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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
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!
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. The 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.
Hiding your smile? Make your dream smile a reality with cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work used to improve the 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!
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.”