At StarBrite Dental in Rockville, Maryland, our dentists and staff strive to provide the best in patient care with the latest technology. Our knowledgeable staff works hard to make you comfortable! Dr. Maryam Seifi has been practicing in the Rockville, MD area for more than 25 years.
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By StarBrite Dental 10 Oct, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 29 Sep, 2017

Invisalign provides patients with a completely invisible method for teeth straightening allowing the wearer the freedom to flash their smile comfortably while wearing their aligner. Almost no one can tell you’re wearing them unless they hear it from you.

Invisalign uses a removable set of clear trays custom molded to fit your teeth.  They are changed approximately every one to two weeks. The fit is adjusted each time to steadily move your teeth so they are gradually straightened. The process continues until you have the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Invisalign removable aligners are comfortable when worn and easily maintained. Keep your busy schedule and we’ll see you every few weeks to fit you with  a new aligner. Our average patient has their teeth straightened in about a year. When you sit down for a meal, just remove your aligner, brush and floss your teeth afterwards, and pop it back in. It’s as easy as that.

I invite you to come see me for a complimentary Invisalign consultation . I'll be happy to discuss your situation!

Dr. Maryam Seifi, DDS
StarBrite Dental

By StarBrite Dental 18 Sep, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 15 Sep, 2017

If you are over 50 years old, it can become important to start paying closer attention to your dental health. With proper care for your dental and oral health, you can prevent the kind of tooth loss experienced by so many Americans, especially those in this age group. More than 175 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and 35 million have no teeth at all.

Preserve your teeth by following your dentist’s recommendations closely now and in the future. There are certain common problems that can be experienced in one’s older years. However, you can minimize or avoid these problems through proper dental care.

By StarBrite Dental 01 Sep, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 25 Aug, 2017

You might have heard the recommendation to replace your toothbrush every time you get sick. Is that actually correct? Well, it’s partly right. If you have a bacterial or fungal infection in or near your mouth, it’s vital. A bacterial infection, like strep throat, can live on your toothbrush long enough to reinfect you after your antibiotics are done. That’s not the case with a common cold, as your body develops its own antibodies that prevent you from being reinfected after you recover.

A fungal infection like thrush can also be stored on a toothbrush. If you experience this problem, change your toothbrush frequently while being treated and then break open a new one when your treatment is done. 

In most other cases, your own immune system should be strong enough to prevent reinfection with any of the bacteria or viruses living on your toothbrush. Giving an illness to another person via toothbrush—that’s a different matter.

Reasons to Never Share a Toothbrush

Say you’re at a friend’s house and you forgot your toothbrush. Should you just use his—or hers? Never. Some bacteria and viruses can survive on a toothbrush long enough for another person to be infected. Both Hepatitis B and C can be transmitted via toothbrush and it’s also possible to transmit the Epstein-Barr virus (the one that causes mononucleosis) if saliva remains on the brush. It is worth running out to a store to pick one up for yourself. It’s also a good idea to keep a few spare brushes on hand for surprise visitors.

Toothbrushes can also transmit that fungal infection we mentioned earlier, the virus that causes cold sores and the kind of bacteria that cause gum infections. Hopefully, that’s enough to convince you to take your own toothbrush with you wherever you travel.

How to Keep Your Toothbrush Sanitary

Always rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after use and store it in a vertical position so it will dry. Make sure it’s stored in some kind of holder that prevents it from touching others. Storing a number of brushes in a mug on the sink won’t do it. There are racks that can be adhered to walls or tile and special holders that sit on the sink that will keep them separate. 

It’s smart to have more than one toothbrush in use. That way, it can thoroughly dry before it’s used again which helps keep the growth of bacteria and funguses to a minimum. It’s also smart to keep your toothbrushes as far as possible from the toilet, since studies have found that bacteria is discharged into the air when it is flushed. This is seldom a source of infection but it just makes good health sense. 

If you’re traveling, invest a few dollars in a case to keep your toothbrush clean. Just remember to let your toothbrush dry out thoroughly between uses rather than storing it in the case.

There’s one other way that infection can be shared and that is by contact with a tube of toothpaste. Each person could use his own tube, or get a sick person a small travel tube for the course of his illness. Separate tubes of toothpaste is also a good way to keep illness from traveling from one child to another, especially in group settings like school or daycare.

At StarBrite Dental , our goal is to help you improve your overall oral health and stay that way. If you are looking for a new dentist or you have just moved to the Rockville, Maryland area or metropolitan Washington, D.C., call StarBrite Dental, the office of Dr. Maryam Seifi , and let us use our expertise to keep your teeth and mouth in perfect health. Call (301) 770-1070 today to make an appointment.

By StarBrite Dental 09 Aug, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 07 Aug, 2017

Dental veneers —thin shells bonded to one’s teeth to cover imperfections—were invented 85 years ago by a California dentist to help give movies stars their gorgeous on-camera smiles. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, dental veneers are now among the most popular and trusted ways to transform an imperfect smile.

When Veneers Are Used

The material used in veneers—usually porcelain—closely resembles the appearance of natural teeth in color, texture and the way they reflect light. Veneers are used to correct the visible flaws of your teeth, such as yellowing or discoloration, chips and cracks, gaps between teeth, mild misalignment and misshaped teeth. The end result is a bright, pleasing and natural-looking smile.

Easy to Care For, Long-lasting

Veneers are cared for like your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing. However, you should use nonabrasive toothpaste with a soft-bristle toothbrush to prevent dulling and scratching the veneers. With proper care, veneers can last for up to 25 years.

Get a Free Smile Evaluation

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, call the  StarBrite Dental  office in Rockville, MD to schedule a free Smile Evaluation. Let’s see how veneers can transform your smile!

By StarBrite Dental 31 Jul, 2017

Despite the flawless smiles you see in movies and on TV, most people—including movie stars—are not born with perfect teeth. And, as people age, their teeth may become discolored, chipped or cracked. If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look, you may be a candidate for veneers .

Veneers are thin coverings, usually made of porcelain, that are custom designed to fit over the front of your teeth and are very natural in appearance. They cover stains, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth and even crooked teeth. The results are usually spectacular.

If you are self-conscious about your teeth when you smile or laugh, you don’t have to continue to live with it. Veneers can give you a natural-looking, beautiful smile so you can focus on enjoying life, not worrying about your teeth.

I invite you to come see me for a complimentary veneers consultation. It could be the start of whole new smile for you. Call my office in Rockville, MD today to request an appointment.

I look forward to seeing you.

Dr. Maryam Seifi, DDS
StarBrite Dental

By StarBrite Dental 27 Jul, 2017

Many people know that some foods are bad for their teeth, but did you know that some others are actually beneficial for your teeth? By including these foods in your diet, you can support your dental health and help prevent expensive dental work in the future.

It might seem to you that your teeth don’t need nutrition, but they definitely do. Your teeth are honeycombed with tiny channels and receive a constant wash of nutrients. The better your balance of nutrients and the more you skip foods that are damaging, the healthier your teeth will be over the course of your life. Healthier teeth are more capable of resisting decay and other damage.

The good thing is that most of these beneficial foods are popular and readily available. 

Calcium-Rich Dairy Foods

Dairy foods contain high levels of calcium and protein, so if they agree with you in other ways, include plenty of foods like cheese and yogurt in your diet. In addition to calcium and protein, cheese also improves the acid-alkaline balance in your mouth which helps keep down the growth of plaque-creating bacteria. There’s even some research showing that the proteins in milk help restore minerals that might have been lost through consumption of acidic foods or the presence of plaque. Hard, aged cheeses tend to be more beneficial than soft cheeses.

Yogurt likewise contains calcium and protein, but it has another beneficial characteristic—the beneficial bacteria found in cultured products. These bacteria your body needs tend to crowd out damaging bacteria in your mouth. Unsweetened, plain yogurt is the best choice.


Strawberries are so good for teeth that some people use them to make a natural enamel whitener. Crush a strawberry, mix it with baking soda and spread the paste on your teeth with a soft toothbrush. Wait five minutes, brush off the paste, rinse and your teeth will shine. It’s the malic acid in the berry that whitens. 

Cranberries can also help preserve your smile because they contain polyphenols, protective plant-based antioxidants. But because cranberries are tart, they are often mixed with sugar which doesn’t help your dental health. Look for unsweetened dried cranberries that you can snack on or add to a salad.

Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables  

Crunchy fruits and vegetables not only contain plenty of nutrients, they also produce lots of saliva as they are chewed. This constant flow of saliva bathes the teeth and entire mouth, washing away bacteria. Raw celery, apples, pears, cucumbers and carrots fit into this category so keep a supply of these foods available for snacking.


Most people know that fresh greens are good for their overall health but they may have a hard time adding them to their daily diet. A protein shake with a handful of spinach leaves or kale works for most people, even those who don’t like salads. Snacking on raw broccoli also offers benefits­—just minimize indulgence in high-calorie dips.


Nuts are another protein-rich food that supports your dental health. Along with having calcium and protein, nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts and cashews, also help fight unhealthy oral bacteria.

The foods you eat are only part of the solution for preserving your oral health. It’s essential that you see your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. That’s how you can prevent small problems from becoming big ones.

If you’re behind on your dental health maintenance, call StarBrite Dental , the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi , to bring everything up to date. You can reach our Rockville, Maryland office by calling 301-770-1070 today. Of course, we can also help you with any restorations you need, such as fillings, crowns, root canals and many other services. Our goal is to help you regain your oral health and keep it that way.

By StarBrite Dental 18 Jul, 2017

You’ve probably heard a lot about dental implants . In truth, they are one of the most effective ways to replace missing teeth. Let me explain why.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is permanently placed in your gums. Unlike bridges and dentures, implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth. This prevents jawbone loss, allows you to enjoy your favorite foods and enables you to chew properly so you receive proper nutrition from your food.

Implants are also versatile. For instance, if you have dentures that don’t fit right, implants can be used to permanently anchor the dentures in your mouth. With implant-supported dentures , there is no embarrassing slipping and you can fully chew your food. Similarly, an implant-supported bridge is more secure and enables you to chew more comfortably.

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, I recommend dental implants to all my patients who are candidates for the procedure. They can often completely transform someone’s quality of life. If you wonder if dental implants are right for you, come see me for a complimentary consultation. Call my office in Rockville, MD today to request an appointment.

I look forward to seeing you.

Dr. Maryam Seifi, DDS
StarBrite Dental

By StarBrite Dental 28 Jun, 2017

While no one looks forward to a root canal, the procedure can save teeth and prevent you from needing a bridge or a dental implant. On the other hand, while a root canal can be very helpful, it’s valuable to know how to prevent needing one in the first place. We’ll tell you how to do this, but first, we’ll go over the root canal procedure so you understand what will happen if you do need one.

By StarBrite Dental 26 Jun, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 19 Jun, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 12 Jun, 2017

It’s something most people have suffered one time or another and one that many people dread—a toothache. When people are in pain, they don’t know what to do. How soon should they get to the dentist? Should they try to just deal with it on their own? What do they do?

Obviously, the first thing to do is call your dentist’s office. If there is an emergency number for the office, call it. Leave a message or ask any staff who answer how quickly you can be seen. Describe the ache, its location and what makes it worse. Heat? Cold? Pressure? Lying down? Standing up? Are your gums bleeding in that area? Is there any pus being discharged? Is there a bad taste in your mouth? Is the pain continuous or does it only come on at certain times? Is there any fever?

The key is to get to the dentist as soon as possible. A toothache means that you actually have a health problem. Putting this off will only make things get worse. And even if the pain eases up, the underlying cause for the pain hasn’t been addressed. Infections do more than cause pain—they can actually cause further problems if not handled. Therefore, you must get to a dentist as quickly as you can. At StarBrite Dental, the office of Dr Maryam Seifi, we have emergency after hours because of this exact reason. The first thing to do is call and let us know what problem you’re having.

However, even with the fastest trip to the dentist, you still may be in pain for a couple hours. Following are a few tips to follow while you’re on the way to the office.

By StarBrite Dental 09 Jun, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 06 Jun, 2017
As a 2015 Doctors' Choice Award winner, Dr. Maryam Seifi , owner of StarBrite Dental is featured in the 2016 Doctors' Choice Awards Dentistry Magazine . The magazine featured a question and answer section dedicated to Dr. Seifi.  Here are some excerpts...

Congratulations to you Dr. Seifi on being the national winner of the Doctors' Choice Awards in Dentistry 2015! What are your feelings on winning this prestigious award?

I am so honored to have received this award from my peers. Helping others live happier, healthier lives through dentistry is my passion. Because oral health is so integral to one's overall well-being, my mission is to provide the highest standard of dental care available.

What dental conditions are commonly treated by you in your office? And what do you believe sets you and your practice apart from others?

In my practice, we focus on General and Cosmetic Dentistry, but we also have specialists on site so that we can provide Comprehensive quality care for our patients who require more complex procedures.

How long have you been established in your practice? And what kind of culture have you created in your practice?

In 1991, I purchased my first practice from another dentist and 25 years later that practice is StarBrite Dental. In the past two and a half decades my patient base has grown from a few hundred that I tracked on paper charts to thousands. The office has had to expand to accommodate and has gone completely digital to be able to handle all the thousands of little details that are associated with providing thorough quality care to each patient. And the staff has expanded as well to be able to continue our excellent service to patients. StarBrite Dental is usually kept pretty busy, but you will find the team here always willing to get an unscheduled patient serviced or fit in an emergency as soon as there is room. We try to go the extra step in patient care, comfort and service.

Also included with the rest of the interview are select reviews that Dr. Seifi received from other doctors, along with other articles on dentistry treatments . Stop by  StarBrite Dental's  office in Rockville, MD and pick up a  free  copy of the magazine today.

By StarBrite Dental 15 May, 2017

It’s a problem as old as mankind itself—teeth lost to decay or injury. Of course, primitive man didn’t have a solution for missing teeth. As man became more technologically savvy however, he began to address this problem in ingenious ways. 

As far back as Roman days, artisans would carve false teeth out of bone or ivory. Studies of ancient Roman skeletons showed that they had high rates of decay, chipping and gum disease, all of which can contribute to tooth loss. They valued white teeth, too, using urine to brighten their smiles.

Some Roman women would have their front teeth removed for cosmetic reasons, and have replacement teeth crafted out of gold. But these days, most people try to keep their teeth, both for appearance and functionality. Sometimes, a tooth can’t be saved and must be extracted to protect the health of the patient.

By StarBrite Dental 12 May, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 01 May, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 27 Apr, 2017
With 27 years of experience, many hours of training and hundreds of Invisalign treatments performed to date, StarBrite Dental 's Dr. Maryam Seifi has been designated a 2017 Preferred Provider by Invisalign . Dentists with the Invisalign Preferred Provider status have achieved a specific level of clinical training and a significant level of experience.

Dr. Seifi is an award-winning dentist in Rockville, Maryland and she finds her passion is in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Seifi purchased and opened her private practice, StarBrite Dental, in 1991. Over the years she has been awarded both the Preferred and the Premier Provider status with Invisalign. In addition to aesthetic cosmetic requests, she has also treated hundreds of dental patients with challenging smile restorations using Invisalign.
By StarBrite Dental 31 Mar, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 27 Mar, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 07 Mar, 2017
By StarBrite Dental 28 Feb, 2017

At   StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville, MD dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

“I have been a patient of Dr. Seifi since 1996 and I have never had a dentist before that I don't mind having an appointment with. Before I looked at going to the dentist as a necessary evil. I no longer have to look at a dentist visit in that way. She has always been absolutely honest and professional with me on the health of my mouth and genuinely cares about her patients. Her staff is professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Overall this is a fantastic dentist and fantastic dental office.”   ~ W.P., Rockville, MD

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or simply need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070 .

By StarBrite Dental 28 Feb, 2017

If a tooth goes bad, you expect to maybe get a toothache. If a gum is swollen, maybe you swish your mouth with salt water and hope it gets better. What you may not realize is that dental issues like swollen gums or toothaches could be the start of a much more serious illness – including some illnesses that could cost you your life. Let’s look at the connection between dental health and your overall health.

