What Can Dental Bonding Do For Your Smile?

Have your teeth taken some damage over the years but you don’t want complicated and expensive dental procedures? Cosmetic bonding may the simple smile enhancement solution you have been looking for! Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry of Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, explains how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you have the smile you want.

What is cosmetic dental bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a procedure in which Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry use composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas of your smile, essentially making you lok like you’ve got a fresh new smile. Composite resin could be compared to the spackle used in home repairs but for your teeth. The resin can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation, making it ideal for treating an assortment of cosmetic dental issues. Once the resin hardens and bonds — hence the name of the procedure — with your own natural teeth it will not only look just like your natural teeth but be just as strong too. Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry will choose a composite resin that is colored to match your tooth enamel so that the bonded area is never obvious.

What are the signs that you need dental bonding?

Chips in teeth, even small ones, can be noticeable and make you feel self-conscious about your smile but cosmetic dental bonding can fill in these chips. It can also be used to cover the exposed roots of teeth due to receding gums, protecting them from infection and preventing sensitivity.

Maybe you have one tooth that doesn’t look like the others? Sometimes a discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped tooth can still be in good health. The resin can be used to change the appearance and color of the tooth, giving your smile a more uniform look.

Cosmetic bonding is also an ideal choice for filling in small gaps between your teeth. Gaps in your teeth can make you feel self-conscious about the way your smile looks and also create places for food particles to become stuck and plaque to form. Bonding is a simple and relatively affordable way to close those spaces, boosting self-confidence and make eating easier.

While composite dental bonding doesn’t have the longevity of veneers, you should be able to wear them for up to 10 years if you care for them properly by avoiding hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your composite material.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Buford, GA

Cosmetic dental bonding might be just what you need to help you have you the healthy-looking, confident smile you’ve always! Call Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, your friendly and professional dentists in Buford, GA at 678-359-4707 or schedule online for your consultation. Why not see what cosmetic bonding can do for your smile today?

A Bridge to a Better Smile

Missing teeth can cause a multitude of problems — more than just an incomplete smile — including difficulty speaking normally and difficulty eating and poor nutrition due to a limited diet. Luckily, the world of modern dentistry offers several good options for replacing lost teeth. One of the most simple yet reliable choices is the dental bridge. The skilled dental professionals at Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford, GA would like to take a moment to explain the benefits of bridges for restoring a complete, healthy smile.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A bridge is a kind of prosthesis — a replacement part — that fills in the empty space left by a missing tooth and is supported by the surrounding healthy teeth. In dental terms, the artificial replacement tooth is called a “pontic” (from the French word “pont” meaning bridge). The pontic is supported on both sides by the healthy adjacent teeth — called abutments. The completed prosthesis crosses over the gap in your teeth just like a bridge crosses over a canyon.

The teeth that will serve as the abutment must be prepared by your dentist to support the pont. For this purpose, they must be crowned or “capped.” This process is completed the same as if the teeth needed crowns due to tooth decay or damage.

First, their enamel is chiseled away to create enough space for the crown to fit over and completely cover the abutments while maintaining a lifelike appearance. The crowns on the abutment teeth will hold up the false tooth (pontic) in between. The pontic is another crown but with no living tooth covered underneath.

Building a Bridge

As explained above, if you are missing only one tooth, your bridge will need three crowns: two to cover the abutment teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth and one pontic in between. This arrangement is called a three-unit bridge.

If more than one tooth in a row has been lost, more crowns (and possibly more abutment teeth) will be needed to support the bridge. Your dentist must account for several variables when calculating how many crowns will be needed: the number of missing teeth, the size, length and stability of the roots of the abutment teeth, and also location in the mouth from which the teeth were lost.

Therefore, if you are replacing three missing teeth, four abutment teeth may be necessary, thereby creating a seven-unit bridge. Designing and engineering the bridge requires an understanding of not only how to replace teeth but their biology, and that of the gums and the bone tissue as well.

What to Expect

Getting bridge work completed usually requires two visits to your dentist. At the first appointment, your abutment teeth will be prepared as described above while you are under the influence of a local anesthetic. Lanier Family Dentistry will take molds of your prepped teeth will to use to prepare three-dimensional models of your teeth. These models are used to construct the crowns that will span the gaps in your teeth. Your dentist will place temporary bridge before you leave the office.

