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The Time is NOW! for Invisalign

September 10, 2015

Filed under: Orthodontics — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Farshad Farhoumand @ 1:47 pm

Invisalign can help get your teeth straight in disguise.A misaligned smile is one of the worst experiences for any patient to go through. Not all of us grew up having a perfect smile, let alone all of our teeth. A misaligned smile becomes that way based on various variables. Thumb sucking, an overbite, underbite and other factors have a lot to do with how straight or uneven your smile appears. Traditionally, metal braces have been the preferred form of treatment, but that’s old news. Adult and teen patients don’t have time to deal with unsightly metal in their mouths. We couldn’t agree more, which is why we carry some of the most advanced orthodontic treatments available. We’re not just a dental office – we can handle all your orthodontic issues as well.

When you come to our office in Tysons Corner, VA, you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff and team of dentists. We’ll work hard to get your smile straightened and beautiful. Our orthodontic treatment can deliver results that you can enjoy for a lifetime. If you’re ready to do something about an uneven smile, we’re here to help.

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Effective Dental Hygiene Between Visits

June 17, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-76765623When you leave a hygiene appointment with the outstanding staff at Avanti Dentistry your teeth look and feel their best. They are completely clean, and it feels great. By the next morning, that wonderful squeaky clean smile is a thing of the past. At Avanti Dentistry we want our patients to keep their teeth feeling like they just left a hygiene appointment. Some tips and tricks for effective at-home dental hygiene can help your teeth look and feel their best. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled hygienists, at our convenient Tysons Corner, VA location.

The Basics

Preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid oral health issues that can be painful, difficult to treat, and hazardous to your physical health. We all think we know how to care for our teeth at home, but what you don’t know may surprise you. Maybe you know that you’re supposed to brush twice a day for two minutes and floss between your teeth at least once each day, but did you know there are multiple brushing and flossing methods or that using mouthwash directly following brushing is not encouraged? Like so many routine activities, tooth brushing is often done in a thoughtless, automatic way, but by making a change to your routine, you can significantly improve dental health.

Most of us are taught to brush our teeth as small children, and we are instructed to use one of two brushing methods a horizontal scrub (quickly moving a brush back and forth across the surfaces of the teeth), or the preferred fone’s method of using circular strokes to clean each tooth. While these methods are great for kids, there are techniques that would be much more beneficial for adults. The horizontal scrub method is damaging to enamel over time, and the fone’s method does not always adequately clean between your teeth and gums to remove plague and reduce the risk of periodontal disease.

There are many other methods for brushing your teeth, ask our hygienists to thoroughly explain them to you at your next appointment. The key to all of the brushing methods is ensure better cleaning of the places that periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay causing bacteria are most likely to grow. This means a thorough cleaning between and behind the teeth as well as along the gum line. A fast vibrating or rolling motion from the gums upwards is often effective.

Flossing is a dreaded chore, but the results speak for themselves. Your teeth look and feel better, if you floss on a daily basis. One easy switch that can make floss less of a chore is to use a single filament floss. Multifilament floss is more common but it tends to shred or break making flossing more difficult. Single filament floss is made of one single strand that slides more easily between teeth. When flossing, remember to always move floss gently back and forth between teeth until you reach the base of each tooth. Curve the floss around each tooth and gently clean below the gum line. Then, slowly move the floss back and forth to remove it from your teeth. Remember never to snap or pull floss between teeth. Gum tissue is extremely sensitive and can easily be cut or bruised.

Mouthwash that contains fluoride is a great way to retain the strength of your bite, but it shouldn’t be part of your brushing routine. After brushing, your teeth are coated with fluoride from your toothpaste which should contain at least 1350ppm of fluoride to be effective. Using fluoride mouthwash is a great after lunch dental hygiene solution. It’s easy to find a few minutes to swish your mouth wash, and you don’t have to worry about carrying along a tooth brush to work, school, or a restaurant. Travel sized mouthwash bottles are easy to carry, and refilling them from a larger bottle makes them cost effective too. Remember not to eat or drink for 30 minutes following the use of fluoride mouthwash.

