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By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
November 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantIf you are suffering from any degree of tooth loss, chances are that your oral health and quality of life have been affected in some way as a result. Maybe you've had to give up smiling for pictures or eating the foods you love. If you are missing several or all of your natural teeth, your oral and general health is also at risk. Luckily, Dr. Charles Sours, your dentist in Woodbridge, VA, offers general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry services for full or partial tooth loss.

Dental Implants in Woodbridge, VA

Implants are designed to replace the entire structure of a missing tooth, unlike other restorations which just replace the cosmetic crown. There are a number of benefits to replacing the tooth's root with an implant. Not only does it help to secure the crown in place, making for a more permanent restoration, but it also prevents bone loss in the gums. When a tooth falls out or gets extracted, the bone tissue starts to erode, which increases the risk of complications like infections and gum (periodontal) disease, putting your oral and general health at risk.

How Dental Implants Work

First, the dentist will perform an oral exam to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. Healthy adults with enough bone density in the gums to support the implant are usually good candidates. The implant, which consists of a small titanium screw, is surgically implanted in the socket of missing teeth and fuses with the existing bone tissue. Once it has healed, the cosmetic crown is attached. Implants can be used to replace individual teeth or to support an entire set of dentures on the upper or lower jaw.

Find a Dentist in Woodbridge, VA

To learn more about dental implants and how they can improve your quality of life and oral health, contact our office today by calling (703) 491-2131. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sours and set your smile on the right track!

By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
March 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Want a more rejuvenated smile?veneers

Dental veneers are a great way to conceal dental issues, just ask your Woodbridge, VA, dentist. It's important to have all the information you need before visiting your doctor.

Here are a few questions you may ask your doctor.

What can dental veneers conceal?

Dental veneers can cover:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked, worn or chipped teeth
  • Irregularly-shaped teeth
  • Uneven dental surfaces and spacing

How are veneers placed?

  1. Your Woodbridge dentist will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you.
  2. If your teeth have underlying issues, like cavities, they'll need to be dealt with first.
  3. Your doctor will take impressions of your teeth and the model sent to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth are made.
  4. You'll come back to the dentist's office when your veneers arrive, so that your dentist removes some enamel off the surface of your teeth then cement the veneers.

Veneers are made out of thin porcelain or plastic and because enamel is removed, you won't feel like your teeth are protruding. On the contrary, they will feel smooth and aligned with the rest of your teeth.

Are veneers a permanent process?

Removing enamel from the surface of teeth is an irreversible process.

What are some other advantages of veneers?

  • The procedure doesn't need very much anesthesia.
  • Veneers last a long time.
  • They have color stability so they are resistant to staining.

How can you take proper care of your veneers?

Other than maintaining a healthy diet, you will need to brush twice a day and floss at least once before bed. It's important to prevent the buildup of plaque, which may result in cavities and other serious issues.

For more information on veneers, contact your dentist in Woodbridge, VA, by calling (703) 491-2131.

By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
January 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Do you have a few minor dental flaws that keep your smile from being perfect? Improving your smile has never been easier, thanks to veneersdental veneers. Dr. Charles Sours, Jr., your Woodbridge, VA, dentist, shares information about veneers and explains how they can help you.

Thin but tough

Wafer-thin veneers offer the ideal way to hide imperfections in your smile. The tooth-shaped shells are bonded to the fronts of your teeth only, dramatically improving your smile. They're made from porcelain, a durable material that looks like natural tooth enamel.

Veneers address multiple issues

Veneers are a good choice for many cosmetic dental issues, including:

  • Gaps: Do you have a slight gap between your front teeth? Veneers easily cover small gaps that can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. If your gap is large, your Woodbridge dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment instead.
  • Imperfections: Veneers conceal chips, cracks, pits and other imperfections that can affect the appearance of your teeth.
  • Short Teeth: If one of your teeth is a little shorter than the others, it's easy to lengthen it with a veneer.
  • Oddly Shaped Teeth: Twisted, crooked, pointy or other oddly shaped teeth disappear from sight behind your new veneer.
  • Whitening: Since veneers are available in many shades of white, they're often used to whiten teeth. Because veneers are resistant to staining, your smile with stay bright and white for years.

