Posts for: December, 2020
Porcelain veneers cover embarrassing smile flaws, giving you that long-desired beautiful smile. At Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, our cosmetic dentists are Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette. They'll craft the veneers perfect for your smile zone.
What are porcelain veneers?
Tooth-shaped and realistic in color, veneers are thin wafers of ceramic, custom-made to bond to the front of teeth which have:
- Dark, stubborn stains unresponsive to professional teeth whitening
- Poor shape and size
- Narrow gaps
- Craze lines
Besides their cosmetic benefits, veneers reinforce enamel so that your teeth are as strong as they are beautiful.
Porcelain veneers bond directly to the cheek-side of your teeth after your cosmetic dentist removes some enamel to ensure correct bite and fit. The procedure takes place in our Cohasset office, and Dr. Thomas and Dr. Chenette use a trusted dental laboratory for veneer fabrication.
What veneers can do
Veneers can improve your smile aesthetics and self-confidence. They remake tooth shape and size, and they resist stains from tobacco, coffee, and foods, such as soy sauce and blackberries.
Also, because they require only a small amount of enamel removal (about 1/2 millimeters off the front side), they not as invasive as porcelain crowns. However, they last about as long (ten years or more) and require only your usual brushing, flossing, and in-office care at Cohasset Dental.
What veneers cannot do
Porcelain veneers are not the best choice for deeply worn, decayed, or restored teeth. Also, if you're a bruxer--someone who clenches and grinds his or her teeth--your veneers can chip, crack or even come off, says WebMD. So, you should ask your cosmetic dentist at Cohasset Dental about a bite guard or another option better suited to your dentition.
Also, veneers cannot improve your gum health. If you have sensitive or diseased gums, you have to deal with those issues first before considering veneers or any other cosmetic dentistry service.
Discover your options
At Cohasset Dental, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Kevin Thomas, and Dr. Aaron Chenette create stunning smiles with a variety of cosmetic treatments, including sparkling porcelain veneers.
Why not call their Cohasset, MA, office to learn more? All our cosmetic care plans include a careful qualifying exam. Call us at (781) 383-9393.
Undergoing dental work is for the most part a pain-free affair. But once you're home and the anesthetic begins to wear off, you may have some discomfort.
Fortunately, most post-procedure pain can be managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. And while stronger versions of these pain relievers can be prescribed, you may only need one sold over-the-counter.
NSAIDs like ibuprofen or acetaminophen work by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins, substances that stimulate inflammation in traumatized or injured tissues. It differs in this way from the two other primary pain medications: Steroids act like natural hormones that alleviate physical stress in the tissues; and narcotics like morphine or codeine suppress the brain's reaction to nerve firings.
While these stronger types are effective for stopping pain, they can have several serious side effects. Narcotics in particular can be addictive. Although they may be necessary in serious cases of acute pain, most dentists turn to non-addictive NSAIDs first, which are usually effective with the kind of discomfort associated with dental work and with fewer side effects.
That's not to say, however, that NSAIDs are risk-free—they must be taken properly or you could suffer serious health consequences. For one, NSAIDs have a blood-thinning effect that's even more pronounced when taken consistently over a period of weeks. This can lead to bleeding that is difficult to stop and erosion of the stomach lining leading to ulcers. Prolonged use can also damage the kidneys.
As a rule of thumb, adults shouldn't take more than 2400 milligrams of ibuprofen or other NSAIDs in a day, unless otherwise directed by their doctor. For most, a 400-milligram oral dose taken with food (to minimize stomach upset) is usually sufficient to relieve pain for around five hours.
You'll usually avoid unwanted health effects by keeping within your dentist's recommended doses and taking an NSAID for only a few days. Taking an NSAID properly can help keep your discomfort to a minimum after dental work without the need for stronger drugs.
If you would like more information on managing dental pain, 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 “Treating Pain With Ibuprofen.”
Love at first sight—it's an endearing notion found in movies and novels, but perhaps we're a little skeptical about it happening in real life. Then again, maybe it does once in a blue moon. According to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, something definitely happened the first time she met pro quarterback Tom Brady in 2006. And it all began when he smiled.
“The moment I saw him, he smiled and I was like, 'That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I've ever seen!'” Bündchen said in an article for Vogue magazine. That was all it took. After a three-year romance, they married in 2009 and have been happily so ever since.
Both Brady and Bündchen have great smiles. But they also know even the most naturally attractive smile occasionally needs a little help. Here are three things our happy couple have done to keep their smiles beautiful—and you could do the same.
Teeth whitening. Bündchen is a big proponent of brightening your smile, even endorsing a line of whitening products at one point. And for good reason: This relatively inexpensive and non-invasive procedure can turn a dull, lackluster smile into a dazzling head-turner. A professional whitening can give you the safest, longest-lasting results. We can also fine-tune the whitening solution to give you just the level of brightness you want.
