Actor Zac Efron has one of the top smiles in a business known for beautiful smiles. Bursting on the scene in 2006 at age 18 in High School Musical, Efron has steadily increased his range of acting roles. He recently starred as Ted Bundy on Netflix, wearing prosthetics to match the notorious serial killer's crooked teeth.
With his growing fame, Efron's attractive smile has become one of his more memorable attributes. But it wasn't always so. Before Hollywood, Efron's smile was less than perfect with small, uneven teeth and a gap between his top front teeth. Before and after pictures, though, make it quite apparent that the actor has undergone a significant smile makeover.
While fans are abuzz on the 411 regarding his dental work, Efron himself has been hush-hush about his smile transformation. We won't join the speculation: Instead, here are a few possible ways you can get a more attractive smile like Zac Efron.
Teeth whitening. A single-visit, non-invasive teeth whitening procedure can transform your dull, stained teeth into a brighter, more attractive smile. Although the effect isn't permanent, it could last a few years with a professional whitening and good oral practices. Having it done professionally also gives you more control over the level of shading you prefer—from soft natural white to dazzling Hollywood bright.
Orthodontics. Like Efron, if your teeth aren't quite in proper alignment, straightening them can make a big difference in your appearance (and your oral health as well). Braces are the tried and true method for moving teeth, but you may also be able to choose clear aligner trays, which are much less noticeable than braces. And don't worry about your age: Anyone with reasonably good dental health can undergo orthodontics.
Bonding. We may be able to correct chips and other slight tooth flaws with durable composite resins. After preparing your tooth and matching the material to your particular color, we apply it directly to your tooth in successive layers. After hardening, the unsightly defect is no more—and your smile is more attractive.
Veneers. Dental veneers are the next step up for more advanced defects. We bond these thin, custom-made layers of dental porcelain to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining and slight tooth gaps. Although we often need to permanently remove a small amount of tooth enamel, veneers are still less invasive than some other restorations. And your before and after could be just as amazing as Zac Efron's.
Improving one's smile isn't reserved for stars like Zac Efron. There are ways to correct just about any dental defect, many of which don't require an A-lister's bank account. With a little dental “magic,” you could transform your smile.
If you would like more information about how to give your smile a boost, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Porcelain Veneers.”
Think of family dentists as living, breathing heirlooms that you pass down from one generation to the next. Because what sets them apart from other dentists is that they’re really jacks-of-all-trades and are truly masters of their trades as well.
Here at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Peachtree City, GA, your general family dentist Dr. James Reid Roberts offers an extensive variety of dental treatments for the entire family. But do you really need a family dentist? Look at the benefits below to find out.
Family Dentists Tick All Of The Right Boxes
Put simply, family dentists are highly trained to treat a broad range of dental problems and perform a wide array of dental treatments that can happen at any age. These dental professionals don’t just focus on perfecting your smile but also educate you on the most appropriate and effective oral hygiene practices based on your age.
Saves You Time
With a family dentist, you won’t have to scramble and run around town to seek different professionals for different dental concerns. Your general family dentist is a one-stop destination that just makes oral health maintenance for every member of your family easier. From your toddlers to your grandparents, you’ll be able to squeeze in everyone’s concerns and treatments in just one dental appointment.
Additionally, it will be so much simpler to keep track of the family’s dental history and records. With this, your family dentist can track genetic and trends history to help determine future predictions for every member of your family.
Builds Trust and Lasting Relationships
As an unofficial family member, your family dentist will build relationships with everyone in your family that will aid them in delivering more personalized dental treatments. This will help build trust and pave the way for open communication, which is crucial for eliminating dental fear that will, in turn, ensure excellent oral health outcomes.
Instill Lifelong Proper Oral Hygiene Habits in Your Children
Children follow what their elders do, so going to a trusted family dentist regularly will help ensure that your kids do the same for their entire life and will keep the same tradition with their future families as well.
Want to Learn More About Our Family Dentistry Services? Reach Out to Us
Call Brilliant Smiles Dental at 770-486-8516 to schedule an appointment with your general family dentist Dr. James Reid Roberts of Brilliant Smiles Dental today.
Millions of Americans rely on dental insurance to help them better afford dental care. Depending on the benefit package, an insurance policy can be useful in restoring dental health compromised by disease or injury.
But how life-like that restoration may appear is often a secondary concern with many insurance plans. For example, dental insurance will pay for a crown restoration that restores function to a tooth, but not necessarily of the highest aesthetic quality for achieving a truly life-like appearance.
