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The Disadvantages of Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAEveryone wants a bright white smile, but not everyone can afford the maintenance behind it.

The latest Do-It-Yourself trend is teeth whitening or bleaching. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products can often improve the shade of your teeth; the disadvantages of over-the-counter kits far outweigh the benefits. For more effective and safer results, it’s recommended that you have your dentist perform in-office teeth-whitening.

Here are some potential risks and side effects of over-the-counter teeth whiteners that you should be aware of:

Harmful to the Gum Line - Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits contain peroxides. The peroxide can cause serious damage to your gum line. DIY whitening strips or gel trays can often be too big or small. Either scenario can lead to unnecessary contact with your gum line.

In a dentist’s office, whitening trays are custom made for each mouth. With a lesser risk of gum contact, a higher concentration of peroxides in stronger gels can be used that ultimately yield better, whiter results.

Aggravated Dental Problems- Do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits can make pre-existing dental problems worse. The bleach can get into any abscess of the mouth and cause immediate pain – or worse, an infection.

It is important to make an appointment with your dentist before considering DIY teeth-whitening. They can check for any cavities or gum disease that could be aggravated by the bleach. If you have a severe cavity, the bleach can travel as far as the root and may lead to root-canal therapy.

In gums with pre-existing gum disease, the bleach from kits will burn the inflamed gums and can cause the loss of soft tissue. This can lead to serious illness as the bacteria from the gums can find its way to other parts of the body.

Poor Results- Over-the-Counter teeth whitening can lead to spotted or ineffective results. Most DIY treatments contain bleach concentrations between 10%-20% – somewhere in between is the safest bet for a bleaching agent. Most teeth whitening kits don’t list the concentration so customer cannot choose a strength that’s sensitive to their oral health.

Damage to Tooth Enamel - Enamel is the protective layer around our teeth. It is the hardest tissue in our body, but can be stained by things like caffeine, tobacco and food. This is why people opt to whiten their teeth.

DIY teeth whitening kits are known to contain sodium bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide – two chemicals that, if not applied properly, can cause erosion of the tooth enamel. If the enamel wears away, the layer of yellow dentin underneath becomes exposed and extreme pain becomes inevitable.

If are interested in teeth whitening, we suggest in-office whitening. Contact Today’s Dental for an appointment.

Cosmetic Dentistry and a Healthy Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAA smile can change the whole appearance of people and enhances their charming personality. People are now more understanding the power of a beautiful smile and cosmetic dental procedures help people regain a beautiful smile.

To treat the problems of many individuals who have bad and unhealthy teeth, new techniques in cosmetic dentistry provide avenues to that beautiful smile. In fact, a variety of cosmetic dental procedures enhance your smile while they also provide good and healthy looking teeth. These procedures are porcelain veneers, ceramic crowns, re-contouring, cosmetic bonding and clear braces.

Bad teeth lead to being self-conscious, people find it embarrassing to have bad teeth. People who are uncomfortable with their teeth are uncomfortable in social gatherings, they don’t want to smile or hide their smiles. This presents a self-consciousness or lack of self-esteem. For healthy looking teeth, dentists will advise cleaning teeth twice a day; this will also help a person stay away from many diseases. Many people have yellow teeth and this is what makes them uncomfortable. A cosmetic dentist can help them by providing in- office teeth whitening.

There are no limits in cosmetic dentistry. If you have a smile you are not comfortable with and you are interested in discussing your different options, contact Today's Dental.

Creating the Perfect Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA For teens today, their social life is as important as ever. But many teens are facing dental concerns. Fortunately, even crooked teeth can be treated discreetly and even invisibly with clear braces. This way, no one can tell you're straightening your teeth. So now you or your teen can smile more during and after treatment.

Everyone wants a radiant smile. No parent wants to hear their teen needs braces. No teen wants to see metal braces when they look back at the pictures. With invisible braces, this is not an issue. Today's Dental experts offer invisible braces to patients who don't want metal braces to get in the way of their social lives.This is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.

Summer also means wedding season, showers, engagement parties, graduation parties, and meeting new college roommates. Maybe stained or discolored teeth is your issue. With dental veneers you can restore the white and natural look your teeth used to have. Dental veneers are a thin, translucent layer of porcelain that comfortably fit over your stained teeth bring about a natural looking, bright smile. Veneers can improve the shape, color or size of your teeth giving you a brighter, more uniform smile.

A bright, confident smile allows you to put your best look forward. By taking care of your teens teeth now, you can ensure that your teen will have strong, beautiful teeth throughout their lives.

For cosmetic and restorative dentistry Today’s Dental offers crowns, inlays composite fillings and dental implants. Let your smile sparkle with white, healthy teeth. Contact us.

