One Secret To Success: Your Beautiful Smile

YOU KNOW THAT A BEAUTIFUL SMILE helps you feel and look good. You may even know what it does for your love life. But did you know that it can have a major impact on your professional life?

With the competitive job market today, people are wondering how to get an edge in the field. Well, studies are showing that your smile could be the tipping point.

You wouldn’t believe what people assume from a simple glance at your smile. Smilers are perceived as more friendly, more confident, and more intelligent. Your pearly whites could be your biggest asset in an interview or a big presentation.

Some Cosmetic Work Can Make Your Smile’s Impact Even Bigger

And while you’re smiling, keep in mind that a straight, white smile can have an even bigger impact. In a study of over 1000 Americans, people with straight teeth were assumed to be more healthy, more successful, and more trustworthy.

And white teeth? Listerine did a study finding that white teeth in a job interview may even be more important than how you dress.

Questions? Talk To Us

If you’re ready to put your smile to work for you, let us know. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, from veneers or Invisalign, to at-home whitening. A smile consultation with us can open up your professional opportunities and boost your confidence and success.

And remember that more than anything, the best thing that you can do for your smile and your positive attitude is to keep your smile healthy. Brush at least twice a day and keep coming to your biannual cleanings.

As always, thank you for being our valued patient!

The Dilemma Of Shifting Teeth

YOU ALREADY WENT THROUGH THE PAIN and discomfort of braces as a teen. So why on earth are your teeth shifting and giving you trouble NOW?

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we know shifting teeth can happen later in life. This can be from a number of causes.

  1. You’re Still Growing: It’s fairly common for teeth to grow more in your late 20’s. It’s genetic and often shows up as crowding in your front lower teeth. Your jaw may also be growing and changing shape, causing extra spacing.
  2. Natural Shifting Happens Throughout Your Life: There’s a tiny amount of shifting that happens throughout your life. Your bone density, lifestyle, and habits are changing and so is your bite.
  3. Periodontal Disease: Weakened gums don’t have the same power to hold your teeth in place. Periodontal disease is bad news, but it can be contained. Ask us about deep cleaning and what you can do at home to stop gum disease.
  4. You’re Missing A Tooth: When one tooth is absent, the others move in to cover the space. Implants are a permanent solution to this problem, but we also offer crowns and bridges to keep all your teeth in place.
  5. Tooth Grinding: If you grind your teeth at night, it’s wearing them down and putting pressure on your jaw. A night guard for your mouth can take off the strain.

If you can feel your teeth shifting, talk to us about it. We may be able to find an easy solution to stop the drift.

If your teeth have shifted to the point where some remedial work is necessary or desired, we have great options for correction. For one thing, we are a preferred provider of Invisalign, which allows you to straighten your teeth without revisiting the metal wires.

And if you’re brand new to orthodontics, have no fear. 1 in 5 orthodontia patients is an adult. Thanks to new methods and technology, more and more people are taking the opportunity to achieve that beautiful, straight smile. Request a smile consultation today.

Thanks for the trust you place in our practice. We love having you as a patient! 

What Your Smile Says About You

SOME PEOPLE THINK that there’s just one way to perfect a smile. But we believe that your smile can be both beautiful and incredibly unique.

Your Smile Should Be Distinctly Yours

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we believe that your smile is a reflection of you as an individual. That’s why we take the utmost care to make sure that our complete smile makeovers are custom-built for each patient. We take into account your unique needs, appearance, and even personality.

Even something as seemingly insignificant as the shape and shade of your teeth can give certain impressions. For example…

  • Rounded Teeth: Most people think more rounded teeth look feminine.
  • Small Teeth: Smaller teeth can give the impression that you’re not smiling all the way, which gives you a shy or self-conscious look.
  • Discolored Teeth: Our teeth yellow with age, so a simple whitening can make you look younger. But beware overdoing it! Too-white smiles can look fake.
  • Pointed Teeth: Slightly pointed teeth can look aggressive. But in the right way, on the right person, they can be appealing instead of off-putting.

