Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental VeneersA survey released by the American Association of Orthodontists found that about a third of Americans admit that they wish they had better-looking teeth. The quality of your smile has professional, social, and personal ramifications. Could your teeth benefit from veneers? After one visit to Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates in Kensington and Gaithersburg, MD you’ll know exactly what dental veneers can do for you and your smile.

Dental Veneers Hide Imperfections
Your teeth can be perfectly healthy except for visible imperfections on the outer enamel. Veneers hide these imperfections, no matter how unsightly they may be. Though a veneer is made of ultra-lightweight, translucent porcelain, the dental bonding agent used is colored to perfectly match your other teeth. Even dark, discolored, and chipped teeth can look smooth, white, and brand new with veneers.

Dental Veneers Protect
Porcelain is a high-quality ceramic material that is made through a special heating process. It is very durable and resists cracking or chipping. The toughness of the material gives your front teeth a certain level of protection for as long as the veneers are installed. However, it’s still a good idea to wear a mouthguard created by your Kensington or Gaithersburg, MD dentist whenever possible so that the veneers and your teeth have an additional safeguard. This is especially true if you have a tendency to clench your teeth or you participate in sports.

Dental Veneers Save Time
In order to change the positioning of your teeth for an ideal alignment, you would have to wear braces for at least a year or two and visit the dentist about every month. Veneers only take about a month for installation and you’ll only have to attend about two or three total appointments. Furthermore, each appointment with your dentist will only take about 45 minutes to an hour. You won’t have to wait very long to show off your smile to the world!

Learn More about Veneers
You don’t have to continue to be dissatisfied with your smile when you have a good cosmetic dentist on call. Find out what dental veneers can do for you by dialing (301) 933-1833 or (240) 683-3833 to schedule a visit with Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo, or Dr. Ho Kai Wang at their Kensington or Gaithersburg, MD, offices.

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain VeneersMillions of people from around the world are turning to porcelain veneers as a hassle-free way to improve their smile. Dental veneers are thin, ceramic shells that fit over the teeth to make a dazzling smile. Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates, located in both Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD, offer a full range of dental services—the following information will help you determine if you're a good candidate for their veneers.

1. You want to whiten your smile. 

Tooth staining affects many patients. There are several causes of tooth staining including poor dental hygiene, beverages, foods, smoking, and certain medications. Several diseases that affect enamel can also lead to tooth discoloration. Porcelain veneers can give you the bright-white smile you've always wanted, and unlike real teeth, they resist dental stains remarkably well. 

2. You want to close a tooth gap.

Diastemas are gaps between teeth. These spaces can form anywhere in the mouth. This condition affects people of all ages and may be caused by missing teeth, under-sized, teeth, or bad oral habits such as thumb-sucking. Veneers are used to fix these gaps by being placed over your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile. 

3. You want to restore a broken tooth.

Cracking or chipping a tooth is a common phenomenon, and veneers can restore these damages. If you have a broken tooth, a veneer can revitalize both its appearance and function by covering the tooth's front with a thick section porcelain, replacing the flawed parts. 

4. You want to fix your crooked teeth.

For some people, having a crooked smile can affect their self-esteem and self-confidence. Contrary to what you might think, you may not need orthodontic treatment to fix your crooked smile. Veneers can straighten your teeth without the discomfort and hassle of dental braces! Veneers are effective in covering up dental imperfections and giving patients the appearance of a perfect smile. 

5. You want to look years younger.

Our teeth play an important role in defining how old we look. If you want to look younger, getting veneers is a good place to start. Dental veneers will enhance your smile and instantly make you look younger—that's why it's such a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure among Hollywood stars!