During the second appointment, your permanent bridge will be placed. It may take some time to become accustomed to the feel of the new bridge against your tongue, lips, and cheeks, but you will come to accept it as part of your own teeth sooner than you realize.

Caring For Your Bridge

Crowns must be cared for in the same manner as your other teeth — brushed twice daily and flossed around every day to prevent the build-up of dental plaque. If you have a bridge, it is even more important to schedule regular cleanings with your dental provider. A well-cared-for bridge can last for more than a decade with proper care.

Dental Bridges in Buford, GA

If you are in the Buford area and would like to discuss tooth replacement options with a skilled professional dentist or even just have a routine teeth cleaning, call 678-359-4707 or schedule online with Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.

2 Ways to Get Whiter, Brighter Teeth

teeth whitening buford gaEveryone wants to look and feel their best for the big moments in life: Walking down the aisle at your storybook wedding or interviewing for your dream job. Or maybe you need to impress your clients at work to land that big account? But maybe you feel embarrassed about smiling because your pearly whites aren’t as bright and white as they used to be. Maybe you need a boost to your self-confidence to help you smile your best smile?

If you can relate to any of this, perhaps professional teeth whitening treatments may be just what you need to have the smile you want!  If you are in the Buford GA area and are considering professional teeth whitening, Dr. Alla Brown or Dr. Amanda Newberry and their team at Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help.

How Do Teeth Get Discolored?

Even if you’ve faithfully cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your teeth will still occur naturally over time. This process can also be hastened along by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola or red wine. Even using certain prescription medications can cause discoloration.

Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily can slow this process down and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. However, it cannot reverse this process.

The team at Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers patients the option of in office or take home teeth whitening. Both treatments can erase years’ worth of stains and restore a more youthful appearance for your teeth. A fresh, white smile can boost your sense of confidence and help you feel ready to meet whatever challenge you’re facing.  

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Our fastest method of whitening is an in-office procedure using products by Zoom! Whitening. This procedure takes a little over an hour and can lighten your teeth up to ten shades lighter. The success of the whitening will depend on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth, with certain stains coming up easier than others. Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.

If you decide to undergo Zoom! in-office teeth whitening, you can expect the following: First, we set up a protective barrier to keep your gums out of the bleaching agent. Next, we apply a layer of maximum strength Zoom! bleaching gel onto your teeth.  A special no-heat lamp activates the bleaching power of the solution. The solution may need to be reapplied and the procedure repeated until your desired shade is achieved.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit

If you would prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, our at-home teeth whitening kits are a convenient method for removing stains from your tooth enamel. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry creates in the office and maximum strength bleaching gel. The take home kit provides more dramatic results than the over-the-counter options such as whitening strips and toothpastes that you may see for sale at your local drugstore.

At home, you will fill the trays with bleaching agent and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel removes stains and, because it contains fluoride, reduces sensitivity while strengthening your enamel. After about a week of daily use, your teeth will look signficantly whiter.

All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry carefully supervise teeth whitening treatments.

Teeth Whitening in Buford, GA

To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry at Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford GA by calling 678-359-4707 or request an appointment online.

Could Dental Implants Help Your Smile?

Are you tired of the embarrassment of missing teeth? Discover why a dental implant may be the best bet to restore your smile. Find out why patients and dentists prefer this tooth replacement option over others. Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry of Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offer dental implants to their patients at their Buford GA office.

What do dental implants do?

Put simply, a dental implant offers people with missing teeth a permanent smile solution. A dental implant is simply a tiny post, usually made of titanium or zirconium, embedded in the jaw onto which your dentist attaches a dental crown. The crown is made to resemble your natural teeth and restores your full smile by filling in the gap left by a lost tooth. You can also chew on it as you would a natural tooth. And as the implant fuses to the jaw bone, it stimulates growth of new bone tissue just like your natural root would. This strengthens your neighboring teeth. Because they look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth, dental implants are usually highly recommended by those who have them. And while their cost may be higher than other options, their many benefits make them well worth the extra money.

