Posts for: December, 2017
Does it seem as if you're busier than ever before? Thanks to your commute, long work hours and the kids' activities, you may have little free time. Luckily, choosing one dentist for your family can give you a little extra time and help you ensure that your entire group receives excellent dental care. Our Peachtree City, GA, general family dentist, Dr. James Roberts of Brilliant Smiles Dental, shares a few reasons you may want to consider choosing a family dentist.
You waste too many hours sitting in the car already
Living in Peachtree City has many benefits, ranging from the warm climate to the beautiful parks. Unfortunately, traffic free roads aren't among the advantages of living in the area. In fact, Atlanta-area commuters have the fourth worst commute in the country, according to INRIX, a traffic and navigation app. If you would like to spend fewer hours stuck in your car, it makes sense to switch to general family dentist. When you make a group appointment, you'll only need to make one visit to the dentist's office, instead of three or four trips to dentists scattered around Peachtree City.
You need a dentist with the expertise to treat everyone in your family
Family dentists are familiar with the issues that affect your teeth and mouth at every stage in your life. They have the training needed to spot potential problems with the growth or development of your child's teeth and jaw, but can also provide the treatments the adults in the family need to restore, repair or enhance their smiles.
In addition to fillings, cleanings and checkups, general family dentists provide a variety of dental treatments, including bonding, crowns and bridges, veneers, teeth whitening, dentures, dental implants, root canal therapy and dental implants. They also perform oral health screenings that detect oral cancer or signs of diseases that can affect your general health.
You want to visit a dental practice with nice people
Let's face it, everyone isn't cut out to work with patients. If you've ever visited a doctor or dentist and been disappointed with the uncaring treatment you received, you'll appreciate the friendly, compassionate care your family dentist and his staff provide. Whether your child feels a little timid about sitting in the dental chair, or you're suffering from an excruciating toothache, the staff will take the time to make you feel relaxed and comfortable before they begin your checkup or treatment.
Are you ready to make the switch to a general family dentist? Call our Peachtree City, GA, dentist, Dr. Roberts of Brilliant Smiles Dental, at (770) 486-8516 to schedule your appointment.
It takes a lot of skill, experience, talent and artistry to create tooth restorations that look so natural that no one can tell them apart from the originals. To do so requires understanding of the normal anatomy of a tooth as well as of the interactions of light and color.
How the anatomy of a tooth determines color
The color that we perceive when looking at a tooth results from the combined appearance of the tooth’s center core (dentin layer) and its covering enamel. Going from the outside in, the enamel is made of tightly packed crystals of calcium, which cause it to be one of the hardest substances naturally produced by animals. The crystals are also responsible for a tooth’s brilliance and translucence. The dentin is more like bone, a porous living tissue composed of microscopic tubes, interspersed with more calcium crystals. In the very center of the tooth is a central chamber containing the pulp and nerves.
Each of these layers has its own physical and optical properties. Since the enamel is translucent and the dentin is more opaque, most of the tooth’s color comes from the dentin and is transmitted through the enamel layer. Factors that affect this transmission include the thickness and age of the enamel as well as external tooth whitening.
If the enamel is more translucent, more of the color of the dentin shows through. If it is more opaque, the enamel absorbs and reflects light so that less color is visible and the enamel looks brighter.
The language of color composition and reflected light
Color means the whole spectrum in the rainbow. The spectrum is made up of the three primary colors — red, blue, and green. When all are combined, they create white light.
Hue refers to the brightest forms of the colors. The color we perceive depends on the dominant wavelength of light that is reflected by an object.
Value refers to a color’s lightness or darkness. A brighter color has a higher value.
Chroma is the amount of identifiable hue in a color. An achromatic color (without hue) appears gray.
Saturation is a measure of a color’s intensity.
This terminology of color is used not only by dentists and dental technicians, but also by a wide range of artists. It implies expertise and understanding of how colors work, how they vary and change and affect one another.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about bonding to repair chipped teeth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”
The holidays are a time for getting together with family and friends from near and far. The memories you make at these joyful celebrations are the ones you’ll treasure forever, but it can be hard to show good cheer if you’re not happy with the way your teeth look. If you’re keeping that grin under wraps, we may be able to perk up your smile with some quick and economical in-office treatments.
A professional teeth cleaning is one of the best values in dental care. In just minutes, we can remove the buildup of hardened tartar that can make your teeth look dull and yellowed. Tartar can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease—two kinds of trouble you don’t need! While you’re in the office, you will also have a thorough exam that could prevent minor issues like small cavities and bleeding gums from becoming more serious dental problems. When you leave, your teeth will look and feel sparkly clean.
If your smile doesn’t look as bright as you’d like, ask about teeth whitening treatments. In-office whitening is a safe and effective way to lighten your teeth up to 10 shades in a single visit! If you have more time, you can get similar results from a take-home kit that we can provide—one that’s custom-made just for you.
Are chips or cracks making your teeth look less than perfect? Cosmetic bonding could be the answer. Translucent, tooth-colored bonding material can be applied to your teeth to repair minor cracks, chips or spacing irregularities. This in-office procedure usually requires just one visit and can make a dramatic difference in your smile.
So as holiday celebrations draw near, why not give yourself a reason to smile? Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth cleaning, teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding could give your smile some holiday sparkle! You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”