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By AT Dental, PC
September 20, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you, so you want it to look its best. Unfortunately, most of us have imperfections that we would like to change about our smiles. Ask your dentist, Dr. Tu Nguyen of AT Dental, about dental veneers and the benefits of cosmetic dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are custom-designed to fit on the front surfaces of your teeth. They can conceal a variety of dental issues to keep your smile looking great. The porcelain material closely resembles natural tooth enamel, meaning they will look just like your natural teeth but better.

Getting Dental Veneers

To prepare your teeth for veneers, your dentist has to remove a thin layer of enamel. This ensures that they will not protrude out and sit flush with the rest of your teeth. The veneers are then cemented into place. Your new veneers are permanent and stain-resistant.

The Benefits of Veneers

Veneers can fix a variety of issues to give you a perfect smile. Some of the benefits include:

  • Whitening discolored teeth- some teeth that have been damaged due to trauma or discolored from the use of certain medications do not respond to traditional teeth whitening methods, making veneers the ideal choice
  • Lengthen short or worn teeth- wear and tear or injuries can shorten your teeth. Veneers can restore their length
  • Cover imperfections like chips, cracks, and misshapen teeth- veneers can cover most imperfections that affect the look of your smile
  • Fill slight gaps between teeth- instead of invasive orthodontic treatments, veneers can give you a straighter, gap-free smile

Cosmetic Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA

To learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options in Lawrenceville, GA, call (770) 277-0774 and book your appointment today. Dr. Nguyen of AT Dental can transform your smile with dental veneers.


Kathy Bates has been a familiar face to filmgoers since her Oscar-winning performance as Annie Wilkes in Misery. She's best known for playing true-to-life characters like Wilkes or Barbara Jewell in last year's Richard Jewell (for which she earned her fourth Oscar nomination). To keep it real, she typically eschews cosmetic enhancements—with one possible exception: her smile.

Although happy with her teeth in general, Bates noticed they seemed to be “moving around” as she got older. This kind of misalignment is a common consequence of the aging process, a result of the stresses placed on teeth from a lifetime of chewing and biting.

Fortunately, there was an orthodontic solution for Bates, and one compatible with her film career. Instead of traditional braces, Bates chose clear aligners, a newer method for moving teeth first introduced in the late 1990s.

Clear aligners are clear, plastic trays patients wear over their teeth. A custom sequence of these trays is developed for each patient based on their individual bite dimensions and treatment goals. Each tray in the sequence, worn in succession for about two weeks, places pressure on the teeth to move in the prescribed direction.

While clear aligners work according to the same teeth-moving principle as braces, there are differences that make them more appealing to many people. Unlike traditional braces, which are highly noticeable, clear aligners are nearly invisible to others apart from close scrutiny. Patients can also take them out, which is helpful with eating, brushing and flossing (a challenge for wearers of braces) and rare social occasions.

That latter advantage, though, could pose a problem for immature patients. Clear aligner patients must have a suitable level of self-responsibility to avoid the temptation of taking the trays out too often. Families of those who haven't reached this level of maturity may find braces a better option.

Clear aligners also don't address quite the range of bite problems that braces can correct. Some complex bite issues are thus better served by the traditional approach. But that gap is narrowing: Recent advances in clear aligner technology have considerably increased their treatability range.

With that said, clear aligners can be an ideal choice for adults who have a treatable bite problem and who want to avoid the appearance created by braces. And though they tend to be a little more expensive than braces, many busy adults find the benefits of clear aligners to be worth it.

The best way to find out if clear aligners could be a viable option for you is to visit us for an exam and consultation. Like film star Kathy Bates, you may find that this way of straightening your smile is right for you.

If you would like more information about tooth straightening, please contact us or schedule a consultation.

By AT Dental, PC
September 14, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you think dentures are the only option for replacing multiple missing teeth, it's time to learn about dental implants, a permanent, attractive and comfortable way to restore your smile.

At AT Dental, PC, in Lawrenceville, GA, dental implants are among the restorative dental options offered and are a popular choice for a natural-looking, fully functional set of teeth. Dr. Tu Nguyen can fit you with dental implants for a complete, healthy smile.

What are dental implants made of?

Dental implants are composed of a metal post, which is inserted into the jaw bone and acts like a tooth root, and an artificial tooth which is attached to the post. As your jaw bone regrows around the implant, it becomes a permanent part of your mouth

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are often preferred for their natural, healthy appearance. The artificial teeth are sized, shaped, and tinted to match the rest of your teeth, and unlike dentures, there is no faux gum attached so your implant looks seamless.

You will also likely find dental implants more comfortable than dentures. Because they do not shift around in your mouth, you can bite and chew with full function, and there is no suction portion like on dentures.