To be sure, not all dental crowns are the same. Some are all metal, usually gold or silver. Some are “hybrids,” made of an interior metal shell with an outer fused porcelain shell (porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM). In recent years all -ceramic crowns made of stronger life-like ceramics have become the most popular.
The type of crown used will depend a great deal on the type and location of the tooth. Teeth on the back of the jaw that encounter greater biting forces and are not as noticeable in the smile may do better with a metal or PFM crown. Visible side and front teeth are more likely candidates for all-ceramic. Your dentist will give you your best options as it pertains to your dental needs and appearance.
There's also a difference in crown workmanship. Dental laboratories now use milling machinery that sculpts a crown from a single block of material. Although some final handwork by skilled technicians is still necessary, milling has streamlined the process—and the cost—for producing a crown of high functioning quality.
But crowns that achieve the most natural smile appearance require more in the way of artistic craftsmanship. This in turn can increase the crown's price—beyond what many dental policies agree to cover. You may then be faced with a decision: an insurance-covered functional crown with an acceptable level of life-likeness or a more life-like crown for which you may have to pay more out-of-pocket.
Your dentist can advise you on your best options for a crown restoration, also factoring in what your insurance will cover. Ultimately, though, you'll have to weigh the kind of smile you desire with your dental situation and finances.
If you would like more information on dental crown restorations, 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 “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”
If your dental health isn't in the best of shape, a survey conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) says the cause is likely one of three common oral health problems. The survey asked around 15,000 people across the country what kinds of problems they had experienced with their teeth and gums, and three in particular topped the list.
Here then are the top three oral health problems according to the ADA, how they could impact your health, and what you should do about them.
Tooth pain. Nearly one-third of respondents, particularly from lower-income households and the 18-34 age range, reported having tooth pain at one time or another. Tooth pain can be an indicator of several health issues including tooth decay, fractured teeth or recessed gums. It's also a sign that you should see a dentist—left untreated, the condition causing the pain could lead to worse problems.
Biting difficulties. Problems biting or chewing came in second on the ADA survey. Difficulties chewing can be caused by a number of things like decayed, fractured or loose teeth, or if your dentures or other dental appliances aren't fitting properly. Chewing dysfunction can make it difficult to eat foods with greater nutritional value than processed foods leading to problems with your health in general.
Dry mouth. This is a chronic condition called xerostomia caused by an ongoing decrease in saliva flow. It's also the most prevalent oral health problem according to the ADA survey, and one that could spell trouble for your teeth and gums in the future. Because saliva fights bacterial infections like gum disease and helps neutralize acid, which can lead to tooth decay, chronic dry mouth increases your risk of dental disease.
If you're currently dealing with one or more of these problems, they don't have to ruin your health. If you haven't already, see your dentist for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible: Doing so could help alleviate the problem, and prevent even more serious health issues down the road.
If you would like more information on achieving optimum dental health, 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 “Top 3 Oral Health Problems.”
Brilliant Smiles offers patients a way to regain full smiles after tooth loss.
There are many reasons why an adult may lose one or more of their permanent teeth. Everything from gum disease and decay to a traumatic injury can leave you dealing with tooth loss. If this is something that you’re currently dealing with, you don’t have to deal with it alone. Our Peachtree City, GA, family dentist Dr. James Reid Roberts can restore your smile with the help of dental implants.
So, why choose dental implants? There are many reasons adults here in Peachtree City, GA, are saying “yes” to dental implants. This tooth replacement option is the only lifelong artificial tooth that won’t need to be replaced. This is because an implant takes the place of the missing tooth’s roots. By surgically placing the implant into the jawbone, this metal post will naturally fuse together with the implant to become a permanent structure.
Along with being a lifelong restoration, other benefits of dental implants include,
- Stimulating new bone cells within the jawbone and preventing bone loss
- Supporting the muscles and shape of the face to prevent sagging skin and other facial changes caused by bone loss
- Filling gaps in your smile to prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting out of alignment and into these open spaces
- Restored chewing allows you to eat whatever you choose without worrying about your new tooth
- A restoration that doesn’t require special care but can be cared for in the exact same way as your natural teeth
- Restored speech
- Improved appearance and a serious boost to your self-esteem
Once you get your new dental implant, you may just find that your social calendar fills us again, or that you now feel more confident to say “yes” to that date or to approach your boss to ask for that raise. It’s amazing what having a healthy, full and beautiful smile can do for your health, as well as your personal and professional life.
If you are missing one or more teeth here in Peachtree City, GA and want to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants, then call our office today at (770) 486-8516 to book an appointment with us.
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