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By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
November 04, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
August 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
April 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dental services from your dentist in Gaithersburg, MD, can give you an outstanding smile

Do you have an outstanding smile? If not, you need to discover the world of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry combines the skills andSmile artistry of your dentist with state-of-the-art materials to give you the smile you deserve. Dr. Steven Rattner at Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD, offers a full pallet of cosmetic dental treatments to give you an outstanding smile.

Did you know that there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure to correct nearly every problem you have with your smile? It’s true; you just need to choose the right procedure, and Dr. Rattner can help you do that. Just consider these popular cosmetic dentistry services available at Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD:

Professional teeth whitening is the perfect answer to a dull, dingy, aging, yellowing smile. Professional teeth whitening allows you to whiten your smile up to 8 shades, and your fantastic results can last up to 5 years! You can choose from a speedy in-office treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home whitening kit containing everything you need to whiten your smile in the privacy of your home.

Cosmetic bonding is a great solution to repairing small cracks, chips, and tooth wear. This procedure uses composite, a versatile liquid resin. Composite can be matched to the color of your teeth, and sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth. Once in place, the composite is hardened with a dental light. The end result is a tooth-colored repair that is virtually invisible. Your smile will look natural and beautiful again.

Porcelain veneers are a superb treatment to give you a picture-perfect smile. Veneers are thin laminates of pure, sparkling porcelain, which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They can hide major and minor flaws including cracks, fracture lines, loss of tooth structure, and even some tooth alignment issues like gaps between teeth and tooth overlap. Veneer treatment is the conservative, easy way to ensure an outstanding smile.

These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry services available at Grove Dental Arts. For a complete listing of cosmetic dentistry services, please visit the Cosmetic Dentistry section on the website at http://www.grovedentalarts.com/cosmetic-dentistry.html

If you don’t like your smile, it’s time to remake it with cosmetic dentistry! To find out more, call (301) 987-5527 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rattner at Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD, today!

By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
September 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
August 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Today's cosmetic dentistry options perfect smile aesthetics in ways never before thought possible. Reshaping, adding tooth-like material, cosmetic dentistryimproving color--they're all methods your cosmetic dentists Dr. Steven Rattner and Dr. Maryam Roosta, use to help patients feel good and look great. At Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD, you can change your smile for the better.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

It's a dental specialty which enhances how teeth and gums look, using treatment techniques which change smile alignment, redo flaws and make dull, dingy enamel youthful and bright again.

To begin a smile makeover, Dr. Rattner or Dr. Roosta will look at your teeth and gums carefully, take some X-rays and other kinds of imaging if necessary and recommend a clear path to a smile that looks like you only more youthful and refreshed. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your dentist combines accurate mechanical skill and true artistry in changing smiles for people of all ages who desire better social and professional impact. A great set of teeth and gums does just that!

Available treatments

With agreed upon goals in place, your Gaithersburg cosmetic dentist will begin your makeover at your convenience and according to your budget. One of the most asked for cosmetic treatment is professional teeth whitening, a rapid and effective way to lift years of stains from deep within tooth enamel. Done in-office or at home, whitening produces spectacular results at an affordable cost.

Other popular services include:

  • Enamel and gum recontouring which normalize tooth shape and remove extra gum tissue
  • Composite resin bonding, in which the dentist layers a strong, natural-looking material into a defect, and then shapes it and hardens it for a flawless repair
  • Porcelain veneers, or dental laminates, disguise the front of teeth which have more extensive flaws such as deep chips, cracks, ugly stains and surface irregularities
  • Tooth-colored fillings restore decay and replace old amalgam fillings
  • Porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays shore up weak tooth structure, saving a tooth from extraction
  • Dental implants are the modern, bone-sparing way to replace one or multiple teeth
  • Invisalign clear braces are the invisible alternative to metal and ceramic braces, making them a great option for teen and adult orthodontic patients.

Time for a change?

You can change a little about your smile or a lot. It's up to you. Why not come to Grove Dental Arts for a personal consultation with one of our dentists? They will answer your questions fully and guide you toward your best smile ever. Call today: (301) 987-5527.