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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Six Month Smiles

Atlanta GA Restorative Dental TreatmentsCrooked teeth are something that many people feel self-conscious about. As adults, having crooked teeth can feel like an eye-sore, a source of embarrassment, and as a hindrance in both your professional and personal life. However, many adults also feel that wearing traditional metal braces is also an eye-sore, a source of embarrassment, as well as a hindrance to their professional and personal lives. So, what are they to do? Continue reading “Six Month Smiles”

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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Six Month Smiles

Atlanta GA Dentist for Six Month SmilesYour smile is one of the first things that people notice and remember about you. If your smile is not leaving the impression that you want it to, you may be a good candidate for Six Month Smiles. A modern approach to traditional orthodontic treatment, Six Month Smiles uses the tried and true technology of orthodontics combined with a cosmetic approach to fit your lifestyle.

Many orthodontic candidates above the age of 16 can find success with Six Month Smiles. This orthodontic technology is designed specifically for those with crooked or spaced teeth but who do not need to have a major alteration to their bite. Six Month Smiles provides shorter overall treatment time, making the entire process of having your teeth put in proper alignment more comfortable, convenient, and less expensive than traditional braces. At Pure Dental Health, we are proud to offer this orthodontic treatment to teens and adults.

Many adults feel that they are too old for braces. They have a difficult time seeing past the “metal hardware” of traditional braces, and they are convinced that they must simply go through life with a smile that they are unhappy with. However, Six Month Smiles offers a visually appealing approach to orthodontics. In fact, the brackets that are used with Six Month Smiles are virtually invisible so that people will barely notice that you are even wearing them! Six Month Smiles uses Lucid-Lok® clear brackets and Chameleon® tooth-colored wires while your teeth are being straightened as a part of their revolutionary technology. This “invisible treatment” alone is enough to make many people jump at the chance to gain straighter teeth.

Another added benefit of Six Month Smiles is that the average treatment time is only six months! Adults and older teens often do not have two to four years to devote to their orthodontic treatment. College, work, travel, and life are too busy to worry about orthodontics for years. Six Month Smiles provides the convenience that you are looking for to work with your busy life, not against it.

Brackets and adjustable wires have been used for decades to straighten people’s teeth into their desired positions. This is the most effective method for moving the teeth effectively and safely, while also encouraging the teeth to stay in their new positions. With the use of low force, your smile can be transformed into one that you are proud to show off confidently. Six Month Smiles focuses on the placement of the teeth that are visible when you smile. This reduces the amount of force that is used during orthodontic treatment, and this low force actually means that teeth seldom need to be extracted before or during treatment. This is a huge benefit from traditional braces, which often require a more invasive approach to straightening the teeth and moving them around inside the mouth.

Even during your treatment process, you will not feel the need to hide your smile. Traditional metal brackets and wires can have a negative social impact on wearers. Metal against the natural color of your teeth is hard to hide, meaning that you may feel embarrassed or self-conscious in both your professional and personal lives. Yet, with the cosmetic approach used with Six Month Smiles, you will enjoy the “invisibility” of your braces as they move into their beautiful positions.

As with all orthodontic treatments, you will be required to wear a retainer once your braces are removed in order to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. There are different options available for retainers, the two most popular being a removable retainer or a bonded retainer that is placed on the back surface of the teeth. Retainers hold the teeth in their new places so that they will not shift back into their old positions. Retainers are essential after your orthodontic treatment has been completed. Many people find that they will require another round of orthodontics when they do not wear their retainers regularly – a huge disappointment after the investment of their time and money.

At Pure Dental Health, Dr. Justin Scott offers an outstanding option for adults in Atlanta who desire to have a straighter, more beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that offers an aesthetically straightened look and straighter smile for most patients in just six months.

If you are tired of hiding your smile, if the appearance of your smile keeps you from participating in conversations or promotions, or if your smile is something that you are embarrassed by – it is time to make the decision to correct it. Contact Pure Dental Health in Atlanta today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Scott will walk you through the expectations of Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment and whether or not this is the best option for achieving the smile you have been dreaming about. Call us today!