The relationship between your dental condition and overall health runs in two directions. Dental issues may open the door to more serious health problems – and conversely, serious health problems can affect the health of your mouth, resulting in dental problems. That’s why it’s important for your dentist to be involved in your healthcare. Your   dentist   will know when to refer you to a medical doctor or specialist to rule out any serious health conditions or bring them under treatment. Without that referral, you might be developing a life-threatening health problem you know nothing about.

Health Problems Your Dentist May be Able to Detect

Through regular dental exams, your   dentist   can detect these signs and refer you for care:

  • Acid reflux disease which can result in stomach acids attacking your teeth – most often your bottom teeth. Your dentist can find erosion in these teeth early and inform you so you can take action to treat acid reflux.
  • Periodontal disease (an inflammatory disease of gums and structures supporting the teeth) can change the body’s metabolism which can contribute to pre-diabetes and, eventually, diabetes.
  • Raised bumps or recurring canker sores on your gums that could indicate Crohn’s disease.
  • Poor oral or dental care or chronic inflammation in the mouth which can contribute to mouth cancers.
  • Bacteria from infections in the mouth which can slow the growth of a fetus, resulting in low birth weight and lower survival rates.

Other Health Problems Related to Dental Issues

Here’s some of the other relationships between dental health and overall health that research has revealed:

  • Missing teeth or missing bone around a tooth has been associated with a greater risk of having a stroke.
  • Diseases like diabetes or chronic stress conditions can make oral tissues more susceptible to infection.
  • Regular dental care by those already suffering from diabetes was found to be associated with a lower number of diabetes-related hospital visits.
  • Periodontal disease showing up in a person who takes good care of their teeth could be a sign of heart disease and a higher risk of heart attack.
  • Swelling and pain in the jaw can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis because early involvement of the temporomandibular joint (where the jawbone fits into the skull near the ear) is common.
  • Hundreds of medications that a person might be taking for a health condition cause dry mouth as a side effect and this affects the health of one’s mouth and teeth. To find out if a drug you are taking could be affecting the saliva your body produces, visit this page: .
  • Your dentist can also spot slight discoloration of tissues around your tongue or in the back of your throat that can be signs of oral cancer.

We hope you get the picture that your dentist is an important person to have on   your team   for your overall health! Please make sure you maintain a regular schedule of hygiene and exam visits and follow your dentist’s recommendations. We invite you to visit us for any of your oral hygiene needs. Please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070 .

By StarBrite Dental 16 Feb, 2017

At   StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville, MD dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"My Smile Looks Amazing!"

“I started Invisalign because my teeth were chipping due to how crowded they were and the way my bite came together. My lower right tooth was cracking more and more from the stress, which meant I would need a crown. I also had several other things going on with my teeth and jaw which I hadn’t put together as having anything to do with my teeth crowding or my bite. For instance, I had signs of gum disease developing. Also, I would also grind my teeth at night and wake up with jaw aches and I used to get regular migraine headaches. My jaw was tight and hurt, and sometimes I couldn’t open my mouth without severe pain.

After Invisalign, my gums are now perfect and healthy and I haven’t had a migraine headache in over a year—a major plus I was not expecting. My jaw pain and tightness ceased almost immediately and I have not had any issues since starting Invisalign.

And the results are just awesome. Along with all the above health benefits, my smile actually looks amazing! Thank you, Doctor
Seifi! I see all the miracles you produce every day and am so glad I have had the benefit of being one of them.”   ~ K., Rockville, MD

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or simply need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070.

By StarBrite Dental 15 Feb, 2017

Now more than ever, people seem to be concerned with the appearance of their teeth. Perhaps it’s because first impressions are made largely based on one’s smile, per recent studies. That may be why people suffering from crooked teeth tend to hide their smiles. But crooked teeth do more than cause one embarrassment. They pose health risks including gum disease, broken teeth and chronic pain. If you have crooked teeth, don’t be discouraged—you can have beautifully straight teeth and better oral health with Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a tooth-straightening procedure which uses custom alignment trays to cover the teeth. These trays, made of clear plastic, gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment. Because they are invisible, people won’t even notice you’re wearing them. And, unlike metal braces, you can eat whatever you like. When treatment is complete, you’ll have the gorgeous smile you’ve been dreaming of.

How Invisalign Works

Where to begin? Here are the four steps to a brand new smile:

  1. Free Consultation: Come in for a free consultation with Dr. Seifi to discuss any concerns about your teeth and how you want them to look. Dr. Seifi is well-known for her outstanding work in cosmetic dentistry and has utilized Invisalign to help hundreds of patients. She’ll listen closely to your needs and tell you honestly what Invisalign can do for you.
  2. Treatment Plan: Once you get started, Dr. Seifi will use imaging technology to create a virtual representation of how your teeth will look during treatment and the amazing final result. She’ll also let you
    know how long the treatment will be.
  3. Invisalign Aligners: Based on your treatment plan, a series of customized clear aligners will be created for you. Just wear the aligners through the day and remove them to eat and clean your teeth. You’ll change to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks. As time goes on, you’ll notice your teeth gradually shifting into their properplace.
  4. Smile! Treatment is done and it’s time to celebrate your gorgeous new smile.

You can have the smile of your dreams with  Invisalign . Call  (301) 770-1070  to schedule your free consultation today.

By StarBrite Dental 09 Feb, 2017

A common complaint from patients is that they are unhappy with their smiles. Very often, it’s because their teeth are misaligned or crooked, which makes the patient self-conscious. Unfortunately, crooked teeth are more than a cosmetic issue; they actually create health problems—one of the most serious being gum disease.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection which harms the gums, erodes the jawbone, causes tooth loss and can lead to heart disease, diabetes and other illness. People with crooked teeth are at a higher risk of gum disease because the teeth are very difficult to properly clean. As a result, bacteria can grow freely and gum disease sets in. Misaligned teeth also put undue strain on the mouth and jaw which can cause head or jaw pain. Additionally, excessive pressure can may cause teeth to chip, break or wear down.

There is no reason to suffer with misaligned, crooked or overcrowded teeth. Invisalign invisible braces give you the beautifully straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without the downside of traditional braces. I've delivered Invisalign to hundreds of patients and get fantastic results. I invite you to see me and discuss how Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of. Call  (301) 770-1070  today.

Maryam Seifi
Dr. Maryam Seifi, DDS

By StarBrite Dental 03 Feb, 2017

Many of our patients have experienced, and have reported instances of, tooth pain while exercising. This is surprisingly common, as we’ve seen many such reports of this occurring. There is usually two main reasons, however, that one can experience tooth pain while exercising, or exerting themselves. Broadly, this falls under a.) infection in the teeth themselves, or in the gums surrounding the teeth, and b.) trauma to the teeth, gums, or jaw. There are a few other contributors to this as well, and we’ll cover as much as we can here.

Two Contributing Areas of Infection

The two main contributing areas of infection, when it comes to tooth pain while exercising, are the teeth and the gums. Sensitivity of either is usually an indicator of infection, actually.

Cavities in the teeth are actually a type of infection. Cavities start in the enamel of the teeth due to bacteria. The bacteria produces waste after “eating” food particles in the mouth, this waste is highly corrosive to the enamel of your teeth. This acidic waste will gradually produce a cavity. Once the cavity is formed, it’s already weakened the hardest substance in the human body, the enamel, and will proceed down into the next layer; the dentin. Dentin is much more porous than your enamel, and the cavity will spread and go deeper at a much quicker pace. When the cavity reaches the nerve, or even comes near it, sensitivity in the tooth goes up quite markedly. Air, cold drinks, ice cream, increased blood flow, etc., all can cause intense sensitivity or even pain in the tooth. Getting this tooth pain while exercising can come from the rapid flow, or temperature of the air on inhale. The nerves and blood vessels in and around the tooth can also play a part, as the fluid in them increases with exertion. Winter around Rockville, MD and the surrounding DC area can get pretty cold, this cold temperature can play a big role.

The other area of infection is the gums. Infection of the gums is also called gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontitis. When the gums get infected, by the bad bacteria in the mouth, they will become red, swollen, and sensitive. A large amount of fluid can build up where the infection is located. Sometimes when you floss, or even touch the area of infection, your gums can be seen to bleed. This is not a normal occurrence, and is a result of gum infection. These infected areas of the gum are sensitive. Increased blood flow that results from physical exertion and exercise, can produce sensitivity in the gums, simply because of the pressure of the fluid build up.

Physical Trauma of the Teeth

Sometimes when we are exerting ourselves, as when we are intensely exercising, we may end up gritting our teeth. Gritting your teeth regularly, or severely enough, can cause trauma to the nerves and cause them to become inflamed, thusly producing pain or sensitivity in the teeth or gums. Gritting the teeth can also affect your jaw muscles, causing an ache.

If you run or jog with your jaw slightly apart, the impact of the feet against the running surface can cause your jaw to snap shut. This can also cause the inflammation of the nerves in your teeth. Bringing your teeth together rapidly, and forcefully enough will produce pain or sensitivity.

Don’t Live With Tooth Pain While Exercising

If you are regularly experiencing tooth pain while exercising, or in general, you should definitely visit the dentist to at least rule out tooth decay or gum disease. We are located right here in Rockville, MD to help you.

Don’t let tooth pain affect you while you are trying to get healthier by exercising. Take care of your whole body. Including your teeth. Call   (301) 770-1070   to schedule a dental exam.

By StarBrite Dental 18 Jan, 2017

At   StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville, MD dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"Everything was perfect..."
"I have been to many dentists over the years and somehow made it through fillings, cleanings, whatever. Then came my most recent visit with Dr. Maryam Seifi and I realized this visit was totally different from what I have had in the past.

Honestly, there are no words to really convey what this experience with Dr. Seifi and her team was like. It is truly indescribable. It was not just her care or attention to my comfort. There was such a feeling of competence that I had no attention on the dental work she was doing. I was relaxed and when we were done, everything was perfect. I now know what it is supposed to be like when you go to a dentist."   ~ B.F., Rockville, MD

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or simply need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070.

By StarBrite Dental 18 Jan, 2017

A groundbreaking advancement in dental technology is now changing the lives of denture wearers for the better with implant-supported dentures. To understand this procedure, it’s helpful to understand how implants work.

A dental implant is typically used to replace one or more missing teeth. The implant itself is a small titanium screw which is placed within the jaw. An artificial tooth is then attached to it. Implant-supported dentures work by applying this principle to dentures. The difference is that rather than have a single implant for every missing tooth, you need just four or six implants in the top of your mouth and four or six on the bottom. Your dentures can be permanently anchored to the implants or, alternately, made to snap on and off the implants. What’s right for each patient depends on their individual oral health situation. Either way, these implant-supported dentures will look and function almost like real teeth.

You’ll Love Your Dentures

You will fall in love with your implant-supported dentures. For starters, you will no longer need to worry about embarrassing slippage. You will also experience a dramatic improvement in your ability to chew and be free to eat more of the foods you like. And when permanently attached, cleaning your implant-supported dentures is as simple as cleaning natural teeth, with a brush and floss.

Improve Both Oral Health and Appearance

Natural teeth stimulate the gums and jawbone, which keeps them healthy. In contrast, traditional dentures fail to provide such stimulation. Thus gums deteriorate and bone loss occurs. As time goes on, bone loss spreads and makes one look older. Implant-supported dentures provide health-giving stimulation to the gums and jawbone, preserving your oral health and facial structure.

Free Consultation for Permanent Dentures

Dr. Maryam Seifi and her team of specialists at  StarBrite Dental have extensive experience and training in the implant process. Come in for a free consultation to see how implant-supported dentures can change your life. Call our Rockville, MD dental office at  (301) 770-1070  or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 13 Jan, 2017

I love dentistry because it allows me to change people’s lives for the better. Implant-supported dentures are a good example of this. Although traditional dentures are a practical solution for missing teeth, they can also create issues—the most significant being bone loss. The reason for this is that the roots of natural teeth stimulate the gums and jawbone, keeping them healthy. Once the roots are gone, the jawbone begins to shrink.

Fortunately, groundbreaking dental implant technology now offers a highly workable solution to the problems of traditional dentures. That solution is implant-supported dentures—dentures that are anchored to the jaw through dental implants.

Dental implants are artificial teeth which look and function like real teeth. Typically, a single artificial tooth is attached to a single screw which is inserted into the jawbone. However, with implant-supported dentures, about four to six implants are needed on the top and bottom to support a complete set of dentures.

Implant-supported dentures can be permanently fixed to the jaw or made to snap on and off the jaw, depending on the patient. In either case, the outcome is spectacular. The dentures fit well, preserve rather than erode the jawbone, are unlikely to slip and allow patients to eat many more of their favorite foods.

If you are concerned about the way your teeth look or are embarrassed about your smile, come see me for a no-charge consultation in my Rockville, MD office. I can help you get the exact smile you’ve always wanted. Call  (301) 770-1070 . or fill out the form below.

Maryam Seifi
Dr. Maryam Seifi, DDS

By StarBrite Dental 09 Jan, 2017

At   StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville, MD dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"The woman who did my teeth cleaning was excellent. She was very professional and friendly. She gave me some very useful information regarding taking care of my teeth. Dr. Seifi did a check-up after the cleaning which is always very reassuring. They screened for oral cancer, and applied strong fluoride paste after the excellent cleaning which I always ask for.

The care program whereby you pay a lump sum in the beginning of the year is more than good. You get a lot of continual care for a small amount of money. It is a very patient-friendly program. It was an excellent visit, approximately an hour. I will go back in three months for another cleaning."   ~ T.Q., Rockville, MD

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or simply need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070.

By StarBrite Dental 30 Dec, 2016

Have you ever wondered why your mouth is sometimes so sour first thing in the morning? This phenomenon, known colloquially as “morning breath,” happens because the bacteria in your mouth experience ideal conditions for reproduction at night. It’s not an attractive thought that you have an abundance of bacteria in your mouth in the morning, but that is the case. The result of that abundance is a sticky, filmy mouth and smelly gases that you perceive as morning breath.

What’s different about your mouth during the night? Mostly a lack of saliva. Your body automatically reduces its flow of saliva at night, but this means that bacteria is not continually being washed away the way it is during the day. Saliva is also high in oxygen, which directly kills some bacteria.

Also, there’s not as much for bacteria to eat at night. Carbohydrates are their preferred food and you’re not eating any and leaving remnants in your mouth for them to eat. So they look for proteins which can include your body’s mucus membranes. Their digestion of mucus membranes is not as efficient, resulting in the gases we hate to inflict on our partners.

Cleaning Your Teeth at Night

Most people clean their teeth most thoroughly at night, which is a very good practice. Furthermore, it does deprive mouth bacteria of any nutrients. Modifying your nighttime ritual can not only result in clean, healthy teeth but also can also reduce your mouth’s bacterial count. Follow this regimen for the best results:

  1. Floss thoroughly, even behind the back teeth.
  2. Brush your teeth with a soft brush for two full minutes. Many people think they brush for two minutes, but 35 to 45 seconds is actually the average. You might set a timer to help you brush for two minutes until you get the hang of it.
  3. Clean your tongue, either with a tongue scraper or a soft brush and oxygenating toothpaste.
  4. Use an antiseptic mouthwash but don’t use one that contains alcohol (nearly all popular mouthwashes do). Ask your dentist to recommend a good mouth rinse for you. One that oxygenates your mouth will keep down the growth of bacteria.

Using an irrigator is another step that will help you clean out smaller food particles that would feed bacteria. Ask your dentist if he or she recommends irrigation.

Once you have cleaned your mouth thoroughly, do not eat or drink anything but water before you go to bed. It’s a good idea to drink a little water if you wake up during the night so you can moisten your mouth.

In the morning, it’s not usually hard to get rid of morning breath. Floss first, then brush, then eat and drink.. If your sour mouth persists, then it’s not just morning breath. Your dentist can help you diagnose any other problem that could contribute to that bad taste and smell.

