results in a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
What Type of Financing Do You Offer?
Dr. Myles is dedicated to providing every patient with the same level of top quality care. With our financing options, you may achieve competitive low to zero-percent interest rates, flexible repayment schedules, and coverage for up to seven years and forty thousand dollars. At his practice, Smiles by Myles, your dentist offers the following options:
- CareCredit – This is a third-party, low-payment financing company endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA)
- Chase Health Advance
Schedule an Appointment Today
Do you wish you could achieve the smile makeover made possible by porcelain veneers – but the cost is too great? We encourage you to contact us today to speak with Dr. Myles and our team about financing.
January 29, 2014
Aesthetic imperfections of any size can be a detriment to your smile. Whether a tooth is crooked, discolored, or chipped, even the smallest flaw can be a distraction from the rest of your teeth. At our Reston dentistry practice, we believe that all patients can, and should, have the opportunity to achieve a radiant smile. As one of the various cosmetic treatments offered by Dr. Myles, porcelain veneers can address most problems with astonishing effectiveness. To see if you may benefit from veneers, consider what makes a good candidate for treatment.
Candidacy for Porcelain Veneers
Most patients who want to conceal a cosmetic problem are already good candidates for porcelain veneers. Because veneers cover the front surface of a tooth, they are effective at masking blemishes without replacing or harming the tooth itself. However, patients must have healthy teeth prior to receiving veneers. If decay or advanced gum disease are present under or around a veneer, it will most likely have to be removed to treat the underlying problem.
Additionally, patients should have fully grown teeth before receiving porcelain veneers. Since they are customized to fit a tooth for many years to come, the tooth cannot continue to grow or change substantially after being fitted with a veneer. Likewise, any necessary orthodontic treatment should first be completed before receiving veneers, as the veneers would interfere with braces or similar procedures.
Problems Commonly Solved by Porcelain Veneers
Since veneers essentially replace the outward appearance of teeth, they can correct a wide array of cosmetic flaws. Some problems that are commonly corrected through treatment include:
- Chips and cracks: Chipped teeth can be embarrassing, and they tend to occur at the front of the mouth where they are most noticeable. By covering a chipped tooth with porcelain, you can restore its full, healthy appearance.
- Discoloration: Stained teeth are one of the most common cosmetic complaints. Depending on the type and degree of stains, they can also be difficult to expunge. By using stain resistant porcelain, you can gain an enduringly bright smile.
- Crooked teeth: One or more crooked teeth are enough to seriously affect the balance of your smile. Through the “instant orthodontics” of porcelain veneers, you can straighten your smile for good.
- Erosion: Tooth enamel can erode for a variety of reasons: from the bristles of a toothbrush to whitening treatments or simple wear and tear. With significant erosion, teeth can be simultaneously protected and enhanced through porcelain veneers.
- Gaps between teeth: Gaps can occur from the shape of teeth or their alignment. In either circumstance, one or more veneers can close these gaps for a more uniform, attractive look.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Alternative Treatments
Before deciding whether porcelain veneers are right for you, it’s helpful to compare its benefits with similar cosmetic treatments. Dental bonding and teeth whitening, for instance, can provide similar solutions for certain problems, but with varying effects.
- Porcelain veneers vs. dental bonding: Like veneers, a dental bonding procedure can help fix chips, stains, erosion, and gaps between teeth. This is accomplished through the application of composite resin over a tooth, hiding problems beneath it or altering the tooth’s shape. However, bonding cannot address larger or more prominent problems as effectively as veneers. In addition, composite resin is both aesthetically inferior and less durable than porcelain.
- Porcelain veneers vs.teeth whitening: For discoloration, teeth whitening gel can produce satisfying results. Whitening gel is primarily intended for surface stains, such as those caused by food, drink, and tobacco use. Deeper stains and dark stains are not as likely to be removed through whitening treatment. Porcelain veneers are therefore a good option for patients with stubborn stains or those who prefer a permanent, reliable way to achieve whiter teeth.
Before undergoing any treatment, speak with your cosmetic dentist regarding your personal needs and expectations. Through an initial consultation, you can determine whether porcelain veneers or an alternative treatment can best suit you.
Reward Yourself with a New Smile
No matter what is holding your smile back, let us help you accomplish all of your dental goals. Contact us to schedule a consultation or to hear more about our treatment options.
November 4, 2013
Porcelain veneers have produced beautiful smiles for many of our patients in Reston. But at some point, you may have to consider porcelain veneers replacement. Like any product, veneers require routine maintenance.
On average, veneers should last 10 years – or perhaps as long as 30. Each patient is unique. How long veneers last can depend on how well you care for both your teeth and your veneers. Just like a car, veneers that get regular care tend to last longer.
Fortunately, caring for your porcelain veneers is not difficult. It’s the same as caring for your teeth: Brushing, flossing, and getting regular checkups. Patients should also avoid chewing on hard objects such as their fingernails or pen caps.
