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!

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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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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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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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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Invisalign Invisible Braces: More Than Just a Cosmetic Fix

Invisalign® invisible braces are a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that allows you to straighten your teeth with a series of clear, comfortable, custom aligners.  The aligners are worn over your teeth to gently move them into the desired position.  The aligners can be removed while you eat, brush and floss for better oral hygiene.  Best of all, you get straighter teeth without having to put up with unsightly metal wires and braces.  You may be aware of the fact that the Invisalign® system can be used to make cosmetic changes to your smile.  However, did you know that this advanced system can also be used to correct other problems in your mouth?

Invisalign® invisible braces can be used to correct a wide array of dental problems ranging from mild cases of crooked and/or protruding teeth to more complicated dental problems involving serious malocclusion, overbite or underbite. Invisalign® is a great solution for gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, cross bite and overly crowded teeth. Most individuals are a candidate for this innovative orthodontic system.  However, the only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for Invisalign® is to contact a certified Invisalign® provider in your local area.  He or she can determine whether or not Invisalign® is a good fit for you.

If this sounds like a good solution for you but you are worried about the cost, financing may be a good option for you. Many dental practices offer attractive financing options including flexible and in-house payment plans.  Once you find an Invisalign® provider in your area, inquire with his or her office about any available financing options.  You are going to love your new smile!

Posted On Behalf of Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Crooked and Missing Teeth: Halloween Costume or Real Life?

It is almost Halloween, that time of year when little ghouls and goblins will roam the streets of neighborhoods all throughout the United States in search of the ultimate sugar high!  Many of these kids will sport fake teeth that are crooked and missing as a part of their costumers.  You know, the kind you had as a kid and put in to scare all of your friends and any nearby adults.  Well, crooked and missing teeth are fine and good when they are part of a Halloween costume, however, for many, they are a part of everyday real life.  In this case, crooked and missing teeth are not very much fun.

Crooked teeth can negatively affect your appearance, your self-esteem and your confidence.  Missing teeth can also negatively affect the way that you feel about yourself and can cause serious dental health problems such as orthodontic relapse (shifting teeth) and periodontal disease.  So if you have crooked or missing teeth, what are your options?

It used to be that traditional braces or porcelain veneers were the only available solutions for crooked teeth.  For many adults, the time, expense and altered appearance associated with metal braces made them an unattractive solution.  Porcelain veneers provided another option but was cost-prohibitive for many.  Today, there are a variety of options available for adults who desire straighter teeth but do not want to put up with the time and expense involved with metal braces or porcelain veneers.  Six Month Smiles® is a good example.  Six Month Smiles® is a short-term orthodontic treatment that enables you to get straighter teeth and a more balanced smile in an average treatment time of just six months utilizing clear braces.  If you desire straighter teeth and do not need major bite changes, this may be a good solution for you.

Now let’s talk about the options for replacing missing teeth.  If you need to replace a single tooth or a few teeth, your options include a partial denture, a conventional bridge or a dental-implant supported crown or bridge .  If you need to replace all of your teeth, your options include traditional full dentures (full plates), dental implant supported dentures or dental implant supported crowns.  These options differ greatly in costs as well as advantages to the patient.  Your dentist can help you determine which option is best suited for you based on your dental history, your lifestyle and your budget.  The important thing is to replace the missing teeth, not which tooth replacement option you choose.  Failure to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth will put your overall dental health at risk and can negatively affect the health of your remaining teeth.

If crooked or missing teeth are a reality for you, talk to your dentist today about how you can improve both the form and function of your smile with restorative and cosmetic dentistry.  Happy Halloween.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Treatments For TMJD

TMJD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder: a chronic condition affecting the Temporomandibular (jaw) joint.  This disorder is the most common form of oral or facial pain and currently affects over 100 million Americans.  People with TMJD experience chronic symptoms including jaw pain, ear pain, dizziness, a clicking or popping noise in the jaw and headaches.  Severe TMJD symptoms can cause sufferers to miss work and to experience a reduced quality of life.

Current treatments for TMJD include anti-inflammatory medications, night splints, orthodontic procedures, bite adjustment treatments and dental restorations.  Often, physicians and dentists will work together to find a solution for treating the symptoms.  However, even with these treatments, some individuals are not able to find relief.  For this reason, there is much research being conducted on this disorder.  A recent study published in the August issue of the journal Pain, detailed a study in mice conducted by researchers at Duke Medicine.  In this study, the researchers we able to identify a protein, TRPV4, that is critical to TMJD pain.  This newly identified protein could be a promising target for developing treatments for TMJD.

If you experience chronic ear pain, jaw pain, dizziness or other symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJD.  It may be caused by a “bad bite” or misaligned jaw or by clenching or grinding your teeth at night, when you sleep.  If your TMJD is caused by a bad bite, your dentist may recommend an orthodontic treatment or dental restorations to better align your jaw joint.  If your symptoms are caused by clenching or grinding your teeth at night when you sleep, your dentist may recommend that you wear a night splint.

