Reinvent Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry in Midlothian VA

Bon Air smile makeover

A smile makeover can boost your confidence for an upcoming job interview, promotion or new relationship. It is a function of cosmetic dentistry, of the type we provide at White & White in Midlothian VA, and may include teeth whitening, clear braces, veneers, or dental implants.

Many of these take time. Understanding the process requires only a simple consultation. Small changes can make a big difference!

How The Rich Do It
Public figures from London to Hollywood, from New York to Vegas would advise you to:

  • Choose a dental professional like White & White, with an excellent track record in the field.
  • Consult with the professional, chart a course, and trust the course enough to see it through to completion.
  • Do your homework. Websites (like this one) are great for information, staff description and contact details.
  • Don’t cut corners.

Better Smile, Better You
Is this the year to reinvent yourself? Consider improving your physical fitness, taking up a new hobby, pursuing continuing education or a new career to go along with your new smile.

A smile makeover is defined differently by different people. At White & White, smile makeovers might consist of such cosmetic dentistry as porcelain veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, and a corrected bite with Invisalign clear braces. Please visit our smile gallery to see examples of what we can do. We also provide general and family dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Jaw Pain? TMD Treatment in Midlothian VA

Treatment For Stress Induced Jaw Pain In Midlothian

Everyday issues cause some individuals to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. This can bring on TMD, a condition we treat at White & White in Midlothian VA.

TMD is frequently confused with ‘TMJ,’ the acronym for temporomandibular joint. The terms, however, are not synonymous.

Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints enable strength and flexibility as you chew, speak, and yawn.

Damage to them can lead to extreme pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

At White & White we have been diagnosing and treating TMD for years, working with other specialists when required. If you are noticing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call us today for a diagnosis and treatment plan. We offer general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Dental Anxiety Solutions in Midlothian VA

Some of our patients at White & White in Midlothian VA experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment.They aren’t alone: far from it. As many as one of every four adult Americans cope with dental anxiety, to one degree or another.

It’s a serious matter, because it might keep you from seeing us every six months for a cleaning and checkup. We encourage brushing and flossing at home, but that alone isn’t enough.

The causes of dental anxiety are diverse: the fear of pain, a fear of injections, and the sense of loss of control are some of the more common. Whatever might be causing,though, we have several types of sedation dentistry that can get most dental anxiety patients through their appointment.

  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) has been used in dentistry for more than one hundred years. It may or may not make you laugh, but it will put you in a state of relaxation. Most many patients, it’s enough to overcome their anxiety.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation involves taking a sedative about an hour before the scheduled procedure. It acts quickly, is very effective, and has virtually no side effects. You won’t be asleep, but you won’t be aware of most of what’s going on. You’ll need a ride home when it’s over.
  • IV Sedation is administered intravenously. It won’t put you to sleep, either, but will make you very drowsy. As with oral conscious sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you home.

If you have avoided the dentist due to dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer you’ve been looking for. White & White, in Midlothian VA, also provides general and family dentistry, and is a mercury free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

No Worries: Root Canals in Midllothian VA

 

There are two words that can strike fear into the stoutest of hearts: root canal. But at White & White in Midlothian VA, root canals are performed with the patient’s comfort uppermost in mind.

A root canal is a procedure that treats the inside of a tooth. It becomes necessary when a cavity infects a tooth’s interior, which can cause a whole lot of pain.

The technical word for a root canal is endodontic therapy. In short, it works like this: after an access hole is drilled in the surface of the infected tooth, the damaged interior, or pulp, is removed. What remains is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed. A crown is placed over the whole thing to protect it, and provide a natural-looking appearance.

No one likes going to the dentist to begin with, and root canals have the reputation of being painful. We have sedation dentistry for those who need it, including IV sedation. It won’t put you completely to sleep, but will make you feel much more at ease. (You’ll need a ride home afterward.)

In addition to root canals, White & White in Midlothian VA offers general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and other services.  Call today to schedule an appointment or consultation.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

15 Things About Teeth, From Your Midlothian Dentist

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This won’t surprise you: at White & White in Midlothian VA, teeth are our business. We’re dentists, after all. We’ve come to have a deep appreciation for teeth, and would like to share some lesser-known facts about them.

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can still get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as important as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription drugs can increase your risk of tooth decay.
  5. Some home tap water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated tooth decay.
  7. Heartburn can be bad for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as harmful for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) can partially regenerate.
  11. A Harvard-led team recently used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab.
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth (!!).
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss, even if no decay is present.

