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.

4 Ways to a Straighter Smile

Having straight teeth is about much more than aethetics. When your pearly whites are aligned properly, it is easier to clean between them, and maintain your teeth and gums healthier. In recent times, Invisalign also looked into how people straight teeth are perceived, and the company discovered that it can impact everything from your job prospects to dating. Believe it or not, people may actually think you’re smarter if your teeth are straight. Whether you want a straighter smile for the sake of aesthetics, for the health benefits, or because you want to advance in your career, there are many routes you may take to get there.

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1) Braces

Traditional orthodontics, often referred to as braces, are what most people think of when they want straighter teeth. They’re typically made of stainless steel and consist of metal bands that wrap around teeth like a ring, and brackets that are cemented to the teeth, which work together with an arch wire that gradually pulls the teeth into their desired position. Depending on what other corrections are needed, such as adjusting the bite or rotating teeth, additional tools may be used.

2) Aligners

One of the newer orthodontic methods utilizes aligners. Instead of relying on bulky metal, a model of your ideal arch shape is used to create clear molds that fit over the top of your teeth. These molds, or aligners, are removable for meals and brushing, but must be worn the rest of the time. They are switched out every couple of weeks, to help guide your teeth into their ideal positions.

3) Invisalign

The best-known brand of aligners is Invisalign. The system relies on CAD/CAM technology to capture a digital image of your teeth and create the aligners. Many adults and teens favor Invisalign because it’s gentle and can be worn without the stigma of braces and it works very quickly.

4) Retainers

Your teeth have ligaments that work like rubber bands. They stretch during orthodontic treatment, and can try to pull your teeth back into their original places following any kind of orthodontic treatment, retainers help keep teeth from moving after treatment. Over time, the ligaments will tighten up again, and your teeth will do a better job of staying in place on their own. However, your teeth will still try to shift as you age and habits may affect their position as well. Additionally, retainers can be used independently to make small movements to teeth. During this phase, most people only wear their retainers at night, to maintain their straight teeth for life.

Debra Gray King, DDS, FAACD

Dr. King is one of 47 worldwide fellows of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and can create the gorgeous straight smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re interested in one of the methods discussed here, or would like to streamline the process with alternative treatments, Dr. King can help. To find out which methods are right for you, schedule a 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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