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By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
January 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Find out everything that dental veneers can offer your smile.

Are you sick and tired of your smile being less than ideal? If you are ready to get cosmetic dentistry then you may want to consider veneerstalking to your Woodbridge dentist Dr. Charles Sours, Jr. about whether veneers are the best option for your smile. Veneers have offered countless patients a new lease on life with a more attractive smile, and now you could reap the many benefits of veneers.

There is a reason veneers have become so popular. You can easily get a more attractive smile in just a few quick visits to your Woodbridge cosmetic dentist. Veneers are typically placed over the front teeth to cover severe stains, oddly shaped teeth or teeth that are a bit crooked. Smiles that have discolorations that don’t respond to professional whitening can still get a brighter smile with veneers.

Veneers are also applied to teeth that have been worn, cracked or chipped. If you have minor overlapping or gaps between teeth and don’t want to go through a year or more of wearing braces then you can consider getting veneers, which can help you achieve a straighter smile.

How Veneers are Applied

Once we examine your smile and determine that veneers will give you the look you want, we will need to prepare the teeth for your veneers. This requires us to remove a very small amount of tooth enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for your veneers. Even though this is painless, once the teeth have been reshaped and prepared this is considered irreversible (so make sure you are ready and committed to having veneers the rest of your life).

Once your custom-made veneers are fabricated you will come back into our office where we will use a tooth-colored bonding resin to apply the veneers to your teeth. A special light will then be used to harden the bonding. The veneers are given a final polish and there you have it—your new smile!

Interested in getting veneers? Want to know if your smile is right for this procedure? Then call our Woodbridge dental office today and let’s get you a consultation right away.

By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
January 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

We always look forward to seeing our patients, but not all of you look forward to seeing us! If you’re one of them, don’t worry — we don’t take it personally. Dental anxiety prevents many people from seeking the care they require to restore or maintain a healthy smile.

But if dental problems are allowed to progress, they can affect not only the beauty of your smile and health of your mouth, but your overall wellness, too. Infection can travel from the mouth to other areas of the body, and dental disease exacerbates chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes.

Overcoming Apprehension

Fear should never be an obstacle (in the immortal words of President Franklin Roosevelt, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”). And fortunately there are some safe options for those of us who can’t get past our anxiety when it comes to dental care:

Oral Sedation. A sedative medication can be prescribed that you take by mouth approximately an hour before your dental visit to minimize anxiety and promote relaxation.

Intravenous (IV; “intra” – inside, “venous” – vein) Sedation. If oral sedation isn’t entirely effective in facilitating treatment, then a medication combining a sedative for relaxation and a pain-blocking anesthetic can be delivered through or small needle or catheter that is gently inserted into a vein. This is referred to as “conscious sedation” because you are in a semi-awake state during which you are able to respond to verbal direction. It takes effect quickly, and you can come out of it quickly. However, you may not remember much about your procedure. It is very different from general anesthesia during which you are completely unconscious.

Safety First

Dentists who offer IV sedation receive extensive training after which we must pass an exam and apply for a special permit that we maintain through continuing education. We carefully screen patients for eligibility and monitor you throughout so you can rest easy before, during, and after your procedure.

If you would like more information about sedation in dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Sedation Dentistry.”

By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
January 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”