No More Excuses, Floss!

preventative dental care atlanta gaEveryone seems to have an excuse not to floss. But did you know that flossing can prevent a whole range of oral health concerns from gum disease to tooth loss? And, flossing could even save you time and money. Consistent, daily oral hygiene is the best way to protect your natural smiles and prevent the need for costly dental proceudres. Atlanta, GA general dentist Dr. Alla Brown emphasizes the importance of flossing for your oral health.

No More Excuses, Floss!

Common Excuse: I have straight teeth that have no gaps in between them.
The Reality: Everyone has some amount of space in between your teeth. Flossing reaches surfaces of your teeth that brushing can not. Flossing removes food debris and most importantly flossing removes plaque build up where bacteria grows. Even if your teeth appear very close together the reality is that bacteria will grow in between your teeth. Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

Common Excuse: Flossing just takes up too much of my time.
The Reality: Sitting in a dental chair for dental fillings or a root canal takes a lot longer. You can properly floss your teeth in about 1 to 2 minutes. Flossing can deter the development of serious dental health concerns that will require complex, advanced dental procedures to treat.

Common Excuse: I do not know if I am flossing right.
The Reality: That is okay, a lot of people are unsure if they are flossing right. Dr. Brown and our dental care team will be happy to advise you on proper flossing techniques that will benefit the health of your teeth and gums.

Common Excuse: My gums bleed when I floss.
The Reality: If your gums are bleeding, then flossing is extra important! If your gums bleed when you floss, you are most likely already showing signs of gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that left untreated can cause bone loss, tooth loss, and systemic disease. The most effective way to combat and prevent gum disease is by flossing and brushing twice daily to remove the build up plaque that bacteria feeds on.

Schedule An Appointment

Regular visits to Dr. Brown allow for early diagnosis of any oral health concerns such as gum disease or tooth decay. Early diagnosis is key for effective and conservative dental care. Contact our Atlanta dentist office or schedule a consultation online to learn more about how comprehensive and conservative dental care can improve your smile.

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Porcelain Veneers for a Smile Makeover

African American Man SmilingPorcelain veneers offer permanent, comfortable and offer natural looking and long lasting results. With proactive oral hygiene and regular preventive care with Buford, GA cosmetic dentist Dr. Alla Brown of Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry your dental veneers could last for years.

Dental Veneers Buford, GA

DENTAL VENEERS can be used to correct a range of cosmetic dental concerns. Veneers effectively correct dental problems such as gaps between teeth, discolored teeth, and chipped or broken teeth. Dr. Brown offers dental veneers as a treatment to correct cosmetic dental concerns and protect your teeth and gums from further damage.

Porcelain veneers are made using a high-quality translucent material. This state of the art dental material reflects light the same way as a natural tooth so that they will blend in with your natural smile. Porcelain veneers offer a permanent restoration and are matched to a patient’s natural tooth color for beautiful results.

Porcelain Veneer Treatment

Porcelain veneers require minor tooth preparation. Dr. Brown will remove a thin layer of your natural teeth to make room for the veneers. Once bonded, dental veneers are a permanent cosmetic restoration that can last for many years. Porcelain veneers are highly stain and decay resistant for durable, lasting results.

After careful placement and adjustments are made, you will be able to use your veneer teeth just like your natural teeth. Dental veneers require no more maintenance than your natural teeth.

Visit Your Dentist Buford, GA

Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is focused around providing comprehensive and quality restorative and cosmetic dental care so our patients may enjoy their optimal oral health. We welcome to new and existing patients to our Buford dentist office. Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers complete dentistry for our patients’ optimal oral health. Our dentist office focuses on our patients’ needs and quality of life. Schedule an appointment at our Buford dentist office.

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It Is National Dentist Day!

NDD-posters8It is the best day of the year! It is National Dentist Day! Our Buford, GA dentist office Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry invites all of our new and returning patients to celebrate with us! Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Alla Brown and make sure you floss extra well tonight! Good daily oral hygiene is the the best way to thank your dentist.