The Convenient and Comfortable Procedure

Living with missing teeth can be distressing and difficult, but the surgery to have a dental implant installed is a mostly comfortable procedure. It is minimally invasive and leaves the patient in little to no discomfort after the procedure. For most people, the placement is very simple and can be completed in one day. In more complex cases where the jaw bone tissue is weak from gum disease or other health issues, the procedure can take several months to complete.

To find out if your implantation will be a simple, same-day affair or will take more time, you’ll need a dental evaluation. If you have a sufficient amount of healthy jawbone, you can have the procedure at any time. If not, your jaw will need to be strengthened with bone grafts, which will increase the cost of dental implants. While the cost of implants may be slightly higher than other options, they make up for this with the fact that they don’t require the regular replacement or cause the later dental health problems that those other options do. Once the dental implant is placed into the jawbone, it will fuse to the bone over the next few months, making it stable and secure. You will regain a full smile that looks, acts, and feels just like your natural teeth once it’s completely healed.

How to Care For and Clean Dental Implants

Dental implants are surprisingly easy to care for. In fact, you maintain them exactly the same as you do your natural teeth. These are the basic oral health guidelines to follow:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily
  • Floss daily
  • Treat any tooth grinding or clenching habit you may have
  • Make appointments for regular professional check-ups and cleanings

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Buford GA, contact Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 678-359-4707 or schedule an appointment online today!

Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Tmj and headaches, Buford, GAAnybody who’s ever experienced dental pain knows the sooner it can be resolved, the better. Feeling pain in your teeth is not normal and can be indicative that a problem that needs to be addressed. If your teeth are hurting you, it is always a good idea to see a dentist like Dr. Alla Brown or Dr. Amanda Newberry of Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Buford GA as soon as possible. They can do a comprehensive examination and answer the frustrating question you’ve been struggling with: “Why do my teeth hurt?”  It can be a number a reasons, but Lanier Dentistry can fill you in on some of the most common:

Cavity: A cavity is a spot of decay in your tooth enamel due to bacteria eating away at it. It can expose nerves and cause pain. Cavities are easiest to resolve when they are still small and the tooth can be resealed with a filling.

Damaged or Lost Filling: Sometimes a filling can fall out or be damaged, which can create issues with your bite and chewing and lead to pain. A visit to Lanier Dentistry or your local dentist can determine what needs to be done to alleviate the pain.

Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ: If you bear down on your teeth during the day, or wake up with a sore jaw, this is a good sign that you are probably clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Dentists like Drs. Brown and Newberry can evaluate your problem and offers solutions such as customized mouthguards to help save your teeth from excessive wear and tear, as well as painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain.

Abscessed Tooth: A abscessed tooth occurs when there is an infection festering at the tooth’s roots. This condition can be extremely painful and needs antibiotics to resolve the infection before the underlying cause (such as a crack or chip in the tooth enamel) can be addressed by your dentist. Failure to treat an abscess can lead to a widespread infection that endangers your life.

Wisdom Teeth: When your wisdom teeth begin to emerge, the swelling, and jaw stiffness that result can be very painful.  Drs. Brown and Newberry or your local dentist can determine if the wisdom teeth are growing in properly or if they are impacted (bumping up against other teeth) and should be removed.

Injury caused by such things as contact sports or an accident can cause any number of problems including a “bruised” or deep discoloring of the tooth, a broken tooth, or total loss of one or more teeth.

Temperature Sensitivity: When the dentin- the sensitive layer of tissue under the enamel-is exposed due to cracks in the enamel or the recession of the gums, your teeth may become sensitive to either hot or cold temperatures, or both.

Orthodontic Treatment: When your braces have been adjusted by an orthodontist you are likely to experience some level of tooth pain. This is expected and using an over-the-counter pain medicine, or if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a little ball of dental wax should help.

Teeth Whitening: Most patients will experience some minor discomfort after a professional teeth-whitening treatment, but the pain should resolve within a day. Talk to your dentist if it is too painful or problematic.

No matter what the reason, we know that living with tooth pain can be miserable, so stop asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment with your dentist today. If you’re in the Buford GA area, call our scheduling specialist at 678-359-4707 or contact us online to schedule with Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry. If you are experiencing pain, we will do our best to fit you in as soon as possible.

