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By Smile Design Studio
July 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Do you want to improve your smile? Do you feel like you're too old to be wearing braces? Well, the dentists at Smile Design Studio invisalignunderstand how you feel, which is why they offer Invisalign at their Bethesda, MD, office.

Invisalign is composed of custom-made clear aligners that are made to fit your upper and lower teeth. The aligners function the same way traditional braces work, by applying pressure on each tooth so that it moves into its proper position. Your Bethesda dentists create your custom aligners using a specialized computer software.

There are several benefits to Invisalign. Here are a few,

  • Oral Hygiene: Because Invisalign is a removable appliance, you will be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you have traditional metal braces. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
  • Discreet: Traditional metal braces can be distracting, especially if you're a teenager or an adult. Invisalign is transparent, so no one will notice if you have braces.
  • Dietary Limitations: Traditional braces prevent you from eating your favorite foods, like taffy apples or corn, but that's not an issue with Invisalign. You can eat whatever you want because the aligners you wear are removable.
  • Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are thin, flexible aligners that don't irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, unlike metal braces.

Invisalign's clear plastic aligners are flexible and great for if you need to straighten your teeth and don't want anyone to know you're wearing braces, unlike traditional metal braces. You do, however, need to keep them on for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day.

You can take them off if you want to eat, brush your teeth or floss. Some people like to take their clear aligners off for special events.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with your Bethesda, MD, dentists, then call their office at (301) 907-8201 today!

By Smile Design Studio
January 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you wondering if you should get dental implants in Bethesda, MD?dental implants

Tooth loss is certainly not an issue you should ignore if it happens to you. We know that you thought your smile would last forever but you can still have a beautiful smile after tooth loss and our Bethesda, MD, dentists Dr. Michael Wright, Dr. Treva Willis and Dr. Maria Wright can make sure that you get a healthy smile back with a little help from dental implants.

Why choose dental implants?

We get this question a lot, but there is a reason so many people are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth. Implants are the closest you can get to a real tooth. While maintaining your natural teeth is the ideal, when this is no longer possible then dental implants can be the second best option. After all, no other restoration functions as closely to real teeth than this long-term tooth replacement.

When you first look at an implant it seems hard to believe that this small metal restoration can really take the place of your missing tooth or teeth, but it can. In fact, no other tooth replacement will be able to provide such a solid, resilient foundation from which to support false teeth.

How are dental implants placed?

First, the implant must be placed into the jawbone. For this to be possible, our Bethesda, MD, cosmetic dentist will need to make a small hole in the jawbone where the implant will be placed. This procedure might sound rather involved, but it’s simple, can be performed right here in our office as an outpatient procedure, and it will all be done under local anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing.

Once the implant is placed it will take the mouth several months to fully heal from the procedure. While the healing process happens, the jawbone will grow around the implant, making it a permanent structure. With implants, you will never have to worry about them moving or shifting around in your mouth, unlike dentures.

When the implant and the jawbone are fully integrated it’s now time to place an abutment over the implant. An abutment is like a tooth that’s been prepped for a crown. Its sole purpose is to connect the implant, which is under the gums, with an artificial tooth (the part of the implant that’s visible). In some situations, the implant will already have an abutment attached, in which case all we will have to do is secure the dental crown over top.

However, if you are dealing with multiple missing teeth or even a full row of missing teeth dental implants can still support and hold your dental bridge or a full set of dentures firmly in place.

If you are ready to take the next steps to getting your smile back then it’s time you called the Smile Design Studio in Bethesda, MD, to schedule your consultation. Turn to the experts who will know how to get you the smile you want.

By Smile Design Studio
November 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Do you feel as though your smile hinders your first impressions, making you feel as though your appearance is sub-par due to your invisalignmisaligned teeth? If so, orthodontic treatment could be for you. Invisalign, while a different approach to orthodontics, is an effective way of straightening your teeth and correcting problems with your bite. Find out more about Invisalign and what it can do for you with Dr. Michael Wright, Dr. Treva Willis, and Dr. Maria Wright at Smile Design Studio of Bethesda in Bethesda, MD.

