Posts for: February, 2016
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”
Find out all the ways that veneers can improve the look of your smile.
When you look at your smile what do you see? Do imperfections keep you from the smile you’ve always wanted? Think it’s too late to get a whiter, straighter or more attractive smile? Well, it’s not when you turn to our Cohasset family dentists Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette to get dental veneers.
Veneers are a great option for those looking to make cosmetic alterations to their smile but don’t want to get dental crowns in order to do it. Through veneers, your Cohasset dentist can offer a more conservative approach to changing the shape, size or color of your smile.
Veneers can be used for a variety cases. They are great for masking discolorations caused by antibiotic use and injury. They can also be used to cover over front teeth that have yellowing or discolored dental fillings.
Also, patients who have gaps between teeth that don’t want to go through months of braces to get a more even smile can also benefit from veneers. Veneers can easily close up gaps between teeth to make your smile look more attractive.
If you have teeth that are chipped or worn you may also benefit from veneers. These thin porcelain shells are designed to look just like real teeth and offer an easy and effective way to get a brighter, straighter and more ideal smile without needing more extensive cosmetic treatments.
After you come in for a consultation to determine that veneers are right for you, during the next visit your cosmetic dentist in Cohasset will prepare your teeth for your veneers. Tooth preparation will require us to remove some tooth enamel to make room for the additional thickness the veneers will add when they are applied. Usually no more than half a millimeter of enamel is removed.
Then a mold is taken of your teeth. This mold will be sent to a lab where they will use it to create your custom-made veneers. This can take several days to complete.
Once your veneers are complete, you will come back in where we will check the fit and the shade before we apply special cement between the veneer and your tooth and then use a light to harden the cement. Once the veneer is cemented into place it cannot be altered, so make sure you are happy with your new look before we apply it.
Cohasset Dental is here for all of your general and cosmetic needs. If you want to find out if you’re the perfect candidate for porcelain veneers then call our Cohasset dental office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation.
Teeth are naturally strong and durable — if we can prevent or control dental disease like tooth decay or gum disease, they can last a lifetime. Still, teeth do wear gradually as we age, a fact we must factor into our dental care as we grow older.
Sometimes, though, the wear rate can accelerate and lead to problems much earlier — even tooth loss. There are generally four ways this abnormal wear can occur.
Tooth to tooth contact. Attrition usually results from habitual teeth grinding or clenching that are well beyond normal tooth contact. Also known as bruxism, these habits may occur unconsciously, often while you sleep. Treatments for bruxism include an occlusal guard worn to prevent tooth to tooth contact, orthodontic treatment, medication, biofeedback or psychological counseling to improve stress coping skills.
Teeth and hard material contact. Bruxism causes abrasion when our teeth regularly bite on hard materials such as pencils, nails, or bobby pins. The constant contact with these and other abrasive surfaces will cause the enamel to erode. Again, learning to cope with stress and breaking the bruxism habit will help preserve the remaining enamel.
Chronic acid. A high level of acid from foods we eat or drink can erode tooth enamel. Saliva naturally neutralizes this acid and restores the mouth to a neutral pH, usually within thirty minutes to an hour after eating. But if you’re constantly snacking on acidic foods and beverages, saliva’s buffering ability can’t keep up. To avoid this situation, refrain from constant snacking and limit acidic beverages like sodas or sports drinks to mealtimes. Extreme cases of gastric reflux disease may also disrupt your mouth’s pH — seek treatment from your medical doctor if you’re having related symptoms.
Enamel loss at the gumline. Also known as abfraction, this enamel loss is often caused by receding gums that expose more of the tooth below the enamel, which can lead to its erosion. Preventing and treating gum disease (the leading cause of receding gums) and proper oral hygiene will lower your risks of receding gums and protect tooth enamel.
If you would like more information on tooth wear, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How and Why Teeth Wear.”