Eliminating Dry Mouth

If you breathe through your mouth while you sleep or take certain medications, your mouth will be dryer than normal. Which, of course, improves conditions for bacterial reproduction. There are more than a hundred medications which have dry mouth as a side effect. Ask your dentist about a moisturizing rinse for your mouth.

If you have sleep apnea, your mouth will be open more than usual at night and thus will dry out. Talk to your dentist about remedies for apnea.

If you suffer from chronic nasal congestion, this will also make you breathe through your mouth and dry out your mouth. Consult your doctor for a resolution of this congestion.

With a little time and attention, you can greatly reduce the nighttime growth of bacteria. This is not only good for giving you sweet morning breath, it helps your whole mouth stay healthier.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or simply need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning, please give StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, a call at   (301) 770-1070.

By StarBrite Dental 17 Dec, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville, MD dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"The First Time in My Life I Have Looked Forward to My Dental Visits"

"It's been almost two years since I had the cosmetic dentistry procedure completed and I must tell you, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Having a smile that is literally reminiscent of my youth makes a huge difference in my everyday life when meeting people, doing occasional public speaking and being able to enjoy the simple pleasures of eating comfortably.

Thank you for your wonderful mastery of cosmetic dentistry and for your magnificent team. These past couple of years have been the first time in my life I have looked forward to my dental visits. Thank you again for your dedication and caring for your patients.”   ~ B.M.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or simply need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070.

By StarBrite Dental 17 Dec, 2016

If you’ve ever seen the Oscars on TV, you know half the fun is watching celebrities with their dazzling smiles arrive on the red carpet. If you’ve ever been more than a little bit envious of their flawless teeth, don’t be. You, too, can have a red carpet smile with a full smile makeover.

Just as the name implies, a smile makeover uses modern cosmetic dentistry procedures to transform less-than appealing teeth into a gorgeous smile. As no two people are identical, the success of your makeover lies in the dentist’s ability to tailor all procedures to your preferences and appearance. Many factors must be taken into account, such as the shape of your face and lips, skin tone, hair color, gum tissue and, of course, your teeth. This includes very detailed factors such as their exact color, width, length, shape and visual relationship to the gums.

Depending on the nature of your dental issues, a combination of procedures may be used for the makeover. Dental implants, for example, would replace any missing teeth. Veneers would cover stained or discolored teeth. And Invisalign would be used to straighten even the most crooked of teeth.

Dr. Maryam Seifi, a pioneer of cosmetic dentistry in the Rockville area, has been performing smile makeovers for over 25 years with outstanding, life-changing results. She will work very closely with you to design the exact smile you have always wanted.

Come see Dr. Seifi; at  StarBrite Dental in Rockville, MD, for a free Smile Makeover Consultation. Call  (301) 770-1070  or fill out the form below today.

By StarBrite Dental 17 Dec, 2016

Cosmetic dentistry allows me to do more than just improve someone’s smile. It enables me to change their life for the better. I’ve had patients who would cover their mouths when smiling or avoid talking with friends just because they were embarrassed about their teeth. They came to me for a “smile makeover” and when we were done, they not only had a gorgeous new smile, but also a big boost in self-confidence. Without the constant attention on their teeth problems, they were more outgoing and felt better about themselves.

In this age of advanced dentistry, an ideal smile is within easy reach. Advanced procedures exist to address just about any dental issue imaginable and my staff at  StarBrite Dental do a fantastic job at them all. Having practiced cosmetic dentistry for over 25 years, I’m passionate about the aesthetics of teeth — their artistry, balance and beauty—along with their function and health.

If you are concerned about the way your teeth look or are embarrassed about your smile, come see me for a no-charge consultation in my Rockville, MD office. I can help you get the exact smile you’ve always wanted. Call  (301) 770-1070 . or fill out the form below.

Maryam Seifi
Dr. Maryam Seifi, DDS

By StarBrite Dental 30 Nov, 2016

Beautiful, healing sleep: there are few things that contribute more to our overall well-being, and few things that make life more miserable than the inability to get a good night’s sleep. You may not realize that your dentist can be a key player in your ability to sleep comfortably all night,but that’s the truth!

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you’re not sleeping deeply during those hours that your body should be doing the most healing and repairing. We’ll explain what sleep apnea is and how your dentist can help.

Types of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which you suffer from abnormal breathing. If you snore loudly and feel tired after a full night’s rest, you may suffer from this condition.

There are a few different types of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the excessive relaxation of throat muscles, collapsing the airway.
  2. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send the right signals to your muscles to properly control your breathing.
  3. A combination of both types of sleep apnea is referred to as complex sleep apnea syndrome.

When this problem has gotten serious, you may be snoring loudly, then stop breathing entirely. With a gasping or choking sound, you finally start getting some air in your lungs. This happens over and over for most of the night. During the day, you may be so tired that you fall asleep when you’re working, relaxing or even driving.

The odd thing is that unless someone sleeps next to you, you may not even know you’re struggling to breathe at night!

Complications of Sleep Apnea

The problems that can result from sleep apnea go far beyond not getting a good night’s sleep. Realize that your body is not getting the oxygen it needs every moment. This deprivation can reduce your blood oxygen levels, straining your entire cardiovascular system. Your risk of high blood pressure increases.

Type 2 diabetes is more common with people struggling with sleep apnea. This is also true of a related condition called metabolic syndrome—a group of symptoms including high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol, increased waist measurement and high blood pressure. Tests show that sleep apnea is also hard on the liver—there are more signs of scarring and liver function tests are often abnormal.

How Can We Help?

We are trained and experienced in providing you with a snore guard or an oral appliance to prevent sleep apnea. These are devices custom fit to you that keep your mouth and jaw in the correct positions to maintain an open airway. For many people, this is all they need to start having a restful night’s sleep.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, don’t delay in calling  StarBrite Dental, the office of Dr. Maryam Seifi , so we can help you transition to a new, restful sleep pattern. Face your day bright-eyed! Contact us at (301) 770-1070 to schedule your appointment for an exam and evaluation.

By StarBrite Dental 18 Nov, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"When I came to StarBrite Dental I was in an emergency state with my dental care. It was a late appointment and to my surprise my tooth was able to be saved and that made me happy. I've always wanted the proper dental care and treatment for my teeth and it was just amazing that StarBrite did everything I needed to make me more happy with my teeth.

This is a wonderful team of professionals from the time you enter the door and greeted 'til the time you go back to your room. I've been educated on so much about my teeth and oral care and upkeep. All I can say is that I'm thoroughly happy with StarBrite and I can't wait to show my smile when I have my Invisalign completed."   ~ A.S., Rockville, MD

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or simply need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070.

By StarBrite Dental 18 Nov, 2016

Have you ever smelled a baby’s milky breath? It’s sweet and fresh. Unfortunately for many of us, that’s not always the case with adults! We’ve all experienced someone else’s bad breath. Or maybe a trusted friend told us our own breath needed improvement. But there are those other times when we just weren’t sure. Our mouths felt sour but we couldn’t tell if we were in danger of offending our friends or co-workers. How can you tell if you have bad breath?

Bad Breath Self-Tests

If you’re not with someone you’re comfortable asking (and how many people would we be willing to ask to smell our breath?), try this test instead. Lick your wrist and let it dry for a moment. Then sniff your wrist. That will give you a chance to experience what other people experience.

If you’re at home, you can also run some floss between your back teeth and then smell the floss. Or, if you have a tongue scraper, run it across your tongue and smell any coating it collects. If you don’t have a tongue scraper, gently use a spoon to scrape the back of your tongue. Then smell any of the coating collected on the spoon.

Causes for Bad Breath

Bad breath can also occur after a spicy meal, foods with onion or garlic, or an alcoholic or sugary drink. These smells are usually just temporary and can often be eliminated by brushing your teeth or using mouthwash.

Longer-lasting bad breath is usually the result of an excessive amount of bacteria growing in your mouth. The mouth is a great place for bacteria to multiply. It’s warm and wet and there’s all kinds of nutrients. Bacteria thrive between the teeth, on the tongue and in the back of the throat.

If these bacteria are allowed to remain undisturbed, the smell factor increases. Keeping the bacteria count down involves regular brushing (at least twice daily), flossing thoroughly every day and regular visits to your dentist to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Health Problems Can Also Cause Bad Breath

Any pockets of infection in your gums or teeth – even if they are painless – increase your chances of smelly breath. Of course, smoking or any use of tobacco not only tends to give you bad breath, it increases your risk of gum disease which then increases the likelihood of bad breath even more. Because smoking impairs a smoker’s ability to smell, he may have bad breath and not be aware of it.

Eliminating Sources of Bad Breath

Most of the reasons for bad breath are fairly easy to overcome. There are some chronic health conditions resulting in bad breath that take a little more work to resolve. Chronic sinusitis or bronchitis, diabetes, infection in the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal, liver or kidney problems can all contribute to sour breath. For these, you need to work with your doctor.

If you note that your breath is not ideal, the first place to start is your own schedule of dental care. Make sure you are following your dentist’s recommendations on oral health care. Then make an appointment with your dentist to rule out any infected pockets in your gums or any abscessed teeth.

Consider adding a tongue scraper to your oral care regimen. If you don’t have one, you can use your toothbrush to scrub away any coating. If you have any dentures, make sure you take them out at night and clean them thoroughly. Using a floss threader to clean under bridges will not only reduce your chance of bad breath, it will help your bridge last longer.

By now it should be obvious that you don’t have to resign yourself to bad breath! Take these actions instead and make sure you maintain the dental care schedule recommended by your dentist.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions or discuss your concerns during your next appointment at  StarBrite Dental. Make an appointment by calling  (301) 770-1070 . Or you can fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 04 Nov, 2016
On October 2nd, the Special Olympics of Maryland Montgomery County (or SOMO as it’s better know among it’s members) held it’s 5th Annual Inspiration Walk/Run to support its athletes and raise awareness for the Special Olympics locally in Montgomery County. Although it’s held in Rockville, MD, athletes and supporters come from all over Montgomery County every year to participate in the festivities. Dr. Seifi and the staff at StarBrite Dental was very excited to once again participate in the annual event at Georgetown Prep.
By StarBrite Dental 04 Nov, 2016
By StarBrite Dental 25 Oct, 2016

Sources: BBC Guardian Datablog, Mayo Clinic, XKCD data: Note: logarithmic scale & average doses used.

Here are some of the tools we use to minimize your exposure during your X-rays:

Thyroid Collar -   The National Council of Radiographic Protection requires thyroid shielding for all children and they highly recommend it for all adults. Studies show that the use of thyroid collars can reduce exposure levels by over 30%. (1)

Aiming Devices -   State-of-the-art XCP (Extension Cone Paralleling) aiming devices ensure accurate and reproducible x-rays every time, thereby reducing the need for retakes. (2)

Faster Film Speed and Digital Sensors -   Increasing the film speed or using digital radiography contributes to reducing exposure. F speed film requires 20% to 50% less exposure time than E or D speed film, respectively. (4) When digital images are made the dose reduction ranges from 0% to 50% of the exposure required for F speed film. (5)

StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, in Rockville, MD is dedicated to keeping you healthy and providing our patients with the safest, most comfortable experience possible. Good quality diagnostic x-rays are crucial to maintaining your overall dental health. Be assured that we do everything possible to keep you healthy by following the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principle for your digital X-rays.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions or discuss your concerns during your next appointment at StarBrite Dental. Make an appointment by calling   (301) 770-1070 .

By StarBrite Dental 19 Oct, 2016

It’s a safe bet that everyone knows teeth can become decayed and need fillings. Not as many people understand the effects of gum disease and how seriously this problem can affect their overall health. In fact, gum disease can contribute to life-threatening health problems, so it’s worth the time to understand the subject.

What is Gum Disease?

The technical name for gum disease is periodontal disease. Periodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with all the supporting structures of your teeth. This means the gums, the ligaments that attach your teeth to the jawbone and the sockets of your teeth. Keeping your gums and other structures healthy is not hard, but it takes consistent care.

Have your gums ever bled when you brushed them? You may think nothing of this, but it is actually a sign of gum infection. If it’s left to develop further, your teeth could get loose and need to be extracted.

Keeping gums healthy means maintaining a regular schedule of at-home care (brushing and flossing every day) and regular appointments for cleanings, x-rays and exams at your dentist’s office. It’s important to keep your teeth from accumulating a sticky coating of bacteria (plaque) that turns into a hard, crusty coating on your teeth (tartar). Your dental hygienist removes both substances during your regular visits.

From time to time, your dentist will measure the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums to determine if empty pockets are developing that will harbor bacteria. The presence of these pockets may call for more intensive treatment.

Effects of Gum Disease

If you fail to keep your teeth cleaned at regular intervals and allow signs of gum infection to go untreated, here’s some of the adverse effects you may suffer:

Gum disease has been linked with an increased risk of clogged arteries and heart disease. If you already have heart disease, gum problems can worsen it. There’s a type of stroke that results from blocked arteries and the risk of this type of stroke is also increased.

Healthy gums are particularly important if you are pregnant. Women with unhealthy gums are more likely to deliver prematurely and their babies are more likely to suffer from low birth weight.

Bacteria from gum disease can easily reach the lungs and cause or worsen lung infections. It’s especially important for the elderly to maintain good gum health since they tend to be at greater risk for pneumonia.

For diabetic patients, it tends to be harder to control their blood sugar when the gums are unhealthy.

And, of course, if the supporting structures of your teeth stay infected over a period of time, your teeth will begin to loosen and you could lose them.

Your Dentist is Your Best Weapon Against Periodontal Disease

Your at-home care has a lot to do with your long-term periodontal health, but working with your dentist for your whole life has so much to do with keeping your teeth and gums healthy. That’s how you can maintain your beautiful smile for your whole life. Follow your dentist’s recommendations for at-home care and recommended schedule of office visits—and keep smiling!

If you’re not currently taking good care of your teeth, we hope this blog article inspires you. Please reach out to StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, by calling  (301) 770-1070 . Or you can fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 13 Oct, 2016
We would like to announce that Dr. Seifi’s daughter, Nicole Powell, and her partner, Taylor Royce Fletcher, are the newest GOLD medalists representing the USA at the International Acrobatic Gymnastic Cup in Poland!! Beating out 13 other teams from 8 countries!! StarBrite Dental is so very proud of Nicole!
By StarBrite Dental 06 Oct, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"Great team, very friendly and professional. We had an emergency on a Saturday and they received us right away, even though we were new patients. We warmly recommend their services."
~ A.H., Rockville, MD

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or simply need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 29 Sep, 2016

When people think of their dental or oral health, most of them think about their teeth. That’s understandable because when you go to the dentist, everyone’s mostly working on your teeth and not your gums. Actually, the health of your gums has everything to do with the condition of your teeth, your mouth and even your overall health. Here are four reasons why keeping the gums in good shape helps keep you in good shape.

Reason Number One: Prevent Infection and Inflammation

If you think about it, there’s an intimate connection between your teeth and your gums. Healthy gums are firm, pain-free and hold your teeth tightly in their sockets. When a person does not regularly brush, floss and see their dentist, a sticky layer of bacteria called plaque builds up on their teeth and gradually hardens into tartar. If tartar and plaque are left on teeth, they encourage infection under the gums. The earliest stage of this gum infection is called gingivitis. That word simply means infection and inflammation of the gingiva – the scientific name of your gums. Your gums will be inflamed, red and puffy and will probably bleed when you brush or floss. If you start cleaning your teeth properly every day and seeing your dentist and hygienist regularly, you can probably reverse gingivitis and not suffer permanent damage.

Reason Number Two: Prevent Periodontal Disease

The second reason to keep gums healthy is that if gingivitis is not properly handled, periodontal disease, a far more serious problem, can develop. There is deeper infection and the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, creating empty pockets. These pockets are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and are very difficult for patients to clean at home. Some improvement might be achieved by using a home irrigator to flush water into these spaces, but the best treatment is deep cleaning that only a dental hygienist or dentist can do.

