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Comparing Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding

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porcelain veneers vs. dental bondingIs a small chip, crack or gap in your mouth preventing you from sharing your smile with the world? Atlanta Smiles & Wellness offers several cosmetic dental treatments designed to mask or conceal an array of aesthetic imperfections. Two of the most popular are porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Although commonly used to treat the same problems, the two treatments have distinct differences. Our team breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of each in this blog post. read more

Full Mouth Reconstruction with Existing Teeth and Implant-Supported Bridges

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Full mouth reconstruction with implant-supported bridges Atlanta Individuals with multiple dental issues, such as missing, damaged or decayed teeth, may be ideal candidates for full mouth reconstruction. Not to be confused with smile makeover, which is an elective cosmetic dental treatment, full mouth reconstruction is considered medically necessary to restore health and function to the teeth and gums. The details of the multi-step treatment vary from patient to patient. Individuals missing some teeth as opposed to all teeth could benefit from implant-supported dental bridges. Atlanta Smiles & Wellness shares more in this blog post. read more

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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Pregnancy

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