The New Anti-Aging Dentistry: Your Smile May Make or Break You

The New Anti-Aging Dentistry: Your Smile May Make or Break You

By Dr. Ushma Patel with Center For Advanced Dentistry

Psychologists used to say that the first feature people looked at were the eyes. Now they say it’s the mouth. According to a new nationwide survey, 92% of people perceive a great smile as a valuable asset. Men and women between the ages of 18-49 both chose a sexy smile as the most appealing gesture in a member of the opposite sex.

Men and women are in agreement on what makes an appealing smile – having white teeth makes or breaks a smile, followed by straight teeth and full lips. In a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 74% of men and women agree that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

Going to the dentist used to be about cavities and drills. Today, dentistry is giving people what they want: looking good. This is, of course, in addition to improving people’s dental health. Those cavities still have to be found and filled but cosmetic dentistry can make going to the dentist something we want to do, not just have to do.

“Over the last 5 years dental technology has advanced to where it’s now possible to get dental care with no pain and in a comfortable way,” says Dr. Ushma Patel. “In our practice we provide blankets, hot towels after treatment, headphones for music and Satellite TV channels to relax our patients. Many of our patients even bring their own DVD and choose to watch movie while they are getting treatment done. We want them to not only feel good while they are being treated but also to simply feel good when they leave.” We also use oral sedation (pills) for many of our phobic patients. We call it Twilight Dentistry where patients have their treatment performed while being sedated.

For patients who want a Dazzling White Straight Smile instantly, we offer Porcelain Veneers. These veneers are very thin hard porcelain shells that are bonded on top of your existing teeth. Veneers can be used to reshape teeth and often are referred to as “instant orthodontics” because we can instantly straighten crooked, misshapen or excessively stained teeth without braces. This procedure typically takes two office visits.

A generation ago, only people in the public eye had “movie star” smiles, but all that has changed. Today, Teeth Whitening has become the most common cosmetic procedure performed. There are typically 2 methods of teeth whitening. One procedure in done in the dental office using a high concentration bleach which is applied to the teeth and in 1 hour you leave the office with a bright white smile. The other procedure is a home whitening system. This procedure requires you to have molds made and then a whitening gel will be given to you and you wear the custom fitted bleaching trays for 1 hour a day for up to two weeks. The results can be dazzling. A bright, gleaming smile can go a long way to improve your appearance and make you feel years younger.

For a complimentary consultation call Dr. Ushma Patel at 770-623-8750. Center for Advanced Dentistry is located in Atlanta, GA at 6916 McGinnis Ferry Rd, Suite 500, Suwanee, GA 30024. It is close to Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Duluth, Cumming, Sugar Hill, Buford, Roswell. For more information you can also visit their web site

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