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Multiple Options For Straightening Adult Teeth

It used to be that braces were associated with teen awkwardness and the middle school years.  However, with the increasing popularity of adult braces, this is no longer the case.  Advances in orthodontic dentistry such as clear aligner therapy, clear or ceramic braces and short-term orthodontics now provide a variety of attractive options for straightening adult teeth.  In fact, it is now estimated that one out of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over the age of twenty-one.  This is good news if you missed your opportunity to wear braces as a teenager or if you have since experienced an orthodontic relapse.

In fact, many famous people including Tom Cruise, Faith Hill, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus have worn some type of braces to straighten their teeth, in adulthood.  For most adults, the biggest barriers to wearing traditional metal braces are the altered appearance, time and money required.  In the first place, most adults just do not want to walk around wearing a mouth full of metal.  Invisalign® invisible braces are well as Six Month Smiles® both provide a good solution to this problem.  The Invisalign® system uses a series of clear aligners that are worn over the teeth to gently move them into the desired position, instead of metal wires and brackets.  Six Month Smiles® uses patented clear braces to align your teeth.  Both of these options provide a great alternative to traditional metal braces.

Time can also be an issue for many adults.  They simply don’t want to spend one to two years in orthodontic therapy to achieve straighter teeth.  This is where Six Month Smiles® offers a real advantage.  By focusing primarily on just the teeth that show when you smile and not making major bite changes, this patented system can help you achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile in an average treatment time of just six months.

Cost can also be a factor for many adults when it comes to orthodontic therapy.  This is where Six Month Smiles® also offers an advantage over other orthodontic solutions.  In most cases, the cost for treatment with Six Month Smiles® is considerably less than with Invisalign® or traditional metal braces.

If you are an adult and desire straighter teeth but are not sure which orthodontic solution to use to meet your goal, talk to your dentist today.  Your dentist can help determine the best orthodontic solution to fit your dental health needs, your budget and your lifestyle.

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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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Why Wait to Get a Straighter, More Beautiful Smile?

Do you want a straighter, more beautiful smile, but do not want to to wear traditional metal braces and wait a year or more for the final result?  Well, with Six Month Smiles®, you don’t have to!  Six Month Smiles® is a revolutionary system that utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in a average of just six months.

Six Month Smiles® puts a modern twist on traditional orthodontics to give you an effective solution that fits your lifestyle as well as your budget.  The key components of the treatment are the use of unique clear braces and a primary focus on moving only the teeth that show when you smile.  Six Month Smiles® braces are also more comfortable than traditional metal braces because they use low force to gently move teeth into the desired position.

Most adults are candidates for Six Month Smiles®.  If you are an adult, (15 years or older), with spaced or crooked teeth and you are not looking for a major bite alteration, you may be a candidate for this life-changing treatment.  The only way to know for sure is to visit a Six Month Smiles® dentist.  For more information about Six Month Smiles® as well as other cosmetic dental procedures that can be used to improve your smile, call Pure Dental Health today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Justin Scott.

Your smile is important:  it is the first thing other people notice upon meeting you and can leave a lasting first impression.  Call Pure Dental Health today so you can be on your way to a beautiful, more confident smile!

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Invisalign versus Braces

Transforming Your Smile

You have thought about braces since you were in junior high school.  You would always see other classmates leave class early to head to the orthodontist, and on the next day, new, brightly colored rubber bands would adorn their teeth.

Throughout high school, you would see the same people have their braces removed, which gave way to beautifully straight smiles.

But you never had braces, even though your teeth could have benefitted from them, and now you cannot imagine having them as an adult.  “Braces just wouldn’t fit into the corporate work setting,” you think to yourself.

Pure Dental Health is here to help.  You do not have to settle for a smile that isn’t as straight as you have always wanted.  With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing, and achieve dramatic results!  For more information about Invisalign, keep reading our Pure Dental Health blog!

The Battle: Invisalign versus Braces

While traditional braces might have been common over a decade ago, there is a new wave of dental technology that is making a big impact in the world of dentistry.  Invisalign offers the ability to straighten teeth without wires, metal, or brackets.