So What Does Your Smile Say About You?

So what does your smile say about you? If it’s not the message that you want to convey, set up an appointment with us! We offer everything from simple fixes (reshaping or repair) to dramatic adjustments (Invisalign or Lumineers).

Our team wants to make sure that you have a healthy, confident smile for life. Let us know if you have any questions about either your oral health or your cosmetic options. You can always send us a direct message on our Facebook page!

Thank you for your continued trust in our practice! 

Some Of Our Advice For A Brighter Smile

NEW TECHNOLOGY HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE for us to have brighter teeth than ever before. So what can you do to keep up and make sure that your smile dazzles too?

About Staining

Well, here’s the first thing you need to know: there are actually two kinds of tooth staining. There’s intrinsic staining (discoloration inside the dentin layer of your tooth) and extrinsic staining (which happens on the outer enamel layer). Each kind of stain has a different cause and solution.

Intrinsic

The Cause: Intrinsic staining usually happens during developmental years when your teeth are still forming. It can be caused by certain medications like tetracycline antibiotics (taken by mother or child) or an overexposure to fluoride in water or toothpaste. It can also be the result of trauma to the tooth. If your nerve was damaged, or there was internal bleeding, it can cause the teeth to darken.

The Solution: Intrinsic staining is harder to fix than extrinsic. If the discoloration is caused by trauma, sometimes a root canal will solve the problem. Usually, we recommend veneers to cover these stains.

Extrinsic

The Cause: Bad oral hygiene can cause a buildup of plaque and tartar which can dull and discolor teeth. But most extrinsic discoloration is caused by your food and drinks. Here’s a rule of thumb—if it colors your tongue, it’s affecting your teeth too.

  • Wine
  • Tobacco
  • Dark-pigmented berries like blueberries
  • Soft drinks
  • Strongly colored sweets

The Solution: You have a few options. When it comes to staining foods, try to cut back or make sure to rinse your mouth after you eat or drink. You can also prevent staining by being vigilant with your oral health routine: brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

And of course, if you want to get rid of those wear-and-tear stains, come on into our office for a Britesmile or Zoom! Whitening boost. We can turn your regular smile into a showstopper in just one easy visit.

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we want to make sure that you have a healthy, confident smile. Let us know if you have any questions about our in-office whitening systems or about care you can do at home for a brighter smile.

Thank you for entrusting your oral health to us! We appreciate you. 

Taking A Closer Look With Digital X-Rays

OFTEN, AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR DENTAL VISIT is a quick, digital x-ray to help us best determine the most appropriate, customized dental care for you.

At Dental Partners of Boston, we utilize x-rays in a number of ways—but never take x-rays just for the sake of taking x-rays. They’re a thoughtful, important part of a responsible oral health care strategy. We use digital dental x-rays to:

  • Detect decay in inaccessible areas
  • Detect infection, cysts, abscesses occurring in the root system
  • Plan your cosmetic or reconstructive work by getting an idea of tooth structure both above and below the surface

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we think it’s important to make sure our patients are getting the most from their x-rays and exams. That’s why we stay abreast the newest technology. With our low radiation, digital x-ray system, our patients benefit from the very latest in dental radiography.

How Digital X-Rays Help You

  1. They’re safer. Digital x-rays use half the radiation of traditional x-rays so you never have to worry about overexposure to radiation.
  2. They’re faster. You don’t have to wait for the film to develop to get your diagnosis. We can read the images as soon as we take them.
  3. The photos are better. Our digital x-rays get an even better image of your mouth. And because it’s digital, we can enhance the photos, zoom in, and duplicate easily.

So whether you’re in for a routine check-up, or preparing to have a procedure done, you can be confident that you’re getting the best care possible. Between our team of specialists and our advanced technology, you’re in good hands.

Thanks, as always, for being our valued patient!

Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference

HESITATING ABOUT YOUR SMILE MAKEOVER? We know— as exciting as our services look, “smile makeover” sounds like it could get overwhelming.

