The Power of a Smile

Smiling Lady Atlanta GA Do you view smiling as an involuntary response or a conscious choice? If you are only smiling when something makes you laugh or brings you joy, you may be missing out on some of the most powerful benefits of smiling. Consider forcing yourself to smile more and you will be pleasantly surprised at the results.

While our job at Pure Dental Health is to take care of your teeth, we certainly want our patients to know what they can get in return when they choose to show off their teeth and smile. You may be surprised to learn that smiling does more than make you look better, it can also support your mood, your health and even your longevity!

What Can Smiling Do for You?

The act of smiling triggers certain hormones, endorphins and other natural responses in our bodies that are remarkably positive from head to toe. Here are some top reasons why you should make the decision to smile today:

  • Relieves Stress
  • Boosts Your Immune System
  • Reduces Pain, a Natural “Feel Good”
  • Elevates Overall Mood
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Makes You Look Younger and More Attractive
  • Creates Successful Persona
  • Makes others smile (smiles are contagious!)

What’s Holding You Back?

There’s scientific studies and evidence to prove these amazing benefits of smiling. If you are hesitant to smile due to the condition or appearance of your teeth, please let us know. At Pure Dental Health, we offer a full menu of restorative and cosmetic dental services to ensure you never hold back your smile again. In fact, we have services to address the following dental concerns:

  • Missing teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Diseased or decayed teeth
  • Stained teeth

Whatever it is that is causing you to hide your smile, we can help. Call our Buckhead office today to schedule your visit.

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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?

Cosmetic Dentist Dunwoody GA Porcelain veneers are one of the most innovative solutions in cosmetic dentistry. In fact, they have been used by countless celebrities and public figures as a way to create an attractive and perfectly balanced smile. Veneers involve shaving off a small portion of the tooth surface in order to bond a wafer-thin shell of porcelain. Since veneers are purely cosmetic, they are only placed on the teeth that are visible when you smile. In most cases, they involve just 2 to 3 painless visits to the dentist.

Porcelain veneers certainly aren’t the only way to improve your smile appearance. So how do you know if veneers are the right solution for you? Ask yourself these questions:

Do you want to change the size or shape of a tooth without a dental crown?

If you have a healthy tooth but want to change the way it looks, a porcelain veneer can be an excellent option. In fact, it involves much less structural removal of your tooth to place a veneer than it does a crown. Veneers can be used to make the teeth look longer, bigger, wider or even just more symmetrical within your smile.

Do you have stubborn stains that won’t respond to teeth whitening?

Sometimes stains are too stubborn to be removed with professional whitening agents. These are often intrinsic stains that develop beyond the surface of the tooth. Veneers may be the best and only way to attain a whiter smile if you have permanent or stubborn staining across your teeth. In fact, you can customize the exact shade you want with porcelain veneers, and they are resistant to future staining too!

Do you have cracks or chips on your front teeth?

As long as the health of the tooth is not compromised, minor tooth fractures can be erased cosmetically with porcelain veneers. Keep in mind that if the damage is too severe, the tooth may not be able to support a veneer, and a crown or filling may be warranted.

Do you want to avoid orthodontics?

There are many patients that can forgo wearing braces and choose veneers to instantly correct their crooked or gapped front teeth. Veneers don’t actually move the teeth, so it is important to know whether your bite and alignment needs to be adjusted or if your misplaced teeth are just cosmetic in nature. Minor tooth gaps and crooked front teeth can make excellent candidates for porcelain veneers.

Ready to know for sure whether or not you can benefit from porcelain veneers? Call Pure Dental Health today. We love helping patients attain a beautiful and more confident smile!

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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

3 Reasons to Choose a Composite Filling

When a tooth suffers an area of decay or damage, it must be repaired. Unless the repair is large enough to require a crown or onlay, the tooth can be restored in one of two ways: amalgam fillings or composite resin fillings. Amalgam fillings have been around since 1895 and include a combination of metals. Composite fillings, however, are a newer option in dental fillings. Composite is a ceramic and plastic compound that matches the color of your teeth. Many patients find that these tooth-colored or white fillings are a preferred solution in repairing cavities or even making minor cosmetic improvements to the teeth. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to want their amalgam fillings replaced with this composite resin alternative.

If you can agree with the following, you may want to consider a dentist who offers composite fillings:

#1 You want your filling to blend in, not stand out.

