Posts for: January, 2018

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When you smile, are you self-conscious about some minor flaws? Even small chips and cracks detract from smile aesthetics and your Cosmetic contouringconfidence, too. Dr. James Hutson offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures in his Marietta, GA, office. These amazing treatments literally transform smiles. One of the simplest ones is cosmetic contouring. Taking just one dental visit, gentle enamel contouring can enhance the evenness and shape of your smile.

It's easy

Cosmetic contouring needs no special preparation, dental laboratory service or local anesthetic, says the American Academy of General Dentistry. It only requires healthy tooth enamel and sufficient tooth structure. Dr. Hutson verifies these two factors by examining and x-raying the teeth in question. Then, this aesthetic treatment changes small smile detractors by gently filing them down and reshaping them. Likely to take only 30 minutes or so, cosmetic contouring evens tooth length and regularizes shape, smooths crowding and also makes little pits and chips far less obvious. Dr. Hutson may correct minor bite problems with contouring, too.

Combined with other services

This service often complements other aesthetic treatments such as:

  • Composite resin bonding, in which a tooth-colored putty is applied, shaped and bonded to achieve a lifelike repair to gaps, cracks, chips and more
  • Professional teeth whitening in which concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel bleaches dental stains caused by smoking, dietary choices and the aging process
  • Porcelain veneers, tooth-shaped ceramic shells that disguise the front of flawed teeth
  • White fillings made from composite resin
  • Porcelain crowns which cover and protect heavily decayed or fractured teeth

In short, cosmetic contouring is not always a stand-alone procedure. Instead, it joins a list of other precise treatments aimed at delivering a beautiful, natural-looking smile that people notice.

Keeping your enhanced smile beautiful

Whether you and your Marietta, GA, cosmetic dentist choose contouring or other aesthetic treatments, you can keep that smile attractive and functional with:

  • Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing at home
  • Six-month cleanings and check-ups at Dr. Hutson's office
  • Treating your teeth gently by avoiding extra-hard foods such as ice cubes and peanut brittle
  • Wearing an athletic mouth guard when playing sports
  • Wearing a bite splint if you habitually grind your teeth (bruxism, a cause of headaches, earaches, dental sensitivity and premature wearing of tooth enamel)

Find out more

You can at a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. James Hutson in his Marietta, GA office. For a convenient appointment time, please call the office at (770) 424-7525.


By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health
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For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”




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707 Whitlock Ave. SW,
Suite B22 Marietta, GA 30064
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