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Dental Veneers: A Very Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAThere are so many dental procedures available to people these days, and dental veneers are one of the most common and most-sought after.

As we are surrounded by media, we are also surrounded by beautiful smiles. We put quite a bit of emphasis on physical appearances. This is why people go to such great lengths to improve upon their appearance, particularly their smile. A smile is what most first impressions are based upon.

With such emphasis on physical appearance, there have been major advancements in dental technology over the years. People have many choices and options with which to create their perfect smile.

Of all the dental procedures, dental veneers are one of the most common and most-sought after. Dental veneers are extremely thin, custom-made shells made of tooth-colored porcelain that are designed to cover the front surface of your tooth to improve appearance, size, shape, length and color.

Dental veneers can fix many common dental problems; gaps between teeth, broken teeth, chipped and worn teeth, or discolored teeth. Veneers can also fix teeth that are misaligned, misshapen or uneven dramatically improving the look of a smile.

Dental veneers are a great solution for long-lasting results and are a great investment for your confidence and your peace of mind. With proper care and maintenance, dental veneers can lost from 5-10 years. For more information on porcelain veneers, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

Teeth Whitening: Enhance Your Smile, Change Your Life

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MACosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person's teeth, mouth and smile and is generally elective rather than necessary. Cosmetic dentistry provides many options for people who are interested in improving their smile, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and talked about of those procedures.

At Today’s Dental of Boxborough we have our own special spin on teeth whitening: dental bleaching, which expedites the process and gets teeth whiter and gets you your dream smile that much faster. Dr. Anna jump starts the process with an in-house visit and then continues with an at home component.

As we age our teeth often become darker because of the changes to their mineral structure. But our teeth also become stained because of bacterial pigments, food and tobacco as well as certain antibiotics. There are many different ways to whiten teeth: bleaching strips, pens, gel, and lasers, and most are traditionally done at home.

At Today’s Dental of Boxborough, our patients come in for a deep dental bleaching session in order to jump start the process. Our patients then go home with prepared dental bleaching “trays” to supplement the process and do touch-ups in the privacy of their own homes. A whiter smile is a beautiful and confident smile and a confident smile changes how you present yourself and how others perceive you.

Contact us to schedule your teeth whitening appointment today, and see how dental bleaching can change your smile and your life.

Prevent Cavities in Kids

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAKids get cavities. In fact, the CDC says that 28% of children ages 2 through 5 have at least one dental cavity. One decade ago, that number was 24%.

A 4% increase does not seem like a lot, but think about that. That number represents thousands and thousands of children and thousands and thousands of cavities. It is also a trend in the wrong direction. In fact, in the last 40 years tooth decay was on a gradual decline.

Here are six easy ways to reduce the risk of dental cavities in kids:

1. Avoid giving your baby juice or formula at night. The sugar in juice and formula causes the bacteria in the mouth to produce the acids that cause baby bottle tooth decay. Use fluoridated water instead.

2. Choose low-fat foods from the basic food groups. Raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole-grain breads and low-fat dairy products are great for your child's overall health and their dental health!

3. If you must, give sweets only as a dessert. If your child must have sweets, limit it to dessert or following a main meal. Late-night snacking and frequent snacking are a major culprit of cavities in children.

4. Invest in a water filter. Instead of spending extra on bottled water, invest in a filter for your sink, or a filtered water pitcher. Fluoridated tap water is an excellent resource to help the battle between children and cavities.

5. Don't share cups or utensils. Cavities are contagious. So if you have them, you can pass them onto your child by sharing cups and utensils.

6. If you smoke, stop. The University of Rochester's Strong Children's Research Center has discovered a link between smoking, children and cavities. Results from a study show that children of parents who smoke are more likely to develop cavities.

For a pediatric dentistry appointment, contact contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

Halloween Candy and Your Child’s Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Today's Dental of BoxborougHalloween is fast approaching. In a couple weeks your kids will have more candy than you ever wanted them to have. But before you let your kids dig in we would like to tell you which treats are the best and which are just tricks. But, keep in mind that children can enjoy their Halloween candy without doing harm to their teeth, if they enjoy it sensibly.

Believe it or not, candy is no more likely to cause cavities than most other foods, but there are some candy treats that are worse than others. Here is the annual list of the best and worst kinds of treats for your teeth.

The worst, sticky and chewy candies, such as candy corn, gummy bears and caramel. These can get stuck in your child’s teeth easily. Candy corn is also full of sugar and sour candies have high acid levels that break down tooth enamel. Also, jawbreakers are hard enough to chip your teeth.

Whenever your kids eat candy, if they can’t brush their teeth afterwards, encourage them to drink a glass of water. This will help rinse the sugar and acid from your child’s teeth.