A Few Tough Choices

Between visits there’s really only one other way to keep your teeth healthier and cleaner, and that’s to make a few tough choices about the food and drinks you consume. Foods and beverages that are high in sugar, acid or color can cause long-term damage to your teeth. Building a habit of rinsing with mouth wash or brushing immediately following meals is one way to combat the potential damage, but if you consistently struggle with tooth decay or gum disease, it may be time to start considering eliminating problem foods from your diet.

If you experience a dental emergency (lost tooth, abscess tooth, severe cut of mouth or tongue, etc.) try to visit us as soon as possible, but hygiene is essential to avoid bacterial growth that can lead to infection or decay. Be sure to clean any affected area with warm water, and slow blood flow with a cold compress or ice. Never remove debris from between your teeth with anything other than floss. Until you are able to schedule an office visit, continue to clean the damaged area as part of your hygiene routine, but take special care not to reopen cuts or further damage teeth.

Finally, if all the extra cleaning and change in diet still don’t give you the movie star grin you desire, we have numerous cosmetic dentistry services that will brighten any smile. Often a simple whitening treatment can change your entire smile. Call today to schedule a consultation to determine if any of our cosmetic dentistry options might be right for you.

Make a Dental Hygiene Appointment Today

If you still have questions about the most effective ways to keep your teeth clean between hygiene visits, call us today to schedule an appointment. Avanti Dentistry’s friendly staff at your Tysons Corner, VA practice are here to help. We welcome patients form Tysons Corner and beyond including Vienna, Arlington, Fairfax, Washington, D.C., and McLean.

The Phenomenal Orthodontic Treatment in Tyson’s Corner, VA

April 15, 2015

Filed under: Orthodontics — Tags: , , , , , , — Dr. Farshad Farhoumand @ 8:41 pm

Do you have perfectly straight teeth? If the answer is no, do not feel bad. Most people do not come close to having straight teeth. As teeth grow in, they press against each other, crowd together, push apart, and ultimately, become misaligned. We all dream of having a beautiful, straight smile, but it’s very improbable that it will happen naturally. Braces are the go-to answer for straightening teeth, but many adults do not want to deal with metal brackets and wires. For those who live in Tyson’s Corner, VA, Avanti Dentistry offers orthodontic alternative to straighten teeth and provide a magnificent smile.

Great Alternatives to Traditional Braces

The expert doctors and practitioners at our office understand that the idea of braces or orthodontic treatment may not sound very appealing, but our orthodontic alternatives will make you reconsider. Our office is equipped with new breakthroughs in dentistry, and we can provide fantastic, natural-looking options for straightening teeth, including:

  • Invisalign: Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not require brackets or wires. After the dentist takes 3D images of your mouth, teeth, and gums, a certified Invisalign laboratory crafts sets of customized aligners. The aligners fit around the teeth, and each set will be worn for a specified amount of time. Over time, through small pressure, your teeth will begin to line up in perfect position. With Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions. The aligners can be removed when eating, brushing your teeth, etc.
  • Hidden Braces: Also known as lingual braces, are similar to regular braces, except they are mounted on the inside (lingual side) of the teeth. This style of treatment is essentially non-visible to others, and a patient can undergo a complete treatment without feeling self-conscious about the aesthetics.
  • Accelerated Orthodontics: Sometimes called “high speed braces” or “six month braces,” these braces move teeth into position in a short amount of time (six to nine months). The brackets and wires are white and clear, making them blend in with the color of your teeth.

Let Us Give You a Perfect Smile

Are you ready to get a set of perfectly straight teeth? Call our office in Tyson’s Corner, VA and schedule a consultation with our caring professionals. Our office doors are wide open and ready to accept patients residing in Tyson’s Corner, Vienna, Fairfax, Washington D.C., Arlington, McLean, and the surrounding Virginia areas.

Smile with Confidence with Cosmetic Dentistry from Your Tysons Corner Orthodontist

February 22, 2015

Your smile is as unique as your personality, and it’s an important part of who you are. You share it with family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. If you feel that your smile is sending the wrong message due to aesthetic flaws, you’re certainly not alone. Millions of men and women feel insecure about their smiles, but today’s advanced cosmetic dentistry options make it easy to achieve the luminous, attractive look you’ve always wanted. At Avanti Dentistry, your Tysons Corner orthodontist offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry solutions, including Invisalign, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and much more.