Common Reasons to Replace Veneers
Though porcelain veneers are durable, they can still be damaged. They can be affected by changes in your teeth and gums:
- A veneer can chip, crack, or become worn down. An accident could chip a tooth or, if patients grind their teeth, they could accidentally damage the veneer. Porcelain is a brittle material so heavy pressure can lead to chips. This is why patients should avoid chewing on pencils or using their teeth as tools.
- A tooth with a veneer can decay. Though a veneer won’t decay, the tooth can. To treat the decaying tooth, the veneer may need to be removed and then reapplied after the original tooth has been treated.
- Poor dental hygiene may cause gums to recede, leaving an unsightly gap between the veneer and your gums. To close the gap, veneers will have to be replaced.
Poor Workmanship Can Lead to the Need for Replacement
Even if there is nothing physically wrong with a veneer, some people are unhappy with how the veneers were initially fitted. This is why it is important to select an experienced cosmetic dentist to avoid problems such as:
- Veneers that are the wrong size. An improperly sized veneer could fit poorly and can cause dental pain.
- Veneers that are improperly applied. Poorly applied veneers may fall off, requiring additional dental work to reattach them.
Cosmetic Reasons to Replace Veneers
There may be cosmetic reasons to change your porcelain veneer. Some patients are bothered by the color of their teeth and would like to whiten them. But whitening will only change the color of the teeth, not the veneers. To have the teeth and veneer colors match, the veneers would have to be replaced.
Ensuring Long-lasting Veneers
How long your veneers last is up to you. Just like your car, veneers require regular TLC. But caring for veneers is not hard. Just care for them like you would your own teeth:
- Don’t use your teeth as tools.
- Avoid foods and drinks, such as coffee and wine, that stain your teeth.
- Avoid tobacco products, which also stains the teeth.
- Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups.
- Floss daily.
- Wear a mouth guard if participating in sports.
- Wear a dental guard if you grind your teeth at night.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Do not use an abrasive toothpaste, as it can dull veneers.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers Replacement
If you are considering replacing your porcelain veneers, please contact us so we can provide answers to your specific questions.
July 29, 2013
Having teeth that are straight, even, and properly aligned is a sure way to make a lasting positive impression on others. Yet not everyone is born with a smile that's perfectly straight. Gaps, crowding, and crookedness are all issues that people often have to deal with when it comes to the aesthetics of their smile. There are many different ways that a dentist can help patients achieve a smile that is straight and well aligned.
Let's take a moment right now to look into these matters. You will be able to learn more about all of these options in greater detail when you visit a restorative and cosmetic dentistry center for a full consultation.
Are all options orthodontic treatments?
While it may come as a surprise, not all teeth straightening options are orthodontic treatments. The type and degree of your tooth misalignment will often determine the ideal treatment based on the discretion of your dentist.
In general, the top three treatments for straightening the teeth are:
- Porcelain dental veneers
- Traditional orthodontics
Let's look at these three in a little more detail right now.
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are deigned to fit over the front portions of a person's teeth. These veneers are super thin and are semi-translucent just like natural tooth structure. This means that light passes through them just like real tooth structure, making them look just like actual teeth in both natural light and artificial light.
Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Dental Veneers
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people with minor issues with crowding, spacing, and tooth alignment that are predominantly cosmetic in nature. These patients should be in otherwise good dental health. Porcelain veneers can also be used to treat cracked teeth, chipped teeth, and stained teeth.
Invisalign is one of the most popular options for teeth straightening at cosmetic dentistry centers across the country. They've been dubbed invisible braces by some because they involve the use of clear plastic aligner trays rather than the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. These aligner trays can be removed so a patient can eat, drink, and clean their teeth as normal.
Ideal Candidates for Invisalign
The best candidates for Invisalign are people who have teeth that are crooked or misaligned but are in otherwise good dental health. In general, Invisalign is a good option for those who experience mild to moderate malocclusion, so the patient's dentist will need to determine if Invisalign is the best treatment for them.
Traditional Braces and Orthodontic Care
While porcelain dental veneers and Invisalign have been growing in popularity over time, traditional braces and orthodontic care cannot be underestimated, especially when patients have serious issues with malocclusion that involve the dental arch or jaw position.
Ideal Candidates for Traditional Orthodontic Care
The best candidates for braces and traditional orthodontics are people who suffer from malocclusion that affects overall dental health and has an impact on general wellness. This usually means overbites, underbites, crossbites, and other issues that cannot be addressed by porcelain veneers or Invisalign.
Learn More About Your Dental Care Options
If you would like to learn more about orthodontic care as well as your many other options for advanced dental aesthetics, we encourage you to contact our Reston, VA cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. By discussing these matters with a member of our dental care team, you will be able to achieve optimal dental health and a beautiful smile as well.