We could go on. At White & White in Midlothian, we understand that teeth are living organisms with a complex supply of nerves and blood vessels. And that’s why, as dentists, we urge our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We provide general and family dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Preventive Dentistry For Dental Health in Midlothian VA

tooth decay pictures at http://www.relaxdental.com/ Are you a parent of young children? Do you want them to have better oral hygiene habits than you did when you were young? Many adults have a mouth full of fillings and want to start their kids on a road to better dental health. At White & White in Midlothian VA, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care.

Patients of all ages need to start with an exam to determine their current status. Your dental condition is influenced by your dietary habits, previous dental work, physical health, medications, lifestyle and family history. After a comprehensive analysis, we’ll establish a prevention plan just for you.

A prevention plan is a multi-faceted approach designed to maintain optimum dental health. It involves affordable preventative services, twice-yearly exams, and professional cleanings that help prevent a multitude of serious dental issues.

Dental health cannot be maintained solely in our office. Daily brushing and flossing is essential. A healthy diet is necessary and will deliver benefits to your whole body, not just your teeth.

At White & White in Midlothian VA, the dental health of our patients is our primary concern. If you suspect you have a cavity or some other issue, call us before it gets worse. We provide general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Keep Kids Smiling! Dental Health in Midlothian VA

Dentistry For Child White & White in Midlothian serves patients of all ages with general and family dentistry. Our relaxing staff takes special care of our youngest patients to make sure they are comfortable and safe.

We Pamper Our Youngest Patients

Being extra gentle with our young patients is important. We understand that going to the dentist can be a bit frightening for a child, so we make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings, and always invite mom or dad to join them in the examination room. We make sure they understand which procedures are required and answer their questions.

Children’s dentistry requires more than just comfort, however. Drs. Pranee White and John Han understand how children’s dentistry differs from the treatment for older patients. If you have questions about any of our procedures, please feel free to call and set up a consultation.

The American Dental Association counsels parents to bring their child to a dentist when their first tooth appears, usually around one year of age. By starting regular dental visits early, and teaching proper hygiene, we can help you reinforce essential oral care habits and lifestyle choices that will produce strong and healthy teeth that last a lifetime.

In addition to children’s dentistry, White & White offers:

We are currently accepting new patients of all ages. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Smile Upgrade? Teeth Whitening in Midlothian VA

Love Your Smile in Midlothian There is nothing quite like bright white teeth to light up a person’s face when they smile and laugh. And with the teeth whitening procedures available at White and White in Midlothian VA, no one has to settle for anything less.

This is a great time to get a deep teeth cleaning and tooth whitening at White & White in Midlothian. With a deep cleaning followed by teeth bleaching, your teeth will feel as good as they look.

Teeth whitening has become very popular. But before you decide on how you want to reach that goal, talk about your teeth-whitening goals with us. We want to be sure your goals are realistic! Some patients’ teeth do not whiten as well as others, and the older the patient, the more likely this will be an issue.

Furthermore, composite resins already in place will not whiten along with the patient’s natural teeth, so should understand that at the outset.

We recommend that you have your teeth whitened professionally. You may known of people who have used over-the-counter products and been satisfied with the results. This includes whitening kits you can get from the drug store, and whitening toothpastes. Many of these products include ingredients that can do more harm than good. Everyone wants that dazzling smile, but don’t gamble with your teeth!

To find out about all of the teeth-whitening options available to you, give us a call at White & White. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we practice general and family dentistry. For more than twenty years, our patients have trusted us with their teeth.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental issues during pregnancy. Today’s post contains critical information about oral health for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

We recommend having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning performed by one of the expert dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes.

The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, book an appointment today by calling 804-302-5592. Once the baby is here, it will probably be more difficult for you to make time for a dental visit.

If you receive dental treatment at White & White during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Drs. John Han that you are expecting. This will influence decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can bring about cavities. If you are eating multiple small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle influence your baby. It is critical that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific advice for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.

At White & White, we pamper our patients who are expecting. Schedule a checkup or cosmetic dentistry consultation today. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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If you are the parent of a teen, you may already have some concerns about your child’s well-being. As young men and women progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to health.

You may know teens who skip meals and others who eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some teenagers spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and damage a smile.

Dental issues manifesting in the adolescent years can influence teeth for life. Let’s look at some essential dental issues for adolescents.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually erupt between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth problems include bite misalignment, cavities, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is essential to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the advice of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their teen abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing problematic. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help teenagers with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can impair enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some adolescents who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as vital for adolescents as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit teenagers in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

We encourage parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral problems arise unnoticed. To schedule a thorough examination and cleaning, call White & White at 804-302-5592.

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113