Monday, October 24, 2016

Brighten Your Smile In Time for the Holidays

Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne is Charlotte’s top dental clinic for a reason. Each patient is treated like part of our extended family. We are committed to offering state-of-the art dentistry in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Dr. Robert Harrell and his skilled team at Adult Dentistry are excited to help you attain the bright, healthy smile you deserve.

Be Ready for Upcoming Holiday Photos

‘Tis the season for office parties, Santa visits and family gatherings. Ensure you are face-to-face and camera ready for all of the upcoming festivities. Adult Dentistry can make sure your dental health survives Halloween and looks better than ever for the upcoming holidays. Before you enjoy all of the treats, sweets and meet-and-greets that come with this time of year, come in for an oral hygiene check-up and ZOOM! Teeth Whitening session.

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What is ZOOM! Teeth Whitening?

ZOOM! Teeth Whitening is a process performed at the dentist’s office by your dentist or a trained clinician. It is considered to be the fastest and most effective form of teeth whitening. The process usually takes under an hour from start to finish.

Before your appointment for ZOOM! your dentist will usually schedule a regular cleaning and ensure that you don’t have any current dental problems that need to be addressed first. More details at The Dental Guide

Brighten Your Smile Fast with ZOOM! Whitening Treatment

Have you noticed your smile is less than radiant lately? If you enjoy red wine, coffee or tea on a regular basis you may notice that they, along with other beverages and foods, are staining your teeth. In addition, teeth naturally dim with age as the dentin within the tooth darkens over time. If you think making your teeth four to seven shades brighter in just one appointment would be beneficial to your smile (and who wouldn’t?), it’s time to book a ZOOM! Teeth Whitening appointment at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne.

Take 10 Years Off Of Your Smile

In addition to compromising your smile, studies show that yellowed teeth can add 10 years to your appearance. We can turn back the clock and revitalize your pearly whites with our simple and effective in-office ZOOM! Whitening procedure. The process couldn’t be simpler: A special gel is placed on your teeth and activated with an ultraviolet light. All you do is relax while your teeth get whiter. The procedure is painless and quick and you get immediate results from your treatment.

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Requested by more patients

A new generation of professional whitening options makes it not only possible but simple to give patients the results they want in the time they have. By offering whitening to a wider range of patients, including those who might not have considered professional whitening before, you can show them the value of cosmetic and restorative procedures and get them more engaged with their overall oral health.

Designed for today’s busy patients

Whether patients want a confidence boost or just to look their best, whitening remains the most-requested cosmetic dental procedure. But with increasing demands on their time, today’s patients want whitening options that fit their lifestyle and fast results with little or no discomfort. That’s what Philips ZOOM! provides. Read more at Philips

Functional and Aesthetic Dentistry Solutions

Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne proudly serves Charlotte and the surrounding metro area. Our advanced technology dental practice is devoted to helping each client have more reasons to smile. Preventative dentistry, complete smile restorations and the latest aesthetic treatments are what we specialize in. Sedation dentistry, veneers, dental implants, same-day crowns, and Invisalign clear braces are all part of our dental offerings.

Perfect the appearance and function of your teeth in time for the holidays. Schedule a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell today. Call 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your treatment is complete.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Our Halloween Tips for a Healthy Smile

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Enjoying all of those tasty Halloween treats — and the following holiday sweets as well — will be much easier when your mouth is in optimum health. Exposed cavities and tender gums will not mix well with an onslaught of sugar and candy galore. It is vital to enjoy your treats in moderation and practice good oral hygiene to protect your smile.

You can minimize the cost of your indulgence by analyzing your candy and limiting yourself to the treats that will be least harmful to your teeth.  The following post from the Academy of General Dentistry provides some eye-opening insight into which candies are better and which are worse for your dental health.

“Of course, dentists do not advocate that children eat large amounts of sugary treats, but it is that time of year, so we want to clarify for parents which treats are better for their kids’ teeth and which ones may increase the risk of developing cavities,” says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Cynthia Sherwood, DDS, FAGD.