Teeth straightening. When Bündchen noticed one of her teeth out of normal alignment, she underwent orthodontic treatment to straighten her smile. Rather than traditional braces, she opted for clear aligners, removable trays made of translucent plastic. Effective on many types of orthodontic problems, clear aligners can straighten teeth while hardly being noticed by anyone else.
Smile repair. Brady is a frequent client of cosmetic dentistry, sometimes due to his day job. During 2015's Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, Brady chipped a tooth, ironically from “head-butting” his Patriots teammate Brandon LaFell after the latter caught a touchdown pass. Fortunately, he's had this and other defects repaired—and so can you. We can restore teeth as good as new with composite resin bonding, veneers or crowns.
This superstar couple, known for their advocacy of all things healthy, would also tell you a beautiful smile is a healthy one. You can help maintain your smile's attractiveness with daily brushing and flossing to lower the risk of staining and dental disease, regular dental visits, and “tooth-friendly” eating habits.
And when your teeth need a little extra TLC, see us for a full evaluation. You may not be in the spotlight like this celebrity couple, but you can still have a beautiful smile just like theirs.
If you would like more information on ways to enhance your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation.
Just as it’s easier to quit smoking or to start exercising to ward off heart disease rather than just treating it once it shows up, the same rules apply to dental issues. Our Cohasset, MA, family dentists Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette want to protect you from cavities, gum disease, infections and injury by making sure you get regular checkups and care. Visiting us every six months is beneficial for,
- Removing plaque and tartar buildup from teeth and gums
- Reducing your risk for cavities and gum disease
- Offering up other preventive measures to reverse early signs of decay and periodontal disease
- Catch health problems early when they are highly treatable
- Remove surface stains and enjoy a whiter smile with fresher breath
- Detecting early signs of oral cancer
- Providing you with advice and recommendations to properly care for your smile
Along with visiting our family dentists here in Cohasset, MA, every six months it’s also important that you are doing your part to protect your smile against decay and gum disease. Good preventive dentistry starts at home. Here’s what you can do to keep you and your family’s smiles healthy,
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Make sure that you brush for at least two minutes every time you brush
- Floss at least once a day, ideally right before bedtime
- Make sure that you are staying hydrated
- Avoid sugar and starches, which can increase plaque buildup
- Eat a nutrient-dense diet that promotes healthy teeth and gums
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Wear a sports guard when playing contact sports
- Wear a nightguard every time you sleep if you grind or clench your teeth at night (a condition known as bruxism)
It’s important that you make room in your schedule to visit your Cohasset, MA, family dentist twice a year to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. We understand that you lead a busy life, but the team at Cohasset Dental can work with your schedule to find an appointment time that’s ideal. Call us today at (781) 383-9393 to schedule your next visit.
During this time of year, many of us dust off traditional family recipes and make our favorite holiday treats. There is, however, a small price to pay for all that nostalgic goodness in the shape of a few extra pounds to deal with in the new year. We may also be increasing the risk for something even more unpleasant: tooth decay.
The main cause, of course, is a certain carbohydrate integral to many holiday goodies: sugar. We humans love it, but so do oral bacteria that readily devour any sugar lingering in our mouth after eating. This fuels bacterial reproduction, which in turn increases the production of acid that softens tooth enamel.
There are a number of strategies you can follow to reduce this effect. You can remove sugar completely from your holiday preparations—and risk family and friends “voting you off the island.” Or, you can try these tips for easing the impact of holiday sugar on your dental health.
Look for ways to reduce sugar. Just because you're not throwing the sugar bowl out the window doesn't mean you have to go all out using it. Instead, try to modify older recipes (or look for newer versions) to decrease the amount of sugar in candies and baked goods. You may also consider alternative sweeteners like sucralose that tolerate high baking temperatures.
Balance savory with sweet. Not all holiday treats need to be sweet—you can add items that take advantage of more savory seasonings. For example, try offering up popcorn with a sprinkling of cinnamon or other holiday spice, or a creative assortment of cheeses (which in turn promote saliva flow to neutralize acid).
Combine treats with mealtimes. Continuous snacking may be part of the holiday tradition, but it can also raise the risk for tooth decay. Acidity increases when we eat, but saliva normally neutralizes it within thirty minutes to an hour. However, saliva can get overwhelmed during continuous snacking, resulting in longer periods of high acidity that damages tooth enamel. Instead, try to combine snack times with mealtimes.
Don't neglect your oral hygiene. Even though things can get hectic during the holidays, make a point of keeping up daily brushing and flossing. Regular hygiene keeps dental plaque, a thin film of harmful bacteria and food particles (including sugar), from building up on your teeth. Reducing plaque lowers your overall decay risk. Attention to oral health through your day-to-day dental hygiene routine along with regular professional cleanings and checkups is the best thing you can do to avoid dental disease.
The holidays should be a joyous time for you and your family. They can also be a healthy time for your teeth and gums, if you minimize the role of sugar in your holiday treats.
If you would like more information about boosting your dental health, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Nutrition & Oral Health” and “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”