Discover Wellness with Zeal

Do you feel like you’re constantly taking vitamins, trying new health fads, and seeking out the latest diets? Dr. Dierkes recommends Zeal – a superior nutritional drink. Zeal Wellness is a very unique, all-in-one, natural nutritional drink containing over 100 superfoods, botanicals, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients. It would take 56 different pills to give you the nutritional value of one six-ounce serving of Zeal.

Containing three proprietary blends, Zeal Wellness enriches, restores, and protects:

  • The enrich phase is designed to enrich your body with whole food concentrates. With Stabilized Rice Bran and Moringa Oleifera as just 2 of 10 powerful superfoods, enrich will feed your body what it needs to be healthy.
  • Age in a healthy manner with restore. Restore contains a blend of powerful botanicals to restore your body’s cells to a youthful level and help you to recapture your youthful Zeal for Life.
  • You can also protect your body by replenishing critical vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Many people find success through Zeal – both nutritionally and physically – in just 90 days. The Zeal Challenge is your first step towards transforming your life. Take the Zeal Challenge now.

You can also try a Zeal starter pack – just six single serving bottles of Zeal Wellness for $15.

Contact us today if you are interested in Zeal Wellness – and start noticing better mental clarity and more energy right away! www.drdierkes.zealforlife.com



Straightening Smiles

Dr. Michael Dierkes Straightens Smiles with Orthodontics in Roswell, GA

Dr. Michael Dierkes Straightens Smiles with Orthodontics in Roswell, GA

Straight teeth go a long way toward creating a beautiful smile, but they are also important for overall oral health. If you have crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth, it is important to correct them in order to prevent future dental problems and to ensure that you’ll keep your own teeth for life. There are several options available for straightening your teeth, including traditional braces and Invisalign, and Dr. Michael Dierkes can help you achieve a smile you can be proud of with quality orthodontics in Roswell, GA.

Traditional braces have been around for years and are considered the standard correction method among patients looking to straighten their smiles. Able to correct even serious cases of misalignment, today’s braces are made with incredibly strong metals that are durable enough to wear for a considerable time on your teeth. While metallic, contemporary braces offer some customization with different colored bands that can be added, if a mouth full of metal doesn’t appeal to you, Dr. Dierkes also offers Invisalign.

If you’re in need of a mild to moderate correction, Invisalign may be a great option for you. Using a series of virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign adjusts your teeth bit by bit with a new aligner used approximately every two weeks. Made of a thin, comfortable plastic, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable, which allows for convenient cleaning and eating. Because the aligners are removable, your teeth will not experience the same discoloration and plaque buildup that can occur with metal brackets and wire. In addition, you will not have the same diet restrictions that you would have with traditional braces. You will still be able to eat all the foods you like, including popcorn, chips, pretzels, apples, nuts and corn.

In addition to braces, Dr. Dierkes also offers surgical orthodontics, which is a treatment only reserved for those who have abnormalities in their jaw and cannot be corrected with functional appliances. This includes severe cases of malocclusion or bad bite.

Whether you’re an adult or teen, it’s not too late to straighten your teeth. In Roswell, GA Dr. Michael Dierkes will make sure your smile is both beautiful and healthy. Schedule an appointment by calling 678-671-2176.



Nutrition Counseling to Improve Overall Health

Roswell, GA Orthodontist Dr. Michael Dierkes Offers Nutrition Counseling to Improve Oral Health

Dr. Michael Dierkes

Roswell, GA Orthodontist Dr. Michael Dierkes Offers Nutrition Counseling to Improve Oral Health

Nationally acknowledged by his peers for contributions vital to the improvement of TMJ and orthodontic techniques, Roswell, GA dentist Dr. Michael Dierkes offers nutrition counseling and information regarding the benefits of supplements for health as part of each patient’s oral hygiene plan. Preventing tooth decay and gum disease not only involves brushing twice daily and visiting a dentist every six months for a cleaning and fluoride treatment, but also includes maintaining sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals in the body. Everyone knows they should eat plenty of vegetables and fruit while avoiding high-fat meats and dairy products but many fail to do so for a variety of reasons. Consequently, Dr. Dierkes wants everyone to know the benefits that certain supplements have on teeth and oral tissues.

To maintain adequate saliva flow so that the mouth can self-cleanse and remain moist, Roswell, GA dentist Dr. Michael Dierkes recommends replenishing the body with vitamin A supplements. Vitamin A stimulates salivary glands while keeping mouth tissues healthy and repellent to destructive anaerobic bacteria, the primary cause of decay and halitosis. Anaerobic bacteria thrive in dry, stagnant environments rich in proteins (food particles, dead cells and other mouth debris) and accumulate at the gum lines to form plaque unless brushed away or removed by dental cleanings. If not eliminated by good oral hygiene and normal saliva flow, plaque eventually hardens and becomes tartar, a precursor to gingivitis and periodontitis.

In addition to vitamins D3 and K2, vitamins B1 and B2 benefit oral health by contributing to immune system functioning to prevent mouth inflammation and cheilosis, a condition producing fissuring and scaling at the mouth corners. To further reduce the risk of experiencing gum disease or tooth decay, Dr. Michael Dierkes recommends avoiding foods that are high in carbohydrates and simple sugars (fructose, sucrose, glucose), eating healthy snacks between meals and drinking several glasses of water each day to maintain mouth hydration and to help rinse food particles from between teeth. Foods containing phosphorous and calcium promote remineralization of dental enamel as well.



