Saturday, November 30th, 2013
For Annapolis area dental patients wanting everything from a subtle change to a complete smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry offers a wide variety of options!
Dr. Scott Finlay and Dr. Chris Anderson offer many choices, including high quality porcelain veneers.
A nationally recognized and highly skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Finlay offers his dental patients porcelain veneers as a cosmetic option for those seeking a change to their smile as well as a restorative procedure to treat a variety of dental problems: chipped or broken teeth, gaps between teeth, crooked teeth and stained or discolored teeth.
Porcelain veneers are made from a translucent material and both appear and function just like a natural tooth. They are highly stain resistant, offering years of bright, white smiles! Dr. Finlay, who practices “complete dentistry” , will perform a thorough exam of a patient’s occlusal system and recommend the best treatment option to suit a patient’s oral health needs, their personal goals and their budget.
The choice between different types of veneers should take into consideration a number of factors: oral health, budget goals and cosmetic goals. Dr. Finlay and his associate, Dr. Anderson, will advise each patient on the benefits and drawbacks of each choice so that they can understand the expected results.
The porcelain veneer procedure will require a couple of visits to Dr. Finlay’s Arnold dental office: the first visit will include tooth preparation and impressions which will be sent to a specialized dental lab for fabricating the custom porcelain veneers. At the subsequent visit, Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson will place the final restoration. The process only takes up to a couple of weeks and patients will receive temporary restorations to wear while their veneers are being made.
As an alternative, composite- “no prep”- veneers are removable veneers that are attached directly to the tooth. This type of veneer, while also popular, is appropriate only in certain cases where teeth are generally in good shape. Porcelain veneers are permanent and they can last for many years with proper oral hygiene, including regular preventive care visits to Dr. Finlay for thorough dental cleanings and exams.
Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson will advise their dental patients who receive veneers how to properly care for them to help them last for a lifetime of beautiful, natural looking smiles!
Posted in: cosmetic dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry Annapolis, dental veneers, porcelain veneers annapolis, top dentists annapolis
Monday, November 25th, 2013
One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, porcelain veneers offer dental patients a minimally invasive solution to many dental problems and are often recommended as part of a “smile makeover”.
Dr. Scott Finlay, a cosmetic dentist in the Annapolis area, has extensive education and experience in all areas of cosmetic dentistry, including the placement of porcelain veneers. Dr. Finlay is an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists (AACD), a prestigious position in cosmetic dentistry requiring a demonstrated dedication to continuing education, documentation of cases and a rigorous exam. Dr. Finlay offers his Annapolis area dental patients high quality cosmetic dentistry, including the latest techniques and technology in his Arnold office.
For patients desiring or needing porcelain veneers, Dr. Finlay takes the time necessary to fully evaluate their oral health and understand their personal goals before creating a personalized treatment plan. When considering using porcelain veneers as part of a treatment for a dental problem or a smile makeover, Dr. Finlay will use 2-D and 3-D models to plan treatment and enable patients to understand the process and expected outcome. This multi-step process includes:
-comprehensive evaluation: an evaluation of the entire occlusal system to determine the possible causes(s) of any dental problems and to understand a patient’s oral health condition;
-digital imaging and models: digital image modeling to plan and visualize the treatment and outcome;
-tooth prep and temporaries: the tooth surface will be prepared, removing only as much of the surface as necessary for the placement of the veneers. Dr. Finlay will attach a temporary resin veneer while the custom porcelain veneers are created by a dental lab;
-final placement of the porcelain veneers: once completed, the final, custom made restorations will be permanently bonded to the tooth by Dr. Finlay.
Porcelain veneers are made to provide years of comfortable, durable wear with proper oral hygiene, including regular visits to Dr. Finlay for dental cleanings and preventive care.
Posted in: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry Annapolis, dental veneers, porcelain veneers annapolis, Smile Design
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Imagine straightening your teeth without anyone knowing you were wearing braces!
While traditional metal braces are what usually come to mind when most people think of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign clear retainers offer patients of ALL ages the opportunity to treat a variety of dental problems, including cosmetic concerns, with clear, removable retainers. Invisalign offers patients the benefit of treatment that is truly “invisible”!
