How Is Your Mouth Like a Motor?

shrewsbury-dentistHave you ever stopped to think about the fact that your teeth have a great deal in common with your car? Probably not, but we certainly have. Dr. Todd Pizzi, a dentist at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, shares some of the most notable similarities between the two, encouraging patients to be proactive about their oral health by scheduling twice-yearly dental checkups in Shrewsbury, MA. By the way, you can admire the beauty of a well-maintained car at an upcoming Shrewsbury Market Motor Menders Rod and Custom Club cruise night, held on the fourth Friday of every month.

A Few Interesting Similarities…

Tune-ups, oil changes, and state inspections require very little time or money, but that doesn’t make them any less important. If a problem develops at some point between these services, your best bet is to return to your mechanic as soon as you are able; otherwise, even the most well-made or expensive vehicle will inevitably leave you stranded on the side of the road. Add the fees for hiring a tow truck, replacing various parts, and time lost from work, and you’ve got a pricey problem.

Teeth that haven’t been properly cared for won’t leave you alone at night on a strange road, but that doesn’t mean they won’t abandon you or cause you pain. What might begin as sensitivity in one tooth could be the beginning of an underlying dental problem that could spread to your gums and your other teeth. Gum disease, an infection that ravages the gums and jawbone, is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.

Unfortunately, driving a poorly maintained vehicle dramatically increases your risk of being injured or worse in an accident. The same is true of your oral health. Oral cancer claims a life every hour of every day, with a death rate higher than that of cervical, testicular, and skin cancer. This unsettling fact can be attributed to the tendency to overlook symptoms, many of which are virtually impossible to detect by an untrained eye, leading to a late diagnosis. Oral cancer screening is an important part of your dental exam, one that could very well save your life. A guide to self-exams can be found here, compliments of the 15-40 Connection.

…With One Major Difference

It’s important to note that some aspects of owning a car are much different from caring for your teeth. What happens when your vehicle no longer drives? You simply trade it in, sell it off, and buy a new car. You can opt for an almost identical car, or you can upgrade as you see fit. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of your teeth. Once you’ve lost your permanent teeth, there’s no going back. Dental implants, dentures, and bridges are available, but by no means do they compare to your natural teeth; of the three, however dental implants are most similar.

Could your teeth use a tune-up? For questions about preventive dental care in Shrewsbury, MA, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, contact us at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in Shrewsbury, North and South Grafton, Millbury, Hopkinton, and the neighboring communities. For info on our Stoughton location, click here.

Upcoming Events for Shrewsbury Arts Lovers

shrewsbury-cosmetic-dentistryThink of your smile as a work of art. Which famous artwork best represents how you feel about your smile? Perhaps your wry Mona Lisa smile hides stained or chipped teeth. Worse yet, maybe the painting that most closely represents your smile is “The Scream” by Edvard Munch! With help from Dr. Todd Pizzi, your Shrewsbury, MA cosmetic dentist, you can achieve an attractive smile worth framing. Until your next appointment for veneers or teeth whitening, enjoy these local art events over the upcoming weeks.

“Summer Gardens” Art Show

When: Begins August 1st, 2014

Where: Shrewsbury Credit Union, Route 9

Peruse paintings by members of the Artists’ Guild of Shrewsbury, a local arts organization that promotes the importance of visual arts and encourages community participation in creative projects. The Artists’ Guild also hosts summer plein air painting for members and non-members alike at various times (usually Sundays) and locations throughout Shrewsbury. For a calendar of events, look here.

Meditation in the Galleries

When: Friday, July 25th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Worcester Art Museum

What better place to practice the art of meditation than surrounded by awe-inspiring works of art? Ideal for all ages, each one-hour session is free with the purchase of museum admission. Sessions are located at various galleries within the museum, so check with the visitor’s desk first. You’ll find more details here.

Daylilies: Botanical Drawing

When: July 26th and 27th at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Tower Hill Botanic Garden

If you prefer creating your own artwork over checking out others’ pieces, you’ll love learning to sketch daylilies using colored pencils. Illustrator and artist Helen Byers leads this two-day workshop, which focuses on technique and perfecting various components of botanic beauty. Check here for more info.

