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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Dental Veneers Improve Your Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAPorcelain veneers are routinely used to fix discolored teeth, stains from excessive fluoride, or to hide large resin fillings that have caused discoloration.

Porcelain veneers can also treat worn, chipped, misaligned, uneven, irregularly shaped or gapped teeth as well. Additionally porcelain veneers require no more maintenance than your natural teeth.

With all the focus on brighter, whiter, perfect teeth, dental veneers are a great, long-term way to align and brighten smiles. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to emulate the natural look of teeth. They are also able to provide the strength and resilience similar to natural tooth enamel.

Porcelain veneers adhere right to the front of the teeth. Veneers are applied by removing a very tiny amount of the original tooth enamel. This allows room for the veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth. Veneers are then cemented to the tooth.

Placing custom veneers requires extreme technical skill and attention to cosmetic detail. A cosmetic dentist is the expert to choose when opting for cosmetic dental procedures because they have significantly training than traditional dentists. Dr. Anna educates her patients on procedures and options that will best fit your lifestyle and your mouth. An educated, well-informed patient will always be happier with their smile.

Today's Dental helps patients improve their mouth and their smile. At Today's Dental of Boxborough we individually sculpt every veneer to match our patients’ individual needs for better smiles. This customization makes it nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth.

For more information, contact us.

Improving your Smile Improves Your Self-Esteem

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADid you ever see someone with perfectly straight teeth? You certainly don’t see people like that every day, and you meet even fewer whose teeth are naturally straight. Cosmetically improving your smile can boost your confidence causing you to smile more often and generally improving your self esteem. Often a smile is the most eye-catching feature of a face. With cosmetic dentistry you no longer have to worry about your teeth or your smile. You now have choices that can help you smile with confidence.

Even the smallest change can make a dramatic difference in your smile and in the way you look and feel about yourself. Talk to a cosmetic dentist about the options that are best for you:

  • Teeth whitening brightens teeth that are discolored or stained.
  • Dental Veneers are thin custom-made porcelain shells to cover the front side of your teeth. They are used to treat spaces between teeth, teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.
  • Braces are not just for kids. Orthodontics may be needed if teeth are crooked, crowded or do not meet properly. Clear aligners are the new revolutionary straightening method that people can't even see in your mouth!

More and more people will choose cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile to boost their confidence. Contact Today's Dental of Boxborough to schedule a consultation and get started on your life-changing experience.

Your Smile Affects Every Aspect of Your Life

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAMore than one-third of American adults are unhappy with their smile, according to a new study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

Of Americans who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, 36% believe they would have a better social life if they had better teeth. This may be especially true among young adults. In fact, 48% of Americans ages 18 to 24 have untagged a picture of themselves on Facebook because they didn’t like their smile.

You may find interesting that a study found that bad teeth also represented the biggest dating turn-off among men and women. According to the study, 77% of women think crooked teeth are worse than a receding hairline in a potential love interest. Moreover, 22% of Americans who are unhappy with their smile think that better teeth would lead to a better love live.

On a professional level, 78% of Americans perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful. And 14% of those unhappy with their teeth felt that they might be missing out on a better job.

Professional orthodontic treatments have come a long way in recent years, with innovative options such as dental veneers, in-office teeth whitening, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age and it's encouraging that two-thirds of Americans think they are never too old for treatment.

For more information on improving your smile and your life, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.


A Perfect Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWith magazines, billboards, and television, perfect, white smiles are all around us. As a result, cosmetic dental procedures are becoming more and more popular every year.

Beautiful teeth aren't just for celebrities anymore. Cosmetic dentistry is no longer a luxury, but a viable and reasonable option for anyone wanting to improve their smile. There are a number of reasons a patient might opt for cosmetic dentistry.

From traumatic injuries to permanent stains to missing or gapped teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help even the toughest cases. You don't have to wish for the perfect smile any longer. Cosmetic procedures can transform your teeth and give you the smile you've always wanted.

