Guest Post: Confessions from a Grinder

I confess… I’m a grinder. I grind hard and all night long….
Not that kind of grinder!!!!!! I grind my teeth.
I have always had this problem — even as a child. As a teenager, I suffered from jaw pain, constant headaches, and the wear on my teeth was noticeable. I tried over-the-counter night guards, sleep aids, prescription muscle relaxers, etc. You name it; I tried it. I even saw my ENT thinking I was having the worst ear ache of my life just to be told it was TMJ 😩.
But it wasn’t just my jaw that suffered. The years of grinding and clinching really wore down my teeth. I noticed the change, and became a bit self conscious of my smile. More recently, teeth sensitivity became an issue. I had to seek help!
Obvious wear after years of grinding
I sat down in the dental chair and finally spilled it all to Dr. Green. I was ready to do WHATEVER it took to relieve my jaw pain, get rid of the sensitivity (I missed eating ice cream), and feel good about my smile! (Oh, did I mention I have dental anxiety?) I was nervous, but I was ready to get started!

Ultimately, a SMILE MAKEOVER was planned… Botox for the TMJ, a custom night guard to stop the wear on my new smile,  and to address my dental anxiety, I was offered noise canceling headphones (I don’t want to hear the drill!), laughing gas (nitrous oxide) to help me relax during treatment, and a weighted blanket (who knew those were so comfortable?)!

After my smile makeover
NOW- TMJ pain is manageable (thank you BOTOX and my night guard), and I smile a little bigger these days since my Smile Makeover.
Next time you visit and want to know more about my experience, don’t hesitate to ask me… I’m the lady behind the desk smiling when you come to GFFD!

Waiting

I’m so intrigued by the concept of waiting. Waiting is part of everyday life for every person. From a baby screaming for a bottle to an adult who only buys off Amazon if it’s on Prime (you know who you are), we all experience the postponement of the inevitable- good or bad. What we do in the waiting is what can truly define us.

So what do you do in the waiting? Do you press pause on everything else around you and let it consume your thoughts? Do you circumnavigate the waiting and try to figure out how to make things move faster another way? Do you give up completely on the idea because it just would take too long? Or do you rest in the waiting? Do you use the time to prepare for what’s coming your way? Train, study, strengthen, remain.

I’m guilty of the former. I’m a do-er. If I want it, I want it now! No time to wait; let’s go!! But I’m in a season of learning. I’m being taught to let go, relax, take a breath, and wait it out. This is essentially a relinquishment of control- to say, “I am powerless in this situation, so I will not let it rule my thoughts, create doubts, and invent fear.”

How can I grow while in a season of waiting? I can’t help but think of nature and see that so clearly answered for me. A flower could not bloom without first waiting, gaining all the essential nutrients over months and months, to finally mature to its full glory. Do animals not store food and energy during the winter only to thrive and procreate in the spring? The waiting is what strengthens us and matures us and is a far cry from a time of stagnation or ruin.

So if you’re like me, you have often defined your life by periods of waiting for the next “big” thing. For me, this was dental school, kids, a house, a dental practice, getting out of debt; I could list about 5 different “big” things on which I’m currently waiting. But in a mindful effort to relinquish control, seek peace, and reject stress, I am choosing to define my current season of waiting as an opportunity to grow and mature in preparation for whatever comes next. Will you join me?

Exciting new things at GFFD

If you’ve been at GFFD lately, chances are you’ve seen (or heard 🙉) our latest construction project underway. That’s right- it’s finally happening…Grants Ferry Family Dentistry and Green Wellness Spa are expanding!

How we got here:

If you had asked me 2 years ago what the future of GFFD looked like, I likely would have had a completely different narrative than I do today. Just ask my closest friends, family, and colleagues; I’ve explored almost every option that would accommodate growth and meet the goals and expectations I had set for the practice. Unfortunately, most of those options led to frustration, hours of “wasted” work (sorry Dad), and ultimately, a sense of unease.