DIY Paint Social

When: Monday, July 28th at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Groton Wellness in Groton, MA

Here’s a hands-on art activity that’s worth the drive. Bring your friends to Groton Wellness to complete a fun upcycling project using lace, paint, and other adornments. You can also opt to paint on glass or canvas. Pre-register here.

Could your smile use an artistic touch? To learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Shrewsbury, MA, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, contact us at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in Shrewsbury, North and South Grafton, Boylston, Hopkinton, and the surrounding communities.

Shortcomings in Your Smile? We’ve Got You Covered!

cosmetic-dentistry-shrewsburyIf you’ve ever felt dissatisfied with your smile, you aren’t alone. At Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, we’ve helped countless people just like you to achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. With several cosmetic dental treatments from which to choose, Dr. Todd Pizzi and his team are dedicated to creating beautiful smiles in Shrewsbury, MA.

“My teeth are yellow!”

Tooth whitening, by far the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in America, creates a brilliant smile by lightening yellow, brown, and even gray discoloration from the teeth. Although over-the-counter whitening toothpaste and kits are helpful for light surface stains, professional intervention is needed to combat more resilient stains, such as those caused by years of neglect, drinking coffee and tea, or using tobacco products.

“I have a gap between my front teeth!”

Famous faces like Madonna and supermodel Lara Stone have popularized prominent gaps, but not everyone feels the same sense of pride in their gapped teeth. If you have gaps between your teeth, Dr. Pizzi may recommend porcelain veneers, bonding, or orthodontic treatment.

“How can I hide the fact that I’ve lost a tooth?”

Few flaws are as obvious as missing teeth, whether lost to tooth decay, injury, or extraction.

The absence of one or more teeth isn’t just a matter of aesthetic appeal. Without restorative treatment, a missing tooth makes your remaining teeth weaker and more prone to damage.

“Help, I’ve chipped my tooth!”

Maybe you bit down on a popcorn kernel or got too close to the microphone during karaoke. A cracked or chipped tooth may not pose a threat to your oral health, but it’s certainly enough to make some feel self-conscious. Opt for either bonding or porcelain veneers to restore your damaged tooth to its former glory.

“I’m tired of my gummy smile. What can I do?”

If your gum tissue covers too much of your teeth, it can throw off the proportions of your smile. Gum contouring, also called a gum lift,  is a simple and effective procedure that removes excessive or asymmetrical gum tissue. The treatment also helps patients whose medications have caused gingival overgrowth, a condition that makes it difficult to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy.

“My worn-down teeth make me look much older than my age.”

Over time, teeth that have been damaged by bruxism or decay can affect the way your face looks, causing your cheeks to appear sunken. Porcelain veneers or dental crowns can help restore the structure of your teeth, creating the appearance of a fuller, healthier face. We also treat patients whose missing teeth have impacted the shape of their cheeks and jawline. Dentures, dental implants, and dental bridges are available to fill in holes left by long-departed teeth.

“Years of grinding my teeth have started to take a toll on my smile.”

Grinding your teeth causes them to become gradually worn down and brittle, increasing the risk of tooth loss or serious structural damage. If your teeth have not been too badly compromised, you may be a candidate for veneers or crowns. If Dr. Pizzi cannot salvage the tooth, you may wish to consider dental implants that look, function, and feel almost identical to natural, healthy teeth.

You deserve a perfect smile. To learn more about improving the appearance of your teeth and gums, or to schedule an appointment with one ofour dentists,contact Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury at (508) 842-8838. We offer cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental care to patients living in North and South Grafton, Hopkinton, Boylston, Shrewsbury, and the surrounding communities.

Mitigating the Effects of Tooth Loss: Dentures, or Do Nothing?

Adult tooth loss in Shrewsbury, MARemember how exciting it was to lose a tooth as a child? Losing teeth was easy money, thanks to the Tooth Fairy. As an adult, losing a tooth has more serious implications for your oral health, not to mention your wallet. Fortunately, Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury offers several options for replacing permanent teeth. Dr. Todd Pizzi discusses dentures in Shrewsbury, MA.

