Posts for: November, 2013

By Smart Family Dental Care
November 27, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: celebrity smiles   orthodontics   gap  

We all know Madonna, Seal, David Letterman, Anna Paquin and Michael Strahan (of the talk show Kelly and Michael). What do all of these celebrities have in common? Each has a “signature gap” between their front teeth. Given that they have been in the public eye for quite some time, it's not likely that these famous faces will choose to change their well-known smile. In fact, Michael Strahan has publically stated that he will never close his gap.

However, it is not uncommon for people to desire to fix a small gap in their teeth, particularly in advance of important events, such as weddings. Often times, fixing this small gap requires relatively simple orthodontic movements or tooth straightening. Since the teeth don't have to be moved very far, we can usually use simple appliances to correct the issue within a few months.

In order for us to determine your course of treatment, you'll need to make an appointment with our office for a thorough examination. When we examine you, we'll be looking for a number of items that will affect our treatment recommendation:

  • Is there enough room to close the space without creating other bite problems?
  • Are the roots of the teeth in reasonably good position to allow for minor tooth movement to close the space? X-rays will be required to make a proper assessment.
  • Is there an involuntary tongue habit that has pushed the teeth forward and created the gap? If so, this could be difficult to fix quickly.
  • Are the surrounding gum tissues and bone healthy?

Based on our assessment and your individual needs, we may recommend one of the following options:

  • Clear retainers, a computer-generated series of clear retainers customized for your bite to move the teeth
  • Removable orthodontic retainers to which we will attach small springs or elastics to facilitate the minor tooth movement
  • Traditional fixed orthodontic appliances (most commonly known as braces), small metal or clear brackets bonded to your teeth through which tiny wires are used to move the teeth

Regardless of the method we choose, once your teeth have moved into the new position, it is important for you to remember that they must be kept in this position until the bone stabilizes around the teeth. We may therefore advise you to wear a retainer for a few months to a few years, depending on your situation.

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Minor Tooth Movement.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
November 22, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign in Norcross

Norcross Invisalign Treatment
A smile says a lot about a person. Not to mention the condition and appearance of your teeth has a significant impact on your own self-confidence. Thanks to advances in dentistry today, achieving the smile you’ve always wanted has never been easier with Invisalign.
For crooked teeth, traditional braces have been effective in the past. But many people, especially adults, don’t like the idea of noticeable wires and brackets, nor the discomfort and inconvenience that accompany this orthodontic treatment. Using a series of clear, removable, custom-made aligners, the Invisalign system will gradually shift your teeth to their desired position over a period of time.  Invisalign is quickly becoming the most comfortable, convenient and discreet teeth straightening option available.
At Smart Family Dental Care, we want to be your choice for Invisalign in Norcross.  Visit our office today to learn more about Invisalign and the benefits of straighter teeth.

Our Dentist in Norcross, GA Says: A Straight Smile is a Healthy Smile

Invisalign has proven to be an effective treatment for a wide range of dental and orthodontic problems, including crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbites, overbites and underbites. But the benefits of straightening crooked teeth are more far-reaching than just cosmetic improvements.
Aside from aesthetic reasons, straighter teeth can improve your health and overall quality of life. Straight teeth are less prone to decay, because they collect less plaque—the sticky colorless substance that forms on our teeth and leads to tooth decay. They are also easier to keep clean. Not to mention that a properly aligned smile can improve your normal day to day functions like chewing and speaking as well
A major health benefit of Invisalign is the ease in which you can care for your teeth during treatment. With traditional orthodontic braces, brushing around brackets, bands and wires can be a difficult task, allowing food to easily become trapped and accumulate along the gum line.  With removable Invisalign aligners in Norcross, you’ll have the ability to take out the trays for normal brushing and flossing, ensuring your teeth stay health throughout the entire process.

The Benefits of Invisalign are Clear

Invisalign has become the preferred method of teeth straightening for over a million people worldwide, and for good reason. As a patient in Norcross, Invisalign can adjust your smile without altering your life thanks to the invisible and removable aligners. No one has to know you are undergoing treatment unless you tell them, and the removable aligners give you the flexibility to eat, brush and enjoy your everyday activities as normal.
Invisalign works for teens, too. Almost identical to the adult Invisalign aligners, Invisalign Teen aligners are crafted for a teen’s growing adult molars to ensure a perfect fit. Invisalign is made of smooth plastic, making this a comfortable solution for straightening your teeth. This allows active teens to play sports without worrying about cutting their mouth and gums on the pointy metal wires and brackets.
Don’t put off straightening your teeth any longer. With Invisalign in Norcross from our office, you can comfortably and conveniently achieve an improved smile without the hassle and discomfort of traditional orthodontic braces. Better yet, Invisalign is invisible, and that means no one has to know about the treatment but you.

Call Smart Family Dental Care for more information on Invisalign.  As a dentist in Norcross, Dr. Orson Baek will work with you to determine if Invisalign is right for you or your teen.

By Smart Family Dental Care
November 12, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: antibiotic  

If you have certain health conditions, your medical doctor may prescribe an antibiotic for you to take prior to a dental visit. The reason why is a story that dates back to the mid-20th Century.

In the early part of the last century, a theory became popular that bacteria in the mouth could migrate to other parts of the body and cause systemic illness or disease. During the 1930s and 1940s evidence arose that indicated a connection between dental procedures that caused bleeding and two serious health conditions: bacteremia (the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream) and infective endocartitis. The latter is the inflammation of inner tissues of the heart (including the valves) caused by infectious agents, most notably bacteria. It became common then to prescribe antibiotics to patients susceptible to these conditions as a preventive measure. Later, patients with prosthetic joints or poor immune systems were added for this kind of treatment.

For many years, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommended pre-visit antibiotic treatment for a wide array of heart patients. After several years of research that indicated the treatment wasn't necessary for most people and might even be detrimental, they updated their guidelines in 2007 and reduced their recommendation list to just a few conditions. They now recommend the antibiotic treatment for patients with artificial heart valves, a history of infective endocartitis, heart transplant recipients with valve problems, and certain congenital (inherited) heart conditions.

If you have a condition that calls for a pre-visit antibiotic treatment, all the providers involved with your care will need to communicate. Your medical doctor will most likely prescribe two grams of amoxicillin (or a similar antibiotic if you are allergic to amoxicillin) that you would take an hour before the dental procedure. We in turn would communicate with your medical doctor concerning the dental procedures you're scheduled to undergo (including regular cleanings), in case your doctor would like to make adjustments in your medication.

Your health and well-being is of utmost importance to all your healthcare providers, medical and dental. Working together, we can ensure the dental procedures you need for oral health won't have an adverse impact your general health.

If you would like more information on antibiotic treatment before a dental visit, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Antibiotics for Dental Visits.”