Professional Dental Cleanings

Professional cleanings performed by a licensed dentist or hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Using specialized tools and training, your hygienist or dentist will:
•  Remove plaque build-up from the surfaces of teeth. Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, which collects on teeth and causes decay, gum disease, and gingivitis.
•  Remove tartar from teeth surfaces. Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has become so hardened on the teeth that its removal requires special procedures. Tartar below the gum line is also an indication of gum disease.
•  Remove surface stains from teeth through polishing.


Regular examinations help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair. Dental examinations include the following:
•  Gum disease screening
•  Oral cancer screening
•  Visual tooth decay evaluation
•  Visual gum disease examination
•  Gum pocket measurement and tracking
•  X-ray examination to detect: tooth decay, cysts, tumors, problems below the gums and other hidden issues

Regular examinations are very important for your health. Remember, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." –Benjamin Franklin


Sealants are generally used to help prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth (molars). The natural grooves of these teeth can trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing. If left in place, the trapped food allows bacteria to multiply, eventually causing tooth decay and requiring costly attention.

Sealants are painted directly onto the tooth where they seal the natural grooves to help prevent tooth decay. While sealants are durable, they are not permanent. They can last up to 5 years of normal wear before needing replacement.

Sealants offer a cost-effective, preventative step to reduce the chances of tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars. However, they do not replace the need for regular brushing and flossing.
Periodontal Care

Periodontal Disease & Care

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it.

Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

The Early Stage of Gum Disease Is Called Gingivitis

If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced Gum Disease Is Called Periodontitis

Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.

Periodontal Maintenance

A periodontal maintenance procedure (PMP) is defined as a procedure that is recommended following periodontal treatment (such as scaling and root planing) and continues at varying intervals, determined by the clinical evaluation of the dentist.

These intervals can be as frequent as every two months and they can be extended as long as six months, depending on the patient. Keeping up your PMP interval is important because periodontal disease can recur without adequate follow-up.

PMP includes removal of plaque and tartar above and below the gums, scaling and root planing of specific areas, and polishing. PMP is always completed following active periodontal treatment such as scaling and root planing or more extensive gum surgery.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a special type of treatment that goes deeper BELOW the gum line to remove contaminated debris and bacteria, most often performed on patients with active periodontitis.

This seems to be a procedure that causes so much confusion for patients in trying to understand the difference between "just a cleaning" and scaling and root planing, and the need/reason for this procedure.

A professional polishing or prophy removes only the soft sticky plaque and hard crusty calculus that is ABOVE the gum line on the crown of the tooth. Scaling and root planing is done to remove soft sticky plaque and hard crusty calculus that is loaded with bacteria, around and BELOW the gum line on root surfaces. It is a method of treating gum disease when pockets formed around the teeth have a measurement of greater than 3mm and there is evidence of bleeding and tissue attachment loss.


Scaling is a procedure that meticulously removes contaminated biofilm, plaque, calculus, microorganisms and toxins from around the gum line down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket, in order to obtain a healing response.

Root Planing

Root planing involves smoothing the root surfaces of your teeth with thin instruments so gum tissue can more firmly reattach to roots that are clean and smooth, to prevent tooth loss and sensitivity problems. This procedure makes it more difficult for plaque, calculus and bacteria to accumulate along these root surfaces.

Because this procedure goes deeper than a regular cleaning, your mouth may be numbed. The cleaning may take one to six visits to complete. Depending on the extent of the disease, you may need one or more quadrants of the mouth to be treated with scaling and root planing.

Some Reasons Why Root Planning May Be Necessary

•  To control the growth of harmful bacteria
•  Help the pocket wall reattach firmly to the clean root surface
•  Prevent further bleeding of the gums from disease
•  Reduce inflammation
•  Reduce discomfort
•  Prevent bone loss
•  Prevent gum disease related tooth loss
•  Reduce systemic disease

Have you been dreaming of achieving a straighter smile? Many adults share this goal, but the thought of being stuck wearing unsightly, metal braces is just too much to handle. At Tyson Smiles, we’re happy to offer a much more sophisticated and seamless orthodontic option: Invisalign™. With the help of Invisalign™’s clear, custom-made aligners, patients can achieve the look of their dreams in a comfortable and convenient fashion. Best of all, treatment can usually be completed in 6-18 months, which is a considerable improvement over the multiple years traditional braces can require.

