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Whiter Teeth for Summer

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

oday's Dental of Lunenburg, 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.

Finding a New Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, 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 Lunenburg, contact us.

Regular Dentistry Helps the Self-Esteem of Kids and Teens

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

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As 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 of Lunenburg.

Treatments for Adults with Missing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Today's Dental of LunenburgYour 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. Ben 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 Lunenburg.

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Composite or Porcelain Veneers, Which is Better?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Porcelain Dental VeneersToday's Dental of Lunenburg, MA are custom designed shells that are used to improve the appearance of stained, chipped or broken teeth. You have a choice between composite veneers or porcelain veneers, the most popular choice being porcelain. Why? They offer a stronger and more durable alternative giving you a confident, healthy smile.

Porcelain veneers are less prone to staining and last longer than composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain, modeled and adhered to the teeth to change the appearance of teeth which are too short, textured, badly stained, or gapped. Porcelain gives your teeth a more natural looking, translucent appearance, similar to your natural teeth.

Patients and dentists choose porcelain veneers because composite veneers do not last as long, needing to be replaced more often. Porcelain veneers are a better choice over bonding as well because they resist staining from food and drink and they also last longer.

The veneer is applied after removing a bit of the enamel from your teeth leaving you with beautiful natural teeth and a confident, attractive smile. Dental veneers can solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, regardless of the cause. Veneers are most often used to correct worn enamel, wear and tear, genetics, gaps, chips, and stains.

For unattractive teeth, dental veneers are a perfect, pain free solution. To create a bright white smile with beautifully straight teeth, contact Today's Dental of Lunenburg.

Improve Your Dental Health and Improve Your Overall Health at the Same Time

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MADid you know that 90% of systemic conditions are related to the overall condition of the mouth?

There is an enormous link between oral health and the overall health and well-being of a patient. Many people often forget that their mouth is a gateway to the entire body and when the mouth becomes infected so do you.

Symptoms such as bleeding gums, rapid tooth decay and inflammation could be early warning signs of diabetes and heart disease. Because of this relatively new link discovery,regular dental checkups are recommended, and where dental issues persist, those issues must be fixed.

Crooked or missing teeth can lead to dental problems, which could lead to other health issues. Crooked teeth are harder for patients to clean on their own. Missing and crooked teeth can also throw off the alignment of your jaw, causing bone, jaw and muscles issues that can result in head, neck and back aches. Digital dentistry allows Dr. Ben insight into your mouth, teeth, and jaw. If you have tooth or mouth issues, Today's Dental of Lunenburg can do a risk assessment to develop a treatment plan that you are comfortable with. They will also take the time to be sure you are fully informed and educated on the problem and the solution. Dr. Ben firmly believes that an educated patient is a happy and comfortable patient.

By lowering the risk of dental disease in patients their risk of other serious health disease will be lowered too. The team at Today's Dental of Lunenburg is determined to ensure that their patients achieve ultimate health.

For information or to schedule a consultation, contact us.

Better Mouth Protection with Custom Sports Mouthguards

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Today’s Dental of Lunenburg, MASpring Sports season has just begun and for most schools that means baseball, lacrosse, rugby and volleyball. All can be highly damaging to your child’s mouth and teeth. Did you know that more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out from sporting activities this year? But, it is also estimated that over 200,000 oral injuries will be prevented by custom fitted mouth guards. Protect your child's teeth with a custom fitted sportsguard mouth guard.

More than 34% of sports injuries involve the face. But research also shows that a risk of injury is decreased 99% of the time when a play safe mouth guard is being used.

But there is more to our sports mouth guard than just protection. Store bought mouth guards are not custom made for your child’s mouth so they are not as effective. Also, generic mouth guards cannot be modified for braces or missing teeth and require the athlete to have their jaw clenched when playing.

Our mouth guards will stay in place with no effort, so your child’s attention can be on the game. They offer more protection than over the counter mouth guards. Boil and bite mouth guards often fit poorly with thin spots and holes from biting through the material.

For better protection for your child’s teeth, contact Today’s Dental of Lunenburg.

