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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
June 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
November 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How cosmetic dentistry from your Lynchburg dentist can renew your smile.

Do you have darkly stained teeth from drinking coffee, red wine or smoking cigarettes? Does your smile look dark, yellow and dull due to teeth whiteningaging? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to renew your smile. Your stains can be gone, thanks to cosmetic dental treatments. Dr. Kevin S. Midkiff in Lynchburg, Virginia, wants to share his expertise and cosmetic dentistry skills with you.

Cosmetic dentistry is an art form, and Dr. Midkiff is a dental artist. Thanks to his considerable skills and the latest dental technology and materials, he can remove stains, reshape your teeth and give you a whole new smile. Some of the cosmetic dental services he offers include:

  • Dental whitening treatments, if your teeth are stained from lifestyle habits like smoking or coffee, or if you are suffering from an aging smile. You can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter, and the results can last up to an astounding 5 years! You can even choose from:
  1. A fast in-office procedure that takes about an hour, the perfect choice for your busy schedule.
  2. A convenient take home kit, containing everything you need to whiten your smile whenever you want, in the privacy of your home
  • Porcelain veneers, which can change the color, shape and even the alignment of your front teeth; porcelain veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain which fit over your teeth and correct problems like these:
  1. Heavily discolored or stained teeth from lifestyle issues, aging or medications
  2. Badly broken or damaged teeth from trauma or an accident
  3. Excessively worn, chipped or cracked teeth from overuse or aging
  4. Unevenly spaced apart or overlapped teeth due to genetics

Smile makeovers can totally revamp and renew your whole smile; a smile makeover involves many different procedures, all guaranteed to give you a spectacular smile. For your smile makeover, your Lynchburg, VA, doctor may recommend:

  • Composite bonding, to fix small cracks or chips in your teeth
  • Recontouring and reshaping, often done in combination with bonding, to provide a seamless, natural look
  • Cosmetic fillings, to give you a restorative treatment that is both strong and beautiful, and virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth

These are just some of the cosmetic services available from Dr. Midkiff. For more information on cosmetic services please visit his website at http://www.kevinmidkiffdds.com

It’s time for your stains to be gone and your new smile to be created! Just call Dr. Kevin S. Midkiff in Lynchburg, Virginia, to find out more about getting started with your new smile!