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Preventive Dentistry

Periodontal Care

Nearly all Americans will experience some form of tooth decay in their lifetimes. Untreated tooth decay progressively erodes the infected tooth and causes more serious problems.

Since bacteria cause tooth decay, forgoing treatment risks spread to neighboring teeth, multiplying dental health issues. It is very important to remove the decay, clean the area, and restore the tooth with a filling.

To ensure overall oral health, missing or damaged teeth need to be replaced or restored by a licensed dentist.

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A dental bridge is a great option for treating tooth loss. It can be hard to deal with the ramifications of losing a tooth. Chewing your food becomes a chore. Things that were once fun to eat can be the source of pain. Many times, you will have a harder time speaking properly and people will notice a difference in the way you speak. The hardest thing to deal with is usually the loss of your beautiful smile. Dental bridges have the ability to give you all the normal functions of your teeth back!

Why a dental bridge?

Dental bridges accomplish almost all the same functions as your natural teeth. They hold your natural teeth in place, preventing a change in your bite. They give you the ability to chew your food with confidence. All this and they are one of the most cost effective tooth replacement options on the market.

Dental Bridge Procedure

A bridge is a permanent dental fixture that typically is anchored to the teeth or implants surrounding the site. If your natural teeth are still in place around the site and are stable and healthy enough to support a bridge, we can use them as the anchors. So, to create a bridge that will replace a single tooth, we will need to create what is known as a “three tooth bridge”. It is called a three tooth bridge because it involves the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth, plus the missing tooth itself.

The procedure for receiving a fixed bridge usually takes two visits to our office. During the first visit we prepare the teeth that will act as the anchors for the bridge and we will take an impression of the teeth that must be crafted to fill the gap. We will send the impressions to a dental lab so that they can create a bridge that will perfectly fit the gap in shape, size, and color. Before we send you home we will affix a temporary bridge so that you can start getting used to the feeling of having the fixture in your mouth.

On the second visit to our office we will remove the temporary from your mouth and fit you with the permanent. We will use a special and very long lasting bonding cement to ensure that it will last a long time. Before you leave our office we will make any precision adjustments that need to be made to ensure that the new bridge feels natural in your mouth.

The Dental Implant Option

Sometimes a patient will lack natural teeth to act as one of, or both sides of the bridge anchor. Have no fear! In this case we have the option of placing a dental implant which can act as the anchor for the bridge. Dental implants can help to stimulate the bone in your jaw to prevent bone loss.

If you are missing teeth and would like a no commitment consultation please give us a call today at (571) 758-5889. We are happy to help you achieve a better smile any way we can!


We can repair teeth that have been compromised with a dental crown. A crown resembles a cap for your tooth, it is a covering that entirely wraps and protects the entire surface of a tooth. This protection allows a weakened tooth to look and function just like the natural tooth. Tooth crowns work by providing strength to a tooth and protecting the existing structure, this will greatly extend the life of the tooth longer than it would be with a filling or another restoration. Our staff at Tyson Smiles are happy to answer your questions about the placement of a dental crown.

Common Reasons for Choosing a Dental Crown

We place dental crowns to correct a variety of issues that can occur with your teeth. The most common reasons include:
•  The repair of teeth that have multiple tiny fractures, this may be due to bruxism
•  The repair of teeth that have been broken
•  The repair of teeth that have been severely damaged due to decay
•  To enhance the look of teeth and cover up cosmetic imperfections
•  To provide strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure

Standard Dental Crowns

Dentistry is constantly advancing, variations on dental crowns along with it. There are three main types of dental crowns available. We can discuss alternatives with you based on your needs. Together, we will choose the right tooth crown medium for your mouth:
•  Ceramic: Ceramic is a preferred option by most patients because it is one of the most aesthetically pleasing options. With advances in products, ceramic is not restricted to just the front teeth, they can be used for back teeth also. Ceramic crowns are composed of zirconia or lithium disilicate.
•  Gold: Gold crowns are long known for being extremely durable. Most dentists will tell you that they are best suited for the back molars because they are strong and in the back they cannot be seen. Many patients do not love the idea of having a bright gold tooth. We find that gold crowns are useful for people who clench or grind their teeth. Patients also like the feel of gold crowns, they tend to be most similar feel to your natural teeth, allowing the tissue to quickly adapt to the restoration. Dentists also like that gold crowns require a minimal amount of your natural tooth structure to be removed for placement.
•  Porcelain Fused to Metal:This crown features a metal base that has had porcelain baked onto the outside. Patients like that natural tooth color with the knowledge that a strong metal base is beneath. This type of crown is very durable. What patients may not like is that this type of crown has been known to chip, exposing the metal.