Today's Dental of Boxborough offers any array of cosmetic dentistry services, from bonding and contouring to dental veneers and teeth whitening. Always dreamed of a dazzling smile? Tired of noticing coffee stains on your teeth? You don't have to put up with stained or yelllowing teeth any longer. More than ever it is very important to have dazzling white teeth and a beautiful smile. Teeth whitening and bleaching have become very popular options for patients over the last few years. It's a simple procedure that over time whitens and brightens your teeth. Patients have been immensely happy with the results.

If you're tired of having crooked teeth but don't want to spend a couple years wearing braces, then look no further than dental veneers. A cosmetic option that has grown in popularity, dental veneers are thin shells that are permanently adhered to the front of your teeth, producing a flawless, straight smile.

Patients have been extremely satisfied with dental veneers. The procedure is simple and painless, and often requires little to no anesthesia. This is the perfect solution for adult patients who want to improve the appearance of their teeth but don’t want braces or invasive dental procedures.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Tips on Cosmetic Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 27, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADo you know how important an attractive smile can be to someone's self-esteem? If you suffer with a ‘less-than-perfect-smile” then you know that a great smile is directly related to self-confidence, self-esteem and other’s perception of you.

While there are several cosmetic dentistry treatments available today that are more available to the general population, it is important to make an educated decision about the procedure and the dentist you choose.

For those who have unattractive teeth, or who have teeth they are unhappy with, here are six tips about cosmetic dentistry:

Tip 1:
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. Patients with moderate to severe discoloration should use professional teeth whitening to assure an even white tone without over-bleaching. This typically takes no more than an hour per visit.

Tip 2:
The second-most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure is dental veneers. These thin layers, frequently made of porcelain, are placed over teeth to correct problems such as discoloration and gaps all at one time. Veneers can last seven to 20 years with proper care.

Tip 3:
Dental implants are not only cosmetic, but functional. To replace missing or badly damaged teeth, a titanium screw (implant) is inserted into the jawbone, and a false tooth (crown) is put on top. This false tooth looks and feels just like a real tooth.

Tip 4:
Teeth make a difference in first impressions. A USA Today study showed that the more than 5,000 single men and women surveyed said they judge a potential partner on their teeth most upon first meeting them. Teeth were higher than clothing and hair and all other factors.

Tip 5:
Most cosmetic dentistry patients (5%) are 40-60 years old.

Tip 6:
Cosmetic dentistry patients will spend between $5,000 and $6,000 on average on cosmetic dental work to improve their smile.

Today’s Dental of Boxborough offers cosmetic dentistry services and general dentistry such as teeth cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, teeth whitening and veneers.

Contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough for more information.

Dental Implants Stop Bone Loss and Save Your Smile

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 17, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MATooth loss begets more tooth loss. When a tooth is removed, it can cause the jawbone to weaken, undermining the foundation of surrounding teeth.

Besides tooth extraction, gum disease, infection, misaligned teeth, dentures, bridges, sinus issues, and trauma can also cause weakening of the jawbone.Dental implants for missing teeth can help prevent further deterioration. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is inserted into the place of the missing root, topped by a ceramic crown.

The titanium screws are coated with a bone-growth stimulator that promotes bonding between the bone and the implant. The body thinks an implant is a tooth, and bone will grow around and conform to the shape of the new metal “root.” It forms a tight bond that is even sturdier than the original root.

This way, implants can save you from losing more teeth, a big advantage over other dental prosthetics.

With bridges and dentures, bone can keep getting lost. You keep getting shrinkage. Dental Implants also look and feel like natural teeth, which is a big plus.

Bone is elastic and able to expand and contract like a rubber band. When the implant is finally inserted, the bone clamps on to it like an elastic waistband around a waist.

If a patient’s jawbone has a deteriorated a lot, bone grafts may be needed before an implant can be placed.

