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Health & Beauty Chat April 2022: The Smile Center

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Learn from a team that has over 70 years of combined experience improving smiles and oral hygiene


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos by Kathryn Harrington


A good smile can take you far, and the team at The Smile Center wants to help you achieve that. So, we spoke to Dr. Su T Kang, DMD; Dr. Lauren Berry, DMD; Dr. Nancy Shackleton, DMD and Melissa Langley, Nurse, to learn some tips on how you can achieve that perfect smile, both at home and with the help of a dentist.

Dr. Kang, what service at The Smile Center should patients take more advantage of?

Our customized treatment plans help us meet the needs of our patients, and that’s what we’re best at. We offer all kinds of cosmetics and general dentistry procedures, including cosmetic dental implants. Also, the American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist a minimum of twice a year.

Dr. Berry, what are the top oral hygiene products you recommend for readers?

I have two. The first is an electric toothbrush. The electric toothbrush will do most of the work for you by letting you know when to move to a different section of the mouth, and the pressure indicator lights let you know if you’re being too harsh. The other product is a water flosser. A water pick or flosser takes the user’s error out of flossing as it cleans between your teeth and around your gums with water.Dr. Berry’s recommendations: Sonicare and Oral-B electric toothbrushes and Waterpik.

Melissa, what is a microneedling RF with platelet-rich plasma?

Microneedling or the vampire facial is quickly becoming one of the most popular skincare treatments because it decreases fine lines, wrinkles and pore size and promotes healthier, more youthful skin.
Microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a cosmetic treatment that stimulates collagen production by using ultrafine needles and RF pulses to penetrate deep into the skin, which triggers the body’s natural healing process to regenerate new collagen and elastin. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which is found in the blood, contains platelets and growth factors that help tissues heal and generate new cells. In the office, blood is drawn and platelets are removed with a special device. After the treatment area is numb, the PRP is injected into the face and/or neck with the microneedling tip.
The Smile Center offers the first and only RF microneedling tip on the market designed to enhance the penetration of topicals deeper into the dermis, drastically improving the look of your skin. There is no other provider currently in Kentucky that offers this innovative Fushion Tip.

Dr. Shackleton, what is Invisalign, and why might someone pick this over getting braces?

As far as pros and cons, Invisalign can be taken out when someone wants to eat or brush their teeth, making it easier for daily function. Braces are appliances that are rigidly fixed or glued to the teeth. Invisalign liner treatment is a series of clear, removable aligners. They are transparent, so people often prefer them over braces for an aesthetic reason. On the other hand, they are very cooperation dependent, meaning people that don’t feel like they can cooperate with wearing them 20 to 22 hours a day probably aren’t suited for Invisalign. Treatment time is relatively similar because, with braces, we can make adjustments right when they’re in the chair, whereas we have to send them off to the lab to do refinements with aligner treatment.

The Smile Center
7405 New La Grange Rd.
Louisville, KY 40222

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