What Are the Signs of Periodontal Disease?

Tmj and headaches, Buford, GAPeriodontal disease is a common dental affliction suffered by one out of every two American adults that are 30 years old and older. It’s nothing to laugh at. In fact, periodontal disease- also known as gum disease- is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults in the developed world. Periodontal disease threatens more than just your teeth. It’s also been linked to Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more! You may be thinking, “What are some periodontal disease symptoms?”  You might be surprised to learn that you’re already experiencing some of them.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

In Greek periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis or simply gum disease, is when the gum tissues surrounding your teeth and the jawbone that anchors the teeth in place become diseased. Bacteria in the mouth is the point of origin. This bacteria causes infections in the roots of teeth and the gums and, if untreated, can end with tooth loss or even jawbone tissue loss.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

The primary cause of periodontal disease is leaving bacteria in plaque untreated. These bacteria in our mouths fuse with mucus and other particles to form plaque on our teeth. The plaque that isn’t eliminated by brushing and flossing solidifies and forms tartar.

To expunge the bacteria, our immune systems release defensive cells that cause areas of gum tissue around the teeth to become inflamed. As our gums swell, they form little pockets around our teeth as they draw away. More bacteria can settle into these pockets allowing the condition to worsen.

Other factors that can lead to gum disease include:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking/tobacco use
  • Hormonal changes (such as puberty, pregnancy, or menopause)
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Certain illnesses

Stages Of Periodontal Disease

Inflammation of the gums when there has not yet been loss of bone is called gingivitis. This is a mild and reversible form of periodontal disease and not all gingivitis progresses into gum disease. Plaque accumulates on our teeth and our gums become inflamed, but our teeth are still firmly planted in their sockets at this point. However, if this is left untreated, this gum inflammation can lead to gum disease.

Periodontal disease is when the destruction caused by the infection has begun to affect the underlying bone. The pockets around teeth created by inflammation of gums deepen, causing more gum tissue and bone to be affected. Eventually, due to loss of gum support, the teeth will become loose and fall out.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

  • Swollen or tender gums.
  • Gums that pull away from teeth.
  • Gums easily bleed while brushing and flossing.
  • Pus between your teeth and gums.
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
  • Changes in bite.
  • Deep pockets between teeth and gums.
  • Loose or shifting teeth.
  • New spaces developing between your teeth.

When You Should See a Dentist

Patients with periodontitis don’t always feel pain; some people don’t even know they have it. A periodontal evaluation done by a dentist using an x-ray is the best way to diagnose gum disease. If it’s been some time since you’ve been to the dentist or if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist soon. Treating your periodontal disease now not only improves the health of your mouth and teeth but can also positively affect your overall health.

Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry of Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford GA want to help you prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease. Regular cleanings, check-up’s and minimally invasive treatments should be enough to protect your teeth and gums from serious cases of periodontal disease. However, if your gums are bleeding anyway, it might be a sign of gum disease. Don’t wait to find out! Contact us online today to schedule an appointment or call 678-359-4707.

How to Floss Correctly

Even if you’re already flossing twice daily as recommended by Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry at Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford GA, you may not be doing enough to ward off tooth decay and gingivitis (gum disease). While brushing is an vital part of your oral health regimen, flossing is equally important because brushing can only remove the plaque-forming bacteria and particles that are easiest to reach.

This ever-present bacteria, when combined with saliva and food particles, creates plaque. Plaque, a sticky but clear and colorless substance, attaches to your teeth creating a fertile fertile environment for tooth decay to begin. Tooth decay usually takes the form of cavities which will need to be filled but can also develop into infections that may require more extensive and painful treatments.

This where flossing comes to your rescue. Flossing sweeps away the plaque that your toothbrush can’t easily reach in places like between your teeth. However, it only works if you are flossing effectively. You may have heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Flossing is that ounce of prevention you can take to avoid tooth decay and the painful, time-consuming and potentially costly dental procedures that can become necessary when tooth decay is allowed to flourish unchecked between teeth.

