5 Things you didn’t know about veneers

Veneers can eliminate gaps, correct chips, make teeth look straighter, and create a vibrant smile that turns heads. Best of all, they can transform your smile quickly, so you don’t need to wait months or years for results. Most people have some familiarity with this versatile aspect of cosmetic dentistry, but we’ve come up with five things you’ve probably never heard.

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1) They Can Be Very Thin

Dr. King is one of 47 elite dentists in the world who has attained the status of “fellow” with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). She utilizes Pearls, her own perfected version of ultra-thin veneers, to enhance smiles. Because of this, very little tooth structure is removed, and the tooth remains structurally sound.

2) They Can Be Strong

Most people have heard a horror story about someone who repeatedly lost or broke their restorations. Sadly, this is usually the result of seeing an unskilled dentist for complex cosmetic restorations. While you may want to take care to protect your new smile, restorations performed by Dr. King are incredibly durable.

3) They Can Last More than a Decade

Over time, the shape of your face may change and your gum line can start to recede, but it can take a decade or more for this to happen. When you have a highly trained dentist who takes great pride in their work, you can rest assured that the smile you’ve invested in will be long-lasting.

4) They’re Stain-Resistant

Most of the time, veneers are made of porcelain, which doesn’t absorb stains from coffee, nicotine, wine, or other vices. This is in stark contrast from both natural teeth, which may need whitening treatments to retain their luster, and from resins, which can discolor over time.

5) They Can Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

Though thin, these wonderful restorations also work to shield your teeth from the elements. If you felt zings from hot or cold foods before, they’ll have better insulation after treatment.

Debra Gray King, DDS, FAACDDr. King’s beautiful smile makeovers are so well-known that she has earned a reputation in the industry and has a long list of celebrity clientele. If you’re interested in dramatically enhancing your smile quickly, Dr. King can help. She begins all smile makeovers with a consultation, in which she performs a full assessment, explains your options, and shows you what you can expect to achieve. To get started on the path to your gorgeous smile, schedule your consultation today.

3 Secrets Behind Stunning Hollywood Smiles

Gorgeous Hollywood smiles are the perfect accessory on the red carpet, and add an air of  allure to the men and women lucky enough to wear them. There was a time when only the genetically-blessed or elite could have Hollywood smiles, but this isn’t true anymore. Even though Dr. King has helped many celebrities achieve the look they wanted, she has patients from all walks of life who want to improve their smiles. Here are the three biggest secrets behind celebrity looks, that everyone can take advantage of.

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1) Whitening

Teeth whitening is usually the first step to creating Hollywood smiles. For those who just need to brighten things up a bit, it may be the only treatment, though it’s also used in conjunction with other services to improve the overall results. Makeover shows also include Zoom Whitening in their full-mouth reconstructions, which can lighten teeth my as much as six shades in 90 minutes or less. This is one of the whitening services offered at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.

2) Veneers

Studies from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) have concluded that people see teeth as a major factor in attractiveness at any age, and agree that improving their appearance can provide life-long results. Veneers enhance the color and shape of teeth, and are ideal for those with gaps, cracks, or stains. Because veneers transform the entire look of a tooth, they’re often used to design youthful Hollywood smiles.

3) Theatrical Dentistry

Stars are cast to play all sorts of roles, and are expected to take on an appearance befitting of the character. One notable example of this is the transformation Charlize Theron underwent as the lead in the movie “Monster.” Ms. Theron is absolutely radiant, and has a gorgeous smile, but this simply wouldn’t do when she needed to appear dark and sinister for the big screen. She turned to theatrical dentistry to have an appliance made with discolored and misshapen teeth. The appliance looked realistic, and was a perfect fit, so she could deliver her lines flawlessly. Most importantly, it was removable, so when the scene ended, Ms. Theron could instantly go back to her beautiful smile. Dr. King provides theatrical dentistry services such as this, for when a makeover only needs to be temporary.

If you’d like to redesign your smile, whether to increase your confidence, feel more attractive, or take on a role, Dr. King can help. As one of 47 worldwide fellows of the AACD, and with a long list of A-List clients, she has a track record for excellence that speaks for itself. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today.

3 Surprising Reasons White Teeth Should be Part of Your Resolutions

Most people want to have white teeth because they are an integral part of a stunning smile. However, this slight tweak can have a huge impact on numerous aspects of your life. If tooth whitening isn’t one of your New Year resolutions already, here are three reasons you might want to add it to the list.

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#1 Your Smile Matters to Potential Mates

Numerous studies have shown that a smile is important for both men and women who are looking for a mate. Nearly half of all women in one study agreed that an unhealthy smile would deter them from corresponding with a man on a dating website. Men seem to concur, and rank a beautiful smile high on the list of attributes they look for in a woman, placing it well above other features like her hair. Interestingly, a person’s smile matters more to potential mates than whether or not an individual lives with his or her parents. Nearly one-third of people also say that a person’s teeth are the first thing they notice, and an almost equal amount agree that a smile is the most memorable feature.

#2 People with Great Smiles Fair Better in the Job Market

A healthy smile matters while climbing the corporate ladder, too. People base all sorts of assumptions on a job candidate’s smile. Just by glancing at your pearly whites, your interviewer may surmise whether you’re trustworthy, competent, friendly, and professional. Some studies have ranked a nice smile as being more important than attire and grooming. While it’s not necessarily an accurate measure, it’s one the human brain can make subconsciously.

#3 A Dazzling Smile Will Make You More Confident 

Of course, the most important thing that matters is how you feel about yourself. White teeth are a fantastic confidence booster, whether you’re in the in the market for a mate or taking command of a boardroom. Knowing you look good puts a bounce in your step, and gives you another reason to smile, which can literally change the way you interact in the world.

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It’s a whole lot easier to get white teeth than it is to drop a habit or stay committed to a new fitness routine, and the results are long-lasting. Although many dentists offer some sort of teeth whitening process, it’s wise to visit a dentist who is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, so you’re sure to have the best possible results. Dr. King offers in-office whitening, which provides an instantly-brighter smile, as well as a take-home option that will gradually whiten your teeth from home. If you’d like to add white teeth to your list of New Year resolutions, schedule a consultation today.

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Tips for Teeth Whitening

Shannon, an experienced hygienist at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, gives her two cents on teeth whitening and how to have a brighter, whiter smile.

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Shannon Collins, RDH: The advances in dentistry today have made whitening your teeth and getting great results really easy! We enjoy being able to see people walk in with not so bright of a smile, but walk out with a gorgeous and white smile. Getting your teeth cleaned just before then is very important. Getting all of the outside stain off of your teeth, making sure that the tissues are healthy and not covering up part of the teeth before you whiten is very important as well. Getting them polished. We do an in office whitening here at The Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. We get great results with that! You’re here for a couple of hours. It’s a process that takes a little bit of time, but it’s well worth it!