There are so many things about my little practice on Lake Village Circle that I absolutely adore! I knew that too much change could potentially ruin so much of what I loved about GFFD and worked so hard to cultivate. So I decided that these were the most important things to me, in no particular order:

  1. Keeping the general “feel” and culture of the practice. I mean… it’s soooo cute, and I like to think it is warm and inviting for our patients.
  2. The location. Though I did not originally choose the location, it never ceases to amaze me how close the majority of our patients live to the practice. Why change something that works?!
  3. The name. Is it a mouthful? Yes. Do I have the longest domain name on the planet? Possibly. Would it be a huge PITA to have to change it? Absolutely!

The decision

[fast forward multiple painstaking years of agonizing over what is the best plan of action]

I lucked out in life and happen to possess half of the DNA of an architect/engineer and the other half of an interior designer. So after some time (and many Pinterest boards), my dad and mom were able to help me create a tangible plan to renovate and expand my current building to both meet our growth needs and create the look and feel that I’ve always wanted for the practice.

Once the plan was on paper, I was sold. It was time to assemble my team and get moving!

Go time

It has been stressed to me for years how important it is to work with a contractor who understands the ins and outs of a dental office; that’s why I partnered with Ti Garner of The Garner Company (https://www.garnercompany.com/) to lead this project. Ti has multiple years of experience in dental office construction and has understood my vision from the start.

Can I just say how mind-blown I am by the amount of progress that has taken place in such a short amount of time? It’s so exciting to see my dreams become a reality, and I will be so thrilled to show it off, especially to those who remember the carpet flooring days!

What to expect

Almost every square inch of GFFD is getting a facelift! The addition will include 2 news offices, 3 new operatories, an employee lounge, and a lab. The existing building will be getting a revamped waiting room, cabinetry, flooring, and an additional spa room. If we can survive the construction phase while still working through it, I think we’ll love it! 😂

To our sweet, patient, kind, patient, loving (did I mention patient) patients, hang in there. While we will still guarantee our finest dentistry, you may be the victim of auditory assault. Bring headphones!! Or ask for ours- we got you! The noise and mess are all part of it and just means we’re making progress. Everyone has been so understanding thus far, and it means so much to us. We’re hoping to be finished and ready for an open house PARTY in August! (Did you hear that, Ti?)

Finally, take a look through some of our progress photos. And be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and now TikTok) to watch one of my biggest dreams come to fruition!

 

 

 

Mr. B- Smile Transformation

It’s been a while since I shared a case study, and I can’t think of a better, more life changing case to share than what was recently completed on Mr. B. Talk about a smile transformation! Major changes like this one take TIME, PATIENCE, and a lot of TRUST. I can say that Mr. B was more than generous with each of those qualities, and I believe it paid off!

Here’s a little history: I first saw Mr. B as a patient in 2018. At that time, he was complaining of chronic sensitivity of his teeth, and he was aware that he had severe erosion (wear) of his teeth. At the time, he was the sole care taker of his elderly mother, and undergoing major dental work was not an option. We assured him that we would be here to manage any dental issues he may encounter between then and when he became ready to move forward with a full mouth rehabilitation.



Mr. B remained faithful to his 6 month recall appointments over the course of the following 2.5 years, each time letting us know that he understood what ultimately needed to be done. Fortunately, he had a very low cavity risk, healthy gums, and he took great care of his teeth.

Go time:

In December of 2020, Mr. B decided he was ready to move forward with his dental work. By this point, we had gotten to know each other better, and Mr. B gave me full reign on designing and rehabilitating his smile. Initial records were taken so we could start planning out exactly what needed to be accomplished. It came down to this:

1. Eliminate sensitivity

2. Restore lost tooth structure

3. Improve esthetics

All three of these goals could be accomplished with full contour crowns on each tooth. I also explained to Mr. B the benefits of some gum contouring- to provide more tooth structure for the crowns to bond to and to give a more optimal esthetic outcome. He was on board and ready to begin!