Options for Fixing Chipped Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MASports and accidents that cause chipped teeth can dramatically affect your smile. In fact, chipped teeth are the most common injury to teeth. Generally, chipped teeth may not cause pain, but nevertheless, they should not be ignored. Any type of trauma to your teeth should receive immediate attention. In fact, there could be damage underneath the surface of the tooth that is chipped. A dentist can rule out cracks or internal tooth problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. And in many cases, your chipped tooth can be repaired in just one dental visit.

There are various treatments for chipped teeth depending on the amount of damage.

Dental Bonding -- Most chips can be corrected with dental bonding. Dental bonding is an efficient, durable and cost-effective way to correct minor chips.

Enamel Shaping -- Often used in conjunction with dental bonding, enamel shaping can also correct small chips or surface flaws. During enamel shaping, a small portion of the tooth's surface is removed or recontoured to smooth out imperfections.

Dental Veneers – If the chip is significant and dental bonding or enamel shaping can't be used, you may need a veneer. These thin, porcelain wafers completely cover the surface of the tooth and are often used for front teeth.

Root Canal – Pain in the location of the chip can be a sign that the nerve is exposed. If that's the case, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.

Dental Crown -- A dental crown is used to completely cover larger teeth or to cap a tooth after a root canal.

Tooth Extraction -- If the tooth can't be saved, a tooth extraction may be necessary. The good news is a dental bridge or dental implants can replace missing teeth.

To discuss your options for a chipped tooth, contact Today’s Dental.

Professional Teeth Whitening for Confident Wedding Smiles

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAProfessional teeth whitening is superior to at-home kits, and the American Dental Association recommends that anyone considering whitening their teeth should consult their dentist before undergoing any procedure. Those using over-the-counter teeth whitening products may not be aware of the risks and side effects of the ingredients contained in them. It is important to consult a dentist to determine if you are a candidate for teeth whitening.

Today’s Dental provides professional teeth whitening services. Choosing in-office teeth whitening has many benefits beyond over-the-counter-whiteners. People are attracted to the convenience of store-bought whiteners, but what consumers don't realize is that whitening the teeth in this way can actually make them look worse.

Store-bought whitening products can sometimes be effective only on certain sections of the teeth. Many people find that at-home whiteners leave spots on their teeth and the results can be disastrous, making you very uncomfortable with your smile. Instead of uniform dull teeth, the you could be left with part of your teeth that are white while the rest of the teeth are not.

There are numerous advantages to selecting professional teeth whitening. First, dentists use high quality, prescription grade ingredients in their gels that are not available over the counter. Second, dental professionals have access to equipment that is only sold to licensed practitioners. At-home whitening kits come with risks. "one of the do-it-yourself kits are customized to the patient. This can result in ill-fitting trays and strips, which in turn can cause pain and severe irritation of the gums.

As for the overall benefits of teeth whitening, having a whiter smile can improve a patient's general appearance and confidence. For many patients, improving their appearance is just as important as good dental health. When they come to us to brighten their teeth, it gives us the opportunity to boost their entire quality of life. Seeing their dazzling white smile is the best reward.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Today’s Dental.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Options for a More Attractive Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAToday, Americans are fascinated with a bright, white smile. But this fascination does not stem from vanity alone. Most people understand the relationship between a confident smile and the ability to project that confidence. If you are entering the singles scene, looking for a new job, or would like a younger appearance, cosmetic dentistry has simple procedures to dramatically change your appearance which can dramatically change your life. Some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures are below:

Teeth Whitening

Most teeth can be whitened. This is also called bleaching. There are a number of ways to whiten teeth. External tooth whitening happens when vital teeth are bleached by direct contact with a safe and commonly used whitening agent. The most successful teeth whitening is accomplished with in-office teeth whitening, where the dentist can create custom designed whitening trays that will ensure your whole tooth is lightened safely and completely.


If you have a cavity, you no longer need to rely on unattractive metals fillings. High density, state-of-the-art plastic (composite resins) and porcelain materials can be used instead. These invisible fillings more naturally mimic the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth. Another advantage of composite fillings is that they preserve more of the natural tooth so less repair work is necessary immediately and in the future. Plastic and porcelain filling materials are also more natural in appearance; making it almost impossible to tell that you have a filling.

Dental Implants

Dentures use to be more commonly used for tooth replacement. However, they do have their issues. Mainly, dentures rest on teeth and gums for stability, which can encourage bone loss, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.

However, there have been modern advances in dentistry. Dental implants are the optimum choice for replacing missing teeth because they replace the roots of lost teeth. As a result they are considered permanent and can be expected to last for many years with the proper care. A tooth replaced with a dental implant looks just like a natural tooth. Dental implants prevent bone loss and extends the life span of the surrounding teeth. Implants are a more convenient, long lasting and natural-looking alternative.

For more cosmetic dentistry options, or to discuss the right option for you, contact Today’s Dental.


Conquer Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 04, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MASedation dentistry is an option for people who are nervous about going to the dentist. It isn’t new, but it seems that there are many people with dental anxiety who either do not know this is a choice or who don’t know enough about it.