Reason Number Three: Prevent Loss of Bone Mass and Teeth

The third reason is that if periodontal disease is not treated, some real damage can begin to accumulate. Toxins from the infection and the immune system’s assault on the bacteria begin to loosen the connective tissue that bonds the gums to the teeth. There will also start to be loss of bone mass. Bone loss and infected gums result in loose teeth that may eventually need to be removed. Gum abscesses can form. The longer gum infections last, the harder they are to treat.

Reason Number Four: Prevent Related Serious Health Problems

The fourth reason is that gum infections are associated with a greater risk of serious health problems. The infective material in the gums moves into the bloodstream or may be inhaled into the lungs. Health problems associated with periodontal disease include:

• Greater risk of developing heart disease
• More difficulty controlling blood sugar
• Greater occurrence of certain kinds of strokes
• Higher risk of respiratory problems and kidney, pancreatic and blood cancers
• In pregnant women, early delivery and low birth weight.

Gingivitis and periodontal disease are not that difficult to avoid. In fact, periodontal disease takes time to develop. Following a regular schedule of at home care and visits to your dental hygienist and dentist will go a long way to preventing these problems. Any person who already knows they have risk factors for heart disease, uncontrolled blood sugar or the other problems listed above would be very wise to consult their dentist to learn other methods of preventing gum disease.

It takes time for periodontal disease to develop, so simply by maintain a proper schedule of care and not neglecting your teeth, you stand a very good chance of never experiencing either gingivitis or periodontal disease. If you’re due for a visit, call us now to schedule your hygiene treatment or exam so we can support your effort to maintain your gum health. It’s even more important if there are any symptoms of disease. It’s vital we begin working with you immediately to reverse gum problems and get you back on the road to full health.

If you’re not currently taking good care of your teeth, we hope this blog article inspires you. No matter what your dental needs, please feel free to reach out to StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, by calling  (301) 770-1070 . Or you can fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 07 Sep, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"Excellent service and treatment. Everyone who works there is very friendly and do their best to make patients comfortable throughout procedures and afterwards. The staff does an excellent job of explaining each step of the treatment as it is performed and do their best to make everything as painless as possible."
~ M.B., Rockville, MD

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 06 Sep, 2016

If you dread visits to the dentist, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that about 20% of Americans suffer so much anxiety, they will only go to the dentist when they absolutely have to. Among the reasons people hate visiting the dentist are the pain, the needle and of course, that dreaded drill.

Unfortunately, the needle was needed to reduce pain to a minimum and the drill was needed to remove enough tooth material to place your filling. First, the dentist would remove the part of the tooth that was attacked by bacteria – the cavity – and then a little bit more so there was a clean, evenly-shaped area for the filling. Then he could place the filling itself.

Introducing the Dental Laser*

Up to now, the drill has been the only choice to clean up that area of the tooth in preparation for a filling. Now,   StarBrite Dental   offers you a new alternative that not only replaces the drill – it also eliminates the need for the needle for many patients!

We’re always seeking out the most advanced techniques and equipment to give our patients the best experience. That’s why we have recently added this innovative dental laser to our practice. Early testing proved that as many as 90% of patients on whom the laser was used reported only mild discomfort or slight pain not requiring any injection of anesthetic. Only 6% of patients needed a painkilling injection. In these tests and in dental practices around the country, even children have tolerated this procedure well and had cavities filled without anesthetic.

How Does the Laser Work?

Our dental laser, a state-of-the-art system known as   Waterlase, combines water, air and laser energy for precision use on teeth and mouth tissue. Since our teeth are partially composed of water, when the laser makes contact with the tooth, it excites the water molecules and cuts through the tooth. As the light flashes, water and air are also directed on the tooth, eliminating any heat buildup. The result is a much more comfortable dental visit.

Some people describe the popping noise the laser makes as being like the sound of a woodpecker. But there’s none of that grinding noise or the vibration that accompanies drilling. And in most cases, less tooth material needs to be removed during these procedures and there’s less chance of cracking or damage to other parts of the tooth.

More Dental Work in Less Visits

When this dental laser is well tolerated by a patient and no anesthetics are needed, it’s possible for a dentist to perform work in more than one part of the mouth in a single visit. This means the patient doesn’t need to take another afternoon off work and drive to the dentist’s office.

For people who hate visits to the dentist, a dental laser offers a completely different experience. For those who don’t mind it so much, it can make a dental visit a positive breeze! If you’re already a patient of   StarBrite Dental, ask about our laser the next time you make an appointment.

And if you know someone who hates the dentist or is ignoring their oral health, let them know there’s something completely new in our practice that can make visiting the dentist far more tolerable. Maybe even pleasant. Have them call us at   (301) 770-1070   so they can learn for themselves how a dental laser can make it possible to keep their teeth in tip-top shape without the use of a drill.

*The laser cannot be used in all cases or all procedures.

By StarBrite Dental 19 Aug, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"As always they are solicitous to my sensitivities, and ever engaging and reassuring. My fear of dental work is gone, I now find it a pleasure to see these familiar faces who know me and will take good care of me."
~ L.D., Rockville, MD

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 09 Aug, 2016

Your teeth! Your smile! You may not give them much thought until you get the postcard or phone call from your local dentist telling you that it’s time to come in and see them. If you don’t have a regular dentist, then maybe you don’t think about them much until something hurts.

We know it’s not that easy to get an education on keeping your teeth healthy so we’re bringing you ten important facts about keeping those choppers strong and beautiful.

1. You may have heard that tooth enamel – the outside coating on your teeth – is harder than your bone. It is true but still not a match for plaque – a sticky bacteria-laden film that forms on your teeth within minutes of a meal. Actually, within 20 minutes of your meal intake, the acidity of your mouth increases and then it attacks your enamel, causing cavities as well as decalcification. When plaque stays on your teeth for a while, it hardens by the minerals of your saliva into calculus. That’s what your dental hygienist works so hard to remove from your teeth when you get them cleaned. To prevent damage, let us professionally clean the plaque and calculus from your teeth – including areas that are very hard for you to reach – at least once every six months.

2. You might already know that sugary foods are hard on your teeth but did you also know that there is quite a few acidic foods that are similarly hard on dental enamel? The list includes tomatoes, salad dressing, citrus fruits, wine, coffee and pickles. After eating any of these foods, cleanse and neutralize your mouth with water before moving on with life.

3. The forces of biting and chewing on your teeth are enormous. As much as 250 pounds of pressure per square inch can be generated by the muscles in your jaw. That’s one reason it’s so vital to handle any dental or oral problem promptly. Misalignments, injured or cracked teeth, missing teeth – any of these problems can start a chain reaction of effects that may result in other teeth being damaged or lost. Be sure to see us as soon as you suffer any trauma.

4. You could be damaging your teeth by the way you brush. If you brush with a medium or hard bristle brush or brush in a back-and-forth, up and down motion, you could be wearing enamel away and causing gum recession. Buy a soft brush and brush in a gentle circular motion for two minutes, being sure not to neglect the teeth all the way in the back. And be sure to replace your brush when it shows signs of wear.

5. Skipping the floss means skipping thorough dental care. Some experts say it’s nearly half the job of keeping your teeth healthy. You may have been taught to slide the floss up under the gum a couple of times and then move on to the next tooth. In fact, you should be gently pulling the floss around the tooth until it forms the shape of a “C.” Move it up and down with a simultaneous push-pull motion. Move to clean sections of floss as you progress from tooth to tooth. Some people floss at their desks at work and floss right after lunch. If you’re one of our patients, you can always ask us to demonstrate the right way to floss.

6. Here’s a little known fact: Mixing very hot foods and icy drinks at the same meal can damage your teeth. The hot food causes your teeth to expand and the cold drink causes them to contract rapidly. Not all teeth can tolerate this much change all at once. Try letting very hot foods cool down a bit be-fore eating.

7. Do you ever use your teeth as tools? Do you chew lots of ice? These habits can result in fractures that are the end of one or more healthy, strong teeth. Avoid using your teeth to hold things or to open things.

8. Some prescription drugs cause dry mouth which enables oral bacteria to attack your teeth more aggressively. If you’re already one of our patients, please call us to go over your medications so we can determine if any of them cause dry mouth. We have hydrating oral mouthwashes and saliva substitutes we can offer you to keep your mouth moist while you’re taking that medication.

9. It’s a good idea to pay closer attention to your oral health during pregnancy. Changing hormones make gums more sensitive and your nutritional demands are higher. Ask your doctor about nutritional support for teeth during pregnancy. And see us immediately if your teeth become more sensitive or your gums get inflamed during pregnancy.

10. You CAN keep your teeth for your whole life. Many reasons for tooth loss can be eliminated by maintaining a regular schedule of care and a diet that contributes to dental health. For healthy teeth, skip alcohol, smoking, diets high in starch, acids or sugar. Eat unprocessed foods rather than processed ones. Always visit your dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. Address any problems while they are small. This will not only save your teeth, it will save most people many thousands of dollars. Expensive treatments usually result from delay or neglect. We want to work with you as a tight-knit team to help you keep every tooth healthy and strong, even into your eighties.

If you’re not currently taking good care of your teeth, we hope this list inspires you. No matter what your dental needs, please feel free to reach out to StarBrite Dental of Rockville, Maryland by calling 301-770-1070. Or you can fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 02 Aug, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"The staff was very professional. I called for a small emergency and they where able to see me without an appointment and I didn't have to wait long."
~ M.A., Rockville, MD

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 25 Jul, 2016

Nighttime breathing problems make some people miserable. The problem is that it’s usually not the person with the breathing problem that’s miserable! Often, it’s the spouse who can’t sleep because of all that noise. While snoring has been cited as a reason for divorce, more people just choose to sleep in separate bedrooms. One study from a Toronto University found that between 30% and 40% of couples sleep apart at night – some because of snoring, but others due to a need for radically different temperatures or because one person is a covers-grabbing restless sleeper.

A snorer sleeping with a non-snorer can create stress in a relationship that never ends until a solution is found. After all, being well-rested is vital for all-around health and safety. A person’s immune system needs rest to keep a person healthy and a lack of sleep contributes to impaired work performance and higher numbers of traffic accidents.

Why Do People Snore?

If you only snore occasionally, it could be allergies, a cold, being overtired or alcohol, muscle relaxant or sleeping pill consumption that triggers the noise. For some people, sleeping on their backs brings on the snores.

If you snore chronically, factors such as overweight, nasal structure problems or aging could be causing the problem.

Pregnant women may snore even if they’ve never snored before in their lives. In the third trimester, weight gain paired with hormone changes that swell nasal passages can start a pregnant woman snoring. In a few cases, this snoring can be a sign of a dangerous problem such as gestational diabetes or a shortage of oxygen supply to the baby so this should be mentioned to one’s doctor as soon as it’s noticed.

Sleep Apnea is NOT Just Heavy Snoring

Sleep apnea is a far more serious problem than simple snoring. With sleep apnea, the sleeper pauses in his breathing for periods lasting from a few seconds to whole minutes. This can occur 30 or more times an hour. There may be choking or gagging when the person finally grabs a breath. A person with sleep apnea typically wakes up feeling tired and drained. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include a general lack of energy, morning headaches and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).

Some people think that if they are not overweight and male, they can’t have sleep apnea. That’s not true. While overweight men have higher than average risk factors, women past the age of menopause are just as likely to suffer from this problem as men.

Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Overall Health

If you have been told you suffer from sleep apnea, it’s vital to take this up with your doctor immediately. It’s a risk factor for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other serious conditions. In fact, 65% of people who have had a stroke also had some kind of breathing disorder during sleep. And nearly 79% of patients with severe sleep apnea also have hypertension.

When snoring or sleep apnea is making life miserable, realize that these problems can respond to the care of a doctor or dentist who specializes in breathing problems. In other words, there can be an end to the misery and the fatigue.

Solutions to Sleep Apnea

Our  StarBrite Dental staff has experience working with sleep specialists and can help fit you for an oral appliance to improve your breathing during sleep. The TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) is a popular and well-known appliance for correcting sleep apnea. After decades of struggling to breathe, you can finally experience restful sleep! It must be fit to you correctly and that’s where we come in.

If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, come see us for a consultation to find out how you can stop snoring and sleep better every night. Please call  (301) 770-1070  or use the form below.  Your spouse will thank you – and your long-term health will benefit!

By StarBrite Dental 15 Jul, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"My experience at StarBrite Dental was great. They are so good at explaining everything to you step by step and make you feel very comfortable. I was terrified of getting a root canal but got it done and it was completely pain free. I would definitely recommend them. Thank you StarBrite Dental."
~ M.R., Rockville, MD

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 27 Jun, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"I absolutely love this place! The people are always extremely friendly and attentive to my needs. In addition, they have done a beautiful job in caring for my teeth! Thank you!"
~ K.P., Rockville, MD

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 06 Jun, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"I've been going to StarBrite Dental for about 2 months. The people that work there are nice and friendly. I would love to keep coming back, they are there when I need them the most. Thanks Starbrite Dental." ~ A.R., Rockville, MD

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By StarBrite Dental 02 Jun, 2016

Did you know Rockville is home to some 8,600 businesses, large and small, from a variety of industries, such as biotech, health, medical and IT? Thousands of local business professionals are keeping these companies going which drives our local economy. We at  StarBrite Dental feel they deserve our support, which is why we strive to accommodate business owners and their employees in every way we can.

As a business professional, caring for one’s dental health often takes a back seat to work demands and schedules. For some, the workday is jam-packed with appointments and meetings. Others may be chained to their desks, handling piles of work that needed to be done yesterday. And for those working in a retail environment, they lack the luxury of leaving the shop in daytime, particularly when they are the only ones minding the store.

And so, business professionals working long hours five or six days a week, can be hard-pressed to schedule daytime teeth cleanings, much less lengthier treatment, such as a root canal. To complicate matters, one sometimes sees a dentist for a toothache only to be referred to specialist in another office—now a second appointment is needed. It’s no wonder some individuals delay much needed dental treatment until the pain is simply too great.

Dental Care for Rockville Businesses

At  StarBrite Dental, our mission is to make oral healthcare readily available to the Rockville workforce, from executives to the workers who run the day to day business operations. To accomplish this mission, we have extended our clinic hours to offer evening and weekend appointments. We additionally have 24-hour emergency services seven days a week. Now Rockville’s hardworking business professionals have the freedom to schedule after-hour appointments and receive the dental care they need.

All Your Dental Services Available in One Location

StarBrite Dental also serves the Rockville business community by providing comprehensive dentistry. This means that we offer nearly every dental service you might need, right here under one roof. Because we have several specialists working in our offices, we typically have no need to refer patients to other doctors. This convenience saves enormous time and stress for our patients, particularly our business professionals.

Our in-house doctors and specialists include first-rate cosmetic and general dentists, an oral surgeon and a root canal specialist. Thus, we can deliver a wide variety of services, including cleanings, fillings, root canals, gum disease treatment, extractions, implants, veneers, bridges, dentures, Invisalign, sleep apnea treatments and more.

Growing with the Rockville Community

Through our 24 years of practice in Rockville,  StarBrite Dental has grown with the local community. In fact, our patient base has expanded to include the children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors of our original patients—which is something we’re very proud of. Our long-standing relationships with patients make our work particularly rewarding.

A Comprehensive Dental Practice That Understands Busy Schedules

You don’t have to let your busy work schedule stop you from achieving optimal oral health and the beautiful smile you have always wanted.  StarBrite Dental can accommodate your busy schedule with night and weekend appointment availability, in-house specialists and 24-hour emergency services. Additionally, our Rockville location puts us in close proximity to those of you in Washington, D.C., Potomac, Bethesda, Silver Spring and Gaithersburg, MD.

Find out how convenient it is to take care of your oral health by calling us today at  301-770-1070.

