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Five Simple Solutions For A Better Smile

Posted on May 13th, 2016

We are proud that we are able to provide comprehensive dental care at Atlanta West Dentistry.

We provide general dentistry to help prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease. We provide restorative services for patients who have lost teeth or teeth that have been damaged.

And we can provide cosmetic dentistry for patients who want their smiles to look their absolute best. If you live in or near Marietta, GA, and you would like to change something about your smile, here are five ways we can help make that happen.

► Get Your Teeth Whitened

Teeth whitening is one of the most requested cosmetic services in the United States, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Our teeth can change colors for several reasons. You may have developed stains from years of morning coffees, soft drinks to get you through the afternoon when your energy drops, and pasta with a glass of wine at dinner.

You may be a tobacco user who has noticed the effects of cigarettes on your teeth.

And you may just be getting older (we know, it happens). Our teeth naturally turn darker and yellower due to the normal wear and tear from biting and chewing.

Professional teeth whitening products, like KöR and Opalescence, are the fastest and most effective ways to remove stains on the outside of your teeth.

For intrinsic discoloration, which may be the result of an injury, illness, or medication, veneers can be applied to whiten your smile. Intrinsic problems are more difficult to remove, but veneers can be used to cover teeth with these issues.

► Fix Your Gummy Smile

If you have a gummy smile, then we may not need to explain what it is. Nevertheless, this occurs when you reveal more gum tissue than teeth when you part your lips.

One way people cope with this is by keeping their lips pressed together when they smile, which can make your smile appear forced or disingenuous. It can also make you self-conscious about how you are perceived by others when you do smile.

This may happen because you have more gum tissue than the average person, or it may occur because your teeth are “short.” That is to say that your teeth did not erupt as far from your gums as other people’s did.

Gum reshaping is a procedure that can make your smile more “toothy.” Using laser technology, we can sculpt the extra gum tissue to reveal more of your teeth.

► Straighten Your Teeth

You could do this with orthodontic care, which could take two years or more. Or you could get veneers to correct this issue in a few weeks.

Veneers will not actually straighten your crooked teeth, but they can hide those teeth. Veneers are like a shell that is applied to the front of your teeth to hide their natural appearance.

Whether you get porcelain or DURAthin veneers, your smile can look dramatically different in a short time.

If you are interested in actually straightening your teeth (and not just looking like you did), we also offer Invisalign as an alternative to braces. Invisalign uses clear aligners instead of metal brackets and wires. This treatment also can often be completed in about 12 months, about half the time of traditional braces.

► Fix Your Worn Down Teeth

A single tooth can affect your smile, and that can be enough to affect your self-confidence. It can make you uncomfortable when talking to someone you may like to date. It can make you hesitant when approaching a potential client or customer, and it may cause you to question yourself about applying for a new position with your company.

If your problem is one or two teeth, we may be able to fix those issues with dental bonding. The bonding material matches the natural color of teeth, so it will blend naturally with the rest of your teeth when it is applied.

► Close The Gaps In Your Teeth

Do you have more space in your smile than you would like? Do you wish that gap or those gaps would disappear?

They can, and veneers can make that happen. Again, we can apply veneers over your teeth to make them appear evenly spaced and closer together.

Discover Your Best Smile

No matter what you would like to change about your smile, our team at Atlanta West Dentistry has a cosmetic service that can help. We can make your teeth whiter, more complete, and straighter. We can close the gaps and reveal more of your teeth when you do smile.

If you live in or near Marietta, GA, you can contact our dentist office by filling out an online form or by calling (770) 941-6979.