Get the Beautiful Smile You Deserve

Straight, healthy teeth serve as the basic foundation for an aesthetically pleasing smile. If your teeth are crooked, gapped, crowded, or otherwise oddly spaced, you may feel hesitant to share your smile with the world. With personalized solutions from your Tysons Corner orthodontist, it’s possible to correct misalignment problems in a way that suits your unique lifestyle. If traditional braces don’t sound appealing and you’re a candidate for clear aligner therapy, we may recommend Invisalign. These comfortable plastic aligners are virtually invisible, making it easier than ever to see results without metal brackets and wires.

Other cosmetic dentistry solutions that help perfect your smile include professional teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. The treatment that best works for you will depend on a variety of factors and our doctors will discuss each service in detail with you at your one-on-one consultation.

A Picture-Perfect Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether your concern is a crowded, crooked smile or deep discoloration that saps your self-confidence, our team wants to help. Contact us today to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Tysons Corner, VA, and schedule your next visit with our capable, highly trained team. We’ll take the time to talk with you about your goals and expectations, and develop a special treatment plan just for you. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Tysons Corner warmly welcomes families from throughout the surrounding areas, including Vienna, Fairfax, Arlington, McLean, Washington, D.C., and beyond.

Adult Braces with Your Tysons Corner Orthodontist at Avanti Dentistry

January 22, 2015

If you are an adult with crowded, crooked, gapped, or otherwise misaligned teeth, you may feel that you missed your chance at a straighter smile as a child. Today’s advanced orthodontic options, however, now make it possible for even the most image-conscious adult to achieve healthier, straighter teeth without bulky, conspicuous metal braces. In fact, nearly half of orthodontic patients today are over the age of 18. At Avanti Dentistry in Tysons Corner, VA, our team specializes in providing patients of all ages with orthodontic solutions that suit their unique lifestyles.

Reveal Straighter Teeth Faster than Ever Before

When most people think of orthodontic treatment, they imagine a shiny mouth full of metal that can detract from overall appearance. While this may have been the only option for straighter teeth a few decades ago, dental technology has evolved considerably since most of us were in middle school or high school. Today, it’s possible to correct malocclusion issues in ways that are virtually invisible, almost entirely undetectable by others. With the Invisalign clear aligners system and Incognito Hidden Braces at Avanti Dentistry, only you and your Tysons Corner orthodontist have to know that you are undergoing treatment to straighten your smile.

The Invisalign system features a series of customized, clear plastic aligners that are worn every day for an average treatment time of about 18 months. These comfortable, custom-fit trays fit precisely over your teeth, gradually shifting them into their desired position. For adult patients whose orthodontic cases require the stability and capability of metal braces, we offer Incognito Hidden Braces. These lingual braces are attached to the lingual surfaces of your teeth; this means that they face inward, toward your tongue, rather than outward where they are visible to others. Now you can straighten your smile without any of the embarrassment or self-consciousness associated with traditional braces.

Your Trusted Tysons Corner Orthodontist

If you are curious as to how your smile can be improved with adult braces, please give us a call today to schedule your consultation. You may be a perfect candidate for invisible braces with Invisalign or Incognito Hidden Braces. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Tysons Corner, VA warmly welcomes families from throughout the surrounding areas of McLean, Vienna, Arlington, Washington, D.C., Fairfax, and beyond. Come see us today and discover why Avanti Dentistry is so widely known throughout Virginia as the most trusted and experienced Tysons Corner orthodontist.

Enjoy Straighter, Healthier Teeth in 2015 with Your Tysons Corner Orthodontist

December 22, 2014

The New Year is just around the corner, and people from around the world are preparing to welcome 2015 with resolutions of self-improvement. Why not take this opportunity to treat yourself to a healthier and more beautiful smile for life? We can help make that a reality with our comprehensive menu of orthodontic and cosmetic dentistry solutions, each tailored to fit your lifestyle, your needs, and your budget. Make your resolution count this year with the help of your Tysons Corner orthodontist at Avanti Dentistry.