Is Invisalign right for me? 
Invisalign works best in patients ages 12 and older who have misaligned teeth or issues with their bite, or the way their top and bottom jaws fit together. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign does not require that patients wear visible brackets and wires on their teeth during treatment. Instead, Invisalign’s removable, clear aligner trays move the teeth to their new positions. Since the trays are removable, the treatment requires a strong commitment to wearing the trays for the allotted amount of time a day.

How does Invisalign compare to traditional metal braces? 
The biggest difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is that Invisalign is not permanently affixed to the teeth. This means that eating and brushing are the same as before your orthodontic treatment and does not require any special steps like threading floss or water picks to go through or around the brackets. Additionally, patients with traditional braces need to avoid certain foods like popcorn or chewy foods to ensure their brackets and wires remain safe and free from damage. Invisalign patients can simply remove their trays to eat the foods they love.

Invisalign Treatment in Bethesda, MD 
The Invisalign process begins with a consultation where your dentist will take a model of your mouth. The model will serve as a basis for the design of your aligner trays. Before creating your trays, Invisalign’s laboratories will send a video showing you the exact route on which your teeth will move during treatment, even allowing you to see your final results. After approval, your completed trays will return to your dentist’s office. Patients wear the trays one after another until the end of the series, then wear a retainer for an allotted amount of time after their treatment to ensure their teeth stay in their correct positions.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Michael Wright, Dr. Treva Willis, and Dr. Maria Wright at Smile Design Studio of Bethesda in Bethesda, MD. Call (301) 907-8201 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Smile Design Studio
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about some common dental treatments offered by your Bethesda dentists.cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry

Want a great smile? Your dentist can help you love your smile again. Dentists have an array of techniques at their disposal for transforming your smile. Dr. Michael Wright, Dr. Treva Willis, and Dr. Maria Wright at Smile Design Studio in Bethesda, MD, offer a full range of dental services. Here are seven common dental treatments you should know about.

Dental Veneers 

Dental veneers are a quick fix for unsightly teeth. Dental veneers are thin shells that are placed over the front part of the teeth to enhance your appearance. Veneers are routinely used to restore teeth that are discolored, chipped, or crooked. It's also possible to fix gaps cosmetically through the use of cosmetic veneers. 


Invisalign is a clear alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for your treatment plan. The aligners straighten teeth through the placement of force on the teeth. Invisalign is used to fix crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, an underbite, overbite, protruding teeth, and gapped teeth.

Dental Implants

Do you feel self-conscious about your missing teeth? Dental implants are a fixed alternative to removable dentures. You can use dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. There are many advantages to dental implants, including improved oral health, easier eating, improved comfort, and improved speech.

Dental Bonding

Bonding uses tooth-colored material, called composite resin. Composite resin is put on the tooth and hardened with a special light. Bonding is used to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, and decayed teeth. Bonding is also used to fix gaps between teeth and improve the appearance of discolored teeth.

All-On-4 Implants

Are are missing most of your teeth? You don't need an implant for each one of your missing teeth. The All-On-4 procedure utilizes only four implants to replace all teeth on an upper or lower arch. With All-on-4 implants, you will feel more confident when speaking with people. You will feel better. You will look better. You will have a renewed quality of life. 

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can fill in your smile's gaps and improve your appearance. Dental bridges are usually created from porcelain and precious metal and will be fixed in your mouth. The bridge consists of the fabricated tooth/teeth and two dental crowns on each side. Dental bridges match natural teeth exceptionally well. With a bridge, you will look and feel more attractive. 

Teeth Whitening

Want a bright, white smile? Your main options are at-home teeth whitening and in-office bleaching. At-home teeth whitening involves custom-fitted dental trays filled with hydrogen peroxide gel that you can use at home. For in-office bleaching, your dentist will combine high-intensity bleaching gel with a light to speed up the whitening process. 

Want a better life? Start with your smile. Call Smile Design Studio at 301-907-8201 now to schedule a dental appointment in Bethesda, MD. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile.

By Smile Design Studio
July 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  

Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”