The hallmark advantage of choosing composite resin is aesthetics. Instead of flashing a metal filling when you laugh or speak, you can opt for a tooth-colored filling that provides a seamless and inconspicuous blend within your natural smile.

#2 You don’t want metals or mercury in your mouth.

While it is still a large debate among dentists, there are a large majority of patients that simply want to avoid the potential dangers of having metal in their mouths. Amalgam fillings are made of 50% mercury. Mercury vapor can release or leak out from amalgam fillings, and many people are concerned about the toxicity of this element within the body. Furthermore, silver fillings may not be a good choice if you have an allergy to metal.

#3 You want to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible.

Unlike amalgam fillings, composite resin is very flexible and bonds directly to the surface of your tooth. This means that less drilling is required and more of your healthy tooth structure can be preserved.

Want to learn more about white fillings offered at Pure Dental Health? Please schedule your appointment. We value the importance of providing patient-preferred options when repairing tooth damage.

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Straight Talk for Your Crooked Teeth

Woman Smiling and Pointing to Her New Braces Atlanta GAAre you an adult who needs braces? Do you assume that your orthodontic issues are purely a cosmetic concern? Not so fast. If you are avoiding orthodontic treatment as an adult, you may also be neglecting your oral health. Crooked teeth and malocclusion pose serious threats to the health of your teeth and gums over time. Sure, a pretty smile is a major reward of undergoing orthodontic correction, but you could also be saving yourself from costly dental problems down the road.

Did you know that you can reduce your risk of periodontal disease by caring for your crooked teeth? Malocclusion refers to teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth. Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease, which can create abnormal amounts of stress on your teeth and jaw. This condition leads to premature wear.

Here are some common orthodontic issues and what they can do to your dental health:

Crowding: When teeth are too closely aligned, or overlapping, there’s an increased chance for bacteria and plaque buildup. This can lead to decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss.

Gaps/Spacing: How can a gap between your teeth be a cause for concern towards your smile health? You may have frequent episodes of food getting lodged between your teeth. This puts you at risk for sore or tender gums and other periodontal issues. In certain places, teeth gaps can also impact your ability to chew and speak.

Deep Bite: Over-erupted or protruding lower front teeth can damage the palate as well as cause the premature wear and chipping of those lower teeth.

Crossbite, Open Bite and Overjet– Again, when the teeth don’t bite down on each other the way they should, it can result in the fracture of teeth due to the excessive forces. In addition, abfraction can develop, which is a small notch in your tooth at the gum line. Periodontal disease, gum recession as well as tooth and bone loss can also become a concern in severe cases.

As proven above, straight teeth are not just attractive teeth. When the teeth are correctly aligned in the mouth, it supports your overall oral health. Untreated malocclusion makes it difficult to keep your teeth clean and can put pressures on your teeth and jaw that they are not intended to withstand. From TMJ problems to serious gum disease, there are notable factors to consider if you’ve been told you need orthodontics as an adult.

Don’t worry; Pure Dental Health offers some of the most advanced and preferred orthodontic treatments available, including Invisalign, Six Month Smiles and Adult Braces. Call now to schedule your consultation in Buckhead or Dunwoody!

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Healthy Foods That Can Stain or Whiten Your Teeth

Atlanta GA Cosmetic Dental PracticeIf you want to maintain white teeth, you probably already know to stay away from dark-colored sodas, coffee, red wine and smoking. However, did you know that there are healthy foods that can stain your teeth too? Don’t worry; there are also some nutritious food choices that can help whiten your teeth too. Knowing which foods impact the appearance of your smile can help you eat smarter for a whiter, brighter smile.

Whether you are trying to retain the results of a recent teeth whitening procedure, or you simply want to try and achieve a lighter tooth shade on your own, consider these good and bad food options.

Healthy Foods That Stain

 Due to their exaggerated color and often acidic nature, the following food options are known for staining your teeth, or leaving them more yellow, dark or dull than you’d like:

  • Berries – including blueberries, pomegranates, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, and other colored fruits.
  • Beets – watch out for the more concentrated juice form.
  • Nuts – black walnuts in particular will discolor teeth.
  • Sauces – soy sauce, curry sauce, tomato sauce, ketchup and other deeply colored sauces.

