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Cost of Porcelain Veneers in Buckhead, Atlanta, Roswell

Yes-  the cost of revamping your smile can be significant.  We understand that.  Every day though we see the value of changing lives through the POWER of a SMILE.

So looking at the total cost of a smile – yep, you might get sticker shock.  But it’s the one investment that you make that you carry around with you 24 hours a day.

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Quite simply, the cost of porcelain veneers can vary greatly. I’m not avoiding the question but it’s a hard one to answer; they aren’t a commodity, but more like artwork. No different than asking “how much does a car cost?”  Well just like there are high-end and luxury cars – there are high-end and luxury veneers. That being said, the short answer is anywhere from $500 – $2500, even up to $5000 per tooth. Specifically, if you’re looking for our fees, you can find them at our FAQ page. Here are a few factors that go in to determining a veneers cost:

Skill level of the dentist

Education and Continuums to learn how to perform high end dentistry is very expensive. Excellent cosmetic dentists have made an investment in their skill set, material and high-end equipment to provide you with the very best esthetic result.  While it’s true that any dentist can provide you with veneers, there multiple facets of the porcelain veneer process that contribute to the porcelain veneers right for you that only a trained cosmetic dentist can identify such as:

Artistic interpretation of the dentist

Shape of your face Do you feel you have a round shaped face? A square shaped face? Typically someone with a round or oval face would want to stay away from a more “square shaped” tooth design.  The same is true for someone with more of a square shaped face who typically wouldn’t want too round of tooth shape smile design.  Let us stress that this is just a general guideline and there are varying degrees of artistic interpretation to ensure harmony and balance between face shape and tooth shape.  This is either an inherent skill of the master dentist or a learned skill through copious experience.

Changes that need to be made in your smile Sometimes there are some obvious changes that need to take place in your smile.  Issues like color, tooth shape, flaring of teeth, etc. These are obviously easy to identify as an “objective” in improving your smile with porcelain veneers. However, there are higher-level adjustments to be made that you might not even notice. There are so many times during a consultation that I’ll ask permission to point out the minutia of what we would ALSO address when we design someone’s new smile.   In my opinion, not identifying these (and subsequently not fixing them) makes the difference between an “B+” smile versus an “A+” smile.  Obviously, this should be the responsibility of the cosmetic dentist to identify them because he/ she acts as the architect the will design / construct your new smile. Here are some examples of things that are commonly not identified during the planning / consultation phase:

  • Gum Symmetry-  The gumline is the upper boundary of the border of the porcelain veneers.  In my opinion, it’s absolutely crucial to establish as much symmetry as possible in the gumline of the smile- between right and left.  Not only establishing correct and symmetric height of gumline but also the shape of that border.
    • Occlusal Cant-  This is a condition where the smile line is NOT aligned with the interpupillary axis. Humans eyes are very perceptive in determining if something is level. If the smile is not aligned (on a horizontal axis) with the eyes, it can appear as something is “off” with someone’s smile. Metaphorically speaking, it is similar to a picture being crooked on the wall. You simply want to straighten the picture on the wall. It’s not as easy to identify in the plane and confines of one’s face but other people people may be able to sense incongruence in that person’s face.

Occlusal Cant

Incisal cant-  Is a condition in which the line created by the front teeth (where they contact) is not perpendicular to the floor is you were to extend it.  To put it another way, it deviates to the left or to the right.  In my opinion, this is the most important thing to identify and fix because the front teeth set the cadence for the other teeth in the smile design.  If this is off at all then the overall smile will suffer

Midline off-center-  Ironically, this is NOT as big as a problem as you would think.  When the midline is off the center axis of the face, it still can be a very esthetically pleasing smile.  In an ideal world, obviously, it should be perfectly aligned with the long axis of the face AND aligned with the cupids bow of the upper lip.  (On another note- people always ask me about the midline being aligned with the midline of the lowers.  That RARELY is a goal unless you’re doing a full mouth rehabilitation and have the ability to control that.  Otherwise, when I design smiles I don’t let the position of the lower midline drive the placement of the upper midline).

