By Smiles By RK
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Whitening your teeth provides a simple way to improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem. A teeth whitening session in the Hampstead, MD, dental office of Dr. Rudolph Klima only takes about an hour and offers impressive results. Read on to learn more!

 

How does teeth whitening work?

Your Hampstead dentist uses hydrogen peroxide gel to reach stains at their source. Once the gel oozes inside the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel, it breaks apart stain-causing pigments, leaving your smile brighter and whiter.

Although over-the-counter whitening products also contain hydrogen peroxide, the concentration is much weaker than the peroxide used in professional whitening agents. You may need to use drugstore whiteners for weeks or months before you see a difference in your smile. Professional whitening, on the other hand, offers results in just one visit to the dentist's office.

 

What happens during my visit?

Before your whitening session begins, your teeth must be cleaned thoroughly to remove plaque and tartar. This step is very important, as hydrogen peroxide can't penetrate either substance. If teeth aren't cleaned prior to whitening, they can appear speckled.

Do you have crowns or other dental restorations? Hydrogen peroxide won't change the color of bonding, cosmetic fillings, crowns, and bridges. If you want to ensure a consistently white smile after whitening, you may need to replace your restorations and fillings to match the new shade of your teeth.

Sensitivity can be an issue during whitening if the gel comes in contact with your roots or gums. Your dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums and roots and also use retractors to hold your gums and cheeks away from your teeth. After your roots and gums are protected, the whitening agent will be brushed on your teeth. Whitening results usually last several years, although you may be able to prolong your results by avoiding darkly colored foods and beverages like coffee, cola, tea, and berries.

Take-home whitening kits can also be used to whiten at home or for occasional touchups. The kits consist of trays custom molded to fit your teeth and a supply of hydrogen peroxide gel.

 

Give us a call!

Revitalize your smile with teeth whitening! Call your Hampstead, MD, dentist, Dr. Rudolph Klima, at (410) 374-9066 to schedule an appointment today.

By Smiles By RK
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

How your dentist in Hampstead, Maryland can rebuild your smile

If your smile is weak because of damaged teeth, you need to rebuild it! You need to know the facts about dental crowns and bridges and what they can do for you and your smile. Dr. Rudolph Klima at Smiles by RK in Hampstead, Maryland can help you achieve a smile that is both strong and beautiful!

More about Crowns

As the years go by, it’s only natural for your teeth to experience wear-and-tear, chips, breaks, and other damage. If you don’t rebuild your damaged teeth, there is a good chance they will break even further, eventually leading to tooth loss.

Dental crowns can help strengthen and rebuild your teeth because they cover the entire visible surfaces of your teeth above the gumline. When you bite down and chew your food, your teeth are protected from additional damage.

Today’s crowns can make your teeth more beautiful too because they are made of lifelike materials like porcelain, which is light-reflective just like tooth enamel. Your porcelain crowns will look virtually identical to your natural teeth. You can also choose porcelain fused to a metal underlay (the metal adds strength, but it is not light reflective).

More about Bridges

If you have lost teeth, you should find out more about dental bridges. Dental bridges provide more tooth surface to chew your food more effectively. They also fill in the spaces created by the missing teeth, so your smile looks full and beautiful.

The teeth on both sides of the space are prepared and crowned. These teeth, called abutments, provide support for the bridge, which is cemented onto them. The bridge itself is made of lifelike, natural-looking materials including both prosthetic teeth, called pontics, and realistic-looking gum tissue. Once your new bridge is cemented in place, your full chewing ability and beautiful smile will be restored!

Interested? Call Today!

Dental crowns and bridges look natural and beautiful. They strengthen and rebuild your smile, so you can feel free to smile again! To learn more about dental crowns and bridges, contact Dr. Rudolph Klima at Smiles by RK in Hampstead, Maryland. Call (410) 374-9066 today!

The way your smile looks and feels matters in more ways than you might imagine. Some people gauge your professionalism, youth, health, and ability to succeed by how your good your teeth look. Additionally, a smile survey by Kelton Research found that 52 percent of Cosmetic DentistryAmericans believe a smile can even determine your trustworthiness. If you're not satisfied with how your smile looks, talk to dentist Dr. Rudolph Klima at Smiles By RK in Hampstead, MD, about your cosmetic dentistry options.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Some cosmetic treatments restore the damaged parts of your smile, while others simply cover up imperfections. Some cosmetic solutions involve whole tooth replacements. The ideal treatment for you will be the one that gives you a smile that is strong, healthy, and has long-lasting appeal. Here are some of the most common cosmetic treatments available:

  • Teeth whitening to brighten the smile up to eight shades.
  • Cosmetic (white) fillings.
  • Veneers (tooth coverings).
  • Dental implants (outfitted with permanent crowns).
  • Crowns and bridges (CEREC same down restorations are available at Smiles By RK in Hampstead, MD).
  • Orthodontia (metal braces or Invisalign).
  • Partial or full dentures.

Ways that Cosmetic Dentistry Helps
Updating the look of your smile gives you more confidence in your appearance and how you carry yourself when you’re in the presence of others. It can also inspire you to take your dental health more seriously. Some cosmetic treatments provide functional benefits—for example, crowns can make it easier to chew your food and an orthodontic treatment can help relieve TMJ jaw pain.

What Are Your Cosmetic Concerns?
If you are only concerned about a few small gaps around your front teeth, dental bonding or veneers may be the solution for you. Braces are the solution if your teeth look misaligned and bunched together. A single tooth can be restored permanently with a dental implant or temporarily with a partial denture device. 

Schedule a Dental Consultation
Chances are, your dentist will have more than one cosmetic dentistry option in mind that could significantly improve your smile. Call (410)-374-9066 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Rudolph Klima at Smiles By RK in Hampstead, MD.

By Smiles By RK
June 22, 2018
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.Teeth Whitening

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.

Contact Your Dentist

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.

By Smiles By RK
June 22, 2018
Category: Dental Blog
Tags: Welcome  

Welcome to the Blog of Smiles By RK in Hampstead, MD

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Hampstead, MD area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health. 

As always, feel free to contact our Hampstead, MD office with any dental questions or concerns.

--Smiles By RK





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SMILES BY RK-Rudolph Klima DDS, FAGD
Cosmetic and General Dentistry
4519 Lower Beckleysville Rd
Hampstead, MD 21074-2613
410-374-9066