By StarBrite Dental 20 May, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"What a great office! As always I am nervous going to the dentist but everyone from the receptionist to the dental assistant to Dr. Seifi herself were very patient and friendly. I felt relaxed and comfortable as if I had been a patient there for years despite being a new patient. Dr. Seifi was very patient and informative as she went over my x-rays with me and thoroughly explained my options. I no longer loathe having to go to the dentist now that I go to StarBrite."
K.G., Washington DC

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 16 May, 2016

I’ve been a dentist in Rockville, Maryland, for 25 years. I started with 200 patients and one dental chair when I opened my office after dental school. From there, we’ve grown to see thousands and thousands of patients. Many of my patients have been with me from the beginning. When they had children, I ended up becoming their dentist as well. In some cases, I’m now seeing their grandchildren!  (Scary, right?)

The Rockville area is an important part of my life, and the lives of my own family members. We’re deeply rooted in the community and love it here. I moved to Silver Spring when I was 17 and never left. I delivered pizzas locally through my college years. I visited Rockville often as a teenager. When I graduated from dental school, it was only natural for me to open a practice in the area.

My number one mission in dentistry is to take away the fear that patients may feel about it. Often, people have had bad previous experiences which affect how they view their oral health in the present. This is unfortunate, because it doesn’t have to be that way.

I want to provide my community with the most comfortable and pleasant dental experience possible—so they can lead happier and healthier lives.

Putting The Patient in the Driver’s Seat

My goal is always to put the patient in control of their own dental care. I want to educate them so they truly understand what’s happening and can make their own choices. Often, patients come to me feeling like they don’t have a choice—they were told they need some treatment and that there’s no other way. However, that’s simply not true.  They always have a choice.

I believe that one of the most important duties of a dentist is to really communicate with their patients. After all, the patient’s dental issues are  their  issues. They have the right to understand them and make informed decisions.

Thus, I sit with patients for as long as necessary until all of their questions are answered. Sometimes, this can take 45 minutes! However, to me it’s vital. If a patient truly understands what’s happening with their own oral health, they can do something about it and they’re in the driver’s seat. If they don’t understand it for themselves, that’s when the frustration and anxiety sets in. And that’s not good for anyone.

Gentle Dentistry Every Time

I want every single one of my patients to experience gentle dentistry and a positive experience. I never want a patient to remember their dentistry as a horrible experience. With expert care and a gentle touch, it just isn’t necessary for it to be traumatic.

Therefore, I’m constantly focused on doing whatever it takes so that my patients are as comfortable as possible—happy and healthy.

Dentistry and Our Overall Health

A person’s mouth is part of their overall health picture. Our bodies are interconnected—nothing operates alone. Infection anywhere affects the body everywhere. Therefore, maintaining good oral health is an extremely important part of maintaining a healthy body overall.

As a dentist, I strive to look at the overall picture of a person’s health instead of just a small part. To me, it’s not just about a single tooth—it’s about how the health of that tooth affects the rest of their body. It’s about helping people lead happier and healthier lives overall.

Being a Dentist in Rockville, Maryland

For me, dentistry is a challenge and a passion. I love working with my patients. I love being able to make a difference. It’s an honor and a joy to be a dentist in the Rockville community. There are so many things I love about the area—the people, the history and the overall personality of the area.

My purpose is to help. If you or anyone you know needs dental care, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I will do my best to help dispel mystery, to answer your questions and to make you comfortable with your treatment.

At the end of the day, my mission is simple: to put people in the driver’s seat regarding their own dental care and to help them lead happier and healthier lives.

If you need to schedule a dental appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give our Rockville office a call at  (301) 770-1070  or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 09 May, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

The staff and doctors are AWESOME! The are very kind and understand your issues and do everything to resolve any pain you have. They also have great payment plans to help you get your teeth in tip top shape which makes you feel your in tip top shape and can smile with confidence. I just love them all.
~ C.L, Rockville, MD

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 03 May, 2016

At  StarBrite Dental, we pride ourselves on truly listening to our patients. We don’t want to just tell them what to do—we want to have a two-way conversation. When we do this, we often find out some pretty important things. We learn things that we wouldn’t otherwise know. In fact, this is one of the things that makes our office different.

After years of talking with patients, we found out that many patients have a common concern: They hate getting referred out to different offices when they need specialist dental treatment, such as oral surgery or dentures.

We found that patients got comfortable with their general dentist, and disliked being sent around to multiple offices, having to get familiar with an entirely new location and staff just for that one procedure. Over and over, this came up as a patient concern.

Yet, the practice of sending patients elsewhere for specialist treatments is the standard of care. It’s the way “everyone does it.” If a patient needs some dental specialty, they’re sent to a specialist. Logical, enough, right? A necessary evil, we thought.

However, this wasn’t good enough for us. We wanted a better way. And we found one.

What is Comprehensive Dentistry?

It’s quite usual for a patient to need oral surgery or other dental specialty. This happens all the time in our office. So, it is definitely true that patients need treatment from a specialist. But, we thought to ourselves, why do we need send patients out to see the specialists? Why can’t we bring the specialist in to see the patients in our office? Why can’t we offer it all under one roof?

Thus was born our philosophy of comprehensive dentistry.

We decided that rather than just offering general dental services, we would offer specialist services as well. We would create a single location where patients could get almost any dental treatment they needed right in one place. That way, no matter what they needed, chances are that we could handle it. Our patients would no longer have to leave and go to another office for the vast majority of specialist treatments.

We began bringing top-notch specialists on board in our own office. We built a world-class team who could handle nearly any dental problem, no matter what it was. We became a comprehensive dental office.

The Comprehensive Dentistry Difference

Oral surgery, dental implants, dentures, gum disease, complex root canals... you name it. The need for specialists goes on and on. When treating patients, you never know what type of problem you’re going to run into—and you’d better be prepared for all of them.

A patient can have any number of dental problems and they don’t always fit within one type of specialty. If you really want to help them, you have to look at their big-picture needs. You can’t just look at one particular aspect without considering the whole picture. Sure, you can send them somewhere else for the rest of their treatment. However, in our opinion, this just puts more stress on the patient.

We believe that a more caring and responsible approach is to look after all of the patient’s dental needs—the big picture. This is the difference in comprehensive dentistry. No matter what type of problems our patients have, we believe it’s our job to help them come up with the solution. We don’t just refer them out and hope for the best. We take full responsibility from start to finish.

A Better Kind of Dental Office in Rockville, Maryland

StarBrite Dental is proud to be a member of the Rockville community for 25 years. Many of our patients have been coming to us for decades. We’ve treated their children and, now, even their grandchildren! Our lead dentist, Dr. Maryam Seifi, has lived here since she was 17 years old and has a deep connection with the area.

Our goal is to provide our patients with an entirely different sort of dental experience. Rather than seeing a patient with a toothache, referring them out to a specialist and then having them come back to the office to complete their treatment, we do the whole thing in house. No matter what you need, we have a specialist who can handle it in the next room. This gives our patients access to highly trained experts working together as a team on every single case.

We’re open evening and weekends to accommodate any schedule. We handle dental emergencies, no matter when they occur. We bring every specialist in house under one roof. At the end of the day, our mission is to make dental care as easy as possible. We want our patients to have peace of mind that no matter what they need, they’re taken care of.

If you need a dentist in Rockville, Maryland, don’t hesitate to give us a call at  (301) 770-1070 .

By StarBrite Dental 08 Apr, 2016

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

"StarBrite went over and above! I needed a dentist in an emergency situation and they got me in right away and stayed till 8 p.m. to get my front teeth repaired that had been chipped.   They explained everything to me and my family and helped me ever step of the way even with financing! I had to do a total of three trips to get my teeth fixed and every single time I received the best and most professional care!!!" A.A.

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 30 Mar, 2016

It is estimated that 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone. Of those, 57% will have only five years to live. Why? Because their cancer was identified too late. The good news is that if detected early, the survival rate for oral cancer jumps to a whopping 90%.

Most people probably don't think about oral cancer when they think about going to the dentist. Usually they just want to have their teeth cleaned, or have a cavity filled. But oral cancer screenings are a matter of routine at StarBrite Dental. After all, your dentist is in the best position to be able to detect any abnormalities in the mouth that could be cancerous or pre-cancerous.

Oral cancer can take many forms. It can occur to the lips, gums, tongue, throat and inside of the mouth. In any of these areas, abnormal cells can develop into cancers.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call at   (301) 770-1070 .

By StarBrite Dental 29 Feb, 2016

Award reflects the dental practice’s consistently high level of customer service. StarBrite Dental has eared the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

"Only about 5% of dental practices in the Washington, DC area have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,"   said Angie's List Founder Angie Hicks.   "It's a really high standard."

Angie's List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an "A" rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie's List, pass a background check and abide by Angie's List operational guidelines.

By StarBrite Dental 15 Feb, 2016

Dr. Maryam Seifi, owner of StarBrite Dental in Rockville, MD, was selected as the national winner of the prestigious 2015 Doctors’ Choice Awards for her outstanding accomplishments in dentistry. Granted to only one person each year, the award recognizes Dr. Maryam Seifi as a leader in her field who has made important contributions to her community and worked to raised technical standards in dentistry. Dr. Seifi was chosen for the award based on extensive reviews from fellow doctors across the country, commending her for both advanced technical expertise and her compassionate manner with patients.

The Doctors' Choice Awards were first developed in 2014 to recognize outstanding doctors who have demonstrated impeccable practice credentials and outstanding leadership within their profession. Winners for each city and a national winner are selected exclusively by endorsements from other doctors across America. By enabling doctors to be recommended by other doctors, patients who choose a Doctor's Choice Award Winner can rest assured that they are seeing a doctor who other doctors would choose, too.

As the National Winner for Dentistry, Dr. Seifi was selected by her peers as not only the top dentist in Rockville, but also the top dentist in the entire country. "I am so honored to have received this award from my peers,"   says Dr. Seifi.   "Helping others live happier, healthier lives through dentistry is my passion. Because oral health is so integral to one's overall well-being, my mission is to provide the highest standard of dental care available."

By StarBrite Dental 30 Dec, 2015

At StarBrite Dental our experienced dental staff strives to provide the best in patient care with the latest technology in the greater Rockville, Maryland community. Lead dentist,Dr. Maryam Seifi, has been practicing in the Rockville, MD area for almost 25 years. She purchased and opened her private practice in 1991.

A Message from Dr. Maryam Seifi:

"This is a different kind of dentistry. I work with you to provide the very best dental services possible, and I ensure you understand what is going on every step of the way. I believe you, as my patient, should be included in your dental health, and by bringing you to an understanding of the oral situations affecting you and what you can do about it, I make a partner in resolving the situations that are troubling you."

StarBrite Dental's friendly dentists and staff work hard to make you comfortable! We recognize that our patients deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for an exam and cleaning or a complimentary cosmetic consultation at StarBrite Dental, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070 .

By StarBrite Dental 29 Dec, 2015
Are you suffering from tooth pain? Look no further than Dr. Maryam Seifi and StarBrite Dental in Rockville, MD for a caring dentist. You’re invited to come in and experience a new dental experience.
By StarBrite Dental 18 Dec, 2015

There are many areas in your life where it’s smart to comparison shop for the best deal so you can zero in on the lowest price for the item you want. This is great if you’re looking for a smartphone or family sedan, but dentistry should never fall into this category. This is one of a select number of areas in your life where an investment in high quality care will provide an excellent return on that investment for the rest of your life.

Why is this?

When you’re investing in dental care, you’re buying a service, not a product. This is something that is often missed. It isn’t true that all dental care is the same everywhere. In fact, this very often isn’t the case. It isn’t even always the fact that one dentist is better than another. It’s that that they actually do the treatment differently, using different techniques and procedures.

There are several different types of fillings which can be used. There are different grades of materials. There are different techniques available. Because of this, all dentists aren’t even doing the exact same treatment. Yes, they all used standard and approved techniques. However, you’re simply not always comparing apples to apples.

This isn’t the same as checking if Amazon has a lower price on a laptop than Best Buy. Dentistry is a highly customized service—and one that can have a profound effect on your future health.

At StarBrite Dental, we believe in the highest quality of dental care possible. The fact is that we don’t just do an “acceptable” job. We want to do what’s best for your long-term health.

Here are some of the benefits of investing in quality dental care:

1. An excellent dentist will make dental care as tolerable and comfortable for you as possible.
Many people suffer apprehension to a greater or lesser degree when considering dental care. A highly competent dentist will not only provide excellent oral care but will also take steps to make you as comfortable as possible. When your experiences are tolerable or even pleasant, you won’t delay needed care in the future. That’s important.

2. Because your permanent teeth are the only teeth you will ever have, it’s vital to keep them healthy.
This isn’t a situation where you can just buy a new car if your old one breaks. You have to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime, as they’re the only ones you’ll ever have. There is an enormous amount of technology involved in caring for your teeth in order to avoid severe conditions like abscesses, gum disease or tooth loss. An investment in the highest level of dental care pays off in spades in less dental problems in the future—which means less cost in the long run and a happier life.

3. The health of your teeth and gums has a definite impact on your overall health.
The world-famous Mayo Clinic has called oral health “a window to your overall health.” Infections in your mouth can make it harder to fight off disease and may affect your heart, memory and even fertility. Your teeth aren’t separate from the rest of the body. A healthy mouth helps make a healthy body overall—which is the best investment you can make. It’s far better to do the right thing for your teeth now, so that you don’t have to deal with problems later.

4. Choosing excellent dental care means you will receive an exact recommendation of care needed to keep your teeth both healthy and beautiful.
There are multiple ways to skin a cat, as the saying goes. By way of example, if you have a tooth that needs to be removed, you can simply have it extracted and let it go at that…or you can replace it with an implant. What’s the difference? Frankly, a lot. When a tooth is removed, the other teeth around it start to shift position because they’re no longer being held in their proper places. This leads to alignment problems later in life. Additionally, if you extract enough teeth, you will actually start to lose bone in your jaws, which leads to a whole new set of problems. Both treatments are considered “proper” dental treatments, but a replacement implant will always lead to far better health benefits than simply leaving a hole after extracting a tooth.

At StarBrite Dental, our mission is to provide you with the highest quality dental treatments. We are looking to help you achieve a lifetime of oral health.

If you’ve had treatment recommended to you in the past that you haven’t completed yet, we invite you into our office for a complementary evaluation. We’ll take a fresh look at the situation and let you know what we recommend. Delaying dental care can result in more extensive treatments and more expense. Call our office at   (301) 377-2186   to schedule an appointment.


By StarBrite Dental 17 Dec, 2015
Invisalign® is giving people the confidence of a great smile. Invisalign® gave this bride a confident smile in time for her big day. Watch this inspirational video below for more information on Invisalign®, provided to you by StarBrite Dental in Rockville, MD.
By StarBrite Dental 11 Dec, 2015

Straight teeth aren’t just attractive. Though you might not realize it, they’re actually important for your health. That’s why dentists put so much attention on making sure your teeth are properly aligned—that’s how nature intended them and when they’re straight, they prevent a lot of other problems from cropping up.

Straight teeth are easier for to brush and floss, meaning they’re easier to keep clean. Additionally, when your teet are correctly aligned, the forces and stresses on your teeth are correctly placed, meaning there is less wear and tear on your teeth, less erosion, fewer fractures and less gum damage or disease.

There two basic ways to straighten your teeth: metal braces and clear plastic aligners such as Invisalign. Both of these gradually move your teeth into the correct positions, but they’re made very differently. However, before we get into the differences, let’s look at a little history.

Did You Think Braces Were a Recent Development?

The desire for beautiful, perfectly-aligned teeth goes back thousands of years. As far back as ancient Egypt, there were methods of using tiny straps made from animal material to urge the teeth into their proper locations. In Roman times, one early dentist advocated moving your teeth into a better position through sustained finger pressure—which would be fine as long as you had nothing better to do than push on your teeth.

Orthodontics, the dental specialty of straightening teeth, really came into its own as a science in the early 1800s, when wires were first used to move teeth. And by the end of the 1800s, wire was combined with rubber bands to approximate the braces of the 20th century. Braces continued to be the only option for teeth straightening until nearly the end of the century.

