Small imperfections in your teeth can be corrected with various cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as bonding and contouring. Your smile will be transformed as those imperfections are eliminated. You can say goodbye to such problems as cracks, chips, discolorations, small gaps and misshaped teeth. To achieve the smile of your dreams, visit 1st Choice Dental Care, your experienced cosmetic dentists in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA.
Bonding is a dental procedure for correcting cosmetic imperfections on teeth. Dental bonding can be used to cover cracks, chips and stains on teeth. It can also be used to close small gaps between teeth. A resin material is used for bonding and is applied over the problem areas you wish to conceal. As the resin dries, it permanently bonds with the natural tooth. Once dry, the bonding work blends right in and the imperfection is hidden.
Cosmetic contouring can also be used to fix small imperfections on teeth. When performing cosmetic contouring, your dentist in Kennesaw, Marietta, and Woodstock carefully removes a small amount tooth enamel in key areas in order to reshape the tooth for a more desirable look. Teeth that are crooked or that overlap one another can be transformed with cosmetic contouring. For overlapping teeth, just enough enamel can be removed so that the teeth no longer overlap. Crooked teeth can be reshaped to appear straighter by removing enamel in strategic places.
Bonding and cosmetic contouring help fix small imperfections. Both procedures can transform the shape and appearance of teeth and give you the smile you have always wanted. To learn more about how bonding and contouring can improve your smile, call (678) 293-8773 to schedule an appointment at 1st Choice Dental Care, your dentists in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA.
Find out why being proactive about your oral health could save you time and money.
While no one relishes a trip to the dentist it’s something that everyone has to do if they want to maintain a healthy smile. Sure, you should be giving your teeth and gums the proper care they need day in and day out, but this isn’t the only way to protect your mouth from cavities and gum disease. Most people assume that if their mouths feel healthy that they must be healthy, but our Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA, dentists are here to explain why coming in for routine checkups is one of the best things you can do for your smile.
Instead of just treating a dental problem when it comes along, preventive dentistry has people taking a proactive approach to their oral health to prevent issues from happening in the first place. Good oral hygiene should start at an early age. Here are just some preventive dental measures you should be taking:
At-home care: Your oral health begins with you. Are you brushing at least twice a day? Are you flossing daily? Do you change your toothbrush head every couple of months? How you care for your smile from the comfort of your own home could be the difference between a healthy smile and a smile that has plaque and tartar buildup, gum disease or decay. Brushing and flossing regularly is one surefire way to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
Fluoride treatment: Whether you turn to our Kennesaw, Woodstock or Marietta general dentists to get fluoride treatment or you opt for fluoride toothpaste or rinses, it’s important that you are getting enough fluoride to protect your beautiful smile. Fluoride is necessary for keeping tooth enamel strong and to ward off decay. Fluoride even has the ability to remineralize teeth that have some damage due to decay.
Your diet: What you eat doesn’t just affect your body but also your smile. Your teeth, gums and jawbone require key nutrients in order to remain healthy and strong. If you have a diet that is lacking then you leave your smile prone to decay and other issues. Avoid sugar and soft drinks, which can take a serious toll on your smile, and incorporate more whole grains, dairy, vegetables and lean sources of protein into your diet.
Routine professional cleanings: Even if you brush and floss regularly it’s normal to miss spots. This is why coming in to visit us every six months is a good idea if you want to maintain good oral hygiene. During these visits, we not only deep clean your teeth but also we check for potential issues, perform oral cancer screenings and even provide you with helpful advice on how to properly care for your smile.
Do you need to schedule your next six-month dental cleaning? If so, then 1st Choice Dental Care is here for you. We offer comprehensive dental services to the Kennesaw, Woodstock, or Marietta, GA, areas. Call us today!
Orthodontics relies on certain mechanics in the mouth to move teeth to better positions. As the specialty has advanced, we've become ever more precise in moving teeth with braces, the “workhorse” of orthodontics, and other specialized appliances and techniques.
But although cooperating effectively with the mouth's natural ability for tooth movement is crucial for success, there's another aspect to consider if that success will be long-term: the growth and development of oral and facial structure. And not just development during childhood and adolescence: indeed, facial structure continues to change throughout a lifetime, including the senior years. Research has shown that although the rate of growth slows over time, it doesn't stop even for someone 80 years or older.
Our emerging understanding in this area has had an important impact on how and when we perform orthodontic treatment. As we develop a treatment strategy for an individual patient we consider not only the immediate outcome of a treatment, but also how it may change their facial appearance in the future. By taking continuing facial growth into consideration, we're more likely to achieve a new smile appearance that remains attractive later in life.