Our Pure Dental Health dentists create a detailed plan that charts out how your teeth will shift with clear, Invisalign aligners.  Every two weeks, you replace one clear aligner for another so that your teeth move further along in the process.  We will check on your progress every 4 weeks to make sure that you are on the right track.

These clear aligners blend in with your teeth, so you do not have to feel self-conscious about your smile.  Invisalign aligners are only removed when you eat, drink, and brush your teeth.  This means that you can eat anything that you desire, unlike traditional braces, which have strict regulations.  You can chew on carrot sticks, gobble down some caramel candies, and chomp down on an apple.

With Invisalign, you also do not have to worry about learning a new dental hygiene routine either.  Since you just remove the clear aligners to brush your teeth, you can floss and brush your teeth normally.  With traditional braces, you usually have to learn a completely new routine to ensure that you can reach all of the areas that are blocked by brackets.

So in the battle of braces versus Invisalign, there really is no competition.  Invisalign wins on all counts—ease of use, comfort, aesthetics, and dental health.

Are You Considering Invisalign?

If you think that Invisalign might be the right way for you to straighten your teeth, look no further than the dentists at Pure Dental Health.  These dentists will ensure that you are on the right course of Invisalign treatment so you can look and smile at your best.

All of your questions will be answered during an initial consultation with Pure Dental Health, including those about the cost of Invisalign, the length of treatment time for you, and if Invisalign is a good fit for you.

Learn about how you can transform your smile easily and inconspicuously!   Call the Pure Dental Health team today!


The Rising Popularity of Adult Braces

An increasing number of adults in the United States are rushing to the Orthodontist to get braces proving that it is never too late to improve your smile.  What are the options for adults with crooked teeth?  There are many.  Traditional metal braces are often used for adults and are particularly effective when there are major bite problems involved.  However, the cost (an average of $4,800 according to the October Journal of Clinical Orthodotics) and time commitment involved coupled with the “metal mouth” look causes many adults to steer clear of traditional metal braces. Often, adults with crooked teeth or less-than-perfect smiles will opt for clear or ceramic braces.

Another good option for adults who desire straighter teeth in less time is short-term orthodontics or “six-month smiles.”  Six-month braces can allow you to get the esthetic, straightened look you desire in just six-months. This is done by mainly focusing on just the teeth in the front and not making major changes to your bite.  It is similar to traditional braces but is much more esthetic as it uses white wire and white braces.

If you missed out on the chance to correct your teeth as a child, it is not too late.  There are several options available to you.  If you would like more information about the options available for straightening your teeth, contact a qualified Dentist in your local area.  He or she can go over the advantages and disadvantages of each type of braces and help you select the method that most closely suits your needs as well as your budget.

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It is Never Too Late to Improve Your Smile

If you are an adult who is not happy with the appearance of your smile, it is never too late to improve it.  Maybe you needed braces as a child but did not have access to orthodontic care.  Perhaps you have chipped a tooth along the way and never took the time to have it repaired.  Even if you have not practiced the best dental hygiene and as a result, have lost teeth due to decay and infection, it is not too late.  Advances in restorative and cosmetic dentistry now make it possible for anyone at any age to have the smile they have always wanted.

If you are an adult with crooked teeth, six-month braces may be a good option for you.  With six-month braces, you can get the esthetic, straightened look you desire in just six-months without wearing traditional braces with unattractive wires and brackets.  The system works by focusing on correcting just the teeth in the front and not making major changes to your bite.  If you have teeth that are chipped, broken, or misaligned, porcelain veneers may be a good option for you.  Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are laminated to a tooth to create a new surface.  This process can dramatically improve your smile and your overall facial appearance.  Lastly, if your teeth are discolored, teeth whitening can dramatically whiten your teeth giving you a younger, healthier appearance.

Even if you have lost teeth due to decay, infection or trauma, you still have options for improving your smile.  Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement system that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  You don’t have to settle for an unattractive smile at any age!  If you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile, contact a qualified dentist in your area to discuss your options for restorative and cosmetic dental care.

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