Dr. Alla Brown : Brightening Buford, GA Smiles

Dr. BrownDr. Brown is commitment to providing excellent progressive dental care . Dr. Brown completed her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry by completing 500 continuing dental education credit hours. STaying current on new dental technology, techniques and treatments allows Dr. Brown to provide her patients with most modern dental care. Today’s dental technology allows for more effective, comfortable and long lasting cosmetic and restorative dental treatments.

What Our Patients Have To Say:

“I have a phobia about going to the dentist and it seemed it disappeared when I walked into the room. I have never felt so comfortable in my life sitting in a dentist chair. Usually I am sweating and shaking.” Daniel H

“We have never been to a dental practice that makes us feel as “a part of the family”. To be treated as though we are the most important patients makes us know that our dental care and personal well being is very important to Dr. Alla Brown and her staff. They use the most updated techniques and products to ensure that we are provided with great service.” Bob & Wylene H.

“I highly recommend Dr. Brown. She’s a great dentist, and a better person. Her whole staff is very friendly. The office is one of the nicer dentist office’s I’ve ever been in, including free drinks and personalized TV in each room.” John F.

Dental Services Buford, GA

Dr. Brown is well trained and experienced in almost all aspects of dentistry. Her comprehensive knowledge and experience allows for consistent and thorough care that will address your oral health concerns and fulfill your cosmetic goals. Dr. Brown understands the oral health concerns of all stages of dental development. Our Buford dentist office accepts patients of all ages offering a convenient and welcoming atmosphere for the whole family.

Visit Your Dentist Buford, GA

Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is focused around providing comprehensive and quality restorative and cosmetic dental care so our patients may enjoy their optimal oral health. We welcome to new and existing patients to our Buford dentist office. Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers complete dentistry for our patients optimal oral health. Our dentist office focuses on our patients needs and quality of life. Schedule an appointment at our Buford dentist office.

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Treatment Options for Missing Teeth

Man Missing ToothMissing teeth can detract from the aesthetics of your natural smile, but they can also contribute to complex oral health concerns. Jeopardizing both the function and beauty of you smile, missing teeth should be treated as soon as possible to maintain your oral health. Buford, GA dentist Dr. Alla Brown offers a variety of missing tooth treatments to fit your lifestyle, budget, and cosmetic goals.

Most patients will suffer from some form of severe tooth decay or missing teeth in their adult life. Seeking treatment for your lost teeth can help restore your confidence and even may improve your daily social interactions. It is important to note that missing teeth can also lead to serious dental health concerns.

Untreated, missing teeth can lead to:

Missing Tooth Replacement Options

With the advancements in dental technology, technique, and materials, tooth replacement is more efficient, more comfortable and natural looking than ever before. Dr. Brown offers a variety of treatment options for missing tooth so that she can personalize your treatment plan so you receive optimal results. While each option has many benefits, dental implants can be used in combination with all options for a more secure restoration.

  • Dental Bridge- Affordable and effective, dental bridges are ideal for replacing several consecutive missing teeth. Dental bridges are removable. When used with dental implants, Dr. Brown can secure the bridge for a permanent and long lasting restoration.
  • Denture– Dentures have long been the go to for missing teeth. Used for patients who are missing all of their teeth on the upper or bottom jaw. Dentures are now more natural looking and can be better fit for comfort and increased chewing ability. Fixed dentures are even more secure with the use of dental implants.
  • Dental Implant- Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jaw. Once healed, dental implants fuse with your natural bone making a stable foundation for a dental restoration. For one missing tooth, a crown may be placed on the implant for a permanent and beautiful dental restoration.

Visit Your Dentist Buford, GA

Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is focused around providing comprehensive and quality restorative and cosmetic dental care so our patients may enjoy their optimal oral health. We welcome to new and existing patients to our Buford dentist office. Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers complete dentistry for our patient’s optimal oral health. Our dentist office focuses on our patient’s needs and quality of life. Schedule an appointment at our Buford dentist office.