Is Tooth Loss Common in Adults?

Unfortunately, yes. It’s estimated that 65 percent of adults in America have at least one missing tooth, usually as the result of gum disease. Of adults over the age of 65, a shocking 98 percent are missing one tooth or more. Nearly one-tenth of the adult population is missing all of their teeth. It’s true that tooth loss is more prevalent in older age groups, but Dr. Pizzi cautions that this doesn’t exclude the possibility that a middle-aged adult or even a teenager could be affected. He also points out that patients today have more options than ever, including dental implants.

Would I Benefit From Dentures?

First, let’s address some misconceptions about dentures. Many people believe that dentures are an option only for adults who have lost all of their teeth. Actually, this isn’t true. Although dentures were once the go-to solution for fully edentulous patients, partial dentures can achieve similar results in patients who have lost multiple teeth but have mostly healthy teeth otherwise. If you’ve lost more than one tooth on either your upper or lower arch, you may be a candidate for a partial denture. If the remaining teeth are unhealthy and require extractions, Dr. Pizzi may recommend either complete dentures or dental implants.

Are There Risks Associated With Dentures?

Although wearing removable dentures is preferable to living without teeth, dental implants are currently the most natural-looking and functional replacement available. Losing teeth sets off a sort of chain reaction within your mouth, ultimately affecting the gum tissue and bone where the tooth was once rooted. For a patient who has dentures, this deterioration continues long after the tooth itself is removed. Poor hygiene in denture wearers significantly increases the risk that the prosthetic will no longer fit properly. This in turn leads to blisters in the mouth, discomfort, and the need for adhesives to hold it in place. Dental implants provide a more stable, realistic solution to missing teeth or even a single missing tooth.

Questions about removable dentures? To learn more about dental prosthetics, or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, contact Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in Hopkinton, Boylston, North and South Grafton, Worcester, and the neighboring communities.

Straight Talk on Straighter Teeth

shrewsbury-crooked-teethFor someone who lacks confidence when smiling, even the mention of Instagram or family photos is enough to precipitate panic. This is unfortunate, especially given how many wonderful things there are to smile about. When you’re preoccupied with keeping your teeth under wraps and dodging cameras, you miss out on opportunities to capture the most memorable days of your life. At Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, we offer several options to improve the appearance of crooked teeth in Shrewsbury, MA.

Option 1: Invisible Braces

Our adult patients are often surprised to learn that traditional metal braces are no longer the only available option for rectifying crooked teeth. Many have delayed treatment for years as a result, thinking that they would have to contend with the always-on-display metal orthodontics. Instead of metal brackets, wires, and bands, ClearCorrect and Invisalign aligners are all but invisible when worn. Each aligner is made of durable, clear plastic that snaps over the teeth and looks similar to an athletic mouthguard. If your answer to the following questions is “yes,” you may be a candidate for invisible braces:

  • Are most or all of my teeth in need of straightening?
  • Am I willing to visit my Shrewsbury dentist’s office every few weeks to receive a new aligner?
  • Am I willing to choose a longer treatment time (about 12 months) if it means getting noticeable results?

Option 2: Tooth Contouring

Your dentist may recommend tooth contouring, which subtly alters the shape of one or more teeth by buffing or sculpting away a small amount of tooth enamel. We usually use this treatment for patients whose teeth overlap at some points, or whose teeth have very slight crookedness. If you have sufficient tooth enamel, Dr. Pizzi can contour the tooth without resorting to orthodontic appliances. Before considering tooth contouring, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are only one or a few of my teeth overlapping or crooked?
  • Do I want a treatment that entails fewer office visits and results that are immediately visible?

Option 3: More Options to Consider

For straighter teeth with a shorter treatment time, Six Month Smiles appeals to busy parents and professionals who don’t mind wearing visible braces. Unlike metal braces, Six Month Smiles uses tooth-colored brackets that are less obvious when worn.

Questions about straightening teeth in Shrewsbury, MA? To learn more about our services, or to request an appointment with Dr. Todd Pizzi, contact us at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in North and South Grafton, Millbury, Boylston, Southborough, and the surrounding areas.

