Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Transforming your smile can be a huge undertaking. And while we have the technical skills, experience and understanding of aesthetics to perform a smile makeover, your input is just as necessary to achieve a satisfying result.
Your part really has to do with expectations — what do you see when you look in the mirror — and what do you want to change?
Here are 3 questions to help guide you in shaping your expectations for that new, beautiful smile.
What do you dislike about your teeth? This is really about specifics and not just a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Are your teeth misshapen, chipped or missing? Are they discolored or stained? Is the spacing off or do you have a poor bite (malocclusion)? Getting a sense of what you perceive as unattractive will help us formulate a plan to improve the appearance of those problem areas.
Are you concerned with how much your gums show when you smile? Your teeth may be perfect, but if your gums seem to steal the spotlight when you smile (known as a “gummy” smile), you may need some remedy like veneers, crowns or even corrective surgery. Which procedure depends on whether the crowns of your teeth are too short in proportion to the gums, or the muscles in your upper lip are allowing the lip to rise too high when you smile. A dental examination will tell all.
Do you want a “Hollywood Smile” — or just a more attractive, natural you? Smile makeovers aren’t just about clinical alterations — it’s just as much about your personal perceptions of beauty. Some patients want the perfectly shaped, aligned and dazzlingly white smile that’s the epitome of Hollywood. Others want only to enhance their smile, perhaps even keeping a few unique imperfections they’re comfortable with. It’s important to know which person you are, and to communicate that with us when we’re putting together your makeover plan.
Changing your smile is a big step in your life. You can help make the process more satisfying and successful if you understand what you want to change — and why.
If you would like more information on smile analysis and makeover, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”
Some people are lucky and were just born with the kind of teeth that look ready-made for selfies and brilliant ear-to-ear grins. More often than not, though, the beautiful smiles you see on your favorite celebrities, friends, family, and co-workers are the result of good cosmetic dentistry. Even with the best care, teeth are vulnerable to everything from diet and daily lifestyle habits to the normal aging process and passage of time. Dental veneers are a great way to give your smile an additional boost, get rid of imperfections, and make enhancements or changes where nature fell a little short. The dentists at Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Framingham, MA, offer several options to correct cosmetic damage and improve your smile!
Cosmetic Dentistry in Framingham, MA
Veneers are made of a thin, translucent layer of porcelain that bonds to the surface of the teeth and can be reshaped to change the size, shape, and color of a damaged or unattractive tooth. They can also be used to close small to medium gaps and spaces (larger gaps caused by bite and alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment instead).
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Veneers are an effective, durable, and minimally invasive option to transform and makeover your smile in just a few short trips to the dentist. With good oral hygiene and follow up dental care (the American Dental Association recommends going to the dentist every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning), veneers can last up to a decade or longer.
Veneers are a great option for fixing mild-to-moderate chips, cracks, stains, discolorations, gaps, and spaces, as well as to change the size and shape of your teeth for cosmetic improvement.
Find a Dentist in Framingham, MA
There are many procedures available to help you get the smile of your dreams and improve your oral health in the process. For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry by calling 508-872-1422 to schedule an appointment today with one of our dentists.
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Dealing with a damaged or missing tooth? Crowns and bridges can help.
Perhaps you’ve heard about crowns and bridges before, after all they are the most commonly used oral prosthetics designed to restore your smile. If you or a loved one is dealing with a weak, damaged tooth or just lost a permanent tooth, then a crown or bridge might just be the answer you’ve been looking for. Our Framingham, MA, dentists Dr. James Cinamon, Dr. Martin Urban, Dr. Paul Hubley and Dr. Justine Kelley are here to explain.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
While tooth enamel is extremely durable it isn’t impervious to damage. When an infection, decay or trauma sets in, sometimes the only way to repair and strengthen a tooth is to place a dental crown over it. While a filling can be used to restore a tooth after decay, if decay has taken over a significant amount of the tooth then a filling may not be ample enough to support the tooth. When this happens a crown will need to be placed.
If our Framingham, MA, general dentists have told you that you need root canal treatment, most of the time a dental crown is placed over the treated tooth to prevent further damage. After all, a tooth that is damaged in any way is weaker, which makes it more susceptible to chips, cracks and fractures; however, “crowning” a tooth ensures that it is fully protected and preserved.
Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one tooth or even two teeth in a row but the rest of your smile is healthy then a dental bridge might just be the best option for you. A dental bridge is made up of a metal framework that contains two dental crowns on both ends of the restoration and the false tooth or teeth in the middle. Dental crowns are cemented into place over the two natural teeth that lie next to the gap and secure the false teeth in place. Just like a dental crown, a dental bridge is also custom-made.
Here at Cinamon & Hubley, we believe that every patient in Framingham, MA, should get the proper dental care they need for a healthy smile. No matter whether you just need to schedule a routine cleaning or you want to discuss restorative dentistry options like crowns and bridges, schedule your appointment with us today.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”