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Invisible Composite Fillings Look Like Your Natural Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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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

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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.


Benefits of Dental Implants

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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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.

Solutions for Improving your Teeth and Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWith appearance becoming more and more important, cosmetic dentistry procedures are gaining in popularity. In fact, a straight and attractive smile can do much for your self-confidence. In fact, a crooked teeth is one of the biggest reasons that people contact cosmetic dentists.

For the following teeth problems, you may want to seek orthodontic straightening.

Overcrowded teeth – this can happen when there is not enough room on your jaw for teeth to fit. This can be fixed with braces, and in many cases, overcrowding can be fixed with clear aligners.

Spaces between teeth - usually this is caused by genetics, there are several options that can correct spaces between teeth such as invisible braces and dental veneers.

Crossbite – When the lower tooth grows on the wrong side of the corresponding upper tooth. This can happen with one or more teeth and is most often fixed with braces.

Overbite - Usually caused by genetics, an overbite results in upper teeth that fall over the lower teeth. This can most often be fixed with invisible braces.

When people are not happy with their smile, their lives are affected. Self-confidence wanes and many are uncomfortable in social situations. Luckily though there are so many alternatives that can give you a straighter smile. Ask Today’s Dental if invisible braces or dental veneers are appropriate for you.