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Laser Treatment for Cold Sores/ Herpetic Ulcers

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Laser Cold Sore TherapyAs a world-class cosmetic dental practice committed to remaining at the forefront of technology, Atlanta Smiles & Wellness uses laser technology to safely and effectively treat an array of dental issues, including gum disease, yellowed or discolored teeth, and gum recession. Our team is pleased to now offer laser therapy for cold sores (also known as fever blisters or herpetic ulcers). Learn more about this minimally invasive treatment in this blog post. read more

How to Treat White Spots on Your Teeth

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Before-and-after white spot treatment Do noticeable chalky, white spots stand in the way of you feeling confident about your smile? Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, a world-class cosmetic dental practice serving Atlanta and the surrounding area, can help. Here, we explain how white spots form and how our experienced dentists can treat them. read more

Six Consequences of a Missing Tooth

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Effects of a missing toothMissing one or several teeth affects more than your willingness to share your smile with the world. Gaps left behind by a missing tooth open the door to an array of dental issues, some of which can have serious effects on your overall health.

At Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, Drs. Dina Giesler and Marianna Kovitch strive to educate their patients so they can make informed decisions when it comes to their oral health. Here, the dentists explain why it is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. read more

Unhappy with Your Smile? Consider a Smile Makeover in 2019

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Your smile makeover optionsWith a new year just around the corner, many of us are thinking of ways to improve our lives and ourselves. And whether you have personal, romantic, health or professional goals in mind for the upcoming year, having the dream smile you have always wanted can help you gain the confidence you need to achieve your goals. Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, a top cosmetic dental practice serving Atlanta and the surrounding area, has helped many patients transform their smiles and improve their confidence with smile makeover. Here, our cosmetic dentists discuss your smile makeover options. read more

What Is a “Gummy” Smile and How Is it Corrected?

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Causes and treatments for “gummy” smilesWhen you smile, do you feel your gums overshadow your teeth? If so, you may have what is known as a “gummy” smile. A gummy smile occurs when the gum-to-teeth ratio is too high or as a result of a hyperactive upper lip. Although a gummy smile is typically a benign issue, it could have an impact on one’s self-confidence.

If you are bothered by the appearance of a gummy smile, Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, a top cosmetic dental practice serving Atlanta and the surrounding area, can help. Here, we share more information about gummy smiles, including how we treat them. read more

Dr. Kovitch Discusses Teeth Shifting and Other Dental-Care Tips during Pregnancy

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We hear it in our Atlanta based dental office all the time: “I just had a baby, and noticed my teeth have shifted….”

Ever wonder why all of a sudden you have a space between your teeth or now your teeth look crooked? Atlanta Smiles Drs. Kovitch & Giesler explain the reasons this can occur and that it is extremely common. During pregnancy, lots of changes occur.  Not only does your body gain weight and move organs around to make room for the growing fetus, but your bone also changes and your body produces relaxin.  Relaxin does several things, including relaxing your pelvic muscles, making your feet grow and affecting tooth movement.

What Is Relaxin?

Relaxin is a hormone present in both males and females.  Its main action is to increase the turnover of fibrous connective tissues. Thus, this hormone might increase the amount and rate of tooth movement through its effect on the periodontal ligament (PDL).  It increases tooth mobility, thus teeth naturally move towards the path of least resistance.

If you ever visit pregnancy sites like the Bump or Baby Center and search the topic of shifting teeth, you will find this to be a very common issue.  Women can also have other dental issues like TMJ disorders or bleeding gums during pregnancy that should be well-maintained rather than ignored.  In fact, women with periodontal disease are more likely to have a baby before term.

Don’t Wait Until After Your Pregnancy

To address these issues, don’t slack on your regular cleanings.  Be sure to get your teeth cleaned at least twice during pregnancy and floss diligently to care for your gums.  And as far as the shifting teeth goes, don’t wait to fix it till you have all your kids.  Instead, prevent it by being custom-fitted for a retainer at your dentist’s office to wear every time you sleep during your pregnancies and while nursing.

Dental Health Linked to Dementia

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Smiling Dementia PatientWhile researchers have yet to find a direct cause and cure to dementia, they have managed to pinpoint some contributors to the disease. Surprisingly, dental health plays a significant role in the risk for dementia, much more so than previously thought. At Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, a comprehensive dental practice in Atlanta, we understand the role that dental health plays in brain health, and we’re committed to helping our patients optimize their oral care for preventative measures. read more

The Versatility of Porcelain Veneers

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The many uses of porcelain veneersPorcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain placed over the front surface of teeth to instantly improve their appearance. Veneers are easily the most versatile tool in a dentist’s tool box as they can address an array of cosmetic dental imperfections. Custom-made to match your surrounding teeth, porcelain veneers can help you achieve a smile that is both beautiful and natural-looking. read more

How Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health

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How gum disease affects your overall healthIn its early stages, gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, may exhibit few visible symptoms. But if left untreated, the disease can lead to tooth decay and/or tooth loss, and may even increase the risk of serious health conditions. read more

The Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy

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Benefits of oral appliances for sleep apneaAccording to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 12 million Americans have sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by cessations in breathing during sleep. Although sleep apnea is common, many individuals are unaware that they have it. In fact, it is estimated that only 16 percent of people with sleep apnea receive treatment.

The most widely used treatment for sleep apnea involves using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to deliver constant and steady air pressure to the airways via a hose and mask worn over the nose. However, drawbacks and limitations of the CPAP machine have made way for more modern treatment alternatives, including oral appliance therapy. read more