 

Appropriate thickness of the veneers One of the most obvious signs that someone has porcelain veneers or crowns is that they look bulky.  You have surely seen these bulbous teeth that just don’t look natural. Additionally, if there is a grey line on the teeth due to metal (in the case of cheaper crowns) it definitely looks artificial. It takes a skilled cosmetic dentist & master ceramist team to create veneers of appropriate thickness that blend in as “naturally” as possible.  This has everything to do with what is called “emergence profile” from the gum. One thing to look at when examining dental work it to make sure there are some examples of profile views.

Appropriate length of the veneers  The length of veneers is one of the most critical aspects of designing your smile.  Earlier it was discussed that the front teeth determine the cadence / tone for the remainder of the smile.  Thus, if the length of it is inaccurate, the entire designed smile would suffer.   Teeth that are too short can create an worn appearance / older appearance.  Teeth that are too long can simply just look “too big” for one’s face or it could cause phonetics problems by impinging incorrectly with the lower lip in certain pronunciations.

Appropriate color / translucency of final veneers Color choice is probably the MOST important selection of your process.   Again, not choosing a color that is complimentary with your skin tone, eye color, or hair color will have a detrimental overall effect on the smile.  Creating harmony with your existing tones / colors will create a synergistic beauty environment.   Additionally, the amount of incisal translucency can have a big effect on how ‘natural’ something looks.  Personally, I like a degree of translucency at the tip of the teeth at around 1.0mm.   This is how teeth appear in nature and it helps break up the monotony of color that would exist (think of a chiclet…but not really).

Appropriate type of porcelain veneers-  There are really only 2 types of porcelain systems that exist:

  • Feldspathic – which is essentially made by mixing porcelain powder and liquid and then baking that in a porcelain oven. They are exceedingly beautiful (in the hands of a master feldspathic ceramist). Yet, they are not as strong as some of the other options that exist.
  • Pressed ceramics like Emax or Empress. Emax are new on the scene are are probably the most durable veneer. In fact, I have Emax veneers on my teeth
  • Proprietary brands like UltraVeneers, Durathins, or Lumineers.

Quality of Lab / Ceramist

We only use Master Ceramists at Atlanta Dental Spa.  The ceramist plays an EQUALLY important role in the esthetics and functional success of your veneers. Unfortunately, a dentist can “buy” a veneer from an off-shore laboratory for as little as $69 per tooth. This is how veneers can be offered at their office for VERY low price.   I often hear, “Doc, I can go down the road and get a veneer for $800”. My response is always the same, “if you feel that the quality and previous results of that dentist’s cases are going to achieve the results you want than I encourage you to go there”. A master ceramist has exceptional knowledge of how to mimic nature’s beauty.  They have exceptionally knowledge in correct function & occlusion of your teeth.

Quality of Dental Materials

Dental materials are cements, bonding agents, PVS, etc. Small factors like the bonding agent and cements have a large bearing on how well your veneers will be bonded to your teeth. It’s rare that, with high-quality cements, bonding agents, and immaculate bonding protocols / techniques, your veneers could just “pop off”.  This seems to be a big concern for people when they are interested in getting veneers. With our careful selection of materials and use of only the best ceramist, a displaced veneer is rare.

In summary:

Experienced & Artistic Dentist +  Master Ceramist + Best Materials =  Higher Veneer Price

Lower Experienced Dentist + Off Shore Labs (china) + Bargain Materials=  Low Dental Price

You Decide.

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4 Easy Tricks to Get Your Kids CAVITY-FREE for Life (and #2 will reverse small cavities!) http://atlantadentalspa.com/4-easy-tricks-get-kids-cavity-free-life-2-will-reverse-small-cavities-2.html http://atlantadentalspa.com/4-easy-tricks-get-kids-cavity-free-life-2-will-reverse-small-cavities-2.html#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:00:29 +0000 http://atlantadentalspa.com/?p=11618 Before National Children’s Dental Health Month comes to […]

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Before National Children’s Dental Health Month comes to an end, I want to shout this advice from the rooftops.  Cavities are NOT a necessary evil…not in baby teeth and not in permanent teeth.  New science gives us the ability to reverse cavities, make enamel harder in genetically soft teeth, and prevent nearly ALL cavities for kids and adults alike.  I’m so passionate about this subject that I shake when I speak about it.  So you can imagine how I must get when…

I was talking to a mom-friend of mine last week.  Her son just found out he had a cavity, and she was stressed out.  So she said to me, “all kids get cavities, right?  I mean, cavities in baby teeth is no big deal…that’s why we get a first set of teeth that falls out, right?”

