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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:

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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 25, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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After a dental examination revealed you had periodontal (gum) disease, you began undergoing treatment. Now after several cleaning sessions, the infection has subsided and your gums have returned to a healthy shade of pink.

But your gum care isn’t over — depending on the infection’s severity you may need to visit us more often than the normal six months between regular checkups.

Gum disease arises from dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants built up on tooth surfaces due to poor oral hygiene. The bacteria cause an infection in the gums, which initiates a response from the body’s immune system that triggers inflammation.

Without proper treatment, periodontitis can come back in which the infection spreads deeper below the gum line. Pockets of infection can reoccur as gum tissues weaken and lose their attachment to teeth. This continuing damage can ultimately lead to both tooth and bone loss.

To stop the disease it’s necessary to remove all the infection-causing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) from tooth surfaces, including around the roots. This is performed manually and could require surgery once again to access areas below the gum line.

To guard against this it’s necessary for you to undergo regular periodontal maintenance (PM). Besides cleaning, PM gives us an opportunity to check for signs of returning gum disease and, if found, plan for another round of treatment.

Although not written in stone, the interval between PM appointments that seems the most effective for preventing recurrence is every three months. In cases of advanced, aggressive gum disease, appointments may need to occur at even shorter intervals, for example every two months.

PM for susceptible patients with decreased resistance to disease require extra time and effort for the hygienist, along with a renewed daily hygiene habit of effective brushing and flossing by you to keep the disease at bay. But preventing another occurrence of gum disease and its consequences is well worth this extra attention for the health of your teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on dental care after gum disease treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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.
November 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  
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Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”



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