Start the New Year with a New Smile

As we start the New Year, people are always making resolutions to better themselves. But I rarely hear resolutions from people vowing to improve their smiles.

Your smile is important – it’s one of the first things that people notice about you. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry reports that 40 percent of survey respondents notice a smile first in people they work with, and 96 percent believe that a smile is important to a person’s appearance.

In other words, it’s one of the first things that people remember while thinking about you. This can impact your friends and your work relationships. In fact, if you have frequent business meetings, it’s practically necessary for you to have a gleaming smile.

But, let’s be realistic, while you may have had a perfect smile when you were younger, as the years kept moving on, your smile probably started to falter. Whether you drink coffee and/or wine, or even smoke, stains on your teeth can fade those pearly whites to a grayish tint.

Maybe your teeth have moved out of alignment, so they’re not straight any more.

Or maybe you had some issues and have visibly damaged teeth or you might be missing some teeth.

All of these things can damage your smile, and your self-image. In addition, any one of these things can make you look older, and the more you have, the older you’ll look.

Fortunately, there’s something you can do to fix these issues.


Every one of these issues can be easily solved by a good dentist. In fact, I do it so often I just call it a Smile Makeover (#SmileMakeover). (I’ve even done it on a local TV station!) These are the cases that can bring a huge smile to my face, and often, make EVERYBODY in the office tear-up. After all, it can be a very positive life-changing experience.

Let’s take a look at the problems I listed above:
Stained teeth can be whitened during one visit. It’s really quite simple. Make an appointment, show up, and an hour later, you’re leaving with pearly white teeth again.

Before and After Invisalign

Crooked teeth can be fixed with Invisalign. Just look at these photos to see the results (insert photos). Also, since Invisalign is transparent, most people won’t even know that you’re wearing them.

Damaged or fractured teeth might require porcelain crowns. These essentially go over what’s left of your old tooth, and when done right, nobody will even know that they’re porcelain.

Lastly, if you are missing teeth, you really should get dental implants. They’re far better than bridges since they keep your jawbone from

Complete #SmileMakeover

Complete Smile Makeover

deteriorating. In addition, you can treat them just like your natural teeth, and you’ll never need to worry about hiding your smile again. Just look at these photos to see how great your smile can look.

And if you want a Smile Makeover to give you a new smile for the new year, call one of my offices below to ask about our special pricing and schedule a free consultation. I’ll be happy to give you the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

-Dr. Taj

For more information, be sure to visit me or my staff at one of the three locations shown below, go to my website at, or watch my Dental Minute video:

Concord Location
Concord Mills
8455 Pit Stop Ct. NW, Suite 140
Concord, NC 28027
(704) 979-3436
Monday: Coming Soon
Tuesday: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Charlotte – Davis Lake:
Shoppes at Davis Lake
8505 Davis Lake Pkwy, Suite AB-3
Charlotte, NC 28269
(980) 498-1037
Monday: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Friday: Coming Soon

Charlotte – Northlake:
8150 Mt. Holly – Huntersville Rd, Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28216
(704) 817-9547
Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: Coming Soon

Why Should I Visit My Dentist Every 6 Months?

In addition to hearing dentists say “Open wide,” the other thing you’ll often hear us say is “I’ll see you again in 6 months.”

And this leads to one of the questions I often hear: “Do I really need to visit the dentist every 6 months?”

Yes. You do.

During your regular dental check-ups, your teeth are cleaned to help prevent gum disease. When plaque and tartar have a chance to build-up, they can eat away at the tissue of the gum. If this issue escalates, it can cause the tooth to begin to pull away from the gum and lead to breakdown of not only your gums but also the bone that holds your teeth in place. Your best option is to have your teeth cleaned regularly to prevent this issue entirely.

Also, your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental issues don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages. And finding something late often means more drastic measures are needed to fix the problem. This means that your mouth and your bank account could be feeling the effects of your delayed dental visits.

Really, just think about the dental problems that you could encounter and how finding the problem early will be easier — and cheaper — to fix. Cavities, gum disease, oral cancer etc. These are all things where regular visits allow your dentist to find early signs of disease and begin treatment before things get worse.

In addition, if you have a pre-disposition to oral issues you might need to visit your dentist more often than every 6 months. This includes things like if you’re pregnant, a smoker, diabetic, have gum disease, a history of cavities, or a weak immune system. If any of these conditions sound familiar to you, be sure to talk to your dentist about more frequent visits.

So, the next time your dentist says “I’ll see you in 6 months,” just tell your dentist that you’ll be there, and that you promise to floss every day.

-Dr. Taj

For more information, be sure to visit me or my staff at one of the three locations shown below, go to my website at, or watch my Dental Minute video series.

A White Smile for the Holidays

The holidays are here! And you’ll be dealing with family gatherings, company parties, extra meals and photos of you being taken at every event.

Now, when you’re smiling for the 100th photo of the week, how white will your teeth be? After all, repeated exposure to foods, drinks or smoking can cause your teeth to lose their original shine and become dull and stained.

So, do you want to have a bright and dazzling smile? Of course you do!

After all, a bright white smile helps you meet new people, introduce yourself and make new friends. If your teeth are not as white as you would like or your teeth have been damaged, you don’t have to hide your smile. Teeth whitening, when done properly, can restore the original brightness of teeth and reduces the visibility of stains or discolorations.

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is “What’s a safe way to whiten my teeth at home?”

First of all, DO NOT trust the internet for ways to whiten your teeth. Two of the most popular ways shown will actually harm your teeth and outweigh the benefits of making them whiter:
• Using lemon juice might make your teeth whiter. BUT it’s very acidic and can damage your enamel – meaning you’ll get a lot more cavities.
• Brushing your teeth with charcoal will grind away your enamel, again causing you to get many more cavities.

If you do want to whiten your teeth, I recommend you come into my dental office. This way you can walk in with stained teeth, and a short while later you can walk out with pearly whites.

If you want to do it at home, I recommend that you use over-the-counter whitening strips and avoid the whitening mouth-rinses. Both of these whitening methods use hydrogen peroxide, which can actually cause tissue damage. So, by using the strips on your teeth, you’re keeping the hydrogen peroxide to your teeth, and away from the soft-tissue of your mouth.

So, to get your teeth white, and keep your teeth — or your mouth — from getting damaged, just visit your dentist, ok?

I wish you all happy holidays and a white and brilliant smile.

-Dr. Taj

For more information, be sure to visit me or my staff at one of the three locations shown below, go to my website at, or watch my Dental Minute video on how to whiten your teeth: