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Porcelain Veneers from Smile by Design in Virginia Beach, VA

October 30, 2014

When you see your smile in the mirror or in a photograph,
do you see the smile you want or do you see the smile you’ve simply settled
for? Perhaps your smile is marred by slightly flawed teeth. Whatever the
reason, you don’t have to settle anymore. With porcelain veneers,
Dr. Stephanie
Santos and Dr. Vinita Folck
, the dentists at Smile by Design in Virginia
Beach, VA, can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
The concerns that porcelain veneers can remedy cover a broad range. For example,
maybe you are bothered by a tooth that is chipped, cracked or broken. Whether
by injury or normal wear and tear, porcelain
can repair these cosmetic worries. Likewise, if you have teeth that
are discolored or stained, veneers can help restore your smile to its natural
whiteness. Gaps and uneven spacing between teeth, slightly crooked or rotated
teeth, and even the shape and length of teeth can all be corrected with the aid
of porcelain veneers.
are Porcelain Veneers?

are micro-thin shells of dental porcelain that are
bonded to the surface of your teeth to repair or enhance your smile. When you
come to Smile by Design, we will
need to take impressions and photos of your teeth in order for the dental lab
to fabricate your custom-made porcelain veneers.
But that’s not all we do to make sure your new smile
is just right for you. We also take into consideration your facial features,
hair color and eye color. Your veneers need to fit you, not just your smile.
When your porcelain veneers arrive
from the lab, one of our dentists will make sure they are a perfect fit for you
and then use dental cement to bond the veneers to your teeth. With a little
gentle loving care, your new veneers will give you years of smiling satisfaction.
an Appointment Today

If you are ready to discuss what porcelain veneers can do for you and
your smile, then call the office of Smile
by Design
in Virginia
Beach, VA
, to schedule a consultation. We will be glad to see you. Our
office also serves patients in Sandbridge, Norfolk, Fort Story and Portsmouth.

Straighten Your Smile with Ease with Invisalign.

August 29, 2014

Having a misaligned or gapped smile
is never an easy thing to live with, and you may feel as though you are merely
settling for the smile you were given. Though you may have considered straightening
your smile, the idea of having a mouth full of metal may have deterred you from
seeking the orthodontic treatment you want and deserve. Dealing with wires and
brackets associated with traditional braces are never comfortable, and the
dietary restrictions are not something to look forward to either. Thankfully, Dr. Stephanie L.
Santos and Dr. Vinita John Folck

are able to straighten your smile with ease by offering Invisalign
to their patients at their Virginia Beach,
dental office.
The wonderful thing about Invisalign is the fact you are able to
align your smile without compromising the way you look. Invisalign works through a series of aligners that gently
straighten your teeth, and the aligners sit nearly invisibly on your smile!
That way, you are able to get orthodontic treatment without making it blatant. Our
doctors will make impressions of your smile, and send that information to have
your custom aligners made. The wonderful thing about having your aligners
custom made is the fact that your treatment is personalized specifically to you,
and it will ensure amazing results. You wear each aligner for a specific amount
of time, as no aligner is identical to the other. Each one is indicative of a
different step in your treatment process, so when you are finished wearing one
aligner, simply apply the next one in the series to continue your treatment!
One of the amazing benefits of Invisalign is that you are able to
experience complete dietary freedom. With traditional braces, there are certain
foods you cannot eat, as the wires and brackets get in the way. So now, not
only is your treatment more comfortable, but it is more enjoyable. Also, you
are able to experience better oral health with Invisalign. Any time you need to eat, drink, floss, or brush,
simply remove and reapply the aligner when needed! If you would like our
doctors to help you straighten your smile using Invisalign, contact our office today!

Contact our office in
Virginia Beach, VA today to schedule
your visit with our team, and explore the possibilities of Invisalign for yourself. We look forward to helping you reveal your
most beautiful and confident smile yet. Our practice serves patients throughout
the Virginia Beach area, including Norfolk, Sandbridge, Portsmouth, Fort Story, and beyond.