Can You Whiten Just One Tooth?

shrewsbury-stained-teethIt’s no wonder that teeth whitening has quickly become the most popular way to enhance your smile. Teeth are one of the first things we look at in a person, and we put them on display each time we open our mouth to speak, yawn, or eat. For a bright smile to appear as attractive and natural as possible, your teeth must be uniformly white. For most people, says Dr. Todd Pizzi, this isn’t a problem. Teeth bleaching and whitening strips can usually be used to whiten teeth that are uniformly discolored or stained, whether as the result of tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, or drinking coffee and tea. However, other causes of discoloration do not affect all of your teeth, instead targeting a single tooth. For example, several prescription medications, especially the antibiotic tetracycline, can alter the color of a few teeth. If a tooth is no longer vital, it will appear gray while the surrounding teeth remain unaffected.

A Powerful Combination of Professional Whitening Methods

We offer our patients the Kor Whitening Deep Bleaching System, which treats even the most stubborn stains with a combination of in-office and home treatment. Although capable of delivering several shades of whitening, the system does not allow for the precise targeting of a single discolored tooth. If you have only one or two discolored teeth, or multiple teeth not directly adjacent to each other, your dentist may recommend an alternative cosmetic treatment. Advantages of professional whitening include:

  • More consistent results
  • Reduced risk of sensitivity in teeth
  • Personalized treatment

Single-Tooth Targeting

You’ve probably heard of veneers, widely considered to be the dental treatment among big names in Hollywood, or dental bonding, which offers similar benefits at a lower price point. Here’s the beauty of these procedures–they’re extremely versatile, capable of addressing multiple aesthetic concerns with a single procedure. Several thin layers of ceramic comprise each veneer, allowing your dentist to treat individual teeth or as many as needed. Not only do veneers boast a natural translucence similar that of your own teeth, but they can also be custom-tinted to achieve the desired shade of white. Veneers and bonding also improve the appearance of your smile by masking chips, crookedness, gaps, smallness, and irregular shapes.

Questions about professional teeth whitening in Shrewsbury, MA? To learn more, or to schedule a dental appointment at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, contact us at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in Shrewsbury, Hopkinton, Boylston, North and South Grafton, and the surrounding areas.

Fun, Family, and Fitness: Time to Get Physical | July 2014

Happy families, healthy smilesThe days are getting longer,and what better way to take advantage than by spending time outdoors with your family? From a casual game of Frisbee to an organized team sport, physical activity makes for a happier, healthier outlook. Actually, physical fitness and oral health have a stronger relationship than you may have thought. Tooth decay and periodontal disease have been linked with everything from diabetes to heart disease–two chronic conditions that can be prevented in many cases with regular exercise. Enjoy our picks for family-friendly activities that will get you up and moving, compliments of the team at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury.

5th Annual Run to Home Base

When and where: Saturday, July 19th at Fenway Park

Pledge your support for our veterans and their families by participating in the 9K run/2.3 mile walk. The event begins and ends in Fenway Park, and all money raised by the event will go toward research, care, and education about post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries–the “invisible wounds” of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. If you plan to walk, drink water to stay hydrated. Avoid energy shots, which are acidic and sugar-saturated and can contribute to tooth decay. To learn more about the event and its sponsors, click here.

FLOWER Family Yoga

When and where: Saturday, July 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA

If you prefer a more relaxed activity, head to the always gorgeous Tower Hill Botanic Garden for a kid-friendly yoga session. Poses and postures are tailored for parents and children ages 3 to 7 years. You are encouraged to bring your own mat; a limited number of mats will be provided. THBC offers several additional classes for physical and emotional well-being, including Qigong Tai Chi, Yoga by Nature, and Firefly Walks. You’ll find a full calendar of events here.

Liverpool Soccer Club Boston Soccer School

When and where: Begins Monday, July 21st at 9:00 a.m. at Valeo Sports Center in Newton, MA

This year’s World Cup left many soccer lovers wholly unsatisfied, with even the youngest fans hoping for more. Good thing the Liverpool Soccer Club is holding a 5-day skills camp for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 16. The camp, which is one of several stops on Liverpool’s tour in the US, combines challenging maneuvers, drills, a mini-tournament, and the opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback. Your child should always wear the recommended protective gear, including an athletic mouthguard to prevent trauma and dental emergencies.

