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Understanding Tooth Staining

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The best way to maintain a healthy smile is proper dental care, both at home and at the dentist. A good bit of tooth staining can be avoided by proper brushing and flossing. However, even those with quite healthy teeth will likely notice some staining or discoloration on their teeth at some point. This is because there are many different factors that can affect the color of your teeth.

Teeth Staining Factors

It comes as no surprise that what we eat and drink can cause our teeth to become discolored. This is because our teeth are frequently coming into contact with food and beverages that cause stains on the teeth. Wine, coffee, tea, soda are all some of the biggest offenders due to their deep color. The pigment of the liquid penetrates the enamel and sets in as a stain.

If you experience trauma to your teeth, cracks are likely to form. These cracks lead to discoloration over time causing the affected teeth to look darker than surrounding teeth. This is because the cracks accumulate more stain causing debris than the surrounding healthier teeth. In-office teeth whitening is your best option for removing those tough stains.


As we age, our teeth become darker. This is due to long term build up of debris in the tiny crevices on the surface of the teeth. Genetics can also play a role in how quickly your teeth begin to yellow. As time goes by, the stains become stubborn and harder to remove. Don’t wait until more stains accumulate to address the discoloration. The sooner you whiten your teeth, the better results you will have.

If your teeth have become stained or you would like a more sparkly smile, teeth whitening may be for you. Schedule a consultation with us today to get started on your path to a brighter, whiter smile!

Men And Cosmetic Dentistry

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Atlanta Cosmetic Dentistry For Men

It is a common misconception that cosmetic procedures are designed for women. Though women make up a large percent of patients, cosmetic dental procedures are not one size fits all. Every procedure is tailored to the individual patient to give them the most natural looking smile possible. More and more men are turning to a cosmetic dentist to enhance their appearance.

If you are athletic, you have probably had your fair share of bumps and bruises. Unfortunately, sports equipment or other players can come into contact with your mouth and cause permanent damage to the teeth. Cracked teeth are not an uncommon part of sports injuries. Some athletes even lose their teeth if they are hit in the mouth too hard. Crowns are a good option for covering individual damaged teeth. When paired with bridges, they can also hide the space left behind by missing teeth. If you want a complete smile makeover, veneers can give you the teeth you have always wanted.

Teeth whitening is also a popular procedure among men who want to enhance their natural smile. Removing stains from the teeth can give a more youthful appearance. Coffee, tea, and some alcoholic beverages, among other things, can stain and dull teeth over time. Cutting them out can prevent further staining but cannot reverse the stains that have already built up. Teeth whitening is one of the quickest cosmetic dental procedures available and can fit into virtually any schedule.

Both men and women can have excess gum tissue around their teeth or have an uneven gumline. For some, this can cause them to be insecure about their smile and appearance. Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that shapes and removes the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. This exposes more of the tooth to give a less “gummy” smile and create a uniform gumline.

Benefits Of In-Office Teeth Whitening

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When we notice our smile isn’t as bright as it once was, it can be a little disheartening. After all, a dazzling white smile makes us look happy and healthy! There are a few over the counter options for getting our teeth a few shades whiter. However, there are several benefits of professional teeth whitening.

Quicker Teeth Whitening Results:

Whitening your teeth at home takes days or weeks depending on the method you use. Whitening toothpastes and mouth washes must be used exactly as directed and can take weeks to show results. Teeth whitening strips have to be applied twice a day for upwards of 30 minutes. Professional teeth whitening is often completed in a single office visit. For those with severe tooth discoloration, it may be advised to have additional sessions to achieve maximum results.

More Convenient:

With everything we have going on our daily lives, it can be hard to squeeze in one more thing. Over the counter teeth whitening treatments often add another step to our personal care routine. Teeth whitening strips are typically applied twice a day for up to 30 minutes. That is an hour of your day that you have to set aside for treatment. With in-office teeth whitening, the whitening process takes about an hour. You can be finished with your appointment and on your way in a couple of hours.