Interested? Call our Kensington or Gaithersburg office today!
The best way to find out if you're a viable candidate for porcelain veneers is to consult with a dentist. Call Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates at (301) 933-1833 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Kensington, MD, or (240) 683-3833 for the Gaithersburg location. Porcelain veneers will do you and your smile a world of good!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
July 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

How veneers from your dentists in Gaithersburg, Maryland can make your smile beautiful againveneers

Do you want to hide your smile? Are you embarrassed because of chipping, erosion, cracks, or other unsightly problems? If so, it’s time for you to discover the magic of veneers. Your dentists at Kenneth Woo DDS and Associates want to share the benefits of veneers. They have two convenient office locations in Gaithersburg, and Kensington, Maryland to help you and your smile.

Dental veneers are thin sheaths of beautiful, sparkling, high-grade porcelain which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They can make your teeth look new again by hiding problems like these:

  • Every day wear-and-tear from bad habits
  • Chipping and erosion from aging
  • Enamel defects from genetics
  • Breaks or fractures from an injury or accident
  • Heavy stains or discolorations from medications

Thanks to veneer treatment, you can cosmetically change the shape, size, or color of your teeth. You can also hide some tooth alignment problems that are normally corrected with orthodontics. If you have overlapped teeth, the overlap can be disguised so your teeth look perfectly aligned. If you have small gaps between your teeth, the gaps can be minimized with veneers.

Versatility is not the only benefit of veneers. People choose veneers because they provide:

  • Completely natural-looking results, because porcelain is translucent and reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel
  • Quick, amazing results, because you can have a new smile in as little as 2 to 3 appointments, including the consultation appointment
  • Conservative beauty, because your dentist only removes minimal tooth structure, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers
  • Long-lasting sparkle, because porcelain is stain-resistant, so your new smile will stay beautiful even if you smoke or drink coffee

For more detailed information about veneers, please visit the Veneers page on the website at

You deserve a smile you can be proud of, and it’s easy to achieve with dental veneers. You owe it to yourself to make the investment in your smile and look your best. To get started, just pick up the phone and call the dentists at Kenneth Woo DDS and Associates, with offices in Gaithersburg, and Kensington, Maryland. Call today!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
October 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you wish you could change some aspect of your smile? Whether you've never liked the look of one of your teeth or one or more teeth dental bondinghave become damaged, dental bonding offers a simple, inexpensive way to boost your smile. Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD, dentists Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo or Dr. Ho Kai Wang discuss how bonding can revitalize your smile.

What is bonding?

During bonding, a flexible composite resin is added to your teeth, hardened with a curing light, shaped, then polished. The bonded material is extremely tough and durable and looks like your own tooth enamel. Composite resin is one of the most versatile dental treatments, thanks to the unique properties of composite resin. The material is tinted to match common tooth shades and is soft enough to be manipulated into any shape. Once it hardens, it's just as strong as natural tooth enamel.

When is bonding recommended?

During a visit to our Gaithersburg or Kensington office, we may recommend bonding if:

  • Your tooth is chipped or cracked. Bonding repairs chipped areas, covers cracks and can even be used to reattach broken pieces of teeth, in some cases. It's also a good choice if the surface of your tooth is pitted or uneven.
  • Your tooth stands out for all the wrong reasons. Do you have a tooth that looks like it belongs in someone else's mouth? Improving the uniformity of your smile is as simple as using composite resin to change the shape or length of your tooth.
  • Your tooth has become discolored. Teeth whitening isn't effective if your tooth has darkened due to a problem inside your tooth, such as staining from tetracycline use or a large filling. Covering the tooth with bonding material tinted to match the shade of surrounding teeth can help transform your smile.
  • You don't like the gaps between your teeth. It only takes a small amount of composite resin to close slight gaps between teeth. (Larger gaps may require orthodontic treatment.)

Get the smile you deserve with bonding. Schedule an appointment with dentists Drs. Kenneth and Edmund Woo and Dr. Ho Kai Wang by calling (240) 683-3833 for the Gaithersburg, MD, office or (301) 933-1833 for the Kensington, MD, office.

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
December 27, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”