When sugar remains on teeth for extended periods, bacteria feeds on it and produces cavity-causing acid.

The best candy for your teeth (and brain) is plain chocolate.

Chocolate is the best because it melts so quickly, decreasing the amount of time sugar is in contact with your teeth. However, the benefits go down when there are nuts and caramel inside because they are more harmful to your teeth.

It is best to avoid letting children snack on candy throughout the day, and it is important that kids brush their teeth or at least rinse with water after eating sweets. Sugarless gum also increases saliva production and washes away sugar and candy particles.

The best time to let your child eat Halloween candy is right after meals. After lunch and/or dinner, let your children eat one or two pieces of candy because the acid attack on their teeth caused by eating has already begun. Increased saliva production will help naturally wash away sugary candy particles and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Best treat of all: sugar-free gum and lollipops. For more information on caring for your child’s teeth through Halloween and beyond, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

Clear Aligners are a Better and More Esthetic Approach to Treating Crooked Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAGone are the days when dentistry focused on one tooth at a time. The ideal practice provides comprehensive dentistry, which means providing general dentistry services as well as specialty care.

Clear aligner therapy

Orthodontia can be comprehensive in itself—it can enhance patients’ esthetics, improve their periodontal health, reduce broken teeth, and reduce headaches. Clear aligners should be considered as a treatment option to help achieve both an esthetic and functionally healthy dentition.

Malocclusion and periodontal health - Teeth that are straight have a better chance of maintaining long-term periodontal health and a reduced likelihood of chipping and breaking. Malocclusion can also cause TMD, gingivitis, or an increased bacterial buildup that can lead to inflammation and/or periodontal pocketing.

Malocclusion or crooked teeth, is often overlooked as a reason for these problems, and correcting the occlusion can promote the long-term health of teeth and dramatically improve their esthetics. Some dentists and patients may choose to treat crooked teeth by preparing teeth for crowns or veneers. While it may address the cosmetic concerns, this approach may not improve the underlying teeth issue.

Adults and orthodontics

In 2013 the American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO) estimated that 27% of all US and Canadian orthodontic patients are adults. A study concluded that 75% of adults surveyed described improvements in career or personal relationships, and that this boost was due to an enhanced smile from orthodontics. Furthermore, 92% of survey respondents said they would recommend orthodontic treatment to other adults. Clear aligners help improve their smiles and overall oral health.

Clear aligner therapy can be a financially viable solution to help patients achieve optimal teeth alignment. Malocclusion can affect approximately 75% of American adults

For more information on clear braces, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

Signs Your Child Might Needs Orthodontic Treatment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MASometimes it is obvious to parents that their children will need orthodontia, especially when adult teeth erupt at extreme angles, very far apart, or are overlapping. But other indicators can be more difficult to spot because they are not as obvious as crooked teeth. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children visit an orthodontist no later than age seven to catch any developing problems and create a treatment plan. It is also recommended that parents keep an eye out for these common signs that could warrant a trip to the orthodontist before age seven.

Misaligned Bite

Teeth could look straight when your child smiles or talks, but crooked teeth are not the only problem orthodontia can solve. Over bites, under bites, cross bites and other issues with jaw alignment can also be corrected.

Baby Teeth Never Fall Out

Baby teeth that fall out extremely early, extremely late, or never at all can create problems for permanent teeth. There can be issues with overcrowding that causes permanent teeth to shift into abnormal positions. Or if a permanent tooth is not present the child might need a baby tooth extracted and permanent teeth moved using braces or other methods to fill the void.

Thumb Sucking

Children who suck their thumbs long past infancy can cause damage to their teeth. Habitual thumb sucking can cause permanent teeth to shift due to the constant pressure being placed on the gums and jaw.

Challenges with Chewing or Talking 

If your child regularly bites his or her tongue, the inside of a cheek or has problems enunciating words these can all be signs of underlying problems with the jaw or teeth.

For more information, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

Dental Implants for Replacing Cracked or Missing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAPeople are living longer and living more stressful lives, they are exposing their teeth to many more years of crack inducing habits like clenching, grinding, and chewing on hard objects. These habits make our teeth more susceptible to cracks.

Cracked teeth show a variety of symptoms, including pain when chewing or with temperature extremes.

The tooth hurts because when you chew or move your jaw, the pieces of the tooth move. Irritation is caused by chewing. Eventually the pulp becomes damaged enough that it can no longer repair itself.

For cracks that run underneath the gum and cannot be restored, you may need a dental implant—a tooth that’s surgically anchored into the jaw. Dental implants do wonders in restoring a patient’s confidence and in easing pain while eating. The implant and its results should last a lifetime.

