Frequently Asked Questions about Oral Healthcare in Gwinnett County
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We're happy to answer any questions you may have about our Lawrenceville office, services, and dentistry. If you don't see your question and answer below, please contact us
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How does the doctor keep up-to-date on current procedures and technology?
Dental technology advances rapidly. Lawrenceville dentist Dr. Bruce E. Carter remains up-to-date on techniques, products, and services through many hours of continuing education with emphasis on cosmetic dentistry and complex restorative dentistry.
How can I ask Dr. Carter questions directly?
Dr. Carter is always available at his Lawrenceville dental practice to answer your cosmetic, restorative, children's, and general dentistry questions by phone or by email.
How can I safely whiten my teeth?
Studies show that home (tray) bleaching with carbamide peroxide is one of the safest and effective bleaching methods available. The degree of whitening and predictability of this method of bleaching is often more predictable than in-office teeth whitening methods. Please ask about Brighter Smiles for Brighter Futures, which enables you to whiten your teeth, help in the fight against breast cancer, and receive a tax deduction for your donation. (Dr. Carter and his team donate their time and do not receive compensation for bleaching services during this fundraising effort.)
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
At the Lawrenceville dental practice of Dr. Carter, we heat sterilize all instruments in an autoclave that is tested on a regular basis by an independent company. If an instrument can't be heat sterilized, we submerge it in a chemical sterilant for 24 hours. After each visit is completed, we thoroughly clean and wipe down treatment rooms with a hospital grade surface disinfectant cleaner. We also use barrier techniques to protect hard-to-clean surfaces in the treatment rooms.
I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
Dr. Carter can use porcelain veneers to fix crooked teeth-instead of moving the teeth with braces. Veneers should not be used if braces are the best alternative for improving the position of the teeth, if the teeth are severely out of alignment, or if the patient has bite issues.
What’s the difference between porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers?
At our Lawrenceville dental practice, we offer both porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers. These cosmetic and restorative dentistry services have different purposes. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored porcelain designed to cover the front side of teeth and correct many different smile flaws. Crowns cover the entire tooth, and are often used in restorative procedures, such as root canals and dental implant restorations.