Posts for: August, 2013

By Smart Family Dental Care
August 20, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

At Smart Family Dental, laser and cosmetic dentistry in Norcross, Dr. Orson Baek utilizes recent advancements in technology to improve dental procedures for all of his patients in Norcross. Dr. Baek maintains precision and efficiency through laser dentistry so that his patients can experience the best in dental care. Laser dentistry allows for the treatment of highly specific areas by laser without damaging the surrounding tissues.  Norcross Laser Dentistry

For years lasers have been used in dentistry to treat a number of dental problems. As laser dentistry continues to improve and grow in popularity, many dental procedures can be performed quicker, more efficiently and more comfortably than ever before. Dr. Baek, dentist in Norcross, GA, may use dental lasers during a professional cleaning to remove tartar and as a replacement for the traditional root planing procedure, which currently is performed using a surgical instrument that can potentially damage surrounding tissue.

In Norcross, laser dentistry offers an array of benefits for both the patient and Dr. Orson Baek. From faster healing to minimizing bleeding and bacterial infections, laser dentistry allows Dr. Baek to successfully treat his patients without causing damage to surrounding tissues.

For more information on laser dentistry in Norcross at Smart Family Dental, contact Dr. Orson Baek and his staff by calling (770) 446-5700.

By Smart Family Dental Care
August 20, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Sometimes, we all need a bit of prompting to do what's good for us. When Serena Girardi, the 10-year-old daughter of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, needed to have orthodontic treatment, she was a little nervous. To help lessen her anxiety, Girardi, then 45 years old, made a deal: if she got braces, then he would too.

“What I didn't realize,” said Girardi in an interview with ESPN, “is that she only had to get four on her front teeth and I got the full mouthful.”

But that didn't stop the baseball great from keeping up his end of the bargain. In a separate deal with his son Dante, who also needed braces, Girardi agreed to wear blue rubber bands. “It's a good look,” he said. What will he do if his third child needs braces? Stay tuned...

Whether it starts as a bargain with your kids or as a promise to yourself, orthodontic treatment can offer real benefits at any age. In fact, about one out of five orthodontic patients today is an adult. Studies have shown that up to three-quarters of all adults have some form of orthodontic problem, like drifting or crowding of teeth. And having a great-looking smile not only improves self-confidence, but can also boost an adult's social life, and even enhance his or her career opportunities.

If you or your child may need braces, but you're put off by the dreary metal hardware you remember from back in the day, take heart! Plenty has changed in the field of orthodontics since you were a teenager — and it's not just the color of the rubber bands.

In many cases, clear or colorless ceramic braces can be used instead of metal ones. These stain-resistant orthodontic appliances blend in well with your own teeth, making them much less evident. It may be possible for them to be placed on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth, where they're even less visible.

Clear aligners offer an alternative to braces that's appropriate for some people. Aligners are a series of precision-made “trays” composed of polyurethane plastic. Worn 20-22 hours per day for a period of months, these appliances gradually move teeth into an improved position. Besides being virtually invisible, another advantage of these trays is that they may be removed for eating and for important occasions. Once recommended only for adults, they have recently become available to teenagers as well.

What's the best way to find out whether you or someone in your family could benefit from orthodontics, and which treatment option best suits your individual needs? Come in to our office for a consultation! After a thorough examination, we would be happy to recommend the most appropriate treatment methods for your particular situation.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics For The Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”