But you don’t need to make huge changes to make a significant difference in your smile. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we know how to work with you and your needs. So here are some little things that can make a huge difference in your smile:

  1. Whitening: There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular procedures available today. Just an hour or so in our office can make your smile brighter and more dynamic than you’ve ever seen it before.
  2. Cosmetic Bonding: Dental bonding is a procedure where we put a resin—sort of like a patch—on your tooth or teeth and match it exactly to your natural shade. This can cover cracks, gaps, or even serrated teeth to give your smile a more complete, matched look.
  3. Onlays and Inlays: Onlays and inlays are specially designed ceramic pieces that fit into the empty parts of your smile like puzzle pieces. With our Cerec technology, this procedure can be done in one visit. It’s an easy, noninvasive way to fix up problem spaces in your mouth.
  4. Regular Checkups And Good Dental Habits: Simply doing the basics of dental health will help the appearance of your mouth more than anything else. Brushing and rinsing discourages staining. Flossing will protect against gum disease and tooth loss.  And your regular check-ups help us make sure no major damage happens.

So don’t hold back anymore, thinking that your ideal smile is out of reach. A beautiful, confident smile makes a major difference in your life. And small procedures from us can make a major difference in your smile.

Give us a call and request a consultation. We want you to have your very best smile. And be sure to visit our Facebook page!

As always, thanks for being our valued patient!

After Cosmetic Dental Services, Maintenance Is Important

NOW THAT YOU’VE GONE THROUGH the time and cost of a smile makeover, how do you make sure that your teeth look just as beautiful next year? And the next? Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we want to make sure that your smile stays healthy and beautiful, so here are some maintenance tips:

Bonding: Watch What You Eat

  • Bonds ARE softer than your usual teeth, so don’t use your teeth as tools, and be wary of foods like popcorn kernels and hard candy.
  • Bonds have a tendency to stain, so rinse out your mouth after having berries, red wine, coffee, or tea.

Crowns: Maintain Them Just Like Your Natural Teeth

  • Brush and floss.
  • Keep your regular checkups so that we can make sure there are no complications.

Whitening: Sensitive?

  • Sometimes whitening will make your teeth temporarily sensitive. Use a fluoridated toothpaste to harden the enamel and protect your teeth.
  • For a few days after whitening, your teeth are especially sensitive to stains.  So avoid those same staining foods that we warned you about with bonding.

Veneers: Look Out For Alcohol And Abrasives

  • At your regular appointments, we specially clean your veneers. We can also professionally polish them to maintain their beautiful shine.
  • Look for special toothpaste for veneers, such as Supersmile and Rembrandt, and avoid whitening toothpaste with abrasives.
  • If you clench or grind your teeth at night, talk to us about getting a night guard to protect your teeth and your veneers.
  • Beware of alcohol: it’s been shown to dissolve the bonding material fusing the veneer and your tooth. So moderate your alcohol consumption and avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes.

Orthodontics: Retain Your Retainer

  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing and soaking it.
  • Take your retainer out to eat, and store it in its case so it doesn’t bend or crack.
  • Wear your retainer regularly and come to us if you need it fixed.

Every cosmetic procedure will last longer and look better if you keep your good dental habits. So floss and brush regularly, and stick to your usual checkups and cleanings.

If you have any questions about maintaining your beautiful smile, ask us. We’d be happy to give you tips or a touch-up.

Thank you for being a valued patient of Dental Partners of Boston!

 

Oral Health, Overall Health

DURING YOUR 6-MONTH CHECKUP, you thought we were just checking for cavities, didn’t you? Well, there’s way more to the exam than that.

We know that sometimes you have a hard time talking while we’re checking around in there. But while you’re struggling to communicate, your mouth is telling us a lot. Not just about your oral health, but about your whole body. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, regular checkups can catch and even prevent serious diseases.

Most Diseases Have Oral Tip-Offs

Did you know that as many as 90% of diseases have oral manifestations? Even bad breath can be a sign of kidney disease or respiratory infections. Here are some other diseases that we can see in your mouth first.