A key factor is to be sure we're initiating treatments at appropriate ages. We may detect developing bite problems as early as age 6, which might prompt preventive treatment at that time to diminish or even eliminate the problem. But it may also be prudent to wait on full-scale orthodontic treatment until late childhood or puberty. Furthermore, some form of orthodontic treatment might need to continue into early adulthood to ensure the most optimal outcome.
By taking a longer view of the treatment process, we're better able to work within the natural growth and development taking place now and in the future. As a result, a person is more likely to enjoy an attractive and youthful appearance even in their later years.
If you would like more information on aging factors for cosmetic enhancement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Aging Makes Beauty Timeless.”
Some people are lucky — they never seem to have a mishap, dental or otherwise. But for the rest of us, accidents just happen sometimes. Take actor Jamie Foxx, for example. A few years ago, he actually had a dentist intentionally chip one of his teeth so he could portray a homeless man more realistically. But recently, he got a chipped tooth in the more conventional way… well, conventional in Hollywood, anyway. It happened while he was shooting the movie Sleepless with co-star Michelle Monaghan.
“Yeah, we were doing a scene and somehow the action cue got thrown off or I wasn't looking,” he told an interviewer. “But boom! She comes down the pike. And I could tell because all this right here [my teeth] are fake. So as soon as that hit, I could taste the little chalkiness, but we kept rolling.” Ouch! So what's the best way to repair a chipped tooth? The answer it: it all depends…
For natural teeth that have only a small chip or minor crack, cosmetic bonding is a quick and relatively easy solution. In this procedure, a tooth-colored composite resin, made of a plastic matrix with inorganic glass fillers, is applied directly to the tooth's surface and then hardened or “cured” by a special light. Bonding offers a good color match, but isn't recommended if a large portion of the tooth structure is missing. It's also less permanent than other types of restoration, but may last up to 10 years.
When more of the tooth is missing, a crown or dental veneer may be a better answer. Veneers are super strong, wafer-thin coverings that are placed over the entire front surface of the tooth. They are made in a lab from a model of your teeth, and applied in a separate procedure that may involve removal of some natural tooth material. They can cover moderate chips or cracks, and even correct problems with tooth color or spacing.
A crown is the next step up: It's a replacement for the entire visible portion of the tooth, and may be needed when there's extensive damage. Like veneers, crowns (or caps) are made from models of your bite, and require more than one office visit to place; sometimes a root canal may also be needed to save the natural tooth. However, crowns are strong, natural looking, and can last many years.
But what about teeth like Jamie's, which have already been restored? That's a little more complicated than repairing a natural tooth. If the chip is small, it may be possible to smooth it off with standard dental tools. Sometimes, bonding material can be applied, but it may not bond as well with a restoration as it will with a natural tooth; plus, the repaired restoration may not last as long as it should. That's why, in many cases, we will advise that the entire restoration be replaced — it's often the most predictable and long-lasting solution.
Oh, and one more piece of advice: Get a custom-made mouthguard — and use it! This relatively inexpensive device, made in our office from a model of your own teeth, can save you from a serious mishap… whether you're doing Hollywood action scenes, playing sports or just riding a bike. It's the best way to protect your smile from whatever's coming at it!
If you have questions about repairing chipped teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”
So, you're about to have a tooth capped with a crown. Do you know what you need to know before you undergo this common dental procedure?
Here's a short true or false quiz to test your knowledge of dental crowns.
All crowns are the same. False — while all crowns have the same basic design — a life-like prosthetic tooth fitted over and bonded or cemented to a natural tooth — their compositions can vary greatly. Early metal crowns consisted mainly of gold or silver and are still used today. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns — a metal interior for strength overlaid by a porcelain exterior for appearance — became popular in the latter 20th Century. Although still widely used, PFMs have been largely surpassed by newer all-ceramic materials that are stronger than past versions.
Crowns can differ in their artistic quality. True — all crowns are designed to replicate a natural tooth's function — in other words, enable the tooth to effectively chew again. But a crown's appearance can be a different story, depending on how much attention to detail and artistry goes into it. The higher the individual craftsmanship, the more lifelike it will appear — and the more expensive it can be.
With digital milling equipment, dental labs are obsolete. False — although technology exists that allows dentists to produce their own crowns, the equipment is not yet in widespread use. Â The vast majority of crowns are still produced by a trained technician in a dental laboratory. And just as you base your choice of a dentist on your confidence in and respect for them, dentists look for the same thing in a dental lab — good, reliable and consistent results.
Your insurance may not cover what your dentist recommends. True — dental insurance will typically pay for a basic, functional crown. Aesthetics — how it will look — is a secondary consideration. As a result, your policy may not cover the crown your dentist recommends to function properly and look attractive. A new crown, however, is a long-term investment in both your dental function and your smile. It may be well worth supplementing out of pocket your insurance benefit to get the crown that suits you on both counts.
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