How to Floss

1. Wrap a length of floss about eighteen inches long around each of your middle fingers. Use your thumbs and forefingers to move the floss between your teeth. You should wind more around one finger than the other so you can wind the soiled floss toward the finger with the least around and access a fresh length.

2. Push the floss between two teeth and use a gentle “sawing” (back and forth) motion all the way from the top of the space between teeth down to your gums.

3. Wrap the floss around the side of one tooth in a “U” shape then gently slide up and down your tooth. Repeat this several times, making sure to go slightly underneath the gum-line, then repeat on the other side of the tooth. Do this for every tooth.

4. Again be sure to win the floss around your finger so you’re using a clean length of floss for each space between your teeth that you floss. Do not reuse floss! Bacteria that has been removed on floss can linger and make you sick if reintroduced later.

More Flossing Tips

Don’t worry too much if you see some bleeding from your gums as you floss. A little bleeding is perfectly normal if you haven’t been flossing regularly. This bleeding is from the inflammation caused by the bacteria dwelling there. If you begin flossing daily as recommended by your Drs. Newberry and Brown, you should see an improvement in the health of your gums in one to two weeks.

Some patients prefer to use floss picks.  These “Y” shaped pieces of plastic with floss strung between the “arms” of the “Y” are readily available at most drugstores and big box stores. However, dentists prefer patients use a length of “free” floss and your hands. Floss picks don’t allow for proper flossing due to the fact that you cannot wrap them around a tooth as recommended. However, it’s still better than not flossing at all.

Most dentists agree that flossing after your brush is best as there will already be less plaque and food particles to get stuck on the floss.  If you have any additional questions about brushing, flossing or your oral health, call 678.359.4707 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry at Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford GA today.

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal: The name of the procedure has the power to induce dread in people. “I need to have a root canal done.” Someone laments and you answer: “Oh.  I’m sorry.” However, if you ask people what a root canal is or why they’re so painful, you’re likely to get all sorts of answers. As with many things, people fear what they don’t understand. But a little knowledge can go a long way towards alleviating that fear. So let’s take a few minutes to learn about the dreaded root canal.

How do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal treatment, commonly referred to as simply a “root canal”, becomes necessary when the tissues inside your tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected. This usually happens as the result of deep decay (cavities) or a chip or crack in the surface of your tooth.  The infection in the pulp can spread down through the root canals of your teeth into tissues of your gums forming an abscess which is a very severe and painful infection that can be dangerous to your overall health.

Signs that a root canal may be necessary are sensitivity of the tooth to hot and cold, sensitivity to touch or while chewing, and inflamed and sensitive gums around the tooth. Informing your dentist of these and any other symptoms you may be having during exams will allow he or she to decide if a root canal is necessary and appropriate for your condition. Some dentists will perform root canals. Others will refer you to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dental specialist who specializes in treating the insides of your teeth.

The Root Canal Procedure

A root canal treatment involves your dentist or endodontist drilling down into the crown of your infected tooth and removing the infected pulp from inside the tooth and the root canals. As adults our teeth no longer require the pulp as it will continue to be nourished by the surrounding tissues. Once the pulp has been removed, a biocompatible material will be used to temporarily fill the now-empty space inside your tooth until restoration can begin. In some cases, where tooth decays has compromised one of the roots and made the tooth unstable, a tiny metal rod may need to be inserted down into the root to hold the tooth in place in your gums.  

Restoration is the process whereby a crown will be created and placed over your compromised tooth. Your dentist or specialist will create the crown, matching it to the natural hue of your teeth, and will use it to seal up the tooth. Within several days, the swelling of the inflamed tissues will go down and the “new” tooth can be used to chew and cleaned just like your natural teeth.

Is it Painful?

Many people avoid root canals due to the belief that the procedure will be painful or because they may have heard “horror stories” of complications from the procedure. Root canals may have been painful decades ago but with our modern technology and anesthetics, the procedure is only about as painful as having a filling placed. As far as the “horror stories” there was a myth propagated by poor research about a hundred years ago that root canal treatment led to you being susceptible to illnesses and disease. However, this was before the causes of these diseases and their transmission was fully understood.

