Adult Braces

Atlanta GA Clear Braces for AdultsEvery smile is important. Many people in their adult years are unhappy with their smiles, yet they mistakenly believe that they are past the point of no return. They assume that if they did not have their smile corrected in their adolescent or teen years that they are too old for orthodontic treatment. The fact is, a healthy mouth can be corrected and improved at any age.

An aligned smile is a healthier smile. Crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean due to all of the additional places for food to become trapped and for plaque to be difficult to reach. Every time you eat or drink anything other than water, small particles of food and sugar are left behind. These particles easily become trapped in the rough surfaces of the back molars, but they also become trapped in the spaces between the teeth. Flossing is the only tool that is specifically designed to reach these tight spaces to remove trapped debris and plaque. However, even flossing and brushing are more difficult when the teeth are not properly aligned. Maneuvering around teeth that jut out or are pushed back requires extra time and patience with each cleaning in the morning and at night. Continue reading “Adult Braces”

Start 2015 Off Right With Six Month Smiles

With the 2015 almost upon us, many individuals are making lists of resolutions that will hopefully change their lives, for the better. Some of you may want to lose weight. Others may want to start eating healthier. Many people resolve to save more money in the new year. And then there is the all-important goal of quitting smoking. These are all great goals, however, many of them take time. However, there is one thing you can do that will change your life in just six months. Sound too good to be true? Read on to find out how you can change your life in just six months with Six Month Smiles®.

Six Month Smiles® is a revolutionary orthodontic system that enables you to get a straighter, more balanced and beautiful smile in an average treatment time of just six months. And, with this advanced orthodontic treatment, you will not have to put up with a mouth full of metal in the process. This is a game changer for many adults who missed out on the opportunity to get braces as a child.

For many people, traditional metal braces are just not a good solution. The hassle and embarrassment of wearing metal braces deters many adults from straightening their teeth. And, the treatment time required for traditional braces (usually one to two years) makes it just too cumbersome for many adults. Fortunately, Six Month Smiles® offers a common sense solution to both of these problems.

Six Month Smiles® works by focusing primarily on the teeth that show when you smile. This short-term orthodontic system utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align the teeth in the front of your mouth, in an average of just six months. Patients who desire straighter teeth and a more balanced smile but are not in need of major bite changes are usually good candidates for Six Month Smiles®. To find out for sure whether or not you are a candidate for Six Month Smiles®, contact a certified Six Month Smiles® dentist in your local area.

You do not have to spend another year being unhappy with your smile due to crooked, unevenly spaced or gapped teeth. Instead, call a Six Month Smiles® dentist today so you can start the new year off right!

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This Holiday Season, Give Yourself the Gift of a Beautiful Smile

Did you miss out on the opportunity to get braces as a child? Do you dislike the way you look in pictures due to crooked teeth, unevenly spaced teeth, a gap in your two front teeth or tooth discoloration? If so, maybe you should consider giving yourself the gift of a beautiful smile this holiday season.

With today’s advanced cosmetic dentistry techniques and procedures, it is possible for virtually everyone to have a beautiful and balanced smile. Teeth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, orthodontics and dental implants are just some of the restorative and/or cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be used to improve the appearance of your smile and your overall appearance. After all, your smile is the first thing that people notice about you and can leave a lasting impression. This can effect your confidence in every social interaction you have whether it is dating, presenting at work or just sitting around the table and sharing a meal with others.

You don’t have to continue to hide behind your smile. But maybe you are worried about the cost. While improving the appearance of your smile is a worthwhile investment, it can be expensive. For this reason, it is important for you to schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist that you trust. An experienced cosmetic dentist can listen to your goals, explain the options and help you choose the treatments to help you achieve your goals while staying within your budget. It might be helpful to know that many cosmetic dental offices offer attractive financing options to help you pay for the cost of cosmetic dental services that are not covered under dental health insurance plans.

You have worked hard this year! Why not make this the year that you reward yourself with a beautiful, confident smile.

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Am I a Candidate for Clear Braces?

Each year, many adults throughout the United States decide to straighten their teeth using clear braces. This is not surprising because your smile is extremely important as it affects every social interaction you have with others.  Whether it is a date, a job interview, a business meeting, a presentation, or just getting together with friends and family, your smile has a big impact on your confidence level and your self-esteem.  Unfortunately, your smile and your overall appearance can also significantly affect the way you are treated by others.  Fortunately, advances in dental technology and orthodontics now make it possible for most adults to achieve a straighter more beautiful smile, without putting up with the time and hassle associated with traditional metal braces.

If you are an adult, there are a variety of orthodontic solutions that are available to help you achieve straighter teeth without significantly altering your appearance in the process.  Invisalign® invisible braces and Six Month Smiles® are two different types of orthodontic treatments that can be used to help adults improve the appearance of their smiles. The Invisalign® system utilizes a series of custom-made, clear aligners that can be worn over your teeth to gently move them into the desired position. Six Month Smiles® uses a patented set of Lucid-Lok® clear brackets and tooth colored wires as well as low forces to move your teeth into the desired position. Both of these options offer significant advantages over traditional metal braces, however, they are not suitable for every patient.

