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By Louis Ruland
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Stains  

Cosmetic dentistry can help you get a more radiant smile.

Whether you have a discolored tooth or a smile that has yellowed over the years, our Annapolis, MD, family dentists Drs. John and Michael Ruland offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry options that can turn your dull, stained smile into something radiant. Here are the top three cosmetic treatments that can remove or hide dental stains,

Dental Bonding

Stains are a fairly common dental problem. Everything from foods we eat to medications we take to smoking can lead to brown and yellow stains. If you have a small discoloration in a tooth, it may not be reason enough to get whitening. In this case, bonding may be the best solution for hiding minor stains.

With bonding, a tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth, where it will fully cover the stain. Bonding resin is matched to the color of your tooth before it is placed. Then the resin is molded and hardened directly to the tooth. Bonding is completely non-invasive and can be performed in just a single dental visit.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments today, professional teeth whitening helps adults get brilliant, stain-free smiles in as little as one session. In-office whitening removes stubborn stains that regular brushing and routine dental cleanings can’t. Along with breaking up tough surface stains, it can also lighten the actual color of your teeth. In less than one hour we could get your smile up to eight shades whiter.

Dental Veneers

Sometime stains may not respond as effectively to whitening treatment. If you are dealing with severe, dark internal stains that affect one or more teeth, then dental veneers may be the ideal cosmetic dentistry to fit your needs. Our Annapolis, MD, dental team creates custom veneers, which are thin porcelain layers that are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide common imperfections while also improving the overall length and shape of your smile. If stains are too widespread for bonding and too stubborn for whitening, veneers could easily give you a smile that is as white as you want.

Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, is dedicated to providing the very best in cosmetic dentistry to patients dealing with discolorations, chips and other cosmetic imperfections. If you want to sit down with us and discuss your treatment options further then call (410) 268-5800.

By Louis Ruland
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

Do you follow the recommendation of your Annapolis, MD, family dentists, Drs. John and Michael Ruland, and floss every day? Failure to floss can be a factor in tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, it's not too late to improve your oral hygiene by improving your flossing habits.

Why flossing is important

Your toothbrush does a good job of removing plaque from most areas of your teeth. Unfortunately, the bristles can't reach the spaces between teeth. If you don't floss, plaque builds up in those areas, increasing your risk of cavities.

Plaque soon turns into tartar, a hard deposit that can only be removed during an appointment with one of the family dentists here at our Annapolis office. When tartar and plaque coat your teeth, you're more likely to develop gum disease. Flossing removes plaque, preventing it from ever turning into tartar.

When you floss daily, you're also less likely to have bad breath. This is because food trapped between your teeth can cause a very unpleasant odor if left in place.

Which type of floss to choose

The best type of floss for your smile depends on the spacing of your teeth. Thin floss is the best choice for many people. If your teeth are widely spaced, however, flossing tape will be a better option.

When you floss, break off an 18-inch-long piece of floss from the dispenser. Wrap one end around the middle finger of one hand and the other end around the middle finger of the other hand. Move the floss back and forth between your teeth gently. At the base of your teeth, curve the floss into a "C" shape and floss the area where your teeth meet your gums.

Prioritize oral health

Daily flossing and brushing, in addition to regular checkups at the Annapolis, MD, office of your family dentists, Drs. John and Michael Ruland, helps you protect your smile. Although the office is currently only open for emergency appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic, checkup appointments will be offered as soon as it is deemed acceptable. If you have a dental emergency, call the office at (410) 268-5800 to schedule an appointment.

By Louis Ruland
February 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

Do you have a few questions about improving your smile with porcelain veneers? Your Annapolis, MD, dentists, Dr. John Ruland and Dr. Michael Ruland can help you decide if the popular cosmetic dentistry option is the ideal choice for you.

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells attached to the fronts of teeth. They're designed to conceal a variety of imperfections and offer a simple way to transform your smile.

Porcelain, a material that looks just like tooth enamel, is often used to make veneers. The ceramic material is very durable and resists staining.

What types of flaws can veneers hide?

Porcelain veneers can conceal many types of imperfections that mar the appearance of your smile. They're an excellent option if you have minor damage caused by a chip or shallow crack. Do you have unsightly bumps or pits on the surface of a tooth? Adding a veneer will make the surface of your tooth appear perfectly smooth.

Teeth aren't always perfectly uniform. One can be a little crooked, while another may be more pointed than you'd like. Fortunately, improving oddly shaped teeth can be as corrected with veneers. Thanks to your new restorations, your problem teeth will blend in perfectly with your smile.

