Today's Dental of Boxborough

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.

Choosing a New Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAThere are many reasons people begin looking for a new dentist. Maybe you have moved, maybe your dentist has retired, or maybe you just need a change. Most people rely on recommendations from family and friends and often we supplement that with information gathered online. However, keep in mind that the needs of your friends may be different than the needs of your family.

Therefore, there are different criteria you should keep in mind when choosing a new dentist’s office.

The first is location. It is easiest to keep appointments if the office is nearby home, school or work. Additionally, keep in mind any particular special needs you or your family may have. These could be the need for a pediatric dentist, a dentist that specializes in sedation dentistry for those who suffer from dental anxiety, or any particular insurance needs you may have.

Selecting the right dentist is a matter of looking for the right credentials. Most of the advanced and high-tech dentistry is not taught in dental schools. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the dentist you choose is fully up-to-date and qualified to perform newly innovated dental procedures. Additionally, you need to ask several questions of a new dentist.

  • Is the dentist accepting new patients?
  • How long has the dentist been in practice?
  • Does the dentist treat patients with special conditions?
  • For patients with dental phobias, find out what kind of relaxation techniques are offered.
  • If you have a family, does the dentist see children as well as adults?
  • How long does it take to get an appointment?
  • Does the dentist offer the latest in dental technology?
  • Does the dentist take continuing education courses and stay up to date with the latest techniques?

Regardless of your reasons for wanting to change dentists, being informed and asking the right will help you choose the right dentist for your needs. For more information on Today’s Dental of Boxborough, contact us.

Choose Clear Braces This Summer

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MASummer is almost here. If you need braces, this is probably not how you wanted to start the summer, but the news is not all bad. Now, with Invisible braces, you can straighten your teeth and no one has to know.

Like braces, clear aligners address issues with the positioning of your upper and lower teeth. Unlike braces, these aligners will gently push your teeth into their proper position. But braces do this with wires and brackets that are attached to your teeth, which everyone can see. Braces are effective, of course, but they can be painful and unattractive; they also require dietary restrictions and they make it difficult to take care of your teeth. As much as teens hate the idea of braces, they are sometimes even worse for adults, because of their invasive appearance, and often braces can take years to do their job.

If you are a candidate for invisible braces, there is quite a contrast between this treatment and traditional metal braces. The aligners are clear, so they are unnoticeable and they makes treating malocclusion (crooked teeth) more comfortable and attractive; best of all the treatment period can often be less than 18 months.

Another benefit to clear braces is the fact that the aligners are removable, allowing you to eat anything you want and making taking care of your teeth easier than with braces. Every few weeks you will return to your dentist office for your next set of aligners which will gently move your teeth into the correct position. Again, treatment often takes less than 18 months.

During your initial consultation, we can determine if this type of treatment is right for your particular needs. Contact us for more information.

Treatments for Adults with Missing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAYour smile is everything, and if you are not comfortable with yours your self-confidence, and even your success, can suffer. In fact, many adults struggle with their smiles. The average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, there are plenty of reasons, from aesthetics to functionality, that you should correct the problem.

A large space between your teeth may affect how you speak or eat. Even if it’s not noticeable, a missing molar can affect how you chew and remaining teeth may shift. In some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth. With today’s dental technology, you don’t have to suffer from missing teeth.

Here are some options to replace missing teeth. Talk to Dr. Anna about which option is best for you:

  • Bridges. Anchored to your adjacent teeth, these can be removable or fixed, depending on your mouth, your dentist’s recommendation and your needs.
  • Dentures. An option if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth.
  • Implants. Most similar to a natural tooth.

If you are missing any teeth there are a few treatment options. Getting an implant to replace your missing tooth is probably the treatment of choice. An implant has a root that integrates with your jaw bone and the crown on the implant makes it look, feel and function like your natural tooth. This is the most permanent and long-term solution.

The next best option would be to get a bridge. A bridge is like three crowns connected together. The two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are cut for dental crowns. The bridge is then placed onto those two adjacent teeth. The bridge has a fake tooth that connects to two crowned teeth and fills in the empty space from the congenitally missing tooth.

Another option for replacing a congenitally missing tooth would be to get a removable partial denture. This is an appliance that you can put in and take out of your mouth. It rests on your natural teeth and your gums and has teeth on it that replace the congenitally missing teeth.

For more information contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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All Orthodontics are Not the Same

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAYour teeth are not straight, don’t worry, it is not the end of the world. This does not mean you will be stuck in unattractive metal braces for 3 years. There are various orthodontic treatments, including, but not exclusive to, braces. Dentists and orthodontic procedures are not all the same. Do your research, not only on the procedure you want or need, but also on the dentist’s office you choose to go to.

You have alternatives when it comes to orthodontics. For those who don't want to be seen wearing braces, invisible braces are a popular choice. But just because you have chosen clear braces, you should still choose the best provider. They are not the same in every dental office. It is a tool in the hand of the dentist just like a saw. Because you know what it is, doesn’t mean you can build a house.

Another orthodontic treatment is Neuromuscular orthodontics. Neuromuscular orthodontics incorporates facial development for a more attractive appearance. It uses modern technology to assess the function or dysfunction of the jaw and creates the optimum bite for your specific case while creating your new beautiful smile. It's not just about straight teeth, straight teeth are the end goal, but it's also about form and function.

Whether you were born with crooked teeth, your teeth have shifted over the years, or you have had an accident, orthodontic treatment including clear aligners, done by the experts at Today’s Dental, can solve almost every problem without braces.

If you want to find a consultation, contact us.