Benefits of Straighter Teeth with Avanti Dentistry

With Invisalign clear aligners, Incognito Hidden Braces, and traditional orthodontic treatment at Avanti Dentistry, our team can help you smile with complete confidence. When your teeth look great, you’ll find that you are more inclined to share a friendly smile with those who matter most. An open, attractive, and genuine smile is an invaluable asset in both your professional and personal life, allowing you to show off your real personality rather than focusing on hiding your teeth.

While straight, white teeth are certainly the building blocks of a luminous, confident smile, the benefits of orthodontic treatment extend beyond the realm of aesthetics. When your teeth are properly aligned, they are inherently easier to clean. This translates to a decreased risk of developing cavities and periodontal disease, two of the most common dental health issues in patients of all ages.

Correcting malocclusion problems also helps to reduce your chances of developing bite problems like temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ dysfunction. This condition causes damage to the delicate joints that hold your jaw in place, resulting in chronic pain, migraine headaches, and neck and shoulder aches. Orthodontic treatment can correct a variety of problems, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and teeth that are oddly spaced, gapped, and crowded.

Your Trusted Tysons Corner Orthodontist

If you would like to ring in the New Year with the promise of a straighter, more attractive smile, we encourage you to give us a call today to learn more about your Tysons Corner orthodontist and the extensive array of options we provide. We genuinely can’t wait to show you what a difference our orthodontic solutions can make in your smile, your oral health, and your overall sense of self-confidence. Our conveniently located Tysons Corner, VA dental practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including McLean, Vienna, Arlington, Fairfax, Washington, D.C., and beyond.

There is Nothing to Fear with Sedation Dentistry

September 20, 2014

It’s estimated that over 30% of the population avoids dental care due to fear. Today, there are a variety of methods available with Sedation Dentistry that can get you through a dental treatment without any pain or anxiety. If you suffer from apprehension brought on by a dental phobia make an appointment today with Avanti Dentistry. The dentists at Avanti Dentistry always provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for their patients. Sedation Dentistry services are available for patients in Tysons Corner, VA, Washington, D.C., McLean, Arlington, Fairfax, Vienna and surrounding areas.

Understanding Sedation Dentistry

It’s important to understand that sedation dentistry and anesthesia are two different procedures. General anesthesia, where patients are actually put to asleep, is typically only provided in the hospital. Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state, while maintaining consciousness. There are three methods the dentist may use to sedate you before a dental procedure:

  • Nitrous Oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is one option the dentist may use to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It will not put you to sleep and you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. You will be asked to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few minutes you will feel the effects of the nitrous oxide gas. You may feel light-headed or a tingling or heaviness in your arms and legs. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
  • IV Sedation gives the dentist optimal control of the amount of medication administered and allows them to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably. The dentist may require that you don’t eat or drink eight hours prior to the appointment. IV Sedation provides a faster onset of the sedation medications, meaning you’ll be able to feel the effects of the medication rather quickly. IV Sedation can benefit you if you have a sensitive gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods of time. You’ll be unaware of the sights, smells and sounds of the dental office. Patients usually remember little if anything of their appointment by the next day.
  • Oral Sedation is an increasingly popular treatment option for many people because it does not require the use of needles. The medications can be swallowed whole or crushed and administered by the dentist under the tongue. The type of sedative the dentist prescribes depends on the procedure being performed, the patient’s medical condition and any other drugs they take. In most cases the dentist uses a class of sedative medication called benzodiazepines. Examples of benzodiazepines include diazepam, lorazepam and triazolam. Sedative medication helps relax patients by slowing the action of the central nervous system. People remain aware of their surroundings, but are less responsive to external stimuli.

Sedation Dentistry in Tysons Corner, VA

In addition to sedation, the dentist will also administer a local anesthetic. This local anesthetic will temporarily block pain impulses from the affected teeth and gum tissue. However, this injection will only occur after you are already sedated and comfortable. The dentists at Avanti Dentistry offer Sedation Dentistry services that can help you overcome your dental phobias and get you started with the dental care you need. Make an appointment with Avanti dentistry today to experience the difference yourself. Avanti Dentistry serves all of Tysons Corner, VA, Washington, D.C., McLean, Arlington, Fairfax, Vienna and surrounding cities.

How Does Smoking Affect Your Oral Health?