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Your Bleeding Gums May Be A Warning

Oral health, halitosis, Buford, GADo not ignore your bleeding gums! If you are experiencing frequent bleeding gums, they may be trying to send you a message. One of the most common causes of bleeding gums is gum disease, a complex oral health condition. Buford, GA dentist Dr. Alla Brown can help determine the cause of your bleeding gums for conservative treatment.

Gum disease is a common dental concern. Often coined “the silent disease” many patients are unaware they have it. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums due to a bacterial infection. When left untreated, it can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss and even bone loss. Recent studies are even showing that long-term periodontal disease is tied to serious systemic health concerns.

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and increased risk of heart attack and stroke have all been linked to untreated gum disease.

If you have bleeding gums, it is highly advisable to seek care from a dentist. Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers treatment for the prevention and early stages of gum disease. Preventive dental care is essential in avoid the long-term and complex health problems associated with gum disease.

Gum Disease Treatment Options

  • Dental Cleaning: Preventive dental care is the best way to avoid the development of gum disease. Visiting the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings are a great way to protect your gums from gum disease.
  • Scaling & Root Planing: If you have already developed gum disease, scaling, and root planing can help reduce bacteria causing plaque. Dr. Brown will take the plaque and tartar out of the deep pockets of the gum and smooth out your roots. This will help to remove the bacterial infection and avoid further damage to your teeth.
  • Periodontal Therapy: In some cases, gum surgery is necessary to treat the bacterial infection. In more advanced cases of periodontal disease, Dr. Brown may work with a periodontist specialist in order to provide you with optimal oral health.

Visit Your Dentist Buford, GA

We welcome to new and existing patients to our Buford dentist office. Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers complete dentistry for our patient’s optimal oral health. Our dentist office focuses on our patient’s needs and quality of life. Schedule an appointment at our Buford dentist office.

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Break Bad Habits For Healthy Teeth

496794797Bad habits are hard to break, and we often do not realize the full extent of damage they may be causing to our health. Do you know how your bad habits may be deteriorating your oral health? Buford, GA dentist Dr. Alla Brown offers some insight on how a few bad habits impact your oral health.

Teeth Are Not Scissors

Our parents always told us, “Do not use your teeth to do that!” Turns out, they were right. Using your teeth as a stand in for scissors or a knife can cause damage to your teeth and jaw. Do not put yourself at risk for accidentally swallowing something dangerous or chipping your teeth. Take the extra few minutes to find a sharp tool to help you open that package, or a ask a friend to help you. If the damage has already been done, contact our Buford dentist office for our restorative dentistry treatment options. Dr. Brown will spend time examining your oral health needs and can recommend conservative dental care to restore the health and beauty to your smile.

Relax Your Jaw

Clenching or grinding your jaw can be a reaction to stressful situations. Sometimes, we do not even realize we are doing it. Try to be aware of how hard your jaw is clenched. Damage to your jaw can cause frequent headaches, chipped teeth, of difficulty eating. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, or suffer from chronic jaw pain ask Dr. Brown about TMJ treatment options like mouthguards or Invisalign.

Always, Gently, Brush Twice A Day

Brushing your teeth with force will not make them any cleaner. Brushing too hard just irritates your gums, and may lead to root exposure over time. Brushing twice a day is essential to your oral health, but take a break. Think of brushing your teeth as a gentle massage of the gums and teeth. Make sure you are brushing with a soft bristled brush to avoid bleeding gums. Dr. Brown can help show you how to properly brush and answer your questions about what dental treatments are best for your oral health.

Visit Your Dentist Buford, GA

We welcome to new and existing patients to our Buford dentist office. Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers complete dentistry for our patients optimal oral health. Our dentist office focuses on our patients needs and quality of life. Schedule an appointment at our Buford dentist office.

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Invisalign®

Woman wearing orthodontic silicone trainerOur Buford, Georgia dental office offers Invisalign® clear braces for their high success rates and level of customer satisfaction. Our patients ask for Invisalign for their ease of use, effectiveness, and their discreteness. Invisalign is removable for those special occasions, and daily brushing.