No extensive dental procedures are required

Before you receive your veneers, your dentist will lightly file the surface of your teeth. Filing ensures that the veneers fit comfortably and aren't bulky. After filing the teeth, an impression will be made, which a dental laboratory will use to create your veneers. You'll receive temporary veneers, which you'll wear until your permanent veneers are ready in about two or three weeks. It's not unusual to need a few minor adjustments to your new veneers. After ensuring that they fit perfectly, your dentist will bond them to your teeth.

Transform your smile with dental veneers! Call Dr. Sours, your Woodbridge, VA, dentist, at (703) 491-2131 to schedule an appointment to improve your smile.

By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
June 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Before we discuss cosmetic options for transforming your smile, and before any preparations for treatment, there’s one question that needs to be answered: What do you want to be different about your smile?

There’s a common misconception that cosmetic changes to the teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is primarily a technical achievement based on rigid principles of beauty. Patients believe they must defer to their dentists for what will look best. But that’s not the entire picture: what’s often lost in the understanding is that it’s your smile — the smile at the end of the process you must be comfortable showing with confidence.

In this regard, there are two types of patients, with no right or wrong view — simply what a patient perceives as the smile they want. Some want the “perfect” smile — the greatest level of regularity between teeth shape, size and alignment and the maximum level of brightness. Others are more comfortable with a “natural” smile, a more subtle look with just enough change to create something new and different. The latter may even desire a less than perfect look that doesn’t “fix” all their imperfections — the ones they believe give their face “character.”

Knowing to which side you lean is important at the outset. It’s then important for you to communicate those expectations with us. While we’re focused on the technical aspects of treatment — tooth length, the lineup of teeth with other facial features or the gum-to-lip distance — only you can express what’s going to be a beautiful yet comfortable smile for you. By meshing the technical requirements with your personal desires, we’re able to formulate a makeover plan that fits you.

It all begins with a comprehensive examination to determine the exact health state of your mouth, and it may be necessary to first perform dental work to improve it. From there we can discuss what is and isn’t possible to change the appearance of your teeth and gums. In the end, we want the same result as you — a beautiful smile you’re happy and confident to show the world.

If you would like more information on smile makeovers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations: Is what you get what you want?

By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
February 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Our main focus as your dentist is to keep your teeth and gums healthy and functional. But there’s another important aspect of care — your teeth’s appearance. It’s not just a superficial concern: your smile can have a profound effect on your self-image, as well as your personal and professional relationships.

This is the realm of cosmetic dentistry: served by both specialists and general dentists, it focuses on altering your teeth’s appearance with treatments as basic as teeth whitening or as comprehensive as dental implants. The goal, however, is the same: a new, more attractive smile.

In a way, cosmetic dentistry begins with you and oral hygiene. The twin tasks of brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque not only lowers your risk for tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, they also improve the appearance of the tooth surface. There are, however, circumstances where otherwise healthy or repaired teeth may need extra cosmetic attention due to chipping, misshape or staining. In these cases, a truly cosmetic approach may be necessary.

One approach is to cover a tooth’s blemishes. Veneers, for example, are thin, layered pieces of dental porcelain shaped and colored like natural teeth that are bonded to the outside of an unattractive tooth. In other cases, a tooth may require a life-like porcelain crown that completely covers it to gain the same effect.

Missing teeth, of course, pose a different challenge, but here there are a wide range of solutions: dental implants, fixed bridgework or removable full or partial dentures. Advancements in dental materials and techniques can produce new teeth that are so life-like and natural that they’re imperceptible from the real thing.

 These and other measures like orthodontics can all be used to turn a smile you find embarrassing into one you’re confident to share with the world. It begins, though, with both you and us taking a good, close look at your current smile — a smile analysis, if you will.

After assessing both your current needs and your expectations for change, we can develop an appropriate treatment plan. It might be quite simple or with multiple treatment stages, but it will be the best plan for you. Through cosmetic dentistry we have the means to help you achieve a new, more confident smile.

If you would like more information on the many ways to transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”