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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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Drink Your Milk, Impress Your Dentist

shrewsbury-teeth-and-bones“Drink your milk!”

How many times did you hear your parents and teachers admonish you to finish your milk for strong, healthy bones. Calcium and vitamin D, both essential for strong bones, are also great for your oral health. As with your bones, your teeth are more resilient and less prone to cracks and fractures when your diet includes sufficient vitamins and minerals. Dr. Todd Pizzi explains that teeth with strong enamel are less likely to become sensitive following teeth whitening in Shrewsbury, MA.

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What Are Employers Looking for? Not Yellow Teeth

shrewsbury-hiringWhen it comes to improving your smile, some benefits are more obvious than others. A brilliant smile is a great asset for someone in the dating scene, and it’s a much-needed confidence booster in any social setting. Not surprisingly, cosmetic dentistry in Shrewsbury, MA can also help you in the workplace. Dr. Todd Pizzi shares the advantages of a healthy smile for your professional image.

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Simple Smile Tips From Your Shrewsbury, MA Dentist

shrwsbury-smile-tipsThe good news about having a great smile is that it requires surprisingly little effort on your part. It’s much easier than, say, having great hair—you won’t need any expensive mousses and sprays, fancy styling tools, or costly highlights. Dr. Todd Pizzi, a cosmetic dentist in Shrewsbury, MA, shares tips on getting (and keeping) attractive, healthy teeth.

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Can Braces Change the Shape of Your Face?

shrewsbury-braces-faceAnyone who has ever watched an after-school special or Disney Channel sitcom will tell you that braces are child’s play. Traditional braces were the only available option as recently as a decade ago, so it was taken for granted that anyone would wanted straighter teeth might take care of it before reaching maturity. Today, this is no longer the case. Six Month Smiles and other advanced orthodontic treatments make straightening crooked teeth in Shrewsbury, MA more accessible for the over-20 crowd. Dr. Todd Pizzi explains that braces don’t just change the appearance of your teeth; they can also change the appearance of the whole face—in a good way, of course.

Subtle, Yet Effective Changes

Many of our patients observe that the appearance of their face changes following orthodontic treatment. This is especially true in patients whose face or smile was slightly asymmetrical; once the teeth are aligned, they restore symmetry. The more pronounced the initial asymmetry, the more dramatic the improvement.

Several types of corrections can alter facial shape:

If you have an underbite: An underbite is characterized by a protruding chin that creates a “moon” shape. Once the teeth have been straightened, the face appears less concave. Facial features become slightly softened, and the teeth and lips fit together more attractively. Note that braces alone may not address severe underbites caused by structural anomalies of the jaw.

If you have an open bite: An open bite causes the lips and mouth to appear somewhat unnaturally stretched. A severely open bite prevents the mouth from closing at rest, and the lips may not cover the mouth altogether. This can cause the upper lip to flare out, which is especially noticeable in profile. Once the problem has been addressed, the facial area between the nose and chin takes on a softer, more natural appearance.

If you have an overbite: A patient who has an overbite will usually have a protruding upper lip. Sometimes the patient’s lips do not cover the teeth as a result. As with treatment of an open bite, the facial features appear softer and more harmonious.

For patients who require jaw expansion: Although Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury does not perform jaw expansion, this procedure is helpful for patients whose top or bottom arch has too little space. The condition causes the face to become narrow and may give the cheeks a sunken-in appearance. Children are the most typical candidates for expanders, although some adults may require them along with surgery. Ultimately, the face takes on a more symmetrical appearance, particularly in the mid-face area.

Additional Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Straighter teeth aren’t just more attractive. Our patients also find that orthodontic treatment makes cleaning their teeth and gums easier and more effective. Crowded or crooked teeth are prime areas for plaque buildup, which could increase the risk of gingivitis and more severe gum infections. When the teeth are evenly spaced, brushing and flossing is much simpler and can reach all surfaces of the teeth and gums.

Want teeth straightening in Shrewsbury, MA? To learn more about orthodontic treatment, or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, contact us at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients residing in Shrewsbury, Southboro, North and South Grafton, Worcester, and the neighboring communities.

