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Dentist Sandy Springs: The Right Bite for a Great Smile

Mature woman smilingWhen a dentist talks about your “bite,” she’s referring to your occlusion.[1] Optimal occlusion occurs when opposing teeth come together in their ideal arrangement.  When your teeth are misaligned (malocclusion) a whole host of issues can result, including headaches, jaw pain, the wearing away of tooth enamel, and even cracked or loose teeth.

The Right Smile Center helps people achieve beautiful, healthy smiles, i.e., the right smile.  Optimal teeth alignment is a crucial component to the right smile.

My prosthodontic training  at Emory University School of Dentistry allows me to provide smiles that look great, feel great and function properly.  You can’t have a great smile if the teeth, gums, joints and muscles don’t function in harmony with each other.

During your exam, our team will look at how your top and bottom teeth come together when biting.  We also assess the wear patterns on your teeth.  Equilibration means restoring optimal contact between upper and lower tooth surfaces that prevents the abnormal wear and tear on your teeth, joints, and muscles.  Oftentimes, a slight adjustment made to the surface of a tooth makes a huge impact on occlusion.  And naturally, we are going to make recommendations that help your smile be a proud part of your expression.

So, if we can be of service please feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 

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[1] How your top and bottom teeth fit together.


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Dentist Sandy Springs: Teeth Stains?

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The benefits of teeth whitening are amazing.

Tooth discoloration and staining causes embarrassment and self-consciousness.  Many of the causes are under your control (some are not).  The following is a brief list of some causes and cures:

  1. Drinks: Coffee and tea tend to stain teeth.  Periodic professional cleanings and in-office tooth whitening reverse these effects.
  2. Tobacco:  Smoking and chewing tobacco have an adverse effect on tooth color, gingival health, and breath.  Quit smoking.  But if you’re not, periodic in-office cleanings and profession tooth whitening minimize the discoloring effects of smoking.
  3. Dental Restorations: Metal restorations tend to breakdown at the edges and may reduce the transparency of tooth enamel.  Replacing metal fillings with tooth colored composites or porcelains reverses these effects.  Even tooth-colored restorations stain with time and may need replacement.
  4. Age: With aging comes tooth staining.  The outer tooth enamel wears down with time, causing teeth to turn more yellow.  Porcelain veneers or dental bonding replace that worn layer and restore the youthful glow of teeth.
  5. Chemicals and Medications:  During the tooth development of a child, certain antibiotics such as tetracycline or excessive ingestion of fluoride can cause permanent tooth staining.  Though these stains cannot be cleaned or whitened, porcelain veneers or composite bonding can give the stained teeth a new look.

In addition to the causes listed above, trauma and genetics play a role in changing tooth color. Keep your teeth whiter and brighter by regular dental cleanings (which usually include stain removal and polishing) and ask us about our cosmetic options to get the right smile.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200B

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 

Thank you for all your referrals.  We truly appreciate them.

Information included is not dental or medical advice.  For your specific information

 be sure to consult your dentist.

 

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50 Shades of Grey – Teeth Whitening – Dentist Sandy Springs

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There is nothing like a bright smile.

Grey is definitely out.  So is yellow.  But, how white is enough?  Well, no one really knows given the rush in recent years to have a whiter smile. And as stands right now, teeth whitening is the number one cosmetic procedure performed in a dental office today.  But what about the oral health benefits?

What we know is there are additional benefits beyond bleaching your teeth.  So while attempting to achieve the right smile with a bright smile, whitening your teeth with 10% carbamide peroxide may actually help prevent cavities.[1]  The bacteria that causes cavities flourish when the pH of your mouth is slightly acidic, which happens to be a bi-product of eating or drinking. However, according to Dr. Van Hayword of GRU Augusta a 10% carbamide peroxide bleaching gel in a custom tray can help elevate the pH, which helps fight decay.[2] There is also some evidence that the same regimen can help keep plaque from forming on the teeth, which may help prevent gum disease.

So while deciding how white is enough is a personal decision, weighing the costs and benefits of any cosmetic transformation probably should involve the input of your dental provider.  I encourage you to contact your dentist.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.[3]

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] Carbamide peroxide (10% and 15%) has been classified by the United States Food and Drug Association as Category 1, which means there is sufficient data to demonstrate that these agents are safe and effective for use in the oral cavity as oral antiseptic agents (Haywood, 1993; Dental Product Spotlight, 2001).

[2] Van B. Haywood, DMD, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry, Georgia Regents University.


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Dentist Sandy Springs: Creating a Positive Self-Image

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An attractive smile comes through as a youthful addition.

Most women and girls, including myself, spend far too much time and energy worrying about our physical appearances when we have so much more to offer.  And very often it’s aspects of our body that as much as we try, there’s just not much we can do about it.  To compound this, the media and Hollywood are constantly throwing fuel on the fire.

