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Invisible Braces Let You Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADo you or your teen need braces? Invisible braces are a clear, more comfortable alternative to braces. For teens and adults, clear aligners are a popular alternative because they straighten teeth while being invisible. With clear braces, you can smile with confidence no matter what your age.

Invisible braces are as effective as metal braces, but the clear plastic aligners are removable allowing you to more easily care for your teeth. Remove them while you eat, brush and floss. Clear braces make dental care easy and more effective than traditional braces.

Too many teens and adults who need braces lose confidence while they are wearing metal braces because they are embarrassed by their smile. In fact, this is the reason why too many adults forgo straightening their teeth with traditional braces.

At Today’s Dental we see more patients deciding to take better care of their teeth through clear braces. Did you know that crooked teeth can lead to other dental health issues? This is why we are happy to provide an option to traditional braces. Healthy teeth are important to your dental and overall health.

No longer do you need to avoid getting braces. With invisible braces, patients don't have to hide their smile while straightening their teeth.

In many instances, clear braces can straighten teeth in a shorter amount of time, and with less dental visits than regular braces. For more information on invisible braces, or to see if you are a candidate, contact Today’s Dental.


Regular Dental Checkups Can Save You Thousands

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAIt might sound crazy, but spending $100 on your teeth can actually save you thousands. How? First let's look at what $100 covers. The average cost of a dental exam and cleaning is $50 - $135. If you have dental insurance, your out-of-pocket expense may range from nominal to nothing for basic dental care services including X-rays.

Now let's go over how this can actually save you thousands.

If you have dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease or even oral cancer, regular dental visits give your dentist a chance to catch it early on. That's key. Because the earlier your dentist diagnoses a problem the easier it is to treat. For example, if you have gum disease and let it go unchecked (and untreated) for too long, you may need extensive -- and expensive -- gum disease treatment. Regular dental checkups allow you and your dentist to stay ahead of problems, which can translate into thousands saved.

A professional dental cleaning is also a must because it's the only way to effectively remove tartar (hardened plaque). Even if you brush and floss regularly, that’s not enough. Besides looking unsightly (tartar is a "stain magnet" and often has a brown or yellowish tint), tartar also contains cavity-causing bacteria. Preventing the need for a mouthful of fillings every year easily adds up to thousands saved in the long run.

Perhaps one of the most important reasons to invest in regular dental exams and cleanings is that it has a positive impact on your overall health. Recent studies have shown that there’s a link between periodontal disease and heart disease; when the former is present, the latter is twice as likely.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease can have a domino effect on your health. The bacteria caused by periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream and attach to your heart's blood vessels, causing dangerous blood clots. Another scenario is that the plaque buildup caused by periodontal disease can cause the heart's blood vessels to swell.

In this way, regular checkups and cleanings are not only money-saving but life-saving. And that’s priceless.

For a dental appointment, contact Today's Dental.


Teeth Whitening Products that Are Not As Safe As You Think They Are

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA

Celebrities and TV personalities all have white teeth. As a result, Americans are infatuated with the idea or a sparkling white smile. Teeth Whitening is the most common cosmetic procedure performed today. There are plenty of options to choose from as well, from teeth whitening toothpaste, whitening strips and mouth washes to in-office teeth whitening procedures.

But there are some things you should know.

Some of these over the counter whitening products have not been tested and there are lawsuits that are pending for materials that have actually caused gum trauma or caused the tooth to actually dissolve.

Teeth are porous. Dark food, drink and smoking all stain teeth and cause them to stain and darken. Bleaching causes teeth to be more porous. This means, that once you begin bleaching your teeth, your teeth are more porous than when you started, so dark food and drinks, like coffee, wine and tea, can stain your teeth even more.

Many people find that if they stop teeth bleaching, their teeth eventually regress to a shade worse than it was before they started because the bleach makes tooth enamel more porous.

Going to a dentist for an in-office whitening procedure is safer. The American Dental Association said in a report that bleaching is generally safe when done under the guidance of a professional.

At Today's Dental we fabricate custom tooth whitening trays and provide professional strength gel to brighten your smile. Custom whitening trays are made specifically for your teeth, whitening the front, back and in between for better results. Additionally, because they are custom fitted, there is no damage to your gums.

In-office teeth whitening last longer as well. Under your dentists supervision, whitening results can last up to 2 years with good hygiene and lower exposure to staining foods or beverages. With periodic touch-up applications and regular dental hygiene visits, your whiter, brighter smile will last indefinitely.

For more information, contact Today's Dental.

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Teeth Grinding: Causes and Preventative Care Steps

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Whether you're stressed or just anxious, teeth grinding, also known as bruxism , comes in many shapes and forms. And while the occasional grinding doesn't hurt and is quite common, constant grinding can wear down your health in more ways than one.

The worst part of the condition is that it can be difficult to know whether or not you're affected. Why? Because most grinding occurs during rest, meaning that while there are symptoms of a dental issue, it is not immediately apparent what the cause is.

