Posts for: April, 2017

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
April 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   Invisalign  

What your dentists in Kensington and Gaithersburg want you to knowinvisalign

If you have bite alignment problems or teeth that are out of position, you may be thinking about orthodontic treatment. There are many different orthodontic treatments to choose from, but there is one orthodontic treatment that stands out above the rest; it’s Invisalign, the virtually invisible way to straighten your smile. Your dentists at Kenneth Woo, DDS & Associates want to help you discover the magic of Invisalign. They have offices in Kensington and Gaithersburg, MD, to serve you.

Thanks to Invisalign, you can have a straight, beautiful smile discreetly and in a short period of time. You don’t have to settle for unsightly metal brackets and wires or wearing braces for years.

When you choose Invisalign, you can count on these important advantages:

  • Unrivaled comfort, because there are no metal parts, only smooth, comfortable plastic
  • Unmatched convenience, because the appliances can be removed to eat the foods you love
  • Renewed confidence, because you know the appliances aren’t noticeable to the people around you

Invisalign is also a much healthier choice than conventional braces because you can remove the appliance to brush and floss your teeth normally. This helps prevent decay in between your teeth and inflamed gum tissue after the braces are removed. You don’t have to sacrifice your oral health for a straight smile!

Invisalign can correct the same functional and aesthetic issues as conventional braces including:

  • Rotated, badly aligned teeth
  • Overlapped or widely spaced teeth
  • Overbite and underbite
  • Crossbite and open bite

Invisalign treatment consists of clear plastic appliances called aligners which you wear for two week periods. You change to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. The entire Invisalign treatment takes about nine to fifteen months. Imagine, just a few months to a new, straight smile!

You deserve to discover the advantages of Invisalign for yourself. For more information about Invisalign treatment, call your dentists at Kenneth Woo, DDS & Associates, with offices in Kensington and Gaithersburg, MD. Don’t wait for your straight smile. Call today!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
April 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.