The Invisalign clear braces are made from an ultra-thin, transparent, hard-soft plastic. Cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Alla Brown takes impressions of your teeth and creates a custom series of aligners. Your custom fit aligners are designed to gradually and comfortably shift your crooked teeth.

Each phase of aligner are worn for about 2 weeks. Most patients will see results in about 6-12 months. The amount of time patients wear Invisalign is dependent on the severity of their crooked teeth or bite.

Invisalign is safe, gentle, and effective. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear braces will not cause damage or staining to your teeth. Because Invisalign is removable, you are able to continue your normal oral hygiene routine and professional cleanings. This helps to reduce food buildup and tooth decay, a common side effect of metal braces.

The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on the patient’s condition. Factors that are considered are the desired results and number of aligners needed to reposition the teeth into the desired outcome. Dr. Brown will review all of your treatment costs during an initial consultation. A down payment is needed before treatment begins. Some patients may qualify for financing through CareCredit which can break treatment into affordable monthly payments.

Invisalign is a great dental treatment option for many patients. Every patient has unique oral health needs and Invisalign may not be the right solution for everyone. Invisalign can be a great cosmetic dental procedure for patients who need minor tooth movement, or who need some readjusting after previous orthodontics. Crowded teeth, gaps, narrow tooth arches and bite issues can all be corrected with the proper use of Invisalign. Dr. Brown will help you choose which dental treatment plan will provide you with your most healthy, functional and beautiful smile.

Invisalign may be the gentle and discreet dental treatment for your mild orthodontic needs. To find out if Invisalign can correct your oral health needs, contact our Buford dentist office or schedule an online appointment.

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Spooky Plaque

Halloween candy, Buford, GAThe scariest part of Halloween is the damage all that candy does to your teeth! Spooky plaque feeds off sugar, allowing it to rapidly spread and take over your mouth. Plaque buildup can cause gum disease, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and even tooth decay. Remember, plaque build up is like a ghost! Permanent effects of plaque are not immediately noticeable, but over a lifetime can cause serious and complex dental health concerns.

Buford, GA Dentist Dr. Alla Brown has some “tricks and treats” for you to moderate your sugar intake this Halloween. By making a few compromises and alterations, you can still have a spooktacular Halloween, and keep your smile healthy all winter long!

Pick Your Poison: If you can’t resist the ghoulish temptation of the candy, try to drink water instead of soda or sugary juice. Less sugar is always better, and the water will help flush out the sugar.

Plan Your Scare: Eat candy after a meal when saliva production is already increased, helping to move that plaque building sugar instead of lingering around in your mouth. Remember to rinse or brush your teeth after enjoying your sweet treat.

Trick with Treats: Make grapes eyeballs, and carrots zombie fingers! Turn healthy snacks into creepy treats! Always offer healthy alternatives at gatherings and parties, but dress them up for Halloween, kids won’t even realize they are eating healthy!

Avoid Braces Busters: Don’t let sticky and hard candies ruin all that hard work you put into straightening your teeth! If you or your kids have braces, make sure you steer clear of any taffy or sucking candies. Hard candies can get stuck and even break expensive braces. If you have any questions about what you can and can’t enjoy this holiday with your braces make sure to contact Dr. Brown.

Family dentist Dr. Brown also always recommends maintaining your healthy oral hygiene habits especially as the busy holiday season picks up. Brush and floss twice a day and make sure to come in for your regular dental cleanings and a comprehensive oral health screening. Schedule your appointment today!

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Fighting Tooth Decay

Fighting tooth decay, Buford, GATooth decay and cavities affect most patients at some point in their lives. Children and adults are equally susceptible to decay, which is the result of harmful bacteria making their way into the crevices in our teeth, filled by sugars that are left on tooth surfaces after consuming foods and beverages containing sugar.

