Straighten Teeth Fast with the New Inman Aligner

Did you once spend years undergoing painful orthodontic treatment and unsightly braces only to see your teeth slowly slip back to their former wonky ways or are you one of many who are generally unhappy with the alignment of your teeth and longing for a beautiful, straight smile?

Dr. Ushma Patel at the Center for Advanced Dentistry is proud to introduce a new and leading edge cosmetic dentistry procedure that is taking the US by storm – The Inman Aligner. Only certified Inman Aligner dentists can provide them and Dr. Patel has achieved this certification and provides Inman Aligners in her practice. This revolutionary device allows protruding or crowded teeth to be transformed in a matter of weeks!                  

So how does it work?

The Inman Aligner is a clear plastic retainer with two spring loaded aligning bars that fit easily over the front four teeth. Unlike a regular brace, the Inman Aligner provides a constant gentle pressure on the teeth, easing them back into place far more quickly than traditional braces. 

Apart from its aesthetic benefits, the Inman Aligner is easy to use and can be inserted and removed at any time, allowing eating, brushing (and kissing) to continue as normal. Once teeth have moved to the desired position, a very discreet retainer holds them in place, so they remain in their new position.

During the first consultation, an impression is made of the teeth and in the second, teeth are smoothed in between to make room for movement and the aligner is fitted.  For the duration of the treatment bi-weekly visits are required to review progress and adjust the aligner.

Dr. Patel: “The Inman Aligner is the greatest innovation in dentistry of recent years. It’s fast, affordable and kind to the teeth. It really is the best way to straighten crowded front teeth.”

For further details on this and many of the other services we provide, please visit www.hitechsmiles.com or call 770-623-8750 to reserve your appointment today!

Dr. Ushma Patel – Center for Advanced Dentistry

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Examining Your Teeth May Reveal Danger Of Stroke

Routine dental radiographs could uncover the risk of a stroke potential. Until recently, it was thought that most people who suffer a stroke do not have obvious symptoms beforehand. But a study done by medical researchers at the University of Buffalo shows that early warning signs may appear in the mouth.
 
Common dental radiographs can detect potentially dangerous calcium deposits in the carotid arteries in the neck. These arteries supply blood to the brain. The presence of calcium deposits is a sign of advanced atherosclerosis, a major cause of stroke. The study looked at close to three thousand new patients at university dental clinics over a two-year period. Researchers found evidence of calcification in the carotid arteries in 143 of them. They were all referred to a doctor for treatment.
 
The type of x-ray is called a panoramic radiograph. It’s a wide angle frontal scan showing the condition of teeth and surrounding bone and is a normal part of a regular dental checkup. Dentists can examine the radiograph and look for calcium deposits in the carotid arteries. Patients with signs of calcification can be referred to a medical doctor for preventive stroke treatment.
 
In this way, the routine dental checkup can become a key way of detecting patients who are unknowingly at risk of having a stroke. Just another good reason to make sure your teeth get regular attention from a dentist.

We are extremely happy to announce the our office has invested in a Digital Panoramic X-Ray machine that is used on patients as they come in for their dental check up. It is also used to check orthodontic status, tooth alignment, abnormalities in both adults and children, oral cancer, as well as screen for correct development of the jaw and teeth in children.

Dr Ushma Patel – Center for Advanced Dentistry

Center for Advanced Dentistry - Dental Office Team

Urvashi, Joy, Susan, Michelle, Tawny and Dr. Ushma Patel with their beautiful smiles. Team photo taken at the office in the front lobby against the window treatments.

Being Wrong

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.

Kathryn Schulz is the author of “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error,” and writes “The Wrong Stuff,” a Slate series featuring interviews with high-profile people about how they think.

Dr Marc Cooper: There are many decisions and choices you will need to make in the coming days. The fear of being wrong may stop you, paralyze you from moving forward. What if being wrong was not a stop to you taking risks, taking bold action, and moving fearlessly into the future? Check out the video.

Botox injected into the masseter muscles of the jaw to treat TMJ, an inflammation of the TMJ joint in the jaw

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alex Rivkin shows Dr. Ordon and Dr. Stork how he injects Botox into the masseter muscles of Suzannes jaw to treat her TMJ, an inflammation of the temporal-mandibular joint in the jaw.

In Georgia, only Dentists certified by the Board of Dentsitry can inject Botox for the purposes of TMJ pain, Migraine and Tension Headaches. Dr. Ushma Patel recently received her certification.