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By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
March 04, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

If you are considering a denture, you might be wondering about the different options to choose from. What will work best for you? Which one should you choose? These are all great questions that Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA, wants to help you with. 

You might need a new denture if you have missing or damaged teeth, or if you’ve worn a denture for a long time. Modern denture materials can provide a denture that looks natural and helps you enjoy the foods you love. The right new denture can restore your self-esteem and confidence too.

A full denture is a great choice if you want to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. If you need a full denture, you can choose from:

  • An immediate denture, which is delivered immediately after your teeth are removed; this type of denture has the advantage of you leaving the office with a full set of teeth. After the area has healed completely, a second permanent denture will be made.
  • A conventional denture, which is created and placed over healed tissue after 6 to 8 weeks; conventional dentures are great because you only have to become accustomed to one denture.
  • An overdenture, which uses dental implants or retained root tips to provide support and conserve the bone in your jaws; the overdenture is simply snapped in place over the implants or root tips.

A partial denture is the choice to make if you only want to replace a few teeth and not an entire arch. If you need a partial denture, you can choose from:

  • A transitional partial denture, a great choice if you want to move on to dental implants and don’t want to live without teeth; transitional partial dentures are a temporary choice and are often less expensive.
  • A removable partial denture, the perfect choice if you don’t want implants later; removable partial dentures are made of strong, sturdy materials that will last.

You deserve a denture that enhances your appearance and your life. For more information about tooth replacement options call Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA, today! To reach our office, call 703-524-7100.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
December 22, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Your teeth look yellow, grey, or just downright dingy, but it’s not your fault! There are many reasons which may have caused your smile to lose its luster. Fortunately, in-office teeth whitening might be the solution you need for a perfectly white, bright smile. Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA can help make your smile movie-star beautiful.

Why Are My Teeth Discolored?

When you’re young, your teeth are beautifully white. Over time, they can become yellow, grey, or dingy-looking. There are many reasons for this:

The food and drinks you choose can discolor your teeth. Beverages like wine, coffee, and tea are notorious for causing your teeth to lose their shine. The pigments in these drinks and even foods you eat like turmeric attach to your tooth enamel, causing them to become stained.

Tar and nicotine in tobacco products stain teeth. Tar and nicotine are very discoloring in combination. 

Your teeth get less white with age. Beneath the top layer of your enamel is a soft layer called dentin. Over time,  the enamel wears away to reveal the naturally yellowish-colored dentin beneath. 

Medications may stain teeth. Antihistamines, antipsychotics, or even high blood pressure medication can cause teeth discoloration. People who took tetracycline when they were younger may experience tooth discoloration, and even their children may experience it if it was taken while pregnant.

Injuries cause teeth to look less white. The loss of blood flow to the root of a tooth can cause it to appear less white and bright, and instead appear a grey tone. 

Can I Use an At-Home Treatment?

There are many home remedies for whiter teeth but they may not be the fastest, best, or healthiest. In some cases, whitening treatments won’t change your tooth color at all, particularly if you have crowns or veneers. Here are a few common at-home teeth whitening remedies:

  • Strips 
  • Pens
  • Toothpaste
  • Kits

According to scientific research conducted by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, some hydrogen-peroxide-based teeth whitening products change the protein inside the dentin layer. This layer keeps your teeth healthy. [1] If you’re going to apply a home-whitening product, it’s best to use one that contains an alternative ingredient or seek in-office treatment with a dentist instead.

Why are In-Office Whitening Treatments Better?

When you get your teeth whitened in-office you don’t have to wait weeks or months for results. Your gums are also protected to keep the hydrogen peroxide from irritating them. The results are also often more visually stunning since the solution penetrates deeper into the teeth.

To schedule a dental appointment for a bright, white new smile, contact Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA  at (703) 524-7100.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
December 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Dr. Bruce Hanley provides dental crowns in Arlington, VA, for patients with damaged or compromised teeth. Crowns can be expensive, but if you take great care of them they will benefit your smile for a lifetime! Keep reading about dental crowns, and come see us if you have a problematic tooth.

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are custom restorations that sit on top of a tooth like a little cap to strengthen it. The porcelain material used is strong and blends in beautifully with your natural teeth. A tooth usually needs to be shaped to reduce the tooth and make room for the crown around it. Your dentist will file the tooth down and fit you with a temporary tooth cap. This may not match your smile perfectly but is only temporary while your custom crown is made in a dental laboratory. At a final appointment, your permanent crown is bonded into place and you leave with a new tooth!

