Contouring for Troublesome Tooth Textures

Teeth contouringIn the quest for the perfect smile, few people stop to consider how the texture of their teeth impacts their grin. The enamel may be pearly white and strong, but pits, ridges, and grooves in the tooth surface can dull your smile, lending an uneven appearance. Not everyone is a good match for porcelain veneers, but fortunately Dr. Todd Pizzi offers another solution: teeth contouring in Shrewsbury, MA. What is contouring, and why do our patients love it?

The Anatomy of a Tooth

Most people assume that each tooth is a single type of material throughout, but this isn’t accurate. Several thin, naturally translucent tissue layers make up each tooth. Of these, the outermost layer comprises the tooth enamel. The contouring process entails the careful, conservative removal of tooth enamel to create a more uniform tooth surface.

What Patients Love About Contouring

Teeth contouring appeals to many different types of patients. For some, it’s the fact that no prep work is required before receiving treatment, whereas some preparation is needed for bonding and veneers. Contouring is also an economical alternative to veneers and, in some cases, orthodontic treatment. Because teeth that slightly overlap may be contoured, there is no need for the lengthy treatment time associated with traditional braces. If you’ve ever found yourself echoing these sentiments, you may be an excellent candidate for teeth contouring.

“I have a really busy schedule, so I’m not crazy about the idea of making multiple appointments to have my teeth fixed. Luckily, my dentist can contour my teeth in just one appointment.”

“I’m tired of cutting my tongue on the rough edges of my teeth.”

“I’m on a budget, so veneers and braces are definitely out of my price range. This is cheaper, but the results were undeniable.”

“I’ve always been self-conscious about the fact that one of my front teeth is really pointy and longer than the others. Not anymore!”

Questions about teeth contouring? To learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Worcester County, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, contact us at (508) 842-8838. Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury welcomes patients living in Shrewsbury, North and South Grafton, Boylston, Hopkinton, and the surrounding communities.

Answering Patients’ Questions About Porcelain Veneers

Questions about porcelain veneersTeeth whitening may be the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the country, but what about those who need a little more help perfecting their smile? Dr. Todd Pizzi, a cosmetic dentist offering porcelain veneers in Shrewsbury, MA, discusses the use of veneers to treat several flaws that might be holding back your smile. In today’s post, he answers questions from patients considering this versatile procedure.


Modern Dental Materials: Practical AND Pretty

White fillings and crownsWhen you think of having a dental filling or crown placed, you probably don’t think of the procedure as falling under the category of cosmetic dentistry. It’s true that we generally consider these treatments as restorative procedures; they are intended to restore the structure of your damaged tooth so you can bite and chew your food, speak clearly, and save the tooth from extraction. Actually, says Dr. Todd Pizzi, a cosmetic dentist in Shrewsbury, MA, sometimes a restorative procedure has more aesthetically pleasing results.


Truth Whitening: Myths About Teeth Bleaching

teeth-whitening-mythsDid you know that getting whiter teeth is the number one request among patients considering cosmetic dentistry? It’s true, says Dr. Todd Pizzi, a cosmetic dentist who offers teeth whitening in Shrewsbury, MA. Along with Dr. Luciana Messina at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, Dr. Pizzi debunks commonly held misconceptions about the art and science of bleaching your teeth.


3 Reasons Why Adults Love Clear Braces

clear-braces-for-adultsChildren and teenagers aren’t the only age groups who benefit from orthodontic treatment. Braces are becoming more popular among adults, especially now that metal braces are no longer the only available option. Dr. Luciana Messina and Dr. Todd Pizzi at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury give three excellent advantages of clear braces in Shrewsbury, MA.


Trust Your Dentist for Professional Teeth Whitening

shrewsbury-whitening (2)Teeth whitening can make your teeth appear much more attractive, but appearances aren’t everything. It’s absolutely possible that your teeth might look perfect but hide an unpleasant problem. For this reason, it’s always best to seek professional teeth whitening in Shrewsbury, MA from your dentist rather than from a medical spa or other non-dental practitioner, says Dr. Todd Pizzi.

Why Can’t Someone Else Whiten My Teeth?

Several businesses have started offering teeth whitening, some in kiosks at malls, others at day spas. And while bleaching your teeth is generally considered safe, only your dentist can ensure optimal results. This is because your teeth are much more than just the outer layer of enamel. Beneath the enamel is a layer of naturally yellow dentin. If your tooth enamel wears away due to teeth grinding or acidity, the dentin may begin to show through. This is often mistaken for staining, which leads to aggressive whitening efforts that actually harm the tooth enamel.

Your dentist also knows how to identify oral health concerns that might not be picked up by a non-dental professional. For example, some types of staining and discoloration do not respond to whitening treatment. We can determine this beforehand, whereas another person might only discover this after the treatment fails to deliver the desired results—and after you’ve already paid.

What About Teeth Whitening Kits From the Drugstore?

If you have very superficial surface stains on your teeth, you can probably get away with a home whitening kit from the supermarket. However, says Dr. Luciana Messina, these kits usually come with a one-size-fits-all set of bleaching trays. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that patients’ teeth are dramatically different. Trays that do not fit properly can rub against the gum and mouth, causing blisters or sores—and you can imagine what it would feel like to get bleaching solution on an open wound.

Your dentist, on the other hand, combines two powerful treatment phases to brighten your tooth enamel by several shades. We create trays especially to fit your teeth, and you can receive the first part of your treatment in our office. The second phase involves wearing your bleaching trays at home.

Thinking about teeth whitening in Shrewsbury, MA? To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, contact us at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in and around Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Hopkinton, and the nearby communities.

Imperfect Teeth in TInseltown (And How to Fix Them!)

celeb-smileSometimes it’s easy to forget that celebrities have an entire team of makeup artists, stylists, and plastic surgeons to help them look beautiful. The vast majority certainly aren’t born with perfect smiles, says Dr. Todd Pizzi, a cosmetic dentist in Shrewsbury, MA. You may never walk the red carpet, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have a smile worthy of the A-list.


“I Want Straight Teeth, but I Don’t Want Metal Braces!”

shrewsbury-braces-alternativeHere’s the thing about crooked teeth: They’re no fun. For many people, it’s a matter of feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. For others, it’s a problem of interfering with the ability to brush their teeth and floss effectively. If you aren’t aware of the newest methods for straightening your teeth, you may feel that traditional metal braces are your only option. Wrong! Dr. Todd Pizzi, a Shrewsbury, MA cosmetic dentist, explains how innovative orthodontic treatments can solve these problems and others.


A Photogenic Smile — No Filters, No Photoshop Required

shrewsbury-selfieFrom Facebook to Instagram, the temptation to post pictures of yourself is everywhere. And we all have the Facebook friend who’ll gladly post pictures and tag us, no matter how embarrassing or unflattering the image might be. Then there are the holidays, where everyone wants dozens of pictures. For someone who doesn’t like his or her smile, every photo opportunity is a source of anxiety. Dr. Todd Pizzi offers teeth whitening in Shrewsbury, MA so you can love the way your smile looks in photos.


Common Downfalls of Dentures | Shrewsbury, MA Dentist

shrewsbury-denturesAlthough dentures remain somewhat popular, they are no longer the dental prosthetic of choice for many dentists and patients. Problems such as improper fit, interference with speech, and a reduced sense of taste are commonly cited as reasons for switching to more stable prosthetics, such as dental implants in Shrewsbury, MA. Dr. Todd Pizzi discusses important considerations for patients whose dentures no longer fit properly, or for anyone with concerns about tooth loss.