March 20, 2013
Most of us are not fortunate enough to have naturally straight teeth. In fact, orthodontics is one of the leading dental specialties because of the frequency of alignment and spacing issues in patients. As teenagers, traditional orthodontic treatments such as braces or retainers may be the best way to treat alignment problems, but, for many adults, the thought of these extended treatments is unbearable. Many patients may have even already undergone orthodontic treatment as adolescents and are not eager to experience it again. Fortunately, there is an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. Reston cosmetic dentist Wayne Myles offers patients instant orthodontics. In as little as two dental appointments, Dr. Myles can transform the appearance of the smile so that it appears as though the patient has undergone traditional orthodontic treatment.
How Does Instant Orthodontics Work?
For some, instant orthodontics may sound like it is too good to be true, but Dr. Myles has successfully applied instant orthodontics treatment for many of his patients. By utilizing porcelain veneers, Dr. Myles can restore the appearance of straight, evenly-spaced teeth. For each of our patients in Reston, porcelain veneers are custom-crafted to the specifications of Dr. Myles. Dr. Myles chooses a size, shape, and color for the veneers that will improve the overall appearance of the teeth and conceal any alignment problems. Once these veneers have been adhered to the facial surface of the teeth, patients are left with teeth that are straight, even, and proportionate.
How Long Does Instant Orthodontics Take?
As the name of the procedure implies, “instant” orthodontics provides patients with immediate results. The entire treatment can be completed in as little as two and up to three dental appointments. One appointment will consist of making impressions of the teeth and preparing the surface of the teeth for the application of the porcelain veneers. While the permanent veneers will need to be crafted off-site by a dental ceramist, temporary veneers will be placed in the meantime, allowing patients to immediately see the results of instant orthodontics. These temporary veneers also give patients and Dr. Myles the chance to see if any adjustments need to be made to the final dental restorations. Typically, the porcelain veneers will be completed within a a week or two and patients can return for the final appointment and the permanent placement of the veneers. Just like that, treatment is complete and it looks as though the patient has received 18 months of orthodontic treatment.
Benefits of Instant Orthodontics
Some of the many benefits of instant orthodontics include:
- Fast results
- Straighter appearing teeth
- Improved tooth color
- Concealment of any additional cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks, or stains
- Long lasting results
Schedule an Appointment
Don’t give up on your ideal smile because you dread the idea of traditional orthodontic treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Wayne Myles to learn if instant orthodontics can help you restore your smile with the appearance of straight and even teeth. At Smiles by Myles, we look forward to making your dream smile a reality.
November 15, 2012
Most of us consider an attractive smile to be one that shows a set of straight, white teeth. But what if your smile reveals more gum line than teeth? When teeth are covered by an excess of gum tissue, it can produce what is known as a “gummy” smile and leave a person self conscious about showing an open mouthed smile. Dr. Wayne Myles, a respected Reston cosmetic dentist, offers patients gum reshaping surgery, or gum lifting, to remove excessive gum tissue and leave patients with a beautiful smile.
Gum Lifting and Reshaping Surgery
When you see the term “surgery,” you probably imagine an invasive procedure that requires extensive recovery. Dr. Myles' patients are happy to learn that gum lifting and reshaping surgery is actually a simple procedure that is comfortable for our patients and involves little to no recovery time. This is possible because Dr. Myles performs the surgery using a dental laser that is made to work on soft tissue. Using this laser, Dr. Myles can remove extra gum tissue to reveal more tooth material. As the tissue is removed, Dr. Myles will shape the tissue to make sure you are left with an even and attractive gum line. The dental laser is so precise that a typical treatment can be completed in about five minutes. Because the laser is able to seal the nerve endings as the treatment is being performed, we will not need to use any anesthesia during the treatment. Our patients will not experience pain or bleeding during the surgery and they will not require any recovery time.
Once your gum line has been addressed, Dr. Myles may recommend additional cosmetic procedures to further enhance your smile. Because a portion of the teeth will have been covered by gum tissue, we may need to perform teeth whitening to brighten the teeth and give them a consistent color. Sometimes, the teeth may appear uneven in size or misshapen once the gum line has been lifted. If this is the case, Dr. Myles can give his patients in Reston porcelain veneers to complete their smile restoration. Porcelain veneers can be applied to the entire front surface of the teeth to improve their color and shape and make sure the teeth have a uniform appearance. Along with the gum lifting and reshaping surgery, porcelain veneers allow Dr. Myles to greatly improve the appearance of a patient’s smile.
If you want a smile that shows healthy, attractive teeth, instead of gum tissue, consider the benefits of gum lifting and reshaping surgery. This is a quick, painless treatment that can drastically improve your smile without the need for extended recovery time. Dr. Myles will ensure that you have enough healthy gum tissue remaining to protect your teeth so the health of your mouth will not be compromised in any way.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to receive more information on gum lifting and reshaping surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wayne Myles. Improving your smile is simpler than you may imagine.