Did you know that the shape, shade, length and spacing of your teeth could significantly affect your smile? And our smiles can greatly affect our self-esteem and confidence. Common conditions that impact negatively on your smile include broken, cracked or worn teeth, discolored teeth, missing teeth, crooked teeth, decayed teeth, gaps between your teeth and/or “gummy smiles.” The good news is that with modern technology and improved materials, these situations can be dramatically changed to create natural looking and long-lasting beautiful smiles.
Each patient and each specific circumstance must be evaluated on its own merits. Factors such as occlusion [bite], oral habits, available space, health of the gum tissue, severity of the problem and patient expectation should be taken into consideration when planning your cosmetic makeover.
Depending on your individual oral characteristics, there are a variety of choices that all result in excellent esthetic outcomes. For whiter natural teeth, in-office or at-home bleaching [whitening] techniques are available. Repairing teeth or closing spaces may be accomplished with tooth-colored composite resin bonding, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.
These procedures vary in time and cost and have differences in longevity and appearance. If you’re not satisfied with your smile or want to learn if you’re a good candidate for any of these remarkable techniques, call our Atlanta (Sandy Springs) office for a complimentary cosmetic consultation.
The right smile, like all good things in life, is a collaborative effort of your input and our expertise. We’ve found that by truly engaging our patients, visits become more of a pleasurable experience, rather than just a necessity.
Our metro Atlanta (Sandy Springs) dental office is open four days a week, but on occasion we schedule patients who need additional treatment time on Fridays. We see emergency cases immediately and provide our patients with 24/7 access to your dentist via mobile numbers. In addition, your entire family is welcome in our office. We have as many as four generations in the practice at any one time. We offer comprehensive family care coupled with expert training and modern technology, bringing what we consider to be the best of contemporary dentistry in Atlanta.
You are definitely more than a patient to us; you’re an individual with unique concerns and needs. And you’re the reason we are here. Sidney or I are dedicated to taking the time to learn about you and your needs, and then, and only then develop a practical treatment plan to create the right smile. We’ll discuss options and explain procedures, all of which may involve multiple of techniques and disciplines.
Your smile is the first thing people notice and our goal and training is to help you smile. But we want to make sure it’s the right smile, one that’s natural and comfortable for you. If you have questions, please ask. And if we can do anything to make you more comfortable, let us know. We are here to serve you and we have a history of making oral healthcare easy and convenient for your lifestyle.
It seems to be prevalent in that most dentists these days are calling themselves cosmetic dentists, but there is no cosmetic specialty in dentistry. And quite frankly, all dentistry is cosmetic. I don’t know anyone who took the ‘ugly’ teeth class in dental school, because it doesn’t exist. Regardless, the fact remains that the majority of dentist are general dentist, but call themselves ‘cosmetic dentists’. They all have undergraduate degrees with either a BA or BS and at least four years of dental school with either a DDS or a DMD as the result. But not one of them has a ‘cosmetic specialty’ in dentistry. Those dentists who choose to make the claim do so by virtue of deciding to focus on cosmetics in their general practices. The American Dental Association (ADA) only has nine recognized post dental degree dental specialties and cosmetic dentisty is not one of them. These specialties range in one to six years of advance training beyond dental school. At the end of their post doctorate degree, these dentists receive additional certifications in their respective specialties, thus becoming what should be considered experts within their fields of dentistry. Some are either board eligible or board certified. These ADA specialties are:
Dental Public Heath, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Surgery, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and the least known, Prosthodontics.
Prosthodontics: (crown, bridge, and implants) A Prosthodontist has a dental specialty license pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes. Most dentists are not trained prosthodontic graduates of a dental school – rather they take short continuing education and utilize trial and error experience to be able to understand how size, shape, color and symmetry all work together to create what a prosthodontists is trained in their post graduate work. On the other hand, the prosthodontist is trained at a university to create the smile that implements the use of veneers, crowns, bridges and the increasingly more common procedure of dental implants to ensure that the right smile is achieved, both functionally and aesthetically beautiful. If anyone has a specialty in cosmetic dentistry, it would be the prosthodontist. So when you are seriously looking for a cosmetic dentist look for a prosthodontist.
Prosthodontic dentists are with the passage of time gaining popular recognition as patients become more familiar with the advances in dentistry and how they can enhance their everyday lives. They are expert dentists with a post graduate ADA recognized degree centered around a complete knowledge of dentistry, where function and beautification of teeth are combined in the final result.
