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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
June 16, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns from your dentist in Arlington, VA, can restore your smile

How much do you know about dental crowns? If you are thinking of the bulky discolored dental crowns of yesteryear, think again! Today’s crowns are made of materials that are so lifelike, you won’t be able to tell them apart from your natural teeth.

Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA, offers comprehensive dental care services, including dental crowns to help your smile.

The fact is, dental crowns help your smile in many ways. These are just a few of the advantages of dental crowns:

  • They provide superb protection; dental crowns cover the entire visible surfaces of your teeth, above the gumline. That means when you bite down on a dental crown, your tooth is protected from the extreme biting and shearing forces of chewing.
  • They provide natural-looking beauty; porcelain is a popular dental crown material, and it has unique properties. Porcelain reflects light. It also closely resembles natural tooth enamel. These two properties alone make your dental crown look virtually identical to a natural tooth.
  • They can replace old, bulky, leaking metal fillings, providing great protection and exquisite beauty. When you choose dental crowns to restore your smile, you will have a smile that is both stronger, and more beautiful.
  • They can strengthen teeth that are weakened by root canal therapy, severe decay, and other factors. When you choose dental crowns to restore your smile, you won’t have to worry about breaking a tooth.

You can choose from a full porcelain crown, which offers strength and amazing beauty, but sometimes you need more strength, especially for back teeth. For back teeth, a porcelain-fused-to-metal, or PFM crown, is often recommended because it combines the strength of a metal foundation with the beauty of porcelain.

Dental crowns can give you the smile you deserve, a strong, beautiful smile! To find out more about how dental crowns can help your smile, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Bruce Hanley in Arlington, VA, at (703) 524-7100. Call now!

Did you know that most people desire a whiter smile--up to 90 percent, says the American Association of Orthodontists? But, over time, those pearly whites are harder to achieve by yourself. At Bruce Hanley, DDS and Associates in Arlington, VA, we offer teeth whitening that's both professional and effective. There's no guesswork; you get the smile you want safely.

The causes of dental stains

Food, drinks, tobacco, drugs, injury, and the aging process all contribute to dental discoloration, those brown or gray stains which detract from your smile appearance. For many people, their teeth acquire a color-changing accumulation of organic matter even though they may brush and floss as they should. These extrinsic stains are the easiest to remove.

Other people have color changes due to accidents, prescription drugs, or other circumstances. These deep, intrinsic stains are unresponsive to all whitening methods and must be camouflaged with veneers or crowns.

Professional teeth whitening

Dr. Hanley sees many patients in his Arlington, VA, office who wish to brighten their smiles, and he can help, provided your teeth and gums are healthy. Dr. Hanley offers several teeth whitening options: Zoom! Whitening with its innovative activation light, Rembrandt and Venus take-home whitening, and Kor deep bleaching, cold proprietary gels.

After a complete oral exam in your dental office in Arlington, VA, you discuss your options with Dr. Hanley. Whichever product you choose, count on wonderful results--eight to 10 shades.

And, you're assured of safety--that is, no dental or gum sensitivity. Unfortunately, over the counter products often produce this painful sensation.

In summary...

1. Professional teeth whitening is safe for your teeth, gums, and other soft tissues.

2. It works. Stains lift right out of tooth enamel, and they are gone.

3. Your dentist offers many whitening options. Choose the one suited to your smile and timeline. (In-office whitening takes about an hour. Take-home options take some days, depending on the product.)

4. Results last. Keep that Hollywood looks with brushing and flossing at home, regular cleanings with Dr. Hanley, and touch-ups as needed. Avoid drinks and foods which stain, and stop smoking if possible.

Find out more

At Bruce Hanley, DDS and Associates in Arlington, VA, our professional team offer an impressive menu of cosmetic services, including popular teeth whitening. Contact us for a consultation, won't you? Phone (703) 524-7100.

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
February 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

One of the most important and easiest things you can do every day for your overall health is smile. However, if you don’t have a full set of teeth, this simple action can be dread-inducing. Fortunately, dental implants can fix this issue in a fashion that both feels and appears natural. Available here at the Arlington, VA, office of dentist Dr. Bruce Hanley, read on to learn what dental implants can do for you.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a tiny post or screw that’s crafted from titanium that’s implanted surgically into your jawbone. It essentially serves as a durable synthetic root for a missing tooth that’s capable of permanently bonding to your jawbone, creating a sturdy foundation for the synthetic tooth that will be installed later on.

How Can Dental Implants Work for Me?

Tooth loss can negatively impact more than just your teeth—it can likewise impact your facial structure and result in the gradual deterioration of your jawbone. In turn, this can affect how you smile, speak, and eat. When you replace your missing tooth with an implant, however, you retain your natural facial structure as well as full functionality.

What’s The Dental Implant Procedure Like?

Generally, dental implant treatment will require at least two appointments to complete. During the initial appointment, your dentist will place the implant into your jawbone. You will then need to wait between three and six months for the titanium post to bond with your jawbone. In the meantime, your dentist may give you temporary dentures to safeguard the dental implant. You will also have to avoid sticky and hard foods to enable complete and faster bonding and healing.

Once the bonding process has been completed, your dentist will ask you to come in for the last step, which involves inserting the artificial tooth, also called a dental crown. Your dentist will attach posts to your implant that will act as anchors for your new tooth. These won’t be visible once the crown is placed on top of the posts.

Curious Whether Dental Implants Will Be Suitable for Your Needs?

Contact the office of Dr. Bruce Hanley, DDS, in Arlington, VA, at (703) 524-7100 to book an appointment today.