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By Louis Ruland
February 01, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How our cosmetic dentists can provide you with a healthier-looking and more attractive smile.

We know how important a first impression is, and if you don’t have a smile that is as perfect as you would like you may find that it leaves a rather negative impression. Unfortunately, the shape and appearance of our smiles are very important to our professional and social success. Here's some good news though—if your smile isn’t quite up to snuff, our Annapolis, MD, cosmetic dentists, Drs. John and Michael Ruland, can help!


Dental Bonding

This cosmetic solution is used to cover small gaps between teeth, as well as minor chips, cracks, and stains. Dental bonding requires our Annapolis, MD, dentist to apply a tooth-colored material over these common aesthetic issues. While bonding won’t be ideal for more serious or widespread dental problems, if you have a small chip or discoloration, this technique can greatly improve the look of your tooth.


Tooth Contouring

If you are dealing with an oddly shaped or excessively pointy tooth and want to alter its shape, dental contouring can help. During contouring, we will only shave a very small amount of enamel from the tooth to reshape it and improve its appearance. Since we are only removing trace amounts of enamel, this treatment is painless and doesn’t require numbing or anesthesia.


Teeth Whitening

A whiter smile can be yours with the help of professional teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can remove stubborn and set-in surface stains on your teeth by breaking up the stain molecules within the enamel to get your smile several shades whiter. You will see visible results after just one in-office whitening session.


Porcelain Veneers

If you are dealing with more moderate-to-severe dental flaws such as chips, discolorations, misshapen teeth, or gaps between teeth, the best approach for hiding these problems while improving the overall shape and color of your smile is by getting porcelain veneers. To get dental veneers, we will need to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front surface of your teeth before bonding these very thin porcelain shells to your smile.



Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, is dedicated to giving you healthy, beautiful smiles. Call our office today at (410) 268-5800 to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists!

Cosmetic Dentistry ProcedureYour confidence is of the utmost importance, and your Annapolis, MD, dentists, Drs. Louis, John, and Michael Ruland, can help boost your self-esteem through cosmetic dentistry! Here are some of their offered procedures that can help aesthetic appeal and improve functionality.


Crowns are porcelain-like caps that are placed over a damaged or severely discolored tooth. To create them, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you'll be given a temporary crown. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

Crowns are used for several procedures, such as covering dental implants and stained teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are state-of-the-art installations that are used to fix gaps in your smile. The process of getting a dental implant is straightforward:

  1. Your dentist applies local anesthesia to the problem area and removes any remnants of the old tooth.
  2. A titanium post is placed in the jawbone.
  3. The dentist will surgically seal the area and give you a temporary crown.
  4. The titanium post will need to osseointegrate, which takes three to six months. This process simply entails that the titanium post will fuse with the bone, therefore giving your jaw support and strength.
  5. After those few months, you'll go back to your doctor where they will re-open the area and attach an abutment and a permanent crown that matches the rest of your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Your Annapolis dentist provides a convenient in-office procedure that doesn't take long. They apply gel with high-concentration of hydrogen peroxide on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a laser is used to speed up the process. The gel may be removed then reapplied to your teeth several times throughout the one-hour treatment.

Dental Bonding and Reshaping:

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding and reshaping procedures. The composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape then the composite is hardened using a curing light.

Dental bonding can fix issues such as:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Fractures
  • Decays
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Short teeth

If you have any questions or concerns, call your Annapolis, MD, dentists, Drs. Louis, John, and Michael Ruland at (410) 268-5800 today!

By Louis Ruland
August 28, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   Damaged Teeth   Missing Teeth  

Dental CrownVersatile crowns offer the ideal solution if you want to protect or transform your smile. Annapolis, MD, family dentists Drs. Louis, John, and Michael Ruland offer crowns and other restorations and services you need for good oral health.

What are crowns?

Multi-purpose crowns are just as effective at improving your appearance as they are strengthening damaged teeth. The hollow restorations look like natural teeth minus the roots. They're frequently made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin. Before you receive a crown, your tooth must be reduced in size.

After decreasing the size of your tooth, your Annapolis family dentist will make an impression of your mouth, which the dental laboratory will use to create a crown that fits the space in your mouth perfectly. You'll leave the dentist's office with a temporary crown, which you'll swap for a permanent one in just about two weeks.

How can crowns help my smile?

