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Happy Holidays from Oyster Point Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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Our warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at Oyster Point Dentistry. Calendar year 2018 was, and continues to be, a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of your faith and trust in us.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the foundational recognition that "your success is our success". Our New Year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening partnership and to deliver ever increasing value to you, your business, and your family through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. All the best! Cheers!

Dental Veneers Can Reverse The Look of Aging Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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Welcoming the new year is even more meaningful when you welcome it with a new you. If you are going for a change of image or for a more healthy lifestyle, improving your smile is a good place to start. Dental veneers in Newport News, VA can help you improve your look by enhancing your smile to be more youthful and attractive. Having a beautiful smile will also boost your confidence to help you reach other life goals.

Overtime, teeth appear older, stained, and worn. Dental veneer conceal the age of your teeth by restoring their shape and color. They restore chipped, crooked, gapped, or stained teeth for a better looking smile. Veneers are the perfect solution to address dental defects and discoloration issues. Thin porcelain that resemble natural teeth are adhered to the front of the teeth to reverse the look of aging.

Porcelain dental veneers last for a long time with proper care and habits and lifestyle changes. To find out more about dental veneers, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Invisalign Invisible Braces Instead of Ugly Metal Braces

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 04, 2018
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You teenage son or daughter needs braces and they just don’t want a set of metal braces to interfere with the social life and self-confidence. With Invisalign clear aligners, your teen can straighten their teeth without dealing with metal wires and brackets.

With clear braces, no one needs to know you teen has braces. They are made of a smooth, clear plastic that is practically invisible! Their peers won’t even know they’re wearing them. And, they’re so comfortable your teen may not know they are wearing them! Your teen will be comfortable posting their picture and hanging out with friends.

With Invisalign they can eat whatever they want without worry. Metal braces prohibit you from eating certain foods. With clear aligners, your child is free to eat all their favorite foods whenever they want because the aligners are completely removable. This also means that their teeth are more easily cared for, brushing and flossing as they normally would. This is impossible with traditional braces.

If your teen plays sports or a musical instrument, metal braces can often prevent them from completely enjoying their favorite activities. Additionally, metal braces can make them self-conscious of their smile or their appearance. Invisible braces allows them to be a teenager. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry for more information.

Invisalign Invisible Braces Let You Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Do you or your teen need braces? Invisible braces are a clear, more comfortable alternative to braces. For teens and adults, clear aligners are a popular alternative because they straighten teeth while being invisible. With clear braces, you can smile with confidence no matter what your age.

Invisible braces are as effective as metal braces, but the clear plastic aligners are removable allowing you to more easily care for your teeth. Remove them while you eat, brush and floss. Invisalign invisible braces make dental care easy and more effective than traditional braces.

Too many teens and adults who need braces lose confidence while they are wearing metal braces because they are embarrassed by their smile. In fact, this is the reason why too many adults forgo straightening their teeth with traditional braces.

At Oyster Point Dentistry we see more patients deciding to take better care of their teeth through Invisalign. Did you know that crooked teeth can lead to other dental health issues? This is why we are happy to provide an option to traditional braces. Healthy teeth are important to your dental and overall health.

No longer do you need to avoid getting braces. With Invisalign braces, patients don't have to hide their smile while straightening their teeth.

In many instances, clear braces can straighten teeth in a shorter amount of time, and with less dental visits than regular braces. For more information on invisible braces, or to see if you are a candidate, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Options for Sedation Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 26, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

There are many who fear a dental checkup. In fact, many people endure discomfort related to dental issues rather than have their dental problems checked and treated because of their fear of the dentist. Although it is unclear where dental anxiety is actually rooted, dental practitioners have found ways to address this fear and anxiety so they can help those who suffer with dental issues better. Sedation dentistry techniques are offered and there are a few common options:

  • Oral sedation - This is a sedative pills or liquid that is taken by mouth 1-2 hours prior to the dental procedure. This has a tranquilizing effect to calm and reduce a patient's anxiety. It is paired with a local anesthesia for pain during treatment.
  • Inhalation Sedation Dentistry - This sedation technique is used for patients with severe dental phobia. In this process, nitrous oxide is used, also known as laughing gas. This is used for total sleep dentistry in which patient is induced to sleep through the entire procedure. A licensed anesthesiologist administers the sedative. Throughout the treatment they also monitor the patient's vital signs and overall status.
  • Intravenous Dental Sedation - With this option, the sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream through an IV line. This is also performed by a licensed anesthesiologist.

If you think you are a candidate for sedation dentistry, you need to choose a reputable dental practice that is fully-trained and licensed in the technique. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry for more details on the process.

Dental Tips For the Holidays

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 16, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care

Everyone's excited for the holidays. But before you feast on pecan pies, gooey starches, savory gravies and sugary treats, keep in mind that these foods can wreak havoc to your teeth.