I communicated with my lab and was able to design a “mock up” smile- basically a roadmap for how I wanted the teeth to look. Using our in office 3D printer, we printed models in order to fabricate temporary crowns while the gums healed and the final crowns were made.

Preparation Day 1:

We decided to tackle the lower arch first. At this appointment, his lower teeth were prepared for crowns, gums were laser contoured, digital impressions were captured, and an initial set of temporary crowns were placed.

Preparation Day 2:

This appointment was almost identical to the first, but we worked on the upper arch instead. By the end of the day, Mr. B had a mouth full of new teeth, a completely different “feel” to his bite, and some pretty sore gums! 😬 Now we waited for healing.

Waiting…

Mr. B did a whole lot of waiting as I finalized the design of his crowns. We actually ended up swapping his original temporaries for a new set that more closely emulated the final crown design. It gave me the confidence to know I was happy with the esthetics before pulling the trigger on the finals. It also gave him time to adapt to his new bite and ensure that we didn’t have any joint or tooth pain because of the major changes.

The Grand Finale:

The entire GFFD team was thrilled to see this day come- almost 2 months from his initial appointment. It was finally here! Time to deliver his final crowns! Since the design was so similar to the previous set of temporaries, I did not have much hesitation that Mr. B would easily accommodate to the new crowns. We chose zirconia material, the strongest porcelain on the market, and I am proud of how beautiful it turned out. And check out how well his gums healed!



Wow! This is the dentistry that I LOVE the most. And I’m happy to report that Mr. B no longer has tooth sensitivity!

If you suffer from debilitating sensitivity or feel like you may be a candidate for a full mouth rehabilitation, let’s talk. This type of dentistry takes a lot of planning and forethought, and I would be honored to guide you through the process!

 

 

Better Together

It is so crazy to me that 6 months have already passed since welcoming my bestie and dentist extraordinaire, Emily Wilhite, to my practice. Not only does that mean my last baby is already half a year old (😭😭😭), but it also means that Emily has now met almost all of the lovely patients of GFFD- and none of you have scared her off yet! What a wonderful addition she has been, and I can still barely believe this long standing dream of mine has come true.

It was the year 2009 A.D. I was newly married, 22 years old, childless and thought I had things figured out, like most 22 year olds do. With my honeymoon tan and sky high ambition, I moved to New Orleans to embark on my first real adult venture- dental school. A childhood friend reached out to me to tell me that her college roommate would also be starting at LSU dental school that fall and insisted we meet. That’s how I met Emily- just as young, naive, and clueless as I was! From that point on, we were inseparable.

We helped each other through school- studying together, chatting through class, and complaining (a lot). But more importantly, we helped each other navigate through life. We learned how to cook, watched a lot of reality tv, and carried each other through the early days of marriage and motherhood. I would not trade those 4 years for anything!

Once we graduated, life took us our separate ways, but our friendship remained one that would be unshaken. I always knew that no matter how much time passed between conversations, we could pick up right where we left off. That no one understood life’s stressors quite the same way. That my complaints, my secrets, my dreams, and my defeats were safe with Emily. Isn’t that what defines a best friend?

And here we are now- 7 children between us and building our future together. So very different than the girls that met in 2009. (Don’t believe me? I have photo evidence!) We still have so much to figure out. Our journey is far from over. But one thing I am sure of- it’s better now that we’re together!

2020 Reflections

It’s hard to believe we’ve finally reached the end of this year. For most of us, we aren’t too sad to see this year go, and we look forward to the fresh start and new beginning another year brings. I refuse to let 2020 go without proper contemplation of all that it has provided for my business, my family, and my perspective. So without further adieu, I present to you my 2020 reflections.