Affording dental crowns

When you see Dr. Hanley for a dental crown in Arlington, VA, a new crown can take a couple of appointments and start to get costly. Be sure to discuss the cost, what your insurance covers, and your payment options with your dentist so you can prepare.

You will want to take great care of your crowns to protect your investment. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and getting professional cleanings and checkups twice a year. If you grind your teeth at night, wearing a nightguard can help protect your crowns from damage and extend the crown's life.

If you have a damaged tooth or a tooth with a significant amount of decay, a dental crown could save your tooth! Dr. Hanley offers dental crowns in Arlington, VA, to restore smiles and keep mouths healthy! Contact us for an appointment at (703) 524-7100.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
November 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Cleaning   Dentist  

When you take the time to schedule a visit with Arlington dentist Dr. Bruce Hanley, you are able to enjoy a myriad of benefits that are associated with this procedure. Your smile has never looked so good! Read on to see how a professional deep cleaning can be hugely beneficial to your smile.

What Is Deep Teeth Cleaning?

As a leading Arlington dentist, Dr. Hanley is able to remove all of the tartar and plaque that has been given the chance to build upon your teeth. Arlington, VA residents will be able to benefit immensely from the reduction in gum inflammation and improved gum health that takes place as a result of the procedure.

If plaque is allowed to build upon the teeth, bacteria begin to form that cannot be removed by brushing. Once the leftover plaque is able to harden and calcify, a patient is leaving themselves far more susceptible to the onset of gum disease. From there, gingivitis can begin to advance, eventually becoming periodontitis. This condition will erode the bone structure that supports a patient’s teeth.

What Is Involved In The Procedure?

Your dentist will offer deep teeth cleaning that goes well beyond the more routine teeth cleanings. During a routine cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed that have accumulated above a patient's gum line. A deep cleaning gives the patient the opportunity to have plaque and tartar below the gum line removed.

This procedure tends to unfold over the course of one or two visits and each hour will take an hour or two. The first visit is the tooth scaling appointment, which gives Dr. Hanley the chance to remove the tartar and plaque from below the gum line. The second visit is when the root planing takes place. Tartar and plaque will be removed from the roots of the teeth at this time.

What Are The Benefits of This Procedure?

After a deep cleaning procedure has taken place, the patient will be able to stop the increase in gum disease. If the teeth are currently infected, the healing process is given the opportunity to begin. An Arlington, VA patient’s teeth are cleaned above and below the gum line. The negative effects of gum disease can also be combated, such as bad breath. The roots of the patient’s teeth are provided with a higher level of protection.

If you have reason to believe that your teeth are infected or you are experiencing the onset of gum disease, it is time to contact Dr. Hanley and his associates in Arlington, VA. As a leading Arlington dentist, he is on hand and waiting for your call. Call (703) 524-7100 today to find out more about all of the ways that he can help.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
August 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Over the years, your teeth can develop unappealing stains. Preventing dental stains is possible but if you already have them, teeth whitening in Arlington, VA, with your dentist, Dr. Bruce Hanley, can brighten your smile.

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking isn't just good for your teeth, your overall health benefits too. Smoking is a major cause of tooth discolorations and this habit can quickly turn your smile dull and yellow. However, the disastrous effects of smoking on your oral tissues don't stop at teeth stains. Smoking can also damage your taste buds, cause oral cancer, increase your risk of gum disease, and stain your tongue.

Clean Your Teeth After Specific Food and Drinks

Some of your favorite foods and drinks can cause teeth stains. Rinsing your mouth with water or brushing your teeth right after taking such foods can reduce its staining effect on your teeth. Usually, if the food or drink can stain your hands, they're likely to leave a stain on your teeth too. Some foods and drinks that can stain your teeth include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Blueberries
  • Curry
  • Pasta sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Cranberry juice
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Food coloring

Use a Straw

Giving up your favorite pigmented drinks entirely might not be practical. However, using a straw might help. When you use a straw to take pigmented drinks, you limit their contact with your teeth and reduce their chances of staining your teeth. Reducing your consumption of acidic drinks is also great for your oral health even after you get teeth whitening in Arlington, VA.

Regular Dental Cleanings

If you're not cleaning your teeth at least twice each year at your dentist's office, you're missing out on a brighter smile. During your dental cleaning, your dentist cleans up plaque and tartar that could be causing your dull smile. Your dentist can also clean up surface stains so that your smile remains brilliant.

Preventing teeth stains can help you improve your self-esteem. However, if you still get tooth discolorations, you can reach out to your dentist, Dr. Hanley, for teeth whitening in Arlington, VA, by calling (703) 524-7100.

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