  • HIV: Usually the first sign is a red line around your teeth, or thrush (a white film on your tongue).
  • Acid Reflux Or Bulimia: Frequent occurrences of stomach acid kicking back into your mouth can weaken your teeth, which might be pitted or visibly thinner.
  • HPV: Often the first indicator of HPV is sores in the mouth.
  • Oral Cancer: We have technology that detects very early, invisible signs in the mouth. Be sure to ask about our oral cancer screenings.
  • Osteoporosis: X-rays of your teeth can show the areas of dead bone before you even recognize the signs elsewhere.

Some Health Problems Are Caused By Bad Oral Habits

And then there are some health problems that don’t just have oral manifestations, they could be caused (or exacerbated) by poor oral health.

  • Heart Disease And Endocarditis: There has been a lot of research lately about the link between heart disease and oral health. Read more about it on our blog.
  • Pre-Term Labor: Pre-term labor is 7x more likely in women with poor gum health.
  • Lung Conditions: Gum disease can contribute to diseases like pneumonia.

So remember regular checkups are not just important for your teeth, but for your whole body! Make sure to call us if you’re due for an appointment.

 Thanks for the trust you place in our practice. We appreciate you!

Our Goal Is To Help Make Boston The #1 U.S. City For Oral Health

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, Men’s Health Magazine ranked 100 U.S. cities on their dental health. Any guesses on how Boston stacked up? Well, we weren’t in the bottom ten, but we were alarmingly close. Boston ranked #78.

There’s Room For Improvement

We can do better! Good dental habits aren’t just important for your teeth. Oral health is strongly connected to overall health.

The scores were based on:

  • Missing Teeth Count: Missing teeth are a sign of disease and neglect.
  • Fluoride: Many locations have a fluoride supplement in the water supply, which reinforces tooth enamel.
  • Floss Purchased: That’s right. Flossing is that important.
  • Regular Checkups: Your regular appointments keep your teeth healthy and prevent trouble down the road.

Now, we’re pretty sure that if they had exclusively surveyed our patients, all of you would have passed with flying colors. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we consider ourselves your partners in dental health. We’re dedicated to teaching you more about good oral health habits and catching problems before they start.

Keep Up Your Good Habits, AND Pass The Word Along

Make sure that you are at your personal best when it comes to your oral health by maintaining a regular regime of brushing, flossing AND keeping your regularly scheduled check-ups with us. If there’s something that you’re concerned about or a service you want to look into, contact us!

And if your hometown pride is chafing under the #78 rating, then spread the word about us. Let your friends, coworkers, and family members know how much you love our personal service. We’ve found that when people are more comfortable with their dentist, they keep their appointments, trust our advice, and have the courage to catch small problems before they snowball into tooth loss.

We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment. Thanks for being our valued patient!

Silver Or White?


MOST OF US HAVE HAD SOME EXPERIENCE with a silver smile. Despite our best efforts, cavities happen. When they do, a filling is needed to stop the deterioration of your tooth.

Silver fillings (or “amalgam” fillings) used to be a given, but now they’re things of the past. With modern advances in dentistry, fillings now blend in with the natural color of your teeth. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we offer white fillings made of either a durable resin or porcelain.

Silver fillings:

  • Require more invasive removal of your actual tooth.
  • Contain mercury, which requires special handling at disposal.
  • Just don’t look as good.

At Dental Partners of Boston, an experienced professional can match your resin or porcelain filling exactly with the color of your teeth. We can even specially bond the filling to your natural tooth to form a stronger adherence without digging deep in the tooth. You won’t even know where your tooth ends and the filling begins.

We know that you work hard for your gorgeous smile. After all that, you don’t want flashes of silver interrupting the effect. Some people with existing amalgam fillings even have them replaced with our white fillings. If you would like to discuss amalgam versus white fillings, give us a call. We would love to discuss it with you!

As always, thanks for being our valued patient!