FALSE! FALSE! FAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLSE!

As a parent, you hate hearing that the dentist found cavities in your kids teeth.  Still, it soothes you to think, “at least they’re baby teeth that will eventually fall out.”  But that doesn’t soothe the expense OR the fact that your kid is going to have to undergo an unpleasant procedure.  Funny…after that procedure, what do we do to soothe our kid?  Give him a lollipop, of course!  (Seriously, y’all…you wouldn’t do that, right?  At least not until I tell you below which lollipops help reverse cavities…)

Take it from a mom who is a dentist.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Even if your child inherited your “soft teeth”, here are 4 easy things you can do to minimize and even erase cavities from your child’s life (and they will work for your teeth too!).

  1. Toothbrushes: Any Kind and Everywhere. From the section in the dollar store to the entire long aisle in the drugstore, there are a zillion toothbrushes to choose from. And, I’m here to tell you that aside from choosing soft bristles* it truly doesn’t matter what kind you choose.

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    Your best bet is to let your kid choose — make it a fun reward in the store — and when it comes down to the favorite 2 or 3 and it’s hard to decide, surprise your kid and buy all 3!  Then, when you get home put one toothbrush (along with a toothpaste that he or she really likes) near every sink in the house.  If you’re a little OCD like me, throw the brush/paste combo in a ziplock and keep it in the cabinet or drawer nearest the sink.  Proximity is half the battle.

    When Sammie and Oscar invade my bathroom, or when I’m working in the kitchen, I can get them to quickly brush.  Even if they tell me they already brushed today, I can say, “That’s great!  Now go ahead and do a quickie-brush while you’re right here.”

    Note:  The most important time of the whole day to brush is right before bed.  If your kid likes brushing, encourage them to add in flossing.  Try Gum Chucks:  cool flossers that make it easy for kids (and adults!)

    **Side note on the soft bristles: One of the smartest dentists in the world, John Kois, ran several experiments using soft, medium and hard-bristled brushes and found that the bristles don’t harm your teeth. What does harm your enamel is the abrasivity (RDA) of your toothpaste. Use only toothpastes with RDA of 70 or less.**


  2. Xylitol: The miracle gum. (This font won’t show you, but this is when I really start shaking with excitement.) Xylitol is an all-natural sugar substitute that looks like sugar and tastes like sugar, but doesn’t act like sugar. In fact, xylitol behaves opposite to sugar’s bad behaviors. It has one-third the calories, a low glycemic index, and helps to remineralize tooth enamel. That’s right, it can help your enamel re-grow! So it prevents and even reverses cavities. You can find it in gum, candy, mints, mouth spray, and in granular form. (side note: choose 100% xylitol products because the gum in the store that has xylitol in it may also have another sweetener like malitol, sucralose, or aspartame that can counteract the healthy xylitol benefits)

    Xylitol
    When Sammie and Oscar were toddlers, I started giving them xylitol candy, and I sprinkled plain xylitol on their fruits and called it candy dust. And, once they were beyond choking hazard age, I taught them how to chew gum and encouraged them to chew xylitol gum all day long. I buy vats of the gum on Amazon and keep it out on the counter where they can grab a piece anytime. I make sure they’re chomping on it when we read bedtime stories. And, the very last thing after they brush their teeth before bed is pump in a few shots of xylitol mouth spray. I remember nights when they were both babies, and after a long hectic day I tucked them in bed only then remembering I hadn’t brushed their teeth. So, I woke them and brushed their teeth… right? No way! Those nights I whispered that we forgot the “candy spray,” and in their sleep they’d open wide and I pumped in several shots of tasty xylitol spray. I honestly believe we could eliminate most cavities if we substituted xylitol for every sugar or syrup available in food and drink.

    Any negatives on xylitol? Two that I can think of:

    • It’s expensive. I believe if we get the word out and create a demand, then production will increase and price will go down. In the meantime, expensive lollipops, gum, and candy dust are WAY cheaper than unpleasant filling appointments at the dentist’s office!

    • Just like healthy favorite dark chocolate, xylitol will hurt your pets. Keep Fido away from the vat-o-xylitol-gum.