Most of these images are unrealistic and often unhealthy standards take their toll on women and their daughters.  In fact, did you know:

  • In the U.S. 80% of women are dissatisfied with their appearance,
  • Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful,
  • Only 11% of girls globally are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves,
  • 54% of women around the world agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst enemy, and
  • More than 50% of women say they would consider having plastic surgery.[1]

But the one aspect of our looks we can change without unrealistic expectations is our smile  Our smile is the first impression we make whenever we meet someone.  A smile makeover can be achieved by prosthodontist in ways that couldn’t be imagined years ago.  The simple use of veneers or teeth whitening can make all the difference in the world in our appearance.  Those who have dentures and receding jaw lines can now be modified by implants. So, invest in your smile, you wear it every day.

My goal is to create a positive self-image; what we like to call ‘the right smile for your life style’.  If we can be of assistance or you have a question please do not hesitate to contact our office and make an appointment for a free consult.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Sandy Springs: How much do Sealants cost?

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The milky white resin is the sealant.

About 90% of the decay found in children’s teeth occurs in surface pits and fissures. To solve this problem, dental sealants act as a physical barrier to cavity-causing bacteria invading those pits and fissures.

A sealant is a plastic resin material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This material is bonded into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces to protect the enamel from attack by plaque and acids.

Our practice cleans and dries the teeth to be treated, then paints a thin layer of liquid plastic material on the pits and fissures of the tooth. A blue spectrum light is shone on the material for a few seconds to cure the plastic.[1]

After curing, the plastic forms a hard, thin layer covering the treated portions of the tooth. Despite the incredible pressures placed on teeth during chewing each day, dental sealants often remain effective for five years or longer. If sealants wear or become damaged, they can be repaired or replaced simply by applying new sealant material to the worn or damaged portions.

Children should receive sealants shortly after the eruption of their first permanent molars, around age 6 and again at age 12 when their second molars appear.  While the use in children is common, sealants can be used in treating adults as well.

The average cost of a sealant ranges from $42 to $48 dollars per tooth.  During your child’s regular dental visits, we check the condition of the sealants and reapply them if necessary.

I know a lot of people still cringe when we talk about dental procedures, but the procedure is painless.

If we can be of service or you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us via email or for a complimentary initial consult.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 


[1] Some brands of sealants cure chemically.


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Dentist Sandy Springs: How much do Veneers Cost?

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A porcelain veneer provides an excellent match.

They can run anywhere from $925 to $2,500 per tooth. And yes, veneers can be quite expensive but if done correctly the process is quite tedious. But they do offer several benefits, including a distinctly improved smile.

First, what are veneers?  They are extremely thin custom made covers for the front surface of the teeth. They can be made from porcelain or direct composite resin.  While porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite, they last much longer and are more stain resistant.  Traditional composite veneers last on average between five and seven years while porcelain veneers last between 10 and 18 years.

Veneers are used for a variety of purposes. They can be used to fix chipped or broken teeth or teeth that have become discolored by root canal work, excessive fluoride, or drugs such as tetracycline. Veneers can also be used to correct misaligned teeth or ones with gaps between them.  But the most common reason for veneers is cosmetic. They can be used to change the length, shape, size and color of teeth. In effect, they can be used to create a designer smile.

Because veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, they generally are not covered by insurance. In some cases, depending on the insurance company and the policy coverage they may be eligible for a dental discount. The amount and availability of this discount varies widely.  In special circumstances some insurance may pay up to 50% depending on the type of policy. To offset the high cost of veneers, most dentists offer special payment plans.

Getting dental veneers is a multi-step process. The initial visit usually consists of a consultation and depending on the dentist and the amount of work to be done, x-rays and/or impressions of the teeth may be done at this time.  On the first working visit the dentist will remove approximately 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth or teeth to be veneered and make a model to send to the lab that will make the veneer.  This is most often done with a local anesthetic. Normally it takes one to two weeks to construct the veneers.  During the next visit, the veneer is temporarily placed to check for proper color and fit.

The tooth that is to receive the veneer is then cleaned, polished, and etched. The etching roughens the surface of the tooth for better adhesion of the veneer. The veneer is cemented into place and a follow up visit to check placement and adhesion may be required.

Your smile is the first things that people notice about you which is the primary reason people want porcelain veneers.  If we can be of service or you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Sandy Springs: Cutting Sugar Intake

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We consume way too much sugar.

Current guidelines from the World Health Organization, set in 2002, recommend that free sugars should make up less than 10% of total energy intake each day.  And while the new draft guidelines offer the same recommendation, the WHO also suggest that reducing sugar intake to less than 5% of total energy intake each day – the equivalent to 6 teaspoons for an adult of normal body mass index (BMI) – would offer additional benefits.

Notably, the WHO is concerned about how the consumption of free sugars contributing to the prevalence of dental diseases.  Recent figures show that worldwide, 60-90% of school children and almost 100% of adults have dental cavities.

In the US, consumption of sugary drinks is high.  Data from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that 50% of the population consumes sugary drinks on any given day, while 5% consume at least 567 kcal from sugary drinks on any given day – the equivalent to four cans of cola.   Less than 5% of daily calorie intake from sugar would offer additional benefits to the consuming population.

While we can’t help you with your dietary intake, we can give you guidance concerning your oral health condition.  Contact us in our Sandy Springs office for your complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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