Posts for: September, 2014

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
September 26, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening   Veneers  
Are you concerned with the appearance of your teeth and smile?  Do you have broken, chipped, damaged or discolored teeth?  Whatever your reason is for wanting a smile makeover, your Midtown Atlanta dentist is available to help you create that perfect smile that makes you feel and look great!
A smile makeover involves the restoration of all teeth within the smile line with porcelain restorations.  This is completed to ensure optimal results with no discrepancies in shape, style or color of the teeth, and is an ideal way to achieve a perfect smile.  A fantastic smile is truly invaluable with the difference it can make in your life hard to believe until you experience it for yourself.

Dental Veneers ImageRestore Your Teeth with Dental Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thinly sculpted sheets of porcelain that are custom fitted to the contour and color of your teeth.  They are permanently affixed with an adhesive to the front surface of your teeth and have the unique ability to mask various dental blemishes while reflecting the light just as your natural teeth would.  At Midtown Dental Studio, LLC, our dentists offer dental veneers for the correction of a range of aesthetic and/or functional problems, including:
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Teeth that are too long or short
  • Worn teeth
  • Severely discolored teeth
With porcelain veneers, your dentist can create gorgeous, confident smiles in only a few office visits. 

Experience a Brighter Smile with Teeth Whitening Procedures

We all know that everyone loves a bright white smile, but what if your smile is less than desirable?  Today, there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of your smile.  Many people tend to be satisfied with the simple sparkle they get from daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office.  However, if you decided to go beyond daily hygiene to make your smile look brighter, it is important to understand your options.
If you are a candidate for whitening, you have several options to choose from:
  • In-office whitening – this procedure typically only requires one office visit. Your dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the gums.  The whitening agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light is used to enhance the action of the whitening agent.
  • At-home whitening – this procedure is offered through your dentist’s office and provides individualized results.  Your dentist will create custom whitening trays for you to take home.  Each tray contains peroxide based whitening solution that is placed in your custom mouthguard. 
  • Whitening toothpastes – all toothpastes help to remove surface stains, but whitening toothpastes have a special chemical or polishing agent that provides additional stain removal effectiveness, unlike bleaches, whitening toothpaste does not change the color of your teeth because they can only remove the stains on the surface.
Remember to talk to your Midtown Atlanta dentist first before selecting a whitening treatment for creating a brighter smile.

How Long Will My New Smile Last?

Cosmetic dentistry procedures require diligent regular oral hygiene care and may require maintenance over time.  For instance, teeth whitening procedures must be completed on occasion in order to maintain the brightness of your teeth.  Additionally, porcelain veneers may chip or break off and need replacement.  Your dentist will be able to provide you with the best results for your smile makeover, but it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and maintenance in order to have a smile that lasts. 
For those who want to enhance their smile and appearance in an entirely natural way, a smile makeover is an option well worth exploring. Talking to your dentist in Midtown Atlanta for more information on how a smile makeover can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth this season. From veneers to dental implants in Midtown Atlanta, we can help you bring your smile back to life.

Has your smile been transformed with teeth whitening or veneers?  We love to hear about how it has affected your life!

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
September 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Once upon a time, a well-known Hollywood actress might have hired a private eye to keep unflattering pictures from appearing in the media. Today, that’s no longer the case. Take timeless beauty Demi Moore: In a widely circulated set of photos, her gap-toothed grin showed she was actually missing one of her front teeth!

It turns out the actress released the pictures herself, as she live-tweeted the tooth replacement procedure from her dentist’s office. Moore later explained that the tooth fell out suddenly as she was sitting at her desk.

Celebrities are just like regular folks… except they have more followers on twitter. So we’re happy when they show us that no matter how bad a dental problem may seem, there’s almost always a way to regain a gorgeous-looking smile. We’re not sure exactly how Demi’s dentist chose to restore the damaged tooth — but depending on the individual circumstances, modern dentistry offers a number of ways to close the gap.

A crown (or cap) is a replacement for the entire visible area of the tooth. It may be needed due to accident or trauma, or as a follow-up to root canal therapy. Placing a crown usually requires more than one office visit. First, the tooth is prepared by removing any decay and shaping it, and a precise model is made of the bite. Next, the permanent crown is custom-made in a dental laboratory; this is placed during a subsequent visit. Advances in technology, however, have made it possible in some instances to deliver the permanent crown in a single office visit. If the tooth still has a healthy root structure, a crown is usually a viable option — even when most of the visible part is gone.

What if the entire tooth, including the roots, are missing? Then your replacement options could include bridgework or a dental implant. A fixed bridge is a series of crowns joined together as one unit. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared just as they would be for crowns, and the bridge (including a replacement for the missing tooth in the middle) is attached. Bridges have been used successfully for many years, but they have a drawback: They require enamel to be removed from the healthy teeth on either side of the gap, which could lead to a greater chance of decay, gum disease, or a root canal in the future.

The optimal solution, however, might be a dental implant. With this remarkable technology, the replacement tooth is solidly anchored into the jaw via a screw-shaped post made of titanium — a metal which actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. A custom-made, lifelike crown is then securely attached to the metal implant. Dental implants are the most successful tooth-replacement procedure; they help preserve bone quality in the jaw — and with regular care, they can last a lifetime.

So if your smile is making you camera-shy, why not talk to us about your tooth-restoration options? If you would like additional information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Dental Implants.”

By Midtown Dental Studio, LLC
September 19, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
Our staff at Midtown Dental Studio believes that Midtown Atlanta residents deserve a sparkly, white smile, because a smile is one of the first features that others notice about you. At Midtown Dental Studio, we credit a whiter smile to a happier you. Professional teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to improve the look of your teeth. The teeth whitening treatment is quick, simple and painless. Our patients are assured a whiter smile in the quickest and easiest manner possible.

