Monthly Archives: January 2011

Atlanta Invisalign doctors: Looking for an Atlanta dentist?

Dr. Peter Boulden and Dr. Susan Estep are highly experienced Atlanta Invisalign doctors. In fact, they are “preferred providers of Invisalign.” They’ve seen time and time again the beautiful results their patients can achieve by using the Invisalign program, and they are proud to offer the treatment in their Atlanta cosmetic dentistry office.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic system used to realign teeth and bites. It is a series of custom-fit, clear trays that are switched out every two weeks to gradually move teeth into their proper places. On average, the treatment takes a little less than a year.

Is Invisalign right for me?

There are countless benefits to having properly aligned teeth; your gums, for example, tend to be healthier when the teeth are not too crowded or too far apart. The only way to tell for sure if Invisalign should be part of your smile makeover is to schedule a consultation with an Invisalign doctor. In general, though, Invisalign is a good option for people with smile imperfections such as:

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Overbites, underbites, or crossbites
  • Gaps or spaces
  • Protruding teeth

The benefits of Invisalign


  • Invisalign is discreet. The braces are virtually invisible, so it won’t be obvious to the world that you are in the process of straightening your teeth.
  • Invisalign is much more attractive than traditional metal braces (because it is invisible!).
  • People often find Invisalign to be more comfortable than traditional braces because there are no wires or brackets to irritate the mouth. Invisalign aligners have smooth edges, eliminating the irritation typically associated with braces.
  • Invisalign liners can be removed to eat, drink, etc. The removable nature of the aligners also makes it easier to brush and floss than with traditional metal braces.
  • With traditional braces, certain foods (such as hard candies and gum) are to be avoided so as not to break the braces or get food stuck in them. With Invisalign, you are free to eat whatever you’d like because the trays are removable.

Invisalign treatment with Atlanta Dental Spa

Dr. Boulden and Dr. Estep are Atlanta Invisalign doctors who love helping people get the smiles they’ve always wanted. To discuss your options for straightening your teeth and/or correcting your bite, call Atlanta Dental Spa and schedule a free consultation.

Top Atlanta Dentists Discuss Why You Need 3 Cleanings Per Year

At Atlanta Dental Spa, our primary focus is your health and wellness. Our top dentists evaluate your needs, taking into consideration your medical history, dental history, contributing or risk factors, and personal desires for your smile.

One of the ways we keep you at optimal health is by protecting you against the bacterial assault that occurs daily in your mouth. For many patients, even with healthy mouths, this requires getting cleanings three times a year instead of two.

Why do insurance companies only cover two cleanings?

  • The concept of getting dental cleanings twice a year stemmed from toothpaste advertising campaigns back in the 1930’s and 40’s which promoted getting dental check up and cleanings every 6 months.
  • The dental insurance companies adopted that regimen into their coverages in the 1950’s and unfortunately, have not changed their stance since. That is surprising considering that 80% of the adult population suffers from periodontal disease.

So why do I need three cleanings?

  • When you come for your cleanings, your hygienist is able to remove the buildup of plaque and tarter that accumulates around your gum line.
  • This includes the bad bacteria which contribute to the buildup, bad breath and the formation of gum disease. The accumulation depends on your personal hygiene habits, genetic disposition, mineral content in your saliva and diet.
  • What we know about the bad bacteria is that it takes about three months to establish a colony in your mouth and by the fourth month, they are in full production of the bi-products or toxins that attack your enamel and gums.
  • By doing three cleanings a year, we are able to interrupt this cycle and keep you at optimal health. It also allows for early detection of any possible decay formation which now (with the help of some technologically advanced products), we can reverse.

So what should I do?

Our top Atlanta dentists won’t let your insurance coverage dictate your cleaning intervals. We strive to consider all factors that affect your dental health and make our recommendations with the ultimate goal of total health and wellness for you.

We understand that this means you might have to come out of pocket for the additional cleaning, and so we give our recommendation based on your risks and let you make the choice! Come see us for your regularly scheduled cleaning and we’ll be happy to make an assessment and recommendation for you!

Top Atlanta Cosmetic Dentists Win "Best of Show" for Porcelain Veneers

“BEST OF SHOW” awarded to Atlanta Dental Spa

Atlanta cosmetic dentists Dr. Peter Boulden & Dr. Susan Estep earned some of the best awards in the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (ACE) National Smile Gallery Competition, which took place during ACE’s annual conference called “BEST OF ACE”  in Bonita Springs, Fla. in September 2010.

Atlanta Dental Spa doctors showcased their work in the smile gallery, which challenges the nation’s best cosmetic dentists to submit smile makeover cases. The cases are judged against each other by a blind panel of conference participants and “celebrity cosmetic dentists“. The doctors who do the best dentistry win awards and medals.

Drs. Boulden and Estep swept the cosmetic aspect of the competition, winning the coveted “Best of Show” award. They also took home the overall 1st and 2nd place trophies for the Smile Makeover and Esthetic Dentistry categories.

  • To enter the competition, dentists were required to submit raw (un-retouched) before and after photos of their cosmetic dentistry work.
  • Each case was judged on several categories, including quality of dentistry, beauty of completed work, as well as natural aesthetics (the ability to create a natural – not fake – result).
  • Hundreds of cases were submitted from dentists around the world. In addition to the 3 best awards, Atlanta Dental Spa took home 12 medals. We think, it’s pretty easy to see how Atlanta Dental Spa is the place for the best veneers in Atlanta.

ACE is an international organization comprised of some of the top cosmetic and general dentists who strive to continually use the best practices and techniques in contemporary dentistry. As dental technology improves dramatically each year, ACE dentists are committed to staying at the leading edge of technology in order ensure the best dentistry for their patients.