In the late 1990s, a new option was introduced: Invisalign. While they don’t serve exactly the same function as braces, these clear aligners offer a great advance over previous technology in a number of ways.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is truly a great improvement over earlier methods of aligning teeth. First and most obvious is the fact that you don’t have to live for a couple of years with metal in your mouth. There’s a comfort factor to not having metal braces that can irritate the inside of your mouth or your gums. And you don’t have to give up crunchy or chewy foods like French bread, pretzels, popcorn or apples.

Also, you can remove clear aligners whenever needed. That means you can clean your teeth properly at home and your dentist can clean your teeth thoroughly in the office. Invisalign aligners usually do the job in less time, as well.

The fact that there is a nearly invisible solution to straightening teeth really has one major benefit: more people are willing to do it. Because they don’t have to worry about their appearance or how it will affect their day-to-day life, more people are getting the help they need.

And this means that Invisalign is making people healthier.

Adult Orthodontics

More and more adults are choosing orthodontic treatment these days. Maybe they never had orthodontic treatment when they were young or they learn that they have undiagnosed alignment problems affecting their bite or jaw alignment. Earaches, headaches, jaw pain, neck pain and back pain all can stem from having improperly aligned teeth.

With Invisalign, all of these problems are solved in a pain-free, simple and nonintrusive way. In fact, many people can’t even tell when a patient is wearing Invisalign.

Come into our office and find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign treatment. If you’re a new patient, please schedule a Free Dental Consultation by calling   (301) 377-2186 . We treat patients from all over the Washington, D.C. area.

We’re dedicated to helping our patients maintain perfect dental and oral health their whole lives and we’d love to help you, too.

By StarBrite Dental 07 Dec, 2015
Invisalign® is giving people the confidence of a great smile. Invisalign® gave this bride a confident smile in time for her wedding day. Watch the video below for more information on Invisalign®, provided to you by StarBrite Dental in Rockville, MD.
By StarBrite Dental 24 Nov, 2015

It’s been said that a smile is a universal welcome. In every culture, a bright smile or a toothy grin are symbols of friendship and connection.

Yet, some people are too worried about how their teeth look to be willing to smile. They have attention on their appearance in photos or when meeting new people. Rather than simply being able to express their emotions comfortably, they have a tiny bit of attention on their teeth—which is unfortunate, because it affects their quality of life.

Some people are born with beautiful smiles. For others, a beautiful smile is just a dream. Maybe their teeth are spaced unevenly or perhaps they just aren’t shaped attractively. There might be minor orthodontic issues — some crowding or overlapping. Perhaps their smiles used to be beautiful but over time there’s been damage, such as discoloration or chipped teeth.

With today’s dentistry, there’s no reason that a beautiful smile should stay “just a dream.” With ceramic veneers, almost anyone can achieve attractive, bright teeth and a dazzling smile.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are slim shells of high-quality, medical-grade ceramic that are affixed to your teeth. They cover the front surface, creating a beautiful, even appearance. Veneers are a fast, simple way to completely transform your smile.

You’ve probably heard of “Lumineers” or maybe even “DaVinci veneers.” What are the differences between these? Well, the truth is, not much. They’re just brand names for veneers manufactured by different companies. The important thing isn’t necessarily the brand, but getting an exact cosmetic match for your particular smile.

Do you have just a couple of broken or cracked teeth? Veneers can be added just to those teeth and colored to match your other teeth. Are you unhappy with the shape of all your teeth? Veneers can create a uniform shape that you love.

You might suffer from stained teeth or overall discoloration. Veneers can make those problems disappear from sight. If you have spaces between your teeth or minor misalignments, rather than doing years of orthodontic treatment, those concerns can be eliminated in very short order.

Ceramic Veneers Started with the Movies

It might not surprise you that ceramic veneers got their start in the early days of Hollywood. When the studios began grooming individuals to become movie stars, not everyone had a stellar smile. Some way was needed to improve a star’s smile for the screen.

A dentist by the name of Dr. Charles Pincus developed a way to fasten ceramic covers on the stars’ teeth. Remember Shirley Temple’s pearly whites? Those were the work of Dr. Pincus. However, early veneers weren’t permanent; they had to be removed when eating or sleeping. It took 40 years for today’s system of fastening to be developed.

Getting Your New Veneers

Your new smile starts with precise measurement of your current teeth so that veneers can be manufactured to fit. Your teeth with be very lightly etched to create a rougher surface the veneer will bond tightly to. When the veneers are ready, they will be cemented to your teeth. A special light will be used to harden the cement quickly. Once this is done, the dentist will inspect your new smile carefully, ensuring everything fits just right.

Not every person is a candidate for veneers — if there are dental problems like root canals needed, decay or gum problems, those will need to be addressed first. But as soon as the teeth and gums are healthy, veneers can proceed.

At StarBrite Dental our love is cosmetic dentistry. It gives us great pleasure to see our patients get more enjoyment from life with beautiful new smiles. We’d love to help you, too.

Please call us at   (301) 770-1070   to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

By StarBrite Dental 23 Nov, 2015

Dr. Seifi was very pleased to recently receive an Invisalign Preferred Provider ranking from Invisalign for 2015. The company again awarded her this status as a result of 100 cases she treated with Invisalign techniques last year. This actually made Dr. Seifi the highest General Dentist provider in the Washington, D.C. Area.

Dr. Seifi takes pride in keeping up with all the best and most innovative techniques in dental healthcare. That’s how Dr. Seifi and StarBrite Dental ensure they can offer the level of care their patients need. She never stops learning and her Preferred Provider ranking is evidence of her dedication.

Invisalign itself says that finding an experienced doctor can make all the difference in the results you receive. And with 100 cases treated just last year, Dr. Seifi has the experience to give you the improvement in appearance and overall dental health you are looking for.

Improved Alignment: Not Just for Teens Any More!

For decades, the only time you could correct the alignment of your teeth was when you were young. Times change and technologies change, and now a problem with alignment can be corrected even in adulthood.

Sometimes, individuals who never received alignment treatment in their younger years decide to make that investment in their appearance when they are adults. However, that’s not the only reason to correct the alignment of your teeth.

Here’s some of the other ways that having correctly aligned teeth benefits your dental, oral and even overall health:

  • Properly aligned teeth enable you to brush and floss more thoroughly, which means less plaque buildup and generally fewer cavities.
  • Gums fit more tightly around teeth that are correctly aligned, meaning there is a lower possibility of gum disease which can lead to damage or even loss of teeth.
  • Misalignment can cause intense stresses on parts of the teeth that weren’t designed for it. These stresses can cause fractures or erosion to the point that teeth can become severely worn down.
  • Misalignments can also result in jaw problems or pain in the jaw joint near the temple. Pain can spread to neck or back.

Essentially, your teeth are designed to work best when they are evenly aligned. Any other situation results in problematic wear and tear on teeth, jawbone, muscles and nerves.

The Invisalign Solution

Invisalign offers a way to move your teeth into their ideal position and relieve this stress without needing a mouthful to metal to accomplish this goal. Since Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, most people won’t even notice! And since they are removable, you can clean your teeth like you normally do.

Many people like the fact that with Invisalign, they are not restricted on what they can eat. Crunchy or chewy foods like chips, popcorn, apples, corn on the cob or crusty bread can still be eaten with Invisalign, but aren’t recommended for people with metal braces.

If you’re an adult looking for a better-looking, healthier smile, the perfect solution is here. We treat patients from all over the Washington, D.C. area. If this is a solution you are considering and you’re new to our practice, please ask for a for a Free Dental Consultation by calling   (301) 377-2186 . We’re here to help you achieve your goals for beautiful, healthy teeth that will last your whole life.

By StarBrite Dental 23 Nov, 2015

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

"I have just completed Invisalign and then I had 4 front upper veneers placed.   I'm so pleased with my service and my smile. Now my Teeth are PERFECT! Thank you so much Dr. Seifi!" - H.H.

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 13 Nov, 2015

You can straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign®.

Made of a clear plastic, the aligners are custom-fit to you.

To plan your treatment, we’ll first discuss your goals for your smile, and determine if Invisalign® is appropriate for your case.

Then, we’ll take x-rays and a photo of your smile.

We’ll also take impressions of your teeth.

We’ll use your custom models to create your treatment plan.

The Invisalign® software allows us to see how your teeth will move into their final positions.

You will receive a sequence of aligners designed to move your teeth through each stage of your treatment.

Treatment time varies, but most people receive 20 or 30 sets of aligners.

You’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, and then replace them with the next set in the series.

Invisalign® is good for professionals who want to minimize the appearance of braces. Because they’re removable, you take them out to eat, brush, and floss. They don’t have any metal, making them more comfortable than traditional braces.

Invisalign® can be a good choice to help get your teeth in their healthy alignment, and give you a beautiful smile.

By StarBrite Dental 10 Nov, 2015

Did your family spend thousands on braces to give you straight teeth? There’s a lot of more science behind that than you might think. Whether you’ve got a perfect smile or not, the fact is that the position of your teeth isn’t permanent.

While most people think of teeth as solid, fixed objects rooted in their jaws, they are actually capable of considerable movement throughout your life. These changes of position can have profound effects on your oral health.

A House With Two Walls

There’s always a sort of balance in nature. Animals and plants adjust to environmental conditions to survive and, in a way, the same is true in your own body. If you wind up losing or missing teeth, the surrounding and opposite teeth will adjust their positions to compensate for the support they’re now missing.

If it’s been some years since you’ve had one or more teeth removed, you may be seeing the effects of this compensation now as your teeth shift, making it difficult to chew your food thoroughly or fully close your mouth.

When we explain this concept to our patients, we often use the analogy of home construction. If you built a house with only two outside walls, the roof would be very unstable because of the lack of support. It would sag out of its ideal position. It’s much the same in your mouth. The teeth have evolved to support each other. Upper teeth meet lower teeth and so know just how far down they should grow. Your molars support each other side to side. As you chew, the stress is distributed evenly over the top surfaces of your teeth.

What Happens When Teeth Shift?

What kind of shifting can occur when one or more teeth have been removed? They can move sideways to fill a missing space. Upper teeth can reach down into an empty space and lower teeth can shift up. Teeth can start leaning in.

What’s more, chewing stresses are no longer evenly distributed, meaning you’re putting more pressure on certain teeth than they were designed for. This is particularly true if you’re now chewing on one side because you’re missing teeth on the other. This can also happen if your teeth have shifted into empty spaces, causing a misalignment between your upper and lower teeth. Over time, this extra stress can cause teeth to become loose or even fracture.

It would be great if we were like sharks and regrew teeth that were lost. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen, and we humans have to seek other solutions.

The Miracle of Dental Implants

The good news is that, as dental science advances, new solutions to missing teeth have become available. Our recommendation for the most lasting and effective solution to missing teeth is the dental implant. Only the precision of computerized manufacturing and new materials that actually bond to your bone make dental implants possible.

Machines that were derived from Swiss watch manufacturing now make replacement “roots” for your new teeth. This new root device, usually made of titanium, is inserted into your jawbone and allowed to heal for a few months. A replacement tooth is manufactured to match your other teeth and this is then locked onto the root for a permanent solution.

Implants have the best record of long-lasting success. Unlike a bridge, you are able to floss and brush normally with implants, especially when replacing multiple teeth in a row. If a number of teeth in a row are missing, this may be the only practical solution.

If you’re experiencing shifting teeth, you should see us as soon as possible, before the problem gets any worse. If you are new to our practice, we’ll make it easy for you to meet us and learn about our solutions. Call us at   (301) 377-2186   for a Free Dental Consultation.

We’re dedicated to helping you maintain a beautiful smile and excellent oral health.

By StarBrite Dental 07 Nov, 2015

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

"I have not had dental work in such a long time, but when an already decayed tooth broke off, I HAD to find someone to see me.   I found StarBrite during my Google Search. At that point, I just wanted to be seen!! Someone called me that night and scheduled me for the following morning! My mouth is in really bad shape, and I was ashamed to have anyone see it, but I needed help with the lost tooth. Prior to my appointment, I read site reviews and thought "Can't be!" But you all were! You were non-judgmental; you were kind; you were pleasant; you were professional. I now have a plan in place thanks to Dr. Seifi and her staff which will give me a smile back. Looking forward to the journey!" A.A.

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 05 Nov, 2015

What is Occlusion?

The way your teeth fit together is called occlusion. When teeth are crooked or out of alignment, called malocclusion or a bad bite, serious issues can occur.

Teeth in malocclusion can be crooked, have gaps between teeth, or be too crowded.

Teeth that are out of alignment can cause headaches, pain in the jaw joints, neck and shoulder pain, and worn or chipped teeth. Misaligned and crooked teeth can be harder to keep clean which can lead to tooth decay and, possibly, periodontal disease.

The first steps
If we determine that orthodontics can help you, we’ll do a thorough exam, take photos of your face and teeth, and x-rays to show us what’s going on below the gumline.

We may also take an x-ray that shows us how the profile may be enhanced by orthodontic treatment.

Impressions are then made, and used to create a model of your mouth. We’ll use this information to design a plan specifically for your case and discuss the next steps with you.

When you get your teeth into proper occlusion, you’re making a commitment to your health, and you’re on your way to a beautiful smile.

By StarBrite Dental 29 Oct, 2015

Let’s face it — most people take their teeth for granted.

As long as they can chew their food and don’t suffer pain, they probably pay very little attention to the amazing strength of these little bits of bonelike material lined up in their jawbones. Actually though, each tooth is a miracle of design and brilliant functionality which enables it to absorb the pressure of millions of bites of food over your lifetime without damage.

Most people know that their front teeth are designed for cutting off food and their back teeth are designed for grinding. However, there’s much more too it. Those back teeth have high spots called “cusps.” The cusps of your upper and lower teeth fit together like efficient gears — perfectly designed to tolerate a lifetime of almonds, pretzels, hard candies and peanut brittle consumption (although, as a dental office we recommend to lay off the sugar).

What holds your upper and lower teeth together?

The muscles in your jaw—and these are even more incredibly strong than your teeth are. Have you ever seen a trapeze artist hanging only by her teeth? Believe it or not, our jaws are capable of producing up to 265 pounds per square inch of pressure! However, because our jaws are stronger than our teeth, a little wisdom is required so we don’t fracture our teeth with all that pressure.

Important Don’ts

Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in our whole bodies, but there are limits to its strength. Because it protects the soft inner parts of your teeth, there are some challenges it’s better to avoid.

Chewing on ice, pens, hard candy or other hard objects can wear down your teeth and cause chips or cracks. For some people, this becomes a habit that is hard to stop, but its far better for the health and longevity of their teeth to use your teeth properly.

Have you ever bitten off a clothing tag with your teeth? Do you use your teeth to open potato chip bags, bottles of water, bobby pins or — heaven forbid — beer bottles? You can even find an instructional video on how to crack a Brazil nut with your teeth! However, you’re far better off skipping this type of activity. Your teeth weren’t designed to be used as a tool like this and you risk chipped or cracked teeth every time.

Alignment is a Critical Factor

Another crucial element of protecting your teeth is to ensure they’re properly aligned. Remember how talked about the way your teeth meet together perfectly? They’re supposed to fit together like a lock and a key—in this way, they can withstand the immense forces which are involved in even regular use.

If those cusps of your teeth don’t meet properly, you can wear down your teeth or develop small fractures that can lead to a failure of that tooth. In many cases, these lead to entirely broken teeth which then have to be extracted.

The fact is that many dental problems can be avoided entirely simply by having properly aligned teeth. This is why braces or clear aligners are so important. They aren’t just for looks. Straight teeth are vital to your health.

Fixing Misaligned Teeth

One of the services we provide for our patients is Invisalign. These are clear aligners that bring teeth into the ideal positions to evenly distribute the forces of chewing and eating. If your teeth are sensitive to
heat or cold or if you suffer from jaw pain, neck pain or earaches, these could be signs that your teeth are improperly aligned.