It’s Time for a Stunning Summer Smile Makeover at Smile by Design

July 22, 2014

Summer is officially in full swing, and it’s time to get
outdoors and enjoy everything the warmer weather and beautiful sunshine have to
offer. Make sure that you’re ready to soak up the sun and revel in the fun of
the season with friends and family when you come to Smile by Design. Conveniently
located in Virginia
Beach, VA
, the practice of Dr. Vinita Folck
and Dr. Stephanie Santos
can help get your smile ready for pool parties,
backyard cookouts, and summer vacation with a variety of cosmetic
Say Hello
to Your Brand New Smile

Many American men and women admit that they would benefit
from some level of cosmetic enhancement when it comes to their smiles.
Sometimes, it’s a simple matter of stains or yellowing that has them feeling
down about their appearance. Deep discoloration caused by coffee, wine,
tobacco, and certain medications can make you look and feel years older than
you actually are, but professional teeth whitening can help. With the proven
power of Zoom!
Teeth Whitening
, our doctors can help erase years of built-up stains from
your smile. You’ll be leaving our office with a revitalized new look and a
gorgeous set of pearly whites you can be proud of!
If yellowing isn’t your only concern, you’re not alone. What
about problems like fractures in your enamel, mild misalignment, crowding, gaps
between teeth, and more? Fortunately, we have a solution for these issues as
well. Porcelain
are an ideal fix for all kinds of problems all at once, giving you
a perfectly proportioned, uniform smile in just two visits. These ultra-thin,
durable layers of customized dental porcelain fit right over your natural
teeth, giving the gorgeous smile you’ve always wanted with minimal preparation. Whatever you need to feel great about your smile this summer, you’ll find it
here at Smile by Design.

Your Cosmetic Consultation Today

Whether your smile needs a complete transformation or you’d
simply like to give it a little boost for summer, our doctors are here to help.
Contact our office
in Virginia Beach, VA today to
schedule your visit with our team, and explore the possibilities of cosmetic dentistry for yourself. We
look forward to helping you reveal your most beautiful and confident smile yet.
Our practice serves patients from throughout the Virginia Beach area, including Norfolk,
Sandbridge, Portsmouth, Fort Story
, and beyond. 

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products: How Effective Are They?

June 25, 2014

Everyone wants a bright, healthy smile that they’re proud to
show off to the people in their lives, but aging and many external factors can
cause our teeth to look less than lustrous. Today, there are many
over-the-counter teeth whitening products available at your local pharmacy and
grocery stores, each of them promising amazing results. It is important,
however, to be an informed consumer when it comes to teeth whitening products
and services before you make a decision. At Smile by Design in Virginia Beach, VA,
our doctors are happy to help patients understand the intricacies of teeth whitening and how it affects your
OTC Whitening vs.
Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening
and comparable over-the-counter whitening products are capable of
producing temporary results because they remove surface stains from the enamel.
Unfortunately, their active ingredients aren’t powerful enough to deliver
long-lasting results and, therefore, customers must repeat the process every
month or so. In addition, because these products are used at home, there is
more margin for error in application. This means that you may not even get the
results you see on the package, particularly if the whitening solution does not
remain in contact with all surfaces of the teeth for the prescribed amount of
Zoom! Whitening:
Advantages of In-Office Whitening

Unlike over-the-counter teeth whitening products,
professional whitening services – including the highly-effective Zoom! Whitening
we offer in our office – produce lasting results by removing stains from deep
within each tooth. The hydrogen peroxide gel formula we use during your Zoom! procedure
is activated by a specialized light, allowing the active ingredients to
permeate the stained layers of dentin and enamel. Years of discoloration are effectively
lifted in a single, one-hour treatment. Take-home kits can be used to touch up
your smile and maintain lasting results. Over-the-counter treatments simply
cannot penetrate the surfaces of your teeth to remove set-in stains the way
Zoom! Whitening can.
Schedule Your
Appointment Today

Do you want to experience the full benefits of a gorgeously
white smile in less time than ever before? Contact our office
today if you have any questions about teeth whitening, or if you’re ready to
schedule your appointment with our team of experienced doctors and our friendly
staff. We look forward to helping you achieve the brilliantly white, healthy
smile of your dreams. Our conveniently located office in Virginia Beach, VA proudly serves patients from the surrounding
areas as well, including Portsmouth,
Norfolk, Fort Story, Sandbridge
, and beyond. 

What Are Your Oral Health Goals for 2014?

