Posts for: August, 2017
Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.
“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.
Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.
Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.
Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.
So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!
For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”
Dental implants can do so much for you and your smile. Dental implants replace missing teeth, complete your smile and restore normal tooth functioning. Additionally, dental implants look completely natural so they blend in with the surrounding teeth. The dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock, Marietta, and Kennesaw, GA can help you decide if dental implants are right for you.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent option for replacing missing teeth and their roots. Dental implants consist of an implant, an abutment, and a crown. The metal implant, placed below the gum line, is anchored to the jaw bone and acts as the tooth root. Anchoring the implant to the jaw bone ensures it will remain in place permanently. The crown, usually made from a porcelain or ceramic material, is installed above the gums and replaces the missing tooth. The abutment connects the implant and crown. Your Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw dentist can install dental implants for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many benefits to selecting dental implants as your choice for replacement of missing teeth. The benefits of dental implants include:
- Installation is permanent and they will not come loose or fall out.
- There is no need to use messy adhesives daily to hold the implants in place.
- They look completely natural and blend in with the surrounding teeth.
- Normal biting and chewing functions are restored.
- Regain a complete smile with no gaps from missing teeth.
- Experience a boost in confidence with a full smile.
If you are missing some of your natural teeth, dental implants can do so much for you. Both your smile and normal tooth functioning can be restored. Your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care can install dental implants for you. To schedule an appointment at one of the three locations in Kennesaw, Woodstock or Marietta, GA, call (678) 293-8773.
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.”