Whiter Teeth:

To achieve your whitest shade of white, you need to have your teeth whitened professionally. While at home teeth whitening treatments can get your teeth whiter, they are unlikely to yield drastic results. The whitening gel used at the dentist’s office is more concentrated than what you can purchase over the counter. If you have severe staining or teeth that are more stained than others due to trauma, in-office teeth whitening is your best option for a brighter smile.

Am I A Candidate For Dental Veneers?

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Interested in Porcelain Veneers in Atlanta?

It is hard to feel confident if you are unhappy with your smile. Your mouth is a focal point of your face, and often where people look when they interact with you. Whether you are talking to a friend, leading a meeting at work, or taking a photo, it is hard to hide your teeth. If you find yourself trying to hide your teeth from others, porcelain veneers might be right for you.

Cosmetic dentistry offers different options for correcting your smile, such as braces, crowns, and teeth whitening. However, many of these take time and can only address minor to moderate flaws. Veneers are actually designed to completely cover your natural teeth, so all of the imperfections are hidden. Whether your teeth are crooked, have irregular spacing, or discolored, you can have the smile you have always wanted.

So, who is a candidate for veneers? Just like any dental or medical procedure, veneers are not the best fit for everyone. Each patient has their own unique needs when it comes to dental care. Cosmetic dentistry is no exception. Luckily, veneers are a great option for many of our patients who are looking to change their smile.

The ideal candidate for veneers has generally healthy teeth. Because the veneers are adhered to the teeth themselves, they need a strong foundation. Patients with periodontal disease are unlikely to be a good candidate for veneers. It is possible to treat periodontal disease in preparation for veneers. Once your gums are healthy, veneers could be an option for you.

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers is to come in for a consultation. We will examine your teeth and gums and develop a plan for your dental care. Call us today to begin your journey to the smile you’ve always wanted!

Atlanta’s Best Cosmetic Dentist PR

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Atlanta Smiles and Wellness Offers The Best Cosmetic Dentistry Service In Atlanta With Unique Techniques & Approaches

Summary: Atlanta Smiles and Wellness can combine all of the most advanced cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic techniques to create transformative smiles for their clients.

atlanta smiles and wellness logoAtlanta, United States – Dentistry is a field which has the unique ability to transform not just people’s health and wellbeing, but their appearance and confidence. When people feel free to smile, it can change others’ perceptions of them, and with that, it can change their lives. Atlanta Smiles and Wellness takes this power seriously, and they are committed to offering the best smile makeovers in the state. No matter where people start from, Drs. Giesler and Kovitch can offer transformative approaches that will leave every client with a perfect smile.

Atlanta Smiles and Wellness (www.atlantasmiles.com) offers traditional crowns and bridges to fill gaps, together with Clear Image Aligners to align the teeth and jaw, as well as bonding to fill cracks, chips and other imperfections. They offer cutting edge dental implants for restorations, and porcelain veneers to create the best smile. These can be combined in any number of ways to ensure every patient can work towards the perfect smile.

It is because of their commitment to perfection across both the art and science of dentistry that Atlanta Smiles and Wellness is known as the best Atlanta cosmetic dentistry service. Their website has full reviews from previous patients, together with a gallery of transformative work to help people understand the power of a new smile.

A spokesperson for Atlanta Smiles and Wellness explained, “Atlanta Smiles and Wellness is proud to be able to provide some of the best cosmetic dentistry in America. We are passionate about the power of the smile, and we want to give that gift to as many of our clients as possible. Everyone is at their best when they are smiling, and giving people the confidence to smile freely and often is the greatest satisfaction we can get in our careers. We look forward to helping more people than ever to their most beautiful smile.”

About Atlanta Smiles and Wellness: Atlanta Smiles and Wellness is the dental practice of Dr. Giesler and Dr. Kovitch. Their experienced team are there to help individuals capitalize their greatest asset: their smile. They offer comprehensive health, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. They aim to optimize and enhance the natural beauty of every smile through the skilled application of a wide range of advanced techniques. Every aspect of the practice is designed to deliver the highest quality of professional care and state-of-the-art dentistry, with a focus on well-being and personal care.