Buford, GA Dentist Dr. Alla Brown places an emphasis on preventive dental care, stressing the important role that it plays in maintaining a healthy smile. Routine dental visits provide the opportunity for Dr. Brown and our staff to spot the early signs of decay, preventing tooth damage or periodontal disease from advancing. It also offers the chance for us to provide you with personalized oral hygiene advice that is tailored to your unique oral health concerns and lifestyle habits, helping you to keep your teeth and gums healthy between routine dental visits.

Why Do You Get Cavities?

Cavities, or tooth decay, is almost always the result of sugars left behind on surfaces of the teeth and gums. Sugars are quickly turned into harmful acids by bacteria, damaging the tooth structure and gum tissue.

Brushing and flossing daily removes these sugars and the bacteria that have begun to grow on our teeth and gums, greatly reducing the risk of decay and cavities. However, even the most diligent oral hygiene routine can be hijacked by several factors:

  • Teeth that have large or many crevices
  • Acidic foods that attack the tooth enamel
  • Certain medical conditions and medications that can affect gum health and cause dry mouth
  • Poorly placed fillings or restorations that allow acid to build underneath and into the tooth structure
  • Lifestyle habits including smoking and a diet high in sugar

Our modern diet and typical lifestyle makes most of us prone to tooth decay to some degree. Dr. Brown can help you to minimize your personal risk with tips for keeping your mouth healthy so that you can enjoy your smile for as long as possible. You may benefit from additional dental cleanings, at home oral care products or a certain type of tooth brush.

Schedule Your Appointment

The key to fighting tooth decay is good dental care! Be sure to visit our Buford, GA dentist office at least twice a year. Looking for a new dentist? We accept new patients- call our office or schedule an appointment online.

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Cosmetic Bonding Vs. Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic Dentistry, Buford, GA
Cosmetic dentistry is not just recommended for making over a smile, but can also serve an important role in helping to maintain a healthy smile. As we age, tooth structure is weakened and can cause our teeth to become chipped and damaged. This will eventually reduce the tooth enamel, leaving our teeth more vulnerable to breaking and cracking.

There is a range of cosmetic treatments and to learn more about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry and treatment options, visit yoursmilebecomesyou.com. Two popular treatments to enhance the appearance and improve overall dental health include porcelain veneers and tooth bonding.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain, custom-made to improve the appearance of your smile. This cosmetic treatment provides strength and resilience to improve the shape, size and color of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are applied by removing a small amount of the original enamel. This allows the veneer to properly fit within the mouth and provides a more natural result.

Porcelain veneers are able to improve many cosmetic features such as color, fractures and gaps. Many patients enjoy veneers because they are custom-made of high quality materials, which makes it harder to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth.

Veneers resist stains from coffee, tea, and smoking. Veneers can also make even the darkest teeth appear bright and white. However, because enamel must be removed to place a veneer, this is not considered a reversible treatment. Adjustments can be made but you will not be able to return to the original condition of the tooth.

Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

Dental bonding is a popular, less expensive cosmetic treatment. Tooth bonding uses a high-density, composite resin and porcelain to perfectly match original teeth. Cosmetic bonding requires your tooth to first be roughened so the resin can properly adhere. When Dr. Alla Brown applies the resin, it will be molded and hardened to fill in cracks or chips present in your teeth. This custom color matched resin is virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth enamel.

Cosmetic bonding can be used in many ways but works best for repairing damaged teeth. Tooth bonding is a quick treatment for a long-lasting smile. Unlike veneers, the composite resin can be stained over time from coffee, tea and smoking. While this treatment is less expensive than dental veneers, tooth bonding will only last around 10 years while veneers can last up to and beyond 20 years with good oral hygiene and dental care.

Every smile is unique. Both porcelain veneers and tooth bonding are great cosmetic treatments that can enhance your smile and improve your dental health. After discussing your cosmetic desires, goals and budget, Dr. Brown will recommend which treatment is best for you.

If you would like to discuss your dental concerns or learn more about cosmetic dentistry, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown at our Buford, GA dentist office today!

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