Placing your Dental Crown

The placement of a dental crown generally takes a minimum of two dental appointments, more depending on the restoration work that is needed. Your first visit will be to remove any decay or debris. With a clean, healthy tooth, we will then prepare the tooth by shaping the surface allowing it to receive a dental crown. With the tooth shaped and ready, we will take an impression using a mold of the area. This allows him to submit the mold to dental lab where your customized crown is fabricated. He will place a temporary restoration on the prepared tooth in the meantime. Your new crown will take approximately two weeks before it is ready.

At your follow-up appointment, we will remove your temporary crown, cleanse the area again, and then carefully place the permanent one in place. During this time, we will continuously check the tooth for proper fit, anything that may be uncomfortable, and ensuring that your bite and the spacing is correct.

After your appointment, we'll encourage you to follow up with us regularly. While proper oral hygiene is essential, you'll also need regular dental care to ensure that your crown is in the best possible shape.

For more information on dental crowns, contact Tyson Smiles at our Vienna, Virginia 22182 office. (571) 758-5889


Many times, in order to restore a tooth to a healthy state it becomes necessary to place a dental filling. Dental fillings are used to fill in portions of the tooth that have been removed due to decay caused by bacteria within the mouth. There are two different varieties of fillings (direct and indirect) each which offer several different kinds of materials that are used to accomplish the filling.

At Tyson Smiles, we are passionate about providing our patients with the very best in oral healthcare. If you have are being bothered by discomfort in your mouth, please call us today at (571) 758-5889 to schedule an appointment to be seen by us as quickly as possible. The more quickly that we know about any issues that arise, the better chance we have at a successful and simple solution.

Direct Fillings

When we refer to a direct filling we are talking about a tooth restoration procedure that will only take one office visit to accomplish. The majority of fillings are done in a direct manner. The stereotypical restorative procedure that everyone envisions when they hear the word “filling” is a direct filling. Amalgam and composite are the most common materials use to accomplish direct filling procedures.

Situations where we will use a direct filling are when we know the tooth has a significant and substantial structure left to support the filling. We will remove the decay from the tooth using a dental drill and use the filling material to pack within the space we have created.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam is the most common filling material in the world today. They appear silver or metallic in color. Amalgam is comprised of a mixture of metals like silver, mercury, copper and tin.

Because of the properties of amalgam, the amount of healthy tooth that we are require to take are a bit higher than other filling materials. This results in a larger filling. We can’t use amalgam for teeth other than the molars and the premolars.

The advantages of amalgam fillings are that they tend to have a long life, and are very durable. They are the cheapest fillings to receive and typically only require one visit to be placed.

The disadvantages of amalgam fillings are that they have trace amounts of mercury within them and they are not aesthetically pleasing. As previously mentioned, amalgam requires us to take a bit more of the tooth than we would if we were using composite as the filling material. This can leave you with less healthy tooth structure.

Composite Fillings

Composite is another very common filling material and it is quickly becoming a very popular option because of its very tooth-like appearance. Before we begin the procedure we mix the composite resin to match the exact color of your tooth. This allows us to maintain the beautiful, unblemished nature of your smile.

Often called plastic fillings, composite material is durable and long lasting. Amalgam fillings are considered a tougher material than composite. The biggest advantage that composite fillings bring to the table besides their great aesthetic value is the fact that they are very successful in small filling applications where amalgam would fail.

The disadvantages of using composite material as a filling material is that they may wear faster than other materials and they may be more sensitive to heat and cold.

Indirect Fillings

Indirect fillings are restorations that are manufactured outside of the tooth, usually by our dental laboratory. As a result, an indirect filling usually requires at least two visits to our office to finish.

During the first visit, we will take the measurements of the inlay or onlay that will be used to restore your tooth. During the second visit we will prepare and place the appliance in your tooth. Indirect fillings usually need to be fastened to your teeth via a permanent dental cement.

Gold Fillings

Gold is a fantastic material to use in tooth restoration because of the similar properties that it has with the teeth. Gold is known to feel the most like a real tooth of all the restorative materials. It is a long lasting and high quality tooth restoration option.

Gold restorations are made using the same methods as jewelers use to make gold jewelry – the lost wax technique. Using this crafting method the technician creates a wax pattern of the restoration and uses it to cast a gold filling or crown. Once the piece has been cast it is polished to the desired level and cemented into place.

