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

Use it, Don’t Lose It !!!

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Now is the time to plan for the completion of your dental treatment before the end of the year. All insurance plans have a yearly maximum. If you do not use this maximum amount, the remainder is lost.

If you have already met your deductible and you have treatment to be completed or to be started, take advantage of your benefits this year.  If necessary, we can use the maximum allowed this year, and complete the work next year with the next year’s allowance.

Good planning will allow you to take advantage of the full benefit of your policy. Please do not wait until the last few weeks of the year, when our congested schedule will make it difficult to appoint a convenient time for you.

Our goal is to provide you with quality dental services, so let us help you maximize your dental insurance coverage in the process.

If you have questions about what insurance you have remaining for the year or what treatment has been recommended, please contact our office team. They will be happy to help you with your insurance and treatment questions.

Call us today at 770-623-8750 to schedule your next appointment and take full advantage of your remaining dental benefits

 

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

Sugar: The Scariest Halloween Trend

Halloween is approaching, and so are all those scary costumes and haunted houses. It shouldn’t be the ghouls and ghosts that you fear, however, but the candied apples, trick-or-treat sweets and all the soda that washes them down! Sugary and acidic foods can lead to tooth decay, and that can put a damper on anyone’s festive spirit.
 
While it would be nice if your neighbors all gave out fresh fruit or sugar-free candy (though we’re sure the kids disagree!), high-sugar sweets are still America’s favorite Halloween treat. If possible, try to limit children’s sugar intake. Encourage them to drink plenty of water while snacking – soda will only make things worse! And finally, while it’s easy to slip into a “sugar coma” and just pass out while watching a favorite horror flick, this is not the time to stray from your brushing or flossing routine. Let your children know that if they eat sweets without their toothbrushes on hand, they should rinse their mouths out with warm water.
 
If you think your child may have developed a cavity (whether the result of Halloween indulgences or not), please call us at 770-623-8750 for a check up. Even temporary baby teeth need to be properly cared for, as tooth decay can affect permanent adult teeth that are still developing below.
 
We’d like to wish you and your family the best this fall season. We hope that when the sweets of autumn runneth over, you’ll think of us (and your smiles).In my neighborhood I also like to give out a snack and toothbrush and toothpaste so that they have no excuse to brush before they go to bed that night. This year many neighborhoods are celebrating on Sunday Oct 30 since Monday is a school holiday for Forsyth County.

Costly complications of untreated or undertreated periodontitis (Gum Disease)

If Gum Disease is left untreated it leads to costly complications:

  • Further spread of infection
  • More tissue damage
  • Surgery
  • Loss of teeth
 Periodontitis potentially affects overall health:
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-term, low birth-weight babies

Source: http://www.myarestin.com/

To schedule an appointment in the Atlanta area of Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Duluth, Cumming, for a dental check-up call Dr, Ushma Patel’s dental office Center for Advanced Dentistry at 770-623-8750, visit http://www.johnscreeksedationdentist.com/ for more information.

Are you afraid of the Dentist? Have you heard of Sedation Dentistry?

I see it all the time. Apprehension. Dread. Nervousness. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), nearly 1 in 3 people avoid dental visits due to fear. Without regular visits, oral health continues to deteriorate over a person’s lifetime. This can lead to health problems ranging from tooth sensitivity to gum disease as well as more chronic issues such as heart disease and diabetes, and social uneasiness about odorous breath or feeling embarrassed to smile. The good news is the dental industry has made tremendous advances in order to help reluctant patients receive the care they need. We do this through the comfort of sedation dentistry.

And the good news about sedation dentistry is that it allows those who have been neglecting their oral care to make major advances in the health of their mouth and smile in just one visit. With sedation dentistry, I can perform complex dental treatments in one appointment where it would have taken multiple visits to achieve the same results in the past.

So how do you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you? If you feel anxious about coming to the dentist, have sensitive teeth, suffer complex dental problems, or have an easily triggered gag reflex, talk to us about sedation. Or if you know anyone like this, help them by referring them to us. Call 770-623-8750 or visit www.JohnsCreekSedationDentist.com.