Posts for category: Dental

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental
Tags: braces  

BracesWhat your dentists in Lawrenceville and Suwanee want you to know

If you are thinking about braces, it’s only natural to wonder if they are right for you. Will having orthodontic treatment actually help your smile? The short answer is yes! Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland at Jennifer L. McCoy Cosmetic and Family Dentistry want to share how braces can benefit you and your smile. They have two convenient office locations in Lawrenceville and Suwanee, GA, to give you the straight smile you’ve been waiting for.

Braces are right for you if you have teeth that are:

  • Crowded or overlapped
  • Gapped or spaced apart
  • Rotated or poorly-positioned

Braces are also an excellent choice to realign your jaws if you have a less-than-perfect bite. Consider orthodontic treatment if you have:

  • Underbite or overbite
  • Crossbite or open bite
  • Jaw protrusion or abnormal eruption

There are many benefits you will enjoy with a straight smile, including:

  • A healthier, more beautiful smile
  • Easier and better chewing ability
  • Better digestion from better chewing
  • A smile that is easier to keep clean
  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Less damage to your teeth from abnormal wear
  • Less chance of developing jaw or TMJ problems

At Jennifer L. McCoy Cosmetic and Family Dentistry you can choose from a variety of braces. Consider:

  • Conventional braces, with metal brackets and wires
  • Ceramic braces, with ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Lingual braces, with brackets and wires cemented on to the back surfaces of teeth

You can also choose orthodontic treatment without braces, from the makers of Invisalign, clear plastic aligners. Treatment involves switching to a new set of trays, called aligners, every two weeks. Your teeth gradually move into correct alignment, and the process is usually complete at nine to fifteen months. You can remove the aligners to eat and to brush and floss.

For more information about orthodontic treatment options, please visit the Orthodontics page on the website at http://www.jennifermccoydds.com/library/7794/Orthodontics.html

Whether you are a teenager or an adult, if you want a straight smile, braces are right for you. For more information about achieving a straight, beautiful smile, call Dr. McCoy and Dr. Copeland at Jennifer L. McCoy Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, with offices in Lawrenceville and Suwanee, GA. Call today!

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 29, 2018
Category: Dental
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningHave you lost your dazzling smile? While it may be disheartening to feel like you have lost your best accessory— your white smile —you can get it back. Professional teeth whitening removes years of dental stains and the process is safe. Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland offer teeth whitening in Lawrenceville and Suwanee, GA. Read on to learn about your professional teeth whitening options.

In-Office Whitening

Before starting, your dentist will make a record of the current shade of your teeth. Your mouth will be isolated with cotton rolls or gauze to keep your teeth dry. Retractors may be used to keep your tongue, lips, and cheeks away from the bleaching gel. A barrier will be placed along your gum line to protect it from exposure to the solution. Next, your teeth will be coated with bleaching gel. Your dentist will combine the gel with a light to speed up the process. Once the optimum shade has been reached, your teeth will be rinsed. 

Take-Home Whitening 

Dispensed by a dentist, take-home whitening allows you to get professional results at your convenience in an effective, safe way. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and use that to make a fitted dental tray. The bleaching gel goes inside the mouth guard. It comes in several strengths. You can wear the mouth guard while you sleep if you have a lighter gel, or for an hour each day if it’s a higher-power option. Take-home teeth whitening provide great results in 2 or 3 weeks of use.

Benefits of a White Smile

Stained teeth can ruin your smile and appearance. Your smile is usually the first thing others notice about you. A professional teeth whitening treatment will help you leave behind the discomfort and embarrassment of stained teeth. Professional teeth whitening can whiten your smile, improve your appearance, and boost your self-esteem, which carries into the many different aspects of your life. 

Teeth Whitening Consultation 

To get the process started, find a dentist near you in Lawrenceville or Suwanee and schedule a consultation. If you have healthy teeth and gums, you may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Only your dentist can determine if professional teeth whitening is suitable for you after performing an oral exam to ensure proper health. Patients with gum disease, tooth decay, or exposed roots are poor candidates for teeth whitening. These dental issues need to be addressed before seeking cosmetic treatments.

Want a Beautiful Smile? Call Us Today!

Get a beautiful smile right now. Call our dental office at 770-963-2424 right now to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening in Lawrenceville, GA. Call 678-269-4910 to schedule an appointment in Suwanee, GA. Professional teeth will do you and your smile a world of good.

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 11, 2017
Category: Dental
Tags: Root Canals  

There is nothing to fear about root canals. Find out more about this commonly performed dental procedure.

Hearing your dentist tell you that you need a root canal may fill you with anxiety, but there is truly nothing to fear. Arm yourself with all the information you need to understand your upcoming Root Canalprocedure so that you can get through it easily and stress-free.

Q. What is a root canal?

A. This endodontic procedure is necessary when the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is either infected or damaged. The dental pulp can be affected by severe decay, infection or trauma. Once the damage reaches the pulp, your endodontist will recommend having a root canal.

Q. Do I need a root canal?

A. It can be difficult to know when you might need to come in for a root canal, which is why going in for your six-month checkup can protect your smile and detect issues when they are still easy to fix. Common symptoms that might warrant a root canal include,

  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold

  • Persistent or severe pain, particularly when chewing

  • Tooth pain that keeps you up at night

  • An abscess that develops around the affected tooth

Q. What should I expect from my upcoming procedure?

A. Root canals are a common practice. While many people worry that it might be rather time-consuming and invasive, it is no more complicated than getting a cavity filled.

The purpose of the procedure is to remove the affected dental pulp. Your general dentist will drill through the hard outer layers of enamel until we reach the internal part of the tooth. From there, your dentist will carefully remove the diseased tissue and disinfect the inside of the tooth if an infection is present. Once treated, we will use special materials to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. Most teeth treated with a root canal will also need a dental crown to protect the weakened tooth from further damage.

Q. Is the procedure painful?

A. Most people worry that a root canal will be painful. Everyone’s heard stories! But keep in mind that many people needing a root canal are dealing with pretty unpleasant and chronic dental pain. The purpose of the procedure isn’t to instill more pain, but to actually eliminate the source of the pain. Plus, a root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel a thing.

Contact your Dentist

Still have questions about root canal therapy? Need to schedule your next dental appointment? Then it’s time to call your dentist today. We would be happy to answer all of your dental questions.