For more information please visit: http://www.atlantasmiles.com/

Contact Info:
Name: Dr. Dina Giesler
Email: atlantasmiles@earthlink.net
Organization: Atlanta Smiles and Wellness
Address: 4405 Northside Pkwy NW Ste 110 Atlanta, GA 30327
Phone: (404) 262-7733

Vital And Non-Vital Teeth Whitening

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Considering Teeth Whitening In Atlanta?

Non-vital teeth whitening patients at Atlanta Smiles & Wellness If your smile isn’t as bright as it once was, you have probably considered teeth whitening. Most everyone has experienced some tooth discoloration in their life, ranging from slight yellowing to dark brown. Often, discoloration is caused by things that you eat and drink. However, it can also be due to the treatment of the root of your tooth. There are two main types of Atlanta teeth whitening. They are called Non-Vital whitening and Vital whitening.

Non-Vital Teeth Whitening

Non-Vital whitening refers to the color correction of a tooth that has had a root canal. The term “non-vital” refers to the fact that the tooth is essentially dead. After receiving the root canal, the pulp inside of the tooth can start to darken. In order to whiten that tooth, the dentist must insert the whitening agent directly inside of the tooth. This is commonly done by drilling into the tooth and using the drilled hole to inject that bleaching agent. Most patients see a difference in a few days, though for others it may take a little longer. Once the tooth is the desired shade of white, the dentist then removes the whitening agent from the inside of the tooth. The tooth is sealed off using dental composite material.

Vital Teeth Whitening

Vital whitening is a more common procedure for teeth whitening. It refers to the color correction of teeth with stained enamel. Gel whitening solutions are the most common way to whiten the enamel of the teeth. Though they make gel kits to use at home, in-office whitening can yield much more dramatic results. For in-office procedures, the gums will be treated with a protective agent. Once the gums are covered, the bleaching agent is applied to the teeth. Depending on the type of active ingredient, light is used to activate the gel through heat or illumination. The length of time your teeth will set under the light depends on the gel and how discolored the teeth are. This timeframe is usually between 30 and 90 minutes.

What Happens Next?

Once your session is complete, the dentist will talk to you about next steps. If your teeth are moderately discolored, you may need 1 or 2 additional treatments. If they are badly discolored, you may be given a whitening kit to use at home in addition to the in-office treatments.

Mouth Guards: A Preventive Necessity

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Field Hockey Athlete

It’s fall, and for many that season is synonymous with one of America’s favorite pastimes—football and other fall sports.   For dentists, however, sports seasons mean more than just entertainment.  It also means higher potential for dental injury in their patients.  Many of us are familiar with the typical athletic mouth guards, but have we given much thought as to why they are worn?  And to how successful they are in actually preventing dental injury, both in football and in other sports?

One Size Does NOT Fit All

An over-the-counter appliance won’t fit everyone or be very comfortable.  Mouth guards should be specifically prescribed by a dentist and designed according to variables like “age of the patient, sport being played, level of competition, and previous history of injury” (drbicuspid.com).  All athletes should consult a dentist prior to engaging in any sport from football to weight lifting.  Protruding teeth are a dangerous dental risk, as a large majority of those teeth are hit, broken, fractured and even knocked out from trauma to the head and neck area.

Where You Should Get Your Athletic Mouth Guard

There is great potential for facial and dental injury in most sports, even in those with fewer players.  Mouth guards can protect against several possible injuries, including concussion, neck injury, teeth and TMJ, and lip and soft tissue lacerations.  Even more seriously, a strong blow to the mandible (or lower jaw) can even cause a brain injury.  Not something to be taken lightly and definitely not an issue to be trusted to a random piece of plastic bought over the counter without a professional’s advice.  In many cases the fabrication of a custom-fit pressure-laminated mouth guard may be the best method of prevention for any athlete, and is an appliance that can only be obtained through proper molding and fitting at your dentist’s office.

See Your Dentist BEFORE Beginning a Sport

In addition to obtaining a custom mouth guard, every athlete should visit their dentist’s office to have a full dental scan performed prior to beginning any sport.  This will ensure your dentist has the most up-to-date images and records of your mouth and bite patterns so as to make an accurate assessment should any sports-related dental injury occur.

