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By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
February 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Thinking about Invisalign as an option to fix your overbite?

People living in the Laurel, MD area who want to find out more about Invisalign can help improve their smiles should consider contacting invisalignthe offices of Dr. John N. Kim.

An overbite or some other type of malocclusion or spacing issue can be a source of self consciousness. Ironically, many people, for various reasons – including self-consciousness – don’t want to wear regular braces. One popular option you Laurel dentist offers is Invisalign.

How Invisalign can help your smile

The Invisalign system is an alignment therapy treatment system which utilizes a series of clear, virtually invisible plastic trays rather than metal brackets, bands and wires associated with traditional braces. The trays are designed and built to each patient’s specific needs. Each set of trays applies a gentle pressure to the patient’s teeth to move them into proper alignment. Typically, the trays are worn for 2-3 weeks at a time, up to 20 hours a day. After the prescribed time, the trays are changed out for the next set of trays in the treatment process.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Invisalign can be an effective therapy option for mild to moderate malocclusions or spacing issues.

However, Invisalign might not be the most appropriate treatment for everyone. Some points to consider are:


  • Invisalign trays are virtually invisible.
  • Invisalign trays are manufactured to the individual patient’s case and desired outcome goals
  • Invisalign trays are removable.
  • Invisalign is usually less expensive than traditional braces


  • Invisalign will have the best results in patients who wear them as directed. Self discipline is key to achieving optimal results
  • Because Invisalign trays are removable they can be misplaced or lost
  • Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces on more severe malocclusions or complex alignment issues

Whether or not to undergo Invisalign treatment is a decision that should be carefully considered with the advice of a qualified dentist. If you live in the Laurel, MD area and are seeking more information about how Invisalign can help improve your smile, consider contacting the offices of Dr. John N. Kim. For more information call (301)604-8117 or visit the website at www.laurelmddentist.net.

By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
January 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

What constitutes an ideal smile? While most people would agree that fairly straight and even, white, unstained teeth are the most teeth whiteningattractive, the question of what makes a smile beautiful is a subjective concept. For some people, especially in the entertainment world where public scrutiny can be unrelenting, nothing short of perfect symmetry and stellar white teeth will do. For others (think icons like Madonna, Willem Dafoe, and Lauren Hutton), their uniquely imperfect teeth are a signature of individualism and personality.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Laurel, MD

When it comes to professional teeth whitening, some people may shy away from the procedure out of fear their teeth will look unnatural, or that it might fail to produce the desired results. As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening produces individual results that will vary from patient to patient. In addition to lifestyle habits like drinking coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking cigarettes, other factors like age, trauma, and certain medications can stain teeth.

Contrary to popular belief, all tooth whitening products are not created equal. Different stains can be more resistant to bleaching agents depending on factors like the cause of the staining and the color (grayish stains for example may be more difficult to remove). Simply buying a whitening toothpaste or an over the counter bleaching kit may seem easier and more convenient, but it may not be as effective or as long-lasting as a professional whitening by a dentist. Dr. John N. Kim advises his Laurel patients to get a comprehensive oral exam in order to identify the best method for obtaining a whiter smile that will improve both the color and overall appearance of their teeth. For many people, an investment in whiter teeth and a brighter smile can also provide a boost in self image and confidence.

Contact a Dentist in Laurel, MD

To learn more about professional teeth whitening and whether the procedure is right for you, contact Dr. John N. Kim today at (301) 604-8117 to schedule an appointment.

By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
November 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

When it comes to the appearance of your teeth, even mild cosmetic concerns can cause you great displeasure.

The slightest gaps or misalignment can prevent you from feeling fully comfortable with your smile. Teeth that don’t respond to whitening Veneerstreatments can leave you feeling frustrated and disappointed.

But you don’t have to feel this way forever. For these minor cosmetic changes, veneers are an ideal option to improve the look of your smile quickly.

John Kim, DDS provides cosmetic dentistry to the Laurel, MD community and is ready to help you achieve the bright smile you’re looking for. To learn more about how veneers can improve your smile, call 301-604-8117 today for your consultation with Dr. Kim.

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain covers that are bonded to your natural teeth to alter their shape, size, or color. They are a permanent solution to cosmetic concerns that keep you from being happy with the appearance of your teeth.