Contrary to popular belief, gold fillings are not pure gold, rather they are a mixture of gold, copper, and silver. These other metals help to make the filling more durable and long lasting.

The advantages of having a gold filling placed are their uncanny ability to resist further decay and their similarity to the enamel of your natural tooth. Gold fillings offer one of the longest lasting fillings on the market to this day.

There are some distinct disadvantages to gold. Many people enjoy the appearance of gold fillings but there are some who find them distracting in the same way amalgam fillings are. They conduct heat and cold and require multiple visits to finish.

Porcelain Ceramic Fillings

Porcelain is the option that people turn to when they want a flawless and undetectable restoration of their original tooth. We use porcelain for veneers that fit over the front teeth because of how perfectly it matches the appearance of real teeth.

The process of applying porcelain inlays or onlays is very similar to the process of applying gold restorations.

Porcelain fillings are more brittle and therefore can be used in fewer circumstances than most of the rest of the materials used to complete fillings.

Please call us today at (571) 758-5889 to schedule an appointment. We recommend at least two trips to see us per year so that we can stay abreast of your dental health. We look forward to seeing your smile.

Partial Dentures


Often called a "partial," this type of denture is often used when only some of the teeth are missing.

A partial denture is a removable appliance held in place by gripping the remaining healthy teeth, usually with metal clasps or wires.

It is an economical solution that allows all missing teeth in the same arch (either the upper or the lower) to be replaced with one appliance. A partial denture is inherently much more stable and therefore more comfortable than a complete denture. There are many factors that help us to determine if you are a candidate for tooth replacement with a partial denture. Among these factors, the health of the gums and the shape of the anchor teeth are most important.

Reasons for Partial Dentures

•  Multiple teeth missing in the same arch
•  Restore chewing function

The metal clasps are usually visible and usually affect the beauty of your smile. Often, there are options available to reduce or eliminate the need for visible clasps.

Finally, partial dentures can be designed to allow for the future loss of teeth that may not be as healthy as the rest. Alternatives to partial dentures include bridges, implants, and, occasionally, full dentures.
Full Dentures


When the condition of the teeth has deteriorated so far that they can no longer be repaired, removal is the only option. Dentures are a "replacement" option for missing teeth. There are two variations of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. The difference between the two lies in how many natural teeth remain.

A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base; the denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.

It is important to note that life with an upper and/or lower denture is a major lifestyle change when compared to natural teeth. Dentures impact the type of food you are able to eat, your self-confidence in social situations and even your self-esteem.

Reasons for a Full Denture

•  All teeth missing in the same arch
•  Restore chewing ability
•  Restore a natural looking smile
•  Economical alternative to other procedures

An upper full denture will almost always feel better than a lower full denture. In order to dramatically improve the fit of a lower full denture, we frequently suggest using dental implants as a retentive mechanism. Implants placed in the lower jaw can help anchor the denture and significantly improve comfort. Sometimes, the implants can even be placed in the jaw after a denture has been in use for several years.
Root Canals

Root Canal Therapy

A "root canal," or endodontic therapy, is a procedure available to save a tooth that is infected and would otherwise require extraction. There are many reasons that teeth can become infected, including: cavities, previous large fillings, crowns, cracks, trauma and extreme wear.

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (nerve and blood supply), bacteria and any decay are removed, and the resulting space is filled with an inert material called gutta percha. After the tooth is healed, getting a crown is recommended, because the tooth will become brittle.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a problematic tooth is the best (and most economical) solution. Extracting, or pulling a tooth, could ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth, as well as causing loss of bone around the extraction site.

While root canal therapy has a high degree of success, it is not 100% guaranteed. It is very important to have a permanent restoration (usually a crown) placed within 30 days of the root canal. If a permanent restoration is not placed, the tooth can fracture or further decay to the point where the root canal must be re-done or, worse, the tooth must be removed.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy

•  Decay has reached the tooth's pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
•  Infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
•  Injury or trauma to the tooth
•  Extreme wear due to bruxism (grinding)

What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?

A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed . While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and isolated from the other teeth. Your Vienna dentist will then create a hole at the top of the tooth, and clean the infected pulp from inside the tooth. Medicine will be applied to remove any bacteria, and a temporary filling will be placed. When the tooth has had time to heal from the root canal treatment, you will need to return to our office to check the healing of the tooth. If the tooth has healed, then it will be ready to have a permanent crown placed to prevent any further decay or fracturing of the treated area.