Facts About Fluoride (for Adults and Older Kids)

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Toothbrush with paste amount

Fluoride IS a Good Thing

We spoke about fluoride and young children in our previous Smile Blog originally posted September 29, 2015, Kids and Fluoride, but we wanted to revisit the topic to discuss how fluoride can be a huge benefit to mouths of all ages.  Originally designed to combat tooth decay, fluoride has LOTS of benefits when it comes to cavities.  Dentists recommend fluoride use in different applications to both treat and prevent decay.   For example, if you look at the ingredients list on your tube of toothpaste, fluoride is typically included.  Some of us may have even been instructed by our dentists to rinse with fluoride mouthwash growing up.  And dentists also use fluoride trays to help treat cavity-ridden teeth as an in-office procedure.

It’s All about Moderation

However, just like most other things in life, moderation is key.  Over-use of fluoride can cause fluorosis, or permanent tooth discoloration, or even more serious problems, especially for young kids who don’t understand to spit out their toothpaste rather than eat it.  Which is why many of these same tubes of toothpaste also contain a poison warning on it.  In fact, the FDA has required it since 1997 for every one containing fluoride that is sold in the U.S.  And according to fluorideallert.org, the risks from over-ingestion of fluoride include the potential for “stomach ailments, acute toxicity, skin rashes (perioral dermatitis), and impairment in glucose metabolism.”

This is why it is recommended to use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to brush your teeth.  Most of us are probably guilty of being overgenerous in our applications.  It’s an innocent mistake, really.  If you watch toothpaste commercials or look at advertised images of a toothbrush with paste on it, rarely will you see a smear or pea-sized amount (as shown above on the image from dear doctor); rather, a huge swirly glob artistically placed on the bristles is the common image we are all accustomed to seeing.

“But I don’t want cavities,” you might say.  “What if I don’t use enough toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay?”

Other Sources of Fluoride

Luckily these days, we can realize the benefits of fluoride in other ways than just brushing our teeth.  As explained in our previous Smile Blog about Kids and Fluoride, we are also getting fluoride through our local water supply.  In fact, According to kidshealth.org, “as of 2012, CDC statistics show that more than 60% of the U.S. population receives fluoridated water through the taps in their homes,” whether it’s naturally occurring in their water or added at processing plants.  You can even check the Environmental Protection Agency’s database to find out what’s in your water.  The same website demonstrates that water fluoridation is actually estimated today to reduce tooth decay by “20%-40%.”  And it’s been doing so safely for over 60 years.  The American Dental Association even cites the CDC as naming it “one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”


Fluoride is a good thing as long as it’s used properly.  Like most other things that are good for you (nuts and fish oil, for example), it’s only the overuse of a good thing that could cause problems.  That’s why a lot of dentists these days recommend that children don’t begin using fluoride toothpaste until around age 6.  But this shouldn’t stop you from taking advantage of its benefits altogether.  After all, tooth decay is still the more serious issue and if our dentists trust fluoride to help minimize cavities, then so should we.  The important takeaway here is to be informed and to ask your dentist if you have any questions about this or any other mouth related topic.

Give the Gift of A Smile for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Give the gift of a smile!

It’s October, and in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Atlanta Smiles is having special discounted prices on teeth whitening. Both our in-office Zoom teeth whitening and our take-home custom trays and whitening solution are drastically discounted this month. And even better, all proceeds from these sales will go directly to the Atlanta Smiles Foundation to help survivors of domestic violence and their families.
The Atlanta Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to help domestic abuse survivors and their families by providing pro-bono dental restoration and facial reconstructive services. Based on individual circumstances, the services provided may range from preventive and routine work, to cosmetic dentistry, to dental and facial reconstruction. Dr. Marc Yune, an Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon, works in conjunction with founder Dr. Dina Giesler by providing surgery to the head and neck areas for those who have been injured in severe domestic abuse cases.