Crowns can be used to:

  • Repair Damage: Has your tooth chipped or fractured? Crowns restore the appearance and function of teeth and allow you to chew normally again.
  • Strengthen Cracked Teeth: A crack in your tooth, even if it's small, increases your risk of a fracture. Crowns absorb biting forces and keep teeth from breaking.
  • Protect Fragile Teeth: Whether your tooth is brittle or you've recently had a dental procedure that weakened it, such as a large filling or root canal, crowns offer an effective way to protect your smile.
  • Improve Your Appearance: Crowns also offer cosmetic benefits. They can be used to lengthen teeth that are too short or conceal discolorations due to tetracycline usage, trauma, or other cause. Is one of your teeth crooked or twisted? Although braces might be the best choice to correct these issues in some cases, crowns can be a good choice if you have one or two oddly shaped teeth that don't affect your bite.
  • Replace a Missing Tooth: Crowns can often be found in bridges, appliances used to replace missing teeth. Artificial teeth called pontics are securely anchored by crowns at either end of the bridge.

Could you benefit from a crown? Call Annapolis, MD, family dentists Drs. Louis, John, and Michael Ruland at (410) 268-5800 to schedule an appointment.

By Louis Ruland
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

You heard a friend mention "Invisalign" as she talked about her dental care. Curious, you asked what she was discussing and learned that invisalignInvisalign is a leading-edge orthodontic system which straightens teeth without brackets, wires, or rubber bands. Surprisingly, you also learned your friend was wearing Invisalign clear aligners from Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD. Read more about getting a perfect smile the discreet Invisalign way.

Why do adults and teens get orthodontic care?

Maybe the answer should be "Why not?" Everyone deserves a healthy smile that's attractive and functional. So, more and more patients of non-traditional age (most orthodontic care starts between ages 10 and 14, reports KidsHealth) have begun exploring their orthodontic options.

While many smiles require conventional metal, ceramic or lingual (tongue-side) braces, others do not, and in fact, millions of people have straightened their mild to moderate issues with Invisalign since the late 1990s. Using a customized set of clear acrylic appliances, Drs. Louis, Michael, and John Ruland deliver new smiles to people with:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Crowding
  • Gaps
  • Overjet
  • Orthodontic relapse (teeth which shift after braces are removed)

Treatment times are substantially shorter (an average of one year) than with conventional braces. The appliances are comfortable, smooth, and removable, and both teens and adults feel no embarrassment or inconvenience as they advance through their care plans. Truly, treatment with Invisalign in Annapolis is a win-win situation.

Qualifying for and living with Invisalign

During an orthodontic consultation at Ruland Family Dentistry, your dentist will examine your teeth and take X-rays and a special three-dimensional scan. If treatment is feasible, Dr. Ruland uses the scan and other details to tell the Invisalign lab how to craft your aligners for each important step on your way to a new smile.

In all, you'll receive 18 to 30 aligner pairs, wearing each for about two weeks. It's important to keep the aligners in place for 20 to 22 hours per day, taking them out to eat, brush, and floss. Teen aligners may be crafted with compliance tabs to show doctor, parents, and patient how treatment is progressing.

When you complete your care plan, you'll probably wear a retainer--also crafted by Invisalign--to keep your new smile perfectly placed.

Want to know more?

Then, contact Ruland Family Dentistry to arrange an Invisalign consultation in Annapolis, MD. A straight, healthy smile can happen at any age! Call the office today: (410) 268-5800.

By Louis Ruland
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants have the potential to last for a lifetime, but in some cases they can break or be damaged due to injury or infection. The dental implantsdental team at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, specializes in implant restoration. This restorative treatment can extend the life of your implant and strengthen your entire smile.

Implant Problems
A dental implant is firmly lodged deep into the bone of your jaw, yet it is still vulnerable to breaking, bending, or becoming dislodged. The most common culprit is an injury to the head or mouth. Patients who clench their teeth too tightly as a matter of habit can also cause damage to the implant. Experiencing a case of gum disease, which affects the strength and density of the bone tissue, could also cause the implant to come loose.

What to Do
A broken implant is usually considered a dental emergency, requiring treatment as soon as possible. If an implant breaks, save whatever material comes loose and call an implant restoration dentist at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis for an urgent visit. When you eat, use the side of the mouth that isn’t affected. 

Implant Restoration and Replacement
Implant restoration normally refers to the process of adding a crown to a dental implant after it heals, but it also includes fixing other parts of the dental device when it breaks. You might have to agree to a new surgical procedure to have your dental implant completely restored depending on the problem. Your dentist may perform one or more of the following actions:

  • Removal and replacement of the entire device (including crown).
  • Replacing the abutment piece, which is most vulnerable to breaking or bending.
  • Creating and attaching a new crown.
  • Bone grafting if there is loss of tissue and reinsertion of an implant.

See Your Dentist Urgently
If you have a broken dental implant, time is of the essence. Call (410) 268-5800 for assistance from a dentist at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD. Follow the advice provided, and schedule an urgent appointment with Drs. Louis, John, or Michael Ruland.

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