Sedation is safe and works well. Sedation dentistry is a technique that has improved dental visits for millions of people who suffer from fear of the dentist. It is also called relaxation or sleep dentistry.

Many people mistake sedation dentistry for being completely put to sleep. But this is not the case. With sedation dentistry, you are can be awake; however, you are very relaxed and may not even really remember the procedure.

As a result, sedation dentistry has helped adults who suffer from dental anxiety get over their fear of the dentist. This has allowed those who have put off caring for their teeth to take back their life, their smile and their health by separating them from their anxiety and nervousness.

Through local anesthesia, nitros oxide, anti-anxiety medication or oral sedation, sedation dentistry allows you to relax during your dental procedures. When you are more relaxed, not only do you feel less pain during and after the procedure, the checkup is easier and goes more smoothly, making consecutive visits easier over time.

If you suffer from dental anxiety or fear of the dentist, have had a past traumatic dental experience, difficulty becoming numb, a bad gag reflex, very sensitive teeth, or a complex dental problems, and think sedation dentistry may be right for you, talk to a dentist at Today’s Dental. Contact us.

A Natural White Smile for Your Wedding Day

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWedding season, graduations, engagement parties…June is right around the corner. You want your memorable photos to be perfect. In-office teeth whitening can make your special occasion photos memorable for all the right reasons.

Did you know that most over-the-counter teeth whitening products really don't whiten like they promise? In fact, regardless of the price, you could be very disappointed. Even the more expensive over-the-counter brands that you can buy at the store really don't work any better than the ones you'll pay 99 cents for.

Teeth are porous. Over-the-counter whitening products may lighten the front of your teeth; but you need to address the entire tooth. In-office teeth whitening takes care of this. At Today's Dental we create custom fitted whitening trays that fit your teeth specifically. As a result the front, back, and sides of your teeth are whitened. Over-the-counter whitening products are not designed for your teeth.

Additionally, we will brighten your teeth to the right color for your coloring giving you a more natural looking, bright smile. No one should notice that your teeth are whiter. Instead, we want your friends and family to ask “have you cut your hair” or “have you lost weight”. The objective of teeth whitening should be a brighter, natural looking, youthful smile. Perfect for your wedding or special occasion photos.

If you really want to have whiter teeth, your best option is professional whitening. A consultation will ensure that teeth whitening is the best option for you. After all, some dental work does not respond to teeth whitening. Before whitening your teeth, you need to be sure that you are a candidate.

for more information or for a consultation, contact Today's Dental.

Regular Dental Appointments Improve the Self-Esteem of Kids and Teens

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAAs kids grow up, we have many responsibilities; helping them to develop their self-esteem is one of those responsibilities. This can be trying with today’s societal pressures and demands. Kids and teens with damaged, discolored or missing teeth often have problems with self-esteem which can be improved through aesthetic dentistry.

When a child is missing one or more front teeth as a result of genetics or an accident, a dentist can replace these teeth with an aesthetic dental procedures. The artificial teeth can be placed onto a removable or cemented dental appliance. Often too, teens develop discolored teeth or unevenly colored teeth as a result of antibiotics taken as a child. This can cause early self-esteem problems. Dentists can use in-office teeth whitening to create a natural looking smile with uniform color. If your teen is not a candidate for teeth whitening, dental veneers can be applied on discolored primary front teeth.

For mildly or moderately decayed front and back teeth, dentists are now able to use tooth-colored dental fillings. These dental fillings have been dramatically improved so the use of silver fillings will soon no longer be necessary. These tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth surface and they are both beautiful and strong.

For severely decayed front and back teeth, silver-colored dental crowns are no longer needed. Instead, dentists now have tooth-colored plastic and porcelain materials that can be used to cover the entire surface of the tooth to restore both function and aesthetics. These crowns can have metal linings but they have tooth-colored facings that allow for beautiful aesthetic restorations.

Many children benefit dramatically from aesthetic dental care on their primary teeth. Be sure to consult with your dentist if you have questions about whether aesthetic dentistry is right for your child.

For more information, contact Today’s Dental.

Whiter Teeth and Healthier Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAIn-office teeth whitening is the best option for whiter, brighter, natural looking teeth. There are many options for teeth whitening today, but professional whitening is always the best option for natural looking teeth that last longer with faster results.

Your smile is how you greet the world. It shows your self-confidence and your personality. With a beautiful smile you can put your best self forward.

If you are thinking about teeth whitening options, your dentist at Today’s Dental is your best option and resource. In-office whitening works faster, lasts longer, and is safer than over the counter whitening products. Our dentists can give you access to the professional-strength whitening process for faster results. We make sure that your teeth look natural and match all of your other coloring characteristics.

In-office teeth whitening will whiten your teeth up to eight shades while being perfectly safe at the same time. Over-the-counter whitening products can harm your teeth and gums. Professional whitening gives you greater luster and protects your teeth enamel.

More information, contact Today’s Dental.