Curing Bad Breath Through Better Oral Health

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MAWe have all met someone with bad breath, we have also all wondered about our own breath at one time or another. In social, professional, or personal situations, oral health is important in making connections and in developing our own self-confidence.

Of course there are certain foods that, after being eaten, can cause bad breath; onions and garlic in particular. However, even if you avoid these foods you can still have bad breath. Bad Breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by oral health issues like gingivitis or periodontal disease.

In fact, the main symptoms of periodontal disease are bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth. If you suffer from periodontal disease, you should immediately visit Today’s Dental of Lunenburg.

Did you know that a dry mouth can cause bad breath too? Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, occurs when your salivary glands are not producing enough saliva. Without enough saliva, bacteria grows in your mouth and causes bad breath.

Of course, smoking is not good for your mouth either. With smoking, the worst case scenario for your mouth is oral cancer, the best case scenario, which isn’t great, is bad breath, mouth irritation, gum disease, stained teeth and a loss in our ability to taste.

Why be self-conscious about your breath? At Today’s Dental of Lunenburg we can suggest treatments like mouthwashes and dental cleanings to solve bad breath. Brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing daily can reduce your risk for bad breath.

For information or assistance in curing bad breath, contact Today’s Dental of Lunenburg.

Repair Missing Teeth for Health and Confidence

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MANo one knows better the importance of a beautiful smile than one who struggles with missing teeth. You may hesitate to meet people and struggle in new situations. Your smile is directly related to your self-confidence.

But missing teeth don’t only affect your smile and self-esteem. Missing Teeth can have a far reaching domino effect on your bite and overall oral health. Healthy teeth can do more than give you an attractive smile; they can protect you from more serious health problems. Dental implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth,.

A missing tooth usually causes other teeth to shift into the missing space. This miss-aligns your upper and lower jaws causing teeth to space out, crowd, flare out or chip due to uneven forces when the teeth come together. Tooth movement can also lead to root damage and extreme wear and tear on your gum line and jawbone. Gaps in teeth are also the perfect place for food and plaque to collect which leads to tooth decay.

Dental Implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth. Dental Implants substitute for the missing tooth’s root so they are perfect for replacing missing adult teeth, because they are a permanent, comfortable solution that resemble natural looking teeth. With dental implants, your teeth will never feel unnatural; you will only see the difference in your smile. Today, implants provide you with quick, comfortable, affordable and attractive permanent teeth that will improve your health and your self-confidence.

While it is important to have your missing teeth repaired for aesthetic reasons, it is also very important to have them repaired for health reasons, contact Today’s Dental of Lunenburg.

How to Find A Cosmetic Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MAMany people want to improve their smile, but they don’t know where to start. How do you find a cosmetic dentist you can trust short of heading to LA and seeing the cosmetic dentist of the stars? If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist to help fix your smile, here are some tips that you should look for and consider.

Find out what the dentist approach is. Are they using or utilizing the natural tooth structure for strength or are they relying only on the porcelain veneer? What is their training? How much continuing education do they have? This decision is not just about Googling “cosmetic dentist”. You want to find out how much experience a dentist has behind them.

Dr. Ben at Today's Dental of Lunenburg has the skills, experience, technology and materials to create a beautiful individual and natural looking smile specifically for you. When choosing the shape, size and color of your new smile, the doctor will take precise measurements and factor in the color of your complexion and your facial features. These tiny details are what make your smile look natural. People won't even notice what's different about you, they'll just see that you're glowing.

Choosing a cosmetic dentist is a very important decision, everyone, including you, will see the results every day. Find out about their experience and what type of work they have done. Find out how and if they will stand behind their work. Look at their before and after images, and be sure that it is work they have done. Find out where the work is being processed as well. Is the lab work done in house, or overseas?

Your smile is important, it lets everyone around you know how you're feeling, and it's the feature that people notice about you first. So whether you want to improve your smile with dental veneers or a full- smile makeover, you want to make sure to choose the right cosmetic dentist to help you out.

For more information, contact Today's Dental of Lunenburg.