If a tooth is missing or broken to a point that the root is damaged, a titanium artificial root can be implanted in the jaw. After the dental implant bonds with your bone, a crown can be placed over the implant.

For more information on relieving cracked tooth pain with implants, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Use Dental Insurance Benefits Before End-of-Year

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAIt is almost October and the end-of-the-year is right around the corner. No one wants a reminder of how time flies, but in the case of dental insurance, it is worth the reminder. The end-of-the-year means you dental insurance benefits will come to an end too. Why not use them up?

Too many people let their dental benefits expire without taking advantage of their annual dental insurance benefits. You may not realize that even though your coverage may not pay for the full amount of certain dental procedures, most dental plans completely cover routine dental care. Also, if you know you’re going to need extensive dental work down the road, start the process now. Your dental benefits renew again in the New Year. This makes all types of dental procedures more affordable, like root canals and crowns. Use the available benefits from two calendar years towards one or two major procedures.

Dental insurance benefits are available through employer's health insurance, PPO, or HMO plans. But, unlike medical insurance, most dental plans don’t offer large amounts of coverage or cover as many expenses. There is usually a pre-determined maximum coverage amount per year per person. If you need extensive dental work, now is the time to begin to schedule it.

Most dental insurance plans offer 100% coverage on preventative dental care such as routine exams and teeth cleanings. To make the most out of your dental insurance benefits, be sure to schedule your annual dental check-ups and cleanings, both are fully covered.

For an appointment or consultation, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Teeth Whitening: Are You a Good Candidate?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWith TV and magazines regularly forcing us to look at bright, beautiful and white smiles, we have become a society obsessed with white teeth. As a result, teeth whitening has become the most popular cosmetic procedure and teeth whitening products have taken over the HBA isles in grocery stores across America. However, teeth whitening is not for everyone or every mouth.

If you are considering teeth whitening a visit to the dentist’s office is an important first step. Why? Over the counter teeth whitening kits are not made for everyone. They can aggravate existing dental conditions, and in some cases, they can cause dental conditions that did not exist before.

Over the counter whitening trays are made for the general population, which means that they are not custom fitted for your mouth. This allows the chemicals in the whitener to get on your gums and do damage. Whitening chemicals can also get inside an unknown cavity. This can cause damage to the tooth’s root often resulting in the need for root canals.

But another reason that an office visit is important prior to teeth whitening is because not all teeth respond. Perhaps you have one dark tooth surrounded by lighter teeth; after teeth whitening, you may find that you have only made the surrounding teeth lighter, drawing more attention to the dark tooth.

Teeth whitening does not work on teeth with root damage, false teeth or caps. In many cases, dental veneers are the only option to achieving the bright white smile you are looking for.

Darker teeth are often caused from trauma. If the tooth injury is severe, the nerve can die and often these teeth often turn dark in color. These stains do not respond as readily to over the counter teeth whitening.

In office teeth whitening is designed to bleach the entire tooth, inside, out and around making a whiter, brighter tooth. If brighter teeth cannot be achieved through in-office whitening, dental veneers are the right option. Dental veneers are thin porcelain veneers that are adhered to the front of your natural teeth.

To find out if teeth whitening is right for you, Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Dental Implants: Replace Missing Teeth for Life

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADental implants represent a permanent solution for any missing teeth. Dental implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry, and they are still getting better.

For example, nowadays it is possible to get dental implants within a few hours, in one dental visit. The titanium inserts are so thin, they are simply “punctured through the gumline, and the dental cap can be fitted immediately.

Dental implants represent the best solution for missing teeth, and they are the best investment in the long run. Many people with a lower budget think they cannot afford dental implants and opt for dentures instead.

But, they forget that in 10 years dentures will need to be replaced, again. So instead of spending thousands twice for dentures, consider dental implants for a lifetime.

With dental implants, you only pay once for the bone grafting, the insertion of the titanium screw and the placing of the dental crown. Once your implants in place, you will have strong and healthy teeth for a lifetime.

With dental implants, the most important thing to consider is the jawbone. If your bone structure is healthy and dense enough, dental implants are easily performed. However, if your jaw bone is not healthy or strong enough, bone grafting is necessary. Only a solid and dense jaw bone can actually support dental implants.

The dental implant treatment is nowadays performed by dental surgeons. The procedure is invasive, so if you are thinking about getting dental implants to replace missing teeth it is extremely important to select a highly skilled and experienced dentist.

Even full mouth dental implant restorations are possible, and sometimes the dentist will suggest implant supported dentures to make things easier on the patient. Dr. Anna can help you decide if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

For more information, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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