Healthy Foods That Whiten

You’ll be glad to know that there are ways to naturally scrub your pearly whites and prevent extrinsic tooth staining with what you eat. Try these healthy food choices to keep your teeth a brilliant white:

  • Apples
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Cheese (cheddar cheese counteracts acids in foods, cleaning your teeth and restoring the pH balance in your mouth)

In addition to the above mentioned foods, try chewing sugarless gum after meals or taking frequent sips of water throughout the day when you can’t brush. Also, consider using a straw when drinking dark-colored beverages.

If you’re currently suffering from a dingy or stained smile, we can help you at Pure Dental Health. We proudly offer the best in modern teeth whitening. In fact, we offer free whitening for life  for our patients. When you continue coming to us for your routine cleanings every six months, you will receive free teeth whitening gel during your visits.

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Tips on Getting a Red-Carpet Smile with Invisalign

Atlanta GA Invisalign Braces ProviderThere are many great options for achieving a red-carpet smile these days. Orthodontics have come a long way since they were introduced to patients more than 2,000 years ago. For years in America, orthodontic patients only had the option of wearing metal braces for two to four years in order to correct their smile. While this was often seen as a “rite of passage” for adolescents and teens, it was rarely appreciated by adults who were not able to undergo orthodontic treatment at a young age. Traditional metal braces are still not an ideal option for many because of professional reasons, athletic involvement, or convenience. That is what makes Invisalign® clear aligners such a great option for those who want to achieve a red-carpet smile but who do not want to use traditional metal brackets and wire braces.

Invisalign® is a specific orthodontic treatment that uses a series of aligners to move the teeth into their desired positions. These aligners provide a more comfortable and convenient method of orthodontics because they are removable while eating and cleaning the teeth, and they do not require the discomfort of tightening metal wires inside the mouth. To ensure that you are getting the most out of your Invisalign® treatment, the following tips will help you straighten your teeth as quickly and successfully as possible.

  • Floss your teeth every single day. While brushing your teeth may be a habit that you rarely have to think about doing, flossing is often an overlooked dental habit. Floss helps to remove bacteria-laden plaque from the gum line and between the teeth. Because Invisalign® aligners fit snuggly against your teeth, any grime that is stuck between the teeth and/or at the gum line will be trapped. Flossing your teeth every single day will help to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
  • Wear your aligners at least 22 hours every day. In order for your Invisalign® aligners to do their job efficiently and successfully, they must be worn at least 22 hours a day. This means that unless your aligners are removed because you are eating or cleaning your teeth and aligners, they should be in your mouth. The aligners cannot and will not work if they are not inside your mouth!
  • Stick to your prescribed schedule. Every patient is given a schedule to follow for wearing their Invisalign® aligners. Because the aligners work in a series, gradually changing each time you put new aligners inside your mouth, it is important to stick to the schedule. Most patients switch out their aligners for new ones every two weeks. Some patients have a different schedule due to specific concerns. It is important that you adhere to the schedule in order to see your desired results. If your dentist tells you to wear your new set of aligners an extra week, there is good reason and you should do it. If you are supposed to change aligners every two weeks, then set a reminder to remind you to change your aligners. You will not achieve the red-carpet results that you desire if you do not stick to the prescribed schedule for changing your smile. It is also important to note that you will not make your treatment go faster by skipping ahead to new aligners before you are supposed to. In fact, this can actually make your treatment slow down because missing a step can mess up your progress.
  • Do not give up on your aligners. At first, your aligners will feel strange and foreign inside your mouth. This is normal. You may speak with a lisp for a few days, your mouth may be a little sore, or your aligners may just aggravate you – but do not give up! The more you wear your aligners, they more natural they will feel inside your mouth.
  • Clean your aligners daily. It is not advised to brush your aligners with toothpaste as this can scratch the plastic, but it is important to clean them each day. Putting dirty aligners into your mouth will only cause your teeth to be dirty and your gums to become infected. The best way to clean Invisalign® aligners is with warm water and antibacterial soap.
  • Commit to wearing your retainer. Once your Invisalign® treatment is complete and you have achieved the red-carpet smile you dreamed about, it is up to you to maintain it. Most patients will receive a retainer to wear for a few months. This retainer is what holds your teeth in their new position. Do not ruin your brand-new smile by choosing not to wear your retainer.

At Pure Dental Health, we are proud to offer Invisalign® orthodontic treatment to patients who wish to improve the appearance of their smiles. Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation appointment to learn whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign® or whether another option is more suited for your needs. We look forward to helping you achieve that red-carpet smile you have been dreaming of!

