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By Dentistry for Midtown
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry can subtly repair a damaged tooth or overhaul your smile. However, the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you may get lost in the shuffle of all the treatments available at your dentist’s office. Luckily, you and your dentist can work together to ensure that you find the best cosmetic treatments for you. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry and its benefits with Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, and Dr. Sunny Patel at Dentistry for Midtown in Midtown, GA.

What is cosmetic dentistry? 
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on making your smile beautiful more than improving the functionality of your teeth. Many of these procedures often also fall under the restorative dentistry umbrella.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Midtown, GA

  • Crowns and Bridges: Crowns help protect a damaged or decayed tooth while bridges replace a missing tooth above the gum line. These restorations are made from porcelain and blend into your natural smile.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth and its root both above and below the gum line. Implants are a permanent tooth replacement option and remain anchored into the mouth.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers cover a tooth to mask its appearance. A dental laboratory customizes the veneer and your dentist bonds it permanently onto your tooth.
  • Orthodontic Treatments: Orthodontics use braces to straighten the teeth and correct bite issues. Orthodontic devices range from traditional metal braces to clear plastic aligner trays. Your dentist can help you make the best decision for you.
  • Bonding: Dental bonding repairs slightly damaged teeth such as those with chips or small cracks. Bonding can also renew the appearance of a stained or yellowed tooth.
  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is a fast, efficient procedure that provides obvious, even dramatic results in just an hour-long session. Your dentist can change the intensity of the treatment to cater to your wishes.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, and Dr. Sunny Patel at Dentistry for Midtown in Midtown, GA. Call (404) 249-1716 to schedule your consultation with your dentist today!

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You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.

Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.

Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening.┬áThe bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.

Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.

Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.

These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.

If you would like more information on cosmetic answers to aging teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Dentistry for Midtown
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Hiding your smile? Make your dream smile a reality with cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work used to improve cosmetic dentistrythe appearance of a person's smile. Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, and Dr. Sunny Patel at Dentistry for Midtown in Atlanta, GA, offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to their patients. Read on to determine which cosmetic dentistry service is right for you.

1. Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is the application of composite resin using a light, which bonds the resin materials to the teeth to improve the appearance of a patient's smile. Dental bonding is used to fix cracked teeth, gapped teeth, chipped teeth, and decayed teeth. Bonding is also used to improve the appearance of discolored teeth.

2. Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can give you a smile you love. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped "caps" your Midtown Atlanta dentist can put on your teeth. The purpose of a dental crown is to improve the appearance of the tooth or make it stronger. Crowns are used to cover misshapen or discolored teeth, protect weak teeth, restore worn down or broken teeth, and cover teeth with large fillings.

3. Porcelain Veneers

Natural-looking porcelain veneers are gaining popularity and patients are demanding them more often. A porcelain veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth, changing its shape, length, and size. Veneers are used to fix teeth that are discolored, chipped, worn down, or uneven. Veneers improve the aesthetics of a smile and protect the tooth enamel from damage.

4. Dental Implants 

Millions of American adults suffer tooth loss -- mostly due to gum disease, decay, or injury. Dental implants are the gold standard for the replacement of missing teeth. According to AAID, dental implants can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time by your dentist. The benefits of dental implants include improved appearance, easier eating, improved speech, and improved comfort.

5. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can fill in your smile's gaps and improve your appearance. Bridgework is a low-cost alternative to dental implant restoration. A fixed bridge is a dental restoration used to replace one or multiple missing teeth by joining a false tooth/teeth to the surrounding teeth or dental implants. A fixed bridge cannot be removed by the patient because it is attached to the mouth.

6. Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening can give you a bright, white movie-star smile. In-office teeth whitening uses a light and bleaching gel to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades in about an hour while you relax in the dentist's chair. Take-home teeth whitening kits involve filling a dental tray with a peroxide-bleaching agent. The tray is worn a few hours per day for one or two weeks.

Are you ready to transform your smile? Start your journey today! Call Dentistry for Midtown at (404) 249-1716 today to schedule a dental consultation in Midtown Atlanta, GA. Cosmetic dentistry will give you a smile you feel great about!

By Dentistry for Midtown
October 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.

Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?

Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.

But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.

With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.

Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.

A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.

If you would like more information on trial smiles, 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 “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”

By Dentistry for Midtown
May 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to learn more about this simple, non-invasive cosmetic treatment and how it could improve your smile?cosmetic dentistry

Are you only dealing with very minor flaws in your smile that others may not notice at first glance but still bug you? Wish there was a simple and painless way to fix small cracks, chips and uneven areas of your smile? Well, your wish has been granted. Our Midtown, GA, dentists - Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis and Dr. Sunny Patel - can easily improve the shape, color or size of one or more teeth through reshaping and bonding. Here’s how:

Dental Reshaping

A dentist can reshape the tooth you were born with, provided we aren’t removing too much enamel in order to do it. This is purely a cosmetic procedure, and by shaving down small bits of enamel from your teeth we can change its size or shape. You may sometimes hear it referred to dental contouring, and this procedure is completely non-invasive and doesn’t even require local or topical anesthesia.

Dental recontouring only takes about 30 minutes to complete, depending on how much needs to be changed and which tooth our Midtown general dentist is treating.

Dental Bonding

This treatment may go hand-in-hand with dental reshaping or may be performed on its own to improve the color or shape of a tooth. Bonding uses the same material that fills a cavity. Dental bonding only applies this tooth-colored material over certain imperfections to hide small discolorations, chips, gaps between teeth and other aesthetic issues. Just like recontouring, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the severity of the issues and tooth or teeth we are treating.

Who’s a good candidate for these treatments?

Anyone who has an overall healthy smile that just needs a little cosmetic work might be able to benefit from what dental contouring and bonding have to offer. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you hate having a slight gap between two teeth?
  • Do you dislike small chips or misshapen areas of a tooth?
  • Do you want to smooth away those extremely pointy canines?
  • Do you want to hide minor dental imperfections that still make you self-conscious?

If so, then perhaps dental bonding and recontouring can help. If you want to find out if your smile could benefit from these cosmetic procedures, it’s time you called Dentistry for Midtown to schedule your no-risk consultation. Let’s get you one step closer to the smile you deserve.