Here are some dental tips to follow to keep cavities and tooth decay at bay this season:

Proper Dental Hygiene - Don't skip your flossing and brushing routine. Doing this 3-4 times a day can ensure that there will be no food particles or bacteria stuck in the gaps in your teeth. Preventative dental care can prevent tartar buildup and tooth decay. Make sure to drink water after every meal to rinse off sugar particles as well.

Eat Turkey and Vegetables - Eat turkey, it is rich in phosphorus and when combined with calcium and vitamin D-rich foods, it's perfect nutrition for your bones. Vegetables are also loaded with vitamins and minerals that are great for your overall health.

Skip the Sugary Treats - If possible, eat fewer sweets and sticky foods. Sweet treats can impact the teeth. Make sure to wash your mouth and do your dental hygiene routine after eating dessert

Dental Visit - Make sure to schedule your regular visit to the dentist in Newport News, VA. Schedule an appointment at Oyster Point Dentistry for the best dental care this holiday season.

Get Your Smile Ready for the Holidays with Professional Teeth Whitening

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 06, 2018
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A holiday gathering is not complete without taking family photos. Bright, natural looking white teeth is essential if you want your best smile captured on camera. For teeth that may requires whitening treatments to correct discoloration and staining, professional teeth whitening treatments offer a safe, effective, quick, and affordable solution.

In-office teeth whitening can help restore your teeth back to the original pearly white. Even right after this treatment, your teeth will absolutely look shiny and white, but natural, once again. Professional teeth whitening can help you achieve faster and more remarkable results unlike over-the-counter teeth whitening products which can be harmful to your teeth and gums. Moreover, professional teeth whitening can last for years with proper preventative dental care. This includes minimizing or avoiding food, beverages, and lifestyle practices that can cause staining such as coffee, tea, berries, and cigarette smoking.

When taking selfies and snapshots, it's your smile that makes the picture perfect. So make sure you're camera ready to show-off your sparkly white teeth. Get in touch with our dentists to find out more about the benefits of professional teeth whitening. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry today!

Impacted Teeth Can Cause Larger Dental Issues

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

A tooth that only partially emerges from the gum is called an impacted tooth. This usually happens with the third set of molars. From about 17 to 21 years old, almost all of your teeth are in and the space in your gums are mostly entirely filled with teeth leaving these last molars with insufficient space. These teeth often stay stuck in the gum tissue because it erupts crookedly due to the lack of space.

Although pain and discomfort are rare, impacted teeth can still cause dental issues. When the tooth begins to come to surface, it can cause a gap in the gum where food and other debris can get trapped. This can often result in tooth infection and decay. Impacted teeth can also lead to the shifting of the other teeth because when they begin to erupt they can move the other teeth. This can result in a misaligned bite.

In order to prevent these potential dental problems caused by impacted teeth, wisdom teeth extraction is recommended before the patient reaches age 21 because younger gum tissues heals faster after extraction. However, regardless of your age, when an impacted tooth causes pain and discomfort, contact Oyster Point Dentistry immediately.

Choose In-Office Teeth Whitening Over Unsafe OTC Dental Strips

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Teeth whitening

Glistening white teeth are a common want. This is one of the reasons why so many choose over-the-counter dental bleaching believing they are as effective and a more affordable option than professional teeth whitening. Although you will see an improvement in the color of your teeth, long use of over-the-counter teeth whitening products may result in tooth sensitivity and root damage.

However, these products don't work on grey stains. Grey stains are often caused by cigarette smoking. T Because, DIY whitening strips or gel trays do not perfectly fit your teeth they can also cause serious damage to your gum line because most OTC whitening products contain peroxide. The lack of custom fit means there is unnecessary and unsafe contact of the peroxide with your gums. If you are one of the many who are looking for a safer and more effective way to whiten your teeth, in-office whitening treatment is the best option.

In-office teeth whitening uses customized trays that perfectly fit your teeth. Another benefit of this whitening option is that the whitening solution perfectly surrounds your teeth, it doesn't just sit on the front of your teeth, for better overall whitening results. This is also what makes its whitening effect last longer. With in-office whitening, teeth will be eight shades lighter than before in a matter of 2 weeks.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry for more details on professional teeth whitening.

Overcome Your Dental Phobia with Sedation Dentistry and Total Sleep Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Phobia

Both kids and adults suffer from dental phobias. Fear of the dentist can be quite serious because it causes people to skip or indefinitely put off dental appointments which can result in bigger issues and worsen overall health.

If you suffer from this problem but need to see a dentist, there are two dental treatment options which can help you overcome your fear successfully.

  • Sedation Dentistry - In this procedure, the patient is put into a heavily sedated state to help them relax during their dental treatment.
  • Total Sleep Dentistry - This is reserved for patients with a very severe dental phobia. This procedure is performed in a medical operating room wherein the patient is administered general anesthesia by a licensed anesthesiologist.

These two dental techniques can help patients overcome their fear of the dentist to get the dental treatments they need to maintain their dental and physical health.

To learn more about these treatment options, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.