January: I should have known exactly how this year would be when 2 of my children landed in the ER by mid- January. Luckily, both boys healed quickly and were back to their crazy selves in no time, but no mama likes to see her babies in pain. I thank God for His healing and protection of my children. January also brought one of the most memorable times in my profession. My own dad let me do a smile makeover on him! Though this could have been my worst decision to date, it ended up going very well, and it was fun giving back to him after all of the years he’s spent investing in me.

February: I spent a lot of time and brain power in February learning and pushing myself to grow  in the area of implants. I tackled a new software allowing in house fabrication of surgical implant guides. Interpretation- I am now able to more effectively plan and execute advanced implant surgeries. In addition, I also transitioned to a new clear aligner company that allows more complex treatment plans with phenomenal results. I’ve been so pleased with the outcomes we are seeing with Sure Smile, and my case selection is no longer limited to only minor tooth movements.

March: This is the month Covid finally “hit.” We were forced to shut down and be available for emergency dental care only. This time was fraught with so many unknowns, and no one could give any real idea of when it would end. (Still waiting for that answer, btw.) I spent a lot of time at home with the kids, and now I look back and see how good that was for all of us. There was a lot of time spent outside, playing with sidewalk chalk, cooking, and even some camping. I also revamped the virtual features on our website and was able to handle some consults from home.

April: We were out of the office the entire month of April. We waited weekly to hear if the Health Department would allow us to go back to work. We saw only a few emergency patients, and I tried to hold back the panic! At home, we started new projects- operation bunk beds- and tried to stay busy as the newness of quarantine was wearing off quickly. We held onto the hope of normalcy but had no idea when that would come.

May: Our doors finally reopened in May but with some new rules and regulations. All of our patients were very understanding, and we had a lot of making up to do for being out for 7 weeks. Treatment was still limited, PPE was not only cumbersome but also hard to come by, and we closed the waiting room, trying our best to respect social distancing guidelines. This was NOT how I liked to practice, but I was grateful to be back in the office.

June: In June, I stayed busy preparing for our newest addition. The room was painted, new furniture in place, new blankets, sound machine- everything was just right! After weeks of preparation, it was finally time to welcome Green Wellness Spa, my new baby. 🙂 With the addition of the spa and our esthetician, Jenny, I got a new spring in my step. It was a nice distraction from the general upheaval that the last few months had brought. Not to mention, who doesn’t love a spa day? I’m so proud of how our little spa continues to grow and cannot wait to see what the next year brings.

July: Of course, I can’t leave out my ACTUAL new baby- Miss Gracie Green, born July 30th. She has been, by far, the highlight of this entire year. She has swept us off our feet and continues to spoil us with her sweet smiles and precious giggle. Being our last baby, I’m soaking it up as much as I can, knowing how fast time truly flies by. The rest of 2020 can go on, but don’t take my baby!

August: This is one of those pivotal moments of my career that I will always cherish. My best friend, Dr. Emily Wilhite, joined the practice in August, and has changed it for the better. She has brought such a sense of calm professionalism and genuine care with every patient encounter she has had. I have so much to learn from Emily, and I feel so lucky to work with her daily. It’s truly a dream come true, and I have a renewed sense of excitement about the future of my career knowing that I am building it with Emily. If you haven’t met her yet, please take the time to say hello at your next visit.  She’s the best!

September: I took maternity leave knowing the practice was in good hands (see August), and this time, I eased my way back into it. What a relief to not have to jump back in full throttle 4 weeks postpartum! Our hygienist Reagan had her sweet bundle of joy in September, and there were a lot of changes taking place- babies, new doctor, hormones, etc. Not gonna lie- this month was a bit of a blur!

October: In October, a few team members and I dedicated our Saturdays to virtual training about sleep apnea. As many of you know, we introduced airway management (i.e. sleep apnea treatment) into the practice last year. We try to remain at the cusp of the latest technology and innovations in this field, and the 16 hours of dedicated training in October ensured this. I’m so proud of the lives we’ve been able to change (and hopefully prolong) through this area of the practice. Great work, ladies!