Both the Invisalign® system and Six Month Smiles® can be used for most patients with crooked or misaligned teeth.  However, if you are in need of major bite changes or have other dental health issues, you may not be a candidate for either of these options.  Only a qualified dentist can determine for sure whether or not these orthodontic solutions are right for you.  If you are interested in clear braces, the first step is to find a certified and experienced Invisalign® and/or Six Month Smiles® dentist in your local area.  Then, you and your dentist can decide together which option is best suited to help you meet your goals while at the same time fitting your lifestyle and your budget.

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Putting Your Best Smile Forward

What is the first thing that you notice about a person when you meet them for the first time? For most of us, the answer is their smile. The truth is, your smile makes a big first impression and often a lasting impression on those who you meet. A healthy, bright smile can make a great first impression and let others know that you take good care of yourself.  It can also enhance your confidence.  This can have important implications for many facets of your life including your career, your dating life, your social life and more. So how can we make sure that we put our best smile forward everyday?

The first part of making sure that your smile is the best that it can be is to take care of your oral health. Brushing your teeth thoroughly at least two times per day and flossing your teeth thoroughly at least one time per day can go a long way in ensuring that your smile looks healthy and bright. So can regular trips to the dentist for dental cleanings and examinations.

However, even with the best oral hygiene and dental care, there may be some aspects of your smile that you are not happy with. A space between your two front teeth, dingy, yellowed teeth, crooked teeth, missing teeth and teeth that are too long or too short can all make you feel self-conscious about your smile. This can cause you to feel less confident in general. Luckily, with today’s advances in dental technology and cosmetic dentistry, you don’t have to feel embarrassed about your smile. Teeth whitening, clear braces, porcelain veneers, dental bonding and dental implants are all cosmetic dental procedures that can be used to bring balance to your smile and improve its appearance.

If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile, the first step is to schedule a consultation with an experienced and qualified cosmetic dentist. After a thorough evaluation and discussion about your desires, your dentist can recommend the most appropriate cosmetic dental procedure or group of cosmetic dental procedures to help you achieve your goals. This will help you to put your best smile forward wherever you go!

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Gapped Teeth: To Fix or Not to Fix

What do Michael Strayhan, Madonna, Dennis Leary, David Letterman, Lauren Hutton and Anna Paquin have in common?  They all have prominent gaps between their front teeth.  For these celebrities,  gapped teeth have become part of their persona and as such, they have elected not to fix them.  While these celebrities are able to pull off this look without a hitch, it is a little more tricky for the average Joe.  That is why many individuals elect to fix their gapped teeth with cosmetic dentistry.

If you have a gap in the middle of your two front teeth, their are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments that can be used to close the gap thereby adding balance to your smile.  Your dentist can determine the best method for you based on your lifestyle, budget and overall dental health.

The first option that can be used to close a gap in between the two front teeth is orthodontics.  Traditional metal braces, clear braces and short-term braces are all options that may be considered.  The second option is a process called dental bonding.  Dental bonding requires very little advanced preparation.  The process involves applying a tooth-colored resin material that is made of durable plastic to the surface of a tooth and then hardening it with a special light.  In most cases, dental bonding can be completed in one dental visit lasting just a few hours. Porcelain veneers are another cosmetic dental solution that can be used to hide a gap in the middle of the front teeth.  Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells that can be laminated to the front surface of the teeth to change their appearance.  Like dental bonding, porcelain veneers require very little advanced preparation.  They do, however, require a fabrication process that is done in a dental laboratory.

If a gap in between your front teeth is making you feel self-conscious about your smile or is making you dislike the way you look, talk to a cosmetic dentist in your local area today.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can recommend the best cosmetic dental solution to help you achieve a more beautiful and balanced smile.

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Bite Problems and Your Dental Health

We know that bite problems can negatively affect the appearance of your smile but did you know that a malocclusion or misaligned bite can also cause a variety of dental health problems?  It is more than just a cosmetic problem.  When your bite is not properly aligned, it can lead to problems with the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) which can lead to severe headaches, ear pain and more.  A misaligned bite can also cause excess wear on your teeth, ultimately leading to tooth breakage and failure. In addition, when teeth are not properly aligned, they can be harder to clean.  This leaves room for bacteria to get in and cause problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.  So, what can be done about this serious problem?

There are a variety of treatments that can be used to treat a malocclusion or misaligned bite including night guards, tooth reshaping, orthodontics (braces and retainers), and tooth replacement or reconstruction.  The first step is to visit your dentist so that he or she can correctly diagnose the problem with your bite and then recommend the most appropriate treatment.

In most cases, your dentist will perform a physical evaluation of your teeth and will also use dental x-rays to evaluate your bite.  An underbite occurs when the lower teeth project beyond the upper teeth.  An overbite occurs when the upper teeth severely overlap the lower teeth.  A crossbite occurs when there is a lateral misalignment of the upper and lower arches of the teeth.  Each of these types of malocclusions can cause serious dental health issues.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, ear pain or chronic headaches, or, if you have noticed undo wear and tear on the surfaces of your teeth where the teeth of the upper and lower arch meet, you may have a malocclusion or bite problem.  Schedule an appointment with your dentist today so he or she can correctly diagnose and treat the problem to protect your long-term dental health.

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Start Out The New Year With A New Smile

Happy 2014.  It is a new year, full of possibilities.  This is the year to make things happen.  Maybe you want to get a new job or accept a promotion for a leadership position.  Perhaps it is time to get back on the dating scene.  Whatever your aspirations for 2014, don’t let your smile hold you back.  By investing in your smile today, you can improve your confidence, your self-esteem and your circumstances in the future.

Let’s face it, in today’s world, your appearance is more important than ever.  From your Linked-In profile to your Facebook page, your appearance is the first impression most people have of you.  Why not make it your best?  Improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry can give you the confidence you need to land that dream job, or date, or achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve.

With today’s advanced cosmetic dental procedures, it is now possible for virtually everyone to achieve the smile of their dreams.  If crooked teeth have you hiding behind your smile, talk to your dentist today about adult braces.  You can choose from clear aligners, clear braces and short term orthodontic solutions that will give you straighter teeth and a more balance smile without forcing you to wear metal braces for a year or more.  If tooth discoloration is adding years to your appearance, talk to your dentist about your available options for tooth whitening.  If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, talk to your dentist about custom dentures or dental implants.

Is the financial aspect of cosmetic dentistry holding you back?  If so, talk to your dental practice about in-house financing and flexible payment plans.  Don’t let another year go by without investing the time and money needed to give you a beautiful, balanced, and natural smile!

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Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Me?

Porcelain Veneers are extremely thin shells that can be laminated to the front surfaces of your teeth to change their shape, color, length and overall appearance.  This advanced cosmetic dental procedure has helped many people in Hollywood and in your own home town to achieve the smiles of their dreams.  You might be surprised to find out how many of your favorite actors and other celebrities have used porcelain veneers to change the appearance of their smiles.  You might also be surprised how many of your friends, family members and co-workers have used porcelain veneers to improve the appearances of their smiles.  So, how do you know if porcelain veneers are right for you?

The only way to find out for sure is to talk to a qualified, experienced cosmetic dentist.  If you have severe tooth discoloration that cannot be fixed using any of the available teeth whitening methods, porcelain veneers may be a good fit for you.  If you have teeth that show in the front of your mouth that are misaligned, too short or otherwise unattractive, porcelain veneers may be a good cosmetic dental solution for you.  Porcelain veneers can help balance out your smile and hide the fact that your teeth are not evenly aligned,  or are unevenly spaced or gapped.  However, if you need changes to your bite, porcelain veneers would not be a good fit for you.  In this case, you would need to explore orthodontic solutions with your dentist.

If you do decide to go with porcelain veneers, it is important that you find a dentist who is highly experienced in this procedure.  Porcelain veneers require a blend of science and artistry in order to have a natural appearance.  You will also want to talk to your dentist about how to best maintain your porcelain veneers so they will last longer and look better.

With porcelain veneers, you can obtain that perfect smile that you have always wanted.  If you are not happy with the appearance of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist in your local area today to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.

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Are Straighter Teeth On Your Christmas List This Year?

Are straighter teeth on your Christmas list this year?  When you look in the mirror, do you picture yourself with a beautiful, more balanced and straighter smile?  Have you always wanted to straighten your teeth but never had the time or the money?  Don’t you wish it was as easy as just asking Santa?  Even though it is not as easy as just putting it on your Christmas list, with the latest advances in dental technology and orthodontics, it has never been easier or more affordable for adults to straighten their teeth.  And now, you don’t necessarily have to put up with a mouth full of metal in the process!

Today, there are a variety of attractive and affordable options to help adults get straighter teeth and more beautiful, confident smiles.  Invisalign® invisible braces are a good option for adults who desire straighter teeth, but do not want to wear metal braces.  The Invisalign® system uses a series of clear, custom aligners that are worn over the teeth to move them into place.  The aligners can be removed while eating, flossing and brushing your teeth, for improved dental hygiene.  Although each case will vary, treatment time is an average of one year.  The cost of Invisalign® will also vary according to each individual case, however, the cost is an average of $5000, roughly the same amount as the cost of traditional braces.  Invisalign® effectively corrects a wide variety of dental problems ranging from from mild cases of crooked or protruding teeth to more complex issues such as an overbite, underbite or serious malocclusion.

Six Month Smiles® is another good option for adults who are seeking straighter teeth.  Like the Invisalign® system, Six Month Smiles® braces are also clear.  However, Six Months Smiles® straighten teeth in an average treatment time of just six months, and they cost less than traditional braces and most clear aligner systems.  Six Month Smiles® braces focus primarily on just the teeth that show in the front of your mouth when you smile.  For this reason, they are not effective for patients who need major bite alterations.

How should you decide which system is right for you?  The only way to find out for sure if you are a candidate for one of these types of adults braces is to talk to a certified Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles® provider.  Dr. Justin Scott of Pure Dental Health in Atlanta is a certified provider for both of these adult orthodontic systems.  If you would like to get more information about adult braces or to find out which system is right for you, please contact Pure Dental Health today.

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