At times the tooth requiring treatment has a complex root or the infection is such that it needs a specialist, called an endodontist, to examine and complete root canal therapy. We will work closely with our endodontic specialist to review your treatment case, send necessary records to their office, and place the crown after your root canal is completed. Our office staff will help coordinate your appointments, and help you understand your financial responsibility.
Gum Recession

The Chao Pinhole®

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls away to expose more of the tooth enamel or the tooth’s root. It’s a common problem that often goes unnoticed - but its treatment is necessary to prevent tooth sensitivity, bone loss around the teeth, and eventual tooth loss. Dr. Hisham Barakat is one of seven Board Certified Implantologists in the state of Virginia and one of four Virginian dentists who specializes in The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. Keep reading to learn more about the condition and its treatment at Tyson Smiles.

About Gum Recession

Gum recession can occur due to aggressive brushing, tobacco use, gum disease, or as a natural side effect of aging. You may notice your gums have pulled away from their normal location, causing increased sensitivity due to the tooth root’s exposure. You may also feel a notch between the gum and the crown of the tooth when recession has occurred. Healthy gums are an essential part of a healthy mouth - and left untreated, gum recession can lead to bacteria buildup that may result in eventual tooth loss.

How the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique Works

There are a number of treatments available for gum recession, but most involve the use of invasive scalpels and sutures. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a nonsurgical technique that works sort of like a needle and thread to pull gum tissue back to its original position. First a small hole is opened in the area where recession has occurred - then special instruments are inserted to gently pull the gum down, covering the exposed root and reversing gum recession.

As one of only four dentists certified to perform the procedure in our state, Dr. Barakat is exceptionally qualified to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique in Vienna.

Benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

The benefits of this nonsurgical treatment for patients suffering from gum recession are many. They include:

•  No cutting or stitching required
•  No need to remove existing tissue from elsewhere in the mouth (as with gum grafting procedures)
•  Minimal postoperative symptoms
•  Far less pain, swelling, and tenderness than surgical methods
•  Almost instant, natural-looking results
•  Gum recession also causes the teeth to appear longer than they should, a side effect many patients find unsightly. By pulling the gum line back to where it once was, the Pinhole Surgical Technique provides rapid cosmetic improvements, too.

Learn More About Gum Recession Treatment Today!

If you’re experiencing the signs of gum recession, don’t wait to seek nonsurgical treatment with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Make an appointment now by calling one of our friendly, helpful receptionists at (571) 758-5889. We will be pleased to serve your smile and have you on your way as quickly as possible.

Restorative Dentistry

Partial Dentures
Full Dentures
Root Canals
Gum Recession

You don't have to live with damage, discoloration or gaps when it comes to your teeth. There is a procedure that is right for you and your unique situation. From dentures to root canals, we can help or point you in the right direction. Give us a call or post a comment if you have any questions.

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Bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure.

Here's How it Works

We prepare the tooth surface so the bonding material will adhere. Once it has been applied, we will shape it so it has a natural appearance. Then the material is allowed to harden, usually with the help of a light. Finally, the composite is polished and buffed so that the surface is smooth.

This is not a process that is recommended if you are a smoker as smoke causes staining. Also, the material is not as durable as porcelain veneers and crowns so it chips more easily; eventually it may require replacing.

Bonding is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding can take less time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia. Depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it.

Please don't procrastinate if you have a dental problem but are worried about the time, cost or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call so we can discuss options with you.


With dental veneers, we can dramatically change your look. There are many options in cosmetic dentistry, but if you want a beautiful smile quickly and painlessly, tooth veneers are something you should inquire about.They consist of thin shells of a durable porcelain material that are customized for the unique shape of your teeth, or the shape you want. We'll help you create the look you are seeking, matching both the shape and color specifications. This information is sent to a dental lab for the fabrication of your new veneers. Trust your teeth in the hands of a dentist you can trust, contact Tyson Smiles.

Why Choose Dental Veneers?

There are a variety of reasons a patient may ask about tooth veneers. Most commonly, they are chosen as an alternative to a dental crown. Patients love that veneers can completely alter the shape of your front teeth, and your smile. Dental veneers are highly durable and can last for several years, if cared for properly. Ask us for more information and let us show you how you can enjoy a beautiful and long-lasting smile.

