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.

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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.

How to fix a Gummy Smile

How to Fix a Gummy Smile without Botox

Last July, the New York Times did a piece on how to correct a gummy smile. While the author got a few things right, they sadly touted Botox as an “easy fix” to the problem. For most people, Botox is not the answer, simply because it doesn’t produce optimal or long-lasting results.

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The Shape and Length of Your Gums Changes Your Smile

It’s true that your gums have a huge impact on your smile. No matter how bright and white it is, it doesn’t get noticed when your teeth don’t show as much as they should. Sometimes mother nature leaves people with gums that cover a disproportionate amount of the surface of a tooth and other times they’re just not symmetrical. The Times reported that around 14% of women and 7% of men have excess gum tissue. Anything more than a couple of millimeters leads to the gummy smile that people often seek corrective treatment for.

A Gum Lift is the Ideal Solution

Unlike Botox, gum lifts (also known as gingival contouring) are a permanent solution to a gummy smile. Botox doesn’t actually improve the smile- it only paralyzes the upper lip, so that less of the gums show for a couple of months. A gum lift eliminates the problem altogether. The Times tried to compare the procedure to the way treatment was handled decades ago, when lifts were done with a scalpel, but that’s not how they’re handled today. Nowadays, an electrosurge or laser is used, which results in a fast, instant results with minimal discomfort. Some people liken the feeling to having a sunburn on their gums, but it dissipates quickly, leaving a brilliant smile behind.

Gum Lifts Can Be Done Alone, or in Conjunction with Other Cosmetic Services

Slight reshaping of the gums is common when an expert cosmetic dentist performs a smile makeover or fits teeth for porcelain veneers. Dr. King routinely includes the procedure in her smile designs, in order to enhance symmetry and appearance. However, people who are happy with the general appearance of their teeth, but suffer from gummy smiles or the gingivitis that often comes with them, can have the treatment completed by itself, in a simple outpatient procedure.

If you’d like to correct your gummy smile without Botox, it’s important to work with an expert cosmetic dentist who will take precise measurements and has the experience necessary to produce beautiful and dramatic results. If you’re in the Atlanta area, schedule a consultation with Dr. King to see if a gum lift can provide you with the smile you deserve.