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By Pari J. Moazed, DDS
December 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

With the rise of the Hollywood smile in recent years, dental veneers are more popular than ever. If you are embarrassed by the imperfections in your teeth, veneers can renew your smile and boost your confidence. With help from your Westminster, MD dentist Dr. Pari Moazed, you can get your very own Hollywood smile.Veneers

What are veneers? 
Dental veneers are a wafer-thin porcelain shell that fits over the front of a natural tooth. Veneers mask a variety of problems, like chips, misaligned teeth, gaps and cracks. Veneers also cover discoloration and staining. A dental laboratory creates each custom-made veneer based off a mold of your mouth. This ensures a perfect, natural-looking fit that provides a smile to be proud of.

The Benefits of Dental Veneers

  • Natural Appearance: Dental veneers are extremely life-like. They are made out of porcelain, making their light-reflecting qualities very similar to natural teeth.
  • Effective: Veneers are custom-made to cover virtually any imperfection. Say goodbye to gaps, chips, cracks, discolorations, stains and misaligned teeth.
  • Durable: Veneers are stain-resistant and durable. With the proper care, they can last for many years. Your veneers will look, fit and function just like natural teeth.

The Procedure
Your dentist must first prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. He or she shaves a tiny amount of enamel, usually about .5 millimeters, from the front of each tooth. This makes room for the width of the veneer, and also gives the adhesive a sturdy foundation to hold onto. Each veneer is individually fitted to its tooth, and, if necessary, is shaped by your Westminster dentist Dr. Moazed for optimal fit. Your dentist bonds the veneer to the tooth using dental cement, and sets the adhesive with a special bonding light. At this time, your dentist makes any necessary final adjustments, and buffs and polishes your new veneers.

For more information on dental veneers in the Westminster, MD area, please contact Dr. Pari June Moazed, DDS. Call (410) 848-9192 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!

By Pari J. Moazed, DDS
November 04, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Six Month Visits  

For many people, visiting the dentist is a burden. Some may even consider regular dental check-ups every six months a waste of time if there is nothing obviously wrong. However, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, regular six-month examinations are essential Six month Visitis to dental health, and can be the difference between a quick and easy procedure and a painful toothache.

What is the purpose of a six month check up? 
Six-month dental check ups are designed to be more than just a check up. Your dentist will look at your teeth and gums, along with examining your head and neck to be sure nothing is out of the ordinary and your joints and muscles are in working order.

What can my dentist tell just from looking at my smile? 
Dentists can tell much more than you think from a simple examination. Your dentist is able to tell if you have vitamin deficiencies, diabetes or even oral cancer by examining the mouth. They may look at the jaw to search for signs of joint conditions like temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder.

How do dental cleanings affect my oral health? 
Plaque and tartar cause tooth decay, and can build up on the teeth very quickly. While brushing and flossing can knock away most of this plaque and tartar, it may not be enough. Your dentist will clean your teeth at your six-month visit, removing plaque and tartar and polishing the teeth. They will also take this time to review brushing and flossing techniques to ensure your teeth stay as clean and healthy as possible between visits.

If you have questions about six-month appointments or would like to schedule one, Dr. Pari J. Moazed, DDS in Westminster, MD can help. She and her staff are dedicated to friendly and professional care, and can help you on your journey to a happy and healthy smile. Call (410) 848-9192 to schedule an appointment today!

By Pari June Moazed, DDS
August 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bonding  

Dental BondingSay goodbye to minor imperfections with dental bonding.

From crunching down on ice to not wearing protective gear during a game, we gamble with our smiles. It’s not surprising when our teeth retaliate with chips and cracks. Luckily your Westminster, MD dentist Dr. Pari Moazed can often correct these small issues quickly and non-invasively with dental bonding.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a simple cosmetic procedure performed by your Westminster, MD dentist to conceal minor dental imperfections and improve your smile’s appearance. Dental bonding uses tooth-colored resin (the same material used in a dental filling) to cover over these imperfections without needing anesthesia or pain medication.

What can dental bonding fix?

Dental bonding is typically used to improve the look of your smile but it can be used to improve function as well (which is the case for a dental filling). To put it simply, dental bonding is an easy way to change your smile’s appearance without needing veneers or crowns. Our patients turn to dental bonding to fix a number of issues:

  • To close up spaces between teeth
  • To fill a decayed tooth
  • To change the length or shape of a tooth
  • To hide minor cracks or chips in a tooth
  • To cover discolorations
  • To cover an exposed tooth root

Sometimes dental bonding is also used in conjunction with tooth reshaping or recontouring, in which your Westminster, MD dentist uses a special instrument to remove small amounts of enamel to change the shape and size of a tooth.

What does the dental bonding procedure entail?

Unless you are having a cavity filled, this procedure is painless and will not require anesthesia. This is what makes dental bonding an appealing cosmetic treatment for many of our patients. We will first choose the proper resin shade to match your tooth and then apply the resin. This resin is easily moldable so we can shape it around the problem areas to create a healthier-looking tooth. One we have the desired shape we will harden the resin with a dental laser. Dental bonding takes anywhere from thirty minutes to one hour per tooth.

Is dental bonding right for me?

While dental bonding is wonderful procedure for most people, it’s not the best solution for everyone. Those with small dental flaws will be more likely to benefit from dental bonding than someone with more complicated or severe dental issues. Since this procedure is non-invasive, the results aren’t as significant as getting dental veneers or other dental work.

However, the only way to find out if dental bonding is right for your smile is to consult your Westminster, MD dentist. When you come into our office we will be able to examine your smile to tell you whether dental bonding is right for your needs. Call us today to schedule a consultation.