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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.

Do you want to improve your smile’s appearance? If so, you may be wondering what your options are in terms of cosmetic dentistry. Fromsmileminor changes to serious makeovers, our Annapolis, MD, cosmetic dentists, Drs. John and Michael Ruland, can provide you with the treatment(s) you need to get the optimal results. Here are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments we offer:


Teeth Whitening

This is the most popular cosmetic treatment that our Annapolis, MD, dentists perform. After all, it is the most effective way to get a visibly whiter smile in a short period of time! Those who are dealing with dull, yellowing smiles due to foods, drinks, or aging can benefit the most from professional teeth whitening. In-office whitening can remove stubborn stains and get your smile several shades whiter in anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.


Dental Bonding

Patients dealing with more minimal imperfections such as a small discoloration or tiny chips in a tooth may want to consider dental bonding, which is the simplest and least expensive cosmetic treatment available. Bonding can even be performed during your next routine checkup!

Treatment involves using tooth-colored resin to cover stains and hide small imperfections such as chips, cracks, and gaps between your teeth. If you have one tooth that throws the rest of your smile out of whack, then bonding may be the right option for you.


Dental Veneers

These thin porcelain shells are custom-made to cover the front of your teeth. They are bonded to your teeth with dental resin and are great for patients looking to hide a variety of imperfections including:

  • Discolorations
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Chips and cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Slightly misaligned teeth

Veneers can even improve sensitive teeth by providing a durable outer barrier to protect them. Veneers can alter the overall shape, color, and size of your teeth. In some cases, they can even improve the alignment of your smile, foregoing the need for braces.


Contact Us!

Do you have questions about getting cosmetic dentistry in Annapolis, MD? Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for one of these treatments? Then call Ruland Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.

Your family dentists in Annapolis, MD, can rebuild your smile with crowns and bridges

Teeth are strong, but they can get damaged. Chewing on hard objects, grinding your teeth at night, and accumulating every day wear-and-crownstear are just a few of the issues that can damage your smile. You can also lose teeth due to dental trauma, severe decay, and other causes. This can result in you losing your whole, beautiful smile.

Luckily, you can restore your smile with dental crowns and bridges! Dr. John P. Ruland and Dr. Michael P. Ruland at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, offer a wide range of dental services including crowns and bridges, to rebuild your smile.


More about Crowns and Bridges

Crowns can restore individual teeth that have been damaged or have lost a large amount of tooth structure. Crown materials are strong and natural-looking, giving you the strength you need along with the aesthetic beauty that you want.

Porcelain is one of the most common crown materials. It is light-reflective and closely resembles natural tooth structure. Full porcelain crowns are so lifelike that once they are placed, they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They are an excellent choice for front teeth or teeth that are visible when you smile.

Another common choice is a combination of porcelain and metal underlay, known as a PFM crown. The porcelain gives you a great aesthetic appearance, and the metal gives you superb strength. These crowns are the perfect choice for back teeth, which need increased strength for chewing.

If you are missing multiple teeth, dental bridges can give you back a complete, beautiful smile. Bridges contain natural-looking prosthetic teeth which are held in place by being cemented to the adjacent teeth. Dental bridges give you back your full smile, increasing your ability to chew food and helping digestion.


Need Dental Work? Give us a Call!

If your smile needs a little restoration, you need to find out more about crowns and bridges. Call your family dentists at Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, today to reclaim your smile! Our number is (410) 268-5800.

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