  • Chewy/sticky sweets, such as gummy candies, taffy, and even dried fruit can be difficult for children and adults to resist, and even more difficult to remove from teeth. “These candies are a serious source of tooth decay, particularly when they get stuck in the crevices between teeth, making it nearly impossible for saliva to wash them away,” Dr. Sherwood says.
  • Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. The good news: Saliva slowly helps to restore the natural balance of the acid in the mouth. Dr. Sherwood recommends that patients wait 30 minutes to brush their teeth after consuming sour/acidic candies; otherwise, they will be brushing the acid onto more tooth surfaces and increasing the risk of enamel erosion.


  • Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth. “A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities,” Dr. Sherwood says.
  • Sugar-free gum can actually prevent cavities as it not only dislodges food particles from between the teeth but also increases saliva — which works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevent tooth decay. Read more at Know Your Teeth

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What to Do With Extra Candy?

Here at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, we’ve heard all sorts of creative ways our patients with children have minimized the candy consumption in their homes. They include purchasing candy from their kids, inaugurating a year-round candy bowl (stocked wisely and with controlled access) in lieu of Halloween’s sugary free-for-all, and donating excess treats to the local food bank. These are all great ideas, and here are more excellent suggestions from, including:

Use it for your kid’s birthday party

  • Make a board game and use the candy as playing pieces.
  • Create DIY candy necklaces.
  • Stuff it into a piƱata.

Send it overseas
Groups like Operation Shoebox, which supports our troops, will gladly take donations as will groups for the homeless and disadvantaged. See for more outstanding ideas

Brush & Floss To Avoid Tooth Nightmares

Halloween is the perfect time to (re)commit to a good daily oral hygiene regimen. Remember that your children and grandchildren watch your teeth cleaning habits. After everyone has had their scary sugar treats, participate with the kids in a dedicated brushing and flossing time. Your example can help instill among your loved ones a lifelong commitment to maintaining a healthy smile.

Dental Solutions in Charlotte

Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne offers a multitude of general and cosmetic dental services to maintain, improve or completely transform your smile. Dental implants, veneers, same-day crowns, ZOOM! tooth whitening, Invisalign clear orthodontics and multiple types of sedation dentistry are just some of our specialities.

Don’t let your smile be a fright. Call Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne at 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on this page to set an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Straight Teeth By The Holidays With Invisalign

Would you like to have a brilliant new smile for this years’ holiday photos? If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, Invisalign can quickly and easily make your dental goals a reality. In just a few short months these clear, removable aligners can give you the ideal smile you’ve long dreamed of.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign straightens your teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. They gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference to your daily life. More details from Invisalign

A variety of misalignment issues can be fixed with Invisalign including: crossbites, overbites, open bites and underbites. Invisalign can address over-crowding issues as well. Dr. Robert Harrell and his highly skilled team at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne have created countless beautiful smiles with Invisalign and they want you to be their next satisfied patient. Keep reading to learn more about just a few of the smile issues Invisalign can correct.

Treatable Cases

From mild cases of crooked teeth and protruding teeth, to much more difficult dental problems involving serious malocclusion, overbite, or underbite, Invisalign® effectively corrects a wide variety of dental problems. Whether your teeth are widely gapped, overly crowded or somewhere in between, Invisalign has an affordable teeth straightening option for you.

Gapped Teeth

Gaps between teeth can occur with abnormal continued growth of the jawbone. Missing teeth can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift due to the extra space, creating gaps in your teeth. Spacing issues and gaps between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease.


Overbite occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth, and can cause painful jaw and joint problems. Learn more at Invisalign

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More than Just a Gorgeous Smile

Helping our clients achieve the highest standard of oral health is our goal at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne. Straight teeth (that are not wrapped in wire braces) are an important part of that mission because they are easier to clean and maintain. The benefits of a healthy smile go well beyond simple aethestics.

Healthier Teeth And Gums

Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where Invisalign comes in. The comfortable and clear aligners gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position — without unsightly brackets and wires.

Easier Cleaning

One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do. Read more at Invisalign

Book An Invisalign Consultation Today

If you would like to have straighter teeth and a more dazzling smile, schedule a free, no obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell. Call 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on this page to set your appointment. You can have the smile you’ve always wanted.

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