  3. Sealants: Consider sealants to be a coat of armor preventing cavities from growing in the deep crevices of back teeth. The deep grooves of molars and premolars are excellent hiding places for cavity-causing bacteria. The bacteria stay in the groove for a long time and destroy the enamel causing a cavity that decays and eventually destroys the tooth. Many of these grooves are deep and also smaller than one toothbrush bristle. That means that brushing can not remove the bacteria or debris from the grooves.

    Sealants
    When we place sealants, we use a special cleaner to completely clean out the deep grooves, and then we flow a protective resin to fill the groove. The bacteria can’t get back into the groove, and this specific kind of cavity is prevented.

    I recommend sealants for all teeth with grooves (molars and pre-molars/bicuspids and even the backs of your front teeth if your front teeth are super groovy). I even recommend sealants for baby teeth if possible. However, most dental insurance will pay only for sealants in permanent molars and only in children (not adults)…but don’t get me started on my soap box of insurance companies dictating what’s best for your health!

  4. The Great Fluoride Debate: This disagreement is decades long and started over the US government’s decision to fluoridate the public water supply. This debate has stayed fresh in dentistry as fluoride is one of our greatest tools in cavity prevention and in strengthening teeth.

    Dentist’s argument: Simply put, when the fluoride ion is taken up by enamel and used in enamel’s crystalline structure, the enamel becomes much stronger and less likely to decay. The amount of fluoride in drinking water and toothpaste is an incredibly small and incredibly safe amount.
    Anti-fluoridationist’s argument: At higher doses, fluoride is a poison. The activists consider the government’s decision to fluoridate the water supply to be an unethical form of mass-medication.

    Where do I stand? I can see both sides. Before the fluoridation of water, the number one reason kids missed school was a toothache or tooth infection/abscess. Those numbers dropped significantly after a trace amount of fluoride was to drinking water. Interestingly, during the last 2 decades where bottled water (no fluoride) has become more popular than tap water to drink, the incidence of tooth decay is going up. If you’re drinking only bottled water, the dental science tells me that you should at least be getting fluoride in your toothpaste.

    What about fluoride treatments at the dentist? These treatments use higher concentrations of fluoride, and science shows that they result in stronger uptake of fluoride in the enamel crystal — which means stronger enamel. If your child has (or you have) soft teeth that are cavity-prone, it’s a good idea to use the fluoride treatment. If your child has never had a cavity before (and you’re practicing the other 3 pieces of advice above), then you’re probably okay to limit the fluoride treatment (maybe just once per year instead of twice).

    Current Events: For cavity-prone children and adults, there are newer, safer products (like CariFree and Enamelon) on the market. An, even though the anti-fluoridationists hate these products, if you have soft teeth and cavities and you want to reverse small cavities and eventually become completely cavity-free, these products will help you do that.
    **UPDATE for anti-fluoridationists! As I was working on this piece, I just received notice from a dentist friend of mine that he has completed his tooth powder that has natural ingredients, xylitol, and no fluoride. I’ll be testing it soon, and I will keep everyone posted on our findings.**

I’ve been in this profession long enough to realize that when there are strong debates like these, it’s unwise to pick just one side. In dentistry and all of healthcare for that matter, it’s important to first consider each individual and his/her risk factors and his/her personal concerns, and only then decide what treatment is most ideal.

There you have it:4 tried and true action steps to prevent and reverse tooth decay.

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90Every week I hear someone mention how dentistry is very expensive, and I don’t disagree, it certainly can be. Moreover, it can be one of the smallest investments in your healthcare budget if you’re doing the right things at home. I also hear the gamut of reasoning behind why a patient thinks their suffering from dental problems: “my parents had gum disease so I do too,” “when I was pregnant I lost all my calcium and my teeth fell apart,” “I have bad genetics,” “my grandparents were in dentures by the time they were 30 so I guess I will be too,” and “my parents never took me to the dentist so now I’m having to deal with all the problems.”