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Four Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures that Make Great Smiles

Atlanta GA Cosmetic DentistryYour smile is a recognizable feature of who you are, and it leaves a lasting impression on those you encounter – whether it be day to day or on a chance meeting. Because your smile is an integral feature of your facial appearance, feeling confident in your smile has a great impact on others around you. If you are known for easily sharing your smile with others, people view you as friendly, confident, out-going, and as someone they are happy to be around. However, if your dissatisfaction with your smile keeps you from sharing it with others, people may often view you as standoffish, cold, unfriendly, and hard to please. Understanding how your smile affects not only your appearance, but also your relationships with others, can help you make the decision to seek out cosmetic dentistry procedures.

For years, many people associated a beautiful smile with Hollywood celebrities and the “elite” in society. However, today, there are options available to people in all areas of life who wish to enhance their smiles. Four cosmetic dentistry procedures that make great smiles are:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental veneers
  • White fillings
  • Six Month Smiles®

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic procedure done in the United States, period. As a dental procedure, dentists have continued to see a rise in the number of patients who request this cosmetic dentistry procedure. Millions of Americans have had great success transforming their smiles by simply brightening and whitening their teeth. Even those whose teeth are not perfectly straight can achieve remarkable benefits from teeth whitening. A bright, white smile is a clean smile that is healthy in appearance; attracting others to your presence. For most people, teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure that is inexpensive and quick.

Dental veneers are another option for dramatically improving the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are very thin porcelain shells that are permanently bonded to the existing surface of the front of the teeth in order to restore or improve the tooth’s appearance. Most people are good candidates as long as there is enough tooth enamel available to bond the veneers to. Dental veneers are used to close gaps in the front teeth and hide flaws such as chipped or broken teeth, malformed teeth, and stained or discolored teeth. Porcelain dental veneers are a permanent solution that can completely transform the entire appearance of a person’s smile, or that can be used to treat a single tooth so that it matches the other natural teeth.

White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are tooth colored fillings used to restore cavities and decayed teeth. White fillings provide an ideal solution for those who need to have a cavity filled within their front teeth. As these teeth are the most noticeable, using white fillings helps to hid dental work. Aside from simply filling new cavities so that they are not noticeable inside the mouth, many people are choosing to replace their old, amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made from liquid mercury, powdered silver, tin, and copper. Many people believe that they suffer poor health from having these amalgam fillings inside their mouths for extended periods of time; thus, they are replacing them with white fillings.

Six Month Smiles® are braces for adults that focus major improvements on the front teeth. Traditional braces can take between two to three years to complete their transformation of a person’s smile. That means that adults have to suffer through that length of time wearing metal brackets and wires on their teeth that make it obvious that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment and the constant requirement for adjustments and visits to the dentist. With Six Month Smiles® dental patients are able to achieve a beautifully straight smile that they are proud to show off to those around them.

At Pure Dental Health, we offer cosmetic dentistry procedures at competitive prices. The health and satisfaction of our patients are our highest priorities. We accept most forms of dental insurance and offer extended hours to allow working professionals time to visit our office before or after a traditional work schedule. We also proudly offer financing and payment options for patients whose dental insurance does not cover the cosmetic procedure that they wish to have done. Please contact our office today.

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CEREC Same Day Dental Crowns  

Atlanta GA Same Day Dental CrownsTraditional dental crowns have been used for decades to repair a cracked or broken tooth. While this method has had great success for the patients’ oral health, multiple dental visits were needed to create a perfect crown for each individual mouth. This required time, patience, and flexibility on the patients’ part that is not always easy to achieve. Tight work schedules, travel inconveniences, and being left with a temporary (and often uncomfortable) crown was never an ideal situation for patients who needed to receive a dental crown. At Pure Dental Health, we are pleased to offer same day dental crowns with our latest technology: CEREC.

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) uses CAD/CAM technology to develop and create customized dental crowns in a single dental visit. Essentially, the CEREC system allows dental crowns to be a chairside treatment, particularly for those who need only a single tooth restoration. CEREC can create precise restorations for multiple teeth in a single visit as well, it will simply take a bit longer. The CEREC system uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth and transfers the “optical impression” to a computer screen. From here, the dentist uses CAD to design the custom restoration. The Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) takes over and automatically creates the restoration.