By understanding the causes of and preventative care for bruxism, you can find relief from the condition and ensure that both your teeth and your general health are as vibrant as possible.

What is Bruxism?

Put simply, bruxism is a condition characterized by the clenching and grinding teeth. Most often, the condition affects individuals at night in a condition specified as sleep bruxism, however it can also occur during the day.

For many, the condition goes unnoticed but when symptoms begin to surface, the issue becomes more obvious. Symptoms may include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which is often loud enough to wake others
  • Flattened, fractured, chipped or loose teeth
  • Increased sensitivity of the teeth
  • Soreness or tightness in the jaw or face
  • A dull headache or earache
  • Ringing in the ears known as tinnitus

Why Does Bruxism Occur?

Bruxism is a quite mysterious. In fact, many health professionals find it incredibly difficult to identify a specific cause for the condition.

However, several psychological and physical causes have come to the forefront:

Emotions – Anxiety, stress, anger, or frustration, can trigger bruxism.

Coping or Focus Strategy – Some clench or grind teeth to alleviate pressure or help them focus. While this often occurs during the daytime, individuals may still be unaware that they're doing it.

Oral Structure – Individuals with poor teeth alignment, also known as malocclusion, may develop bruxism.

leep Conditions – Individuals with sleep apnea may also experience bruxism as part of their condition.

Other Medical Complications – Grinding can also be caused by specific psychiatric medications, complications from other medical disorders, and even acid reflux.

There Are Three Major Treatment Options You Can Turn to for Relief

If you suffer from bruxism, there's no need to fret. Some individuals actually grow out of the disorder, whereas others suffer such minimal disruption that no treatment is required.

But if you must seek treatment, rest assured that you have options:

Dental Approaches – A visit to your dentist can give you access to splints and mouth guards to prevent damage to your teeth. Of course, you can also consult your dentist to determine if misalignment is causing your problems and, if it is, you can determine an appropriate treatment solution.

Therapies – For bruxism due to psychological factors, stress management, behavior therapy, and/or biofeedback may help address the underlying cause and eliminate teeth grinding in the process.

Medications – Medications aren't a common treatment for bruxism but in some extreme cases, doctors will prescribe muscle relaxants or Botox injections to relax the muscles and prevent grinding.

As a disorder that manifests most commonly during sleep, it can be incredibly difficult to recognize what is causing your discomfort or dental complications.

By better understanding the symptoms, causes, and treatments of bruxism, you can ensure that you find the relief you need, protect your smile from damage, and rest easy knowing that grinding isn't wearing down your health. For more information, contact Today's Dental.

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Dental Implants: What you Need to Know

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Today’s Dental of BoxboroughDental implants are a good long-term solution to replacing lost teeth. Patients need to consider their options and make educated decisions when they are deciding between bridges and implants.

1. An implant beats bridges or dentures

Bridges, dentures, and implants replace missing teeth.

A bridge requires filing two adjoining teeth, which can make them weaker and prone to decay. Dentures often have fit problems and can interfere with taste. For an implant, a titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and a prosthetic tooth is attached. A proper implant has no physical downsides and has good longevity.

2. Implants are more expensive generally.

One of the biggest ‘problems’ patients see with implants is the cost. Implants are rarely covered by insurance. But when considering cost you need to consider value. Implants are a permanent, long-term solution that exactly matches your existing teeth. Implants are for the rest of your life, and can replicate your teeth in appearance and functionality.

If you need an implant near a nerve or sinus cavity, it's worth paying for a dentist who has specialized training.

3. Not all implants are equal

Most dentists use implants made by the original Swedish manufacturer; studies have found that these implants have high success rates (90% or more).

There are also some newer, generic implants that are cheaper but may not have been studied yet. So ask your doctor what kind of implant he uses and the success rate he's had with it.

4. Timing can also help

Implants are usually a two-part process -- first putting in the implant, then covering it with a crown six to 12 weeks later.

If you know you need one, schedule the initial procedure at the end of a calendar year, then have the crown put on in the following year. That way you can use two years' worth of your pretax flexible spending account at work to pay a chunk of the cost. You'll reap as much as 30% savings if you're in a high tax bracket.

For information on dental implants, contact Today's Dental.

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Your Smile is Your Best Asset

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA

The first thing people notice about you is your smile. Nothing is as noticeable as a beautiful set of teeth. White smile are more attractive and they present a more healthy appearance. If you have not been born with a perfect smile, you can get one fairly easily.

It has never been easier to get that beautiful smile, from teeth whitening to dental veneers to one day dental crowns, you can get that smile with minimal dental visits.

In office teeth-whitening gives you results that are not available over the counter. They are also safer and more effective than over the counter whitening products. In office whitening also protects your gums from ill-fitting trays and bleaching agents. Gums are very sensitive, and using an poorly fitting whitening tray is asking for gum trouble. A dentist will give you custom-made whitening trays which reduces the contact of the solution and your gums.

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are adhered to your teeth. Veneers can give your teeth the appearance of being larger or brighter, they can also cover uneven, discolored or chipped teeth.