30 What I rarely hear is, “I know why my mouth is unhealthy; I’ve neglected to take care of it.” Don’t get me wrong, every now and again I meet someone who’s brave enough to own up to their less-than- stellar home care habits, or what I like to call “low-giene.” And if you’re one of the folks that have said or thought one of the statements I previously mentioned, most of those CAN play a FACTOR (the pregnancy one has pretty much been resoundingly refuted though). The reason I emphasize that is because sure, genetics can absolutely play a role, but it’s usually one part of the puzzle and can only really be blamed as the actual cause in extreme cases. Most people don’t realize how much control they have over their own dental fate (or maybe they don’t want to take ownership), but even someone whose whole family has had periodontal disease doesn’t have to suffer the same fate as their ancestors. If they do have similar problems, the reason is much more likely that if their parents never took care of their own teeth, they probably didn’t teach the best habits to their kids…or perhaps they never built value into having a healthy mouth. Regardless, you have the ability to trump genetics, prove your parents wrong, and have a healthy mouth for a lifetime if you commit to it.


39I’m not expecting you to become a daily flosser either. Please believe I’d LOVE it if you were, but I know for a fact that most of Americans floss a couple times a month at most, and that’s usually to get the pesky piece of popcorn or steak sandwich out from between some teeth. That, or they’ve got a dental appointment in the next few days and they think flossing in the 48 hours leading up to a cleaning will fool the hygienist. It doesn’t, I promise. However, if you tried flossing about 3 times a week for 2 or 3 weeks I bet you’d fool some of us. That’s because gingivitis (puffy, tender, gums that bleed easily) is a very reversible condition. The inflammation in your gums is your body’s way of trying to fight back from all the plaque and buildup that accumulates daily. If you floss just a few times a week, that allows your body to get that inflammation under control, and you’ll find that pretty quickly it won’t hurt to floss, there won’t be blood in the sink, the floss won’t smell terrible, and it’ll actually start to feel good. Yeah, I said it, flossing can FEEL GOOD. You know how a massage feels nice to a healthy body but would hurt like crazy to a swollen limb or joint…well, the same goes for flossing on some inflamed gums. The nice part here though is that the massage that floss provides removes the offending agent (plaque) and therefore gets rid of the inflammation—you’re actually massaging your gums to health. So keep this in mind: if there is blood in the sink after flossing or brushing THAT IS NOT OK–it means there is some serious inflammation at a minimum. Would you be ok with any other part of you that bled if you just pushed on it a little? Heck no, you’d go see a doctor about it.


47But often I find that a major part of the problem is that I’m having this talk with a younger portion of our patients. I don’t mean kids and teenagers, I mean 20 and 30 somethings, and there are a number of reasons for this. For one, some of us cling to a bit of the invincibility-mentality that most of us went through as teenagers. “Bleeding gums aren’t a big deal,” “I’ve never had a cavity,” “nothing hurts,” “yes I have a bite guard, but no I don’t wear it,” etc. I hear this from young people because it’s a SLOW process. Enamel is the hardest substance in our body. It’s incredibly dense, and it takes YEARS for a cavity to dissolve it (bacteria turn sugars you eat into acid and use it to burrow through the teeth). Enamel also doesn’t have feeling; if it did, every hot, cold, or hard thing would hurt our teeth. However, the next layer of tooth is called dentin, and it’s very sensitive and very soft compared to enamel. So you can have a cavity and it will not feel like anything until it’s dissolved its way through the enamel and gotten to dentin–that’s about 25% of the thickness of the tooth! And when it does make it to dentin, things really escalate–it hurts, especially with cold or sweet foods, and the speed at which the cavity grows ramps up because dentin is so soft. So when I hear, “it doesn’t hurt so I’ll wait to do anything about it until it does,” it can be very frustrating. If you fix it before it gets that far, not only is that minimally invasive to your tooth (they’re not that big, you don’t want to have any more removed than necessary) but it’s minimally invasive to your wallet. If you were told you need a filling for a couple hundred bucks, that’s a bummer. If you wait and let the cavity expand, that little $200 filling can rapidly escalate into the thousands as more and bigger procedures are needed to fix the tooth. My younger patients haven’t had to go through these major expenses yet, so they’re skeptical. What they don’t realize is they have the repercussions of decades of low-giene habits accumulating. Think about this: every tooth has the same born-on date, the same manufacturer, are made of the same material, and have been exposed to the same environment. If one tooth is sensitive or having issues, there is an excellent chance you have about 27 other teeth that may be on the brink of the same problem. If you have a $200 filling on all 28 teeth (I see this more than you’d think), that’s $5,600. Let that worsen to the point of $2,000 per tooth (I’ve absolutely seen this too) we’re talking $56,000. I don’t know about you, but as a 20 something I may have felt invincible, but my bank account didn’t (still doesn’t, actually) and $56,000 would have been unfathomable to me. THAT’s how people end up in dentures before their kids hit college age.