How CEREC works:

The technology of CEREC allows Pure Dental Health to further meet the needs of their patients with accurate and fast dental crowns. For patients who come in for a dental emergency or who have made an appointment for a dental crown, the process is no longer a grand ordeal. Our streamlined development of customized crowns utilizes the accuracy of CEREC to create a dental restoration with as little disruption to your day as possible. For a single tooth restoration, the entire process takes around an hour. Our dental staff can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of the teeth.

CEREC uses Computer Aided Technology that incorporates a camera, computer, and milling machine in one instrument. The specialized camera is used to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth and the surrounding tissue and neighboring teeth. This “picture” is the optical impression, making the need for messy and uncomfortable biting impressions no longer necessary. The optical impression is then transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to accurately design the restoration. Once the design has been created and it has been “placed” on the computer screen to ensure proper fit with the mouth structure, the CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Once the milling of the restoration is complete, the dentist will bond the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The restoration will have a precise fit, and it will match the natural color of the neighboring teeth so that it will be undetectable inside the mouth.

With this technology, patients no longer have to feel self-conscious about silver fillings that discolor their smiles. This revolutionary technology also eliminates the need for multiple dental visits, making it much more convenient to the patient. The research, documentation to support, and proven success of CEREC technology have opened the door for precise, safe, and effective dental restorations.

Pure Dental Health is proud to offer this amazing technology to all of our patients. We strive to provide excellence throughout all of our dentistry services, and CEREC is just our latest approach in our goal of optimal dentistry.

Contact our practice today to learn more about CEREC or to schedule an appointment.

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Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are an excellent solution for correcting imperfections in people’s smiles. At Pure Dental Health we are proud to offer porcelain dental veneers to patients in Buckhead, Atlanta, and the greater metropolitan area. Dr. Justin Scott is a comprehensive dentist who is experienced and talented when it comes to creating beautiful and long-lasting smiles with dental veneers. Dental veneers can dramatically enhance people’s smiles and overall facial appearance, and they can also significantly improve people’s self confidence – making them proud to show off their pearly whites.

Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure that was originally created to be an alternative for adults who did not want to wear braces. Because many adults find themselves in front of their peers in professional and personal situations, having a mouth full of metal can be highly undesired. Porcelain dental veneers are very thin shells that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth in order to dramatically change their appearance. This cosmetic dental procedure can be used to correct the following:

• Gapped teeth

• Broken teeth

• Cracked or chipped teeth

• Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth

• Teeth that are severely discolored or stained

• Irregularly shaped teeth

Porcelain veneers are a more financially appealing option as well as a time consuming option for those who wish to have a “quick fix” to the appearance of their smiles. Pure Dental Health offers porcelain veneers for a competitive price, and we accept most forms of dental insurance. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and want to learn more about porcelain dental veneers, please contact Pure Dental Health today. We look forward to getting to know you and helping make your smile the best that it can be.

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Teeth Whitening

Your face is the first thing people recognize when they look at you, and you want to make a good impression on those around you. If your smile is dull, discolored, or stained it can detract from your overall appearance. Since it became available as a dental procedure, teeth whitening has remained the most popular cosmetic dental procedure of all time throughout the world. White teeth are an enviable asset – they make a person look fresher, younger, and more beautiful. At Pure Dental Health we are proud to offer patients teeth whitening procedures in order to help them achieve the bright smile they have always wanted.

Cosmetic teeth whitening is a non-invasive procedure that can have dramatic results. While many people have tried whitening their smiles at home with teeth whitening strips, teeth whitening toothpastes, and other gimmicks, only a dentist can provide a professional whitening treatment. At Pure Dental Health, we are teeth whitening experts, and we will evaluate your smile to determine the safest, most effective teeth whitening procedure to use in order to achieve your desired results. Unlike many at home products, we use teeth whitening products that offer outstanding whitening results without excessive tooth sensitivity. Also, because we provide professional teeth whitening, we can monitor the procedures to ensure that they are done correctly and are not causing unwanted bleaching of the gum line.

Pure Dental Health in Buckhead is the reputable choice for expert teeth whitening. Dr. Scott and the entire team at Pure Dental Health are committed to helping patients achieve a healthy, beautiful, and whiter smile. We also offer Whitening for Life to patients who qualify, so call today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to serving you.

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