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By Special Care Dentistry
December 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

Choosing braces is a little more complicated than you might think. Although you probably associate the word "braces" with metal wires and brackets, today's choices aren't limited to metal braces alone. Your Landover and Suitland, MD, dentist, Dr. Nekia Staley-Neither of Special Care Dentistry, can help you evaluate your orthodontic options—read below to see an overview!

What types of braces are available?

Orthodontic treatment options include:

  • Metal Braces: Metal braces consist of metal wires threaded through brackets attached to the teeth with dental cement. Regular adjustments gradually realign the teeth to improve their appearance. Metal braces close gaps between teeth, eliminate crowding, and correct mild to severe orthodontic bite problems, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites.
  • Clear Braces: Clear braces are a good choice if you would like your braces to be a little less noticeable. These braces consist of clear or tooth-colored ceramic brackets and clear, metal, or tooth-colored wires. The braces are recommended for mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
  • Lingual Braces: Lingual braces attach to the back of teeth, keeping your braces out of sight. The braces are more expensive than metal or clear braces because they're custom made for your mouth.
  • Invisalign: The Invisalign system repositions teeth using clear removable aligner trays that resemble mouthguards or nightguards. Trays are worn for approximately 22 hours per day for two weeks, then replaced with the next set in the series. Invisalign is a good choice if you're looking for a more convenient, discreet orthodontic treatment option and have mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
  • Retainers: Retainers are worn after you complete your treatment and they prevent your teeth from moving. Removable retainers may be worn constantly for a few months after the completion of treatment, then worn at night only. Permanent retainers, another option, are cemented to your teeth and are never removed.
  • Other Orthodontic Appliances: Your Landover or Suitland dentist may also recommend several other appliances during your treatment, such as palatal expanders or lingual arches. Palatal expanders relieve crowding and improve breathing by widening the space in your upper arch. A lingual arch prevents teeth from shifting if you've lost a baby tooth prematurely.

Are you ready to find out which type of braces are right for you? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nekia Staley-Neither of Special Care Dentistry by calling (301) 850-5015 for the Landover, MD, office or (301) 735-3006 for the Suitland office.

By Special Care Dentistry
October 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

How dentures from your dentist in Landover, Maryland can make you smile again

Have you stopped smiling because of missing teeth? You deserve a great smile, and now you can have it. If you’ve been thinking about dentures, but are afraid they might look unnatural, it’s time to investigate how today’s dentures can restore your smile. Modern denture materials are lifelike, comfortable, give you back your ability to eat the foods you love, and look great too! Read below to learn the facts about dentures, and if you are interested in acquiring a pair, call Dr. Nekia Staley-Neither at Special Care Dentistry. She has two convenient office locations in Landover and Suitland, Maryland to serve your dental needs.

Why consider dentures?

If you have badly damaged teeth that are causing you pain and you want an affordable option to restore your smile, dentures can help. You can restore your self-esteem and get the self-confidence that having a great smile provides.

Dentures also help you chew your food, aiding your digestion and helping you stay healthy. You will enjoy eating moreso knowing that your dentures are secure and functioning well. When you are considering a denture, there are several options to think about:

  • Immediate Denture: Delivered right after your teeth are extracted, immediate dentures provide the benefit of you never having to go without your smile. After you have healed completely, a conventional denture will be made for you.
  • Conventional Denture: Made after your tissue has healed completely from extractions, which usually takes 6 to 8 weeks. The benefit to conventional dentures is that you don't have to get used to two different dentures.
  • Overdenture: Snapped on top of implants or root tips, overdentures are beneficial because they help to conserve and maintain bone.

If you only need to replace a few missing teeth, a removable partial is the choice to make. You can choose from:

  • Transitional Partial Denture: If you are considering implants later on, transitional partial dentures are less expensive and are meant as a temporary solution.
  • Conventional Partial Denture: If you don’t want implants, conventional partials are sturdy and built to last.

Consider dentures to restore your smile and enhance your life. To find out more about dentures and additional tooth replacement options, call Dr. Nekia Staley-Neither at Special Care Dentistry with offices in Landover, and Suitland, Maryland. Call now!

By Special Care Dentistry
July 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a broken or damaged tooth or have undergone a dental procedure which has left behind a large filling, you may benefit from a dental crownsdental crown. However, learning more about this powerful and versatile dental restoration can help you make an informed decision to benefit your smile. Get the facts on dental crowns with Dr. Nekia Staley-Neither at Special Care Dentistry in Suitland and Landover, MD.

Why should I consider a dental crown? 
A broken, damaged, or compromised tooth can cause serious issues with your smile, especially if left untreated. The crown covers the tooth to protect it, ensuring that the natural structure of your tooth remains intact and often preventing the need for extraction. Crowns look and feel like natural teeth and allow you to chew normally using your entire mouth rather than avoiding one side.

How can a dental crown help me? 
Dental crowns serve many purposes, including:

  • protecting a compromised tooth
  • improving the appearance of a misshapen or stained tooth
  • stabilizing a tooth with a large filling
  • holding a dental bridge in place
  • covering a dental implant to replace a missing tooth

What can I expect from a crowning procedure? 
Since a dental laboratory designs and creates the crown based on an impression of your mouth, you will need to see your dentist both before and after the creation of your crown. At your first appointment, your dentist prepares your tooth and takes an impression of your mouth for the dental lab’s design. You may need to wear a temporary crown. After about two weeks, you will return to your dentist and they will place your final restoration onto your prepared tooth.

Dental Crowns in Suitland and Landover, MD
Dental crowns can benefit you in more ways than one and ensure that your teeth remain healthy for years to come. If you think a dental crown could be the best dental restoration for you, consult with your dentist. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Staley-Neither at Special Care Dentistry in Suitland and Landover, MD. Call to schedule your appointment today!


Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”


Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

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