December 13, 2013

There are still a few weeks left in 2013, but that doesn’t
mean you can’t start thinking about your oral health goals for 2014. In fact,
now’s the perfect time to start thinking about what you’d like to change and
what you’d like to do differently. With early planning, you can give your smile
a fresh start for the New Year.
At Smile by Design,
Dr. Santos
and Dr. Folck
offer a wide variety of general, cosmetic, and
services to help you make whatever kind of change you need. Maybe all you want
is a whiter smile. With Zoom! Whitening,
you can brighten your teeth by six to ten shades in about an hour. Or maybe you
want a smile that looks whiter and straighter. Our Virginia Beach team can help you achieve stunning results with porcelain veneers
in just two appointments.
We also offer helpful restorative services, like CEREC
one-visit crowns
, dentures &
, and dental
. Other patients may just need to commit seeing Dr. Santos or Dr. Folck more regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Do you want to schedule an appointment with Smile by Design for early January? Call us today to
reserve an appointment. We will listen to your goals and design a personalized treatment
plan to help you achieve the smile you’re dreaming of. Dr. Santos and Dr. Folck
serve patients from Virginia Beach, Fort Story, and Sandbridge.

A Beautiful Smile for the Holidays with Porcelain Veneers

October 10, 2013

The holidays are all about getting together with family and
loved ones. That means lots of catching up, smiling, and laughing. Put your
best foot forward this year with a more dazzling smile. And thanks to a
cosmetic dental service like porcelain veneers,
you can do exactly that in just two visits.
Using porcelain veneers,
Dr. Santos
and Dr. Folck
  • Close gaps
  • Hide stains
  • Change tooth length
  • Cover cracks or chips
  • Whiten teeth
  • Make teeth look straighter
What’s more, the process of transforming your smile with porcelain veneers is easy. It takes
just two appointments, after which you can leave our Virginia Beach with the results you’ve always wanted.
Here’s what you can expect from the porcelain veneer process. First, Dr. Santos or Dr. Folck
will conduct a thorough exam and oral health assessment to make sure your smile
is healthy enough for the procedure. If it is, we’ll design personalized veneers based on the shade and shape of
your teeth. We’ll also talk to you about the results you’d like to see.
Once we have all the information we need, we’ll prep your
teeth by removing a small amount of enamel. This will let your finished porcelain veneers lie flat with your
teeth. Then, after our lab has made your veneers
according to our detailed instructions, we’ll apply them, completing your

Have a whiter holiday season right now with porcelain veneers from Smile by Design. Call us today to
reserve your consultation. We’re happy to provide cosmetic care to patients
from Virginia Beach, Fort Story, Sandbridge, and beyond.

Enhance Your Smile with Zoom! Teeth Whitening

September 9, 2013

One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services available today is teeth whitening. With this effective service, Dr. Folck and Dr. Santos can help patients improve the appearance of stained teeth and enjoy a more dazzling smile.

But first, why do teeth darken in the first place?

It’s because the protective layer of enamel on the outside is porous. As a result, dark colored foods and drinks are among the most common causes of staining. Which ones in particular? Some of the most common include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Soft drinks
  • Fruit juices
  • Chocolate
  • Curry
  • Blueberries

Tobacco use and some medications also contribute, as does aging. But with Zoom! Whitening, patients can enjoy a whiter, more attractive smile after just a single visit with our Virginia Beach cosmetic dentists. How much whiter? By as much as 10 shades.

Here’s what you can expect from your whitening appointment. First, your Virginia Beach cosmetic dentists will look at your teeth and gums to see if whitening is right for you. If it is, we’ll make sure you’re comfortable, then place a protective covering over your lips and gums. The special Zoom! Whitening gel will be applied to teeth and activated by a low-heat lamp. The gel will penetrate beneath the enamel and work on the stains you want to get rid of. The entire process only takes one hour.

Do you want to learn more about teeth whitening? Call Smile by Design in Virginia Beach for a consultation visit.

Enjoy a Beautiful, New Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

August 6, 2013

Every patient wants to feel confident about her smile; few are born with the kind of dazzling smile you see on TV, on magazine covers, or at the movies, though. That’s why dentists like Dr. Folck and Dr. Santos of Smile by Design offer cosmetic dentistry. With our great cosmetic services, we can help patients from all around the Virginia Beach area enjoy better self-esteem and even oral health.

Our cosmetic dentistry services include:

Depending on your needs, we may use just one of these services, or we may put together a treatment plan that combines at least two or more.

Your cosmetic dentistry procedure will begin with a consultation at our Virginia Beach dental office. Dr. Folck or Dr. Santos will complete a through oral exam and then talk to you about the goals you have for your smile. Based on what we find out, we can recommend the path that’s most right for you. Many of our services take between just one or two visits to complete.

Do you want to know more about the cosmetic services we offer? Call Smile by Design today to reserve an appointment. Every day, we’re creating beautiful smiles for patients from Virginia Beach, Fort Story, Sandbridge, and other communities.

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