145The same applies if you’ve been told you’re a clencher or grinder. Most of us are, especially when we have stressful episodes at work, home, whatever. If you’ve been told you need a bite guard, it’s because we can see the wear that you can’t feel yet. After decades of beating on your teeth while you’re asleep (you can bite much harder in your sleep than you can awake because your safety reflexes are turned off) they form little hairline cracks. Just like the little crack in your windshield, it’s tiny and a non-event…until it isn’t. When you hit that pothole (or almond) and that crack all of a sudden runs the length of your windshield, you have to get a new windshield. Guess what, the same is often true for your tooth. Cracks can go vertically or horizontally. Vertically, there’s no saving it and that tooth has to come out and will need to be replaced with an implant or bridge. Horizontally we can sometimes save them with crowns and root canals but the tooth is vulnerable forever. Again, these are expensive repercussions that can easily be prevented with a bite guard. Make sure you use one made by a dentist though–if they aren’t calibrated they can introduce more problems than they prevent, but that’s fodder for another blog. I know this probably sounds like I’m trying to talk myself out of a job, but I have a feeling there will always be people who are lazy about flossing, disregard the advice of their dentists, chomp on almonds, and practice the dark arts of low-giene…but you can’t say I didn’t try to warn you. And if you ever complain to me about the cost of dentistry, be ready to hear my response of, “You know what’s a much more affordable option? Floss.”

-Andrew S. Currie, DMD, MS

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Check out our new post – 16 Top Reasons to choose Atlanta Dental Spa http://atlantadentalspa.com/check-new-post-16-top-reasons-choose-atlanta-dental-spa.html http://atlantadentalspa.com/check-new-post-16-top-reasons-choose-atlanta-dental-spa.html#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:08:51 +0000 http://atlantadentalspa.com/?p=11483 We spent A LOT of time putting in to words the Top 16 r […]

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Top 16 reasons

We spent A LOT of time putting in to words the Top 16 reasons to choose Atlanta Dental Spa.

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Candy Buy Back 2014 http://atlantadentalspa.com/candy-buy-back-2014.html http://atlantadentalspa.com/candy-buy-back-2014.html#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:41:26 +0000 http://atlantadentalspa.com/?p=10603 Halloween brings the excitement of costumes, trick-or-t […]

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Halloween brings the excitement of costumes, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and other scary things. And what about the pounds and pounds of candy our kids collect? Your Atlanta Dental Spa Team believes that can be one of the scariest things of all! On average, every American eats 24 pounds of candy per year. A lot of that candy gets consumed on and right after Halloween.

That’s why, once again, we are buying the candy back from your kids! That’s right, we will pay a cash reward of $1 per pound* in an effort to keep pounds of candy out of kids mouths and bodies. We’re not just preventing cavities, either. With childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes on the rise, we’re leading the way as health and wellness advocates for all of our patients and their families.

Candy Buy Back

Once we buy back all that candy, we partner with Operation Gratitude, so the candy gets divided into small care packages that are sent to our troops serving overseas. The troops are so appreciative they often write us letters thanking us for remembering them. Many of these troops are serving in places where poverty is rampant and local children have very little. These troops enjoy sharing the candy with these grateful children. And the kids react as though it’s the biggest gift in the world. Imagine that! Each piece of your candy could brighten the day (the year!) of a less fortunate child somewhere out there in the world.

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The Details:

WHEN: November 4-6, 2014 7:30am-4:30pm

WHERE: Atlanta Dental Spa (2 Locations: Buckhead and Roswell)

    • Buckhead: 3189 Maple Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
    • Roswell: 1875 Old Alabama Rd, Suite 130, Roswell, GA 30076

*ADS will pay cash to each child for up to 5 lbs of candy. If you want to unload more than 5lbs, we will gladly take it and send it to Operation Gratitude.