Questions about family dentistry? To learn more about our cosmetic, preventive, and restorative dentistry, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Todd Pizzi or our other Shrewsbury, MA dentists, contact us at 508-842-8838. We welcome patients living in Worcester, Shrewsbury, North and South Grafton, Boylston, and the surrounding areas.

Why Are Diabetics in Danger of Losing Teeth?

diabetes-gum-health-shrewsburyWhen speaking of diabetes, we tend to focus only on its most obvious effects on overall health, such as neuropathy, circulation problems, and even the inconvenience of testing and using insulin. Until recently, little attention had been paid to the fact that diabetes poses a major threat to your oral health. Dr. Todd Pizzi of Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury explains the strong link between diabetes and the health of your teeth and gums, and how you can avoid tooth loss in Shrewsbury, MA.

Diabetes and Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, one of the most common side effects and symptoms of medication and medical conditions, also happens to be one of the most potentially destructive. Dr. Pizzi attributes this to the natural properties of saliva. Much like mouthwash, saliva flushes food and bacteria from on and around your teeth, tongue, and gums Your saliva also contains enzyme that neutralize acids within your mouth–acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. Diabetes itself is capable of causing dry mouth, as are many of the medications commonly prescribed to keep your blood sugars in check.

Increased Risk of Periodontal Disease

Multiple studies confirm a powerful link between your body’s ability to manage its glycemic response and the health of your gums. The relationship is two-way: If you are diabetic and have poorly controlled blood sugars, you are more prone to developing severe periodontal disease. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease–diabetic or not–you have a greater risk of experiencing problems with glycemic control. If you detect symptoms of periodontal disease, it’s best to report them both to your dentist and your physician. These include:

  • Puffy, red gum tissue
  • Gums that bleed while you brush or floss
  • A bad taste in your mouth or unpleasant breath that lingers even after brushing your teeth
  • Teeth that appear to have grown somewhat longer, an effect of gingival recession

Dr Pizzi cautions that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in America, and it isn’t limited to any single age group. However, he adds, it is more common among older adults and women. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Pizzi may recommend more frequent deep cleaning, which can include ultrasonic scaling and antibiotic treatment.

Does your medical condition increase your risk of tooth loss? To learn more about oral-systemic health, or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, contact our Shrewsbury, MA dentist office at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Millbury, Boylston, and the neighboring communities.

How Does Snacking Affect Your Smile?

smile-snacking-shrewsbury-dentistIn the fight against tooth decay, you must be mindful not only in what you do to your mouth, but also what foods you put into your mouth. It’s tempting to assume that because food moves quickly past your teeth and gums, its role in your oral health is somehow less important. Not so, says Dr. Todd Pizzi at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury. Dr. Pizzi, who offers fillings and dental crowns in Shrewsbury, MA, explains how your diet affects your mouth.

Food Takes Action Immediately

Enzymes in your saliva begin breaking down carbohydrates into sugar, which explains why starchy foods like breads and potatoes can be just as harmful to your teeth as sugary substances like candy and cookies. When you take a sip or bite, bacteria living in your mouth waste no time in consuming sugar and producing acid in the process. These acids weaken the protective enamel covering your teeth, promoting tooth decay and preventing your teeth from absorbing much-needed minerals.

…Then It Lingers in Your Mouth

Unless leftover bits of food are removed by brushing, rinsing, or flossing, bacteria will continue to produce acid. Some foods, such as gummy candy, dried fruit, and chewy sweets cling stubbornly to your teeth, insinuating their way between teeth and in various crevices within your mouth. Your molars, which have a ridged chewing surface, are notorious for trapping food and sugary substances. Acids produced by bacteria remain in contact with your teeth long after you’ve eaten the last bite. This is a common problem among people who tend to snack throughout the day, or those who eat several small meals daily.