If you’ve got cracked, worn or improperly aligned teeth, reach out to us. We’re top-ranked Invisalign providers with patients who come to us from as far away as Africa and Europe. If you’re a new patient, please schedule a Free Dental Consultation & meet us. Our goal is to help you maintain good oral health for your whole lifetime.

By StarBrite Dental 26 Oct, 2015

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

"The hygienist who cleaned my teeth did an excellent job.   The equipment for cleaning is amazing. Then, she checked for oral cancer which is a very reassuring check which takes very little time. Again, the equipment is amazing. The hygienist gave me advice for oral complications from using a sleep apnea machine too.

Dr. Seifi came in and reviewed everything and talked about the apnea equipment causing dry mouth which is a significant problem apparently. then she checked recent X-rays and reminded me of necessary procedures within the next few months. Those reminders are good for me, otherwise, I like to "forget" what I need done. It was an excellent, refreshing, professional visit."   T.Q.

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By StarBrite Dental 22 Oct, 2015

Oral Cancer: Silent and Deadly

As part of one of your cleaning and exam, your dentist or hygienist will examine your mouth carefully using the VELscope™. VELscope™ is a sophisticated technology that helps us find diseased tissue deep below the surface, long before it’s visible. If we catch it early, there’s an 80 percent chance of curing it.

VELscope™ uses a harmless blue light that is absorbed by the molecules in your mouth. The exam is safe, painless, and only takes a few minutes.

Normal, healthy tissue emits a pale, apple green glow. Diseased tissue will appear dark green or black.

If we find a suspicious area, we’ll talk to you about the next steps.

VELscope™ does not diagnose cancer, but it alerts us to areas of concern earlier than ever before. A VELscope™ exam showing normal, healthy tissue can give you instant peace of mind.

VELscope™ is one more way we continue to give you the best care possible.

By StarBrite Dental 20 Oct, 2015

We perform a thorough oral cancer exam during your checkups because early detection can save your life. As part of one of your cleaning and exam, your dentist or hygienist will examine your mouth carefully using the VELscope.

During the exam, we also feel for lumps or abnormal tissue changes on your neck and inside your mouth.

We thoroughly examine the soft tissues in your mouth, especially the most frequent oral cancer sites:

  • your tongue.
  • the floor of your mouth.
  • your soft palate.
  • your lips.
  • your gums.

We may also do additional testing or use specialized equipment to identify any suspicious areas, particularly if you’re at higher risk, such as adults over 40, anyone who uses tobacco, especially those who also drink alcohol excessively, or people who have had oral contact with the human papilloma virus.

By StarBrite Dental 13 Oct, 2015

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

"The relief from my one root canal therapy is amazing,   I can drink and eat cold items without being bothered. I can drink and eat cold items without being bothered. They were very kind and professional.

I didn't go to a dentist for over 5 years because my dentist from childhood made me feel so uncomfortable, and the team at Starbrite didn't make me feel uncomfortable at all even after discovering how bad off my teeth were. I went from 8 Tylenols a day to none right after the therapy.

V ery thankful Shaun made me see the light."   J.S.

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 10 Oct, 2015

Cancer isn’t something anyone likes to think about. The truth is that when cancer is detected early, most people will survive. But this is sometimes easier said than done. Symptoms of cancer very often don’t show up until the condition is advanced. Therefore, methods of early detection are very valuable to healthcare professionals; they can make a world of difference in treating the condition.

At StarBrite Dental, we have invested in our ability to detect oral cancers in their earliest stages, using a remarkable machine called a VELscope. We recommend a screening for oral cancer once a year. It takes only minutes and is completely non-invasive.

Your Annual Oral Cancer Screening

As part of one of your cleanings and exams, your dentist or hygienist will examine your mouth carefully using the VELscope. This is a handheld device which gives off a bright blue light that actually penetrates the tissue. All healthy tissue will give off a neon, apple-green glow. Darker areas of tissue deserve a closer look. A few cells are taken from any suspicious area for further diagnosis.

If there is a problem with this tissue—either cancer or some other abnormality—you’ll be alerted early, when dealing with it is far easier and faster. In most cases, abnormalities are harmless.

The reason it is very hard to detect oral cancers is that there’s no pain or lesion until oral cancer is fairly advanced. And while diagnosis unaided and without the use of a tool like the VELscope can be done, the advantage to the VELscope is that it simply makes it easier to diagnosis abnormalities with speed and accuracy. We consider it our job not only to empower you to treat oral cancer at the first possible moment, but also to give you peace of mind when an examination shows no cancer present—which is always the vast majority of the time!

Reducing Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

It’s probably no surprise to you that tobacco use increases your risk of oral cancer. Your best choice is to cease using any tobacco products. Excessive use of alcohol (more than 15 drinks a week) is another risk factor — and if you combine these two risk factors, your chances of developing oral cancer go even higher. Of course, recreational drug use also increases your risk.

In some Asian cultures, people have made a habit of chewing betel nuts or smoking small, leaf-wrapped cigarettes called bidis. Both these practices greatly increase the chance of oral cancers.

If you have been extensively exposed to asbestos, printing processes or formaldehyde, you have an increased chance of oral cancers. Additionally, there’s a type of sexually transmitted disease — human papillomavirus — that is associated with oral cancers as well as cervical cancer. If you’ve received this diagnoses, you have an increased risk of oral cancer.

How to Think About Your Cancer Risk

While the truth is that the chance of someone ever being diagnosed with oral cancer is minute- roughly 1 in 100,000, because of the nature of cancer your chances of mortality skyrocket if there is late diagnosis and it isn’t caught early. This is the nature of any cancer—not just oral cancer.

But put against the proper background of routine cleanings and oral cancer screening, while also reducing Oral Cancer risk factors in one’s life, and the fact that the other 99,999 usually go along with their regular lives without thinking much about it- it is something you simply check for and don’t worry about.

So how does one think about oral cancer?

We don’t believe in scare tactics. We don’t believe in going through life worried about all the things that “might go wrong.” We do believe in being responsible. This is why we’ve made oral cancer screenings just part of our routine dental care. As long as we’re cleaning your teeth, as long as we’re looking in your mouth…let’s just be vigilant.

We don’t have to be worried. We don’t have to be negative. Let’s just be responsible. We have means of detecting oral cancer early—why not use them?

If this sounds like your philosophy of health, we’d like to offer a Free Dental Consultation – schedule yours by calling   (301) 377-2186 . We treat patients from all over the Washington, D.C. area.

Call us today. We’re interested in helping you live a long, happy and healthy life.


By StarBrite Dental 08 Oct, 2015

When the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected, it is necessary to remove the infection with root canal therapy. In some cases, we need to schedule two appointments to complete the treatment. It is a generally comfortable procedure that saves your tooth and gives you back your healthy smile.

The procedure
At the first appointment, we start the procedure by numbing the area completely to keep you comfortable. We may also place a rubber dam around the infected tooth to protect your mouth and ensure that nothing falls to the back of your throat while we work.

To get at the infected tooth pulp, we make an opening through the top of the tooth, down into the pulp chamber. We use a tiny instrument called a dental file to carefully clean out the infected tissue and shape the root canals to receive a filling material.

To make sure that all of the infected pulp is removed, we may take x-rays or use other instruments. We then put medicine in the tooth to help it heal and place a temporary restoration to seal it.

At the second appointment, we again make sure you are completely comfortable. Then we remove the temporary restoration and place a filling material into the root canals to seal them.

Finally, we begin the steps necessary to restore the tooth. In most cases, we recommend placing a crown to protect and strengthen your tooth. If the tooth is severely broken down, it may be necessary to start by building up the tooth with a post and core.

The benefits of root canal therapy
Root canal therapy saves your tooth, prevents the spread of infection, and helps you maintain the health of your mouth.

By StarBrite Dental 05 Oct, 2015

If you have a crown, it was placed because the outside of the tooth was damaged and needed more than just a filling. But the crown doesn’t protect the inside of the tooth, called the pulp.

The pulp contains the nerves, blood and veins that keep the tooth alive. If this pulp becomes infected it will need root canal therapy.

Infected pulp will not heal on its own. If we don’t perform root canal therapy, the infection can spread and cause a painful abscess.

When do we place a crown?

There is no way to predict when the need for root canal therapy might occur. But, because the tooth was damaged enough to need a crown, it is likely the pulp is in a compromised state.

In some cases, we may be able to enter through the crown. Once we clean and repair the root canals, we can simply restore the crown much like we’d restore a natural tooth.

Otherwise, we may have to remove the crown in order to remove the infected pulp and treat the roots. We’ll then need to create and place a new crown.

Root canal therapy, even on a crowned tooth, is done to help save the tooth. It’s our goal to give you a healthy, beautiful smile.

By StarBrite Dental 01 Oct, 2015

Root canals…what a topic. Not necessarily the sort of thing you hang out and discuss with friends. In fact, maybe they’re something you’d prefer not to even think about. To many people getting a root canal is synonymous with an unpleasant experience.

However, the true facts of root canals are simple—and relatively pain free. While everyone has heard of them and millions of had them done, most people still don’t have a good understanding of this technique and its value.

For people who need them, root canals are actually a life saver. Today, they’re a simple and worry-free way to treat serious dental issues. Done right, you’re back to your life with as little pain as possible.

Let’s look at some of the simple facts of root canals.

Why a Root Canal?

When a cavity or other damage reaches the inner, soft part of the tooth, then bacteria can invade this area and cause an infection. You’ll usually be aware of an infected tooth because it results in a toothache. It may also be painful to chew, or you may have a swelling in your gums around the tooth.

An infection of this type is called an abscess. Inside the tooth, the soft part of the tooth – the pulp – is being destroyed by infection. If untreated, an abscess can weaken your immune system and spread infection to other areas, such as the sinuses or the heart.

How it Works

In days gone by, an abscess of this sort could mean an extraction and dentures. If the tooth was past the point of no return, there was nothing else that could be done.

However, thanks to modern dental techniques, this isn’t remotely the case. Your tooth can totally be saved by a root canal. This process removes infected tissue and thereby eliminates the possibility of infection spreading to any other area.

In a root canal, the soft inner part of your tooth is removed and the canal or opening that reaches all the way to the bottom of the root is cleaned out and shaped—which is why it’s called a “root canal.” The area that used to be filled by the pulp is then filled with sterile material. A filling is then placed over the opening at the top of the tooth. A crown may be recommended to offer more strength and prevent damage to the tooth.

And that’s it. You’re done. Instead of days or weeks of suffering, a few hours at the dentist will fix you up as good as new and get you back to your life.

Pain-Free Dentistry

Many people think a root canal is painful. However, it’s just not true. With current dental techniques, a root canal is no more uncomfortable now than getting a filling. With proper anesthetic and technique, they’re just another dental procedure.

However, to have this procedure go smoothly and have an excellent outcome, it’s essential to find a doctor skilled in doing a root canal the right way. This is the one point that must be remembered about root canal: they are a specialized dental technique and should be treated as such.

Root Canal Specialists

Performing a root canal is a precise operation. The pulp of the tooth must be cleaned out perfectly for a root canal to be successful. The inside of a tooth is a very small area, meaning that very exact skills are required. Done wrong, it can be a problem.

Thus, there is a specialized field in dentistry known as “endodontics.” This comes from the Greek words –endo, meaning “inside” and odont-, meaning “tooth.” In other words, they’re an “inside the tooth” dentist. Endodontists are dentists who have received advanced training which enables them to perform root canals at an extremely high level of precision.

Our Commitment

At StarBrite Dental, we are a full-service practice. This means that we don’t refer you out, but have specialists on our staff who can handle any dental problem you run into.

It’s our intention that our patients maintain good dental health their whole lives and there are times that this means that an endodontist is the practitioner they need to see. All StarBrite Dental root canals are performed by our own endodontist. We also have specialists in oral surgery and cosmetic procedures and we can fulfill all family dentistry needs. Our goal is to provide you and your family with all your dental needs for long, healthy lives.

If you’re a new patient, we invite you to visit us for a Free Dental Consultation, no matter what service you need. Schedule your appointment for this consultation by calling (301)377-2186. We serve patients from all over the Washington, D.C. area and we look forward to helping you with your long-term dental health.


By StarBrite Dental 24 Sep, 2015

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

"There is nothing better than a dental practice with an extremely welcoming group of staff members.   Every single employee at StarBrite Dental wears a "Starbrite" smile.

If you are looking for a practice that is patient friendly and extremely accommodating then StarBrite is the office for you. I recommend checking out this place, as they offer great packages and quality service with the latest and greatest technology to ensure the best service and treatment. Five star."   A.A.

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 23 Sep, 2015

Periodontal disease is a silent and very serious condition. It usually does not hurt at first, and it can progress slowly, so you might be tempted to ignore it. The sooner you begin treatment, the better chance we have of bringing it under control.

Watch this informational video for more information on the importance of treatment of periodontal disease, provided to you by StarBrite Dental in Rockville, MD.

By StarBrite Dental 15 Sep, 2015

Unless a person gets educated about dental health, they can take their teeth and oral health for granted. Serious dental problems often don’t show up until later in life, so it’s easy to be lulled into the idea that teeth will last forever with minimal care. When something does happen, it can come as quite a shock.

One of the most important things to watch for is gum disease. This can impact every aspect of your overall health. In fact, studies have shown that your oral health is directly related to your body’s overall resistance to disease and even the health of your heart!

What is Gum Disease?

Most people understand the need for regular teeth cleanings and treatment for cavities. However, they may not know much about gum disease, also called “periodontal disease.” The word periodontal comes from “peri” meaning “around or enclosing” and “odont” from the Greek word for teeth.

Periodontal disease refers to diseases that affect the parts of your mouth which surround and support your teeth. Early disease is called gingivitis and advanced problems are called periodontitis.

Gingivitis is when gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. A person usually spits some blood when brushing teeth. This is often reversible with good home care and some professional treatment. (“Gingiva” is the technical name for the gums.)

Untreated gingivitis may advance to “periodontitis.” At this point, toxins produced by plaque on the teeth have irritated the gums. This causes an inflammatory response which begins to break down the bone supporting the teeth. Gums separate from the teeth and this forms pockets around the teeth where infection sets in. This causes serious dental problems, including tooth loss and much more.

Gum disease begins to weaken the entire structure of your teeth. They become loose because they lack the firm support of the rest of your mouth. You wouldn’t build a house on a foundation of sand. Likewise, you can’t have strong teeth on a weak foundation caused by gum disease.

However, gum disease doesn’t just affect your mouth. It can impact your whole body.

Overall Immunity and Heart Disease

A person with periodontitis has harmful bacteria growing under his gums, out of reach of his toothbrush. His body will do its best to fight this infection, but can only fight so much infection at one time. If another infection is present elsewhere in his body, he may not have the resources to beat it. This can cause health problems to become worse than they otherwise would. Bronchitis could advance to pneumonia, for example, because the immune system was already overloaded by infections in the mouth.

Additionally, a person whose body is struggling with periodontitis may also suffer from fatigue because the body is devoting its resources to fighting this infection. If he sees a doctor for lack of energy, he may not find a solution as the oral health problem isn’t known to the doctor.

Recent research has also shown a connection between periodontitis and heart disease. The tie-in is the bacteria that grows on your teeth between brushings. It’s been discovered that clumps of this bacteria are also found in the material clogging the arteries of a person with heart disease. If you minimize oral bacteria, you have less bacteria that can migrate to other parts of your body.

Preventing Gum Disease

If you want to prevent periodontitis, simply maintain a regular schedule of good dental care. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once a day. See your dentist for cleanings and exams twice a year and follow her instructions to eliminate any problems as soon as they show up. If you handle the small problems, you’re much more likely to avoid the big ones later.

It also helps if you avoid use of tobacco products, as these increase the risk of gum disease. Some illnesses and medical treatments also increase your risk, so always let your dentist know your other medical situations. Cancer treatments, HIV infection, diabetes, high stress and poor diet are conditions that increase your risk of gum disease.

