Posts for tag: braces

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Sometimes, looking at old pictures can really bring memories back to life. Just ask Stefani Germanotta—the pop diva better known as Lady Gaga. In one scene from the recent documentary Five Foot Two, as family members sort through headshots from her teen years, her father proclaims: "Here, this proves she had braces!"

"If I had kept that gap, then I would have even more problems with Madonna," Lady Gaga replies, referencing an ongoing feud between the two musical celebrities.

The photos of Gaga's teenage smile reveal that the singer of hits like "Born This Way" once had a noticeable gap (which dentists call a diastema) between her front teeth. This condition is common in children, but often becomes less conspicuous with age. It isn't necessarily a problem: Lots of well-known people have extra space in their smiles, including ex-football player and TV host Michael Strahan, actress Anna Paquin…and fellow pop superstar Madonna. It hasn't hurt any of their careers.

Yet others would prefer a smile without the gap. Fortunately, diastema in children is generally not difficult to fix. One of the easiest ways to do so is with traditional braces or clear aligners. These orthodontic appliances, usually worn for a period of months, can actually move the teeth into positions that look more pleasing in the smile and function better in the bite. For many people, orthodontic treatment is a part of their emergence from adolescence into adulthood.

Braces and aligners, along with other specialized orthodontic appliances, can also remedy many bite problems besides diastema. They can correct misaligned teeth and spacing irregularities, fix overbites and underbites, and take care of numerous other types of malocclusions (bite problems).

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids get screened for orthodontic problems at age 7. Even if an issue is found, most won't get treatment at this age—but in some instances, it's possible that early intervention can save a great deal of time, money and effort later. For example, while the jaw is still developing, its growth can be guided with special appliances that can make future orthodontic treatment go quicker and easier.

Yet orthodontics isn't just for children—adults can wear braces too! As long as teeth and gums are healthy, there's no upper age limit on orthodontic treatment. Instead of traditional silver braces, many adults choose tooth-colored braces or clear aligners to complement their more professional appearance.

So if your child is at the age where screening is recommended—or if you're unhappy with your own smile—ask us whether orthodontics could help. But if you get into a rivalry with Madonna…you're on your own.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
December 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

Poor bite and irregular smile alignment create long term oral health issues and poor self-esteem. At Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Lawrenceville and Suwanee, orthodontic braces are a treatment option for patients of all ages. Do you need braces, and if so, what kind is right for your smile? Your dentist is the go-to person to answer this important question.

What are braces?

Dental braces in Lawrenceville are fixed or removable appliances designed to move teeth into healthier, better-looking positions and to correct bite and jaw alignment problems. Typically thought of as metal bands and wires, today's braces include ceramic braces, tongue-side, or lingual braces, and removable clear aligners such as Invisalign. Palatal expanders, space maintainers, Forsus appliances, and other less invasive appliances help the youngest of patients get early treatment and avoid more complex and lengthy interventions later in life.

Most people receive wear braces as pre-teens and teenagers, says the American Association of Orthodontists. However, many older teens and adults of all ages opt for orthodontia to correct conditions which compromise their orofacial appearance and function.

A complete examination, X-rays and other imaging with Dr. McCoy or Dr Katherine Copeland, will tell you if braces (and what kind) would help your:

  • Bite problems (overbite, underbite, crossbite, openbite, as examples)
  • Tooth tipping and rotation
  • Gaps
  • Overcrowding
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Congenital absence of teeth
  • Orthodontic recession (teeth shift after braces are removed)

A very popular system
Today's teens and adults often explore orthodontic correction with Invisalign clear aligners. Correcting crooked smiles for more than 20 years, this innovative system utilizes invisible, custom-made trays which fit tightly over top and bottom teeth. Created in pairs and worn 20 to 22 hours per day, these appliances are comfortable, removable, easily maintained and reliable. They are appropriate for mild to moderate problems and achieve lasting results in an average of one year.

Many choices
Modern dentistry offers many ways to a straight, beautiful smile that stays healthy. Find out what you may need by arranging an orthodontic evaluation at Jennifer Mccoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Call us for a convenient appointment time. For the Lawrenceville, GA, office, phone (770) 963-2424. For Suwanee, GA, call (678) 269-4910.

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

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
November 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Find out if your smile could benefit from what orthodontic treatment has to offer.braces

Sure, in some instance it may seem obvious that a smile could benefit from braces; however, it isn’t always that apparent for everyone. Our Suwanee and Lawrenceville, GA, dentists, Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland, are here to tell you what issues can be addressed through braces.

Your Smile is Crowded

If teeth are overlapping one another or if there just isn’t enough room for all of your teeth then you are dealing with a problem known as crowding. If left untreated, this issue often just gets worse with age, not to mention the fact that you are also at a higher risk for decay because it can be more challenging to properly and thoroughly brush and floss these overlapping teeth.

The sooner you seek orthodontic treatment from one of our Suwanee and Lawrenceville cosmetic dentists the better. While we recommend that children come in for an evaluation around the age of seven, anyone can benefit from an evaluation if they are dealing with crowding.

Spaces Between Teeth

Instead of crowding perhaps you have the opposite problem in which teeth are just too spaced apart. Gaps between teeth are unsightly and awkward, but they can also affect your bite, resulting in some teeth taking on more chewing pressure than other teeth. Over time, this can lead to uneven wear and tear and even damage to teeth; fortunately, we offer different orthodontic options that can finally close those gaps for good.


An overbite is when the upper teeth stick out more than the lower teeth, resulting in the top teeth covering the lower teeth when you smile. If the overbite is severe enough the upper teeth may stick out much further, which can result in fractures, breaks and other injuries to the front teeth. Getting braces can fix this issue and prevent teeth from becoming damaged.


An underbite is when the bottom teeth stick out further than the top teeth. This usually has something to do with differentiating jaw sizes, which can lead to problems with chewing and speech. This bite can also affect the shape and appearance of your face. Luckily, orthodontic treatment can help restore your bite and realign the jaws to repair your underbite. Everything from traditional braces and a retainer to clear orthodontic aligners can be used to treat this issue.

If you are considering getting braces then it’s time you turned to us for the answers. We offer locations in Lawrenceville and Suwanee, GA, to serve you better. Let’s find out what we can do to get you that straighter smile.