Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Invisalign Invisible Braces Let You Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisalign clear aligners in Newport News, VA

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
Oyster Point Dentistry - Britesmile Teeth Whitening System - In Office Whitening Treatment, Hampton, VA

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!