What you can expect during a teeth whitening procedure:

  • Your gums and tooth-root surfaces will be covered with a protective barrier.
  • A retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as a professional strength hydrogen peroxide gel is applied.
  • The gel is then left on for around an hour. When the gel is removed, you will be able to see the results immediately.
Teeth Whitening ImageKeep Those Teeth Sparkly White
There are many daily rituals you may be doing that continue to make your teeth dull and unappealing. Drinks like coffee, tea and red wine are known to stain your teeth over time. In fact, teeth can become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from certain foods and drinks. Using tobacco has also been proven to cause unwanted stains, all the more reason to stop using tobacco products.

Some Precautions To Ensure Your Smile Stays Nice And Bright:

  • Stick with your normal brushing and flossing routine and see us for your regular checkups and cleanings.
  • Certain foods and drinks can bring stains back quicker than usual. Red wine, tea, and coffee are a few that will require your teeth to be brushed after.
  • Smoking not only causes harm to your health, it also stains your newly white teeth, which causes your white teeth to lose the new treatment results rather quickly.
You will find there are many products on the store shelf that promote teeth whitening. Although these products may improve your smile slightly, our teeth whitening in office is sure to get you the results desired, and only in one day and less than 60 minutes! To learn more about our teeth whitening treatment and process, contact our Midtown Atlanta office today.
How do you keep your smile healthy and white? Let us know, we would love to hear from you!

By Midtown Dental Studio, LLC
September 16, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Can you guess how many people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth? It might be hard to imagine, but about 178 million people have lost at least one tooth. And this statistic only inflates with age, with one-fourth of American adults over the age of 65 having lost all of their teeth. TheseDental Implants are some jaw-dropping statistics, and one that we hope to combat; however, when we can’t prevent, the next best thing we can do is treat. If you’re dealing with tooth loss, then you know the challenges you face with eating, talking and smiling.

We often take for granted how much teeth do for us until they are gone. If you’ve been researching treatments to restore your tooth loss, then it’s inevitable that you’ve come across dental implants. With all the vast research on implants, however, it can be a bit daunting. Let us take the guesswork out of dental implants. If you want to know if you’re a good candidate for this procedure, then find out now by asking yourself these questions:

Q. Do you have good oral health? Are you in good physical health?

Since dental implants require surgery it’s important that you are an overall healthy person, as this will help make the recovery process faster and easier on you. Also, because your gums and jawbone will both play important roles in your implant’s life, we want to make sure they are healthy, strong and disease-free.

Plus, there are certain medical conditions like heart disease—or those who’ve recently had a heart attack—that can make this procedure risky. Always talk to your dentist about your medical history.

Q. Are you a smoker or tobacco user?

Frequent smokers, tobacco users, and those who are chemically dependent on alcohol or other drugs are at an increased risk of implant failure. If you really want dental implants, it’s best to kick the habit before you get this surgery done. We want you to have the best chance of success with your dental implants.

Q. How old are you?

This might seem like a rather prying question, but it’s relevant—we swear! The only reason we are asking is because children and most teenagers aren’t good candidates for dental implants. We want their jawbones to be fully developed before we insert the implant into it. If we do it too soon, and your jawbone hasn’t stopped grow, the surgery will stunt your jawbone’s growth. Best bet is to wait until your late teens, or when your jawbone has reached full maturity, before considering this procedure.

There are also some more questions that unfortunately you won’t be able to answer, but your cosmetic dentist will be able to with just one dental exam. A thorough evaluation will ensure that you get the best treatment you can to restore your smile. If you’re interested in talking more with us, then give us a call to setup a consultation. We can’t wait to talk to you about dental implants!

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
September 08, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Your dental appliance plays a big role in restoring function and improving your appearance. Taking proper care of it will ensure it can do that for a long time.

Cleaning is a top priority. Though it might seem natural to use toothpaste, you should avoid using it on your appliance. The abrasives in toothpaste are necessary to break up plaque on natural teeth’s hard enamel surfaces, but will leave micro scratches on the surface of your appliance that eventually become havens for bacterial growth — a sure recipe for discoloration and unpleasant odors. If you plan to use boiling or hot water to disinfect your appliance, don’t. The heat distorts the plastic and can disrupt its precise mouth fit. You should also avoid using bleach because it can break down the composition of the plastic, can leave a strong odor, and can whiten the pink “gum tissue” areas of the denture.

Instead, use plain liquid detergent or hand soap with warm water to clean your appliance — and use a brush designed for it rather than your toothbrush. If you have a long-term appliance like a denture, you might consider investing in an ultra-sonic cleaner that uses high frequency sound vibrations to clean out small crevices a brush can’t reach.

Remember the old saying, “familiarity breeds contempt?” With dental appliances, too much time in the mouth breeds bacteria. Dentures, for example, should be taken out at night to allow saliva and its antibacterial capacity to work in your mouth. You also should be on the lookout for signs of infection — if anything appears amiss, contact us for an exam as soon as possible to minimize the effects of tooth decay or gum disease.

One final item: be careful where you place your appliance when it’s not in your mouth. Lying out in the open (like on a nightstand) is a tempting lure for the family pet or a curious child. Keep it in its case in accordance with the care instructions given you when you received your appliance.

Doing the right things — and avoiding the wrong things — when caring for your dental appliance will go a long way to increasing its life and reducing problems along the way.

If you would like more information on caring for your oral appliance, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.