You Can Minimize Damage to Teeth

Fortunately, not all foods have such harmful effects on your teeth. For example, eating or drinking dairy products stimulates your salivary glands and neutralizes acid lingering in your mouth. After consuming an acidic meal, try drinking a glass of milk or nibbling a small piece of cheese. Dr. Pizzi also recommends chewing sugar-free gum. Look for gum that contains the sweetener Xylitol, which has been proven to ward off acid and bacteria. Sugar-free lozenges work well, too. A few tips to consider:

  • Nuts, meats, and chicken neutralize acid while fortifying teeth with phosphorus and calcium.
  • Opt for firm fruits and vegetables, such as pears, apples, and carrots. Unlike juicier fruits, these have a higher water content that has the effect of diluting sugar.
  • Restrict consumption of sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks. All contain loads of sugar and are extremely acidic.If you do drink these beverages, use a straw.

Has your diet damaged your teeth? To learn more about restorative dental treatments, or to schedule an appointment with your Shrewsbury, MA dentist, contact us at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in and around Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and North and South Grafton.

“No Pictures, Please!” Paparazzi-Ready Smiles

shrewsbury-celebrity-smilesIf you watch movies, read entertainment blogs, or peruse fashion magazines, you could be forgiven for thinking that some people–most people, even–are just born with beautiful smiles. It’s an illusion, of course, as even the brightest stars sometimes need help from their dentist. Dr. Todd Pizzi and the talented team at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury go behind the scenes to reveal which stars have doctored their smiles.

A-List Cosmetic Treatment: Porcelain Veneers

The treatment: Each veneer consists of several ultra-thin layers of translucent dental ceramic applied to the surface of your tooth.

Why stars love it: The popularity of veneers stems from the ability to treat multiple minor cosmetic flaws in otherwise healthy teeth, including whitening-resistant stains and discoloration, chips, cracks, slight overlapping or crookedness, gaps, and the appearance of too-small teeth.

Where you’ve seen them: Actor Nicolas Cage, actress Eva Longoria, soccer star David Beckham, singer Victoria Beckham, model Alessandra Ambrosio

A-List Orthodontics: ClearCorrect, Invisalign, and Six Month Smiles

The treatment: ClearCorrect and Invisalign straightening systems use clear, durable aligners to coax errant teeth into place over several months. The aligners, which look similar to a clear athletic mouthguard, eliminate the need for the wires, brackets, and bands that come with traditional metal braces.

Why stars love it: Invisalign and ClearCorrect are all but invisible when worn, making them ideal for anyone who spends their time in the spotlight. It also explains why invisible braces are so popular among professionals, public figures, and even high-ranking executives.

Where you’ve seen them (or not–they are invisible!) Actress Katherine Heigl, singer Justin Bieber, tennis star Serena Williams, supermodel Gisele Bundchen

The treatment: Exerting low force, Six Month Smiles uses tooth-colored wires and clear brackets to straighten teeth.

Why stars love it: Although Six Month Smiles are not quite invisible when worn, they are significantly less conspicuous than metal braces. During the typical six-month treatment time, Six Month Smiles delivers straightening results comparable to invisible and traditional braces, which may take a year or longer to achieve the desired effect.

Where you’ve seen them: Actor Tom Cruise

A-List Enhancement: Teeth Whitening

The treatment: Several teeth whitening methods are available in the United States. Our Shrewsbury cosmetic dentist office offers the Kor Whitening Deep Bleaching System to brighten teeth by several shades over a two-week treatment period.

Why stars love it: Over-the-counter whitening methods are excellent for superficial surface stains, but professional intervention is needed to deliver whitening of teeth that have been discolored by tobacco use, poor hygiene, drinking coffee, or taking certain prescription medications. When performed by a dentist, teeth whitening is less likely to cause sensitivity, and results are more consistent.

Where you’ve seen it: Talk show host/mogul Oprah Winfrey, television personality Simon Cowell, actress Julia Roberts

Smile like a star. To learn more about reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry, or to schedule an appointment with our Shrewsbury, MA dentists, contact Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in Worcester, North and South Grafton, Boylston, Millbury, and the neighboring communities. You can also follow us on Facebook.