Dental News & Updates

Posts for: September, 2017

By Dentistry for Midtown
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Not sure if your smile can be improved with braces? Our Midtown, GA, dentists - Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis and Dr. Sunny orthodonticsPatel of Dentistry for Midtown - share a few signs that you may benefit from orthodontics.

You're unhappy with the appearance of your smile

It's hard to feel proud of your smile when you have an orthodontic issue, such as crowding, gaps, crooked or overlapping teeth, or teeth that have grown in at odd angles. Braces gradually realign your teeth, improving your appearance and boosting your self-confidence.

Your bite could use some help

You may have a bite problem if your upper and lower teeth don't fit together correctly when you close your mouth. Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite, your smile can be helped with orthodontic treatment. Bite problems aren't just cosmetic, but can cause headaches, jaw pain, gum disease, enamel erosion and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). If your issues are severe, you may even accidentally cut your mouth with your teeth when you try to chew.

You have trouble speaking clearly or chewing

More complex bite issues can affect your ability to speak clearly or pronounce some words. After you receive orthodontic treatment, speech issues will no longer be a problem. When your teeth don't fit together properly, chewing may be difficult. Gastrointestinal problems can be an unexpected consequence of bite issues. If you swallow foods whole because chewing is too difficult, an upset stomach may become a daily occurrence.

Your teeth have shifted

It's not unusual to experience some shifting as you get older. The problem can even occur if you've worn braces or formerly had perfectly straight teeth. Luckily, visiting our Midtown office for orthodontic treatment can help you regain your perfect smile.

How braces can help

Braces apply gentle pressure to your teeth, gradually changing their alignment. Metal braces offer an excellent way to straighten your smile, but they're not the only option. Ceramic braces use clear brackets and clear or metal wires to make your orthodontic treatment less obvious. If you would prefer to keep your orthodontic treatment completely private, lingual braces or Invisalign may be good choices for you. The wires and brackets used for lingual braces are attached to the back sides of your teeth, while Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners instead of wires and brackets.

Make over your smile with orthodontics! Call our Midtown, GA, dentists - Dr. Koch, Dr. Soulimiotis and Dr. Patel of Dentistry for Midtown - at (404) 249-1716 to schedule your appointment.

By Dentistry for Midtown
September 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   cold sore  

Although normally benign, a cold sore outbreak can be irritating and embarrassing. Understanding why they occur is the first step to minimizing outbreaks.

The typical cold sore (also known as a fever blister) is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type I, medically known as “Herpes Labialis” because it occurs on or around the lips. This virus is not to be confused with HSV Type II, which causes a genital infection. Unlike most viruses, HSV Type I can cause a recurring sore outbreak in certain people. Most viruses tend to occur only once because the body produces anti-bodies to prevent further attack; it’s believed HSV Type I, however, can shield itself from these defenses by hiding in the body’s nerve roots.

These cold sore outbreaks often occur during periods of high stress, overexposure to sunlight or injuries to the lip. Initially you may have an itch or slight burning around the mouth that escalates into more severe itching, redness, swelling and blistering. The sores will break out for about a week to ten days and then scab over and eventually heal (unless they become infected, in which case the healing process may go longer). You’re contagious between the first symptoms and healing, and so can spread the virus to other people.

In recent years, anti-viral prescription medications have been developed that can effectively prevent HSV outbreaks, or at least reduce the healing time after an occurrence. The most common of these are acyclovir and valcyclovir, proven effective with only a few possible mild side effects. They can be taken routinely by people with recurring cold sores to suppress regular outbreaks.

While HSV Type I cold sores are more an aggravation than a health danger, it’s still important for you to see us initially for an examination if you encounter an outbreak. It’s possible for a more serious condition to masquerade as a cold sore or blister. A visit to us may also get you on the right track to reducing the frequency of outbreaks, as well as minimizing discomfort when they do occur.

If you would like more information on the treatment of cold sores, 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 “Cold Sores.”

By Dentistry for Midtown
September 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.