Posts for: July, 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.”
Could braces give you the smile you need? Find out now!
When it comes to your children you want them to have the best smile they possibly can. Of course, if teeth are crooked or misaligned then this can lead to an increase in issues such as developing cavities or excessive wear and tear on teeth. It’s for this very reason that your dental experts at Dr. George Salem and Associates, PC in Braintree will recommend that your child schedule their first orthodontic visit around the age of 7 or 8 to pinpoint any potential or current problems.
But before you schedule an orthodontist appointment in Braintree, here are some signs that your child (or perhaps even you) may want to consider braces:
- Quickly losing baby teeth
- Losing baby teeth later on
- Thumb sucking
- Problems chewing
- A noticeable overbite or underbite
- Mouth breathing
- Teeth grinding
- Gaps between teeth
- Top and bottom teeth that don’t fit together
One of the best things you can do is talk to your little one about whether they are experiencing any pain or problems with their teeth or mouth. By looking out for these problems and scheduling an appointment with our Braintree orthodontic specialist you can ensure that your child (or you) gets the bet dental care possible.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
Braces have certainly changed a lot over the years and now they are sleeker, subtler, and better than ever. Plus, there are multiple options to choose from:
Metal braces seem to get a bad rap, especially with all the new orthodontic options out there but these can be ideal for patients looking to correct complex dental issues efficiently. While other more attractive options might also work, your treatment may be longer than with traditional braces.
Maybe you need traditional braces but the idea of metal seems less than appealing. Then consider getting regular braces made from porcelain so they blend in with your teeth. These tooth-colored brackets and wires help make braces less obvious while correcting everything from minor to more serious problems.
Wish there was a way to hide your orthodontic treatment from those around you? You can with lingual braces. They may look no different than traditional braces but they are applied to the back of your teeth rather than the front so the only people who will know you have braces is you.
You’ve probably heard about Invisalign, the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth. These removable series of crystal-clear aligners are great for teens and adults who need to correct minor to moderate problems.
Curious to know which orthodontic treatment is right for your child? Then call our Braintree office and schedule an appointment at Dr. George Salem and Associates, PC. Give your child or yourself the gift of a beautiful smile!
While there’s usually a period of months between implant placement and the permanent crown, a new technique known as same-day tooth replacement installs both the implant and a temporary crown during the same visit. But be advised — it does have its risks and isn’t for everyone.
Successful same-day replacements require special attention during the three phases for implants: the removal (extraction) of the existing tooth; placement of the implant in the bone; and attachment of the crown, the visible tooth, to the implant. The tooth extraction lays the foundation for the entire process; the extraction procedure must be performed carefully to avoid undue damage to the socket. In addition, if infection or disease has compromised the site, an implant may not be possible immediately.
The implant must then be placed in the bone so that it’s stable and immovable. All implants stabilize with time as the bone grows and adheres to them, but we need greater stability for a same-day tooth replacement when an extraction is performed.
Our last consideration is positioning the implant so that the attached crown blends in naturally with the surrounding gum tissue and adjacent teeth. We must place it at the proper depth below the gum tissues so that the crown appears to emerge from them in the proper tooth length.
Taking extra care during all these phases, including the angle of crown attachment, will increase our chances of success. We still run a risk of implant damage or failure, however, from biting forces before the implant fully integrates with the bone. This means avoiding chewy foods and other situations that might increase the force on the implant. We may also use a temporary crown that’s slightly shorter than adjacent teeth so it won’t make full contact with the opposing tooth.
If you’d like to know if you’re a good candidate for a same-day tooth replacement, see us for a detailed examination. After reviewing your needs, we’ll be able to discuss with you the risks and benefits for a new look in one day.
If you would like more information on same-day tooth replacement, 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 “Same-Day Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants.”