Grafts can be done with either synthetic or natural bone and can be the best option when bone in the upper palette has eroded to the point that the sinus cavity shifts downward.

While for many people, implants still seem like a big deal to get, advancements in technique and technology have made placing some implants faster and easier.

If the patient’s bone is in good condition, the dentist can place the titanium implant during the patient’s first visit. At a second visit, the dentist places the abutment—the piece that connects the crown to the root. At a third visit, the crown goes in.

The time between a first consult to walking out with a new tooth depends on the condition of the patient’s bone. For most patients who have implants placed on the bottom, it takes around three months, and for patients who have implants on the top, it takes about six months.

The wait time gives the bone a chance to adhere to the implant.

You don’t want any pressure on the implant, so it can integrate with the bone.

Although implants are now appropriate for many more people, if you have diabetes, take osteoporosis medication, or have had radiation therapy, you should talk to your dentist because these treatments can impair the ability of the bone to heal and may cause an implant to fail.

For more information on dental implants, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAYou may be looking for the best cosmetic dentist who will create a beautiful smile for you. But you need to ask a lot of questions before you can be sure.

Cosmetic dentistry is dental work that will aesthetically enhance your teeth. While most people see a cosmetic dentist for aesthetics, a good cosmetic dentist will also focus on the functionality part.

Combining aesthetics with perfect functionality is the most important thing when it comes to getting those dental veneers or implants.

You enlist a cosmetic dentist for: dental crowns, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, or anything related to orthodontics.

What do you need to know about the cosmetic dentist you choose:

  • Experience. Ask your cosmetic dentist how long has he been practicing. There are many general dentists who will offer a few cosmetic dentistry procedures, but it is import to know if they have the experience.
  • Is your cosmetic dentist board certified and licensed. The ADA (American Dental Association) offers the board certification, while licensing is offered by the state. If he is a licensed professional, it means that he has passed regularly all state and national examinations.
  • What are the main types of cosmetic dentistry procedures your dentist is qualified to offer? In order to be able to perform dental implant treatments, veneers and teeth whitening, the dentist needs to complete two extra years of training.
  • For your particular situation, ask the dentist what treatment they would recommend and why. Also, ask about the pros and cons of each dental treatment in your case.
  • What are the possible risks and complications with the type of cosmetic dentistry you have chosen?
  • Ask for examples of past work. A good cosmetic dentist can show you before and after pictures as well as testimonials.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Cosmetic Dentistry for Better "Selfies"

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Today's Dental of BoxboroughThe selfie phenomenon is taking off. Everyone is doing it, celebrities, kids, grandparents even the White House is getting in on the action. The quick snapshots have become the norm.

There are apps for it, songs about it and instructions on how to take the best selfie. The entity known as the selfie has a life of its own. In fact, the ‘selfie’ as well as social media, is having a large impact on cosmetic procedures and cosmetic dentistry. More and more people are choosing teeth whitening, dental veneers and invisible fillings than ever before.

More and more people are coming in for cosmetic dental procedures to enhance and improve their selfie, including teeth whitening and dental veneers. People see something on that photo that is concerning to them, bothering them, or something about their smile that they want to see look better.

As a business person, or as a college graduate in job interview mode, you need to maintain your social media image and profile, as well as your public image. If you have recently viewed a picture of yourself from this new and unfamiliar angle, and are not happy with what you are seeing, it may be time for cosmetic dentistry. Brighter, straighter teeth give you a healthier, younger appearance.

A new study shows that the rise of 'selfies' is having a huge impact on the cosmetic dentistry industry. Many of the people that are opting for cosmetic procedures are choosing to have the procedures done, not necessarily because the selfie made them concerned about something, but because they didn't like the way the selfie presented the way they looked.

But, keep in mind: Another thing to remember-- those selfie pics can be deceiving! The cameras on these smartphones are not made for taking close-up self portraits, they're made for wider group shots and landscape pictures.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.