Dental implants from our Lawrenceville, GA, office are also convenient. You will brush and floss as usual, with no special rinses or soaks required.

Are dental implants painful?

Because it is a surgical procedure, you will likely experience mouth soreness for a few days after your procedure. Taking an over-the-counter painkiller and eating soft foods for several days should help alleviate discomfort.

Once your dental implants are healed, you won't even feel them -- they will be just another part of your set of teeth.

Are dental implants expensive?

Dental implants cost more than dentures, as they are more realistic looking, securely in place, and built to last a lifetime. Your dentist will give you a cost estimate so you can decide if implants are the right tooth-replacement choice for you.

Call AT Dental, PC, to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Nguyen. Reach our Lawrenceville, GA, office at 770-277-0774.

By AT Dental, PC
September 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Self-improvement is an estimated $10 billion annual market—smartphone apps, one-on-one coaching and, of course, books that instruct and inspire people on everything from selling yourself to increasing your self-esteem. But as helpful as these resources might be, don't overlook the self-improvement opportunities that could be awaiting you at a familiar place: your dentist's office.

Cosmetic dental techniques can enhance more than your physical attributes. Because of the importance of smiling in everyday life, improving the appearance of your teeth and gums can fill you with a renewed sense of confidence. A transformed smile might just be a game changer in social and career settings, not to mention your romantic life.

Many cosmetic techniques also improve oral health. It's a double benefit! A more attractive smile is more likely to be a healthy smile.

So, in recognition of Self Improvement Month this September, here are 4 ways you could improve your smile appearance.

Teeth whitening. One of the simplest and most affordable ways to improve your smile appearance is with a teeth-whitening procedure. Years of eating, drinking and (for some) tobacco use can leave teeth yellowed and dull. A professional whitening can brighten your teeth and take years off your smile. With proper care and occasional touch-ups, your brighter, more attractive smile could last for years.

Dental veneers. Chipped, discolored or slightly gapped teeth can detract from an otherwise beautiful smile. Dental veneers could completely change all that. Thin wafers of dental porcelain, veneers bond to the front of teeth and mask all manner of imperfections. And because they're custom designed and colored to blend with other teeth, only you and your dentist need know you're wearing them.

Dental implants. Missing tooth gaps, especially in the visible "smile zone," stand out like a sore thumb. Dental implants, the premier method for tooth replacement, can fill those unsightly gaps and restore your smile. Implants are titanium metal posts imbedded in the jaw that develop strong attachments with the bone. This makes them durable and long-lasting for a truly life-like result.

Orthodontics. Realigning teeth through braces or removable clear aligners is first and foremost therapeutic—it's primarily performed to improve overall dental health. But a huge secondary benefit is a more attractive display of perfectly aligned teeth. That's why orthodontics is widely regarded as the "Original Smile Makeover."

To see if any of these or other procedures—or a combination of them—could transform your smile, make an appointment with us for an exam and consultation. Self-improvement might actually be as close as your teeth.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental options, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry.”


Wearing orthodontic braces brings challenges to daily life. During treatment a patient will need to avoid certain foods and habits, take more time to brush and floss properly, and may endure occasional discomfort. But the effect of metal braces on appearance can be especially difficult, especially for peer-conscious teens.

Clear aligners, though, offer an alternative to braces that could make some of these challenges easier, particularly with your appearance. Aligners are clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth to move them. They can be removed by the wearer for easier brushing and flossing or for special occasions. Best of all, they're much less noticeable than metal braces.

Clear aligners were developed thanks to advances in digital technology. An orthodontist uses a computer application incorporating the data from photographs, x-rays or CT scans of a patient's teeth and jaws to produce a series of clear plastic trays. The patient then wears each tray for about two weeks before changing to the next tray in the sequence.

The trays apply pressure much like metal braces to gradually move teeth to the desired position on the jaw. Each tray is slightly smaller in size than the previous tray in the sequence, so that the progression of tooth movement continues with each succeeding tray. The treatment time is about the same as with conventional braces.

This new orthodontic tool works well for many common bite problems, but until recently they've been limited in scope. But new designs in trays and attachments called buttons added to teeth to provide more leverage have greatly increased their use for more complex bite issues.

Clear aligners also have one other disadvantage, ironically due to one of their principal benefits, removability. Although they can be taken out, they must be worn consistently to achieve results. Some younger patients may not have the maturity level and discipline to responsibly wear their aligners as they should.

That's one issue you'll need to discuss with your orthodontist if you're considering clear aligners for your teen. But if they can maintain wearing consistency, and they have a bite problem that can be corrected with aligners, both you and your teen may find this choice more agreeable and attractive than braces.

If you would like more information on clear aligners, 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 “Clear Aligners for Teens.”

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