So the big, bad root canal is actually not so scary. Instead it’s a helpful procedure designed to alleviate pain and save your natural teeth, allowing you to chew properly and smile confidently. As with most illnesses, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Brushing twice daily, flossing daily and scheduling regular exams with Dr. Alla Brown or Dr. Amanda Newberry at Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are all important steps to avoid needing a root canal, especially if your teeth have recently developed any chips or cracks. But if you do need a root canal, now you know there’s nothing to fear. To schedule with a Lanier Family dentist today, call 678.359.4707 or schedule an appointment online.

Some Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth

Many people who don’t otherwise have dental anxiety are afraid of their wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most dreaded yet often-performed procedures in oral health. Learn a little more about your wisdom teeth and let Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry help alleviate some of that anxiety.

1. They Have A Formal Name

Wisdom teeth are named because they erupt later in life, usually between the ages of 17-25. They are clinically referred to as “third molars” because they are similar to the first two sets of molars towards the back of the mouth, but they erupt later in life.

Third molars can cause problems because they erupt after the rest of the teeth are almost completely settled in their permanent positions, which limits the amount of space the wisdom teeth have to grow in. In some cases, this can lead to pain or infection, but some patients never have problems!

2. Not Everyone Has Them

Yes, some lucky few are born without wisdom teeth! Dentists can see whether they’re present on a dental X-ray, and if there are no signs of the third molars below the gum line, they may not come in at all. The X-ray can also show their positioning before they erupt and may allow the dentist to predict whether the teeth will be able to erupt properly.

In some cases, however, the wisdom teeth can erupt many years beyond young adulthood. Next time you see Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry, ask if your wisdom teeth are still waiting to come out or if you could have been born without them. You may be surprised!

3. They Don’t Always Come In at the Same Time!

Wisdom teeth are “scheduled” to come in between the ages of 17 to 25, but they don’t all have to come in at the same time. All four may in fact erupt together, but it’s also possible for the two on top to come in before, or after, the two on the bottom — or even for one set to come in while the other never comes in!

Not all four will definitely cause problems, either. Depending on the available space in the upper and lower jaw, one set may cause problems while the other is able to grow in properly. If there isn’t enough room, they may become impacted. Sometimes, because of their position, wisdom teeth are harder to clean, which could lead to infection, but this isn’t always the case.

If you have questions about your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to contact Lanier Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today by calling 678-359-4707 or scheduling an appointment online.

Are Dental Veneers Right For Me?

Are dental veneers right for me?

Over time, our teeth show signs of a well-lived life: gaps, discoloration, cracks, and minor misalignment. If you’re wondering how to deal with these cosmetic issues, but don’t want to have multiple dental procedures, find out if dental veneers are right for you.

A porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of tooth-like material that is bonded to the front of teeth. Buford, GA dentists Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry offer porcelain veneers to patients who want to improve the beauty, health, or function of their teeth.

Many people choose at-home or in-office teeth whitening services. Dental veneers are made of medical-grade porcelain, which doesn’t absorb as many of the pigments found in wine, coffee, and other pigmented foods. Veneers are placed on top of most of the existing enamel, so you won’t have to worry about teeth whitening for a long time!

Dental veneers can also help hide minor cosmetic problems such as misalignment, small gaps between teeth, or small chips or fractures in the teeth. Instead of having extensive orthodontic work, dental veneers might be able to solve multiple problems at once. Each dental veneer is customized to the individual, and Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry consult with each patient individually, so our team can ensure your veneers are perfect for you and your needs.

If you’re a habitual tooth-grinder, Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry will work with you to determine the best solution. Dental veneers can break off if you’re prone to grinding your teeth, but we’ll work with you to address the issues that might prevent you from benefitting from veneers. Fortunately, many people can eventually receive veneers once these underlying causes are addressed!

If you have very sensitive teeth, cosmetic bonding may be a better option, because veneers require the outer layer of enamel to be removed to attach to your natural teeth. Some patients have experienced increased tooth sensitivity after receiving dental veneers. Our experienced team will consult with you to determine the best course of action to help you create a brighter smile.

To learn more about whether porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with Lanier Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Call 678-359-4707 or schedule an appointment online today.