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Scary Tricks Hiding In Your Halloween Treats http://atlantadentalspa.com/scary-tricks-hiding-in-your-halloween-treats.html http://atlantadentalspa.com/scary-tricks-hiding-in-your-halloween-treats.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:21:34 +0000 http://atlantadentalspa.com/?p=10582 Did you fill the big pillowcase to the rim with Hallowe […]

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Did you fill the big pillowcase to the rim with Halloween candy? (sometimes stopping home to dump one load so you could fill it again?) Could you canvas not just YOUR neighborhood, but several others?

HalloweenAfter you got home, if you were like me, then you and Mom went through your candy to make sure it was safe. We threw away anything that was opened or home made, and we double-checked apples because of that frightening legend about razor blades. I remember some families even taking their candy to the ER to x-ray it.

Halloween has changed a bit since I was a kid. The thought of my kids running around unsupervised at night is horrific. Now there are scary ingredients, like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), hiding in our treats. Dr. Mark Hyman’s blog describes HFCS and explains the detrimental effects it has on our bodies and our total health. This blog resonates in 3 of my major frequencies: Dentist, Mom, and Wellness Advocate. Here’s why:

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Dentist:

The “good bacteria” in your mouth use the HFCS for metabolism and then release lactic acid as a waste product. The lactic acid erodes your enamel, boring a hole that becomes a cavity. The acid also accumulates so that your whole mouth becomes acidic. The acid environment programs the “good bacteria” in your mouth to behave like bad bacteria. And, now your mouth is full of pathogenic bacteria who have the ability to rapidly cause cavities and gum disease. Studies suggest that HFCS is even more tooth-lethal than simple cane sugar.

Mom:

Recent studies suggest that HFCS is as addictive as cocaine! It’s hiding in the foods our kids love: cereals, breads, ice creams, cookies, candy, crackers, sodas, sports drinks, salad dressings, condiments, cough syrups and more. Childhood obesity is on the rise, and it could be that our treasured children are literally addicted to this ingredient.

Wellness Advocate:

In Dr. Hyman’s blog he describes how HFCS increases appetite, promotes obesity, punches holes in your intestinal lining, contributes to diabesity and inflammation, and causes liver damage.

As your dentist and wellness advocate and a mom who loves my kids and yours, my advice for Halloween 2014 is to read the list of ingredients in your treats. If your treats are tricking you by hiding scary ingredients like HFCS (also listed as corn syrup, corn sugar, corn syrup solids), toss ‘em. Sound sad? I have great news. If your Halloween candy is sweetened with Xylitol, it helps to prevent and reverse cavities. It also has other positive health benefits! That’s right — HEALTHY CANDY! Stop by Atlanta Dental Spa to purchase some, or click either of these links Amazon or Dr. John’s to purchase online.

by Dr. Susan Estep

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What Makes our Eyes Pop http://atlantadentalspa.com/makes-eyes-pop.html http://atlantadentalspa.com/makes-eyes-pop.html#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:18:06 +0000 http://atlantadentalspa.com/?p=7043 You know when you’re sitting in the dental chair, […]

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You know when you’re sitting in the dental chair, making that awkward small talk with your hygienist or dental assistant? You know how you’re face is pretty close to that person’s face? Most dental hygienists and assistants attempt to keep their faces presentable, but ours take it to another level. If you’ve ever studied one of our hygienist’s face while in the chair, you may have noticed some particularly stellar lashes. Beauty product referral has seriously gone through the roof in the Atlanta Dental Spa offices, and it can be attributed to our well-groomed team.

Here’s a roundup of our team’s choice mascaras:

  

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Wait, What is a Dental Spa? http://atlantadentalspa.com/wait-dental-spa.html http://atlantadentalspa.com/wait-dental-spa.html#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 15:02:11 +0000 http://atlantadentalspa.com/?p=6935 We know that the words “dentist” and “ […]

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We know that the words “dentist” and “spa” don’t generally appear in the same sentence. We also know that almost no person likes visiting a dental office. We also know that beige walls, neon lighting, and incessant drill sounds do not a pleasant visit make. Hence the birth of our practice. We set out to change the way people percieve a dental visit. We set aside the fact that we work in an industry most people begrudgingly tolerate and decided it was time to change it.