ACE represents some of the finest and most progressive dentists in the world.  Dr. Estep and Dr. Boulden both have reached the distinction of “Fellow of the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics”.  This is a distinction that only 3 dentists have in the entire state of Georgia.  Atlanta Dental Spa is proud to have two!!!  Not only do Atlanta Dental Spa patients think Dr. Boulden and Dr. Estep are the best dentists in Atlanta, they actually have the hardware to back it up.

If you are looking for the best porcelain veneers in the Atlanta area, then look no further than the Atlanta Dental Spa for all of your cosmetic dentistry related needs.

Thumb Sucking: How to Break Your Child’s Habit

Is your child a thumb sucker?

  • If you’re child is a thumb or finger sucker, you’re probably familiar with the stress and strains of trying to get them to stop. Whether it be nagging, bribery, positive or negative reinforcements, it can be difficult on both parent and child both physically and emotionally.
  • Thumb or finger sucking can be a social embarrassment if continued past the toddler stage effecting the child’s self-esteem and socialization. It can also cause changes in the structures of the mouth, negatively influence facial growth and development and contribute to speech problems. Breaking the habit early (at least by age 4 or 5) and correcting any negative results that stem from the habit can help your child’s growth, development and dental condition be stable and healthy for a lifetime.

Why do children suck their thumb?

  • In order to break the habit and re-pattern the child’s behavior, it is important to understand why they do it. As infants, we are born with a sucking reflex for the purpose of nourishment. When sucking, natural endorphins (a chemical produced within the brain) are released which bring feelings of pleasure. The child begins to associate the sucking action with comfort, provision, love and safety and once weaned from breast or bottle feeding will use their thumb or fingers to continue those feelings.
  • When we understand this, we can realize that the issue isn’t just getting the child to break a habit that we deem irritating or embarrassing, but is instead about teaching the child how to attain feelings of comfort and safety by giving them control of their actions and choices, thus building self-esteem, perseverance and decision making skills.
  • It is now a common practice in many orthodontic offices to install appliances into a child’s mouth to stop the habit. Though this method can be effective, it does not allow the child to gain control of their actions or choices, it just prevents them from doing the sucking.
  • We believe that helping the child realize the negative effects that sucking can have on their mouth and teeth and helping them to re-habitate gives them the life long lesson that “just because something feels good, it’s not necessarily good for you and you can choose not to do it”.
  • From a dental prospective, we are obviously concerned with the proper development of the muscles, bone formation and bite (the way your teeth fit together). We know that early intervention can reduce and sometimes repair improper form and function.
  • Things you can look for as a parent that tell you that growth and development are being skewed are a high, narrow roof of the mouth where the thumb has pressed for so long, an anterior open bite where the front teeth don’t come together even when the child is biting down all the way, and front teeth tipped forward toward the lips. All of these are signs that you child’s mouth and teeth are forming around the tongue or fingers that are constantly present.

What do I do now?

  • So where do you go from here? At Atlanta Dental Spa, we have an orofacial myologist on staff who can help you and your child through a fun and pain free process that can re-pattern the behavior and help correct residual effects from the habit. The process is achieved with positive reinforcement techniques, encouragement and guidance along with parental support and participation.
  • The process takes a month and involves three visits – an initial consult/instruction visit which will last 30 minutes and two subsequent 15 minute follow up/therapy visits. Once the habit has been eliminated, we will be happy to help with the correction of any residual effects. Call us today and let us help you break the habit, instill self-esteem and ensure a stable, functional dentition for life!

Author: Charissa- Aesthetic Hygienist

Charissa is a Dental Hygienist at the Atlanta Dental Spa, and graduated from Dekalb College with a degree in dental hygiene in 1996. Outside of the Atlanta Dental Spa, Charissa spends much of her time with her husband of 13 years and two beautiful children!

Atlanta Cosmetic Dentists Discuss Pain Reducing Dentistry Procedures

Thanks to advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry, Atlanta cosmetic dentists Dr. Susan Estep & Dr. Peter Boulden are now able to deliver less painful dental procedures to the people of Atlanta.

Here are a few of the steps we have taken to reduce the amount of pain that our patients feel.

Small Needles

At the Atlanta Dental Spa, we use the smallest needles in the world for the dental procedures we perform. One reason people experience pain at the dentist is because of the big, bulky needles used by most dentists.

Simply put, these needles are no longer necessary, and as a result we use much smaller needles to achieve the same results with less pain. Our attention to detail, which is illustrated by the size of our needles, is just one of the reasons that our patients continually call us the best cosmetic dentists in Atlanta.

Quiet Drilling

Dr. Boulden and Dr. Estep know that drills cause a heightened level of anxiety, which in turns causes increased amounts of pain. Unfortunately most cosmetic dentists do not do much to combat this issue, and as a result their patients’ anxiety leads to increased levels of pain.

In the video below, Dr. Boulden actually demonstrates how the quiet drill helps cure our patients fears of the dentist, and also helps create a pain free dentistry environment.

In addition to using a quiet drill, Dr. Boulden also mentions the noise canceling headphones that are available to patients who want to drown out the sound of the drill entirely.

Less invasive procedures

Some of the procedures for creating crowns, veneers, dental implants, etc. have become much less invasive over the years, which is beneficial to our patients. Here at the Atlanta Dental Spa, our patients come first.

Hey, there is a reason we have been recognized nationally for our cosmetic dentistry achievements. If you have any questions about our pain free dental procedures, or would like to talk with an Atlanta Dental Spa client personally, please contact us today. We have hundreds of satisfied clients who would be willing to talk about their positive experiences here at the Atlanta Dental Spa.