As health care professionals, we believe we possess special gifts and talents for making a huge difference in the lives of our patients. We utilize our skills to eliminate serious pain and improve overall health to survivors and to their children. Aesthetically speaking, our work can make a critical difference by giving people a renewed confidence to function at a higher level in their everyday lives. We believe this confidence gives survivors the courage to leave the violence that threatened to destroy them and their children.   Dr. Dina Giesler, DDS, MAGD

The Atlanta Smiles Foundation works in partnership with area shelters, agencies and programs that are dedicated to survivors of domestic abuse. Its mission is to send survivors of domestic abuse on their journey to reclaim their self-esteem, their sense of value and their lives.

This month, do your part by helping the Foundation give the gift of a smile to these deserving people, and brighten your own in the process!

For more information on the Foundation and how you can help during any month of the year, see our website here: http://www.atlantasmiles.org/.

Kids and Fluoride

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Emery Brushing Teeth

Have you ever watched a child put toothpaste on their toothbrush?  It’s not usually the delicate pea-sized amount that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends for kids 3 and older.  Even for younger kids, the AAP says only to use a “smear (grain of rice amount)” prior to the 3rd birthday.  But, why is it that the amount of toothpaste is such a big deal?

Too Much Toothpaste is Dangerous

Because of the fluoride.  Most of us know the HUGE benefit of fluoride—it helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities.  Dentists recommend fluoride use in different applications to both treat and prevent decay.   However, when it comes to small kids (ages 6 and younger), there are lots of potential issues which can be caused by fluoride as well.

According to fluorideallert.org, “children who swallow too much fluoride toothpaste can suffer acute poisoning, even death.  In fact a single tube of bubble-gum flavored Colgate-for-Kids toothpaste contains enough fluoride (143 mg) to kill a child weighing less than 30 kg (Whitford 1987a),” or 66.14 pounds.

Toothpaste for Kids

This is why introducing our children to toothpaste containing fluoride isn’t something parents should do too early.  Lots of kids will ingest the toothpaste even if they are old enough to “know better,” simply because a lot of those on the market have added flavoring like bubble gum or fruit juices to make them more appealing.

Children also don’t have the best swallowing reflexes, so they may be ingesting more of the paste than is physically safe whether they, or you, realize it or not.  Several of these kid-targeted toothpastes with fluoride will say they are safe for an age as young as 2 years, though many dentists recommend waiting until the age of 6 or older to let your child use fluoride toothpaste, simply because then you know they will be spitting it out.  It will benefit their teeth without getting ingested.

So, without fluoride toothpaste, how do parents ensure children are getting the actual amounts that are needed to perform the benefit that fluoride was designed to do, which is prevent tooth decay?

Here’s the Good News

The answer is water.  Parents are instructed to brush their babies’ new teeth simply with a toothbrush and tap water.  And parents of toddler-aged children have probably had the discussion with their pediatricians or dentists about the type of water their children drink.  Tap or filtered water from the refrigerator is safest, and beware of giving them only bottled water.  Why?  Because our local water supplies contain fluoride.  According to kidshealth.org in fact, “as of 2012, CDC statistics show that more than 60% of the U.S. population receives fluoridated water through the taps in their homes,” whether it’s naturally occurring in their water or added at processing plants.  You can even check the Environmental Protection Agency’s database to find out what’s in your water.  The same website demonstrates that water fluoridation is actually estimated today to reduce tooth decay by “20%-40%.”  And it’s been doing so safely for over 60 years.  The American Dental Association even cites the CDC as naming it “one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”

These days, not all tap water is convenient to drink (or has the best flavor depending on where you live).  No worries there either.  Many bottling companies have joined the fluoride wave by adding it to their bottled water as well.  Just check the label—most of them will advertise it right on the front because they want you to know they’ve taken that extra step.

Alternative Toothpastes

If you are concerned at all about your children ingesting too much fluoride, there are other toothpaste options readily available than the fruity, bubblegum ones with cute cartoon characters on the outside.  Feel free to ask your dentist for a good suggestion.  Some alternatives, like xylitol-based toothpastes, can also help prevent other health issues like ear infections.  Toothpastes like these are either sold at your dentist’s office, your local health food store, or easily found through an online retailer.