Young patients and teens appreciate the convenience of using the Invisalign system, and adult patients who either need or desire orthodontic treatment really love being able to use braces that are invisible! With the aid of CAD/CAM technology and software, patients can see how they will look after treatment with Invisalign and dentists can help them make more informed decisions about their treatment.
Dr. Scott Finlay, DDS, an Invisalign dentist in the Annapolis area, recommends the use of this clear retainer system when appropriate because of the added benefit of being able to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment because the retainers can be removed for brushing and flossing each day. No more food particles being lodged between or behind metal braces! This also helps to prevent tooth discoloration and the development of oral health issues such as gum disease.
Dr. Finaly may recommend the use of Invisalign for a variety of dental health issues:
- Tooth crowding
- Spaces between teeth
- Narrow tooth arches
- Underbite or overbite
Orthodontic treatment is most successful when the patient is committed and adheres to prescribed care, including dietary restrictions, which is required with traditional metal braces. Invisalign patients will find it easy to follow the treatment plan due to the ease and comfort with which the clear retainers can be removed for cleaning, dental visits and changing into the next retainer. This can be especially important for younger patients who may not be as enthusiastic about orthodontic treatment! In addition, Invisalign retainers will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, a common problem for patients using metal braces- especially young patients.
To discuss how Invisalign can improve and enhance your smile, contact Dr. Finlay and schedule a consultation.
Posted in: Baltimore Magazine Top Dentist, cosmetic dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry Annapolis, Dentist Office in Annapolis, Invisalign, Smile Design
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Dr. Scott Finlay, a cosmetic and restorative dentist in the Annapolis area, has years of education and over 25 years of experience helping patients who have suffered the loss of one or more teeth. Among his many achievements and accolades, Dr. Finlay is one of only 50 dentists nationwide who are recognized as an Accredited Fellow by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Finlay offers several cosmetic and restorative options to his patients for replacing a missing tooth, but dental implants remain the “gold standard” for patients who want a comfortable, natural looking and long lasting result. Dental implants also provide a secure, comfortable way to anchor a dental bridge or dentures- no more concerns about an appliance coming loose!
Dental implants are permanent structures secured to a patient’s jawbone with a small titanium post that is surgically implanted. A cosmetically matched, natural looking dental crown is placed on top of the post, providing the patient with a “new tooth” that looks and feels almost exactly like their natural tooth. With proper oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings, dental implants will last for up to 20 years! Patients who are committed to follow up care and regular dental visits will see the best results in the long run.
Dr. Finlay will perform a thorough evaluation of patients with a missing tooth to determine if they are a candidate for a dental implant. Patients need to have healthy gums and there needs to be enough bone to support the implantation of the post.
The entire dental implant process takes 3 to 6 months to complete, depending on the amount of time needed for the implanted post to heal completely within the bone. Dr. Finlay works with leading oral surgeons in the Baltimore-Annapolis area and will coordinate all phases of treatment for his patients, ensuring their quality of care for the surgical phase of treatment. Dr. Finlay will follow up with patients after the surgical phase and provide a temporary crown or bridge while the bone is healing. The final restoration, or attachment of the crown, will be done by Dr. Finlay in his Arnold dental office.
If you have been considering a dental implant and want to discuss your options, contact Dr. Finlay to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for replacing a missing tooth or anchoring a dental bridge or denture with dental implants.
Posted in: Baltimore Magazine Top Dentist, cosmetic dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry Annapolis, Dental implants, missing teeth
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Cosmetic dentistry is more than just brightening your smile- cosmetic procedures can restore dental health and function as well as bring back your natural, fresh looking smile. Having a smile that you can feel proud of has been shown to boost overall self confidence!
Dr. Scott Finlay, DDS, a cosmetic and general dentist in Arnold, has extensive experience and education in the field of cosmetic dentistry and is considered one of the leading cosmetic dentists in both the Annapolis area and the U.S.
Dr. Finlay practices “complete dentistry” and offers his patients a comprehensive approach to cosmetic procedures starting with a thorough exam of the entire occlusal system to identify any possible underlying dental health problems that may be causing a cosmetic issue.
