Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Preventive Care near Falls Church, VA
How long has it been since your last visit to the dentist? If you’re like many people, you may not even know the answer to that question. Too often, people forego preventive care near Falls Church, VA, opting instead to wait until something goes wrong with their teeth before making an appointment.
While that’s understandable, you should know that you’re not doing yourself any favors by taking that approach. In fact, regular preventive care visits near Falls Church, VA will not only save you time and money, but those visits will also keep you from suffering pain that’s easily avoidable. We’ll explain how and why in the first part of this article.
Preventive care near Falls Church, VA has two primary components: Regular checkups and teeth cleaning.
Generally speaking, small problems are easier, cheaper and less painful to correct than big, complex ones. In some cases, we can even spot a potential problem and fix it before it becomes an issue, saving you even more time, money and pain – what’s not to like about that?
Having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis helps you in three specific ways, all of which has to do with the removal of plaque. Here’s how:
- Plaque causes tooth decay – Most people know this one, but you may not fully appreciate just how damaging plaque can be. The longer it remains on your teeth, the more likely it is to cause a cavity. While we can’t promise that a cleaning every six months will prevent cavities, they will go a long way toward minimizing their occurrence.
Wait too long to deal with the buildup of plaque, and it will cause a cavity, 100% of the time, which will require a filling to fix.
If you don’t take action, it’s not going to get better on its own. If you leave the problem unattended to for long enough, you’ll have to have a more invasive procedure to fix it (like a root canal), or worse, the damage will ultimately get so bad that there’s just no saving the tooth at all, and we’ll have to extract it.
- Plaque also causes gum disease – Of these two, many people assume that tooth decay is the more serious problem. That’s actually incorrect. Gum disease might not seem like a big deal early on when your only symptoms are greater sensitivity and blood when you brush your teeth, but long term, it can be devastating.
As gum disease progresses, your gums will start to lose mass and recede, which exposes the sensitive roots of your teeth. The roots lack the protective outer coating of enamel that the rest of your teeth are armored with, which makes them incredibly vulnerable.
Not only are you much more likely to suffer cavities at this point, if your gums continue to recede, they may lose their ability to support your teeth at all, which will result in massive tooth loss. Not good.
- Finally, plaque causes bad breath! You may not think this is a huge issue, but if you have chronic halitosis, odds are your spouse or significant other thinks it’s important to them that you get it fixed. Fortunately, if your halitosis is caused by a buildup of plaque, this is a super simple problem to fix!
Preventive care is not just important for your general oral health, it’s also the gateway to building the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.
Once we’ve seen to your oral health needs, regular checkups and cleanings will keep your teeth in good shape as we set about doing whatever cosmetic work you have in mind to improve the aesthetic of your smile, including taking advantage of the following services:
The Invisalign Program
Invisalign is cutting edge teeth straightening technology. These aren’t braces at all, but a series of custom-fitting sets of caps. When worn over your teeth in sequence, they progressively straighten and align your teeth.
When you sign up for the program, the first thing we’ll do is invite you into our office to make a series of detailed 3D scans of your teeth.
We’ll send these scans to our manufacturer to have the caps made for you, a process that takes about a week. Once we get the caps back in, we’ll ask you to stop by our office for your initial fitting.
Then, about every other week, we’ll ask you to come back for a periodic checkup, so we can survey the progress and give you your next set of caps when you’re ready for them. The coolest aspect of Invisalign caps is the fact that you can take them out and put them back in yourself. Think for a second, about the power and control that gives you.
If you have a dinner date, speaking engagement or other important function, and you’d rather not be bothered by your caps, it’s a trivial matter to just take them out for a few hours and put them back in when you get home later in the evening.
If you were inclined to, you could even opt to only wear your caps at night, although taking this approach will predictably extend the time it takes to straighten your teeth.
In any case, since we’ll be seeing you on a regular basis while you’re wearing your caps, it’s easy enough to remind you when it gets close to time for your next preventive care visit near Falls Church, VA.
The Six Month Smiles Program
One of the major problems with conventional braces is the fact that they are slow. It can feel like it’s taking forever for them to do the work of straightening your teeth (up to two years in some cases!). That’s no good, and that’s part of what makes the “Six Month Smiles” program so remarkable.
In addition to being virtually invisible, these braces offer a significant boost in speed, but how do they do it?
The secret lies in the fact that your back teeth tend to respond very slowly to realignment, and the braces used in this program only focus on your front facing teeth, which is to say, the ones people see when you smile.
Even better, since you can see results in as little as six months, by the time they’re ready to come out, it’s time for your next preventive care visit near Falls Church, VA, which makes it easy to remember!
Our Zoom! In-Office Whitening Treatment
This is our most popular and commonly used whitening option. It’s fast, simple, pain-free and effective. In just one office visit, we can make your smile up to eight shades whiter. Combine that with the nominal amount of whitening you’ll see when we clean your teeth as part of your routine preventive care visit near Falls Church, VA, and the difference can be profound indeed!
Sure, you could get similar results by using over the counter whitening products, but to do that, you’d have to use them for eight weeks or longer. Why do that when there’s a faster, more convenient option available?
The “Whitening For Life” Program
The thing our patients love about this option is the fact that it gives them so much power, flexibility, and control.
When you sign up for the program, the first thing we’ll do is make an impression of your teeth. Using that impression, we’ll create a set of custom bleaching trays for you, which takes about a week.
Once we have the trays back, we’ll ask you back to our office so we can give you the trays, a tube of our proprietary bleaching gel (much more powerful than over the counter whitening products), and an instruction booklet detailing its use.
Armed with that information, you’re all set. You’ve got everything you need to whiten your teeth anytime you like, at your convenience and as your schedule allows.
The best part though is that as long as you stay current with your preventive care visits near Falls Church, VA, we’ll give you another tube of the bleaching gel every six months, for free, for life (or for as long as you choose to remain in the program). It’s easy to see why this is such a popular option!
The Kor Whitening System
This is our most powerful whitening option. It’s specifically designed to tackle deep, pervasive stains that our other whitening technologies struggle to deal with. It works by restoring your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen, and unlike the other options we’ve mentioned, its effects are entirely permanent!