Most Common Reasons for Tooth Veneers

Our patients have inquired about tooth veneers because they can greatly improve the appearance and function of your smile. With these simple porcelain shells, we can correct a variety of dental issues including:
•  We can create a more perfected look for teeth that are misshapen.
•  We can make front teeth that are crooked appear straighter without braces.
•  We can cover up teeth that are severely stained from fluorosis.
•  We can cover up teeth that are badly discolored from years of smoking or coffee drinking.
•  We can make teeth larger or smaller to more appropriately fit your smile.
•  We can fill in gaps between teeth.
•  We can help your front teeth appear more centered if they are uneven.
•  We can cover teeth that have been chipped, broken, or worn.

Placing your Porcelain Veneer

Placing your porcelain veneers generally take two office visits. At your first appointment, we will first discuss with you what it is that you are seeking. Together, you will decide on what end result you are seeking. He will then proceed to prepare your tooth, or multiple teeth, that will have the veneer placed. He will begin with a light buffing and then surface shaping. This is to allow the space for your veneer to adhere to. The alterations we make to your teeth will permanently alter them but is necessary so the veneer can fit around the tooth. With your tooth, or teeth, prepared, we will take impressions using a mold of your teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab for the creation of your tooth veneers. We'll place a temporary restoration on your prepared tooth until your next appointment.

Once we have received your customized veneers, generally about two weeks, we will schedule a second appointment with you. At this second visit, we will clean your teeth using a specialized solution that will help the veneers bond to the surface of your teeth. He will then place a bonding cement between the veneer and the natural tooth. This bond will be set and hardened using a curing light.

Following the placement of your new dental veneers, you should continue to see Tyson Smiles regularly to check up on the health and appearance of your smile. With proper dental hygiene routine and visiting us regularly, you'll extend the life of your beautiful new porcelain veneers.

For more information on dental veneers, contact Tyson Smiles, at our Vienna, Virginia 22182. (571) 758-5889

Teeth Whitening

Whitening the teeth is one of the easiest and most noticeable changes that you can make to improve the appearance of your smile. Whitening, or bleaching, is a non-invasive and simple dental treatment that will alter the color of your tooth enamel to make your smile look whiter and brighter.

For many people, dull or stained teeth are the primary concerns that they have about their smile. At-home teeth whitening systems are the most popular method for correcting this problem. However, if you have older fillings, crowns, and other restorations, you need to be aware that these whitening systems will only work to improve the appearance of the natural tooth enamel, so you won't notice any changes on those restorations. It is recommended that you have those restorations replaced after bleaching your teeth so they match the new and improved color of the rest of your smile.

Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth

There are numerous reasons why you might choose to whiten your teeth:
•  Brown or yellow stains due to smoking or your diet
•  Discoloration due to fluorosis (too much fluoride during the development of the teeth)
•  Stains due to certain medications
•  Normal wear of the enamel

The Teeth Whitening Process

If you choose to whiten your teeth with a home whitening system, you will generally need two dental appointments. At your first visit, we will take molds of your teeth to create customized plastic trays to hold the whitening solution.

After your trays have been fabricated, you'll have a second appointment where we'll make sure they fit properly. You'll receive instructions on how to wear the trays for optimal results. In most cases, this will involve wearing them either overnight or twice per day for several weeks.

Caring for Your Whitened Teeth

When whitening your teeth, it is completely normal to experience sensitivity. Fortunately, this discomfort should stop once you have finished your bleaching treatment, but if it doesn't, sensitivity toothpaste can help with the symptoms.

It is important to remember that teeth whitening isn't a permanent procedure, so to get the most out of your results, you should be sure to avoid foods and beverages that could stain your smile, including: wine, tea, soda and coffee. If you are a smoker, you should also consider giving up the habit. Additionally, you will likely need an annual touch-up in order to maintain your beautiful, white smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry


Cosmetic dentistry will give you healthy, radiant teeth. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve confidence and make you want to share your smile. With state-of-the-art materials, and tried and true dental techniques, cosmetic dentistry improves appearance and enhances self-esteem.

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At Tyson Smiles, we perform a wide variety of services to help you get the smile you deserve. By leveraging today's advanced techniques and technology, your Vienna dentist can restore your beautiful smile to help you maintain your youthful appearance.

Whether you need to get a tooth filled, have crooked teeth, or need a complete smile makeover, we can offer a treatment plan that's right for you. Click the links above to learn more about some of the procedures we offer.

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Tyson Smiles
8230 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
Call: (571) 758-5889
Fax: (703) 893-5315

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