Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Carroll County Dental Associates
December 07, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Professional teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures today, namely due to the many benefits they offer as compared to over-the-counter alternatives. Due to the many options available for teeth whitening products and services, it can be difficult to determine which may be the best one for you. With professional teeth whitening in Westminster, MD, Carroll County Dental Associates offers safe and effective solutions for a brighter, whiter smile today!

Safety First

One of the main benefits of professional teeth whitening services is that it is safer than over-the-counter alternatives. This is because you have the expertise of a dental professional to administer the whitening solution and supervise during the entire procedure. In this way, your dentist can be sure to keep your gums, lips, and cheeks protected from the whitening solution throughout the process, as well as monitor your response to the treatment to avoid any damage that can occur if the whitening solution is not properly applied.

Faster, More Effective Results

Professional teeth whitening in Westminster, MD, can also save you time and energy in the long term as these procedures typically require less time for equal or better results as compared to over-the-counter alternatives. This is because, under the supervision of a dental professional, they are able to offer you a more potent whitening solution than what the FDA has approved for over-the-counter products. The benefit of a faster, more effective whitening procedure means that you will spend less time worrying about the appearance of your smile, and more time enjoying the results! In-office professional whitening procedures typically take just one hour for up to six shades brighter, with results lasting up to six months or in some cases up to a year.

Locations Near You

If you are interested in seeing the benefits of professional teeth whitening in Westminster, MD, for yourself, consider contacting Carroll County Dental Associates today! For additional questions or to make an appointment for a brighter, whiter smile today, please call 410-848-5577.

Cosmetic dentistry has at its disposal a number of treatments that can restore your smile to its natural appearance, or improve upon it. Your local Westminster, MD, cosmetic dentistry experts of Carroll County Dental Associates can answer your questions about all the ways that cosmetic dentistry can do to improve your smile.

Repair Damaged Teeth

When teeth become chipped, if the damage is not too severe, dental bonding can restore their former shape. This is done with a resin compound that is applied in liquid form but is hardened with a UV light and then shaped. This same type of compound is what is employed with tooth-colored fillings, as an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. These fillings repair your teeth from damage incurred due to decay, but because they are tooth-colored they practically vanish among the rest of your teeth. Crowns can be used when teeth are so damaged that they have lost a lot of structure.

Restore Missing Teeth

Either employing dental implants or dental bridgework, your dentist can restore these missing teeth. For a bridge, crowns are used to support the replacement tooth. Dental implants work differently, using a titanium post instead as support. This post is permanently implanted directly onto the bone of your jaw, and onto this, a crown is attached. Both can restore a missing tooth but deciding which option is best for you can best be done by discussing your expectations with your dentist.

Brighten Your Smile

When it's unsightly stains that you wish to address, then teeth whitening performed at your dentist's office can provide results that over-the-counter treatments cannot match. But if you have a tooth that is discolored due to trauma or wear, then teeth whitening will not be effective. For these cases consult with your dentist about a crown or veneer.

Give Your Smile a Makeover

Dental veneers, as mentioned above, can help restore teeth that are damaged or stained, and they also eliminate slight gaps in your smile. A number of them can be used in tandem to give your smile a complete makeover.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Westminster, MD

Whether you're looking to correct an imperfection or simply improve your overall smile look no further than your Westminster, MD, professionals of Carroll County Dental Associates. Dial (410) 848-5577 to schedule a consultation today.

By Carroll Country Dental Associates
March 05, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Sealant  

Cavities don't have to be an unavoidable part of childhood. In fact, with good oral hygiene and sealants provided by the family dentists here at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, you can help your child avoid tooth decay and remain in perfect oral health.

Sealants offer a simple way to prevent cavities

Tooth decay is a common problem among children. In fact, 20 percent of kids ages 5 - 11 and 13 percent of adolescents have at least one untreated cavity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some cases of tooth decay are due to poor brushing and flossing habits, but oral hygiene isn't always to blame—the premolars and molars at the back of the teeth contain tiny pits and grooves that trap plaque, the substance that causes tooth decay. Although brushing removes plaque from other parts of the teeth, toothbrush bristles can't reach the pits and grooves in the pre-molars and molars.

Pre-molars and molars are more susceptible to tooth decay when they first appear in your child's mouth. If they're not protected, your son or daughter is more likely to develop a cavity.

Sealants fill in the pits and grooves with clear resin, making it impossible for plaque to flourish in these areas. Our family dentists may recommend sealants when their permanent premolars and molars erupt. Sealants can also reduce the risk of cavities in adults, although dental insurance companies don't usually cover the cost of sealants for adults.

