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By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
June 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

People improve their smiles for a lot of reasons: to better their career prospects, to put some juice in their social lives or just to do something special for themselves. But you may have an even stronger reason: a once-in-a-lifetime event—maybe your wedding day—is coming up soon.

You have several options for transforming your smile for the big day—and some are even quite economical. Here are 4 affordable ways to make your smile beautiful for that forever moment.

Cleanings. While dental cleanings should already be part of your regular dental care, scheduling one right before a big event can do wonders for your smile. Not only can your hygienist remove any lingering dull and dingy plaque and tartar, but they can polish your teeth for a brighter shine. Remember, though: dental cleanings support your own hygiene efforts, they don't replace them. Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile.

Teeth Whitening. You can also get an extra boost of brightness with a tooth whitening procedure. Using a professional bleaching solution and other techniques, your dentist can lighten your smile to your tastes, from a more natural hue to dazzling white. The whitening effect, though, is temporary, so plan to see your dentist no more than a few weeks before your big day.

Bonding. Perhaps a tiny chip is all that stands between you and a knockout smile. Your dentist may be able to repair that and other minor defects by bonding tooth-colored materials to the chip site. These composite resin materials have the shine of enamel and can be color-blended to match your tooth's natural shade. Composite resins are also fairly rugged, although you should avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.

Veneers. Although more expensive than the previous options mentioned, veneers are still affordable compared to crowns or bridgework. Usually made of thin layers of dental porcelain, dentists bond veneers to the front of teeth to mask mild to moderate problems like heavy staining, disfiguration and minor gaps. But because veneers are custom-fabricated by a dental lab, you'll need to plan them with your dentist at least six months before your event. The resulting change to your smile, though, may well be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on transforming your smile for a special event, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Woman With A Beautiful Bright White SmileYou've been dissatisfied with your smile appearance for quite some time now. You know your dentist in Lynchburg, Dr. Kevin Midkiff is an expert in cosmetic dental procedures, but you don't know what service might be best for your teeth and gums. Don't keep wondering. Dr. Midkiff will be happy to sit down with you and discuss your options. That's what a cosmetic dentistry consultation is all about.

What bothers you about your smile?

There's no doubt. Time plus simple wear and tear change how our smiles look to those around us. That being said, self-confidence takes a hit, too, when our teeth look dull, stained, chipped, or misaligned.

Think carefully about how you'd like to improve your smile. Then, come to Kevin Midkiff DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Lynchburg and share your ideas with this caring and highly skilled dentist. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry maintains that a frank discussion with your dentist about your goals and possible outcomes results in a smile that looks great and helps you feel your very best.

Offered cosmetic dentistry treatments

One of the most popular and affordable is professional teeth whitening. Applied either at-home or in the dental chair, concentrated whitening gel removes deeply embedded stains from tobacco, beverages, drugs, foods and more. And, you know your teeth are safe because Dr. Midkiff examines them before recommending any whitening or other cosmetic services.

For simple reshaping and repair of mildly flawed teeth, composite resin bonding and cosmetic reshaping can't be beat. Dr. Midkiff carefully sands and buffs away small chips, pits, and other surface defects, and as needed, he may add composite resin, a tooth-colored putty which can be sculpted and hardened to look and function just like real tooth enamel.

Another highly sought-after treatment is porcelain veneers. Bonded to the front of chipped, cracked or misshapen teeth, tooth-shaped veneers beautify and strengthen teeth for a Hollywood look which is customized to compliment your facial features.

Finally, Invisalign clear aligners provide a dual benefit. This inventive orthodontic system helps teens and older adults have beautiful smiles which are truly healthy and functional, too. Resembling thin teeth whitening trays, Invisalign appliances move teeth gradually without the discomforts or obvious appearance of metal or ceramic braces. Plus, the aligners are completely removable for meals and oral hygiene.

A smile makeover

While aesthetics are an important issue, some smiles need more help. If you'd like to investigate the benefits of a total smile makeover, Dr. Midkiff and his team can work with you toward that goal as well. From dental implants to porcelain crowns to bridgework and dentures, you can experience a smile that works as well as it looks.

Find out more

Dr. Kevin Midkiff would be pleased to help you toward your smile goals. Call his office today for a consultation in Lynchburg, VA, at (434) 239-8133. We have extended hours on Fridays and selected days until 6 o'clock

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns and BridgesYou're happy with your smile--for the most part. Your check-ups are good, but one back molar has been filled several times. Both you and your dentist--Dr. Kevin Midkiff--worry that it may crack. Would a dental crown prolong its life? A full evaluation at your dentist's office in Lynchburg, VA gives the information you need. Learn the details on dental crowns and if one could restore your weak tooth.

What is a crown?

A dental crown is a porcelain jacket custom-made to cover your tooth from the gums and up. This lifelike restoration replaces failing enamel and protects the tooth from further damage or infection. Crowns improve smile aesthetics, too, because the porcelain is perfectly matched to the rest of your smile, and the shape and size properly fill the space.

Is a crown right for you?