September 12, 2014

You probably already know that smoking is bad for your health. But you may not know that it is also bad for your teeth and gums. Smoking can cause tooth decay, bone loss in the jaw, inflammation of the salivary glands and delayed healing from oral and other surgeries. Smokers are also more prone to oral cancers than nonsmokers. If you smoke, make an appointment with the experienced and gentle dentists of Avanti Dentistry. They can help you treat the effects of smoking and improve your overall oral health. Avanti Dentistry is conveniently located in Tysons Corner, VA, serving patients from nearby Washington, D.C., Arlington, Fairfax, McLean, Vienna.

Smoking and Gum Disease

Not only do tobacco products stain your teeth and give you bad breath, they can also lead to periodontal disease (gum disease). Smoking may be responsible for up to 75% of gum disease experienced by adults. If you choose to smoke, you are seven times more likely to develop gum disease than a nonsmoker. Smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells. This interference makes smokers vulnerable to infections and also impairs blood flow to the gums which may affect wound healing.

Smokeless Tobacco Products

Smokeless tobacco products like snuff and chewing tobacco are just as harmful as cigarettes to your teeth and gums. Smokeless tobacco can irritate your gum tissue, causing it to recede or pull away from your teeth. Once the gum tissue recedes, your tooth roots become exposed, creating an increased risk of tooth decay. Exposed roots are also more sensitive to hot and cold, making eating and drinking uncomfortable. Smokeless tobacco products contain at least twenty eight chemicals that have been shown to increase the risk of oral cancer and cancer of the throat and esophagus. Chewing tobacco actually contains higher levels of nicotine than cigarettes. In fact, one can of snuff contains more nicotine than sixty cigarettes.

Treatment for Smoking Related Oral Health Problems in Tysons Corner, VA

One of the cosmetic effects of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar in tobacco. It can make the teeth yellow in a very short time, and heavy smokers often complain that their teeth are almost brown after years of smoking. If you use tobacco products, you should make an appointment with Avanti Dentistry today. The dentists at Avanti Dentistry can readily assess your oral health needs with their state of the art periodontal treatments. You can also take advantage of their teeth whitening promotions to combat the affects of tobacco staining. Avanti Dentistry proudly serves patients throughout Tysons Corner, VA, Vienna, McLean, Arlington, Fairfax, Washington, D.C., and the surrounding communities.

Invisalign Clear Aligners: A Straighter Smile Without Metal Braces

July 10, 2014

For many image-conscious teens and adults, correcting misaligned teeth with traditional braces simply isn’t appealing. The thought of spending years with a mouth full of conspicuous metal is enough to deter most men and women, but thankfully, braces aren’t the only answer anymore. At Avanti Dentistry in Tysons Corner, VA, our team of experienced dentists offers a revolutionary solution to crooked teeth that actually fits your lifestyle: Invisalign clear aligners.

A Cosmetic Approach to Orthodontics

Invisalign clear aligners gradually shift misaligned teeth into their proper positions, giving you a smile that you can feel proud of without the need for metal brackets and wires. The clear, comfortable aligners are custom made to fit your one-of-a-kind dentition and are virtually invisible to others. You simply wear them day and night, removing them for cleaning and eating as needed. Over the course of your treatment, you’ll switch to the next set of aligners approximately every two to four weeks. At the end of your treatment, you’ll enjoy a dramatically improved smile, free from gaps, misalignment, crowding, and other common orthodontic concerns.

Invisalign can also help you improve your oral health in general. Crooked and crowded teeth are more difficult to clean, increasing your risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease. When your teeth are properly aligned, these risks are dramatically lessened. Talk to our doctors today about Invisalign and learn more about how this comfortable, aesthetically pleasing orthodontic solution can change your smile and your life for the better.

A Straighter, More Beautiful Smile Can Be Yours

If you have spent years wishing that your teeth were straighter but you’ve put off seeking treatment because you don’t want braces, we’d like to help. Contact our office in Tysons Corner, VA today to schedule your Invisalign consultation with our doctors and friendly, caring staff. We can’t wait to join you on your unique journey toward a more confident, comfortable smile and improved oral health. Our state-of-the-art dental practice happily serves patients from throughout the entire Tysons Corner area, as well as nearby communities in Washington, D.C., Arlington, Fairfax, McLean, Vienna, and beyond.