Posts for: August, 2017

By Smart Family Dental Care
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
BeSuretoHaveaDentalExamBeforeWhiteningYourTeeth

You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.

There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.

First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.

In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.

A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.

Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.

In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!


By Smart Family Dental Care
August 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign   orthodontics  

Find out how this clear orthodontic system could improve your smile.invisalign

It’s finally time to fix that gap between your front teeth but you keep thinking, “Am I too old for braces?” The idea of wearing metal braces on your teeth to your weekly office meetings just doesn’t seem ideal, but you know you want a straighter smile. What do you do? Our Norcross, GA, dentist Dr. Orson Baek is here to tell you how Invisalign can help.

What is Invisalign?

These aligners look similar to mouthguards, except they are made from thin, clear flexible plastic and are custom-made to fit over your teeth to reposition them.

What are the benefits of getting Invisalign in Norcross, GA?

As you may already be able to imagine, Invisalign offers its wearers a host of benefits that other orthodontic systems can’t including:

A subtle treatment: If you don’t want colleagues, clients or fellow students to notice your braces whenever you open your mouth then Invisalign may be the best option for you. These aligners are completely clear. So as long as you keep them clean and stain-free, people won’t notice that you are even sporting braces of any kind.

Eat what you want: If you have traditional braces then there are certain foods that you’ll have to stay away from to prevent damage to brackets or wires. Luckily, these aligners can be completely removed prior to eating so that you don’t have to miss out on enjoying some of your favorite foods just because you want to get Invisalign.

Easily care for your smile: You can imagine just how difficult it can be at times to brush and floss properly, particularly when you have brackets and wires to contend with. Wearing braces can sometimes leave you prone to decay but with Invisalign, you can just remove your aligners before you brush and floss. You won’t have to make any changes to your oral routine, which also means that you’ll be less likely to deal with cavities.

A faster treatment: The average adult only has to wear Invisalign for about one year. This is often much faster than traditional braces. Of course, you may not even need to wear your aligners for one year. If you only want to make subtle changes to your smile then you could get the results you want in just a few months. We will be able to determine your projected length of treatment when you come in for a consultation.

If you are ready to find out more about Invisalign and what it can do for you then call Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, today to schedule your orthodontic consultation. We think getting a straighter smile should be easy.


By Smart Family Dental Care
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
26MillionFansLikeJustinBiebersChippedTooth

Is a chipped tooth big news? It is if you’re Justin Bieber. When the pop singer recently posted a picture from the dental office to his instagram account, it got over 2.6 million “likes.” The snapshot shows him reclining in the chair, making peace signs with his hands as he opens wide; meanwhile, his dentist is busy working on his smile. The caption reads: “I chipped my tooth.”

Bieber may have a few more social media followers than the average person, but his dental problem is not unique. Sports injuries, mishaps at home, playground accidents and auto collisions are among the more common causes of dental trauma.

Some dental problems need to be treated as soon as possible, while others can wait a few days. Do you know which is which? Here are some basic guidelines:

A tooth that’s knocked out needs attention right away. First, try and locate the missing tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid holding the tooth’s roots. Next, grasp the crown of the tooth and place it back in the socket facing the correct way. If that isn’t possible, place it between the cheek and gum, in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva or a special tooth preservative, or in a glass of cold milk. Then rush to the dental office or emergency room right away. For the best chance of saving the tooth, it should be treated within five minutes.

If a tooth is loosened or displaced (pushed sideways, deeper into or out of its socket), it’s best to seek dental treatment within 6 hours. A complete examination will be needed to find out exactly what’s wrong and how best to treat it. Loosened or displaced teeth may be splinted to give them stability while they heal. In some situations, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.

Broken or fractured (cracked) teeth should receive treatment within 12 hours. If the injury extends into the tooth’s inner pulp tissue, root canal treatment will be needed. Depending on the severity of the injury, the tooth may need a crown (cap) to restore its function and appearance. If pieces of the tooth have been recovered, bring them with you to the office.

Chipped teeth are among the most common dental injuries, and can generally be restored successfully. Minor chips or rough edges can be polished off with a dental instrument. Teeth with slightly larger chips can often be restored via cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. When more of the tooth structure is missing, the best solution may be porcelain veneers or crowns. These procedures can generally be accomplished at a scheduled office visit. However, if the tooth is painful, sensitive to heat or cold or producing other symptoms, don’t wait for an appointment — seek help right away.

Justin Bieber earned lots of “likes” by sharing a picture from the dental office. But maybe the take-home from his post is this: If you have a dental injury, be sure to get treatment when it’s needed. The ability to restore a damaged smile is one of the best things about modern dentistry.

If you have questions about dental injury, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”