The sealant process is quick and easy

Before your child receives sealants from our Westminster office, their teeth will be thoroughly cleaned to remove all traces of plaque and tartar. After the cleaning, an etching solution will be applied to the teeth. The solution helps the sealants stick to the teeth. Liquid sealants are applied with a small brush, then hardened with a curing light. Your children can eat and drink immediately after receiving the sealants.

Sealants can protect your son or daughter's teeth for up to 10 years. Your dentist will check on their condition during regular checkups. If needed, new sealants can be applied to the teeth due to wear and tear.

Set up an appointment today

Protect your child's smile with sealants! Schedule an appointment with the family dentists here at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, by calling (410) 848-5577.

By Carroll Country Dental Associates
February 18, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dentures   Implants  

How an implant-supported denture from your dentists in Westminster, MD, can give you back your smile

If you have missing teeth or have been wearing a denture for a long period of time, you may be looking at reliable denture options that can restore the strength and beauty of your smile. In these cases, you need to discover implant-supported dentures! Here at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, our family dentists offer this restorative option to boost their patients' oral health—read on to learn more.

What implant-supported dentures can do for you

Although conventional dentures are an excellent tooth replacement option, they do not protect your jawbone from diminishing over time, a factor that can eventually cause the dentures to not fit well. Conversely, implant-supported dentures help maintain this bone presence. In fact, once the dental implants are placed, your body increases bone growth, as the jaw fuses with the implants, locking them in place.

At our Westminster office, our family dentists use the TeethXpress system, which places 4-to-6 implants in the jaw with abutment posts to create a stable foundation for the dentures.

Dental implants and implant-supported dentures are very successful because implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that your body won’t reject. In fact, they have a 99% success rate, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Besides compatibility, there are many other reasons why you should choose an implant-supported denture. Consider that an implant-supported denture offers:

  • Complete stability, because thanks to implants, your denture will never move around, even with the most vigorous chewing
  • More youthful facial contours, because implants stimulate bone growth, giving you fullness and volume, and reducing facial sagging
  • Quick results, because TeethXpress treatment can usually be completed in one day

If you want to get your smile back, consider implant-supported dentures with TeethXpress. To find out more, call your family dentists at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, today by dialing (410) 848-5577.

By Carroll Country Dental Associates
January 16, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Family Dentistry  

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Families

Good oral health is important at every age. Healthy teeth and gums signify more than an attractive smile—it often reflects good general health, confidence and a personal sense of well-being. Proper oral hygiene starting at home can help protect your family’s teeth from cavities and prevent gum disease. 
The following tips can help your family reach optimal oral health to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles:

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The health of your smile is a reflection of how well you take care of your teeth and gums. It should go without saying that you and your family should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily to remove plaque build up from the large surfaces of the teeth and under the gums.  Most of us learn these habits as children, and that’s why it’s important for parents to play an active role in helping kids learn the proper techniques for brushing and flossing. 

2. Snacking & Tooth Decay

Frequent snacking can be your mouth’s biggest enemy.  That’s because when sugars or starches in your mouth come in contact with plaque, the acids produced can attack teeth for several minutes after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the enamel on the surface of teeth, fueling tooth decay. To prevent cavities, consume sugary foods and drinks with meals rather than in between. If you must snack throughout the day, then brush immediately after to cleanse the mouth of food.
Along with limiting how frequently you eat, you should also pay attention to the types of foods and drinks your family is consuming. Limit your intake of sugary, starchy foods, and replace them with healthy choices, such as raw vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains. 

3. Fluoride

Teeth are attacked by plaque daily. The acids produced by plaque weaken the enamel, which eventually leads to decay. That’s why it is important to make sure you are getting enough fluoride. Fluoride is absorbed into the enamel, helping to repair and prevent cavities. Some children may benefit from fluoride supplements. Ask Carroll County Dental Associates about the best fluoride treatment plan for your family at your next visit. 

4. Check ups

Regular visits to your Westminster, MD dentist are a very important part of maintaining good dental health. The American Dental Association recommends scheduling dental appointments twice a year.  A professional dentist can detect problems in their earliest stages, and will make sure your kids’ teeth are developing properly as they grow. Carroll County Dental Associates can clean the areas of your teeth that regular brushing can’t, helping you avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment. 
If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could potentially lead to the development of tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. The good news is that being diligent about your dental health care at home and by seeing your dentist on a regular basis, you and your family will be more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.