There are a lot of people in this world who just weren’t born with beautiful smiles or for other circumstances ended up with damaged teeth. Some inherited stains from medicines their parents took prior to child birth, while others developed discolorations through the years that make their appearance unattractive whenever they open to either to talk or smile. These people can be helped by dentists who specialize in the cosmetic restorations that provide methods, procedures and plans which ultimately improve their personality as much as it improves their mouth.
The first advantage of a prosthodontist is time related. As a result of their training and experience with difficult cases modern techniques take much less time in the beautification of the teeth as compared to older ordinary dentistry. Techniques and procedures as common as in house whitening which takes only couple of hours as opposed to otherwise days of the repeated home bleaching have become fairly common place and routine in the restoration of a smile.
Another major change related to teeth are implants. In the past there had been an extensive time period involved in replacing missing teeth. Now, while still a complex procedure there are alternatives that with significant preparation allow for teeth to be implanted in a day and utilized by the patient shortly thereafter.
Finally, technology often comes into play with veneers which are made up of a special material and again while technique sensitive are very easy to incorporate into timely and favorable results. The combination of all of these techniques rest comfortably within the purview of a prosthodontist’s training and expertise. A comprehensive approach by a prosthodontist is the best way to get your inner confidence boosted and your personality improved.
Because we all need to do our part. Water is taken for granted by most people in the US, but water is quickly become an at risk commodity because of our wasteful habits. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “The average bathroom faucet [in a home built post 1992] flows at a rate of two gallons per minute [GPM], but for homes built pre-1992, faucets flow at a rate of 4 GPM. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime can save up to 8 gallons of water per day [post-1992 faucet], which equals 240 gallons a month!”
While we in dentistry encourage our patients to brush twice a day for the rest of your life, the time has come where we need to be more socially conscious in the education of our patient pool with respect to their use of water while brushing. I encourage all of your family members and friends to turn the water off every time they brush their teeth (at least twice a day) and run the water only when necessary as in rinsing your mouth or cleaning your brush.
That’s it? Yes, that’s all you have to do to be good environmental citizens. Depending on where your water source come from, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can have a positive impact on our springs, rivers, and wetland habitats that might otherwise be damaged by water treatment plants. The incremental impact when taken as a whole can be lessened in huge ways that will positively affect our entire country and for that matter the entire earth. Applying this practice will equal a savings of over 2,800 gallons of water per year for each individual in the US who takes this simple step. And for those still operating pre-1992 faucets, the number is double.
If you are one of those people that don’t think about how much water your faucet it putting out, you will probably leave your water running while you brush your teeth. Generally, the average person will turn on the water, rinse their tooth brush, put tooth paste on tooth brush, brush their teeth, spit a couple times, brush a little more, rinse tooth brush off, maybe even use a mouth rinse or mouth wash, swish that around a bit, spit it out, rinse out the sink, and finally turn off the water. This process can take up to 3 minutes to complete. In fact, the Oral-B electric brush does a 3 minute countdown to brushing your teeth. So during those 3 minutes about 12 gallons of water is wasted. The average person brushes their teeth 2 – 3 times a day, which would now make your water usage about 24 to 36 gallons of water per person per day. Looked at the usage from this approach, we are up to a single person brushing their teeth anywhere from 732 to 1098 gallons of per month, which is a drastic difference from the conservative amount estimated in the paragraph above. With 365 days in a year, that’s over 13,000 gallons a year. That’s an awful lot of wasted water.
It’s easy. Make a conscious effort to turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Each person in each family can use water more efficiently to preserve water supplies and our environment for future generations. This means that you, your family, and your friends can participate in protecting the future of our nation’s limited water supply and your children’s future each time you brush your teeth. And a self-imposed effort now could avoid our government from stepping in and imposing conservation later. Conserving water is not incompatible with brushing twice a day and as model citizens, you become trustees of small measures that will make a big difference and ensure efficient use of our water supply for generations to come.
It makes cents. If you can’t be motivated by being green, then look at the dollars. The average cost of water is $0.005/gallon. So if a single person uses 13,000 gallons of water a year to brush their teeth, this costs $65/year for 1 person to brush their teeth. So take $65 and multiply this by how many people live in your home and you will see how much water is costing you just for you to keep your teeth healthy. And this doesn’t even count that most jurisdictions charge 1 to 4x for the cost of sewer’ing the water.
It’s simple. Turn your water off unless you are using it. Don’t turn on your water and just let it run in the sink while you are brushings your teeth. And if your faucet is older than 1992, you should to buy a new one.
As always, if we can be of help please contact us.