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.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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Gum Contouring? What is It?

Do you dread smiling for the camera due to excess gum tissue that shows when you smile?  Are you self-conscious of your “gummy” smile?  If so, read on to find out about gum contouring.

Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of “gummy” smiles.  If your teeth look short and stubby because your gum tissue extends over your enamel, you may be a a good candidate for gum contouring.  During this procedure, a dentist or periodontist uses either a laser or some type of cutting tool to remove excess tissue, thereby exposing more of the teeth.  This procedure can be completed in just one office visit using a local anesthetic.  The recovery time after gum contouring is typically quite short.  In some cases, bone must be removed in addition to excess tissue.  This procedure is more extensive and may necessitate more extensive anesthesia.  This procedure also requires a longer healing period.

The results of gum contouring are immediate and can be dramatic in many cases.  Sometimes, this procedure is combined with other cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, orthodontics, bonding and shaping.

With today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry, it is possible for virtually everyone to achieve a beautiful, balanced smile.  If you dislike the appearance of your smile due to excess gums, maybe it is time to schedule a consultation with a qualified cosmetic dentist.  After a thorough evaluation, an experienced cosmetic dentist can recommend the treatment or combination of treatments that are best suited to help you achieve your goals while staying within your budget.

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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


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.

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


Holiday Stress and Dental Cleanings

Are you feeling the holiday rush…that crush to get everything done with only a few weeks left until Christmas? If your turkey was not even fully digested before you started thinking about everything on your holiday to-do list, you are not alone. From shopping to addressing and mailing holiday cards to decorating and more, the holiday season can be stressful. So what do you do to deal with all that stress? Book a massage? Go to a yoga class? How about scheduling a dental cleaning?

If your dental cleanings are not a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, you are going to the wrong dental practice! Today, many practices like Pure Dental Health make getting your teeth cleaned a spa-like experience. With valet parking, warm scented towels, soothing music and a beverage bar, you will come out feeling like a new person! This makes getting your teeth cleaned the perfect solution to holiday stress. You will not only come out feeling more relaxed but will also look better and improve your dental health.

If you have a special holiday event to attend, why not schedule your dental cleaning on the same day? That way, you can show up to your party with a cleaner, whiter, brighter smile. If you really want to see a difference in your smile, you can pick up a teeth whitening kit while you are visiting the dentist.

The holidays are no time to ignore your dental health. In fact, taking care of your dental health is a great gift that you can give yourself this year. If you have missed a scheduled cleaning, schedule an appointment today. Then you can sit back, relax and enjoy! We wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

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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!

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


5 Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth

Teeth Whitening is now the most requested cosmetic dental treatment.  This is not surprising since this single cosmetic dental treatment can dramatically improve your appearance, your self-confidence and even your quality of life.  There are a number of reasons why individuals decide to whiten their teeth including the following:

1.  to whiten teeth that have become stained due to smoking or consuming foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, soda, berries and red wine

2.  to treat the discoloration that occurs as a natural part of the aging process

3.  to prepare for an important event such as a wedding, reunion, anniversary or job interview

4.  to prepare to start dating again after a divorce or the loss of a spouse or partner

5.  as a complement to other cosmetic treatments such as Botox, facial fillers or plastic surgery

The bottom line is that whitening your teeth can greatly enhance and take years off of your appearance.  It can also increase your confidence which makes you more attractive to others.  This can be important if you are looking to start dating, have an important event coming up or are interviewing for a job. 

When you do decide to whiten your teeth, there are many options from which to choose.  There are a variety of over-the-counter whitening products that can be used to whiten your teeth, however, they differ widely in their effectiveness and some can even be harmful to your dental health.  For this reason, the American Dental Association recommends whitening your teeth under the supervision of a dentist.  Most dentists offer two options for teeth whitening:  take-home kits and in-office treatments.  The take-home kits produce gradual results and can be used over and over again, as needed.  The in-office procedure produces dramatic results in a single appointment lasting for a little over an hour.  Both of these methods have certain advantages and disadvantages.  Your dentist can help you determine which method is better suited for you based on your lifestyle, your budget and your dental health.

If dingy discolored teeth are causing you to lose confidence and are negatively affecting your quality of life, talk to your dentist today about whitening your teeth.  Enjoy your whiter, brighter, more beautiful smile!

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


Options for Whitening Severely Discolored Teeth

If you long for a beautiful, white, star quality smile but have severe tooth discoloration that does not respond to over-the-counter whitening strips or toothpastes, you are not alone.  Many adults have severe discoloration due to smoking, medications taken as a child or stains developed while wearing braces.  Fortunately, there are a variety of options that can be used to treat this problem.

The whitening solutions that are made available through a dentist are stronger than the ones that are sold over-the-counter and may be just what you need to achieve a bright, beautiful smile.  Many dental offices offer a teeth whitening system that an be used at home.  It consists of custom trays that are filled with a whitening solution and worn over the teeth for a certain period of time.  With these systems, you can choose how often to whiten your teeth.  Many dental offices also offer an in-office teeth whitening solution that can be completed in a little over an hour.  This type of system involves coating the teeth with a special solution and then curing it with a special light.

The two different types of teeth whitening solutions offered by dentists are highly effective for most individuals, however, if your tooth discoloration is very severe, they may not work for you.   In this case, you may have to consider either crowns or porcelain veneers.  A crown is a restoration that can be placed over a tooth the improve its appearance.  This type of solution works for patients who have one or several teeth that are discolored, not their entire set of teeth.  Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells that can be laminated to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance.  This solution is better suited for individuals with severe tooth discoloration on all or most of the teeth that show when they smile.

If you desire a whiter, brighter, more vibrant smile, talk to your dentist today about the available teeth whitening solutions.  Your dentist can help you select the system that is best suited to your particular needs.

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


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.

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