Dr. Finlay emphasizes to his patients the importance of having a healthy mouth and well functioning bite in order to ensure comfortable and long lasting results from any cosmetic procedure. Dr. Finlay will take the time necessary with each patient to understand both the condition of their oral health and their personal concerns and goals. With the use of digital technology, Dr. Finlay can explain and demonstrate both a procedure and possible outcomes beforehand, ensuring that each patient feels comfortable with the treatment plan.
Dr. Finlay offers a variety of cosmetic dental procedures that can enhance both the oral health and appearance of his patient’s smile:
- Composite fillings: frequently used to fill small cracks, minor decay and imperfections in the tooth;
- Porcelain veneers: strong, high quality restorations that permanently cover the tooth with a thin layer of dental porcelain;
- Teeth whitening: often a “quick smile makeover”option;
- Invisalign: clear braces for straightening teeth for a variety of reasons.
Dr. Finlay also offers dental crowns and dental implants for patients with more complex dental problems. If you have been considering a cosmetic dental procedure, contact Dr. Finlay to schedule a consultation to discuss your personal options.
Posted in: cosmetic dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry Annapolis, Dental implants, Invisalign, Smile Design
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
Technological advances have brought incredible changes to our every day lives- including a visit to the dentist!
Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson have incorporated some of the latest in dental technology into their Annapolis area dental practice in order to offer their patients more accurate diagnoses and more comfortable and convenient treatments.
Digital technology has transformed the ability of dentists to evaluate a patient’s oral health and to diagnose problems in the early stages when conservative treatment is most effective. With the use of digital x-rays and imaging, Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson have immediate clear pictures of a patient’s entire occlusal system that can be used for preventive diagnosis and for future reference and comparison- these images are stored in a patient’s permanent record. Digital imaging can also allow Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson to predict how a particular restorative or cosmetic procedure may change someone’s smile. Dr. Finlay has been a local pioneer in the use of digital imaging for dentistry, offering his patients the benefit of more personalized treatment.
Dr. Finlay has expanded the use of digital technology to include digital impressions. Using the Lava C.O.S. system, he is able to use digital images created by a tiny optical wand to create restorations that are precisely fit. This technology has been able to replace the use of uncomfortable impression trays and putty in 80% of patients!
Laser dentistry technology can offer dental patients many benefits, including more accurate treatment of the soft tissues of the mouth (such as the gums) with fewer side effects. In many cases, there is no need for anesthesia which can greatly reduce recovery time. Laser dentistry enables Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson to perform procedures that previously would have required sutures, another benefit for patients who experience expedited healing after a treatment.
Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson have incorporated dental technology to enhance their experience and ensure that their patients receive the highest level of dental care that will restore and maintain optimal oral health.
Contact their Annapolis area dental office to schedule a consultation and discuss your personal options.
Posted in: Dental Impressions, Dental Lasers, dental technology, Dentist Office in Annapolis, dr. anderson annapolis, laser dentistry
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
When we think of our smile, we usually think of our teeth and their appearance- we don’t think of our gums and whether they are healthy or not. Truth be told, healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy, beautiful smile. Our periodontal health is important and necessary to support healthy tooth structure as well as maintain overall health and wellness. Gum disease has been shown to be linked to a higher level of risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maintaining healthy gums is necessary for maintaining optimal dental health and avoiding tooth decay and loss.
Dr. Finlay has extensive experience treating patients with gum disease and its effects. He offers a variety of periodontal treatment options, depending on a patient’s health situation, all of which will restore oral health. Dr. Finlay and his staff are consistently participating in educational opportunities to update both their knowledge and techniques in periodontal therapy. They will take the time with each patient to educate them as well on good at home oral hygiene practices that will complement their treatment and maintain results.
Dr. Finlay believes that periodontal health is the foundation for overall oral health and all new patients will receive a periodontal health screening during their first routine preventive care visit. This allows Dr. Finlay to establish a baseline and offer treatment if necessary to restore the gums to health.
