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By Highland Dental
August 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic DentistryWould you feel more confident about your smile if you could correct a few flaws? Most people have at least one or two smile issues that could be improved with a cosmetic dentistry treatment. Smyrna, GA, dentist Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental helps you transform your smile with a variety of services and treatments.

Teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Whitening can remove stains caused by darkly pigmented foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, wine, cola, berries and sauces. Hydrogen peroxide, an all-natural whitening agent, seeps into the tiny pores in your tooth enamel and breaks apart stain-causing pigments. In-office whitening only takes about an hour and offers a safe, effective way to remove stains.

Tooth restoration

Replacing lost teeth improves your appearance and also restores your ability to chew and bite normally. Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, your Smyrna dentist may recommend one or more of these restoration options:

  • Dental Bridge: Bridges are an excellent solution if you've lost a few teeth or a single tooth. They consist of crowns attached to an artificial tooth or teeth.
  • Dentures: Full or partial removable dentures are good choices if you've lost all of your teeth or several teeth in a row.
  • Dental Implants: Implants are synthetic replacement roots that bond to your jawbone. Adding a crown to the top of an implant fills the gap in your smile. Implants can replace single or multiple missing teeth.


Veneers offer an excellent way to hide minor imperfections in your smile. The thin shells are made of porcelain, a material that looks just like your natural tooth enamel. Veneers are made from an impression of your mouth and attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. The restorations are often used to hide slight gaps between your teeth, keep chips and cracks out of view, conceal discolorations or uneven surfaces, improve the shape of a crooked or twisted tooth, or lengthen a short tooth.

Would you like to transform your smile with one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments? Call Smyrna, GA, dentist Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental at (678) 305-9916 to schedule your appointment.


Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.

You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.

Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.

Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.

Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.

Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.

Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry for lifetime events, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.

Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?

Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.

But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.

With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.

Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.

A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.

If you would like more information on trial smiles, 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 “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”