6 Reasons to Smile

A study covered by the Telegraph revealed an interesting find; people with dazzling smiles are genuinely happier than those who face dental woes. Researchers took it a step further and discovered that people with imperfect smiles tend to have lower self-esteem and those with partials and dentures actually have more stress in their lives than people with a full set of chompers. If an imperfection is keeping your from smiling proudly, cosmetic dentistry can boost your confidence, and give you even more reasons to smile.

Wendy Kilpatrick

1) Teeth Whitening

For many people, teeth whitening can be a direct gateway to a stunning smile. It’s a non-invasive way to give your smile a pop, and might be the only form of cosmetic dentistry you’ll need if you already have a healthy mouth and straight teeth. It’s also a great starting point if you’re considering other treatments.

2) Gum Lifts

Sometimes a gummy smile can detract from its overall vibrancy. Gum lifts are a simple in-office procedure that recontours the gums so your natural smile can shine. Simply removing a millimeter or two of excess tissue is enough to make a person’s whole appearance look different.

3) Veneers

When people want a total smile makeover, they usually turn to veneers. They provide a uniform appearance, remove unsightly gaps, and correct chips and discoloration. It’s a beautiful and functional solution that will give you a perfect Hollywood smile, without having to wait for orthodontics to work.

4) Bonding

Cosmetic bonding can achieve some of the goals that veneers can, but only the affected portion of the tooth receives coverage. If you’d like to use bonding to correct a chip or gap, you may wish to have whitening done first, so that the bonding can be shaded the same vibrant white to match.

5) Invisalign

Nowadays, most adults and teens prefer Invisalign to traditional braces when they’d like to straighten their teeth. The clear aligners don’t carry the same stigma as braces do, and they aren’t noticeable at a conversational distance. Moreover, the process is gentler on the teeth, so it’s more comfortable as well.

6) Cleanings

Although not classified as cosmetic dentistry, a healthy mouth is the first step to having a beautiful smile. By maintaining your oral health with cleanings and professional exams, your teeth will be brighter, your gums will be healthier, and you’ll get to keep your natural teeth longer.

Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry offers comprehensive care, starting with preventative exams and cleanings.  Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

3 Natural-Looking Ways to Fix a Broken Tooth

Almost everyone deals with a broken tooth at some point in time or another. Just a few years ago, Dentistry Today, a journal for dentists, referred to fractured teeth as an “epidemic,” because it has become so common. While lifestyle factors, such as clenching and grinding, have been suggested as causes for the surge, statistics aren’t important when you’ve got a broken tooth- especially if it hurts or looks unsightly. The good news is that they’re usually fairly easy to fix, and an expert cosmetic dentist, like Dr. King, can make them look perfectly natural using any of these three techniques.

1) Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is the simplest way to fix a broken tooth, and it’s effective when the damage is small-to-moderate. The same type of tooth-colored material that’s used on fillings applied and contoured, so it mimics the tooth’s original shape. It’s worth noting that not every dentist understands the nuances of tooth shades. There’s more to making it look natural than selecting the right color. An experienced cosmetic dentist will also pay special attention to the translucency, so the correction blends seamlessly into your smile.

 

2) Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can dramatically enhance an entire smile, repair cracked teeth, and reshape teeth. They’re an ideal choice if you’d like to repair more than one tooth, or want to brighten and correct cosmetic defects on several teeth. With porcelain veneers, a small amount of the face of the tooth is reduced, and a new porcelain face is specially-designed to cover it. The veneer essentially “hugs” the tooth, covering its front and sides, which makes it minimally-invasive and aesthetically pleasing.Slide24

 

3) CEREC Crowns

Sometimes the damage is so severe that dental bonding or a veneer cannot repair it, and the whole tooth needs to be built up and protected. Preparation for a CEREC crown is just like that of a traditional crown. The entire tooth is reshaped, so that a cap may be put over the top of it.  The cap looks just like a natural tooth, and it protects the original tooth below it. The big difference with CEREC crowns is that all the work can be done in a single visit, whereas traditional crowns are made by a dental lab, and patients have to wait weeks between preparation and permanent seating.

If you have a broken tooth, it’s well worth your time to seek out an expert cosmetic dentist to perform the repair. General dentists often focus on the mechanics, rather than creating a beautiful smile. Dr. King is one of 47 worldwide fellows accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and understands what it takes to perform these restorations in a way that’s both esthetically-pleasing and long-lasting. If you have a broken tooth and would like to find out what your options are, schedule a consultation with Dr. King today.