Why Should an Orthodontist Do Injectables?

On Dermal Fillers:

So what is an orthodontist, who is also a naturopathic physician, getting involved with facial esthetics anyway?  An orthodontist is considered an expert in facial esthetics and, due to the extensive training in head and neck anatomy,  understands the functional relationships of nerves and muscles of the face.  Not only is this training a key advantage of having a dental specialist provide dermal fillers, the procedures can be done with minimal discomfort due to targeted anesthesia making the procedure virtually painless.

For many people, orthodontic treatment is pursued for a better cosmetic look.  For others, the cosmetic outcome did not turn out too well, particularly if teeth were removed as part of the orthodontic process.  One of the most common complaints for these patients is insufficient lip support and an increase in the depth of the naso-labial folds.  Short of a surgical approach to move the upper jaw forward to restore lip support and reduce the depth of naso-labial folds, we use dermal fillers as a natural means (hyaluronic acid) for a rather immediate improvement in appearance.  Environmental damage and the natural aging process lead some to seek science-based options in the discipline of medical aesthetics as well.

What are fillers used to treat?

This depends somewhat on the filler, but the broad answer is lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to plump and define lips and fill hollow areas on the face. Here are some of the areas where they work best:

  • lines from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial fold)
  • lines from the mouth to the chin (melomental fold)
  • lines above the upper lip
  • frown lines (best combined with Botox Cosmetic)
  • in the lips for volume and definition
  • to restore volume to cheekbones or cheeks
  • in some situations, under the eyes

Dr. Dierkes is uniquely qualified in the field of facial esthetics as he was asked by the American Dental Association to write a landmark article of facial esthetics in the charter issue of Esthetic Dentistry.  The article was entitled The Beauty of the FaceAn Orthodontic Perspective.J Am Dent Assoc. 1987 Dec;Spec No:89E-95E.  An orthodontist is considered an expert in facial esthetics and due to the extensive training in head and neck anatomy understands the functional relationships of nerves and muscles of the face.  Not only is this training a key advantage of having a dental specialist provide dermal fillers, the procedures can be done with minimal discomfort due to targeted anesthesia making the procedure virtually painless.

How much do Juvederm or Restylane cost?

Restylane and Juvederm are usually priced by the syringe. For example, filling out the nasolabial folds (the lines from the nose to the mouth) will take one or two syringes usually. One syringe will range from $450 to $600. Perlane and Juvederm Ultra Plus (the thicker versions) generally cost about $500 to $750 per syringe.

The procedures are usually repeated every 6-9 months to maintain the esthetic advantage.  However, one can improve the longevity of this approach utilizing better cellular nutrition.  For example, supplementing with 3-5 thousand mg. of vitamin C will help improve collagen density.  Without sufficient vitamin C, the

chemical process of collagen formation cannot occur with any degree of density.  To arrive at a longer lasting  and better outcome, we recommend various nutritional supplements as well.  Juvederm Voluma is longer lasting; up to two years.

Another option is to use prp (platelet rich plasma) added to the dermal fill procedure.  Where Juvederm or Restalane is a more immediate improvement in appearance, the prp will actually regenerate the collagen due to the platelets effect on stem cell activity.  It takes about 3-4 weeks for this process to occur.  You have the immediate improvement in appearance from the dermal fillers coupled with a more lasting effect from the regenerative approach using prp.  Obviously, the combined procedures is more costly in the short-term, but less costly in the long run.  A newcomer to the line of dermal fillers is Juvederm Voluma, which promises longevity up to two years.

If delayed gratification is not an issue, keep the cost down and use the prp only for the outcome you are looking for.  PRP can be used to reduce the appearance of frown-lines, forehead wrinkles, crows feet, and loss of skin tonicity resulting in saggy skin (jowls).

Botox works by reducing the intensity of muscle contraction.  It helps to reduce the frown lines and crows feet in the upper face.  We also use it to reduce the intensity of muscle contraction in TMJ patients.  It will help reduce the pain as well as the destructive outcomes often associated with clenching.  If jaw dislocation is associated with the clenching, then is it recommended that a mouthpiece be used to distract the jaw joints as a means of identifying and treating any and all underlying factors that are either observed to be causative and/or perpetuating factors.

Dr. Dierkes uses the well-recognized brands of dermal fillers including Juvederm, Juvederm Ultra, and Juvederm Voluma as well as Botox.  The JUVÉDERM® family of dermal filler products; and physician-dispensed skin care products have long been recognized to be the most researched products available.  BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).   As a world leader in medical aesthetics, Allergan is and will remain deeply committed to the Science of Rejuvenation™. This means providing medical specialists and patients with products and information backed by science so they can make the best-informed medical aesthetics choices possible based on their own individual needs and treatment goals.  Dr. Dierkes also uses other brand-name dermal fillers such as Restylane and Perlane.

Dr. Dierkes recommends an initial consultation to use as a planning session for patients considering fillers for the first time where a series of facial photographs are obtained and reviewed with the patient.  A medical history is obtained and an initial nutritional assessment made.   Better esthetic outcomes are obtained with adequate cellular nutrition to support the most optimal collagen density for longer lasting results.  Systemic factors are assessed as thyroid activity determines the level of soft tissue integrity as well.  As a naturopathic physician and orthodontist, Dr. Dierkes brings a uniquely fresh perspective to facial esthetics.