November: I was genuinely shocked in November to be nominated as one of the top 5 Best Dentists in Rankin County! I’m not one to promote myself, or to even care much about these types of contests, but it was such an honor to feel that I’ve made a difference in people’s lives. So thank you to anyone who nominated me or voted for me. I truly appreciate it!

December: As we wrapped up the year, I binged on continuing education. Now that so much is offered virtually, I spent hours making sure I’m up to speed on all the newest technology, updates to our current technology, and planning for future additions to the practice. I LOVE learning new things and this was the best way for me to end the year, with a clear plan of action for GFFD for 2021!

As I bid farewell to 2020, I cannot be mad or sad or disappointed. It had some definite low points; I think we can all agree tothat. But this year brought blessings to my life that I will forever cherish- not only my sweet Gracie girl, but also my very best friend and now business partner, Dr. Emily Wilhite. I challenge you to reflect on your year; cling to the good; dismiss the bad; and most importantly, look forward to a new beginning with purpose and positivity.

Dr. Green’s Favorite Things

It’s that time of year again! Christmas season is in full swing, and because 2020 has been, let’s just say, less than spectacular, I think we all deserve to be a little extra this holiday season. Whether you’re frantically searching for the perfect gift for that special someone or you just want to treat yourself for the holidays, there’s something on my list for just about everyone! And because small businesses like mine have especially been impacted by the forced closures, lighter foot traffic, and general uneasiness that Covid-19 has created, I’ve chosen to highlight a few of the local businesses that I love the most. So without further adieu (and channeling my most fabulous, over the top, inner Oprah voice), I present to you Dr. Green’s Favorite Things: 2020 Edition.

     1. 🎶 All I want for Christmas is some new front teeth 🎶

Surely you’re not surprised that a new smile made the list?! What better way to show someone, or yourself, some love than by investing in your smile. Whether it be the veneers you’ve been thinking about for years or the straight teeth you’ve been considering recently, now is a great time to start the journey to your dream smile! Maybe you think it’s above your budget. We now offer in house payment plans that can accommodate any budget. Submit a FREE virtual consult today, and I’ll personally send you back a customized video answering all of your questions about the timeline, the finances, and the process.

Price: available by request (www.grantsferryfamilydentistry.com\smile-virtual-consult)

     2. Pamper yourself

What if you could knock all of the women off your list at one time? Now you can! Green Wellness Spa offers a multitude of services, including customized facials, nanoneedling, and eyebrow tinting and waxing, to name a few. Licensed esthetician Jenny Warren curates just the right mix of products to meet your unique needs and leave your skin glowing. Our adorable gift cards are sure to make the perfect stocking stuffer!

Price: any amount (www.greenwellnessspallc.com)

     3. Clean teeth

When it comes to electric toothbrushes, I’ve tried just about every one of them. And let me tell you, there is something different about this brand new tech-lovers toothbrush, the Oral-B iO series 9! For those of you nerds who have thought, “I’ve always wished my toothbrush had AI recognition, 3D teeth tracking, and Bluetooth technology,” you’re in luck! This brush not only aims to improve your brushing skills, but also leaves your teeth feeling professional level clean every day. I think we’re just one step away from, “Alexa, brush my teeth!”

Price: $225, includes brush, heads, charger, case, toothpaste, rinse

     4. The gift of youth

This Christmas at GFFD, I am offering the most sought after gift of all time- the gift of youth. In as little as 10 minutes, I can erase the fine lines and wrinkles that have taken years to develop, leaving your skin looking fresh, rejuvenated, and years younger! Sound too good to be true? That’s the beauty of Botox! Treat yourself this holiday season!

Price: $10/unit (offer expires Dec 31, 2020)

     5. A White Christmas

No more dreaming of a white Christmas- make it a reality with Glo Professional Whitening. Now until the end of the year, our most popular whitening system will be offered at a discounted price. Whether you need to refresh your smile for holiday parties or you just know that your bestie would love it, give the gift of whiter teeth this Christmas!