Veneers are ideal for improving the look of teeth that are:

  • Permanently stained
  • Slightly misaligned
  • Chipped or cracked
  • Worn down or too short
  • Jagged or ridged

Veneer Procedure

It typically takes about 3 appointments to complete treatment planning, shaping and coloring your new veneers, and permanently bonding them to your teeth.

Once the process is complete, you should be able to eat and drink most anything you want. You'll want to be careful with foods that are very hard, and avoid habits such as chewing on nails or pens--veneers are quite strong, but it's possible for them to chip with excessive wear.

You may feel some soreness immediately following the procedure, but once the initial discomfort fades your veneers will feel completely comfortable and natural--and so will you as you proudly show off your new smile every chance you get.

Laurel, MD Cosmetic Dentist

To find out if veneers could give you the confident smile you want, call our Laurel office at 301-604-8117 or request your appointment online. You could be just a few appointments away from having a brand new smile to love!

By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
September 03, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Coffee  

Whether you enjoy a cup of coffee every morning or only on occasion, your coffee habit may be harming your teeth more than you know. Before you reach for your next cup, be sure to read over these facts about coffee and your smile from Laurel dentist John N. Kim, CoffeeD.D.S., P.A.

Coffee Causes Discoloration

While your teeth may feel strong and solid, the truth is that teeth are porous, which means that they are full of tiny holes and spaces that bacteria and food particles can find their way in. When you drink coffee, small coffee particles get inside the tiny grooves in your teeth, causing them to discolor over time.

Coffee Wears Away Tooth Enamel

Coffee doesn't just hide in the small spaces in your teeth, either; it also creates new ones. Coffee is an acidic beverage. Drink it too frequently, and the acids can gradually begin to wear away at your tooth enamel over time, weakening your teeth and leading to further discoloration.

Coffee Can Lead to Cavities

If you are one of the many coffee drinkers who likes cream or sugar in your coffee, another drawback of coffee is the fact that all of that sugar and creamer can lead to an increased risk for cavities, especially when your tooth enamel is already weakened.

The Damage is Treatable

The research is clear. Too much coffee is not good for your teeth. The good news, however, is that even if your teeth are badly damaged by past coffee drinking, the damage is treatable when you visit your Laurel dentist. Dr. Kim can provide all of the necessary procedures you need in order to make your teeth look amazing again, including teeth whitening, fillings, bonding, veneers and even dental implants.

If your coffee-loving habits have taken a toll on your teeth, it's time to reclaim your smile. Call your Laurel dentist, Dr. Kim, to set up an appointment for a consultation today.

By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
June 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothaches  

Toothache Find out what you should do to properly treat a toothache.

At some point in many of our lives we will have to deal with a toothache. While some reasons are more minor, most of the time tooth pain warrants a trip to see your Laurel, MD dentist Dr. John N. Kim. Learn more about the telltale signs that it’s time to come into our office for treatment.

Classic Signs of a Toothache

While a toothache might seem like a pretty obvious symptom in and of itself, those with toothaches may experience a nagging or throbbing pain while others may experience sharp or shooting pains. Your toothache may come and go throughout the day while others may be more persistent. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then you need to talk to your Laurel, MD dentist right away.

Causes of a Toothache

The main cause of a toothache is dental decay. If you’ve gotten to the point that you are experiencing a toothache then you’ll need to seek treatment from your Laurel, MD dentist Dr. Kim. The quicker you address the issue the more likely you’ll be able to preserve the majority of the tooth.

Other causes of a toothache can be due to a sinus infection, ear infection or even gum disease.

What to do About a Toothache

The only way to stop a toothache altogether is to see your Laurel, MD dentist Dr. Kim as soon as possible. A toothache is considered a dental emergency and should be treated right away. Don’t put off treatment! When you call our office be honest about the severity of your pain and condition. We are here to accommodate dental emergencies.

In the meantime, you can find relief from your tooth pain by opting for over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aspirin. While this alone isn’t the way to fix the cause of your toothache, this can be a great temporary relief until you get to our office.

Another way to ease swelling and discomfort is to ice the side of the face where your toothache is. Just be sure to wrap ice in a towel before applying it to your skin.

Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water rinses can also help reduce your symptoms. Add ¼ tsp of table salt to an 8 oz. glass of warm water. You can rinse your mouth out with salt water several times throughout the day to keep pain and swelling down.

Suffering from a toothache? Don’t suffer in silence. Call your Laurel, MD dentist Dr. Kim today and get the relief your smile needs.

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