Atlanta Dental Spa provides cosmetic, general, and complete health dentistry services in a serene, relaxing environment. We employ cutting-edge research and technology in every procedure, service, and treatment we provide. We figure, if patients are getting the highest quality treatment available, they might as well be comfortable receiving it.

Along with the nature of our unique spin on traditional dentistry comes the perpetual question, “Do you massage teeth there?”

While hilarious, the answer is obviously… kind of. The only part of the smile with nerve endings are the roots of the teeth–let’s be honest here. We do, however, perform a treatment for periodontal disease that requires a massage-like technique of antibiotic ointment application to the gums. So if you have periodontal disease, get excited for a gum massage.

Otherwise, we love the massage digs. We’ll never turn a blind eye to a good joke!

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Prevent Extra Dental Visits http://atlantadentalspa.com/prevent-extra-dental-visits.html http://atlantadentalspa.com/prevent-extra-dental-visits.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:15:49 +0000 http://atlantadentalspa.com/?p=6897 You get the reminder. You check your calendar. You begr […]

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You get the reminder. You check your calendar. You begrudgingly rearrange your schedule and make an appointment. For weeks, the little dot on your calendar gets dangerously close to ruining your morning. We all hate making and keeping medical appointments. We hate the extra half hour of traffic, missed meetings, and skipped coffee runs just to have someone put their hands in our mouth.

The team Atlanta Dental Spa understands. ADS was founded on providing an experience as inconsistent with a traditional dental visit as possible. We feel you.

You have control over the amount of visits you are required to pay, however.

The frequency of recommended appointments mirrors the quality of your hygiene (referred to by our team as “home care”). The more effort you put into your own dental hygiene, the less appointments you will have to make. Luckily, there is a habit–one you’ve probably already formed–that can improve your oral hygiene outside of brushing, rinsing, and flossing at home: chewing gum.

We all know that sugary foods can cause cavities. Here’s how:

sugar + bacteria = acid
acid = demineralization
demineralization = decay
decay = cavities

Chewing gum after eating promotes saliva production, which neutralizes acid produced by a sugary-bacteria-y concoction. However, if your gum is sweetened, (who chews UNsweetened gum..?) the sugar in the gum reverses the effects of this mini-bacteria battle in your mouth. Back to square one.

Unless..

The gum you’re chewing is made with xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener made from fruits and vegetables that is proven to fight decay. Chewing xylitol gum can help prevent extra dental visits by improving your home care, thus reducing your chances of a three, four, or six month visit recommendation.

Some other perks:
same sweetness, half the sugar
gets rid of halitosis (bad breath)
stops fermentation of oral bacteria
less effect on blood sugar than sucrose
promotes remineralization of teeth
glycemic index 7 (sugar: 83)

A little fun fact: pregnant mothers who chew xylitol gum (and have consistent home care, of course) reduce their child’s risk for cavities by 70 percent.

Whether you want to avoid those extra dental visits or just want to take better care of your oral health, check out the minty superpowers of xylitol gum. Spry, a popular brand is available at Atlanta Dental Spa and Whole Foods Market.


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Silly Heart Attacks http://atlantadentalspa.com/silly-heart-attacks.html http://atlantadentalspa.com/silly-heart-attacks.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:03:58 +0000 http://atlantadentalspa.com/?p=6855   HuffPost Healthy Living posted this article abou […]

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HuffPost Healthy Living posted this article about heart disease in women that details a busy talent agent’s near-death experience–a heart attack–similar to the one Elizabeth Banks portrays in the above video. The article highlights the importance of paying attention to not only health, but signs that a cardiovascular event could be near.

This video is not only funny, but it also hits close to home with the doctors at Atlanta Dental Spa. It is the mission of ADS to create awareness around the crucial missing link in achieving and maintaining complete health: the mouth.More than 80% of American adults have periodontal disease.

 


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The mouth is a gateway to the body. Periodontal disease, one that systemically spreads deadly oral bacteria via pathogens to the brain and heart, is often overlooked by physicians as a cause of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and even preterm or stillbirth.

While it is important to be aware of your risk for heart attack, it is vital to be aware of what may be causing increased risk. Atlanta Dental Spa has the resources and tools to assess risk for a cardiovascular event, is your mouth healthy?

 

 


 

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