 

Gotta Get Great Gums | Shrewsbury, MA Gum Contouring

shrewsbury-gum-contouringWhen most people think of cosmetic dentistry and how it benefits their smile, they focus mostly on the appearance of their teeth. Are they stained and yellow? Do they have cracks or chips? Perhaps they have gaps or are somewhat crooked. There’s a great deal that can be improved about your teeth, but you might not realize that your gums also play an important role in completing your smile. Dr. Todd Pizzi and an onsite periodontist now offer gum contouring in Shrewsbury, MA.

Great Gums Complement Beautiful Teeth

Just as the shape of your teeth can make your smile appear asymmetrical or out of balance, so can your gum line. A special laser contours the gum tissue quickly and with minimal pain, allowing for faster healing time and greater comfort. Rest assured, we take a conservative approach to removing enlarged or excess gum tissue, removing only what is absolutely necessary. If your teeth are otherwise perfect, gum contouring is the finishing touch. However, we have many patients who opt for contouring as part of a full smile makeover, or to prepare their teeth to receive teeth whitening or porcelain veneers.

Contouring Is Not Just a Matter of Aesthetics

We generally recommend gum line reshaping as a means of enhancing your smile, but the procedure also has practical, preventive benefits. Gingival overgrowth, which occurs as a side effect of certain medications or medical conditions, makes cleaning the teeth more difficult. By removing this excess tissue, we enable you to brush and floss more thoroughly, making your teeth healthier and more beautiful.

Contouring doesn’t always mean removing tissue, though. Sometimes it’s necessary to add tissue. This is often the case in patients who have advanced periodontal disease. Gum disease causes the tissue to pull away from teeth, making the teeth appear longer. Your dentist may recommend grafting tissue to the area. This helps facilitate healing and repair of your badly damaged gums.

Questions about gum contouring? To learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Shrewsbury, MA, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, contact us at (508) 842-6356. We welcome residents of Shrewsbury, Westborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and the surrounding areas.

What Happens After I Get Porcelain Veneers | Shrewsbury, MA Dentist

shrewsbury-veneersImagine yourself finally buying the car of your dreams. You’re obviously proud of your purchase, and you can’t wait to show it off. Once you drive it out of the dealership, what do you do? You wash it every weekend, taking care to park it near the back of every parking lot. After all, you’ve made a major investment, one which requires a good deal of care. In this respect, porcelain veneers are a lot like a luxury car. Neither is cheap, and both are beautiful. Dr. Todd Pizzi, whose dental services include porcelain veneers in Shrewsbury, MA, explains how to get more from your cosmetic dental restoration.

Daily Care and Maintenance

One of the best things about porcelain veneers is the fact that your daily oral care regimen will remain mostly the same. You’ll still floss daily and brush at least twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Even though porcelain is stain-resistant, it can’t resist plaque buildup. Continue to visit your Worcester dentist at least once every six months for a full exam and professional cleaning. We’ll use a special non-abrasive toothpaste to protect your veneers.

Banish Your Bad Dental Habits

Many of the bad habits that threaten your natural teeth are also to be avoided after receiving your new veneers. Although your dentist uses only the most durable materials to create your veneers, they are by no means invincible. We see patients whose habits have cracked or chipped their own teeth to the point where cosmetic dentistry is needed; doing anything that might damage their dental work seems a bit counterproductive, doesn’t it? The most common, destructive habits include:

  • Chewing fingernails: Your nails may seem pliable, but they can still inflict damage in the long run. Paint-on bittering agent seems to work well for many habitual nail biters.
  • Crunching ice cubes: Who knew water could be so damaging? The constant pressure inflicted on teeth by chewing ice wears down the tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to sensitivity and breaks.
  • Using teeth as tools: Teeth are for chewing, plain and simple. What are they NOT for? Opening bags and bottles or gripping non-food objects.

Need more information about porcelain veneers in Shrewsbury, MA? To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, contact our Shrewsbury dentist office at (508) 842-8838. We welcome residents of Shrewsbury, Hopkinton, Boylston, and North and South Grafton.