Veneers can also be used to hide discolorations, lengthen short teeth, close slight gaps between teeth and whiten your entire smile.

What is the veneer process like?

Before you receive your veneers, your dentist will remove a very small amount of tooth enamel to allow for a comfortable fit for your restorations. Your new veneers will be made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that they fit your teeth perfectly. Veneers are placed and become a permanent part of your smile.

How will I take care of porcelain veneers?

Brushing and flossing your teeth every day will help keep your veneers in perfect condition. Avoid abrasive toothpastes, as those products may scratch your veneers. Veneers are designed to be durable, but they can break if you use your teeth to open packages or gnaw on ice, pens or hard objects or foods.

Boost your smile with veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD. Call Drs. John and Michael Ruland at (410) 268-5800 to schedule your appointment.

By Louis Ruland
December 20, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Your smile is one of the first things people see, so its natural to want your teeth to look their best. A bright, white smile looks both healthy and attractive, but for some of us it can be difficult to achieve. With the help of a professional teeth whitening treatment from Dr. John Ruland or Dr. Michael Ruland of Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, you can have that picture perfect grin in as little as an hour.

Our cosmetic dentistry options for teeth whitening include both in-office and take home versions, so you are sure to find a solution that works for you!

In-office professional teeth whitening:

At our Annapolis, MD, office, we can give you quick and impressive results in as few as a single treatment. With a higher concentration and percentage of hydrogen peroxide than you would find in a drugstore kit, our in-office treatment offers powerful whitening. To ensure your comfort, we will place a protective barrier over your gums and the roots of your teeth and place a thin plastic retractor in your mouth to keep your cheeks and lips from coming in contact with our hydrogen peroxide whitening solution. We will apply the gel directly to your teeth, using an even and thorough coat, and let it work its whitening magic. You should see the results of this cosmetic dentistry treatment within an hour.

Take home whitening:

Our Annapolis, MD, office we can also offer you a take home version of our teeth whitening treatment. You likely won't see results as quickly with this option, but you will be able to do the treatment in the comfort and privacy of your own home, on your own time.

We will take a mold of your teeth at our Annapolis, MD, office and use it to make thin, flexible plastic trays to fit over your top and bottom teeth. You will fill the trays directly with the whitening gel we provide, and leave the trays on for about an hour per treatment.

Maintaining your white teeth:

To maintain the results of your cosmetic dentistry procedure, you will want to abstain from smoking, minimize staining foods and beverages, and make sure to brush and floss regularly.

Don't delay in achieving your best smile. Call our Annapolis, MD office at (410) 268-5800 today!

By Louis Ruland
November 13, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Are you unhappy with the look of your smile? If so, porcelain veneers may be right for you! One of today's premier cosmetic dentistry dental-veneersoptions, veneers make it possible to hide a number of imperfections on your teeth, including stains, cracks, and discolorations Here at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, Drs. John and Michael Ruland offer this treatment to improve the look of their patients' smiles—read on to learn more!


What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin laminates for covering problem teeth in order to give them a flawless appearance. Veneers are placed on the front surface of flawed teeth to conceal imperfections, such as a chipped or discolored areas. Once a dental veneer has been placed on a tooth, all anyone will see is a flawless tooth. Any imperfections will be completely concealed behind the veneer.

Veneers are commonly made from porcelain, which gives them a natural look since porcelain looks so much like tooth enamel. Further, the color, size, and shape of veneers are all customized for the most natural look and best fit possible. A consultation at our Annapolis office can help determine if veneers are the right cosmetic dentistry choice for you.


How Dental Veneers Help

Dental veneers can enhance your smile in several ways, from masking stains and discolorations to transforming the look and shape of crooked or misshapen teeth. In addition to transforming your smile, another benefit to veneers is that the procedure for placing them on the teeth is relatively simple. Furthermore, veneers are permanently affixed to the teeth, so there is no risk of them coming loose when eating or drinking. Some of the cosmetic imperfections that can be dramatically improved with porcelain dental veneers include:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Stains and discolorations
  • Crooked or misshaped teeth
  • Rough and uneven tooth surfaces


Interested? Give Us a Call

If you are unhappy with your smile due to certain cosmetic concerns, dental veneers can help by masking imperfections and enhancing your smile. To learn more about dental veneers and whether they might be the right cosmetic dentistry choice for you, call Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, today at (410) 268-5800 to schedule an appointment with Dr. John or Michael Ruland.

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