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Posts for: November, 2017

By Northside Family Dentistry
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”


By NORTHSIDE FAMILY DENTISTRY
November 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dentures from your dentist in Macon, Georgia can make you smile again.dentures

If you missing teeth, it may be time to give yourself a whole new smile with dentures. Today’s dentures combine both strength and aesthetic beauty to make you smile again. You can look great and feel great again, all with the right denture. Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, Georgia want to share what dentures can do for you and introduce you to different types of dentures.

Modern dentures are created out of durable, long-lasting materials. They are created with aesthetics in mind and look more natural than ever before. There are many advantages to choosing dentures instead of going through life with painful, damaged, diseased teeth. Consider that dentures will:

  • Help you look younger by restoring the youthful contours of your face and your firm jawline
  • Help you chew your food better, which helps your digestion and general health
  • Help restore your self-esteem and self-confidence because you know you look great
  • Help you want to smile again and be more social

Choosing the right denture is an important decision and your dentists at Northside Family Dentistry can help. They offer several choices of dentures including:

  • Immediate dentures which are placed right after tooth extraction; with immediate dentures, you never have to go without teeth. A permanent denture will be made after your tissue has healed.
  • Conventional dentures which are placed after your tissue has healed completely from dental extractions; with conventional dentures, you only have to get used to wearing one set of dentures.
  • Overdentures which are snapped in place over dental implants or retained tooth roots; with overdentures, you retain bone support and strength.

If you don’t need complete tooth replacement, you may want a removable partial. Consider:

  • Transitional partial dentures which you wear if you are planning on dental implants at a later date; transitional dentures are inexpensive but are not meant as long-term tooth replacement.
  • Removable partial dentures which are much more durable than transitional partials; removable dentures are made to last and are comfortable to wear.

Give yourself a whole new smile with the right denture! You can transform your smile and your life. Get back your self-esteem and confidence by giving yourself a new smile. It’s time to call Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, Georgia. Northside Family Dentistry is “the place where smiles are made” so call today!


By Northside Family Dentistry
November 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: air abrasion  
AirAbrasionAnAlternativetotheTraditionalDentalDrill

Drilling teeth is an essential part of repairing and restoring the damage caused by tooth decay. For generations dentists have relied on the dental drill with its rotating burr to remove decayed and damaged tooth material.

But while the dental drill is effective it also has its disadvantages. In the process of removing decayed material it inadvertently removes healthy structure near the target material. It often requires anesthesia to deaden the work area. And its noise and vibration are often unsettling to patients.

There is a growing alternative, though: air abrasion, a technology that's been around since the mid-20th Century. But recent advances in controlling the dust created by using abrasion, as well as new tooth-colored bonding materials to replace tooth structure, have sparked new interest among dentists and patients alike.

Also known as particle abrasion, this drill alternative uses a pressurized stream of fine particles to remove decayed material. Using a hand wand a dentist can precisely aim the stream of particles (usually aluminum oxide) to the specific areas of decay or softened material that need to be removed. As a result, it removes only a fraction of healthy tooth structure compared to traditional drilling. Air abrasion has also proven effective for removing staining without harming enamel.

Air abrasion also eliminates the sound and vibration associated with dental drills, and may not always require local anesthesia. On the other hand, it does have some limitations. For one, it's not as effective with larger cavities or working around older fillings. The tooth or teeth to be worked on must be carefully isolated from the rest of the mouth to keep the patient from swallowing the abrasive particles. And without a high-volume suction pump and good isolation protocols, the particles can produce something of a “sandstorm” in the treatment room.

But as air abrasion continues to advance, we may see improvements in these limitations. In a future time, the traditional dental drill may go the way of the horse and buggy.

If you would like more information on air abrasion as an alternative to drilling, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Air Abrasion Technology.”