Visiting the dentist for twice yearly cleanings and exams will help to ensure that both the teeth and the gums are staying healthy, and also provides an opportunity for any developing problems to be noticed early when more conservative procedures are most effective. We all want to keep our smile looking its best, and good periodontal and preventive care is paramount to doing so.
Dr. Finlay and his staff offer their Annapolis area patients treatment plans for any stage of gum disease in their Arnold office. They are equipped with the latest dental technology that will make patients feel more comfortable and deliver effective, lasting results.
Contact Dr. Finlay to schedule a consultation and discuss your options.
Posted in: Annapolis Dentist, Dentist Office in Annapolis, gum disease annapolis, Periodontal Therapy
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Do you suffer from recurrent headaches that have no apparent cause?
Do you experience ear, neck or facial pain ?
Many people suffer with these symptoms of a Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) unknowingly and don’t think to mention them during a routine visit as they are not those we typically associate with dental health problems. In his Annapolis area dental practice, Dr. Finlay offers patients suffering with TMD the benefits of his extensive post graduate training and years of experience treating TMD and bite disorders.
Dr. Finlay takes time with his patients to understand the entire occlusal system (the bite) in order to determine what is causing the imbalance and TMD. He uses some of the latest dental technology and imaging to evaluate the bite and look for signs of damage in order to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan that brings long term results.
Signs and symptoms of TMD:
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Sore jaw or jaw pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Poor range of motion in the jaw joints and/or locking jaw
- Popping noise in the jaw joint
- Pressure in the ear or earaches
There are a variety of treatment options available for TMD treatment, but the most conservative usually includes the use of a mouth guard. The custom fit mouth guard is prescribed to be worn at night to relieve stress put on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) by teeth grinding and clenching: two very common symptoms of TMD. Teeth grinding can lead to other dental health issues such as gum disease as well as damage the teeth.
Dr. Finlay may suggest other restorative procedures to bring the bite back into alignment and halt the progression of TMD and subsequent damage to the oral health system. Don’t suffer with recurring headaches and radiating neck and facial pain. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Finlay today.
Posted in: Dentist Office in Annapolis, Dr. Findlay, Grinding of Teeth, TMJ annapolis
Friday, June 21st, 2013
Dental associates Dr. Scott Finlay and Dr. Chris Anderson of Finlay and Associates in Arnold, MD bring a passion for dentistry and patient care to their dental practice that goes beyond the office to include teaching and volunteer work, both at home and abroad. Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson offer their patients an exceptional level of dental care when they come in for treatment that is the result of extensive training and continuing education work completed at the most prestigious dental teaching facilites in the U.S.
Dr. Anderson joined Dr. Finlay in his established Annapolis area practice in 2012 and shares his enthusiasm for quality patient care, continuing education in their field, and sharing their expertise with the dental community. Dr.Anderson has spent time on mission trips overseas and has been able to make good use of his fluency in Spanish while working in Central and South America.
Dr. Finlay has spent countless hours both at home and abroad sharing his broad knowledge of dental techniques and procedures with his colleagues. As a faculty member of the Dawson Academy, a premiere teaching facility in the field of dentistry, Dr. Finlay brings the philosophy of “complete dentistry” to his Arnold, MD dental practice.
Dr. Anderson, who has also studied at the Dawson Academy, works in tandem with Dr. Finlay in providing their patients with award winning care and access to all facets of modern dentistry: Scott Finlay and Associates, DDS has been chosen as an Annapolis area top dentist for several years running by “What’s Up Annapolis” and “Exclusively Annapolis” magazines. These consecutive awards reflect the loyalty that patients of Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson have exhibited, often seen in the patient testimonials that can be found on their website.
Scott Finlay and Associates, DDS can meet all of your dental health needs from general dentistry and preventive care to cosmetic and restorative procedures. Contact the office of Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson to schedule a consultation.
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Monday, May 6th, 2013
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- Father Jeffrey Dauses
Every member of the practice that I have dealt with personally has been friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I am very pleased to be a patient of your organization.
How can I hear about so many future needed procedures and still feel good about my visit—must be the staff. I really like the tooth cream I got my last visit.
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Posted in: Annapolis Dentist, Dentist Office in Annapolis, Dr. Findlay, patient testimonials