Price: $350 (includes in-office whitening session and take home kit, offer expires Dec 31, 2020)

     6. Baby soft skin

Looking for a gift for your skin? Look no further! Green Wellness Spa has partnered with SkinCeuticals skin care to offer the most advanced, dermatologist recommended, medical grade skin care on the market. Backed by research and science, this line of product promises to meet your skin where it’s at and help bring it to where you want it to be. Free consults from licensed esthetician Jenny Warren will help determine exactly what is most suited for your skin type. What are you waiting for?

Price: from $35 and up (www.greenwellnessspallc.com)

     7. A sip of heaven

If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying a hot cup of coffee from local favorite, BeanFruit Coffee Company, you do not know what you’re missing out on. It’s no secret that coffee is my love language, and no one speaks to me quite as fluently as BeanFruit. From their unique blends to their freshly roasted beans, the passionate team of roasters at BeanFruit are the guys you want behind the beans! This locally roasted coffee has found its way to many of your favorite coffee shops so be sure to pick up an extra bag next time you’re out. Your taste buds will thank you!

Price: starting at $13.50/ 12oz. (available online at www.beanfruit.com)

     8. The gift of staying out of the kitchen

The secret’s out- I don’t like to cook! Actually, I’m not so sure if I don’t like it or I don’t feel like I have time for it, but either way, getting through dinner time at the Green home is like a marathon- including sweat, tears, and much cheering when it’s over. Any chance to ease that burden during the holiday season when things are already stressful is more than welcome. That’s why we love Sugar Magnolia Takery so much! Pre-cooked meals ready to pop in the oven that my entire family loves? Yes, please! Not to mention their wonderful catering and mouth watering sweets ready to take to your holiday party. Christmas just got a whole lot sweeter!

Prices: available online (www.sugarmagnoliatakery.com)

     9. All I want for Christmas is tacos

Whether you need a quick bite to eat while you’re out holiday shopping or you’re planning on hosting a super fun Christmas fiesta (hmmm…I like that idea!), one local eatery that has never disappointed the crew of GFFD is Jaco’s Tacos. The food is always fresh, the service top notch, and they can easily handle your catered corporate lunch or last minute dinner for 12 (ask me how I know). And did I mention their margaritas? Made fresh daily with only natural ingredients. Need I say more?

Prices: available online (http://jacosfnf.com)

     10. Bee Merry

If you’re looking to add a little local flair to any gift, pair it with locally sourced honey from Magnolia State Honey Company. This father/daughter duo delivers the purest, sweetest honey straight from their Mississippi farm to your table. Check them out on Facebook and grab a jar. You won’t regret it!

Prices: starting at $8 (https://www.facebook.com/MagnoliaStateHoneyCompany/)

     11. Art from the heart

One of my very favorite non-profit organizations located just minutes from our office is The Mustard Seed. This community of adults with developmental disabilities create unique pieces of art that are then turned into various items (ornaments, coasters, phone wallets, etc.) available for sale in their gift shop. Not only does it help support The Mustard Seed and the beautiful work they do, but they also have discovered some amazing artists in the process. Shop online or visit the gift shop. You’ll be sure to find a unique item for a friend and likely yourself, too!

Prices: available online, more items available in store (https://the-mustard-seed-online-gift-shop.myshopify)

 

This Christmas, I hope that you find time to focus on the good this year has brought. It’s been unlike any other, but it has definitely taught me some lessons that I hope to always hold near. From the team at GFFD and GWS, Merry Christmas!

Seasons


Let me just talk through something, if you will.  I’ve noticed a lot of talk regarding “seasons” lately. I’m often being told “that’s just the season you’re in” or “this season will pass” or “enjoy this season,” and I am quick to dish out the same colloquialism without ever giving it much thought. But here I am, giving “seasons” more thought than I ever have and realizing a few truths about myself and the meaning behind these phrases.

