Blog Archive

What Can I Do About My Crooked Tooth? Nov 14th, 2021

The only way to correct crooked teeth and the moderate to severe bite misalignment they can cause is through orthodontic treatment, either in the form of conventional bracket-and-wire braces or clear removable aligners.   One slightly slanted tooth, on the other hand, doesn’t usually call for full-on orthodontic care, especially if...

How Dental Implants Can Help You Love Your Smile Oct 13th, 2021

Tooth loss may be one of the most common adult oral health problems, but that doesn’t make it feel any less personal when it happens to you — empty spaces in your mouth can have far-reaching effects on your ability to chew normally, speak clearly, and smile with confidence.   Among...

Understanding the Benefits of Digital X-Rays Sep 19th, 2021

Your dentist can discover a lot about your oral health simply by looking inside your mouth. To locate hidden tooth decay or detect problems that aren’t visible during a routine dental exam, however, they must rely on dental X-rays.  Also known as radiograph images, dental X-rays were first used in...

Brightening Your Smile with Teeth Whitening Aug 17th, 2021

A radiant smile is more than just an attractive feature — it’s an expression of your personality and one of your most valuable social assets. The last thing you want people to see when you flash your pearly whites are stained, discolored teeth that look neither pearly white nor bright. ...

The Benefits of Wearing a Night Guard Jul 15th, 2021

If your dentist at Smiles in Springfield notices signs that you grind or clench your teeth when you sleep, they may recommend that you start wearing a custom-fitted night guard.  Also known as an oral splint or a nocturnal bite plate, a night guard is a retainer-like appliance that covers...

Top Signs of a TMJ Disorder Jun 29th, 2021

Place your fingertips on either side of your head, just in front of your ears, and open your mouth. You’re feeling the movement of your temporomandibular joints (TMJs), or the sliding hinge joints that connect either side of your jawbone to your skull.   When your jaw joints are healthy, you...

Versatile Veneers: The Perfect Cover-Up May 20th, 2021

You want people to notice your smile — not your smile flaws. If conspicuous gaps, crooked teeth, unsightly chips, or permanent stains leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile, veneers may be the perfect solution. The cosmetic dental specialists at Smiles in Springfield in Springfield, Virginia, can use veneers to...

Recognizing the Early Signs of Gum Disease Apr 13th, 2021

A clean bill of oral health doesn’t simply mean you have a cavity-free smile — it also means you have firm, pink gums that fit tightly around your teeth. Unfortunately, oral health problems like dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease are as common as they are preventable.  Periodontal diseases, including...

5 Tips for Adjusting to Life With Dentures Mar 14th, 2021

Untreated dental decay and advanced gum disease are frequent contributing factors in tooth loss, a problematic and all-too-common adult oral health issue: More than half of adults in the United States have lost at least one tooth, and approximately 40 million men and women no longer have any of their...

Common Risk Factors of Oral Cancer Feb 16th, 2021

Oral cancer originates in your oral cavity, more commonly called your mouth. It can emerge in the tissues that make up your lips, the inner lining of your lips and cheeks, the bony roof of your mouth (hard palate), or the floor of your mouth. Oral cancer can also affect...

Follow These Steps to Save Your Knocked-Out Tooth Jan 19th, 2021

As dentists who specialize in providing same-day care for urgent oral health problems, the team at Smiles in Springfield can handle any dental emergency — including a severe traumatic injury like a knocked-out adult tooth.  Every year in the United States, more than 5 million people have a permanent tooth...

Here’s How You Can Prevent Dry Socket Dec 15th, 2020

Whether you have overcrowded teeth, an impacted wisdom tooth, a traumatic dental injury, or advanced decay, a tooth extraction is a simple way to resolve the problem and protect your oral health.    When the dentists at Smiles in Springfield remove an adult tooth, they take every precaution to ensure that...

Noncosmetic Reasons to Replace Your Missing Tooth Nov 13th, 2020

Given that dental decay and gum disease are the two most common oral health problems and the two primary causes of tooth loss, it isn’t surprising that the average adult doesn’t make it to the end of their life with a full set of natural teeth.  Epidemiological studies indicate that...

What to Expect When You Get Dental Implants Oct 14th, 2020

Dental decay and gum disease are the two most common oral health problems among adults of all ages. Untreated tooth decay and advanced gum disease are the two main causes of the third most common oral health problem: tooth loss.  An estimated 178 million people in the United States —...

How Do I Take Care of My Bridge? Sep 15th, 2020

Living with empty spaces in your mouth doesn’t just make it harder to chew food and speak clearly — it can also alter the alignment of your bite, undermine your oral health, diminish your smile, and erode your confidence.   To restore missing teeth, preserve your smile, and safeguard your oral...

When Might I Need a Crown? Aug 12th, 2020

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that restores normal size, shape, strength, function, and appearance to a weak, worn, or otherwise damaged tooth. Simply put, a crown is often the best way to extend the life of an impaired tooth.   Effective, durable, and versatile, crowns are the most common...

Cosmetic Dentistry and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jul 27th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to a complicated new reality — one that’s defined by how to best mitigate the spread of COVID-19 until an effective vaccine is widely available. At the start of the pandemic, people sheltered in place, practiced social distancing, and wore face masks in public....

Why Root Canals Are Nothing to Fear Jun 15th, 2020

Dental decay is a common oral health problem among people of all ages in the United States. In fact, about 40% of children, 60% of adolescents, and 90% of adults in the US have had at least one cavity, and at least 1 in 5 Americans is living with untreated...

Teeth Whitening is the Quickest Way to Look Years Younger May 15th, 2020

You know your smile is one of your most valuable social assets — that’s why you brush twice a day, floss without fail, and have regular dental cleanings and exams. But even if your stellar oral hygiene habits help you maintain optimal oral health, they may not keep your pearly...

Reopening on June 1st! May 5th, 2020

Dear Patient,  We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. We know keeping up with your dental hygiene is essential...

Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency? Here’s What You Need to Know Apr 27th, 2020

No one expects to find themselves dealing with an urgent dental problem, but having access to emergency dentistry services — and knowing how to take care of a cracked tooth, a lost crown, or a painful abscess before you reach the office — can make a big difference in your...

5 Reasons Dental Implants Are Superior to Other Teeth Replacement Options Mar 25th, 2020

Whether you’ve lost teeth to severe decay, advanced gum disease, or injury, chances are the empty spaces in your mouth make you feel self-conscious about your smile and less confident in social situations.  Finding a way to replace them isn’t just a matter of aesthetics, though; missing teeth boost your...