Whatever dental procedure you choose to improve your smile, be sure you talk to your dentist and choose the procedure that is an effective, long lasting and a healthy option for your mouth. Contact Today's Dental.


Back-to-School Dental Tips for Kids

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA

Your child may have the latest wardrobe, school supplies and sports equipment for the new school year, but does she have a healthy mouth and the tools they need to maintain it?

A dental examination for kids is as important as immunizations and booster shots and should be a regular part of back-to-school preparations. Tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease and 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 years old have untreated tooth decay. Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning as well as millions of hours of missed school.

Your child's back-to-school checklist should include:

Regular dental examinations to diagnose and treat or prevent dental problems. Parents and teachers may not realize there's a dental problem, so regular checkups are important. Your dentist may suggest fluoride treatments or dental sealants to prevent decay and can diagnose and treat dental problems to save your child pain and lost school time. Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. head for the dental care aisle when you're out shopping for notebooks, binders and pencils. If parents buy several toothbrushes they could have their child change to a new one every three months or so, or after an illness. If it's hard to remember when to change a brush, you could try to change it every time report cards come out. Ask your dentist for a recommendation on how often to change toothbrushes.

Eating healthy lunches and snacks. Include portable healthy lunch items and snacks in your child's sack lunch, including grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit. If your child eats in the school cafeteria, review healthy, balanced food choices with him before the first day of school. Cut back on sugary foods and soft drinks.

Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard while participating in organized sports, PE classes or playground activities.

For more information on your child's dental health contact Today's Dental.

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Invisible Composite Fillings Look Like Your Natural Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA

Not surprisingly, when it comes to fillings, most people think silver. Dentists have used amalgam (silver) to fill cavities for over 150 years. This is because Amalgam is one of the most durable and long-lasting restorative materials used in dentistry.

Amalgam may be affordable and it can endure, but it lacks in aesthetics. However, invisible fillings, made from composite resin, matches your natural tooth color. No one will be able to see composite fillings.

Composite resin is made of a tooth-colored plastic mixture and glass. Early on, composite fillings were only used to restore front teeth.

Today's composites look more natural and are stronger and tougher, and more versatile so they can be used to:

  • Restore small- to mid-sized cavities
  • Reshape chipped teeth and broken teeth
  • Replace amalgam fillings

There are other benefits to composite fillings, too. If you have sensitive teeth, composite fillings may make them less sensitive to hot and cold. And with composites, more of your tooth structure stays intact – that’s not the case with silver fillings. Composite fillings are also easily fixable if they’re damaged.

For more information on invisible fillings, contact Today's Dental.


Start School With a Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

3 Back-to-School Tips

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA

It’s the start of a new school year, and your kids are set with new clothes and school supplies. But don’t forget about oral health. Add these dental health tips to your back-to-school checklist.

  1. Take your kids to the dentist
    Start the school year right with a dental cleaning and exam. Ask your pediatric dentist about dental sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent decay. These treatments are easy ways to stop cavities before they start. And they can even improve your child’s performance at school. A third of children miss school because of oral health problems, according to Delta Dental.
  2. Pick the right snacks
    Swap out lunchbox no-no’s with healthy alternatives. Instead of chips or crackers, try nuts. Salty snacks may seem healthy because they don’t contain sugar, but simple starches can be just as bad. These snacks break down into a sticky goo, coating teeth and promoting decay. Avoid candies and granola bars, offering crunchy snacks like celery sticks, baby carrots and cubes of cheddar cheese.
  3. Make brushing and flossing fun
    To keep their mouths healthy, kids need to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. They should also floss every day, preferably after dinner. Try these tricks to make oral hygiene more exciting:
  • Use a sticker calendar. Let your kids place stickers on each day to represent brushing and flossing.
  • Play music. Collect your kids’ favorite two-minute songs and make sure they brush the whole time.
  • Personalize. Help your child pick a themed toothbrush in his or her favorite color.
  • Provide a kid-friendly floss holder. These Y-shaped devices make flossing more comfortable.

For more information on back-to-school tips for your child's smile, contact Today's Dental.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA

Dental implants are one of the most common and long lasting treatments for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants function similarly to a real tooth by replacing the missing tooth with an artificial tooth and root. In this process, the root of the tooth is replaced with a titanium screw. It is inserted into the jawbone and attached with an artificial tooth.

The natural appearance of dental implants is one of the greatest advantages of this treatment. They look incredibly similar to the natural teeth and look and work better than bridges or dentures. Compared to other treatments for replacing missing teeth,  dental implants have a significantly more natural appearance.

For most patients, dental implants are easy and a more convenient solution than other options. They can also be used as a support for dentures because the titanium root is securely screwed into the jaw. Today, most dentists are choosing implants to replace missing teeth and enhance overall appearance.

Though dental implants are more expensive than other treatment options, they last a lifetime when properly cared for making them very cost effective. For one or more missing teeth, consider dental implants for a younger, healthier more natural appearance. Contact Today's Dental.