Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
March 24, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Although regular brushing will help keep your teeth healthy, for many people brushing alone doesn't give them the dazzling smile they are hoping for. If your teeth are stained or discolored, professional whitening services can help. Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland offer teeth whitening in Lawrenceville, and Suwanee, GA.

Who Needs Whitening?

The color of teeth can vary from one person to the next. Habits such as smoking or consuming certain foods and drinks like coffee can stain your teeth. Teeth whitening in Lawrenceville, and Suwanee, GA, is available for individuals who would like to improve the color and overall appearance of their teeth.

How Is Whitening Done?

In-office teeth whitening is done using a specialized peroxide formula. Your dentist will make sure your gums are protected before applying the whitening gel. It is then activated with a special light and left on your teeth for about an hour. Your teeth can be 3-8 shades whiter with just one treatment and the results are long-lasting with the proper dental hygiene. 

Is Whitening Safe?

Whitening is safe for most patients. The dentist will decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure because there are some types of discoloration that don't respond to whitening like discoloration caused by certain medications. There are other treatment options for these kinds of stains.

Care For Your Teeth

Once you have completed your whitening procedure, you will want to care for your teeth going forward. You will want to make sure that you kick bad habits which are contributing to your teeth staining. You should also brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.

If you would like to learn more about brightening your smile, Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland offer teeth whitening in Lawrenceville, and Suwanee, GA. Call (770) 963-2424 or (678) 269-4910 to set up an appointment today.

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
March 25, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crown  

Discover the many purposes behind getting dental crowns from our Lawrenceville, and Suwanee, GA, Dentists.

Is a dental crown in your future? Sometimes you can easily tell whether your smile could benefit from one, while in other scenarios you may not even realize that a crown could help. Wondering whether it’s time to make an appointment with our Lawrenceville, and Suwanee, GA, dentists Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland to discuss dental crowns? A dental crown may be in your future if you are dealing with any of these dental issues:

A Cracked or Broken Tooth

Any tooth that has extensive damage to its structure will require a dental crown because this tooth-shaped cap will cover the entire crown of the tooth to protect it from further damage. Not only will the crown protect the tooth, but it will also restore strength and durability back into the tooth so that it is nearly as strong as it was before it was damaged. This ensures that you can chew and bite down with confidence without worrying that the tooth is too weak to handle the pressure.

An Old, Worn Crown

While crowns are made from porcelain or ceramic, which are both durable materials, even they will need to be replaced at some point. With the proper care, a crown can last 10-15 years. How you care for them, as well as your bite and lifestyle will also dictate the longevity of your crown. If the crown breaks or if it becomes weak, then our Lawrenceville, GA, dentists will recommend replacing your old dental crown with a brand new one.

Severe Decay

When a tooth has some decay, our dental team will drill away the decayed parts of the tooth and often fill these areas with a tooth-colored resin. Of course, if there is widespread decay that impacts the overall structure and integrity of the tooth then a dental filling may not be durable enough to support the tooth. When this happens, our dental team may recommend placing a dental crown.

A Misshapen Tooth

Crowns are custom-made to fit your smile, so if you have an oddly shaped, malformed, or severely discolored tooth, our dental team can also place a dental crown that will alter and improve the overall shape, size, and color of the tooth.

If you have questions or you’d like to discuss your restorative dentistry treatment options with Dr. McCoy and Dr. Copeland, call our Lawrenceville, or Suwanee, GA, offices at (770) 963-2424 or (678) 269-4910.