Good dental care is a strong foundation for your overall health. This is like building your home on solid ground instead of unstable sand. Gum disease can be entirely prevented if caught early enough, but is irreversible if allowed to go on too long. That’s why patient education is an essential part of what we do. An educated patient understands how to keep himself and his family healthier.

At StarBrite Dental, we serve patients from all over the Washington, D.C. area. If you’ve never visited us before, we offer a Free Dental Consultation to get acquainted. We’ll answer any questions you have and do a thorough review of your oral health. Schedule your appointment for this consultation by calling   (301) 377-2186 .

We’re not just a dental office. We’re a partner in your overall health.


By StarBrite Dental 11 Sep, 2015

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville dentist office.

"The entire StarBrite Dental team is very professional, and very caring.   Dr. Seifi takes time to listen carefully to any thoughts or reservations you may have about a procedure, and is very reassuring and accommodating.

The team, from front desk to back room, projects an aura of calm. I underwent a very complicated procedure, and through it all, my comfort and the success of my treatment was paramount. I would recommend this practice to anyone seeking a lovely smile."   A.A.

If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 03 Sep, 2015

Understanding dental insurance and how it relates to maintaining your very best oral health can be challenging. There are so many specialized terms and complex nuances that the whole thing can be a nightmare to think about.

Our goal with this article is to explain the basics of dental insurance in plain English. We want to make it easier for you to make informed decisions about your families health and dental care.

First you’ll need to grasp several basic terms in order to understand how insurance benefits work. We’ll define them in simple words and then explain how they affect both you and your trip to the dentist.

Insurance benefits
These are the health care services which are covered under your health insurance plan. Some plans cover more services and some cover less—it depends what sort of insurance you have.

Dental treatment may or may not be covered by insurance. Sometimes insurance covers only a portion of it. Sometimes only certain procedures.

Annual limit
An “annual limit” is a cap on the benefits your insurance company will pay in a given year. Annual limits may be placed on the dollar amount of covered services or on the number of visits that will be covered for a particular service. After an annual limit is reached, you must pay all associated health care costs for the rest of the year.

“Co-” means “with.” Therefore, a copayment or “copay” is the amount you pay “with” the insurance company. When your health insurance covers a particular service or treatment, they require you to pay a portion of it out of your pocket. This is your copay. The amount you’re required to pay varies based on the type of insurance, your coverage and by the kind of service you receive.

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
This is a type of financial arrangement an insurance company makes with medical providers such as dentists, hospitals and doctors, to create a network of “preferred providers.” This insurance company then dictates what services are allowed to be covered by these doctors and how much they’re allowed to charge. Dentists participating in PPOs are often limited in the care they’re able to provide. When they agree to be a “participating provider” with that insurance company, they have to accept a specific payment schedule and limitations on treatment.

“In-network” provider
This refers to doctors or health care facilities that are part of the health plan’s network of providers. This means the insurance company has negotiated with the doctor, agreeing to send them business if the doctor will follow specific rate and treatment requirements.

“Out-of-network” provider
This refers to physicians, hospitals or other health care providers who haven’t created a business relationship with a specific insurance plan. Typically insurance will still reimburse patients for treatment they receive at an “out-of-network” provider. However, they may not reimburse as much as they would for one that is in network.

“Fee-for-service” provider
“Fee-for-service” describes a doctor or health care provider who is paid directly by the patient for treatment. Insurance will still reimburse patients for the treatment they receive, but may not cover as much as they would if the doctor were “in network.” Fee-for-service providers will often even submit the patients insurance claim and help them follow up to get paid. The difference is that the insurance money goes directly to the patient and the patient pays the doctor’s office.

At StarBrite Dental, we’ve chosen the fee-for-service model because we believe it’s the best way to provide excellence to our patients. Insurance companies are far from the site where your dental care is being provided and their decisions are necessarily driven by financial concerns.

We’re motivated exclusively by the highest-quality care and continued good health of our patients. As a result our decisions are only influenced by one thing: what’s best for them.

If this sounds like the kind of excellence you are looking for and you’re new to our office, we offer a Free Dental Consultation. Schedule your appointment for this consultation by calling   (301) 377-2186 . We serve patients from all over the Washington, D.C. area and look forward to helping you with your dental care.


By StarBrite Dental 03 Sep, 2015

Over the last few decades, the system of administration and payment for dental care has gone through a dramatic change. If this change meant that each person received better care and had better oral health, then all would be good. But it does not mean that.

What it does mean isn’t so easy to discover, so we’re going to explain. In this article, we’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at your insurance benefits.

The Family Health Care Practice

Fifty years ago, a family might choose a dentist based on conversations with friends and neighbors. “Dr. Williams is so gentle, my children are never afraid of him,” says one mother. One man tells another, “His office is so efficient. They had me in and out in an hour and I never felt any pain.”

As the years passed, the family was happy with their care so they stayed with this dentist and paid his bills directly. The doctor was motivated to make the parents happy so they would keep coming back. Thus, he focused on great service and results.

This system is called “fee-for-service.” In this system, health care providers are paid directly by their patients for treatment.

This was the original system of health care in America.

PPOs Begin to Change the Landscape

With the rise of PPOs or “preferred provider organizations” built by insurance companies, all this began to change.

In a PPO, an insurance company makes a financial arrangement with medical providers such as dentists, hospitals and doctors to create a network of “preferred providers.” This insurance company then dictates what types of treatment they will pay for and how much the doctors are allowed to charge for them.

Dentists participating in PPOs are often limited in the care they’re able to provide. When they agree to be a “participating provider” with that insurance company, they have to accept a specific payment schedule and limitations on treatment.

Insurance companies saw this as beneficial, because it allowed them to put health care practitioners under contract to provide treatment at a discount. Employers signed up with these insurance companies so they could offer benefits to their employees, thus enabling them to recruit and retain better staff.

Gradually, it became the norm for many Americans to obtain their dental and medical care through a PPO.

Tough Treatment Decisions

All was not well, though. Certain unintended consequences resulted from the growth of the PPO model. While some of these were minor, some had major effects on the quality of treatment doctors were able to offer.

In the PPO model, insurance companies agreed to send a steady flow of patients to doctors participating in their network. As a result of this, they became an important source of income for doctors. Doctors began making business and treatment decisions around the insurance company policies.

For example, insurance companies might choose only to cover specific types of treatments or limit the amount of care that can be received in a particular year. As a result of this, a doctor might opt to go with one type of treatment instead of another, because he knew it would be covered by the patient’s insurance. This created a situation where both the patient and doctor began to make treatment decisions influenced by what insurance would cover—not strictly what was the best practice of medicine.

On the flip side, however, what if the patient needed or wanted care that wasn’t strictly covered by his insurance? What then?

In these situation, the patient often wound up paying the monthly premium for insurance PLUS the deductible, copay and additional treatment he needed. In this situation, the PPO model became more expensive for the patient.

By way of a real-world example, some forms of insurance might not cover a root canal, but will cover an extraction of the tooth. Though it would be medically better to get a root canal, the patient might decide to opt for the extraction because it’s covered by his insurance. In this scenario, he would needlessly lose a tooth and probably create further dental problems later in life.

This is an example of how what’s covered by insurance doesn’t align with the best medical treatment for the patient.

Compromised Quality

There are further problems that can arise in this system. When you are seeing a dentist in your insurance network, they may have business and financial concerns connected to maintaining their relationship with the insurance company. Like everyone else, they run a business and have to consider their bottom line.

As they’ve already discounted their fees to obtain a contract with that insurance company, they’re now dependent on that patient pool. Additionally, since some insurance companies have not raised the fees they pay to dental practices in a decade, some practices have to reduce the quality of materials they use in their patients’ mouths so they can stay profitable.

A highly scrupulous dentist will not compromise his dental services but then he may struggle financially. As a result, he may be less able to hire the staff he needs to provide fast, top-notch customer service.

Fee-For-Service: The Solution to Getting Great Care

Individuals who want the best possible care for their oral health often make the choice to visit fee-for-service dentists. These dentists are concerned with one thing: providing excellent care to their patients.

A “fee-for-service” dentist is one who is paid directly by his patients—continuing the same model that American health care practices were built on.

Because fee-for-service dentists receive fees directly from patients, their decision aren’t likely to influenced by insurance company policies. Likewise, they have no financial incentive to use sub-quality materials or procedures, because they don’t have to adhere to rates and treatment plans developed by PPO administrators.

Insurance Will Still Cover Fee-For-Service Treatment

Keep in mind that patients can still use their insurance in fee-for-service practices. The practice will submit their insurance for them as usual. The major difference is that the insurance company reimburses the patient directly and the patient pays the dentist. The patient pays rates based on that practice’s fee schedule and the insurance company reimburses the patient whatever portion of this is covered by their policies and regulations.

StarBrite Dental has always been a fee-for-service practice. We want you to come back to us because we have given you the exact care you needed and the results you wanted. We will help you understand your treatment program and why it benefits you to receive those exact services.

We feel that this is the very best way to provide the best care – and we will never compromise our quality or materials. We are not contracted with insurance companies but, at the same time, know how to maximize your insurance benefits to the best advantage.

If you’re looking for a dental practice that is truly focused on your well-being, come talk to us. For new patients, we offer a Free Dental Consultation. Schedule your appointment for this consultation by calling   (301) 377-2186 . We serve patients from all over the Washington, D.C. area.

Our goal isn’t just to be a dentist—it’s to be a partner in your health and success.


By StarBrite Dental 01 Sep, 2015

At   StarBrite Dental, The Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience with our Rockville dentist office.

"StarBrite Dental is the best experience I have ever had. They make me feel comfortable and welcomed. Thanks StarBrite Dental for giving me a confident smile."   -P.A.

"As always, everything was expertly done and everyone was very friendly."   - A.A.

You can read more dental patient reviews on our website. If you need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning ... or would like a consultation, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070   or fill out the form below.

By StarBrite Dental 28 Aug, 2015

Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is important.

Watch this informational video for more information on the importance of oral hygiene, provided to you by StarBrite Dental in Rockville, MD.

By StarBrite Dental 25 Aug, 2015

Consider the miracle of your teeth. These bone-like structures chew more than a hundred thousand meals and snacks in your lifetime. They experience extreme hot and cold temperatures. They put up with tough steaks, hard pretzels and Brazil nuts. And as long as they get the care they need, they can still be healthy and look great in your seventies.

Note this point very well:   They must get the care they need. Any problems with your teeth must be detected and handled as soon as they show up.

When you’re chewing, you are putting something like 150 pounds of pressure per square inch on some of your teeth. Any weakness that is not promptly addressed can cause the entire tooth structure to deteriorate.

You can’t see these weaknesses by looking in a mirror. Some of them are hidden and some take a trained eye to see. Still others take x-rays to detect. The very best way to preserve those beautiful teeth is to schedule regular visits with your dentist.

Additionally, regardless of how well you brush your teeth, it is vital to get them regularly cleaned by a dental hygienist. This is because a certain amount of plaque builds which can only be removed by dental tools.

The solution to maintaining healthy teeth is simple: get six-month checkups to clean your teeth and catch possible problems before they get serious.

What Will Your Dentist’s Office Do at Your Visit?

If you have been through these regular visits, you probably know some of the steps. However, you might not have noticed the details of what was going on.

X-rays are usually the first step at one of these checkups. Different dentists have different requirements for how often x-rays are taken. And some patients – such as children or those with greater risk of dental problems – might need x-rays more frequently. Your dentist will tell you what your ideal frequency is.

After the x-rays, a hygienist will clean your teeth. A dental hygienist is basically an expert at cleaning teeth who works for a dentist. They use professional cleaning tools to provide cleanings you simply can’t do on your own.

On this step, the hygienist clears away the hardened plaque (also called tartar) on your teeth. If you’ve been through cleanings, you will remember how the hygienist goes from tooth to tooth, scraping away plaque adhering to each tooth. She will use a variety of scrapers and a small mirror to see hidden surfaces.

As she does this, she will note any problems she sees, such as gum inflammation or infections.

Her next step will be to polish your teeth with a light abrasive paste to remove stains and further remove plaque. She will normally then floss your teeth to remove any residual polish or bits of loosened plaque left between your teeth.

A hygienist may also measure the depth of pockets around your teeth, meaning she will slip a small measuring tool into the space between your teeth and your gums. If this measurement is too high, you are at greater risk of gum disease and tooth loss.

As she proceeds, a good hygienist will make suggestions on how you can preserve your teeth. She might tell you places you are missing as you brush, or recommend flossing more often. Part of her job is to help educate patients on better hygiene so they can preserve their teeth and, incidentally, save thousands of dollars in dental care.

The Dentist’s Exam Will Follow

When the cleaning is done, the dentist will come in and examine your teeth. However, they are actually looking at far more than your teeth.

They’re looking at your gums, your face, your tongue and your jaw. They may feel the glands under your tongue and jaw. They’re looking for any swellings, signs of infection or even cancer.

This exam gives the dentist an opportunity to catch any problems before they become serious or expensive to fix.

What Happens if You Skip These Visits?

There are two things that can happen if you skip your six-month checkups.

The first is that plaque has a longer time to accumulate. While brushing and flossing regularly largely prevents plaque from accumulating, it’s not possible to eliminate it completely by yourself. The longer plaque accumulates, the more the bacteria inside plaque can damage your teeth. This increases your likelihood for cavities and gum disease.

The other occurrence that’s possible is that any problems that do crop up have a longer time to develop. Cavities, infections, fractures – problems that might be fairly minor can become serious if you do not have your teeth checked regularly.

Six-month checkups are quite economical. The fact is that the dental work that you could need if you neglect these visits can be quite serious. While it seems someone might save money by skipping these appointments, in truth this could create a large dental bill to fix dental problems later on.

Most expensive dental work is avoidable just by keeping a regular schedule of these visits with your dentist. Unless you have gum disease, a visit every six months is usually sufficient. Your dentist can make this recommendation.

At   StarBrite Dental, we specialize in high-quality care for the long term. Our philosophy is that we want to be a partner in your health for life. We look forward to meeting you.

StarBrite Dental - Dentists in Rockville MD

Dental care is of the utmost importance throughout the year. You never want to run into issues where you are suddenly in pain and need to visit a dentist in the area of Rockville, MD. It’s best to make regularly scheduled visits so that a dentist can find out about what is going on inside your mouth very early on.

Cavities, gum diseases, and various other issues don’t have to be problems that you face. Visiting a dentist in Rockville can be one of the best things for you. During an annual checkup, you can come in for x-rays, a cleaning, and a full exam. This is where you will be able to learn what is going on and what can be done to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Practicing Dental Care All Year Long

At StarBrite Dental, we are huge proponents of dental care throughout the year. Instead of just brushing really hard the morning before you come to see the dentist, you should be brushing twice a day every day – as well as after any large meals that you may engage in during the day. This will ensure that you have fresh breath and that plaque is being dealt with appropriately.

You should engage in all of these dental care activities daily:

- Brushing
- Brushing Flossing
- Brushing Mouthwash

When you practice good oral hygiene throughout the year, the visits to the dentist are likely going to be more positive. You won't see problems with cavities, gum disease, or anything else. You are probably going to see an improvement to how white your teeth are, too!

What to Expect at Your Rockville Dentist Visit

Everyone has preferences when it comes to visiting a dentist – and some people are absolutely terrified of dentists because of years of hearing a loud drill noise echoing down the hall. At StarBrite Dental, we have caring dentists and staff to take the time to put you at ease. We also use state of the art technology that makes it less scary to sit down in the dental chair.

Don’t let a bad experience at the dentist prevent you from getting proper dental care in Rockville. Schedule an appointment with us today and learn about how we can provide you with premium care throughout the year. You will love booking your appointments with us from here on out!

Dr. Maryam Seifi is licensed by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. For more information, you may find this official source helpful: [MSDBE]

We provide services in Rockville, MD & to the Washington, DC metro area. To find out more about our dental services, visit our 'Contact Us' page and fill out the form, or call us at (301) 770-1070.
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