Your dentist will determine that with a comprehensive oral examination at his office in Lynchburg. Some teeth are too heavily damaged to receive crowns. Others may benefit from root canal therapy, an in-office procedure which removes diseased pulp from inside the tooth before crowning it.

Additionally, Dr. Midkiff looks at your overall oral health and at-home hygiene habits. Both contribute to the long-term retention of a crown or any other dental restoration.

If you do qualify, you'll spend two appointments with Dr. Midkiff. He'll shape the tooth, take oral impressions and formulate a treatment plan. Also, he'll cover the tooth with a temporary restoration to protect it and normalize its appearance and function while you wait for your permanent crown to return from the dental lab.

When it does, your dentist will take the temporary crown off and replace it with the new one. A strong adhesive bonds the crown in place, and with some easy adjustments, you're ready to go.

Other uses for dental crowns

The American Dental Association states that crowns are very stable and last for years with routine care at home and at your dentist's office. Dr. Midkiff also may use crowns to:

  • Cover a dental implant
  • Finish root canal therapy (sparing an infected tooth)
  • Attach artificial teeth (bridgework) to natural teeth
  • Refinish severely cracked or congenitally deformed teeth (such as peg-shaped lateral incisors)

Consult us

At the offices of Dr. Kevin Midkiff, the professional staff combine expert cosmetic dentistry with the comprehensive care family dentists are known for. Your dentist can make your weak molar strong and beautiful again with a porcelain crown. Find out more. Call today for an informative consultation: (434) 239-8133.

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Veneers can turn even the most worn-down, off-color smile into a beautiful sight to behold. A key benefit of veneers is that they don't veneersrequire a long treatment period or uncomfortable dental adjustments—they simply cover up your dental imperfections and revitalize your smile. Find out if veneers will work for you by contacting the team at Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Lynchburg, VA.

Your Smile with Veneers
Veneers have changed the lives of countless patients who thought that they had hopelessly unattractive smiles. Even if your teeth look very badly damaged on the outside—discolored, yellow, chipped, and gapped—veneers can make your smile look wonderful again. Each veneer is made of a translucent porcelain shell that can be contoured and colored to look like your natural teeth. 

How Veneers Are Integrated Into Your Smile
Veneers provide patients with long-lasting, life-changing results. This cosmetic treatment requires just a few hours with your Lynchburg, VA dentist over the course of two to three visits. The veneers are designed to lay over the top of your existing teeth after a small amount of enamel is removed. The bonding material used in the procedure is the perfect color for your smile. Once bonded, the veneers will remain attached for about 10 years.

Seeing Your New Smile Is Exciting
When a patient first sees his or her new smile with veneers, it is an amazing experience. It’s like being granted a whole new set of teeth, but you don’t have to go through any major dental work in order to get them. Veneers of today are so realistic in shape, color, and texture, that most people won’t be able to tell you have them. Just keep them clean and free from plaque buildup to ensure that they remain a part of your smile for a very long time.

Bring Your New Smile to Fruition
You don't have to wait much longer to get the magical smile that you've been desiring for years. If you’re interested in veneers, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Midkiff at his Lynchburg, VA dentist office by calling (434) 239-8133 today.

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
May 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

How porcelain veneers from your Lynchburg, Virginia dentist can enhance your smileveneers

If you don’t like the smile that nature gave you, it’s time to create a new one! You can create a smile that is uniquely beautiful and uniquely yours, thanks to porcelain veneers! Dr. Kevin Midkiff, family and cosmetic dentist in Lynchburg, Virginia wants to introduce you to what porcelain veneers can do for your smile.

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic treatments available. They can fix major aesthetic dental problems like these:

  • Unevenly spaced teeth due to genetics
  • Excessively worn down teeth due to aging
  • Damaged, broken or cracked teeth due to trauma
  • Yellowed, darkened teeth due to aging
  • Badly stained or discolored teeth due to lifestyle or medications

Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment for many reasons. When you choose porcelain veneers, you can count on:

  • A naturally beautiful appearance; porcelain is translucent and reflects light, just like your natural teeth.
  • A long-lasting result; with proper care, porcelain veneers can last for many years.
  • An easy care treatment; your porcelain veneers will resist staining.
  • A conservative treatment; porcelain veneers conserve the maximum amount of tooth structure.

Porcelain veneers are thin sheaths of beautiful, translucent porcelain which are cemented over the front surfaces of your teeth. They typically require two to three appointments, starting with a consultation appointment. At your consultation appointment, Dr. Midkiff will discuss how your new veneers will look and what you can expect from treatment.

Your second appointment is the tooth preparation appointment, during which a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed, usually just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Molds of your teeth are taken and sent off to the dental laboratory where your veneers are created.

Your veneers are completed and sent back to Dr. Midkiff. After he receives them, he will permanently cement them, and you have a new smile, created just for you!

If you are dissatisfied with your smile, you can create a new one, thanks to porcelain veneers! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Kevin Midkiff, your family and cosmetic dentist in Lynchburg, Virginia. Call today and get started on creating your new smile!