Posts for category: Oral Health
Your smile is a reflection of your personality—it welcomes people into your world. For this reason and more, it's no wonder that so many patients of Dr. Kamran Nikseresht also known as Dr. Nik, a popular Fairfax, VA dentist, want to know how they can achieve a straighter and more attractive smile. Two common cosmetic treatments offered at this office are Invisalign braces and veneers. They both offer solutions for certain cosmetic problems that patients are eager to resolve.
Invisalign is an oft-preferred alternative to standard braces because an the treatment does not require the use of metal brackets. "Invisible" trays are used to get the job done instead. The purpose of Invisalign is to reposition and straighten your teeth to give you a smile that better fits your face. This cosmetic treatment will be useful to you if your teeth are healthy and well-shaped but not quite in the proper position.
We at Nik Family and Cosmetic Dentist also offers veneers as a solution to cosmetic concerns. Veneers are a way to cover up numerous cosmetic problems that may be plaguing your smile—including advanced problems like intrinsic discoloration, large gaps and protrusion. The dentist lays thin wafers over your teeth to give them a smoother, whiter and more polished appearance. In some cases, multiple teeth have to be covered to give you the right look.
Which One Is Best for You?
The decision on whether to get Invisalign or veneers depends on a number of factors that you will have to discuss with your dentist. For one, if you don't feel comfortable having a procedure that can't be reversed, you might want to choose Invisalign to straighten your smile. If your teeth can't be bleached to your desired color due to staining at the inner layers, your best bet may be veneers.
Talk to Your Cosmetic Dentist
Before you make a decision about Invisalign versus veneers, have a conversation with Dr. Nik. Call the Fairfax, VA office today at (703) 961-0707 to set up a time for a consultation.
Regain a full smile again when you see your Fairfax, VA dentist for implants.
Many who are dealing with complete tooth loss may think that the only option they have is dentures when it comes to getting a full smile again. While dentures can certainly offer benefits many patients find wearing dentures challenging. Dealing with slippage while chewing or speaking is enough to frustrate anyone. But this isn’t the only option for treating your tooth loss. Did you know that your Fairfax, VA dentists Dr. Kamran Nikseresht and Dr. Sung Han can give you a full, radiant smile with dental implants?
Dental Implants and Dentures
You might be surprised to hear that dental implants and dentures go together, but when it comes to replacing all of your teeth, nothing beats implants for giving you your smile back. Full dentures can be frustrating and difficult to adjust to, particularly when they slip or move around in your mouth while chewing and speaking. The clicking sound that your dentures make can also be embarrassing when out in public. Luckily, dental implants can help.
The Implant-Supported Dentures Process
The process for placing your dental implants for dentures is no different than replacing one or two missing teeth. The only difference is that your Fairfax dentist will place several implants into the jawbone rather than just one. Over the course of two to six months, the jawbone will begin to bond with the implants, permanently anchoring them in place. While this is happening, we will fit you with a temporary tooth replacement.
The next step is to uncover the implants and attach abutments, or extensions to the top of the implant. These abutments will help hold the dentures to your implants. Your gums will need several more weeks to heal after this procedure before your Fairfax dentist will be able to remove your temporary dentures and replace them with the permanent ones. Now you can enjoy a smile that is resilient and permanent!
Ready to get dental implants in Fairfax? Let Nik Family & Cosmetic Dentistry give you back your smile.
How Does Invisalign Work? The facts about how Invisalign straightens your teeth.
You have crooked teeth, and you’d like them to be straight, but you don’t want to wear metal brackets and wires. You’ve heard all of the complaints about metal braces; they are uncomfortable, you can’t eat what you want, they are difficult to clean around, and you just don’t like how they look. Now there is a modern, state-of-the-art solution to straighten your teeth. It’s called Invisalign.
The dentists at Nik Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, in Fairfax, Virginia, are your neighborhood Invisalign experts. They are here to answer any questions you have about Invisalign, and what treatment can do for you.
Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to correct:
- Gaps between your teeth
- Crowding of your teeth
- Badly aligned bite
Invisalign is a very comfortable, modern way to straighten your teeth. You just wear a set of clear plastic appliances, called aligners. That’s it, no uncomfortable metal brackets or wires! Using their considerable skill and with the help of 3-D imaging, the dentists at Nik Family and Cosmetic Dentistry will create a set of custom aligners just for you.
You will wear this first set of comfortable plastic aligners for 2 weeks, and then every 2 weeks you will replace them with a new set of aligners. You will see the dentist every 6 weeks until your treatment is complete and your teeth are straight. The entire process takes 9 to 15 months.
There are many advantages of Invisalign over conventional metal braces. Invisalign is:
- Much more comfortable
- Easier to clean
- Much more convenient
- Virtually invisible to those around you
You now have an alternative to uncomfortable metal braces, so think Invisalign. If you want to get started, or just find out more about this state-of-the-art way to straighten your teeth, you need to see an expert. The dentists at Nik Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, in Fairfax, Virginia, are your go-to Invisalign experts. Call today, and be on your way to a new you!
Smoking can negatively impact your overall health, including that of your teeth and gums. Learn more here.
It's hard to ignore the facts about the effects of smoking on your health. Warning labels and public service announcements caution us about the devastation tobacco products can wreak on our bodies. However, smoking is an addiction, and a hard one to break at that. Dr. Kamran Nikseresht ("Dr. Nik") and Dr. Cliff Chen, your Chantilly, Virginia dentists, advocate quitting smoking for the following dental reasons:
Poor dental appearance
Among many other chemicals, cigarettes contain nicotine, which produces a yellow stain. This discoloration, combined with the bad odor associated with cigarettes, gives smokers a disadvantage when it comes to making a good first impression.
Your teeth require your gums and jawbone to keep them stable. However, the use of cigarettes produces a twofold increase in the risk for gum disease, making smokers much more susceptible to painful infections, irreversible tissue recession and the deterioration of the bones that hold the teeth in place. And because smoking weakens the immune system, normal treatments performed by your Chantilly dentist for gum disease are often found to be less effective for smokers.
Besides putting you at risk for lung cancer, smoking also increases the chances of developing cancers in the mouth and throat. Both Dr. Nik and Dr. Chen perform thorough oral cancer screenings during their Chantilly dental patients' checkups; however, smokers are less likely to visit their dentists for routine cleanings, so the presence of oral cancer or its precancerous warning signs may be overlooked until it has advanced.
If you'd like to talk to your Chantilly dentist for an evaluation of your oral health, contact Nik Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Chantilly, Virginia for an appointment. We'd be happy to help you achieve your goal of becoming smoke-free!