  1.  I think my tendency is to only compartmentalize my life into a “season” when things are extraordinarily difficult. In case you missed it, I’ve had a lot going on lately. A new baby, new business (shout out to Green Wellness Spa), new doctor on staff, and 3 new team members ON TOP of the chaos of being a working mom/business owner. Even on the best of days, it’s a lot. Then add in Covid, new fears and doubts, lack of sleep, adjustments at home, etc., and it’s easy for me to wish away this time of my life. To say “it’s a season and it will pass.”
  2. Seasons have variations; summer isn’t miserably hot every single day; winter isn’t numbingly cold from dawn to dusk. Even the harshest of winters have their beautiful, breathtaking days. Don’t the steady rains of spring produce the most bountiful harvests?
  3. Wouldn’t it make more sense to cling to the good that each season brings rather than wish away the entire season? If you know me, this has to be drilled into my mind often. The fear, pain, sorrow, depression, and worry can easily overshadow the joy, beauty, and tenderness of the season. I’m learning that savoring the season instead of waiting for it to pass can make all the difference in our perception of the world around us.

I didn’t exactly intend for this to turn into a “stop and smell the roses” kind of post, but I guess that’s the “season” I’m in. 🙃

Turn Your Year Around


So let’s face it- 2020 has not exactly been our best year yet. We started out so optimistic; it just had such a nice ring to it (cue all the puns about 20/20 vision). But here we are 8 months later and all we have to show for it is a load of worry: will this pandemic ever end; can I safely send my children to school; does this mask match my outfit?

Well I’m here to offer you 3 ways to finish out the year and to make 2020 suck less!

1) Smile Makeover! Have you ever wondered what a bright, healthy new smile would do for your appearance, your confidence, and your oral health? Now is a great time to invest in yourself. With our FREE virtual consult feature (just check it out on our website), you can ask all the questions and get all the answers before committing to anything. Nothing scary about it! I’ll personally send you a video answering your questions about the process, the expected outcome, and the price. Think you can’t afford it? We now offer interest free, in house payment options to make your dream smile a reality!

2) Straight teeth! What better time to straighten your teeth than when you’re wearing a mask all day anyway? Talk about a big reveal once the mask mandate is lifted! With clear aligners, getting your teeth straightened has never been easier. In as little as a few months, teeth can gradually be straightened and metal braces can be avoided all together. Don’t believe me? Check out some of our “before and after” cases on Instagram!

3) Maximize your insurance benefits! 4 months left in the year means 4 months to use up your insurance benefits. So stop procrastinating! Especially if you are in need of a dental implant- placing now ensures the restoration (or crown) can be placed come January, utilizing your insurance the best way possible. If you have questions about your insurance, remaining benefits, or treatment, please call our insurance coordinator Misty at 601-992-1605.

So 2020 has failed you. The good news is we still have 4 months to turn that around. In all seriousness, even if that doesn’t mean investing in your smile, find a way to make these last few months meaningful. In light of the crisis our world is going through, let’s not take a single day for granted. Every day we’re given the opportunity to smile, and I hope to help you make that a smile you’re proud of!

 

Welcome Baby Gracie


It’s my pleasure to introduce the newest member of the Green crew, Miss Gracie Elise Green. Born July 30, 2020 at 2:27am, Gracie weighed in at 5 lbs 14 oz and 18 in long.

I am so fortunate to be blessed with another precious little one, and I would appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers as my family and I adjust to becoming a family of 6.

Don’t worry- your dental needs are left in great hands while I am on maternity leave! Dr. Emily Wilhite, a fellow LSU dental school grad, with over 7 years of experience, has joined the team of Grants Ferry Family Dentistry to not only serve the patients for the next several weeks but also as a permanent addition to our growing team! Please show her some love while I’m out!

Thank you all for your continued love and support of my family. I can’t wait to share more pictures of baby Gracie and fill you in on her exciting (slightly terrifying) entrance into this crazy world! Love to you all!