Don’t let the symptoms of TMJD negatively affect your quality of life.  Visit your dentist today so he or she can help you get some relief from your symptoms and an improved quality of life.

Posted of behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Can I Get Straighter Teeth in Just Six Months?

Do you desire straighter teeth and a more balanced, beautiful smile but do not want to put up with an expensive process that greatly alters your appearance and takes a year or longer?  If so, you will be glad to hear that it is possible for many people to achieve straighter teeth in an average treatment time of just six months.  And, this process costs less than traditional braces and does not require you to wear a mouth full of metal.  Sound good? So, what is this process?  It is Six Month Smiles®:  a revolutionary orthodontic system that uses patented clear braces to gently moved your teeth into the desired position in just an average of six months.  By focusing primarily on only the teeth that show when you smile and not making major changes to your bite, this system can be completed in much less time than treatment with traditional metal braces.  Six Month Smiles® combines proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials and modern thought to deliver a revolutionary orthodontic system that suits your budget and your lifestyle.

So how do you find out if you are a candidate for Six Month Smiles®?  The only way to find out for sure is to visit a certified Six Month Smiles® dentist.  After a thorough evaluation, he or she can determine if Six Month Smiles® is right for you.  If you are an adult (age 15 or older), and are not looking for a major alteration to your bite, chances are good that you are a candidate for Six Month Smiles®.  Don’t continue to hide your smile due to shame and embarrassment.  With Six Month Smiles®, you can eat, laugh, talk and smile with confidence!  If you are interested in this innovative orthodontic solution, contact a certified Six Month Smiles® provider in your local area.

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Finally, A Cosmetic Dental Solution That Fits Your Lifestyle

Have you always wanted to achieve straighter teeth and more beautiful smile? Have you been hiding behind your smile because of teeth that are crooked or misaligned? If you are an adult and did not have the opportunity to correct your smile with traditional braces as a child, you  you may be a good candidate for Six Month Smiles®. Six Month Smiles® is a revolutionary system that  enables you to achieve straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile utilizing clear braces. This short-term orthodontic system combines proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought to provide adults with a cosmetic dental solution that fits their lifestyles as well as their budgets.

Six months miles works by focusing primarily on the teeth in the front of your mouth that show when you smile. Many dental professionals refer to this area as the  “aesthetic zone.”   The system utilizes patented Lucid- Lok® clear brackets and colored wires that are barely visible to gently move teeth into the desired position. Six Month Smiles® offers many advantages over traditional metal braces. By focusing primarily on the aesthetic zone and not making major changes to your bite, Six Month Smiles® can help you achieve straighter teeth in an average treatment time of just six months. The low forces and short overall treatment times associated with this system serve to increase increase its safety, comfort and hygiene. One of the biggest advantages of Six Months Smiles® is the fact that this treatment typically costs less than other orthodontic solutions including traditional metal braces, veneers, or aligner therapy.

Pure Dental Health in Midtown Atlanta is pleased to offer Six Month Smiles® to the residents of the  greater Atlanta metropolitan area.  You do not have to continue to hide behind your smile. If you  looking for an orthodontic solution that makes sense for your life, please give us a call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Justin Scott to find out if you are a candidate for Six Month Smiles®.

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Clear Braces: Are They Right For Me?

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile and are wondering if clear braces are right for you, read on.  Clear Braces are an advanced orthodontic procedure that offers adults and teens a way to achieve straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile without having to put up with a mouth full of metal.  Sound good?  Then the next step is to schedule an appointment with a dentist who offers clear braces to find out if you are a candidate. Pure Dental Health offers Invisalign® invisible braces and Dr. Justin Scott is a certified Invisalign® dentist. In just one painless appointment, you can find out if this revolutionary system is right for you.

The Invisalign® system has many advantages over traditional metal braces.  It utilizes a series of custom-made, smooth, comfortable and clear aligners that are placed over the teeth to gently move them into the desired position.  With this advanced system, there are no uncomfortable and unattractive metal wires or brackets.  In fact, there are no wires and brackets at all.  And, the aligners can be removed for easy cleaning and to brush and floss your teeth. This leads to improved dental hygiene.  Unlike traditional braces, you do not have to restrict your diet to eliminate certain foods.  With the Invisalign® system, you can eat whatever you want.  Best of all, most people will not even realize that you are wearing braces!

If you did not get the opportunity to straighten your teeth as a child, there is still time to get that smile you have always wanted without having to sacrifice your comfort and your appearance in the process.  If your are a teen or an adult with crooked, spaced or gapped teeth and are not in need of major bite changes, chances are good that you are a candidate for Invisalign® invisible braces.  Make that call today so you can get on the road to a straighter, more beautiful smile!

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